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Phew! We’ve had a busy time this week trying to review as many of the important new releases as possible. We’ve been running ourselves ragged but I think we’ve done an alright job. Extra props must also be extended to Business Lady, who managed to tour with her band and still make it to the office to prop up the rest of us lazy men. I think many of you faithful readers can count yourselves grateful that you don’t have a boss who expects such commitment to the cause as Phil does of his Nor-minions. She deserves a medal.

We wouldn’t be so busy if we didn’t have so many super sweet records to get through, though, so it’s not like I’m complaining. Much of the stuff this week has been totally druggy and far-out fare, with an immediate highlight that springs to mind being the latest solo offering of twisted bong-stained sampledelic pop on Underwater Peoples from Black Dice madhead Eric Copeland, while Matt from BEAK> has an arresting solo album of dark organic textures under his Knife Liibrary alter-ego, Thought Broadcast channels the voices in his head into a dark LP of pulsing blurred techno, and The Flaming Lips’ album of collaborations with their “Heady Fwends” is finally available to mortals. Hands In The Dark have sent us some swirly psych jams from Californian quintet Lumerians and a split LP from Lee Noble and Ensemble Economique which I’m sure you’ll agree is both relaxing and exciting. Post-punky weird-popsters Blanche Blanche Blanche have a crazy new LP on La Station Radar, and The Slaves’ new one on Thrill Jockey is full of mega blissful guitar/vocal/synth bongcantations, while Red River Dialect offer up sea shanty-inspired psychedelic folk rock that’s loose and summery.

The latest offering from exciting new horror soundtrack specialists Death Waltz is Johan Soderqvist’s haunting score to ‘Let The Right One In’ - and we’ve got some more copies of the awesome Fabio Frizzi ‘Zombie Flesh Eaters’ OST from them as well. Weird Forest have been spoiling us with two wildly different but equally awesome free-jamming duo offerings - squealing freewheeling jazz shred mastery from Ava Mendosa & Nick Tamburro and the first ever vinyl issue of Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love’s ‘I Love It When You Snore’ - complete with a bonus 7” containing their blazing first ever jam together! Oh, and the new Deepchord Presents Echospace 3LP is a massively ambitious continuous 71-minute soundtrack piece, and Ekoplekz’s ‘Skalectrikz’ tape is back in, but who knows for how long. And speaking of things being back in the Pye Corner Audio 2LP has been repressed on grey vinyl after the initial pressing shot out like a slippery eel so if you’ve been kicking yourself for missing it first time, now’s your chance to get a physical copy. All those new Blur reissues are out now too so you can complete your collection, whether it’s in comprehensive box set form or individually. Trans Am’s long-out-of-print ‘Surrender To The Night’ just got a welcome repress too, and the second press of the Eleh/Duane Pitre split on Important finally turned up after a controversial first pressing, and Reverb Worship have sent us four of their limited CDrs, this time from Rain Drinker Jobi, Infinite Particles, The Transmutations and Will Z’s Amazing Flying Clock.

As if that wasn’t enough already, consistent neo-grungers Cloud Nothings have a limited live LP that I imagine will be gone by next week, The Field have an LP of remixes from their wildly popular ‘Looping State Of Mind’ long-player, Chromatics/Glass Candy dude Twenty Six has had not one but two of his albums pressed on wax, the new Seams album compiles two very different EPs of smart, lively future electronics, Library Tapes have a new album of heartbreaking soundtracky business, and Pain of Being Pure at Heart Ice Choir has an LP of smooth ‘80s-style pure synthpop. There are beautifully packaged and very limited CDs from Nadja’s Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff and dronegaze titans Lovesliescrushing on Thisquietarmy’s Thisquietarmy imprint, as well as long-players I don’t have time to shout out properly from the likes of Badun, Tor Lundvall, Asva & Philippe Petit, Maninkari, Passion Pit, (Dr.) Oh No, Flavor Crystals, Half Cousin, Willits & Sakamoto, Nils Quak, Sakata/Parker/McBride/Herndon, The [Morton] Feldman Soloists, Gideon Wolf, Our Love Will Destroy The World, High Aura’d, Fujita/Harris/Shirley/Thoben/Troyer, various artists, Jan Svensson, Shed, Sam Prekop and Dimitrios K.

