Weekly Update Mid-year Review, Tim Koh (Dinked), Julianna Barwick, Laura Marling.
Flaming Tunes, The Beths, NZCA Lines, Patricia, Jim O’Rourke, Omar S, The Home Current, Jason Williamson, Margo Price, The Streets, Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin.
- Julianna Barwick is our Album of the Week with her latest record of art pop influenced ambience, ft. guest spots from Sigur Rós’s Jónsi, Mary Lattimore & Nosaj Thing.
- Our Best New Albums & Reissues of 2020 So Far feature is here!
- The Dinked Edition from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti member Tim Koh includes a signed print, tote bag & colour vinyl. Fans of psych-tinged art pop & indie rock will dig this.
- Flaming Tunes’ sought-after debut is getting reissued on limited clear wax & black vinyl.
- Weekly Playlist. If our Mid-year playlist isn’t enough, there’s always more on Spotify & YouTube.
- First record in over a decade from UKG legend Mike Skinner aka The Streets.
- Gorgeous Dinked Edition with extras from indie folk/slowcore group Little Kid.
- NZCA Lines. Order before midnight for your chance to win a giant credit card video prop. Yes really!
- Purple Reign! US sludge/black metallers Inter Arma present a collection of heavy-hitting covers.
- Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard. The avian equivalent of Pigs x7? Not quite…
- Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin got a 9/10 for their doom with a splash of neo-folk pair-up.
- With their mix of punk energy & twee pop melodicism, The Beths are back alright.
- Bob Dylan returns with an acclaimed double album.
- Laura Marling. Seventh album from one of the UK’s most celebrated singer-songwriters.
- Three Queens In Mourning & Bonnie Prince Billy. Ever so slightly unsettling album art right there…
- The Hanging Stars take on a Bert Jansch number & pair it with a newbie.
- The Lovely Eggs. Grand Designs, but on Mars!
- The Midnight must’ve got a Stranger Things box set for Christmas...
- He’s been about the UK jazz scene for a while, now it’s time for Oscar Jerome to release his debut.
- Tasty spiritual jazz debut from Asher Gamedze.
- Dirty Three drummer Jim White joins forces with folk guitarist Marisa Anderson on ‘The Quickening’.
- Mr Ben & The Bens. Once a fella called Ben came into the shop & bought one of their records. It made my day because I’m a loser like that.
- Lightning Orchestra. Big, bold tunes from the psych-soul-funksters.
- Inventions. Ambient piano man Eluvium is back with an Explosions In The Sky member, complete with a new sound.
- Alt. country pioneers The Jayhawks return with their most wide-ranging work to date.
- Speaking of country, the new Margo Price comes with a bonus, indies only single.
- Not one, but two new records from Peter Broderick.
- Sweet Spirit pair loads of unlikely influences together on their latest glam-pop offering.
- Son Volt’s post-Uncle Tupelo outing is an assured alt. country favourite.
- A bunch of these Spiritualized albums have turned up. Heavenly stuff.
- Jason Williamson. Reprint of a book featuring 13 tales from urban Midlandia.
- 4LP box set of the score to the super-spooky classic videogame Resident Evil 4.
- Barry Gray. Master of puppets is pulling the strings…
- Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek represses one of the most acclaimed pop albums of last year.
- Arvo Pärt & Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika. Modern classical-classic.
- The Gloria Record. Mini LP from the group formed from the ashes of emo heroes Mineral.
- A pair of Tangerine Dream reissues are on the table.
- These two reissues of jazz classics from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers & Thelonious Monk also include a CD.
- Abstract & unearthly delights from the legendary Vangelis.
- Carmine Coppola. Soundtrack to ‘The Outsiders’ which nods to golden age cinema.
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
- Omar S flips the bird to RA on his new album feat. Detroit house / FXHE family; John FM, Rick Wilhite, Norm Talley, and OB Ignitt.
- Generative compositions from NYZ as he busts out some cheap olde ROMplers and his MANIAC cellular automata sequencer. Certified mind fryers.
- Coupla mongrel bass/breakbeat/house/techno plates on Hessle Audio from Pearson Sound and Pangaea.
- Editions Mego kick off their Portraits GRM label with a split LP from Lucy Railton / Max Eilbacher and a spectral transmission from Jim O'Rourke.
- Low End Activist re-wires Grime on Seagrave.
- Delightful, subtly acidic album from Patricia on Ghostly.
- Fossil Aerosol Mining Project / 400 Lonely Things mine and digitally degenerate a trashy early '80s Italian zombie flick. Tape w/ DL on The Helen Scarsdale Agency.
- Thee Crossed Wires LP on LSD sold out in a flash. Coupla tapes if yer quick tho!
- Soulful, sidereal techno/electro 2LP from Future Beat Alliance.
- Quirky house/techno/electronica from The Home Current (Polytechnic Youth, Castles In Space). Grooves and wriggles along with elastic bass and chunky drums.
- Yair Etziony constructs dramatic ambient works for an uncertain future.
- Tape of lockdown sonic hallucinations from Baldruin on Lullabies For Insomniacs.
- Francisco López USB memory card with 12 hours of uncompressed audio. Edition of 300 signed copies. A vast universe of Lopezian sonics.
- Subtly melodic, crystalline icy minimalism from Nordvest aka Sleeparchive/Skanfrom.
- Commodo bass pressure and skittering outernational electro-jazz/dub Clap! Clap!, both on Black Acre.
- Dallas Acid shift perspectives from ‘The Spiral Arm’ to 'The Spiral Ambience'. CD on Brian Eno’s All Saints label.
- Refreshing Vanessa Worm album on Optimo Music. File under: Dunno.
- Album of shimmering, glittering twinklers from WOO.
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Words: Ant & Tom.
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