• The 10 best new vinyl releases this week (15th October)

    By | October 15, 2018

    Intricate Ugandan rhythms, zippy techno shakers, soothing sonic meditations and more.

    In singles, we’ve got Joy Orbison’s six track zinger, ’80s Glaswegian pop of Talking Drums and high neon floor fillers from Ruf Kutz.

    On the albums front, highlights include Shida Shahabi’s ethereal lo-fi piano musings, Kawuku Sound’s intricate Ugandan percussion, and Silicon Teens’ synth versions of rock classics.

    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.


    Joy Orbison


    (Hinge Finger)

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    Joy Orbison aka Peter O’Grady is back with new six track affair 81b on his Hinge Finger imprint. Kicking off proceedings is zippy techno shaker ‘Seed’, before the syrupy hypnotic dub of ‘Copy’ takes hold through to the synth ascensions of ‘Tennov6teen’. As per, much delight lies on the B-Side, with slow-burning slither of ‘Belly’ kicking off the proceedings, followed by big room roller ‘Sin Palta’, and the oh so soothing sonic aqua bath of title track ’81b’ to round things off. No pre-orders, with vinyl dropping in-store only this week.

    Glowing Palms


    (Ruf Kutz)

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    This week’s hand stamped heat comes live and direct from the Ruf Kutz camp as regular collaborator Glowing Palms hacks into the mainframe and turns out a trio of high neon floor fillers. ‘I Don’t Need This Man’ explodes off the A-side in a technicolour fusion of rave vocals, italo sequences and the skipping rhythms of UK Funky, offering a peak time power-up for the post-genre crowd. Flip the pancake for a taste of trance-inducing synthesis via the cosmic house of ‘Getting There’ and the tropical electro-funk of ‘Beejaye’.


    Volume 4


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    If you haven’t been following Danyb’s output recently then it’s time to jump in, and here’s a great spot to do just that. ‘Touching’ is a funky as hell disco rubdown fully jacked to 11 while ‘Don’t Stop’ on the flip blends Janis Joplin and the Tom Tom Club into a slo-mo burner.

    Talking Drums


    (Dark Entries)

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    Neighbours of the same Glaswegian pub, Talking Drums formed back in 1981, and this needed repress of their first EP shines a light on yet another overlooked group from the period. A product of the local scene, and the cottage industries that supported it, Courage touches on all manners of pop sounds, and comes with a bonus cut from their cassette-only debut album.

    Comet Gain

    ‘If Not Tomorrow’

    (Tapete Records)

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    Comet Gain have been going for as long as time itself but still manage to sound like wet behind the ears indie-pop dreamers. This latest nugget jangles and spins like the best of Beat Happening or the Pastels, and is the perfect excuse to kick at autumn leaves on your way back from the record store.


    Shida Shahabi


    (FatCat Records)

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    Swedish-Iranian pianist weaves beautifully ethereal, home recordings into eight tracks for her fourth LP. All of the compositions on Homes were performed on Shahabi’s J.H. Malmsjö piano – “a very heavy and good quality Swedish upright from the turn of the 1900s, that had spent the majority of its life stationed in a church in central Stockholm.” Shahabi also experimented with using tapes and felts to create percussive sounds from it. The delicate result is perfect for ushering in autumn’s embrace.

    Kawuku Sound

    Kawuku Sound

    (Banana Hill)

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    Banana Hill make their first foray into the world of the long player this week with a bold and brilliant release from the newly formed Kawuku Sound. A collaborative project involving Mancunian producers Contours and Cervo and Ugandan percussion ensemble Fonkodelis Arkestra, Kawuku Sound was created over the course of a month in the Nyege Nyege-affiliated Boutiq Studio in Kampala. Driven-forward by the intricate and organic rhythms of Uganda, the eight tracks glide from the market place to the club, as Contours’ jazzy keys and Cervo’s weighty production take hold.

    Silicon Teens

    Music For Parties


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    Re-released to celebrate Mute’s 40th anniversary – Mute 4.0 – comes this total classic from Silicon Teens aka head honcho Daniel Miller. While its sleeve may lead you to believe this was actually a band, Music For Parties is all the work of one man and his own early synth versions of rock’n’roll classics. Pretty out there and totally amazing.

    William Basinski & Lawrence English

    Selva Oscura

    (Temporary Residence)

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    Long known for their mutual abilities to create superlative textures in sound, here William Basinski and Lawrence English join forces to collectively tap into the music of the spheres. With no rough edges in sight, the levels of immersion are what you’d expect from these two luminaries of meditative sound, and with a highly detailed and delicately shifting mix this one sets out to encourage temporal slips.

    Kurt Vile

    Bottle It In


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    Bottle It In isn’t an album to listen to for lyrical dexterity – more often than not Kurt Vile just tells you about his day in terrible rhyming couplets – but if you can get past that then there are some lovely, unfurling tracks here which take his gently rolling folk rock leanings and spread them out into Sun Kil Moon-length pieces.

  • A Certain Ratio to release career-spanning compilation on double vinyl

    By | August 9, 2018

    Manchester’s punk-funk trail-blazers return.

    A Certain Ratio have announced the release of career-spanning compilation acr:set on Mute, by sharing their first new track since 2008’s Mind Made Up.

    Read more: An essential guide to A Certain Ratio in 10 records

    The new track ‘Dirty Boy’ features Barry Adamson and the voice of Tony Wilson, and will be included on the compilation alongside a second new tune ‘Make It Happen’.

    acr:set takes its name from featuring tracks included in the band’s live show, with rare 7” and 12” mixes of classics like ‘Wild Party’ and ‘Shack Up’, sleeve notes by DJ and writer Dave Haslam, and a signed photographic print.

    Pressed onto green and silver double vinyl, acr:set is available to pre-order here ahead of its release on 12th October. Listen to ‘Dirty Boy’ and check out the tracklist below.


