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Weekly Update Vessels, Holger Czukay, Team Doyobi, Adapta, Stereocilia, and more...

Through wind, through rain, through hail, through snow, through ...um...cloud, and even through the Royal Mail trying to scupper us we continue straining at the leash to get the lovely things you want to the places you want. This week has been one of our busiest ever, so a big "Thank You!" to all who took advantage of our Brown Monday deals. And if you haven’t checked it out already, have a look at The Quietus Albums of the Year, most of which you can buy from little old us

Christmas edges closer yet there are still big, big things hurtling down the release pipe. For a start, barking ol’ sniveller Mark E Smith and his Fall regale us with more of their off-kilter genius on ltd edition 10”/CD, Thee Oh Sees kindly offer a third compilation of their numerous singles and offcuts, Fuzz and White Fence both have raucous live albums out on Castle Face, and Toy begin to deliver on their promise with their newie Join The Dots.

What else? Anyone having Guided By Voices withdrawal following their solitary 2013 can turn to Robert Pollard’s latest Ian-approved album of solo lo-fi gems. We have not one but three Pet Shop Boys 12”s in this week, but Neil and pal are perhaps outdone by future stars Girlsondrugs with a highly limited 7” of aching electronic pop.

Wanting something less..um...penetrable? Try former Leeds electronic wizards Team Doyobi who release another fantastic 12” on Skam, or the new Silent Servant with its sinister hissy industrial atmospherics and edgy post punk. One of the best 12”’s this week comes from Vessels who have discarded their previous post-rock fiddlings for a hugely enjoyable electronic direction, and former Bitstream type Adapta matches classic electro/ Detroit with modern-day freshness on impressive third 12”.

“Imagine The XX with the ghostly shimmer of Boards Of Canada”. Well thats what Ian says about the new Trouble Books album, which could tempt a few to give it a try. Ithaca Trio are one of Leeds's best kept secrets but maybe not any more as Home Normal unleash a new two part album of stunning piano and tape loop compositions. William Basinski - EAT your piano: Stereocilia have put out an album of beautiful guitar evocations which recall Windy and Carl and other gently lolling types to soothe our stresses and strains.

A few re-issues for your perusal. From New Zealand 1983 we have obscure single 12” wonders The Victor Dimisich Band. From Germany 1981 there is Holger Czukay’s oddball but enjoyable post-Can effort 'On the Way to the Peak of Normal', while pre-Maximum Joy people Glaxo Babies make not one but two albums of their abrasive post-punk available for latter day consumption. Brian nearly wet himself listening to Gunter Schickert's Krautrock genius, and last but certainly not least there is a fantastic influential album of cosmic electro-funk from Cybrotron that has Ant reliving his breakdancing years.

As per usual there are many, many soundtrack LPs including Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Man In A Suitcase, and if thats not enough we have two albums influenced by 70s Italian horror soundtracks by Sospetto which lovingly recreate the eerie vibe of the movies.

Is that it? I jolly well think it is. But you can of course read so much more on our delightful website should you find yourself at a loss what to do over the coming days.

Much love as always,

Clinton and his already-tired, soon-to-be-drunk elves


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Günter Schickert

Kinder In Der Wildnis

10/10 from Brian

This is a crazy, wild and amazing record, make no mistake. I had a friend once who on meeting I asked (as the stock ice-breaker between men it's usually either football or mu...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 »

Various

Crystallized - Celebrating 15 Years Of Rocket Recordings

9/10 from Phil

Rocket Records have been going for 15 years. That’s quite a feat in this fickle industry we inhabit (cohabit?). What with labels, artists and record companies losing mon...read on »

Robert Pollard

Blazing Gentlemen

9/10 from Ian

It’s great being a Guided By Voices fan. You certainly never have to wait too long before they drop another batch of great songs on LP, EP or even the humble seven inch ...read on »

Trouble Books

Love at Dusk

9/10 from Ian

The first thing that struck me about this record by husband/wife duo Trouble Books is that the song ‘All Flowers’ borrows the chorus from ‘All Flowers In Tim...read on »

Silent Servant

Lust Abandon

9/10 from Ant

Silent Servant aka Juan Mendez takes the first side with ‘Lust Abandon’ with a strong Robert Hood-esque bassline at it’s core with mid-tempo kick and plenty ...read on »

Cybotron

Enter

9/10 from Ant

Back when I used to play with transformers and cock about playing on my ZX Spectrum I once went to a breakdance display at a local working mens club. One of the UK’s top...read on »

Glaxo Babies

Nine Months To The Disco

9/10 from Brian

Very welcome re-issues of the first two Glaxo Babies LPs here through Superior Viaduct - the first time these seminal discs of Bristol post-punk have seen a fresh pressing on ...read on »

