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Weekly Update The Wytches, Francesco De Masi, Goat, Triptides, zydol, and more...

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to our summary of what has been an extremely busy week at the Towers.

On Monday we unleashed our Top 50s on an unsuspecting world, which has had you all clamouring for a piece of some of our favourite things. We also now have free shipping on CDs and DVDs which will save you a few bob. And if the seasonal festivals of capitalism known as Black Friday and Christmas weren't robbing you blind enough as it is, we have once again declared the coming Monday (i.e. 2nd December) 'Brown Monday'. Stay tuned.

(For anyone who watched the expose into Amazon’s working conditions on Panorama we would like to re-assure you that all our workers are free range and able to wander around the premises at ease. Oh, we also pay our taxes.)

So what’s big this week? Biggest news I guess is that Mute have re-issued TWO BBC Radiophonic Workshop LP’s (here and here) which are, of course, a must-own. On a similarly cutting-edge-yet-ancient synth tip, try The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits, a collection of recordings from a lady who wandered around San Francisco in the 1970s sounding remarkably like Broadcast and Silver Apples.

Goat were our biggest sellers of last year and they now have a live LP which is certainly worth shelling out for. And if your ears start to bleed, try Dustin O’Halloran’s The Beauty Inside for some melty piano melancholy.

You may not think there would be any room for another album of Daniel Johnston songs but James Yorkston and Adrian Crowley dispute such a thought as they take on some of his best work with love, care and an ear for reinvention. Triptides released one of our favourite albums of last year, and their new one arrived just too late for inclusion in our year-end lists but sounds like a lovely second helping of their Real Estate-y guitar pop. Office consensus is that it gets better on each spin. Also pouring out of the office is The Cosmic Dead/Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (count ‘em) 12” split on new-fangled psych-rock new Newcastle label The Old Noise.

This week's marmite release is by Mount Eerie who have seen fit to rework their drifting unconventional music in an electronic style with heavily autotuned vocals, whilst Von Himmel win this week's longest album title contest as well as providing Brian with some wildly experimental free rock to get excited about.

Never a week goes by without some soundtrack action and this week it's in the form of the shimmering ambience of Cliff Martinez's Solaris soundtrack and the intermittently funky and jazzily downbeat The New York Ripper by Francesco De Masi.

12”s? Let's start with a newie from Copeland and Gast (which of course contains Hype Williams's Inga Copeland), Function with a warm batch of remixes straight out the oven, and Emmplekz who have sounds that will turn your brain inside out and lyrics to match (says Ant). Had enough of this ‘disco music’? Then Wolf People make a proper earthy 70s folky fayre on organic, hand-reared vinyl as an annexe to their much acclaimed recent album.

On the 7” front there are lots. Kim Deal heads the pack with another wonderful, twinkling affair; Disappears and Cloudland Canyon take on Kraftwerk songs on a Sonic Cathedral split; The Wytches do a surf/doom thing and even break out a flute; and perma- angry Album of The Year victors Sleaford Mods bring more lairy, abusive, casio-punk for the terminally under-whelmed on Kraak.

Finally on this format-based run-through, we have a couple of miscellaneous items. Zydol unleash a cassette of forward-thinking volcanic noise on the curiously interesting Cataclyst imprint, and Orla Wren wins our Ridiculous Packaging Award with half of the western world stuffed inside their 10” and CD package.

That’s it now. We are going for a lie down (although not together).

Clint and the people
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

John Carpenter

Assault On Precinct 13

10/10 from Ant

Ahhhhhh a welcome reissue of one of my most beloved soundtracks of all time. I’d been after this on vinyl for years and then some ten years ago prayers were answered whe...read on »

Sleaford Mods

Austerity Dogs

10/10 from Brian

In 13+ years of my bouncing off the thick, slimy walls of Fort Norman there's not been an album that's split the office, hatchet-like, into two quite like this grimy fucker of...read on »

Von Himmel

weltraumrückführungsübereinkommen

10/10 from Brian

Right. I was doing SOOOO well until I reached this. Immediately I loved it, the sleeve, the music...EVERYTHING. Now I have to BUY another record when I’VE TOO MANY ALREA...read on »

