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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.

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: 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.

Hope and Harrow
Blue Electric

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7/10 according to our Laurie

Not the first time they’ve got together, but here’s next chapter in the musical marriage of David Harrow’s synthetic exercises and the cold spoken vocals of past Richard H. Kirk collaborator / Exploding Mind man Peter Hope. Judging by Hope’s past work you’d expect this to be a lot more stark and thin than it is, but perhaps it’s the presence of Harrow…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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Nicholas Palmer, aka Directorsound, hailing from Dorset but now London-based, is a multi-instrumentalist inspired by 60's jazz and the music from French and Spanish film. 'Into the Night' was recorded with help from Joel Danell (who has recorded Joe Davolaz and Musette), helping to provide that 1960's beach party sound. Swedish jazz-lord, Gustav Rådström plays both saxophone and drums on the record too. Japanese cd available on Yacca. …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

Anders Broby
Nihil

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Leeds-based ambient drone label Gizeh have a new outlet for their work: the Dark Peak series. Norwegian artist Anders Brøby is a perfect fit, given that Nihil is a shadowy collection of tracks, exploring emptiness and darkness with just enough melody to pull in adventurous fans of his old band Radiant Frequency. Hand-crafted packaging! …view full details.

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.

Half Japanese
Volume 4: 1997-2001

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Volume 4: 1997-2001 is the final installment of the Half Japanese reissue series on Fire Records. It contains the albums Bone Head, Heaven Sent and Hello. Heaven Sent is pressed on vinyl for the first time. Half Japanese, led by Jad Fair, were an influence on many great bands including Beat Happening and Daniel Johnston.…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

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.

Various
Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

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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: Wednesday 10th August 2016

Overtone Ensemble
Overtone Ensemble

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9/10 according to our Laurie

Exactly what it says on the tin. An ensemble that coaxes out the overtones from everyday or ‘non-musical’ objects. It’s all music really. Overtone (pretty much) means just one of the frequencies that makes up a sound, but I guess the name ‘Sound Group’ doesn’t have the same highbrow air. So far there have been 8 minutes of high-pitched sinewy sound, b…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: Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Haley Bonar
Impossible Dream

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7/10 according to our Clinton

She probably doesn’t remember kipping on my sofa back in ’04 but Haley Bonar has come a long way since those dark days. Me? I’ve regressed from that life high water moment but Haley reaches hers on the opening song here ‘Hometown’. What a glorious song. It’s like she has shoehorned the history of brilliant chord changes and plaintive pop into one thre…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

Various
Electri_city 2

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If you ever feel you’ve had enough of your Kraftwerk albums (as if..), for the the time being anyway, Gronland have put together this excellent compilation showcasing the Dusseldorf electronic scene from the 70s and 80s. Featuring tracks from neu!, wolfgang flür, daf, wolfgang riechmann, and so many more. Crucial. …view full details.

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.



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