    1. Do The Du (Casse) (1979)
    2. Wild Party – 12” version (1985)
    3. Flight – 12” version (1980)
    4. And Then Again – 12” version (1980)
    5. Forced Laugh (1981)
    6. Wonder Y (1992)
    7. Mickey Way (12” version, 1986)
    8. 27 Forever – 7” version (1991)
    9. Won’t Stop Loving You – Bernard Sumner mix (1990)
    10. Good Together – 12” version (1990)
    11. Be What You Wanna Be – 12” version (1990)
    12. Shack Up – 7” version (1980)
    13. The Fox – US 12” version (1980)
    14. Knife Slits Water – 7” version (1982)
    15. Si Firmir O Grido (1986)
    16. Dirty Boy (Featuring Barry Adamson) (2018)
    17. Make It Happen (2018)

    Photo: Paul Husband

  • Editorial ear: Our favourite new music in April

    By | April 30, 2018

    From new music to reissues, radio shows and live performances, here’s what’s been moving the VF editorial team this month.

    Such is the size of the in-house team at VF that we rarely feel the need to put our names to things. After all, if you’ve been a fan of our round-ups, chances are you’ve read the words of either myself or Gabriela.

    So this month we’re changing things up a little, ditching our monthly round-ups in favour of something a little more personal in the form of a bite-size overview of everything myself and Gabriela have been moved by in the last four weeks.

    Anton Spice

    It’s hard to work at VF in April and not feel somewhat overshadowed by Record Store Day. And, in the interests of transparency, a full disclosure – I didn’t buy any records on Record Store Day, although WeWantSounds were kind enough to furnish the office sound system with two superb soundtracks in the form of Serge Gainsbourg’s Le Pacha and Dave Grusin’s The Friends Of Eddie Coyle.

    Records aside, it was a joy to cover RSD this year, with Phonica Records throwing another wonderful basement party (the streams of which you can watch here), while The Run Out in Peckham put on the off-RSD event of the day, keeping things local with label markets, limited dubplates and a line-up capped by a brain-frazzling live drone set from Coby Sey and Micachu.

    The latter also featured on one of my favourite new tracks this month, ‘What Can I See’, taken from saxophonist Ben Vince’s forthcoming album Assimilation A raking, glacial movement which has something of Arthur Russell’s World Of Echo about it, Vince’s tonal, textured playing provides a healthy antidote to the crisply, groove-based world of the UK’s current crop of dancefloor jazz rascals.

    Grasping backwards to first wave jazz dance, Brownswood followed up We Out Here by releasing Toshio Matsuura’s LOVEPLAYDANCE – 8 Scenes from The Floor at the end of April, placing the veteran DJ alongside the likes of Tom Skinner, Yussef Dayes, Yazz Ahmed and Nubya Garcia for a series of cover versions. While the motorik glory of ‘L.M. II’ stands out a mile, many of the headline covers left me feeling a little cold, like workouts that struggle to emerge from the shadow of their originals with anything like the personality these artists have brought to their own work.

    Speaking of cold… As the temperature drops back into single figures again, it’s hard to believe there were a few days in April when Duppy Gun’s Miro Tape was the only reasonable soundtrack – a mutant dancehall collab between Bokeh Versions’ Jay Glass Dubs, Seekersinternational and Abu Ama and the Duppy Gun Production House in Jamaica (founded by Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras). Rippling with electric energy, Miro Tape gets up in your face with an airhorn and it’s an exhilarating experience. I’ve been a fan of Bokeh Versions for the last few years and this truly cements its position as one of the most forward thinking labels in the UK today. ( A mention here also to Equiknoxx, who soundtracked Cecilia Bengolea’s performance at Palais de Tokyo earlier this month, set to be released on VF in due course…)

    On a different tip, we had the first taste of Optimo’s latest import in April, in the form of Sex Judas’ new album – a satirical disco project from Norway that’ll doubtless appeal to anyone who found Todd Terje’s capers a touch too saccharine. I’ve also revisited the new Arp Frique album on Rush Hour several times – particularly the melancholy afro-boogie of ‘Nos Magia’ – which is the stand-out track on a record that is stacked with dancefloor fodder, and features an intercontinental cast, from Carioca crooner Ed Motta to Nigerian disco originator Orlando Julius. In the month that Rush Hour also released Hunee’s Hunchin’ All Night compilation, The Colourful World of Arp Frique did the uncanny job of building the ethos of a border-hopping afro-disc DJ set into a live album.

    There were also first tastes of new material from Sudan Archives (we’ve made no secret of our admiration, with her debut EP last year’s #1 12″ on VF) and Anthony Joseph, who heralded his 6th album with one of his finest tracks to date – a lyrically dexterous exploration of the Caribbean diaspora from the London-based poet.

    In the quieter moments, there have been a few records that also resonated this month – particularly the galling realism of Daniel Blumberg’s Minus, which tackles the darkest corners of depression with a blunt numbness that recalls Mount Eerie’s grief stricken A Crow Looked At Me. It’s out on Mute in early May and is well worth tracking down. Grief also colours two new records we got a taste of this month – Tess Roby’s Beacon on Italians Do It Better, a shimmering Lynchian synth missive, which recalls the fringe ’80s pop of Linda Thompson – and Hilary Woods’ new album Colt, which is due on Scared Bones in June.

    Both provide a fitting segue to what has undoubtedly been my favourite reissue of the month, from Music From Memory. Like Bullion’s Pop Not Slop series, Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991 tracks the unheralded majesty of ’80s underground pop, as it dips in an around bo-ho jazz, art rock, new wave, and even acid house. Violet Eves, Pete Brandt’s Method, Sound On Sound, Ströer Duo – there’s so much to discover here, I suspect Uneven Paths will do for Europe what last year’s ground-breaking Outro Tempo did for Brazil. Both are reissues that challenge received narratives and re-write musical history, as any great compilation should.