BBC Radiophonic Workshop

The Radiophonic Workshop

10/10 from Ant

Necessary vinyl reissues of this pair of classic LP’s from the legendary British institute that is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. These LP’s have been unavailable i...read on »

BBC Radiophonic Workshop

BBC Radiophonic Music

10/10 from Ant

Necessary vinyl reissues of this pair of classic LP’s from the legendary British institute that is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. These LPs have been unavailable ind...read on »

Shifted

Under A Single Banner

9/10 from Brian

I've not really had the pleasure of checking Shifted's material in the past. Myriad 12"s have appeared and vanished as quickly from our shelves. His last album on Luke Slater'...read on »

TLAOTLON

Calavities

9/10 from Brian

Here we have a guy who has totally bewildered our Clinton, so much so that the poor soul e-mailed me at home with a link to the guy's bandcamp pleading with me to try make sen...read on »

Copeland & Gast

Ukmerge / Strict

9/10 from Li'l Biz

As discussed in previous reviews of Inga Copeland related material, I could happily listen to her sing all day. She could be singing in the chorus of a local amateur dramatics...read on »

Dustin O Halloran

The Beauty Inside

9/10 from Phil

OK here’s a soundtrack to a bizarre sounding project by Intel and Toshiba. ‘The Beauty Inside’ is a social film in 6 episodes where everyone in the audience ...read on »

The Wharves / The Rosy Crucifixion

Split

9/10 from Brian

I’ve seen that snake picture on the RC side somewhere before I swear. Maybe I’ve just watched lots of weird old films or something. Or I just like images of brave ...read on »

Sleaford Mods

Jobseeker

9/10 from Brian

Well it wasn’t my idea! But I approved of it enormously when it was proposed. So yes, our Album Of The Year 2013 outside-bet winners Sleaford Mods are already back with ...read on »

eMMplekz

Your Crate Has Changed

9/10 from Ant

Proper nutty action from this UK weirdo tag team following their wicked ‘IZOD Days’ LP and a 12” both of which also appeared on Mordant Music. For the numbsk...read on »

Cliff Martinez

Solaris

9/10 from Brian

Many days of late I have ranted under my breath about the unceasing proliferation of re-issued "classic" soundtracks and beg the existential question to myself much of the tim...read on »

Samuel Kerridge

Fallen Empire

9/10 from Ant

I’ve been really looking forward to this LP after really loving Kerridge’s pair of 12”s for Downwards and I’m happy to report it doesn't disappoint. Bl...read on »

Goat

Live Ballroom Ritual

9/10 from Brian

I was moaning to Mike the other morning as to why there appeared to be no DVD issue of this and he snappily retorted, "Maybe they didn't film it?". I just assume they film eve...read on »

Adrian Crowley & James Yorkston

My Yoke Is Heavy: The Songs Of Daniel Johnston

9/10 from Brian

It's all top stuff I've had to review from home this week, and this baby I've listened to quite a few times. It's a great collection of Daniel Johnston remakes from two renown...read on »

Triptides

Predictions

9/10 from Brian

One of our Clinton's few contemporary 60s-inspired squeezes are the amazing Triptides. I'm gonna keep this review fairly short as he's already enthused about them to the point...read on »

zydol

Triumph of the Will

9/10 from Brian

Cataclyst is a small label concerned mainly with cutting-edge electronics and sound-art. It's run by a really nice guy we know who quietly devotes most of his life to the dogg...read on »

Gold Panda

Reprise

8/10 from Clinton

Gold Panda is a little worky ticket. He’s not put his name anywhere on this EP and the cover art is different to on the site so I sat through the first track trying to w...read on »

patten

EOLIAN INSTATE

8/10 from Clinton

New on Warp and on absolutely insane coloured vinyl -   a cut and paste collage featuring random objects; a butterfly, a tree,  a few atoms. The weird thing is,...read on »

Krzysztof Komeda

The Dance of the Vampires

8/10 from Clinton

This is the first ever release of Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda’s score for Roman Polanski’s 1967 camp horror classic ‘Dance of the Vampires’. Th...read on »

V.I.V.E.K

Mantra

8/10 from Ant

Vivek Sharda first emerged on the dubstep scene in 2007 but only really came to prominence in 2009 with his first of six releases for Mala’s Deep Medi Musik imprint. He&...read on »

