• The 10 best vinyl releases this week (26th September)

    By | September 26, 2016

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    New vinyl from Abra, Fat White Family, Magic Mountain High.

    R&B siren Abra finally brings her retro-future Princess EP to wax, whilst Magic Mountain High – the irregular collaborations between Move D, Juju & Jordash – drop a playfully cosmic new 12″. Capping off the week’s singles is a trio of 7″s by Fat White Family, Motion Graphics and Ulrika Spacek.

    Meanwhile two very different reissue offerings hit shelves this week: Gemini’s late nineties house brilliance Imagine-A-Nation and an all-time masterpiece from burning finger-style guitarist Jack Rose’s. Plus, there’s a clutch of wicked new albums on PAN, Sonic Cathedral and In The Red to settle down with.

    Scroll down for our definitive across-the-board rundown of the week’s new vinyl releases as selected by The Vinyl Factory’s Chris Summers, Patrick Ryder and James Hammond with help from Norman Records. 5 singles and 5 LPs every 7 days that are unmissable additions to any collection.


    Singles


    Ulrika Spacek

    Ulrika Spacek

    Everything, all the Time

    (Tough Love)

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    We were all well impressed with their debut album The Album Paranoia, now comes this standalone single. The lead track is a kind of melting of minds between the kraut pulse of Broadcast and the filthy guitars of Sonic Youth. Overleaf they do the unexpected and cover the Velvets’ ‘Lady Godiva’s Operation’.


    Motion Graphics

    Motion Graphics

    Brass Mechanics

    (Future Times)

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    This one slipped by us on its release a few weeks back but with more copies hitting stores, it’s certainly worth a mention as a fine companion piece to Joe William’s recent Domino released full length. In comparison to the LP, the two cuts on this 7” scale back the electronics and use of vocals, wearing a Steve Reich/ Phillip Glass influence on their sleeve and to great effect. Another reason to check out this project if you’re yet to do so.


    The Fat White Family

    The Fat White Family

    Breaking Into Aldi / Connan Mockasin’

    (Without Consent)

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    Any tune that starts with a distorted drum machine is alright by me. Here’s a super limited tour 7″ release from everyone’s favourite bunch of crazy kids The Fat White Family and it’s a right little punky banger, totally unhinged and packed with a chorus you will never shake off. It’s noisey, it’s weird, it’s loud and I love it!


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    Magic Mountain High

    Spacepod

    (Future Times)

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    The irregular collaborations between Move D, Juju & Jordash are usually sprawling, cerebral affairs, usually reserved for hardware hammering live jams or limited one-take 12”s. This Future Times DJ disc finds the trio in playful mode, combining cartoon vocals, hypnotic bass and cosmic synth riffs to create a stoner house anthem which stumbles between KDJ’s “Rectify” and Funkadelic’s “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On”, before dozily raiding your cupboards for crisps and Findus Crsipy Pancakes. One 4 tha vape crew!


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    Abra

    Princess

    (True Panther)

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    One-minute teaser ‘Come 4 Me’ sets the pace for Princess, a maxi-EP / mini-LP that feels more like a sharpening of Abra’s past thoughts than a brainwave, which is a bit of a shame. Still, the six bedroom-aesthetic tracks- from the nocturnal curves of ‘Crybaby’ to the deadly growls on Tommy Genesis-collab ‘Big Boi’ – should knock you back a couple of steps.


    LPs


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    The Early Years

    Nocturne

    (Sonic Cathedral)

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    It’s taken them absolutely ages in following their up their debut album from ’06 but this group of psych and kraut lovers have spent their time wisely in putting together a varied album that expands on their love of vintage synth tomfoolery and Joy Division style atmospheres. Just proves that good things come to those who wait.


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    Yves Tumor

    Serpent Music

    (PAN)

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    After a relatively quiet 2016 – compared to last year at least – PAN drops the debut album from Tennessee-born, Turin-based multi-disciplinary artist Yves Tumor. Initially conceived as a soul record, Serpent Music weaves thematic links – paranoia, social anxiety, and missing loved ones – through hypermodern styles, from reverb-heavy smooth soul to the very pits of experimentation. “The songs come from a much more emotional and very vulnerable place… They’re very close to me and I’ve been cautious of how I would eventually present them to the world,” explains Tumor.


