Weekly Update Pole, Label Watch (Matador), Tuung, Hey Colossus.

Flaming Tunes, Weekly Playlists, Insides, Population II, Pom Poko, Holy Motors, The Space Lady, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, The Chills, Adulkt Life, Wilco, Betty Davis, Alien Mustangs, They Might Be Giants, Maisha.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Pole returns on top form with an album steering the smoked out, dubwise essence of his classic trilogy into new directions.
  • Our latest Label Watch feature looks into the varied alternative sounds of Matador. Read on for our thoughts on Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Kurt Vile & more. Don’t miss our one for Warp too.
  • There’s a rare test pressing up for grabs for those who pre-order either vinyl variant of the upcoming War on Drugs live album.
  • Weekly Playlist. Head to Spotify or YouTube for this week’s staff picked tracks.

New music

  • Tunng’s latest is one part of a multimedia project on death. Cheerier than it sounds!
  • Alien Mustangs Sally! Greek psych-kraut-space rock treat ft. an amazing sleeve.
  • Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes. Pair up between members of out-there jazz group Irreversible Entanglements.
  • DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK 4. 3LPs worth of kosmische on Soul Jazz, what more could you ask for?
  • Tallinn shoegazers Holy Motors take their horse down the old town road…
  • Experimental yet cutesy indie pop, math rock & noise pop from Pom Poko.
  • Excellent neo-psych & prog on Castle Face from Quebec’s Population II.
  • It’s only taken them two decades, but now cult UK dream pop group Insides are back with new music.
  • Once called Micachu & The Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad are back with more arty indie pop jams.
  • Tiña mark the first-ever album release on tastemaker label Speedy Wunderground.
  • Venice psych-tainted post-punk heavies Kill Your Boyfriend return.
  • Alasdair Roberts plunders a load of rare Scottish folk tracks on this limited release.
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s live version of ‘Greendale’ lands in a 2LP/2CD/Blu-ray/DVD box set. Also on 2CD & 2LP.
  • I wonder if guitar improv whiz Stef Kett has ever been to Kettering’s ‘Ket Fest’.
  • Desert scorched dose of psych, alt. & noise rock from Hey Colossus.
  • Acid Roulette. Sorta like if 80s & 90s AmRep bands took influence from classic psych & space rock.
  • New indie supergroup Adulkt Life offer up their debut of twisted guitars & driven post-punk. Fans of Sonic Youth will dig this one.
  • PUP. Six track EP of techy post-hardcore. As good as any of their albums.
  • More Ennio Morricone, this time it’s a compilation of unreleased & rare soundtrack cuts.
  • Matana Roberts & Pat Thomas bring their avant-jazz sounds to a Cafe OTO audience.
  • + Don’t forget to check out our Best Albums of October feature & its sister listicle. +

Re-issues

  • Flaming Tunes. Superior Viaduct reissue the sought-after sole release from Gareth Williams of This Heat.
  • Someone Else's Party’, ‘Keep Breathing’ & ‘Rebellion’ from The Durutti Column land on vinyl for the first time.
  • The Space Lady. Street musician turned outsider psych pop curio.
  • Linval Thompson produced roots reggae cut from The Viceroys.
  • The Flaming Lips’ early-ish favourite ‘Transmissions From…’ gets the colour wax treatment.
  • Good news if you’re a Pylon fan, as there’s a new box set out & ‘Gyrate’ & ‘Chomp’ return to the shelves.
  • Belphegor. Arguably a contender for the GOAT in its genre…
  • The last of the legendary EPs which Slowdive released before their debut is here.
  • Sonic Youth certainly left their mark on music with ‘Goo’. This box set is here to remind us of that.
  • From Brussels With Love. Forty year celebration of the goth, post-punk & minimal wave flavoured comp.
  • Wilco. I wonder if Jeff Tweedy visits Wilko when he’s on these shores.
  • This folk horror inspired doom LP from Green Lung arrived a day before Halloween.
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe. Score to JJ’s arctic expedition super 8 film.
  • David Bowie. You’re face to face, with the man who sold - *checks notes* - the ‘Metrobolist’.
  • The Chills. One is dressed for the H-bomb, the other is the jellyfish album.
  • Betty Davis. Two records of foot-tappin’ funk & soul from the legendary vocalist.
  • It’s been years since they released this one, but They Might Be Giants have no definitive answer to if they are giants or not.
  • To say this Iggy & The Stooges live album is raucous would be an understatement.
  • Jazz drummer Moses Boyd follows his Mercury nominated latest with a reissue of his debut.
  • Maisha. Giles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint reissue a UK jazz favourite.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • The Humble Bee day/night double drop on Dauw. AKA Craig Tattersall of The Boats.
  • Ploy takes his original strain of UK techno into darker realms.
  • Antoni Maiovvi dons his Ye Gods cap on L.I.E.S. with some doom/gloom to soundtrack the impending apocalypse.
  • Time dissolving ambient/drone from Mats Erlandsson on Hallow Ground.
  • Mort Garson reissue motherlode from Sacred Bones.
  • 2CD of live performances from Sarah Davachi to compliment her recent 'Cantus, Descant' record.
  • Marcin Pietruszewski ‘Pulsar Generator’ computer music CD tip for Hecker fans.
  • Ben Chatwin aka Talvihorros foregrounds hidden frequencies.
  • Spun Out Of Control tape of alternate scores for The Blair Witch Project from Andy Fosberry. Cosmic/Italo disco sci-fi electro funk Proto Droids LP aka Correlations.
  • Metro Jaxx Vol. III EP on Balkan vinyl feat. Tsuin, Elliot Adamson, The Wasp, Acidulant, Echaskech, and Room 13 (DMX Krew & Bass Junkie).
  • +++ Twelve inch action: Filmmaker on Black Opal, Omar S on FXHE, Bambounou on AD 93, Nuron / As One repress on De:Tuned, Sotto Voce on Redstone Press, Roger van Lunteren on FireScope, Puma & The Dolphin on Invisible, Inc. +++

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Best records this week

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Ploy

Unlit Signals

8/10 from Daoud

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The Flaming Lips

Transmissions From The Satellite Heart

8/10 from Tommy WM

It took six albums and a decade together as a band for The Flaming Lips to truly leave a mark on the mainstream. Their breakthrough came in the form of 'Transmissions From The...read on »

Pole

Fading

8/10 from Tommy WM

The fractured sounds and warped dub-tronics of ‘Fading’ evoke many a half-remembered night out at dancehall, techno, and dubstep nights of Leeds and beyond, conjur...read on »

Drew McDowall

Agalma

8/10 from Daoud

I’m sorry Drew McDowall, but I probably wouldn’t be listening to this right now if not for your impeccable taste in collaborators. Caterina Barbeieri, Robert Aiki ...read on »

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