    I also very much enjoyed Tompkins Square’s Entourage, collecting thirty instrumentals made by The Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble between 1972 and 1977. There’s something very intuitive and unrestricted about the feel of this record, as the spiritual flourishes, and un-nerving camp-fire instrumentals unfold naturally within a minimalist structure that has both purpose and freedom to wander where it pleases. Recommended for anyone enchanted by Woo’s woozy tea-time miniatures, or a curiosity about where Four Tet gets some of his more obscure samples.

    Finally, the most impressive live events this month for me existed at two opposite ends of the spectrum – the raucous woodland punk-funk of Snapped Ankles, who cavorted like dosed wookies between, around and on top of the audience at Ghostnotes through a haze of driving motorik drums and psychedelic guitar licks – and Midori Takada’s theatre of minimalism, which enraptured the Union Chapel in secular homage to her gentle percussive rituals. I have a feeling the latter might have been something of a highlight for Gabriela too… – Anton Spice

    Gabriela Helfet

    Excitement fuelled by Japanese maestro Midori Takada reached a fever pitch this month, in both 2 and 3D forms. On the vinyl front, WRWTFWW announced that a long-awaited reissue of Takada’s rare 1981 MKWAJU Ensemble debut KI-Motion is on the way. A cause for celebration to all who have been patiently waiting for its return, myself included, in lieu of forking out an eye-watering £350+ to a Discogs shark for a mediocre copy.

    One week later, Takada’s celestial visions descended on London’s Union Chapel. A magical ode to rhythm with echoes of Noh theatre, the performance featured aforementioned MKWAJU music, Takada’s solo releases, percussive incantations, even an unassumingly affecting homage to a Coconut Tree. Only in the hands of Takada could the tropical coconut provider be turned into something so poetic…

    Whereas Takada drew all in attendance at Union Chapel into a collective state of awe, Kwake Bass’s monthly Balamii live show made me want to shimmy to and fro like a palm frond swaying in the breeze of Peckham’s Holdrons Arcade. I refrained myself to fervent head-bop meets toe tap, in the interest of it being early afternoon in broad daylight amongst a handful of people in the surrounding shops and whatnot. This episode featured a musician I was previously unaware of named Raven, laying down violin performances then sampling these instrumentals into mesmerising new sounds. Though still not online, it is 1000% worth keeping an eye out for; in the meantime you can check out past incarnations below. Also of note: Kwake Bass is dropping a new 12″ via his Done Studios collaborative label Dem1ns in June. Trust it will sell-out like wavy hot cakes, a lá the clothes.

    I won’t ask you to bust out a tiny (figurative) violin for me – there were many opportunities to get a dance floor freak on this month, with two of special mention.

    In early April, audio sherpa Charlie Bones returned to Total Refreshment Centre for his monthly Do You disco, with the most delightful and friendly crowd of attendees we’ve been surrounded by in time. As in his regular NTS shows, the tunes traversed everything from the essential (Larry Heard’s ‘Missing You’) to the sultry (Keysha’s ‘Stop It’) to the unexpected (Animal Collective’s ‘My Girls’), with requisite Sade thrown in for good measure. The tune that prompted a fervent id request though? The previously unknown, sweet sweet synth ascensions of Ghostwriters’ ‘Swizzle’, which also featured on Young Marco’s Dekmantel Selectors 002.

    The Selectors series was back in consciousness elsewhere, thanks to Lena Willikens’ 5th instalment. Described by Willikens as “a little trip through the dunes”, Selectors 005 largely features unreleased tracks that she has been playing, formed into a ‘set’ you might hear her deliver at Dekmantel’s festivals. The collection is a refreshing change from the the diggers rarities that populated previous iterations, with standouts from JASSS, Le Matin and towLie leading the way.

    Though Record Store Day was the subject of much ire (because every day is RSD and such), as per usual Phonica’s party was tops, with a stellar line-up that wasn’t revealed until the day of. Byron the Aquarius b2b Funkineven, and Peach b2b Jay were firm highlights, however there was one far and away favourite set, from man like KiNK.

    I’ve listened to it virtually every day since, on repeat via the video upload. KiNK’s vinyl-only power hour also included one of my favourite dance records of the month – Phil Kieran’s ‘Polyrhythmic’. A record that, when I heard it playing in Phonica, spurred me to hightail it back to the office like a crazed banshee for fear it might sell out in minutes. Needless to say it prompted similar elation this time around. File under: big time cowbell funk freakout jam.

    Taking your shakedowns out of the club and into your home, purveyor of d-floor delight Hunee released his Hunchin’ All Night triple vinyl compilation. Like his DJ sets, the collection has something to fit every mood from slung out dub chanting to horn-tooting Brazilian synth boogie and emotive xylophone-filled anthems, perfect for spring time wiling out no matter where you are.

    Speaking of Hunee favourites – though it was reissued in March, Pink Rhythm’s ‘Melodies of Love’ continued its heavy rotation through April, solidifying its position as an all-time great. In the words of Hunee, “imagine people all smiling, musically open, then the sun sets and you drop this track… I would never leave.” Neither would we. – Gabriela Helfet

  • 18 new albums to add to your collection in early 2018

    By | January 12, 2018

    Your essential guide to the new year’s best new music.

    Picking up where Sampha, Sudan, Kendrick and the rest of our favourite records of 2017 left off, we’ve picked out eighteen albums for you to look forward to in the next few months.

    All either available for pre-order or fully confirmed, the Alpenglow from these records is already giving us fresh energy to tackle the relentless grey skies, spanning a range of moods you need to add to your record collection.

    Expect new music from big names like David Byrne, Nils Frahm, Jack White and Ryuichi Sakamoto, alongside some of a taste of what’s bubbling below the radar, with our favourite independent labels like On the Corner, Jazzman, Hyperdub, Growing Bin and Awesome tapes From Africa already lining up heat for the cold months ahead.

    Got something you’re particularly looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.


