Weekly Update Oneohtrix Point Never, Kurt Vile, Fleet Foxes, Kate NV.
Nicolás Jaar, Concretism, A Certain Ratio, IDLES, Deftones, Thurston Moore, Prince, Elliott Smith, Slift, The Twilight Sad, Pillow Queens, Japanese Television, Lou Reed, Nurse With Wound, Bogdan Raczynski.
- Album of the Week. Russian musician Kate NV’s latest sees catchy art pop meet cosmic funk, bold new wave & synth pop. There’s a few limited-edition Dinked’s left on these!
- Hot of the presses on these announcements! Expect new records from Oneohtrix, Fleet Foxes, Kurt Vile & Concretism to be landing with us soon.
- Weekly Playlist. Spotify & YouTube hold this week’s staff-selected songs.
- Bristolian post-hardcore favourites IDLES make it to three albums.
- Leeds favourites I Like Trains return for the first time in 8 years with a post-rock eschewing, dark post-punk record.
- A Certain Ratio. First record from the Manchester punk-funk group in over a decade.
- Big riffs & dreamy sections define the latest from alt. metal kings Deftones.
- Punk & alt. Rock legend Bob Mould is righteously angry on his fiery new record.
- Rhodri Davies & Richard Dawson’s Hen Ogledd project return with a fresh outing of weird & wonderful pop.
- Steve Shelley & MBV’s Debbie Googe join Thurston Moore on his latest solo piece.
- Japanese Television. Great 5-track EP of spooky surf-psych & krautrock.
- Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton releases his first ever solo work.
- Make More Noise! Women In Independent Music UK 1977-1987. 4CD & hardback book set for the riot grrrls.
- Indie pop group & Peel favourites Bob release a shelved album from 92.
- Cosmic Vibrations ft. Dwight Trible. For those into their spiritual jazz.
- Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Jazz LP on International Anthem inspired by Lake Michigan.
- The Nix’s debut features ex-Franz Ferdinand members, Laetitia Sadier, & the influence of Jah Shaka.
- Hip hop legends Public Enemy return with the help of Nas, DJ Premier, Mike D, Run DMC & more.
- This in-demand Shlohmo cut finally gets a release with an exclusive to vinyl song.
- Mark Lanegan & Shelley Brien’s dark synth project Black Phoebe are donating all proceeds to RSPB.
- Calder youngsters Working Men's Club are already getting reworked by Graham Massey before their debut is even released.
- You can always count on UK jazzers The Heliocentrics for some psychedelic genre-bending delights.
- Arcade Fire’s Will Butler puts a personal touch to the sleeve of his first in 5 years.
- Justin Pinkerton. Danish psych rock label home in the riffs in favour of synths & minimalism here.
- Gin-fuelled Gothenburg group Fort Not plunder the best of classic American indie here.
- One doob makes you slower… Prince Fatty reworks a Jefferson Airplane classic.
- Hotly tipped Dublin newcomers Pillow Queens release their debut.
- Sylvan Esso. Upbeat pop jams galore.
- Beverly Glenn-Copeland. Delightfully serene ambient, electronic & new age comp.
- We’ve got a pair of brassica related delights from two Manchester bands - Cabbage & Heavy Salad…
- Makaya McCraven presents 14 unreleased cuts from the ‘Universal Beings’ album.
- Enigmatic group STR4TA pay homage to UK funk on their first EP for Brownswood.
- Three releases from space poppers Flaming Lips have been reduced to £9.99.
- Slowdive. Another week, another colour reissue of a classic dream pop record.
- Neo-psych meets indie & soulful pop on this Skinshape favourite.
- The Nocturnal Emissions reissue continue with their debut landing on limited white vinyl.
- The Twilight Sad’s industrial rock tinged third record got the Andrew Weatherall production treatment.
- Back to the Future celebrates 35 years since its release with a remastered vinyl set.
- These 13LP Prince box sets can take space up in your home instead of our offices now!
- A Lou Reed favourite gets a deluxe reissue with CDs, a DVD & booklet.
- Elliott Smith. One of the best indie folk records going celebrates 25 years.
- Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe. Limited repress!
- Kikagaku Moyo. Could’ve been recorded in the depths of a Japanese forest could this one.
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Pink vinyl for a pink cover. You know the one.
- Slift reckon space is the place with their slab of hyperspeed garage psych.
- Was Kevin Rowland’s much-hated covers album unfairly derided? Decide when you replay the record.
- BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah. Smoky jazz-rap inspired by 70s blaxploitation soundtracks. Instrumental versions available.
- Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith with Stanley Turrentine & Horace Silver Quintet are next in the Blue Note Tone Poem reissue series.
- Here’s a soundtrack & CD box set from Mercury Rev.
- A couple of early favourites from Dutch post-punks The Ex arrived early on this week.
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
- You wait ages for a vinylized Nicolás Jaar ambient album and two arrive at once.
- Twinkle³ complete their immense trilogy with a bold, intergalactic, interdimensional odyssey on Marionette.
- Lush Waveform Transmission (Rod Modell & Chris Troy) crystalline ambient bliss.
- Oliver Ho (Broken English Club) returns with a crushing gothic industrial record as Slow White Fall. Plus Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Giant Swan, Cub, Slow White Fall and Kerridge remixing My Disco. Both out on Downwards.
- Bogdan Raczynski's Braindance classic is still pure FUN two decades on.
- Horror musique concrète tape from Omamy on Evening Chants. Edition of 100.
- Modern classical/ambient integrating weepers from Library Tapes feat. Julia Kent, Akira Kosemura and pals.
- Nurse With Wound ‘To The Quiet Men From A Tiny Girl’ and ‘Merzbild Schwet’ mega classics reissued on coloured vinyl.
- Innovative pop music from Marie Davidson & L'Oeil nu on Ninja Tune.
- Miki Yui uses dreamworld experiences to trigger our imaginations.
- Silent Vigils trilogy concludes on Home Normal - an optimistic celebration of new life.
- Deep, extended soundscapes from Terrence Dixon & Jordan GCZ.
- Brooklyn techno warrior Adam X opens up his Acid Archives 92-94.
- Fierce, gruelling, industrialized jackhammer punishers from JT Whitfield on L.I.E.S.
- UK techno stalwart Kirk Degiorgio switches gear into half-time d&b and shoegazey mode backed by a remix from Anthony Child aka Surgeon.
- Sophia Loizou’s eco-centric cyber-dreams/visions of earth through non-human eyes.
- Collection of frenetic early Gqom spanning 2013-2019 from Phelimuncasi.
- Coupla tracks from the first Logic System (ex-YMO man Hideki Matsutake) album pressed to 12" for the jockeys.
- 2CD collecting Francisco López's sonic adventures out in the wild.
- Khotin LP on Ghostly - melodic electronica up top / blurry, dreamy ambient beneath.
- AD 93 (fka Whities) blue series 12" feat. Mucho Sueño / Bas Dobbelaer / Martinou / Sapphire Slows. Very limited copies.
- Ominous, energetic electro-industrial sizzlers from Identified Patient on Dekmantel.
- Clutch of Tapeworm spools from strom|morts, Gabie Strong and Richard Francis & Frans de Waard.
- Zoned EP on Palto Flats from Silvia Kastel and Wilted Woman as Shakey.
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Words: Ant & Tom.
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