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    Ex-Cult

    Negative Growth

    (In The Red)

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    I really, really try not to review everything that comes my way on In The Red but sometimes it’s just too hard to ignore and this is a perfect example, the new album from Ex-Cult. If you heard the Goggs album from a few months ago you’ll be all up on this – Chris Shaw is back in his day job and Ty Segall is lurking behind the desk and the noise these Memphis punks make is simply wonderful.


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    Gemini

    Imagine-A-Nation

    (Anotherday)

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    London label Anotherday continues its journey through the lesser thumbed pages of Chicago house history, tracking down house music’s lost legend and licensing this lavish reissue of his late nineties masterpiece Imagine-A-Nation. Funkier than a Paisley Park after-party and featuring some of the best drum programming I’ve ever heard, this LP shuffles, swings and jacks its way through over an hour of pure house brilliance. It’s taken about four years to get here, don’t let this one slip away now!


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    Jack Rose

    Kensington Blues

    (VHF)

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    Gone but certainly not forgotten, Jack Rose was one of the brightest burning finger-style guitarists to emerge out of a post John-Fahey “American Primitive” landscape. VHF have really done us a good turn by working in collaboration with Jack’s estate to put all his LPs back into print, and with the first four hitting stores this week, Kensington Blues is certainly the pick of the crop. With an incredible dexterity and ear for arrangement in a number of styles, this one’s a gateway drug of sorts into his world if you’re unfamiliar, and if you’re already a fan and this one’s not in your collection here’s another chance to right your wrongs.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (29th August)

    By | August 29, 2016

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    New albums on Sub Pop, 4AD and Domino.

    Reissues take the backseat as Morgan Delt, Motion Graphics, Eddie C and Shit & Shine see out August with brand new albums. There’s also the latest addition to Scott Walker’s inimitable brand of adventurous, uncanny and discordant sound, with his first soundtrack since 1999.

    Elsewhere, Chris & Cosey (of Throbbing Gristle fame) remix Death In Vegas’ Sasha Grey-starring new single whilst London’s On The Corner return with more world informed genre-bending brilliance, this time focussed around Uganda’s Mugwisa International Xylophone Group.

    Scroll down for our definitive across-the-board rundown of the week’s new vinyl releases as selected by The Vinyl Factory’s Chris Summers, Patrick Ryder and James Hammond with help from Norman Records. 5 singles and 5 LPs every 7 days that are unmissable additions to any collection.


    Singles


    The Vinyl Factory 10 best record releases

    Hoops

    Hoops EP

    (Fat Possum)

    Listen / Buy

    Winter is the cruellest season but summer is the jangliest. On sun-dappled duty this year are Hoops, keen understudies to Real Estate, Horsebeach and Triptides in their efforts to allay your stresses with guitars and sweet nothings. Their sauntering melodies are enough to make you feel like everything’s okay, here’s your burger and there’s the pool. As with many records of this ilk, it’s not sharp songwriting so much as it is kindly pop impressionism.


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    Death In Vegas

    Consequences Of Love (Chris & Cosey Remix)

    (Drone)

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    A love for Throbbing Gristle brought Richard Fearless and artist/writer/model/adult entertainer Sasha Grey together on Death in Vegas’ sixth studio LP Transmission. Chris & Cosey have now completed the circle with a remix of album track ‘Consequences Of Love’, which shoots Grey’s seductive musings into a globular whirlwind of arpeggios and synth lines.


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    Fanny Kaplan

    Fanny Kaplan

    (Inflammable Material)

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    Holy moly this is quite simply amazing. Fanny Kaplan are three girls from Moscow who have got such a grasp on that no wave post punk new wave sound that they put nearly every other band around at the moment to shame. It’s lo-fi and primitive but they got this groove to their tunes that’s very hard to resist. Like P.I.L. meets a very warped ESG. Six tracks here. Limited release on Inflammable Material. All killers.