    Super Liminal

    (On The Corner)

    Due: 19th Jan

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    Dance floor ready afrofunk meets Latin rhythms and lo-fi electronics in this third album from London-based ensemble Penya. A follow-up to their Acelere EP, Super Liminal mixes hypnotic, syrupy percussions, with bata drumming extravaganzas, trombone improvs and dubby blips and bops. Sure to provide much needed heat to fuel the shoulder shimmies and hip grooves for many months to come.

    Nils Frahm

    All Melody

    (Erased Tapes)

    Due: 26th Jan

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    Nils Frahm’s seventh studio album sees him tickling the emotional classical ivories once more. Recorded in Saal 3 inside Berlin’s iconic 1950s East German Funkhaus, Frahm reconstructed the entire studio space to create an environment perfectly suited his cinematic keyboard patter. “This record includes what I think sticks out,” shares Frahm “and describes my recent musical discoveries in the best possible way I could imagine.”


    Con Todo El Mundo

    (Night Time Stories)

    Due: 26th Jan

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    Texan trio Khruangbin shift their radar away from Thailand for a new release that promises to channel the global psych sound – a musical vernacular articulating protest, dissent and freedom of expression from Iran to Latin America. Expect heavy breaks, reverb and in the pocket grooves.

    Various Artists

    We Out Here


    Due: 9th Feb

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    Showcasing London’s vibrant and inspiring young jazz scene, Gilles Peterson imprint Brownswood assembles an all-star selection of the city’s finest jazz musicians. Recorded over the course of three days, the 2xLP We Out Here collection features 9 new tracks from Moses Boyd (who released his Absolute Zero EP on VF in 2017), Maisha, Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Triforce, Joe Armon-Jones, and Kokoroko. Future’s looking so bright you’re gonna need some serious shades.

    Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt

    Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World

    (Growing Bin)

    Due: 9th Feb

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    If Jan Schulte aka Wolf Müller’s Tropical Drums of Deutschland comp last year made Germany’s percussive heritage abundantly clear, Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World is something of a contemporary addendum – Müller adding his own flowering rainforest-tinged productions to a tradition no-one really knew existed. This time he’s got German drummer Niklas Wandt on board to propel a fairy-tale excursion through the exotic dance floor undergrowth. #DrumsForPeace


    Go Dig My Grave


    Due: 9th Feb

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    Following her ambitious, electronic opus Triangle in 2016, Norwegian singer and songwriter Susanna returns to the acoustic realm, with accordion, harp and fiddle in tow to reinterpret ten songs from markedly different worlds. Look out for music by Joy Division, Lou Reed, Purcell, alongside a once-banned poem by Charles Baudelaire.

    Hailu Mergia

    Lala Belu

    (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

    Due: 16th Feb

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    Funky Ethiopian keyboardist and accordion player Hailu Mergia is back with his first studio album in 15 years. A comeback album of sorts following his recent revival thanks to a series of LP reissues on Awesome Tapes From Africa, Lala Belu “is very different from all the albums I did after I left Ethiopia” shares Mergia. With first single ‘Gum Gum’ already in heavy rotation, we can’t wait to hear what the maestro’s full length holds in store.



    (Ghostly International )

    Due: 16th Feb

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    Tadd Mullinix returns under his Dabrye alias for the first time in 12 years to deliver his signature instrumental heavy hip-hop. Three/Three is the final instalment of a 3 LP arc following 2001’s One/Three and 2006’s Two/Three. If blazing first single ‘Emancipated’ featuring Ghostface Killah is anything to go by, Three/Three will be very much worth the wait.

    Answer Code Request


    (Ostgut Ton)

    Due: 23rd Feb

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    Answer Code Request aka Patrick Gräser is back with Gens, the follow-up to his excellent 2014 Ostgut Ton debut. Throwing even more shades on Gräser’s first LP, Gens sits requisite eyebrow singeing techno alongside moody instrumental synth, electro and even ethereal ambient. The result is a unique and forward-thinking view we hope to see across dance floors all year long.

    DJ Taye

    Still Trippin’


    Due: 2nd March

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    “When Rashad passed away I felt inspired to continue evolving the music that I loved so much coming up in this world,” says DJ Taye, for whom the passing of footwork pioneer was the catalyst for the sixteen soulfully rhythmic firecrackers on Still Trippin’ that promise to push the music forward once more. Big tip.

    Ryuichi Sakamoto / Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto / Alva Noto, Ryoji Ikeda, Mika Vainio

    async remodels / Glass / Live 2002

    (Milan / NOTON / NOTON)

    Due: 2nd March / 16th Feb / 20th Jan

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    Three releases rolled into one entry here as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, Ryoji Ikeda and Mika Vainio join forces in various iterations. First up, one of our 10 favourite albums of 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s async has been treated to a selection of remixes by admirers from across the electronic music spectrum (Oneohtrix Point Never, Arca, Jóhann Jóhannsson). Then there’s Sakamoto and Alva Noto’s live improvisation Glass, which is described as “like a baby observing raindrops on a nocturnal window for the first time.” Finally, a 2002 live performance between Noto, Ryoji Ikeda and the late Mika Vainio is also set for a release on Noton. Phwoar.

    Park Jiha



    Due: 2nd March

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    The debut album from 박지하 Park Jiha mixes traditonal Korean music with modern jazz and minimal classic to a hypnotically atmospheric and otherworldly effect. Featuring piri (double reed flute), saenghwang (mouth organ), and yanggeum (hammered dulcimer), Communion is both strangely familiar and beautifully unknown.

    David Byrne

    American Utopia


    Due: 9th March

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    2017 was pretty rough, even David Byrne knows this. To help us all with positive thinking, Byrne launched multi-media project Reasons To Be Cheerful, and announced his first solo LP release in 14 years, inspired by the project. With collaborations including Brian Eno, producer Rodaidh McDonald alongside contributors Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, and Sampha, whose Process LP was our favourite album of 2017, the prospect of Byrne’s American Utopia has us feeling better already.