And I’ve not even got to the singles yet! I’m very impressed with the new single of classic-sounding darkpop from the brilliantly-named King Dude on DAIS, ex-Fannies Lightships have a new EP, there’s some harsh psychedelic power-electronics from Japanese noise legend Government Alpha, Joy Orbison, Boddika and Pearson Sound form a mega-team for a red hot new twelve on SunkLo, there’s a good LP of playful electronics from the “mysterious” “Percussions”, Fountains and The Haiduks both offer their own take on the early ‘90s dreamgaze aesthetic, Tenniscoats and Bill Wells both give their own interpretations of Imandra Lake’s ‘Ilus Aeg’, and there’s other short-form platters from Mickey Gloss, Dark Horses, Deap Vally, Wishmountain x2, Bandshell, Pleq & Hiroki Sasajima, Dusk & Blackdown, Post War Years and a live one from Touche Amore!

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Keep on sticking it to the Man. Unless you are the Man, in which case can I please have some money?

Mike O. Tex and the Norm-o-lettes


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Om

Advaitic Songs

10/10 from Phil

Fuck. I love Om! I saw them play live at Supersonic a while back with our Ant and they blew both of our faces right off. They were totally the highlight of the festival and...read on »

TNGHT

TNGHT

9/10 from Brian

Now here we have a pretty mad, bad and powerful record. I don’t know what it means but I’d say this is a progressive bass music/ghetto twelve and the men involved ...read on »

Pete Um

The New Album

9/10 from Brian

There’s not many British eccentrics as wonderful and awe-inspiringly mad as our Pete Um. His scattershot irreverent prose, weirdo-raps and surrealist sound-sculptures ...read on »

Ian Hawgood

The Shattered Light

9/10 from Phil

Ian Hawgood is a busy lad. Not content with running Home Normal, Nomadic Kids, Komu (his new label which this is released on), mastering loads of albums by like minded folk, r...read on »

Meadow House

Tongue Under A Ton Of Nine Volters

9/10 from Clinton

I’ve been waiting almost nine years to write about this album after an early version wound its way to the Norman HQ back in 2004 and it somehow found itself on my wal...read on »

Caught In The Wake Forever

Against A Simple Wooden Cross

9/10 from Clinton

Bleak. If you want cheering up on this drizzly Friday morning I wouldn’t read the press release if I were you. However, the best music is usually borne out personal d...read on »

Gareth Williams & Mary Currie

Flaming Tunes

9/10 from Ant

Now this is a very charming record indeed. Originally issued on cassette it would eventually get a CD release in 2009 but until now has never appeared on vinyl. This is of co...read on »

Micachu & The Shapes

Never

9/10 from Brian

Well, I think I'm safely on stable ground here even if Mica Levi's head is beyond the clouds heading in the direction of the stars, I think she's a bit of a wonderful nutter...read on »

Various

Strange Passion

9/10 from Brian

Well now, given that my lovely late ma was half Irish, I'll always have a soft spot for many things that come from the emerald isle, even early bloody U2 are spirited enoug...read on »

Will Z's Amazing Flying Clock

Shambhala Album

9/10 from Mike

Ooh, this is lovely. Will from the Cosmic Trip Machine had an enlightening Shambhala Meditation Experience and, blissed out on life, made this gorgeous album of smooth, float...read on »

The Slaves

Spirits Of The Sun

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here we’ve got Portland duo The Slaves with a full length of their hypno-spiritual guitar/synth/vocal incantations on the ever-reliable Digitalis. The formula is simple...read on »

Knife Liibrary

Drowners

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This album of muffled incantations here is the work of Matt Williams from the marvellous BEAK> and Team Brick. We gave it a spin yesterday and I was super impressed even b...read on »

Lumerians

Transmissions From Telos: Vol IV

9/10 from Mike

This is very cool. Here we’ve got an LP of upbeat psych jamming from Californian freak quintet Lumerians, which seems to be split into two distinct sides according to t...read on »

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Now that the panic-buyers and flippers have been milked on the original RSD press of this album it’s getting a regular release anyway so us mere plebs can finally get...read on »

Lovesliescrushing

Glinter

9/10 from Phil

This year I have been thoroughly spoiled. I’ve had not one but two new Lovesliescrushing records to enjoy. Their latest opus magnificus thingus is ‘Glinter’ ...read on »

