Weekly Update Plone, EOB (Ed O’Brien), Muzz, Einstürzende Neubauten.

Studio Ghibli, Prince, Hexvessel, Bo Ningen, Bing & Ruth, Shabazz Palaces, RJD2, Rina Sawayama, Elbow, dgoHn, DJ Python, Floating Points.

Headlines

  • Our Album of the Week has been awarded to Brummie vintage electronica group Plone & their first album in over two decades. Retro-futuristic synth twiddling at its most playful & finest. 
  • Studio Ghibli are bringing the ‘Princess Mononoke’ score to vinyl for the first time! Order the image, symphonic and soundtrack import editions here.

New music

  • EOB. Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien is sounding remarkably upbeat on his debut of psych, dance, folk & South American music.
  • Black metal meets krautrock, psych & post-rock on Oranssi Pazuzu’s latest. Stunning yet terrifying stuff!
  • Shabbazz Palaces return to Sub Pop with their cosmic hip hop sound. Blue vinyl is a first pressing only.
  • Eclectic & electric art pop debut from the soon-to-be-huge Rina Sawayama.
  • Bo Ningen bring their noisy psych-kraut down a notch with dreamier sounds & a Foodman remix. Bo selecta.
  • Belgian vibraphone player Els Vandeweyer releases her debut of left-field jazz/experimental music.
  • Porto’s Stereoboy release their second of shoegaze, dream pop & industrial rock on very limited colour wax.
  • Funk, bass, beats & trip hop from acclaimed producer & turntablist RJD2.
  • Primo stuff from the minimalist kiwi post-punks. FFO Young Marble Giants & The Chills.
  • Jarboe’s back with her thirty-third studio record. Phwoar.
  • Gerry Cinnamon. The hugely successful songwriter returns.
  • Sixth album from metalcore group Enter Shikari.
  • Collision of hypnotic synths, kraut & psych on Die Wilde Jagd’s new’un.
  • All sorts of weird & wonderful folk & psych rock mix on Finnish group Hexvessel’s latest.
  • Elbow strip things down at this rarely intimate live show at Manchester’s Ritz venue.
  • Instrumental hip hop producer Free The Robots releases his exotic flavoured 2019 record on wax.
  • New SONIKKU album on Bella Union. I’d love to know what on earth that top is.
  • Tasty compilation of Spiritual Jazz from Danish label SteepleChase.
  • The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices ft. Lisa Gerrard. The Dead Can Dance vocalist matches perfectly with the legendary choir.

Re-issues

  • Prince fans take note, as there’s a load of live reissues about.
  • Ian Willson’s sought-after private press record gets a wider release.
  • Art Brut. Top of the pops!
  • A rare cut of ambient & new age from Yumiko Morioka gets the reissue treatment.
  • Caspar Brötzmann Massaker. This one should be an easy n nice listen for ya.
  • Wiz Khalifa. The man behind such classics as ‘The Stoners EP’ brings out a fan-fave cut on wax.
  • Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap’s night-time project Nyx Nótt gets repressed by popular demand.
  • Summery, jazzy loungey pop classic from Japanese group Piper.
  • The Durutti Column. ‘Vini Reilly’ reissued alongside a bonus live album.
  • Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble rejoice, as this one has finally landed on physical.
  • Kungens Män. Repress of heavy-psych & fuzzy prog.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Mind frazzling drum & bass science jazzers from dgoHn. Like Photek meets Source Direct and Squarepusher. 
  • Crikey, I’m gonna need a hip replacement after groovin’ to DJ Python and his contagious reggaeton/dembow/dancehall snakers.
  • Limited hand-stamped white label Mystery artist 12” on Ninja Tune. Edition of 200.
  • Ben Bondy + Exael tranquilizers on Huerco S’ West Mineral Ltd. Limited copies!
  • Audio/photographic project from Margins (Daniel Crossley & Craig Tattersall of The Humble Bee, The Boats) probing the fragility of life. Edition of 100 copies.
  • Clear vinyl MMXX 12" EP series on Matière Mémoire from John Duncan, Franck Vigroux, CM Von Hausswolff, Daniel Menche and Reinier Van Houdt. Editions of 500 copies with laser engraved artwork on side B, incl. art print.
  • Hazy, blurry, foggy dubbed out ambient from Barn Owl chap Evan Caminiti.
  • Ultra chill vinyl edition of 'Annual Flowers In Color' from Imaginary Softwoods aka psychonaut John Elliott of Emeralds, Outer Space et al.
  • Coupla new mixes of Floating Points ‘Bias’ on Ninja Tune.
  • Sound In Silence serve up blissed ambient from Endless Melancholy and Halftribe.
  • High grade, brain dissecting zoners from Felix Kubin / Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg.
  • Nature reclaims the earth in Hodge's vision of the future. Right on!
  • Seahawks turn in some cosmic tropical library music for the legendary KPM series.
  • Laurel Halo soundtracks 'Possessed'.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Plone

Puzzlewood

8/10 from Daoud

Any of yous playing Animal Crossing right now? That videogame has very much got its hooks in me, and that is in large part thanks to its music. Composed by the K. K. Slider, a...read on »

Oranssi Pazuzu

Mestarin kynsi

8/10 from Tommy WM

Not many bands can get away with releasing a ten-minute song as the lead single of their first album in four years, but Oranssi Pazuzu are not your average band. The Finnish m...read on »

DJ Python

Mas Amable

8/10 from Ant

Sophomore album from Brian Piñeyro as DJ Python aka Deejay Xanax, DJ Wey and Luis. No doubt these tunes would have been getting properly hammered at parties and festiva...read on »

dgoHn

Undesignated Proximate

8/10 from Ant

Producer John Cunnane aka dgoHn only appeared on my radar and most likely to the electronic community at large (outside of drum & bass circles) when Rephlex dropped the CD...read on »

Featured albums

Bing & Ruth
Muzz
Einstürzende Neubauten
Joe Hisaishi
Unknown Artist
Joe Hisaishi
Joe Hisaishi
DJ Python
Ben Bondy + Exael
Stereoboy
Various
Imaginary Softwoods
Evan Caminiti
Plone
Floating Points
Bo Ningen
Wiz Khalifa
Margins
Free The Robots
Elbow
RJD2
Hexvessel
Endless Melancholy
Halftribe
Seahawks
Felix Kubin / Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg
Els Vandeweyer
Yumiko Morioka
dgoHn
CM Von Hausswolff
Reinier Van Houdt
Franck Vigroux
Daniel Menche
John Duncan
Rina Sawayama
Ian Willson
The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
Laurel Halo
Shabazz Palaces
The Durutti Column
Die Wilde Jagd
Jarboe
Oranssi Pazuzu
Hodge
Enter Shikari
EOB
Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Primo
SONIKKU
Piper
Nyx Nótt
Gerry Cinnamon
Kungens Män
Art Brut
Caspar Brötzmann Massaker