    Nat Birchall

    Cosmic Language


    Due: 9th March

    Mancunian saxophonist Nat Birchall has been blowing the horn for spiritual jazz long before the new wave of UK musicians made it hip again. Expect Birchall to channel his modal vocabulary in the Alice Coltrane/Yusef Lateef tradition once more with Cosmic Language, drawing influence from India and West Lancashire in equal measure.

    Cavern Of Anti-Matter

    Hormone Lemonade


    Due: 23rd March

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    Stereolab’s Tim Gane returns for a third album of motorik analogue synth excitement with Cavern Of Anti-Matter. Throw in some home-made drum machines, hypnotic overdubs and retro-industrial artwork and you’ve got all the ingredients for a particularly intoxicating soft drink.

    Jack White


    (Third Man Records / Columbia)

    Due: 23rd March


    Jack White’s third solo album was heralded with a tri-colour 7″ release earlier this week which, it’s safe to say, only received a lukewarm reception. However, that’s not to say you should throw the baby out with the bathwater, and knowing White’s penchant for extravagant vinyl editions, we’re holding out for all kinds of novel trickery on this one too.

    Sons Of Kemet

    Your Queen Is A Reptile


    Due: 30th March


    Continuing to lay claim to the title of most prolific member of the UK jazz scene, Shabaka Hutchings (who also appears on this list via the We Out Here compilation) is back with his Sons of Kemet crew. Little has been revealed about the album aside from its title, track names and liner notes, but with a band that includes Hutchings, alongside Theo Cross on tuba plus Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick on drums, little else needs to be said to get our anticipation levels dialled up to 11.

    Chris Carter

    Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lesson Volume 1


    Due: 30th March

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    Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter releases his first solo record in 17 years in March, proving once and for all that industrial music is as crucial as Auntie in British cultural history. Inspired by ’60s BBC Radiophonic Workshop soundtracks and incidental musics, Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lesson Volume 1 also promises to weave ingrained old English folk melodies into the record’s electronic DNA.

  • 10 best new vinyl releases this week (27th November)

    By | November 27, 2017

    Björk is back.

    Though so-called ‘Best Albums of the Year’ lists have begun to drop, we’d be more inclined to call them ‘Best Albums of the First 10 Months’, or more succinctly, premature. To prove the point, look no further than this week’s vinyl releases.

    In albums, Björk returns with a beautifully ethereal follow-up to the earthbound heartbreak of Vulnicura. Deep down below, Svengalistghost brings whispers from mechanoid hell, A Certain Ratio’s long overdue reissues have landed, and stripped back blues is resurrected.

    In singles, there are selects to suit every whim and fancy, with a Loft disco staple, strangulated off-kilter noise rocking, a Fela Kuti cover and more.

    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.


    DJ Spider & Franklin De Costa

    F Planet EP

    (Berceuse Heroique)

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    So, Black Friday’s been and gone, paving the way for a succession of dark days from here into the New Year. All of which means the meteorological conditions are perfect for a the gloomy throb of techno, supplied in this case by Berlin/NYC collaborators DJ Spider & Franklin De Costa. Storming out of this Berceuse Heroique disc, ‘F Planet’ is a no holds barred snarler, all corrosive midrange and pummelling percussion, while ‘Astral Pilot’ sees the duo get creative with mind expanding frequencies, twisted percussion artefacts, and a rusty guitar pedal over a chunky b-line. Chuck in a punishing darkroom dub from Shifted on the flip, and you’ve got everything you need to hunker down for the winter.

    Michael Wycoff

    ‘Looking Up To You’ / ‘Diamond Real’ (Tee Scott Instrumental Mix Dub)

    (Be With Records)

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    Two stone cold classics from 1982, paired together for the first time. ‘Looking Up To You’ is a shimmering, essential love song for any season. On the flip, Tee Scott’s ‘Diamond Real’ dub – a boogie Loft staple previously only available via elusive 12″ promo – will take you to higher R&B planes.


    Third Article EP

    (Blank Ad)

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    Drahla are Wakefield’s great new hopes. They play strangulated, off kilter noise rock that will appeal to anyone who has heard a Sonic Youth album or two. This one sided 12″ is their most realised statement yet. Watch this space….

    Here Lies Man

    Animal Noises EP

    (Riding Easy)

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    The L.A. band set up by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas return with a killer four track 12″ on Riding Easy, like an afro rock Black Sabbath blasting out the grooves. Here you get a brand new track, an instrumental version of a track from their killer LP, a Fela Kuti cover, and a Chico Mann remix. Be quick, there are only 300.

    Alvarius B & Sir Richard Bishop

    Strange Fruit EP


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    Outside of the Bishop brothers’ resplendently odd Abduction label, Unrock have done a fine job of documenting various outings from the duo in recent years, and this 10” comes as part of the label’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Ever productive and inventive, here the former Sun City Girls drink from varying streams of Middle Eastern sound and lyrical surrealism, mingling sublime instrumentals with a classic Alvarius B monologue on the perils of raising a child in a hunting lodge.



    TV Live LP

    (Long Island Electrical Systems)

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    L.I.E.S. are on a roll at the moment when it comes to the long player, and this six tracker from Svengalisghost makes for the perfect follow up to Krikor’s wavy Pacific Alley. The Chicago musician adopts a similar VHS vibe, though this time taped over the video from seminal ’90s board game Atmosfear, turning out a succession of dark and garbled industrial jams each more terrifying than the last. As the churning synths and clanging beats meet for an inner-ear battle royale, the producer whispers from the depths of mechanoid hell, blithely taking control of your mortal soul. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here…


    Memories of a Cut Off Head

    (Castle Face)

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    Where the former Thee Oh Sees reunite with former member Brigid Dawson and go all hushed, bringing to mind the sophisticated indie musings of the likes of Stereolab and Yo La Tengo.