Library Tapes

Sun Peeking Through

9/10 from Phil

Library Tapes are back with a brand new album and this one sees David Wenngren assisted by Danny Norbury, Julia Kent and Sarah Kemp (Declining Winter, Memory Drawings, Brave T...read on »

Co La

Soft Power Memento

9/10 from Li'l Biz

I’m a big fan of Cola...specifically Cherry Coca-Cola. It’s my life fuel and I’d pretty much be fucked without its unique, refreshing blend of water, suga...read on »

Lee Noble/ Ensemble Economique

Motion Forever

9/10 from Phil

I’ve been waiting for this baby for a while now as I loved that last Lee Noble LP which sold out in a flash! There’s even less of this release (only 300) so I d...read on »

Red River Dialect

Awellupontheway

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Quite pleased to see this arrive today, since I remember being quite impressed with the last thing I heard from Red River Dialect - a split with hazy fellow Falmouthians(?) Co...read on »

Twenty Six

This Skin Is Rust

9/10 from Mike

Twenty Six was the solo project of Chromatics/Glass Candy dude Johnny Jewel. Way back in the mid-1990s before those bands happened he was committing these introspective solo m...read on »

Deepchord Presents Echospace

Silent World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

9/10 from Phil

Here’s the first new Deepchord album since the ace Liumin album which Modern Love chucked at us two years ago. It doesn’t seem that long ago...time proper flies ...read on »

Ava Mendoza with Nick Tamburro

Quit Your Unnatural Ways

9/10 from Brian

Jesus, this is some proper acid-fried shit we got here featuring the frisky drummer from The Dead Science and this proper wild guitar-shredding lassie. The opening stunted w...read on »

Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen Love

I Love It When You Snore

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The kind people at Weird Forest records have been kind enough this week to reissue this classic collaboration of free skitter and chontle from the legendary team of avant virt...read on »

King Dude

You Can Break My Heart b/w Devil’s Tail

9/10 from Mike

Oh man, this new 7" from King Dude is one of the most weird and wonderful pop songs I've heard in ages. It's Elvis-style Christmas pop with a delivery that comes across like L...read on »

Morton Feldman

Crippled Symmetry At June In Buffalo: The Feldman Soloists

9/10 from Brian

Nice contemporary classical set here from the late professor Feldman's old collaborators, reconvening 13 years after the great man's death, around the millennium at an anniv...read on »

Dusk & Blackdown

+ - High Road

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Rinse FM lads Dusk + Blackdown return with a new 12” on their own Key Sound Recordings label, hitting us with a fresh 2-step/Garage infused dub entitled ‘High Road...read on »

Oh No

Dr. No's Kali Tornado Funk

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Oh No alter-ego Dr. No returns with a new LP of crate-digging good times on Fivedayweekend. This LP features a staggering 36 (!) tunes and sees Dr. No rejigging cuts originall...read on »

Eric Copeland

Limbo

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Eric Copeland returns with a new album. Suweeeet! After the insanely fucky magic of ‘Waco Taco Combo’ and a slew of awesome ‘poppier’ 7” release...read on »

Cloud Nothings

Live at Grog Shop

9/10 from Mike

I’ll be straight with you, I don’t really have time to review this record. In fact I’m not even supposed to be writing a record review at all, I’m supp...read on »

Johan Soderqvist

Let The Right One In

9/10 from Brian

Well, once again I'm left confused whilst holding a record that the boss deems I’ll do the best job of reviewing, in this case because he realises I’m a huge fan o...read on »

Dimitrios K

Dimitrios K

9/10 from Brian

God this sounds soooo lush! If you dig techno you will surely think so too. Hailing from Gothenberg - home of the Swedish Batman no doubt - our Dimitrios looks like a stern dr...read on »

Lightships

Fear And Doubt EP

9/10 from Clinton

Aaaahh...I woke up this morning in a tremendous mood. Sun streamed through the curtains, there’s a nice late summer/pre autumn vibe to the chill of the early morning air...read on »

Shed

The Killer

9/10 from Brian

The other great techno release of the week from me and it's another stalking rumbler courtesy of the much admired Shedmeister. His music does seem to be retaining the tougher,...read on »

Jacques Greene

Ready EP

8/10 from Brian

This is a pretty buzzing twelve. With remixes under his belt for Radiohead and Jimmy Edgar, this latest on Martyn’s label gallops towards my tired ears in the guise of ...read on »

