Weekly Update Sonic Boom, Bob Mould, Rolling Blackouts C.F., black midi.

Best Albums of May, Longpigs, Roly Porter, The Blue Nile, Jimi Hendrix, El Michels Affair, Muzz, Hinds, No Age, Sports Team, Trickfinger, Kali Malone, Blut Aus Nord, Roxy Girls, Jockstrap.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Sonic Boom loads up the synths to craft a record of hypnotic psych pop. 
  • Check out our Best Albums of May feature, plus our piece on records you may have missed.
  • Competition. Order a copy of the new Rolling Blackouts C.F. album before midnight for your chance to win an ultra-rare test pressing. 
  • Bob Mould has announced a new album which he reckons is his heaviest & most immediate in years.
  • More of the black midi 12’’ singles have been loaded up for pre-order.
  • Weekly Playlist. This week’s staff curated tuneage is here on Spotify & YouTube.

New music

  • Thee MVPs. More of the Dinked Editions of Leeds’ garage psych group have landed, complete with a colour vinyl, slipmat, hand-numbered insert & more.
  • Interpol’s Paul Banks, Walkmen drummer Matt Barrick & Bonny Light Horseman’s Josh Kaufman team up as Muzz for a record which will appeal to fans of the likes of The National.
  • Vanishing Twin follow their ace second album with a 4-track EP to fund their overseas tours.
  • Maita land on Kill Rock Stars for an album which merges grungy indie with Americana.
  • The second record from OHMME doubles down on their adventurous indie sound.
  • Nick Lowe. Limited-edition EP from the pub rock legend.
  • Prolific avant-garde man Jim O’Rourke presents a GRM inspired LP.
  • offthesky is back on Fluid Audio for a very limited-edition deluxe CD sets with loads of extras.
  • Madrid indie quartet Hinds return with their third LP.
  • Noise rock two piece No Age are back with more catchy fuzz pop jams.
  • Roxy Girls’ latest was written before a spontaneous drunken trip to Leeds, apparently.
  • Warp signees Jockstrap return with their hard to categorise mash-up of art pop & electronic.
  • This primo stoner metal concept album from Vinum Sabbathi lets you choose which order to play it.
  • Brigid Mae Power’s new album bridges all sorts of folk & alt. country together brilliantly.
  • Rising songwriter Westerman releases his debut of ambient/art pop.
  • From Late Of The Pier to LA Priest, Sam Dust returns with his unique take on pop.
  • Indie, modern post-punk & psych combine on Melenas’ latest record.
  • Aussie group The Stroppies certainly love their 90s US indie.
  • Munehiro Narita. Live album from the psychedelic speed freak & High Rise member.
  • Soul funkers El Michels Affair pen their first record of original in donkeys.
  • Erik Hall painstakingly recreates the minimalism classic ‘Music For 18 Musicians’.
  • Hillbillies In Hell’ & ‘Troubled Troubadours’ are two compilations of rare & grizzly country cuts.
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist creates some wicked-good Warp-esque acid/ambient techno as Trickfinger.
  • Colin Stetson. The man with the massive saxophone scores a surrealist horror.
  • Sports Team. The UK post-punk's debut is now available on orange wax.
  • Tropicalia & jazz influenced solo record from Sessa.

Re-issues

  • The Blue Nile most recent work lands on wax for the first time & the CD includes loadsa extras. 
  • The Band of Gypsys join Hendrix for one of the best live records of all-time. 
  • Richard Hawley’s Sheffield Britpoppers Longpigs reissue a fan-favourite.
  • Acclaimed ambient man Biosphere reissues ‘Dropsonde’.
  • Kali Malone. I should be so lucky. What, not that one? Kali’s acclaimed drone record returns.
  • Britpop fans, don’t Sleeper on this one…
  • Blut Aus Nord reissue three cuts of boundary pushing black metal on colour vinyl.
  • Black Sabbath. One of the greatest bands ever play their greatest 70s material live.
  • Andy Paak’s backing group Free Nationals reissue their guest loaded cut of funk & soul.
  • Swiss metal overlords Hellhammer set the basis for both Celtic Frost & black metal with this one.
  • Nice cut of kiwi indie from The Phoenix Foundation to celebrate a decade since its release.
  • The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. You’d think these Swedes were around for the 70s with this one.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Ex-Vex'd bassbin punisher Roly Porter imagines ancient burial rituals of Neolithic Dartmoor with a collision of modern classical and cavernous cutting edge sound design.
  • Nicholas Jaar finally unleashes his Against All Logic techno/house hybrids spanning 2017-2019 on triple wax plus an EP.
  • CPU rope in James Zabiela, EOD and Telefon Tel Aviv to remix old Rephlex stalwart Bochum Welt.
  • The Isolation Tapes CD on Castles In Space incl. Polypores, Vic Mars, Listening Center, Concretism + more.
  • Tape documenting Nokuit's blackened drones and hallucinatory smeared electronix 'Live at Cafe OTO'. Check if ya dig Dean Hurley.
  • Camarades Breton recycles, loops and collages sounds from the past 50 years. Limited edition tape on Gang of Ducks.
  • 40th anniversary edition of former Ashra drummer Harald Grosskopf acid-fried, kosmische classic 'Synthesist'.
  • Special Request remixes The Grid's olde Balearic ambient house tune 'Flotation'.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Lee Morgan

The Cooker

9/10 from Sam F

Criminally underrated in the grandiose tapestry that is Jazz, Lee Morgan worked with everybody who’s anybody and if he didn’t work with them, you haven’t hea...read on »

Roly Porter

Kistvaen

9/10 from Ant

In terms of production quality, former Vex’d bassbin punisher Roly Porter set the bar exceptionally high right from the start. He’s continuously maintained this hi...read on »

The Cool Greenhouse

The Cool Greenhouse

8/10 from Clinton

We've needed this. Since the passing of Mark E. Smith (and as a result the Fall), there's been a severe lacking of records featuring long repetitive grooves with fascinating, ...read on »

Brigid Mae Power

Head Above The Water

8/10 from Tommy WM

The third album from Galway based songwriter Brigid Mae Power is equal parts folk and country, often skilfully marrying both styles together. There’s always something bu...read on »

Vinnum Sabbathi

Of Dimensions And Theories

8/10 from Tommy WM

Named after a track on stoner metal group Electric Wizard’s classic ‘Dopethrone’ album, Vinnum Sabbathi play music as equally indebted to the Dorset doomster...read on »

Featured albums

Bob Mould
black midi
offthesky
Munehiro Narita
Various
Camarades Breton
Jim O'Rourke
Vinnum Sabbathi
Various
Various
Nick Lowe
Hendrix
Free Nationals
The Grid
Roly Porter
Roxy Girls
Erik Hall
Vanishing Twin
OHMME
Jockstrap
The Stroppies
The Phoenix Foundation
Trickfinger
Blut Aus Nord
Bochum Welt
Blut Aus Nord
Blut Aus Nord
Longpigs
Hellhammer
Muzz
The Blue Nile
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Westerman
Thee MVPs
Maita
Sonic Boom
Brigid Mae Power
No Age
El Michels Affair
Sports Team
Nokuit
Colin Stetson
Melenas
Sleeper
Hinds
LA Priest
Sessa
Kali Malone
Black Sabbath
Harald Grosskopf
Biosphere