    A Certain Ratio

    The Graveyard and the Ballroom


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    It’s about time this happened (and it’s hard to choose between them) but Mute have just reissued some A Certain Ratio classics and The Graveyard And The Ballroom is an absolute banger. Made up of demos and live tracks recorded at The Electric Ballroom, it’s easy to hear how these boys dropped the funk on post punk. Check opener ‘Do The Du’ and gyrate from there. Nice packaging too.



    (One Little Indian)

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    Though self-described earlier this year as a “tinder record”, Utopia sees Björk re-emerge in fiery, celestial form following the earthbound darkness of her 2015 LP Vulnicura. Co-produced with Arca, the album weaves signature, ethereal visions: “Vulnicura was a barren landscape. On Utopia we wanted to make melodies that were like constellations in the clouds.” And indeed, this album is an ode to the beauty that she creates when operating from such otherworldly terrain.

    Robert Crotty & Loren Connors

    Robert Crotty with Me: Loren’s Collection (1979-1987)

    (Family Vineyard)

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    Whilst Loren Connors’ gorgeous abstractions of the blues have continued to reach a wider audience in recent years, Robert Crotty’s raw and atmospheric incantations have been little heard outside of New Haven, where he was a lynchpin of the region’s blues scene. With this LP/ CD bundle, Connors’ mainstay label Family Vineyard, are rightfully shining a light on his and Crotty’s collaborative work as well as Crotty’s sole LP release from back in 1989. Essential listening for lovers of stripped down blues.

  • A Certain Ratio reissuing all of their albums on vinyl

    By | September 14, 2017

    The group who mixed punk with Parliament funk.

    Manchester band A Certain Ratio are rereleasing all of their LPs on vinyl, as well as a new compilation and rarities box set, via Mute.

    Read more: An introduction to A Certain Ratio in 10 records

    Once described as “James Brown on acid”, the band released the first album on Factory Records, and were best known for their song ‘Shack Up’, but never went on to achieve the mainstream success many believe they were deserved.

    “They were post-punk Wire/Throbbing Gristle fans who got their name from a Brian Eno lyric (‘I’ve been looking for a certain ratio’), but listened to Parliament-Funkadelic” says Dave Simpson.

    Full details on what is to come have emerged, after the band teased the reissue project late last year. On November 24th ACR’s 1979 debut album, The Graveyard and The Ballroom, originally released by Factory Records, will be available on limited edition 500-copy vinyl, as well as To Each (red vinyl) and Force (yellow vinyl).

    On 23rd February 2018, the band will release I’d Like To See You Again,
    Good Together, and acr:mcr on vinyl, followed by a new compilation and rarities box set in April.

    ACR will also play a hometown show at Manchester’s Ritz on 16th December 2017 to support the albums.

    Pre-order the first three LPs here, and listen to ‘Do the Du’ below.

  • Throbbing Gristle are reissuing all of their albums on limited edition vinyl

    By | September 1, 2017

    Unreleased box sets also to come.

    Industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle have announced that they’re reissuing all of their albums on vinyl via Mute, starting 3rd November 2017 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of their debut, The Second Annual Report.

    Read more: The industrial evolution: Throbbing Gristle in 10 essential records

    The Hull trio will release three albums on the 3rd: The Second Annual Report on white vinyl, 20 Jazz Funk Greats on green vinyl, and The Taste of TG: A Begginer’s Guide to Throbbing Gristle on double red 2xLP – available on vinyl for the first time.

    The November reissues will be followed by vinyl releases of D.o.A. The Third And Final Report, Heathen Earth, and Part Two: Endless Not on 26th January 2018. Mission Of Dead Souls, Greatest Hits, Journey Through A Body, and In The Shadow Of The Sun will be available on 27th April 2018.

    Head here to pre-order a copy, and listen to ‘United’ – a track featured on The Taste Of TG – below:

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (31st July)

    By | July 31, 2017

    Library disco, dreamy house and hypnotic Malian guitars.

    This week’s recommended new releases are spearheaded by Mafalda & Floating Points’ latest disco gem on Melodies International, a fierce and funky Weatherall remix on Heavenly and dreamy Mancunian soul from Aldous RH.

    As for albums, there’s a reissue for Mali’s Sorry Bamba, new music from soulful London producer Laurence Guy and the return of Mark E Smith with The Fall’s latest album New Facts Emerge.

    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.


    Disco Baby

    Disco Baby

    (Melodies International)

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    The latest dispatch from Mafalda and Floating Points’ centre for rare grooves Melodies International comes is one of the funkiest slabs of library music ever to escape the archive. Penned by little known composer Y Gershovsky, the original uptempo jazz-funk jam packs horn stabs, warbling synths and the kind of big-room disco break down that would have pricked ears at Salsoul, had it made it ever off the telly. Beefed up by FloPo and Red Greg on the flip, this has reissue anthem written all over it.

    Confidence Man

    Bubblegum Remixes

    (Heavenly Recordings)

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    If you haven’t come across the amazing Confidence Man yet then make this you’re first stop. Limited to 300 copies only and featuring remixes from Andrew Weatherall and Jagwar Ma’s Jono Ma More this is programmed to destroy dancefloor’s the world over. Think what James Murphy did with Le Tigre and you’re on the right track. Funky as hell and catchy as fuck.

    Jeff Solo / Chaiba

    707 Edits


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    Blink and you’ll miss it! Rotterdam lifestyle outlet Woei celebrate a decade of sexual sportswear and limited run sweatshirts with a pair of powerhouse Afro edits from Jeff Solo and Chaiba. Favouring clean lines and bright colours over any complex designs, the pair add a little extra percussive thrust under The Bees’ ‘Hlabalaza’ and Jivaro’s ‘What Next’, turning up the heat for modern dance floor destruction. Limited to a pulse racing 150 copies, this one’s gonna cause mayhem!

