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Toro Y Moi - What For?

What For? feels like an urban record, a record that communicates at street level; replicating conversations in bars, shops or plazas.

Echo Lake - Era

Minny Pops - Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement

And this deluxe reissue of their first record, Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement still has the ability to shock, annoy, and surprise.

Ryan Teague - Block Boundaries

And the record is shot through with a quiet, thoughtful take on classic minimalism. Some bits - for example the ghostly Remote Outliers - are very reminiscent of Philip Glass.

Donovan Blanc - S/T

In all of this, the spirits of Arthur Lee and Skip Spence are invoked at every turn.

Johnny Sedes – Mamá Calunga

The record starts off at a fair pace and never dips; opener Carupano Canta is a total rush and looks to plays up the metropolitan feel that recording in New York has undoubtedly added to this recording.

Sativa Flats – Sativa Flats

And there’s something about the reedy voice that does it; underpowered, outta tune, seemingly intent on making yer man from Atlas Sound sound like Rammstein.

Richard’s Record Review June 2014 Part The First

A new Lust for Youth record! Before you wrap yourself up in your greatcoat and button up the top button of your last clean / dirty grey shirt, let me warn you; this one feels a lot more poppy.

Richard’s Record Round Up – May 2014

A whole pile of records that got missed due to my MA thesis deadline. Including Hubba Bubba, Zea, Khan, Ausmuteants, Candie Hank, Perfect Pussy, Tobacco, Protomartyr, Secret Cities, Ex-Cult and Olga Bell.

Quimper – Two Magpies

Two Magpies slips and slides all over the place; check out the disorientating rhythms on the title track – it’s like an elfin, modern take on Ruth White’s Flowers of Evil.

Richard's Record Review Part Three - March 2014

Not only that, if Sacred Bones were really in charge of food an’ all that, they’d discover how to make proper, totally natural, no additive, pie chips and gravy meals that kept you slim.

Richard's Record Roundup Part Two - March 2014

In some ways the confusion they generate is akin to having a room full of blindfolded, hyperactive, Haribo-stuffed  kids who are all trying to pin the tail on the donkey.

Richard's Record Roundup - March 2014

A review in which your CUNT of a reviewer tells you that there are only 20 of these CDs (I got #7, so just like those Big Eyed Beans from Venus, there’s a limited supply) and they’re FROM SOMEONE HE VAGUELY KNOWS....

Saltland - I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us

...the music often hovers like some miasma in a churchyard; at times in tracks like ICA things get very "Pre Raph" in spirit.

Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir

Morose, slothful, bug eyed and permanently in a state of vegetation on the couch, the tracks have - nevertheless - enough soul and intelligence to warm even the most morose Eeyore in a field full of thistles.

Fuzz - Fuzz

There's something appeallingly grubby about the LP, an earthy sound that is suited to skulking round back alleys; you know, morose, a bit chippy but with a hell of a lot of front.

Nathan Salsburg - Hard For To Win And Can't Be Won

Homespun is almost a dirty word to use in a review but here I feel it is appropriate as the record does capture the essence of sitting about in your own manor, watching time slip by.

Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down

All over in 36 minutes too, how the FUCK did they manage to cram all of that in in such a short time?

An introduction toTerp Records

Azmari songs are primarily aired at celebrations such as weddings, and on the whole this seems to infuse the music with a bubbly, positivist air. The lyrics can get naughty, or sound slightly surreal to Western ears, but it’s all part of the fun.

Carmen Villain – Sleeper

Villain doesn’t have to force her personality or her problems down your throat in an effort to show she’s trying or “solved shit” after all. This is what she’s made, and you dig it or you don’t.

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