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    Mugwisa International Xylophone Group

    Santuri’s Embaire Umeme EP

    (On The Corner)

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    After the heads down – hands up business of their recent ‘Verses’ EP, London’s On The Corner return with more world informed genre bending brilliance, this time focussed around Uganda’s Mugwisa International Xylophone Group. Ahead of a full length set of original sounds, the label enlist the production talents of Sam Jones, Alejandro Mosso and Ishmael to transport the spiritual vibrations to the dance floor. Jones takes control of the A-side with a bass heavy afro-funk excursion alive with deepest dub fx, before Ishmael and Alejandro Mosso go right for the peak time jugular on the flip. While Ishmael opts for rubbery bass, M1 chords and euphoric retroist piano, it’s Mosso’s hypnotic, immersive and minimal rework which steals the show with its restrained Villalobos rhythms and dreamy guitars.


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    Ghedalia Tazartes

    5 Rimbaud 1 Verlaine

    (Holidays Records)

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    Since the 1970s Ghedalia Tazartes has been refining and recording his own microcosm of sound within his Parisian apartment, and from his debut (which appeared on the oft cited “Nurse With Wound list”), up to the present, a release from Tazartes is always a welcome prospect for those seeking genre-crushing, aural oddities. This one from Holidays records reissues a little heard mini CD onto 10” wax, and plays tribute to the poetry of Rimbaud and Verlaine, taking 6 poems as the bare bones for the autodidact to weave his inimitable sonic vocabulary around.


    LPs


    The Vinyl Factory 10 best record releases

    Scott Walker

    The Childhood of a Leader

    (4AD)

    Listen / Buy

    The past few years have been relatively prolific for Scott Walker and his inimitable workings of adventurous, uncanny and discordant sound, with the Bish Bosch full length, a collaborative LP with Sunn O))) and now his first soundtrack since 1999’s Pola X. Whilst recent works have cemented the notion that his sound world extends far beyond his voice, here, with that particular instrument left at the door, Walker’s score and production distorts the conventional palette of an orchestra into something wild, disquieting and unknown. Further testament to just how potent and refined Walker’s ideas on texture and atmosphere can be.


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    Morgan Delt

    Phase Zero

    (Sub Pop)

    Listen / Buy

    You may well recall this kind of psychedelic benevolence from Morgan Delt’s self-titled edition, and on Phase Zero the tricks are much the same. Intricate and dreamy arrangements for rawk band mix with swabs of delay and synth-like guitar for a record that truly submits itself to the uncertain but delightful haze its parent genre promises. With fluorescent melodies and a faraway production job, this record sounds like a long stay on the rainbow road.


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    Eddie C

    On The Shore

    (Endless Flight)

    Listen / Buy

    Three years on from his sophomore LP ‘Country City Country’, Canada’s foremost beatsmith returns to the long format with a diverse set informed by sleepless nights and constant travel. Since his last appearance on Endless Flight, Eddie’s revved his Red Motorbike across continents, swapping the scenic chill of his native Canada for the perpetual motion of Berlin. This transition results in a tension between buttery slow soul grooves and hypnotic house bangers, each clothed with bittersweet melodies and pensive tones. Both head-nodding and body-moving, the set sees Eddie elevate his well-flipped samples and precise production with a deep emotional resonance, resulting in his finest work to date.


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    Shit And Shine

    Teardrops

    (Riot Season)

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    It’s always a match made in heaven when Shit and Shine gets together with the legendary Riot Season label and this here is the proof. Limited to 500 copies on white vinyl, ‘Teardrops’ finds Mr Clouse going back to the grind(core) with a set of seriously loud and crushing jams that once again defines not only his importance as a producer (he’s easily up there with the best) but also his attitude to what can and should be done. His sixth for the label and just as amazing as the other five.


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    Motion Graphics

    Motion Graphics

    (Domino Recording Co)

    Listen / Buy

    Following his spot on last year’s Lifted project, NYC based electronic artist Joe Williams a.k.a. Motion Graphics debuts on Domino with this self-titled LP. Billed as a reflection of the “erraticism of the Twitter timeline and the aggregated news feed”, Motion Graphics has won us over with its widescreen compositions, scrolling-techno and HD ambience.

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