    Aldous RH

    Feelin’ Blue

    (Handsome Dad)

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    Once of Manchester groover bothers Egyptian Hip Hop, Aldous RJ now pursues calmer waters here with a neat slice of Mac De Marco alt croonerism. If Manchester had clear blue skies and warm seas this would be the soundtrack.

    Ben Frost

    Threshold of Faith


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    Never one to shy away from the upper limits of the dB meter, Ben Frost’s work has often strove for articulation at the limits of perception, and with Steve Albini at the production helm of this latest EP there’s certainly some assured hands on board for realizing sounds recorded in the red. Title track ‘Threshold of Faith’ meets that formula head on, playing at the frontiers of system overload and keeping its components at the point of collapse, whilst subsequent tracks and remixes step off the gas a touch and keep the EP’s ideas bank sufficiently broad.


    Sorry Bamba

    Du Mali

    (Africa Seven)

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    The exposure of Malian music continues apace with this reissue of Sorry Bamba’s 1977 album Du Mali. Produced for the Paris-based Sonafric group, there’s little sense that Bamba was tailoring his sound to a foreign audience, rather that France’s complex history with its colonies was engendering another form of cultural exchange. The music here transcends platitudes about west-meets-traditional influences, and instead captures the sadness of Bamba’s childhood (he was orphaned from a noble family at a young age) and the energy that swept the country after Mali gained independence. The hypnotic rhythms, crisply articulated guitars and lush reverb might be tagged as ‘funk’ or ‘psychedelic’ to catch the collector’s eye, but this record is more unique than easy categorisations will allow.

    Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi

    Hotel Record

    (Black Truffle)

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    Simultaneously exploring an artistic and romantic relationship through their well-traveled live shows and recorded output, this second long player from Crys Cole and Oren Ambarchi drifts across its four sides in a state of electro-acoustic reverie, with the textural approach both are renowned for adding great depth to the somnambulant feel of the record. Sure to be of interest to lovers of experimental and ambient sound, also consider this a hearty recommendation to check out Black Truffle’s back catalogue – for new music and choice reissues Ambarchi’s Melbourne based label is proving a great resource for adventurous ears.

    Fake Laugh

    Fake Laugh


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    Very much in the ball park of the drifty poppers of recent years such as Wild Nothing and Real Estate, Fake Laugh adds something else to the brew – a poetic sensibility that recalls ’80s charmers such as Lloyd Cole, Paddy McAloon and Morrissey.

    Laurence Guy

    Saw You For The First Time


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    Church keep their continual hot-streak nice and toasty this week with the debut long player from the smooth and soulful Laurence Guy. Pinching plenty of plaudits with a string of 12”s on Church, Cin Cin, Rose and Monologues, the London producer casually relaxes into the spacious surrounds of a double LP, allowing his sophisticated house sound room to explore rewarding musical diversions. Basking in a well pressed warmth, the ten track set offers hazy ambience, dusty jazz and inner city soul alongside the dreamy house grooves we’ve come to expect from the producer.

    The Fall

    New Facts Emerge

    (Cherry Red)

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    There’s no let up with Mark E Smith’s The Fall and here in their 41st year they unleash yet another classic in the shape of a double 10″ LP titled New Facts Emerge. The band sound tighter and on fire more than ever as they rip through their grooves with Mr Smith doing his thing as only he does. So unique and so, so good. Always.

  • Explore the samples of krautrock legends Can with this interactive guide

    By | June 26, 2017

    The story of Can.

    To mark the release of their new Can: The Singles collection – recently included in our pick of the best new vinyl – Mute and Spoon records have teamed up with WhoSampled.com to create an interactive guide to the band’s discography, influences and connections.

    Read next: An introduction to Can in 10 records

    Tracing the story of the krautrock legends through pictures, biographies, timelines and a collection of artists who either sampled, covered or remixed Can, the guide acts as “virtual liner notes” to the release, which you can order here.

    As WhoSampled’s Chris Read says, users “can explore the history of the band and learn about their influence on subsequent generations of music makers, all while listening to the group’s latest release or playlists of related music.” He also points to one of the sample database’s flagship features ‘6 degrees of Can’ which allows you to see how Can are related to any number of contemporary artists.

    Check it out here.

    Earlier this year, Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit passed away. In an exclusive extract from new photo book The Drum Thing, Jaki Liebezeit discusses his craft in his words.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (12th June)

    By | June 12, 2017

    Otherworldy musics from Heliocentrics, Can and Max Richter.

    What a week for albums. Pulling no punches we dive straight in with new releases for Soundway’s psych-funk travellers The Heliocentrics, Ostgut Ton’s Berlin techno heavyweight Nick Höppner and Cigarettes After Sex, while Max Richter and Can take care of the reissue business.

    Singles to look out for this week include a deep and meditative new 10″ from Sad City, interpretations of two Mica Levi originals and some filthy hardcore from Glasgow. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

    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.


    Oliver Coates/ Liza McCarthy

    Micachu- Peace and Drinking Through Harpo Dine


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    With this 7” on Foom we have two new Mica Levi pieces performed by key collaborators Oliver Coates and Liza McCarthy. Levi’s work with Coates is still fresh in our minds owing to last year’s excellent end-of-year-list featuring Remain Calm, and McCarthy’s piano work with Levi garnered an Oscar nomination for the Jackie OST. Coates’ strings take up the A side here and McCarthy’s piano the flipside, with both working beautifully subtle and unimposing atmospheres around the compositions. A concise and inspired collaboration, it’s well worth investigating along with the past works from all involved.


    The Human Parasite

    (Big Score)

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    Here’s the first ever release on new label Big Score and it comes from Bristol’s Lice, a band definitely on the way up. ‘The Human Parasite’ takes its wonky post punk swagger real well and comes on sounding like a cross between early Pere Ubu and The Fall. There’s not many new bands around as good as this.