Devizes

Devizes

8/10 from Brian

Weird slab of stentorian wax next from some dude who has played in some pretty foreboding bands (Anaal Nathrakh anyone?). This is like a DIY neo-classical/gothic folk &ldqu...read on »

Yellow6 & Caught In The Wake Forever

The Slow Manipulation Of Dyling Light

8/10 from Phil

In case you’ve not been paying any attention Hibernate have ended their sell out series of funsized postcards and replaced it with a collaborative series which come in ...read on »

Good Shepherd

Ah... Good The Sea EP

8/10 from Clinton

A lovely little 3” CD from Ireland’s fine Rusted Rail imprint. Fitting perfectly with the label’s gently undulating folky releases this features gorgeously ...read on »

The Smittens

Believe Me

8/10 from Clinton

Aahh some nice fluffy indie pop to counteract the brittle intensity of the last album I’ve had to listen to. The Smittens are a delighfully happy bunch of indie poppers ...read on »

Black Twig Pickers

Whompyjawed

8/10 from Clinton

Yee-haw!! When is an album not an album? I’d have said this was a 12”. It has two songs on it - albeit long ones. The first, ‘Merry Mountain Hoedown’...read on »

Eyeless In Gaza

Butterfly Attitude

8/10 from Ant

Back in the 90's when I was buying records on Downwards by Regis and Surgeon if you would have told me they'd be putting records out by cult post-punk act Eyeless In Gaza I'd ...read on »

Outer Space

Outer Space II

8/10 from Clinton

This is the “debut” “solo” release from one of the lads in Emeralds. Which one? This is the one called John Elliott. I have put solo in inverted comm...read on »

Driver Drive Faster

To Return

8/10 from Clinton

A little bit like my life this record appears to be going nowhere when about halfway through it suddenly changes gear and becomes rather brilliant. There’s a lot of i...read on »

Blanche Blanche Blanche

Papas Proof

8/10 from Mike

I remember enjoying these guys’ last one on Night People so I’ve got high hopes for this one here. It opens with a crazy bit of multi-vocal counterpoint which is ...read on »

Imandra Lake

Ilus Aeg

8/10 from ReviewBot300

On this 7” Scots composer Bill Wells (the man jointly responsible for last year’s “Scottish Album of the Year” with good old A-Mo) and Japanese peacemo...read on »

Fountains

Easily Led/ Repetition

8/10 from ReviewBot300

There’s a couple of tracks of nostalgic boy/girl shoepop style indie on this 7” here. While it fits snugly into the relevant genre boundaries it’s certain...read on »

The Haiduks (featuring Jordi Rosen)

On Air

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I just reviewed the new Fountains 7” which has some super nostalgic shoepop stylings on it and now I’ve got this one from Montreal’s Haiduks which is even mo...read on »

Ice Choir

Afar

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Pain of Being Pure of Heart Kurt Feldman has been a busy lad. On the top of his day job as crossover megastar extraordinaire with his band, he’s got this Ice Choir solo ...read on »

Aidan Baker/ Leah Buckareff

Breathing Heavy Breathing

8/10 from Phil

This very week we received two rather lovely CDs from the Thisquietarmy label. The one I’m holding in my obese hand is a CD by Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff (aka Nadja)...read on »

Eleh / Duane Pitre

Split

8/10 from Phil

This LP came out a couple of months ago but hardly any made it to shops which is very frustrating for all you folks who pre-ordered it. Sorry about that guys but it was out...read on »

Willits + Sakamoto

Ancient Future

8/10 from Li'l Biz

I’ve got a problem with piano-based ambient records, primarily that there are far to many of them and they all sound very similar. That’s probably not a fair st...read on »

Thought Broadcast

Thought Broadcast

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Unhinged and muffled synthetic techno/DA business on this LP here, with thick card screened covers that look pretty cool. It’s total creepy minimal stuff with the odd te...read on »

Seams

Tourist / Sleeper

8/10 from Phil

Hampshire/Berliner James Welch aka Seams is a brand new artist on Full Time Hobby and also to me as I’ve not heard of him before. New music for old ears...nice! This i...read on »

Masayoshi Fujita, Simon Harris, Derek Shirley, Jan Thoben, Kassian Troyer

Tesseract

8/10 from Brian

Phil pointed to a pile of CDs today and said \"review these as I don\'t wanna leave all the difficult stuff for Clint\" not realising that possibly the most \"difficult\" C...read on »

