Weekly Update Run The Jewels, Perfume Genius, Joy Division, Sleafords Mods.

Everything Everything, Little Kid (Dinked), Einstürzende Neubauten, Public Practice, Jerry Paper, Jason Isbell, Pacific Breeze, Crack Cloud, Moses Sumney, Josey Rebelle, Sei Still.

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New music

  • Sleaford Mods are back with a career spanning double  LP of rarities, B-sides, classics & unheard tracks.
  • Our resident Einstürzende Neubauten fan adores their first record in yonks.
  • Peaking Lights return with their heady mix of psych, dub & synths.
  • Synth-psych fun from Jerry Paper on Stones Throw. We think he should get those eyes tested though...
  • Pacific Breeze 2. Ace compilation of funk-pop & synth funk from the land of the rising sun.
  • The Third Mind. Take the hippies bowling, take them bowling.
  • Moses Sumney’s latest is a grey area of sound. By that I mean it’s tricky to place any genre upon it.
  • Very New York sounding concoction of dancey post-punk from Public Practice.
  • Soulful country & folk from Frazey Ford.
  • The Teskey Brothers present a live LP featuring tracks from a four-night sold-out residency.
  • Lewsberg return with their dark humoured take on indie rock.
  • Constant Smiles. Loads of extras are loaded into this bargain EP of shoegaze & dream pop.
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. More ace Americana cuts from ex-Driveby Truckers frontman.
  • Debut album from Mexico’s own psychedelic krautrockers Sei Still.
  • Charlie Berger has not one, but two records this week under the monikers Slowly & With Hidden Noise
  • The delayed Hamilton Leithauser records arrive. No one has a voice quite like him do they?
  • You may have heard Liz Powell on our American Football exclusive. Here she is with a new Land of Talk record.

Re-issues

  • Before the Razorcuts. Two albums from the jangle poppers return to vinyl courtesy of Optic Nerve.
  • Seminal classic from Japanese group Pale Cocoon. You may dig if you like Durutti Column or Cocteau’s.
  • Fellow country star Lucinda Williams gives Giant Sand a hand on this one.
  • Pacific Breeze. If the second edition wasn’t enough for you this week, have a colour edition of the first.
  • Bad trip psychedelia & black metal meet with a hefty Swans influence from Oranssi Pazuzu.
  • Underrated soul cut from Lamont Butler.
  • Pulsallama were recently resurrected for a sample from Danny Brown. Sounds like a right old no wave knees up.
  • Edikanfo. Eno adds some trippy psychedelic shades to this Afrobeat/highlife cut.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Stupendous Rashad Becker and Mark Fell reworks of cuts from Sote’s ‘Parallel Persia’ album, plus ace non-album track. Highly recommended EP on Diagonal.
  • Grischa Lichtenberger blurs the line between absurd and normal with an album of “crooked ballads” for Raster. Vinyl includes a handmade and signed silkscreen print limited to 300 copies.
  • Spectral abstractions from Kassel Jaeger & Jim O'Rourke on Editions Mego.
  • Okkyung Lee delicately intertwines the stirring drama of Korean traditional music with modern classical composition and free improv on her gorgeous LP for Shelter Press.
  • Cucina Povera’s intimate voice and synthetic backdrops attempt to reconcile the conflicts between mechanical living and nature.
  • Clocked these ace 12"s from Simon Shreeve in drum & bass mode as Mønic?
  • Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson’s darker modern classical/ambient hybrids occupy the spaces between electronic/acoustic and analogue/digital.
  • Josey Rebelle in the mix on Beats In Space incl. trax from rRoxymore, Hieroglyphic Being, Andrés, Afrodeutsche, Titonton Duvante etc.
  • Burnt Friedman hypnotises with assistance from João Pais Filipe and Jaki Liebezeit.
  • Bleak, chilling, killer album spawned from sensory deprivation from Detroit’s finest electro-punks ADULT.
  • Near mythical Loefah dubplate action.
  • Tape of delightful ambient electronica from Jik on Bytes. Edition of 30 copies!
  • Deep listening/sound healing with C. Lavender's meditative binaural recordings from inside a geodesic dome.
  • A psychedelic investigation into just intonation from Phillip Sollmann (aka Efdemin).
  • Emotive, dreamy, melodic acid tracks from Ociya aka Patricia & Tin Man.
  • Billowing ambient heart breakers/melters from bvdub.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Modern Studies

The Weight of the Sun

9/10 from Daoud

Sometimes all you need is to do one thing really well. Modern Studies do a lot of things well, but it’s their singing in particular, that makes ‘The Weight of the ...read on »

Masaki Batoh

Smile Jesus Loves YOU

8/10 from Fred MG

At the core of Masaki Batoh’s new LP ‘Smile Jesus Loves YOU’ is the notion that high-falutin art-music can mix it with the sounds of the people. This outlook...read on »

Perfume Genius

Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

8/10 from Fred MG

Mike Hadreas's music is the sound of a tortured soul. This isn’t to say that it’s particularly wracked, pained or difficult to listen to - indeed, the records he r...read on »

Sote

Parallel Persia (Rashad Becker & Mark Fell Re-Works)

8/10 from Ant

Sote’s recent ‘Parallel Persia’ album on Diagonal was (as ever from Ata Ebtekar) a striking, original work. Rashad Becker and Mark Fell, therefore, make...read on »

Featured albums

Joy Division
Joy Division
Run The Jewels
The Jayhawks
Little Kid
Joy Division
Joy Division
Everything Everything
Crack Cloud
Constant Smiles
Okkyung Lee
Sote
Burnt Friedman
With Hidden Noise
Slowly
Pulsallama
Edikanfo
jik
Oranssi Pazuzu
The Teskey Brothers
Einstürzende Neubauten
Sei Still
Pale Cocoon
Grischa Lichtenberger
Peaking Lights
Phillip Sollmann
C. Lavender
Kassel Jaeger & Jim O'Rourke
bvdub
Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson
Loefah
Josey Rebelle
Land Of Talk
Frazey Ford
Ociya aka Patricia & Tin Man
Various
Lamont Butler
Hamilton Leithauser
Jerry Paper
Sleaford Mods
Cucina Povera
ADULT.
Perfume Genius
Public Practice
Lewsberg
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
The Third Mind
Moses Sumney
Various
Giant Sand