Weekly Update Windy & Carl, Dalham, The Cinematic Orchestra, Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes.
Fiona Apple, Jim Sullivan, Quelle Chris & Chris Keys, Nathan Fake, Ariel Pink, Kanaan, Pole, The The, Mayhem, Pole, The Strokes, Acid Mothers, Lorenzo Senni, Luke Slater.
- Album of the Week. It’s no secret that we love Windy & Carl here & their latest of ethereal ambient didn’t disappoint.
- We’ve sold out of 80% of our colour exclusive of the upcoming Dalham record so now’s your last chance to get one!
- Check out our new mammoth feature on all the best new Movie & Videogame Soundtracks.
- Fiona Apple’s hugely acclaimed latest of fiery, no holds barred songwriting could be her best to date.
- Weekly Playlist. Head over to Spotify & Youtube to see what tracks our staff have chosen this week.
- Sabathian fuzz-rock from Rise Above signees Witchskull.
- Recently signed to Profound Lore group Old Tower make some truly medieval sounding dark ambient.
- GZA. Kung-fu instrumental cuts to one of the best hip hop albums ever.
- You don’t come across much weirder or fun rap than a Kool Keith record.
- Super chill jazz with a funky hip hop flair from Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes.
- Madmess. Desert scorched space rock from the Porto power trio.
- Acid Mothers’ millionth album features Geoff Leigh from avant-proggers Henry Cow.
- Gorgeous solo piano work from Ann Margaret Hogan, inspired by the Welsh landscape.
- The Strokes are back with a punchy, new wavey new record which is surprisingly pretty great.
- Canadian indie types Braids are back with a new offering.
- Kanaan set their controls for the heart of the sun once again.
- Country/Americana star Lucinda Williams returns.
- Dustbowl drones meet bluesy krautrock on Pretty Lightning’s latest.
- Stoner-progsters Elder are back with more riffy psych.
- Second album from Australian post-punk influenced indie group RVG.
- A slew of top-tier guests join Quelle Chris & Chris Keys on their latest outing of experimental hip hop.
- Lightning Bug. They say it’s an EP but it’s more like a nice little mini album of shoegazing ambience.
- Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs fame is back after a big wait.
- It’s always sunny in Manchester for Philadelphia born songwriter BC Camplight.
- Other Lives make a welcome return with their ornate indie rock sound.
- Hazel English. Wake up it’s a beautiful morning…
- Caroline. All the guys would say they’re mighty fine.
- Peter Brötzmann. Smoother than Kenny G…
- The score to Resident Evil 3 certainly brought the dead to life. Grizzly dark ambient soundtrack.
- The The’s Matt Johnson digs up his teenage recordings.
- Mayhem. Hide your Varg’s, hide your churches, ‘coz they’re burning everybody out there.
- Not your usual Factory Records affair from 52nd Street.
- The Names. Martin Hannett produced post-punk debut.
- Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti fans should be more than happy with these three reissues.
- Bushpilot. Post-funk-punk rock from Norman founder Phil.
- Television Personalities. Charming mod influenced post-punk & early indie classic.
- Sven Libaek. Read the review for Phil’s deliberations on dairy.
- Tasty cuts of Japanese pop from Momoko Kikuchi & Masahiko Satoh.
- Garage psych-rockers Dead Moon are moaning in the moonlight.
- Couple of reissues of grizzly death doom from Disembowelment.
- Celebrated Estonian composer Arvo Pärt reissues a compilation.
- Optic Nerve are back with more quality single reissues, this time from Vaselines & The Wedding Present.
- Mysterious cut of psych & folk from songwriter Jim Sullivan.
- The punk professor herself Vivien Goldman reissues a single of dub-punk.
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
- Cranky, sub heavy, technoid steppas steeped in Bristolian soundsystem heritage from Giant Swan’s Robin Stewart on The Trilogy Tapes.
- New Nathan Fake album. For real.
- Arash Moori's exothermic electronix inspired by Birmingham’s urban geography/history release white light/white heat on Type.
- Seminal first 3 Pole albums reissued in one handy set. Chain Reaction flavoured avant dub techno meets dubwise Mille Plateaux clicks 'n' cuts. Classic shiz.
- EP of party smashers from Vancouver duo Minimal Violence bringing some gnarly rave-wave-EBM-electro-techno on Tresor. First EP in a trilogy.
- Lorenzo Senni expands his Rave Voyeurism trance deconstructions on Warp. Look Mom, no drum machine.
- Speaking of Mr Senni, his Presto!? label release a 2CD featuring two hours of Donato Dozzy's magical music for an installation on a bridge in Rome.
- Brew fella Robert Bergman lands on L.I.E.S. with an EP of dirty chi-town acid jackers.
- One of my all time faves, Luke Slater creates new hypnotizing techno compositions using the Ostgut Ton catalogue as raw material.
- Mentalist computer music/frantic hardcore rave collision from Ewa Justka. Plus class synthpop from pot twiddler ace Finlay Shakespeare, both on Editions Mego.
- Higher Intelligence Agency’s 1993 armchair voyager 'Colourform' reissued on wax.
- Mary Lattimore, Kelly Moran, Fennesz, Lucinda Chua Anthony Naples, Actress, Pépé Bradock remix The Cinematic Orchestra across two 12"s.
- Cremation Lily's two recent LPs on Alter collected as a 2CD set. Salty, windswept sonic journals of Costal English isolation.
- Refreshing booty house/acid on The Bunker New York from Pizza Boy aka Chicago's Max Ravitz (Patricia).
- LP of joyous, chiming, tropical house from K-LONE on Wisdom Teeth.
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Words: Ant & Tom.
Work: Ian, Tom R., Nathon, Phil, Jamie, Will, Daoud, Ant, Tom H. & Fred.
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