Jobi

The Echoes Of A Place

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Reverb Worship is all up in my grill with a solo effort from Joseph Taylor a.k.a one half of The Rain Drinkers. This is the usual hand constructed, super limited fare from the...read on »

Half Cousin

Fantasy Belt

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Half Cousin is the work of Orkney resident Kevin Cormack. Cormack is obsessed with his home town, taking a mildly voyeuristic approach to documenting the place and the charact...read on »

Jan Svensson

Pogrom (Electronic Music by Jan Svensson 1990)

8/10 from Brian

Ooooh blimey a mad synthesizer record on minty white vinyl from the label with all the answers, Ideal. It’s a funny one is this, dark imagery abounds. It looks like it s...read on »

Percussions

Bird Song / Rabbit Song

8/10 from Brian

OK, this first number is essentially a Hebden-esque techno track with some twittering birds on it. If you like birdsong which I’m confident many of you do, me included, ...read on »

Dead Fader

Work It, No

8/10 from Brian

This twelve not only has the most alarming sleeve of the week but also finishes with a track called ‘Das Hamster’ which as anybody that knows me knows...automatica...read on »

Nils Quak

Aether

8/10 from Clinton

Nils Quak (pronounced quack, like the duck noise) is a sound artist, writer and journalist living in Cologne, who has released a slew of records under various names including ...read on »

Tor Lundvall

The Shipyard

8/10 from Clinton

There is literally no distinction between the Nils Quak record and this one. When I exchanged discs no-one noticed. Again, it’s an album of ambient drones, a lot more so...read on »

Maninkari

Continuum Sonore

8/10 from Clinton

It took me about six hours to find out who this is by as they’ve forgotten to put their name on the sleeve. Thankfully they’ve paid more attention to the music whi...read on »

Dark Horses

Radio

8/10 from Clinton

Oh! Hurrah! Some music!!! With singing and everything! As Elvis Costello, REM, Queen, the Beach Boys and Wall of Voodoo all proved, put ‘Radio’ in the title and ch...read on »

High Aura'd

Sanguine Futures

8/10 from Clinton

“Packed with ethereal and earthly blackness; a deep and dense wood, a coal-black night, tarry centers where you find the solitude of 100 year old weeping willows.”...read on »

Badun

S.O.T.S.

8/10 from Clinton

I had utterly no idea Schematic were still on the go but here they are with this new slab of vinyl that could be described a spliced electro jazz funk fusion. Imagine Jamiroq...read on »

Infinite Particles

Infinite Particles

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve already reviewed a couple of the Reverb Worship titles this week and that was enough for Phil but then these guys came on twitter asking for a review, all polite l...read on »

Featured albums

Touche Amore
Badun
Pleq & Hiroki Sasajima
Asva & Philippe Petit
Thought Broadcast
Joy Orbison, Boddika & Pearson Sound
Twenty Six
Red River Dialect
Tor Lundvall
Maninkari
King Dude
Nils Quak
For Every River Buried
Ava Mendoza with Nick Tamburro
Eric Copeland
Morton Feldman
Ice Choir
Lovesliescrushing
Bandshell
Percussions
The Haiduks (featuring Jordi Rosen)
Aidan Baker/ Leah Buckareff
Infinite Particles
Lumerians
Will Z's Amazing Flying Clock
Fountains
Imandra Lake
Our Love Will Destroy The World
Knife Liibrary
Jobi
Government Alpha
The Transmutations
Lee Noble/ Ensemble Economique
Gideon Wolf
High Aura'd
Masayoshi Fujita, Simon Harris, Derek Shirley, Jan Thoben, Kassian Troyer
The Slaves
Johan Soderqvist
Half Cousin
Blanche Blanche Blanche
Various
Willits + Sakamoto
Wishmountain
Wishmountain
Post War Years
Passion Pit
Lightships
Seams
Sam Prekop
Oh No
Cloud Nothings
Deap Vally
Fabio Frizzi
Dark Horses
Flavor Crystals
Library Tapes
Dusk & Blackdown
The Flaming Lips
Mickey Gloss
Shed
Deepchord Presents Echospace
Pye Corner Audio
Ekoplekz
Eleh / Duane Pitre
Dimitrios K
Jan Svensson
Trans Am
Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen Love