Weekly Update Spacemen 3, black midi, Protomartyr, Crack Cloud, JARV IS.

Slowdive, Mary Lattimore (Dinked), Shinichi Atobe, Arca, Rose City Band, Electronic Sound, Lianne La Havas, Yaeji, Depeche Mode, Bing & Ruth, No Age.

Headlines

  • Crack Cloud’s debut of fidgety post-punk takes the Album of the Week accolade this time around.
  • Mary Lattimore takes the 60th spot for Dinked Edition with a gorgeous album inspired by the Cornish coast, produced by Slowdive’s Neil Halstead.
  • Plenty of Spacemen 3 & Spiritualized limited colour cuts have arrived for your minds & ears.
  • Weekly Playlist. Spotify & YouTube host the week’s Update related audio delights. 

New music

  • The unmistakable sounds of Protomartyr are here once again to satisfy many a post-punk fan.
  • JARV IS emerges from Beyond The Pale, armed with a great backing band & decent set of tunes.
  • If all that Jarvis wasn’t enough, there’s also the latest edition of Electronic Sound.
  • Featuring two expansive long tracks, the latest double single from black midi is basically an EP.
  • The Dinked’s of The Blinders’ latest may have sold out, but there’s still the clear vinyl left.
  • And who could forget dear Ratboys?
  • Debut album from ex-Polvo members Silver Scrolls is here.
  • Zombi are back with a space rock heavy new’un, complete with the scariest possible album title EVER.
  • Limited to 250 copies for this poppy post-punk/new wave influenced record from Kelley Stoltz.
  • Two members of Touché Amoré form Entry, bringing the best bits of punk, hardcore & d-beat together.
  • Don’t tell him Pike. Nick Lowe is back with a limited EP.
  • Cinematic soul meets hard-hitting funk on this single from El Michels Affair ft. The Shacks.
  • The Texas Gentlemen. The fold-out sleeve reveals a snakes & ladders style boardgame. Nice.
  • Yaeji makes it rain once again with a party ready, dance music mash-up mixtape.
  • UK soul singer Lianne La Havas is back & bigger & better than ever. Ace Radiohead cover too.
  • No Age never disappoint if you’re after some noisy, immediate guitar punk-pop.
  • Suns out, Mummise Guns out. Stoner noise rock record ft. Pigsx7 & Luminous Bodies members.
  • Ripley Johnson country-fries Wooden Shjips’ psych sound up on Rose City Band’s new chiller.
  • Spice, spice baby. Member of Cali hardcore group Ceremony mash up the sounds of Jawbreaker, Fugazi et al on their debut.
  • Samantha Crain’s music & back-story moved Lucy Rose so much she set up her own label to release this.
  • Kaleidoscope. Soul Jazz pluck the best bits from the London jazz scene with this 3LP comp.
  • Speaking of UK jazz, Zara McFarlane is back on Giles Peterson’s Brownswood with a new LP.
  • Plenty of limited-edition CDs & records have just landed from Time Released Sound

Re-issues

  • Slowdive have not only just reissued their debut, they’ve announced ‘Pygmalion’ is returning to wax too.
  • Considered a long lost album for years, the second David Bowie’s Tin Machine project finally gets a reissue.
  • Mega Wave Orchestra. Sought-after Swiss psych-jazz-experimental private press.
  • Depeche Mode. Reach out & touch box set...
  • Very limited expanded reissue with extras from no wave pioneers Jody Harris / Robert Quine of Contortions & Voidods.
  • Quickly repressed by popular demand, guitarist Bhajan Bhoy takes us on a nice kraut-psych trip.
  • Jessica Curry’s gorgeous score to ‘Dear Esther’, the game where you get to explore a remote Scottish island, returns on limited clear wax.
  • Austin Wintory. Score to the game ‘Erica’, which is free on PSN right now. 
  • Jens Lekman & Annika Norlin’s collaboration sorta worked like a pen pal project.
  • Giant Sand. Does their name mean lots of sand or just a big grain of it?
  • Three Oasis reissues have landed this week.
  • Snazzy colourful vinyl to match Anaal Nathrakh’s colourful & breezy sound…
  • Oneness of Juju. Over a decade's worth of jazz, funk & Afrobeat has been compiled.
  • Slowcore group Idaho celebrate the first ever vinyl release for this one.
  • Haphazard outsider pop from cult Zappa favourites The Shaggs.
  • Little Axe aka Skip McDonald gets a shedload of his catalogue brought back to wax.
  • Toots & The Maytals’ equally great follow-up to the legendary ‘Funky Kingston’ is here.
  • What’s cooler than being cool? Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers!