    Live Recordings Restored By Zachte Man


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    Last time we stepped through the Periodica portal we took a texture mapped tour of the watery world of Riccardo Schiro, shaking a tailfin to the ocean floor funk sounds. PRD04 finds Piyojo soaring through the Stargate, exploring alien rainforests, cybernetic funk and Domenique Dumont style summer-dubbin’ without the faintest shred of sanity intact. Critics will say you can’t dance to it, truth is that they can’t dance to it. This is music for chance takers and backwards dancers of the world.

    Sad City


    (Emotional Response / Meda Fury)

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    Sad City’s Gary Caruth returns to his Shapes In Formation tapes to pick out three spaced-out meditations whose personalities were too strong for the original LP. Step up ‘Music Removed’, the EP’s slow-bubbling opener, a patchwork of revelatory incantations and gospel inflections that echo across a rainforest canopy, the 2-minute palette-cleanser ‘Patterns’ and the Laraaji-esque poly-rhythmic weave of ‘Vexillations’. That these could be considered ‘outtakes’ is a testament to the breadth and sophistication of Sad City’s recent work.


    Wild Life

    (La Vida Es Un Mus)

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    Horrible Glaswegians Anxiety are used to making a racket but this really ups the growl stakes with a filthy hardcore tour de force that sounds somewhere between My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Feed Me With Your Kiss’ and Jesus Lizard at their nastiest. Not for the faint hearted but feel those cobwebs being blown away.



    The Singles

    (Mute/ Spoon)

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    Navigating your way through Can’s recorded works crafts a veritably diverse mind map of genre splicing and twists and turns through downright funkiness, superlative kosmiche and exhilarating avant-rock abandon. This 3LP collection perhaps gives a more direct route into such a nebulous journey by bringing the German group’s singles together in one place – from familiar cuts such as ‘Vitamin C’ to under-heard blasts like ‘Vernal Equinox’ and an amusingly apt version of the ‘Can Can’. As the music and legacy of the group continues to bring new listeners into their wonderfully irregular orbit, this collection serves as a most worthy distillation of one of the most curious and influential discographies of the 20th century.

    Various Artists

    Behind the Counter With Max Richter

    (Rough Trade Shops)

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    This is first in a new series from those lovely folks at Rough Trade (the shops, not the label) and here, modern composer Max Richter gets to guess compile a fine selection of tunes that all sit perfectly together. Where else would you find Mogwai, Low and Aphex rubbing shoulders with Philip Glass, Bach and Henry Purcell in such harmony, each working together to make the whole something magical. Limited unmixed green vinyl. Mixed CD. Downloads galore.

    Nick Höppner


    (Ostgut Ton)

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    Though the faltering weather may suggest otherwise, it is in fact summer – the season of high grade house music. Right on cue, Nick Höppner steps into the spotlight with his sophomore LP Work, a nine track selection of extended studio workouts which take the German producer’s typically tracky constructions into more musical territories. From the airy electronica of opening cut ‘All By Themselves’ to the motorik sludge of ‘Three Is A Charm’ the LP trades in rich textures, varied motifs and dynamic rhythms whether the mood is gloomy (‘The Dark Segment’) or optimistic (‘Fly Your Colours’).

    The Heliocentrics

    A World Of Masks


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    Acolytes of Sun Ra in more than name alone, Malcolm Catto and The Heliocentrics return from far-flung excursions on collaborative albums with Mulatu Astatke, Lloyd Miller and Orlando Julius with a heavy psych-funk LP under their own name. As dedicated to the unpredictability of live recording as they are to the fuzz of analogue gear, the collective have crafted an album-length suite of perpetually expanding worlds, accessible only once you’ve downed their heady elixir of Eastern jazz, dream-like groove and gritty breaks. Look out for our film inside their bunker-like Quatermass Sound Lab studio soon.

    Cigarettes After Sex

    Cigarettes After Sex

    (Partisan Records)

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    Glacial and crystalline slow-core from these American dreamers. Perfectly formed slo-mo songs that recall Mazzy Star, Slowdive, Cowboy Junkies and Low. An album of carefully repeating tricks and an emotional heart.

  • German techno pioneers DAF reissue four albums in DAS IST DAF boxset

    By | May 16, 2017

    An essential set for fans of techno, industrial and EBM.

    Influential German electronic pioneers DAF (or Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) will collect four albums in DAS IST DAF, a new box set out this September from Groenland Records.

    Read next: An introduction to the German post-punk underground in 10 crucial 7″s

    Released between 1980 and 1982, the albums mark DAF’s transition from post-punk into a sound all their own. That starts with 1980’s Die Kleinen und die Bösen, the first album ever released on Mute Records and group’s last with other members before transitioning to the duo of founders Gabriel “Gabi” Delgado-López and Robert Görl.

    From there DAF released three albums on Virgin Records, Alles ist Gut, Gold und Liebe and Für Immer. Often referred to as “The Virgin Trilogy”, these releases would become extremely influential in the formation of techno, EBM and industrial music.

    All four of these difficult to find releases will be available in DAS IST DAF which is out September 29 via Groenland.

  • Thirty years of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – a snapshot on triple vinyl

    By | May 8, 2017

    Lovely Creatures.

    An artist whose shape-shifting discography seems as resistant to the “best of” treatment as any, the collected Nick Cave has nevertheless been released by Mute Records on a new triple vinyl compilation.

    Read next: From Bad Seed to Skeleton Tree – How Nick cave grew in the darkness

    Alongside a DVD release, and expanded box set which features a hardback book of original essays, personal photos taken by the band’s family and friends, and various Bad Seeds ephemera, the standard edition offers a stripped back collection that puts the focus very much on the music.

    Representing thirteen albums-worth of material in one compilation is no mean feat, as Lovely Creatures dips between eras and releases, beginning with ‘Loverman’ from 1994’s Let Love In before ducking back to 1985’s ‘Tupelo’ from The Firstborn Is Dead. Chronology here is less important than creating a narrative, making Lovely Creatures an intuitive primer for those adrift in Cave’s masterful discography.

    Out now, you can take a closer look at Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014) below and order your copy here.

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