The Warlocks

Skull Worship

8/10 from Nathon

Continuing the return to form of the past few releases since the abysmal 'Surgery', Bobby Hecksher's Warlocks deliver their doomy stoner psyche with panache here. 'Skull Wors...read on »

The Wytches

Robe For Juda

8/10 from Phil

These lads and lasses are from Brighton and they’re a surf doom trio. I don’t think I’ve heard any surf doom before you know! Anyhoo ‘Robe For Juda&rs...read on »

Championlover

Makeout

8/10 from Li'l Biz

I like Championlover. Every time I see them play they present me with something new and unexpected. There’s certainly an umbrella vibe/philosophy attached to the group, ...read on »

Rion

Fireflies

8/10 from Phil

Mmm... no noise. This ambient CD is very quiet. I’ll go and check if it’s playing. No it isn’t. Oops. Ok I can hear things now! Rion is Ryo Nakata (aka Ryonk...read on »

Ted Milton

The Solo Series No 4

8/10 from Phil

I’d like to start this review by saying that Ted Milton is a crazy man. The world needs crazy people so we’re off to a good start with this one. I really shouldn&r...read on »

Bomber Jackets

The Lister

8/10 from Brian

I just wasted 10 minutes switching turntables as the distortion on the first track here didn’t sound quite acceptable...all I could think was the drifty melancholy vocal...read on »

Function

Remixes

8/10 from Brian

I’m not sure I even heard that last Function album. I can barely keep up with the speed my housemate gets through bottles of squash, never mind staying abreast of the cu...read on »

Disappears/ Cloudland Canyon

Kraftwerk? Ja Bitte!

8/10 from Brian

Transcending novelty is a hard thing when you’re an indie band doing a Kraftwerk cover. I even find Big Black’s version of ‘The Model’ to be more annoy...read on »

Kim Deal

Are You Mine / Wish I Was

8/10 from Clinton

Although I’ve not been quite as blown away by Kim Deal’s recent 7” series than some around here these are still a special collection of songs and, of course,...read on »

Automatic Tasty

Sentimentalist's Choice

8/10 from Clinton

Ltd to just 250 for the entire universe, this is a really nice EP of heartwarming old school bloopy electronica. Or, I thought it was - then played the other side which is qu...read on »

The Space Lady

The Space Lady's Greatest Hits

8/10 from Clinton

Remarkable collection of songs from a lady who wandered the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s doing oddball covers and spreading peace and love. The theft of her accor...read on »

MGUN

Some Tracks

8/10 from Ant

No nonsense rugged techno action from Detroit’s Manuel Gonzales. Beginning with the tough 4/4 stomper ‘Extort’. A brutal drum track with rough filtering that...read on »

Orla Wren

The Blizzard That Birthed Her

8/10 from Ant

Well just clock the effort that has gone into packaging this release. It really doesn’t get much better “A limited edition run of 300 copies designed by Daniel Cro...read on »

The Cosmic Dead / Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Split

8/10 from Clinton

Well this has been pouring out this week. Premiere release on Newcastle (way-aye) label The Old Noise, this one has two sides of very different takes on swirling space jams. ...read on »

Nicked Drake

Wraiths

8/10 from Brian

Oooh this is nice. If you don't mind I'll keep this brief as it's fairly self-explanatory and we've huggins to do before we swamp the inboxes of all you you Normanites this te...read on »

Wolf People

When The Fire Is Dead in the Grate

8/10 from Clinton

After all of this slickly 80s fare that's about it's good to hear some real music, by real men, with real beards, drinking real beer by a real fire. Wolf People are a kind of ...read on »

Francesco De Masi

The New York Ripper

8/10 from Clinton

At what point does one become a ripper? Not that I’m considering it as a career choice of course. I’m just wondering what extra stuff you have to do to get the acc...read on »

Featured albums

Kim Deal
Dustin O Halloran
Function
Orla Wren
Von Himmel
Mount Eerie
Sleaford Mods
Copeland & Gast
Adrian Crowley & James Yorkston
The Wytches
Triptides
Disappears/ Cloudland Canyon
eMMplekz
The Space Lady
Goat
Cliff Martinez
zydol
Francesco De Masi
The Cosmic Dead / Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Wolf People
Sleaford Mods
Triptides
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
BBC Radiophonic Workshop