Album reviews

Aniaetleprogrammeur- The Friendly Expectations of the Stars

...it’s the ideal soundtrack for ray-gun fire and ectoplasm goo. It’s what Jules Verne, E.T, ewoks and those floaty Matrix guys listen to after the sci-fi AGM.

Trouble Vs Glue - Die Trauerweide

Atomnation – 10

This is a very urban record, post post-industrial, sleek, hinting at the impersonal, maybe quietly taking the mick out of all those well managed, astute modern lifestyles.

Poltergeist – Your Mind Is a Box Let Us Fill It with Wonder

Despite the long jams and proggy reference points, it’s a supremely easy record to get along with, easy to drop in to, as and when.

Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!  Whoa Nelly!

The Dudley Corporation – Everyone Does Everything Wrong

Well, it’s bang, crash, slap, tickle, bounce, bop, crash, bang, wallop, growl all the way!

Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk – Over Land And Sea

Lush and bright and full of life

Josh Ritter - The Beast In Its Tracks

It’s clear that, in personal terms at least, the wheels simply fell off his wagon

The Cosmic Dead – Inner Sanctum

Cosmic Dead do a simple thing, and in dong that simple thing, they don’t stop. There are 4 tracks, each clocking in around 15 minutes and believe me you will get sucked into a maelstrom and spat out the other side, like a wet pizza box lying in the gutter.

Miss Anthropy - Seeds

Tension runs through this record like fire in bush land. And although the LP is, for the most part, a set of quiet tracks, that shouldn’t put you off as the emotional temperature is set high.

Gastric Band - Party Feel

It’s a difficult LP to describe really. An absolute whirl of interlocking sounds textures and tempos, you could be mistaken for thinking that the master tape got warped in the sun.

Howl In the Typewriter Remixes The Melodramatic Monkey

As ever with Howl in the Typewriter you never know what you’re going to get. Like calypso tracks of yore, the songs are often about anything. Though there’s an eccentricity that hints towards darker, more brittle mental states throughout his work it’s fun, somehow…

Vår – No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers

Space is the first thing you feel more than anything: it’s an outdoors sound, big sweeping plains of synth, balanced against vicious, coruscating stabs and blurts of beat, elements that are not that far away from the sonic outrages Conny Schnitzler used to knock out.

Flies on You – Nothing to Write Home About

But this is a record that documents the here and now; you can feel the rain whacking the tarmac as you walk past the carpet warehouse on your way to the 24 hour garage for your pie. It’s grim.

TG Mauss – Dear Stranger

There’s  a lot of urban soul boy in this sound – it’s got an element of confession there that stops it from just being one of those electronica records that are initially ok but get slightly wearisome after a few spins.

Sunwølf – Midnight Moon

Yet again the patience of their sound is something you can’t ignore. It’s most noticeable with the last three tracks, Plateau Parts I-III - tracks that are less metal, more Klaus Schultze..

Rodion G.A. – The Lost Tapes

Fuck me this record is unbelievably good. The mad, green-sapped beauty of this Cosmicke rumble can drive a man to drink or at least, a couple more biscuits with his brew.

Steve Mason – Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time

Take my word for it this is a classic, regardless of what side of the political and artistic spectrum you’re on.

JIMH - Mo7it Al-Mo7it

You get the feeling that there are two forces at play throughout the record, a desire to distil the absolute essence of what is so beautiful about Middle Eastern music, balanced against a willingness to completely fuck about with its structures by introducing new and alien elements.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw – You Have Already Gone to The Other World

No, this record’s got its own inherent, slightly psychedelic power to it: this certainly seems to be the most complete LP in terms of outlook; (maybe the idea of basing the idea for the record round a film helped both concentrate minds and allow a new, unifying force into proceedings).

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