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Deliciously Mysterious soundworlds from GRM bossman Kassel Jaeger.
  • Joyous, sublime deep techno/house from Shinichi Atobe on DDS.
  • Vicious, piercing, brutalist industrial-strength dub/bass/noise assault from Finland’s Luke Lund on Ohm Resistance.
  • Steady flowing, suspended in time Farfisa organ ambient from Bing & Ruth on 4AD.
  • Huerco S's West Mineral Ltd. label unleashes a frenzied racket curveball from virtualdemonlaxative. Edition 200 copies!
  • DJ Chengz mixtape on Nyege Nyege Tapes showcasing St. Lucia’s hi-NRG “Dennery Segment” sound. Fire emoji x3.
  • Transcendent Persian Tombak drumming and complimentary electricity shaping from Mohammad Reza Mortazavi & Burnt Friedman.
  • Kaleidoscopic pop leaning album from Arca, bursting with relentless creativity and sounding at times like the mutant spawn of Aphex and SOPHIE.
  • Tape of blistering, braincell decimating electronix from UKAEA.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Crack Cloud

Pain Olympics

9/10 from Daoud

What is it about Canada that seems to be able to sustain ambitious and large musical collectives? Though they don’t have much in common musically it’s hard not to ...read on »

Galaxians

Chemical Reaction

8/10 from Fred MG

Galaxians’ ‘Chemical Reaction’ is one of those LPs which will suffer particularly hard from emerging mid-lockdown. You see, the Leeds trio are an absolute de...read on »

bdrmm

Bedroom

8/10 from Tommy WM

Yorkshire newcomers bdrmm have certainly done their homework alright. The young group know their way around a pedalboard and have soaked up a healthy amount of influence from ...read on »

Various

Kaleidoscope - New Spirits Known and Unknown

8/10 from Daoud

It’s quite remarkable, the London jazz scene. A genre long derided for being difficult and uncompromising has managed to burst its banks without compromising at all. Lon...read on »

Shinichi Atobe

Yes

8/10 from Ant

A sole 12” for Chain Reaction in 2001 and then he seemingly vanished. Then, after thirteen years of silence, in 2014 Shinichi Atobe re-emerged with an album for Demdike ...read on »

Kassel Jaeger

Swamps / Things

8/10 from Ant

Rewind to 2012 and there I was blathering on about this guy called Kassel Jaeger who creates these really mysterious electroacoustic sound worlds. Then some years later I disc...read on »

Featured albums

Mary Lattimore
Shinichi Atobe
DJ Chengz
virtualdemonlaxative
Kassel Jaeger
Electronic Sound
UKAEA
Kelley Stoltz
Lianne La Havas
Depeche Mode
Silver Scrolls
Jody Harris / Robert Quine
Zombi
Various
The Texas Gentlemen
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi & Burnt Friedman
Mummise Guns
Toots & The Maytals
Zara McFarlane
The Shaggs
Jens Lekman & Annika Norlin
El Michels Affair featuring The Shacks
Austin Wintory
Tin Machine
Luke Lund
black midi
Yaeji
Arca
Entry
Nick Lowe
Idaho
Crack Cloud
Anaal Nathrakh
Anaal Nathrakh
Anaal Nathrakh
Spice
Oneness of Juju
Bing & Ruth
Protomartyr
Rose City Band
Bhajan Bhoy
JARV IS
No Age
Mega Wave Orchestra
The Blinders
Ratboys
Samantha Crain
Jessica Curry
Giant Sand
Oasis
Oasis
Oasis
Slowdive
Slowdive