Vessels

The Elliptic EP

9/10 from Clinton

I hope you like our new direction. The last time I saw Vessels was many years ago. Drunk as an idiot I had to scramble out of the room as their post/prog twiddling did unspeak...read on »

Glaxo Babies

Put Me on The Guest List

9/10 from Brian

Please refer to this review for Brian's take......read on »

The Fall

Remainderer

9/10 from Brian

What the fuck is he on about? When not doing his death rattle Merman gargle (which I think he personally finds endlessly amusing) MES's voice is on fine form here on their uno...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 »

Fuzz

Live In San Francisco

8/10 from Phil

Ty Segall! That man! He's back! Not that he went anywhere but over the last couple of years he's been busy getting all popular and adored. It's hard work. Anyway, he's contin...read on »

White Fence

Live in San Francisco

8/10 from Clinton

Having recently been to a live concert I can vouch for the excitement they provide. Certainly more thrilling, if less comfortable, than sitting in front of an electric fire of...read on »

GirlsOnDrugs

Washd / National

8/10 from Clinton

Straight outta the mean streets of York, UK come GirlsOnDrugs with this much heralded tune which has been selling like hotcakes within the fair city. And why? Because this is...read on »

Blind Shake

Key To A False Door

8/10 from Clinton

Rattling riff rock from these Minneapolis -raised garage stompers who have recently toured with Thee Oh Sees and collaborated with psych guitar legend Michael Yonkers as well ...read on »

Thee Oh Sees

Singles Collection Vol: 3

8/10 from Clinton

This seems to be a compilation of singles. The third one. I’m nothing if not perceptive! Here we have singles, rarities, covers, bits (and indeed bats) of stuff that ar...read on »

The Thanes

She’s Coming Back To Me

8/10 from Clinton

I recall the Thanes from back in the day when I used to peruse Bucketful of Brains magazine as if my life depended on it. Here they are older, wiser and with all their 60&rsqu...read on »

Metamono

With The Compliments Of Nuclear Physics

8/10 from Ian

Electronica duo (they’re always duos aren’t they?!) Paul Conboy and Jono Podmore release this new full length album under their Metamono moniker. Having just flic...read on »

No Middle Name

No Middle Name

8/10 from Ian

Solo project of David Bailey from The Title Sequence, released on Mollusc Records. Friends of David all expected him to come out with an introspective acoustic album (as most...read on »

Greg Beato

Who's The Licho In Charge Ovaa Here?

8/10 from Ant

This is Greg Beato’s second 12” for Funkineven’s Apron label. People have been falling over themselves to get this guys tunes, thankfully both the EP on Apro...read on »

Adapta

Adapta 3

8/10 from Ant

Proper technoid electro action from Adapta aka Steve Connor who was of course 50% of Bitstream. Shit!!! Was their ‘Monolith’ 12” really 15 years ago? Blimey ...read on »

Various

Feral Grind

8/10 from Ant

The second release for Ali Wells’s (Perc) Submit label is a 4 track 12” and 11 track CD. Submit seems to be dedicated to exploring the more “experimental&rdq...read on »

Ithaca Trio

Music For Piano & Patience

8/10 from Clinton

Ithaca Trio are one of Leeds best kept secrets, ploughing an uncompromising path through the backwaters of acoustic and electronic composition having already had notable relea...read on »

Team Doyobi

Digital Music Volume 2

8/10 from Clinton

Team Doyobi are an electronic duo (they are always duo’s aren’t they?) originally from that hotbed of electronic composition the Lincolnshire Wolds, then resident ...read on »

Holger Czukay

On The Way To The Peak Of Normal

8/10 from Clinton

This is a reissue of the third album by Can’s Holger Czukay. A quick google search reveals to me that he was the one with the moustache. It isn’t exactly a lavish ...read on »

Silver Fox

Silver Fox

8/10 from Brian

These four girls have been idling quietly on the fringes of the Newcastle scene for years now in various bands and whatnot before grouping together as Silver Fox. Together the...read on »

Beat Mark / Sudden Death of Stars

What is Winter Good For? / Christmas Blossom

8/10 from Clinton

Christmas single no 245. From France where presumably they celebrate christmas like we do but without all the getting drunk and crying. The Sudden Death of Stars lament the fa...read on »

TOY

Join The Dots

8/10 from Brian

I must be honest here and say that although their early singles were neat pieces of motorik ethereal rock I never quite gelled with their self-titled full length so I wasn't e...read on »

Featured albums

Silent Servant
Adapta
Vessels
Cybotron
Ithaca Trio
Fuzz
Holger Czukay
Edwin Astley
Albert Elms and Ron Grainer
Günter Schickert
GirlsOnDrugs
Team Doyobi
Stereocilia
Robert Pollard
Thee Oh Sees
Victor Dimisich Band
Trouble Books
The Fall
TOY
Pet Shop Boys
White Fence
Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys