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New in: Wednesday 31st August 2016

Black Devil Disco Club
28 After

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8/10 according to our Brian

After the unearthed beauty of Black Devil Disco Club's 'Timing, Forget the Timing' slayed jaded dancefloors a couple of years ago, the French dark horse has got his arse in gear & made a stonking 6 more tracks of bizarre prog disco with all the soul of his debut effort but perhaps a little shortage of new ideas. Still. If it ain't broke 'n' all that. This doesn't particu…view full details.

De La Soul
and the Anonymous Nobody

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Sunny hip-hop legends De La Soul have a brand new album, their first in quite some time. and the Anonymous Nobody has a vintage feel, with soulful funky samples that are actually newly recorded under the instructions of the group. Classic De La Soul then, plus guest contributions from Snoop Dogg, Usher and David Byrne. In AOI Records.…view full details.

Beautumn
Bordeaux

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I don’t want to fall into a load of cliched ‘ice and snow’ imagery just because Beautumn is from Russia, but to be fair he doesn’t make it easy with that sleeve art, or with the slow, detached tones of his ambient music. Bordeaux is a slight thing, hovering slowly through cold air, with distant samples jostling with minimal synth drifts. 400 CD copies on Infraction.…view full details.

Nirvana
Bleach: Deluxe Edition

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Nirvana going round for the first time. 'Bleach' was the beginning of the famed grungers infinite ascendency, and it's now reissued as a lovely deluxe edition with more anthemic dejection than you could ever wish for: a live recording of their Portland show in 1990 (with a few surprises and covers), plus an obscenely long booklet of once-private photos. In summary: Nirvana, Bleach, deluxe.…view full details.

The Divine Comedy
Foreverland

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6/10 according to our Clinton

Despite being ‘pretty big’ in the '90s and having a handful of actual real life hits, The Divide Comedy head honcho Neil Hannon waited until 2010 to make his very best album with the superb ‘Bang Goes The Knighthood’ an album where his songwriting matured like a fine wine yet retained the quirky song stories of yore. Six years later Hannon is back with an album w…view full details.

Angel Olsen
My Woman

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9/10 according to our Robin

Yes. Angel Olsen. She’s good. I realise I have to say a thing or two of substance with regards to her music, but weaving a narrative about it is hard: it’s witty but plainspoken, ever-changing but staying the same and its best bits are… rather slight. Perhaps the biggest switch from ‘Burn Your Fire’, Olsen’s breakout record of futility and fury, and follow-u…view full details.

Ricardo Donoso
Quintesence

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This is the sonic aspect of an audio-visual piece developed in collaboration with Florence To, originally diffused at a massive electro-acoustic dome in Montreal. Ricardo Donoso has written piano and string parts and subjected them to grand electronic manipulations, sweetening the deal with plenty of other audio fragments. The result is a massive immersive sound-world. Presented on disc by Denovali.…view full details.

Soundwalk Collective with Jesse Paris Smith (featuring Patti Smith)
Killer Road

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Soundwalk Collective were pleased and surprised to end up working with Patti Smith after a chance airplane meeting. Together with Patti’s daughter Jesse Paris Smith, the ensemble pay tribute to Nico, reinterpreting her lyrics and sonically representing different aspects of the …view full details.

Zomby
Ultra

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It's Zomby. His music is very good -- there hasn't been a full LP since the vignette masterpiece With Love but here's Ultra, a record that promises knockout collaborations with artists including HKE, Rezzett and dubstep whisperer Burial. Crystal-clear productions, no doubt.…view full details.

The Wedding Present
Going, Going…

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Could you have ever imagined that in 2016 there'd be a new Wedding Present album? They have seemingly been content to rest on their nostalgia laurels over the past few years but they show that there is some fire still there with this 20 track album of linked songs which begins with four instrumentals.  "Some things just don't change" sings David Gedge on 'Bear' and he's still wittering on about break ups and relationships and stuff like that but there's nothing here that…view full details.

Mike & Rich
Expert Knob Twiddlers

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Mike & Rich is Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) and Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin): you can see the pair of them grinning away on the cover there. This material dates from the mid-90’s and the approach is playful: fun-time groovy electronics as well as the beat-mangling blasts you might expect. This 2CD or 3LP reissue of Expert Knob Twiddlers even has some bonus tracks and alternate vers…view full details.

King Creosote
Astronaut Meets Appleman

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7/10 according to our Clinton

King Creosote is a Scottish man. I can’t be 100% sure at time of going to press but I think I’m fairly right is assuming he wears a kilt. There, that’s all our Scottish readers furious. We’ve had a long standing …if not a beef…but a minor disagreement with large proportions of our customer base about the merits or otherwise of the King. We’ve …view full details.

Eluvium
False Readings On

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8/10 according to our Robin

Some of us are just trusty. Reliable, but little more; never change, but see you never. I feel that Matthew Cooper, many years into his career of ornate and bewitching post-rock ambience, has become one of those types. So I’m asking you to get excited about a new Eluvium record, for his sake: forget that you’ve heard his music many times, cast under the exact same incantation, and h…view full details.

Tim Burgess & Peter Gordon
Same Language, Different Worlds

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Peter Gordon has a long history of working with the likes of Arthur Russell and other remarkable New York types, and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans obviously jumped at the chance to collaborate with him. Their Same Language, Different Worlds is Russell-esque future funk record, with contributions from Nik Void (Factory Floor) and Peter Zummo! On O Gen…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 30th August 2016

Pigeon Laundry
Pigeon Laundry

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If you came up with a name as good as Pigeon Laundry for your musical duo, you wouldn't bother thinking up another one for your album title would you? So of course they didn't. Pigeon Laundry are Australian improvisers Shenzo Gregorio (FourPlay) and Julian Curwin (The Tango Saloon). Here they utilize ukuleles and de-tuned guitars as well as pretty much anything else they could lay their hands on (including a leaf blower). No pigeons, but possibly a washing machine.…view full details.

Littlebow
Three

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9/10 according to our Clinton

Littlebow's previous album 'Pi Magpie' was an unusual concoction of flute led melodies that had a dislocated feel as if the band were just unable to settle on something pretty and instead set about making life awkward for all of us. Fascinating music that makes you work hard.  This follow up album eschews experimentation and lets itself be pretty. This is extraordinarily gorgeous m…view full details.

Various
Contra Pop Festival 2015: An Ahistorical Document

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Contra Pop is a strange and remarkable festival that brings an impressive array of amazing and experimental artists to a beach in Ramsgate, for free. This Ahistorical Document of last year’s inaugural festival contains exclusive tracks from Richard Youngs, Giant Swan, Evan Parker, Gnod, Bass Clef, Peder Mannerfelt… too much goodness! Double CD released by Extra …view full details.

New in: Friday 26th August 2016

Pye Corner Audio
Stasis

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9/10 according to our Phil

Absolutely bleeding wondersauce is this record! We all know Pye Corner Audio has been making great synthy sounds for a while... and I really like pies too so that's a bonus! Spooky dusty techno haunt music that sounds well old times! I feel like I'm in a library from the future on an industrial estate reading lots of old books. Martin Jenkin…view full details.

New in: Thursday 25th August 2016

Kate Carr
I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring

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9/10 according to our Laurie

For this one, Kate Carr retreats to possibly the most depressing French town ever, where the river frequently floods, no shops or cafes exist, no one is there, and the National Front just got voted in. Still, she uses the river to her advantage, recording all the birds, bees and sloshings before embellishing them with melodic tones and flecks of guitar. It sits quite (un)comfortably bet…view full details.

Nick Jonah Davis
House of Dragons

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8/10 according to our Clinton

There are not quite as many sensitive guys plucking at acoustic guitars in the style of John Fahey these days as may have been perhaps a couple of years ago. Nick Jonah Davis, solid of beard with a firm piece of wood in his hand, proceeds to lead us back to those heady days before the sad death of Jack Rose and when …view full details.

Aethenor
Hazel

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8/10 according to our Robin

In which Stephen O’Malley screams “we have to go deeper” and continues to dive into the metalception netherworld. Once again enlisting his buds in Ulver, who now prioritise electronic beatwork atop their black metal CV, the Sunn member who isn’t Greg also gets jazz drummer Steve Noble into the studio for a record of dark,…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 24th August 2016

Bethan Kellough
Aven

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A marriage of untouched field recordings and arranged stringwork brings Bethan Kellough's Aven together. These tracks came into existence via captured sound from Iceland, a great spot to capture the audibly intense "geothermal activity" that goes on in the ground. By using violin alongside these sound discoveries, Kellough offers something both earthy and fantastical, taking the natural world's slice of life and developing new narratives. This CD for Touch …view full details.

Hoops
Hoops EP

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9/10 according to our Clinton

My week off taught me that it is possible to live while only listening to music you like. The first Monday back was therefore a shock to the system especially when the How To Dress Well album got an airing. Thankfully Hoops make my worlds collide, they make music I like which I can listen to while I work. I feel so happy about this that I’ll do my best to sell you a copy of their debut …view full details.

Morgan Delt
Phase Zero

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8/10 according to our Robin

Hell hath no fury like a chilled out psych rock album. Or... hell just hath no fury. There’s no fury. As far as escapism goes, Morgan Delt makes ‘Phase Zero’ the best in town, flying into a fantastical pop paradise on his fluorescent blimp to make sure everything’s okay, no one’s sad, nothing’s real. It’s like Tame Impala…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Kemper Norton
Toll

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8/10 according to our Jamie

When Clint handed me this CD to review, I immediately sensed he was affording me the chance to learn about my ancestral roots -- although I’ve only been to Cornwall twice. It rained both times... So, ‘Toll’ by Kemper Norton then. Opening track ‘Yadnik’ is the aural equivalent of mizzle, that dense moistness in the air that often plagues mid-summers in the area. Hea…view full details.

Andrew Liles
The Power Elite

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You’d be foolish to try and predict every eclectic move of Nurse With Wound and Current 93 affiliate Andrew Liles, but even so, the contemporary composition of The Power Elite is surprising. Heavyweight politics and heavyweight modernist music. Released by Steven Stapleton’s United Dairies label.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 18th August 2016

Anderson .Paak
Venice

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

I've been following this artist for a while and I really appreciate the musical journey that has brought him to the point where he can release such a rich, melodic record. The hip hop, R&B and electronic influences are there right along with notes of folk/blues and rock, but make no mistake this record is very now. I'd say more trappy and abstract than house oriented in terms of the electronics. Anderson is a little smoother than I remember but then again this isn't a Breezy Love Joy Album thoug…view full details.

Various
The Quietened Bunker

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Here we go with a compilation which explores abandoned Cold War installations that would be refuge places for the stricken populace should the button be prodded. It's part of the A Year in the Country project which aims to discover the strangeness which sits underneath the British countryside.  here's a track list which demonstrates that it includes several Normans favourites.  Tracklisting: 1) Lower Level Clock Room - Keith Seatman2) Drakelow …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 17th August 2016

Directorsound
Into The Night Blue

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10/10 according to Christian (customer) on

Directorsound has been an extremely gifted musician all along. But the incredible hard work behind his music is evident when you listen to this one. Talented in many, very different instruments, Mr. Palmer has released his most accomplished album with Into the Night Blue. If other albums had an ambient-ish feeling, kind like you could pay no attention while they played or not and it would be fine, this one demands active listening for it's incredible arrenges and well-structured compositions. Hi…view full details.

Scott Walker
The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

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9/10 according to our Laurie

Scott Walker does soundtracks, who knew. Probably any real fan, as the internet just informed me that he did one back in 1999 for a romantic drama film called Pola X, but it’s still a curio. Truth is, I’ve been asked to review this not because I’m the local Scott Walker expert, but because I have been known to lurk in the stock room warbling the lower regions of my voice with …view full details.

Gonjasufi
Callus

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The new Gonjasufi LP is pretty bleak and heavy: the sleeve art makes it look like a black metal record, and the tone of Callus isn’t far off that, even if it is expressed through totally different sounds. Gonjasufi’s voice sounds pained and angry, and the whole texture of Callus sounds digitally sound-blasted. In other words, it is extremely effective at broadcasting a powerful atmosphere. Out on Warp.…view full details.

Gerd Janson
fabric 89: Gerd Janson

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Gerd Janson steps up to the honoured Fabric decks with the 89th instalment in their crucial mix series. He’s got plenty of killers in his DJ box, with almost every track here being a special remix version: Prins Thomas does Caribou, or Luke Abbott on Todd Terje. Needless to say, all…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 16th August 2016

Peter Broderick
Partners

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Slightly worrying to see Peter Broderick described as a veteran but here he is 10 years into an idiosyncratic recording career. This latest missive deals with the certainty of chance, Broderick has been influenced by John Cage in terms of letting a song take its own course and letting things happen of their own accord. Broderick is only using piano and voice here and from the soundclips could have produced some of his most affecting work.   …view full details.

The Prophet Hens
The Wonderful Shapes Of Back Door Keys

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8/10 according to our Jamie

Oh, Clinton is going to love this. The honour of this review falls upon me as our resident jaded Yorkshireman isn’t here, he’s presumably sunning himself somewhere exotic (He's definitely in Yorkshire - Stand-in Ed.). But not in New Zealand I’ll wager, where this lot The Prophet Hens are from and continue to update the classic, breezy jangle-pop sound of famed Dunedin…view full details.

Cold Pumas
The Hanging Valley

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8/10 according to our Jamie

Cold Pumas: I’ve seen these guys live a couple of times and they were great… in fact they were ridiculous. The drummer is a beast. It being four years since their last record -- their debut ‘Persistent Malaise’ -- I’m pretty excited to slip the review copy cd out of its little plastic sleeve and plonk it on the NR stereo. Sure enough, the record opens with a white…view full details.

New in: Monday 15th August 2016

Various
Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

9/10 according to our Ian

Here's a long overdue compilation from floaty ambient loveliness label Serein Records, after releasing a batch of superb albums over the last few years like 2010's much sought after 'Retold' by Nest, last year's triple whammy of LP's by Brambles (drifting neoclassical), The Balustrade Ensemble (experimental s…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 9th August 2016

Various
Piano Cloud Series - Volume One

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1631 Recordings provide a survey of the current crop of indie-classical piano composers, including big names like Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick and Akira Kosemura. Piano Cloud is about right: many of these pieces immerse the listener in a hazy atmosphere of stately chords and carefully-placed emotional notes. CD compilation.…view full details.

Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits

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8/10 according to our Robin

“Two drummers!!!” is pretty much my favourite thing to say ever. Everyone’s impressed: not only one loud thing that neighbours complain about, but two. Two! For ‘A Weird Exits’ Thee Oh Sees finally employ their twin drums on a record, with Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon playing as percussive equals (rather than the kind of second fiddle set-up that gets you Whipl…view full details.

Scott Walker
5 Classic Albums

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An irresistible bundle deal from Universal here: a full brace of early Scott Walker albums! That’s Scott 1, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and Til’ The Band Comes In (he really dropped the ball on naming that last one eh?). Genuinely classic 60’s pop from the remarkable Walker mark one. 5CD box-set available for a shockingly low price.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 4th August 2016

Porya Hatami & Arovane
Kaziwa

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9/10 according to our Jamie

The piano. Born two centuries ago in Italy, it has been stroked and bashed by just about everyone since. It can sound beautiful, harsh or indifferent. It has been modified, customised, emulated, modulated, deconstructed and reconstructed. Hell, we even have a Piano Day now, thanks to Frahm (but he doesn’t like to talk about it). Like that guy, …view full details.

New in: Tuesday 26th July 2016

Various
Re:Works

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Bold business here on this new Decca Classics project. Various electronic producers have been allowed to play around with the contents of the Decca catalogue, assembling club-leaning remixes out of the works of major composers like Grieg, Satie, Holst and Bach. Could have been a muzac disaster, but the producers (incl…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 19th July 2016

Nels Cline
Lovers

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Nels Cline is a guitarist of wide talents, spreading his time around a long stint in Wilco as well as wild and noisy experimental work. Lovers is a double album years in the making, pulling together a broad ensemble of 23 musicians to play jazz standards, original pieces, and derivations on action by Arto Lindsay and Sonic Youth. Released on jazz super-label Blue Note!…view full details.

New in: Thursday 7th July 2016

Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool

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9/10 according to our Robin

Sing a song of sixpence that goes… Radiiiiiioooooooheaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad” -- Thom Yorke. At this point, Radiohead have exhausted being Radiohead. By their seventh album they were just making rock albums, man; by their eighth being inaccessible was no longer remarkable. The biggest Good Rock Band on the planet have lived out …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 8th June 2016

Alex Cameron
Jumping The Shark

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Whenever he's not the frontman for Australian electronic outfit Seekae, Alex Cameron is busy walking around looking like an old horse-race gambling addict. But even if his looks were a gimmick, he's definitely not Jumping the Shark with his polished, well-considered and melancholic retro pop songs.…view full details.

New in: Friday 6th May 2016

Seahawks
Escape Hatch

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Spacey new-age atmospheres from Seahawks, who deal with universally gentle textures and calming melodics. Escape Hatch, their fourth record, has saxophone, piano, bass and synth, all carefully processed into a friendly haze. The album closes with a grooving version of old Balearic tune ‘Valparaiso’ by Paula Moore, which even has a vocal! Out on Ocean Moon.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 30th April 2015

Variant
Dreaming Thru Vector [Reprise]

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Slowly, dauntingly and unstoppable, Dreaming Thru Vector is an almost megalomanic drone project. With deeply resonating synthesizers and an absolutely minimal rhythm section, Variant push the envelope filters to new levels. This unique live recording of their smash minimalist hit is even more ethereal, focusing on the melodic component rather than the beats. Recommended if you like getting lost.…view full details.

New in: Friday 24th April 2015

Intrusion
A Gentle Embrace [Variant Reshapes]

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8/10 according to our Laurie

This is a duo of CDs featuring Stephen Hitchell reimagining Stephen Hitchell. Those that are familiar with Echospace know exactly what they’re getting themselves into and those that don’t need only to listen to the first minute of the first CD to get the gist, because there’s around 110 minutes of gist contained within. Hitchell is a busy dude, with the label releasing…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 2nd August 2011


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