jazz & instrumentals
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
New 2012 album and their first on Dead Oceans! Chugging squall-rock 'n' blistering psych-noise from the New York stayers, now with Dion Lunadon (The D4) in the band. Includes "You Are The One".
[ file under: shoe-noize ]
The Beauty Room return with their second album, following on from their widely acclaimed, self-titled 2006 debut on Peacefrog Records. Recorded in LA and London, the record updates and hybridizes folk, soul, RnB and soft rock of the late-60s and early-70s - creating a timeless urban sophistication alongside a strong cerebral groove reminiscent of Steely Dan.
[ file under: acid souljazz ]
Sun, Chan Marshall's first full-length collection of new songs in more than six years, the Georgia native has taken a surprising turn from her long-established themes and sound to produce her most joyful, sonically adventurous album to date.
[ file under: alternative pop ]
"Short stories for Pauline"
Nearly three decades since it was created, The Durutti Column's "lost" fourth album is finally issued - with Factory Benelux catalogue number 36, and all. According to legend, the original album was scheduled for release on Factory's Belgian subsidiary but an executive decision from Tony Wilson shelved it in favour of 1984's Without Mercy.
[ file under: new wave ]
"In motion vol 1"
New 2012 collaborative album of string quartet arrangements of "imaginary soundtracks", inspired by avant-garde filmmakers! Contributions by Austin Peralta ; Grey Reverend ; Dorian Concept ; Tom Chant and others.
[ file under: cinematic beat ]
Maverick UK songstress Gemma Ray has gone all out with her latest and most ambitious album, Island Fire. True to previous form in terms of confounding expectations, the album is a trip through Gemma's ever-growing, over-flowing bag of tricks. From lavish orchestral alt-pop, to intimate stop-you-in-your-tracks tracks, to brooding psychedelia and much more besides.
[ file under: alternative pop ]
HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
New York, post-punk. Dark, sweaty rooms. Electropop. New wave. The Hundred in the Hands’ self-titled full-length debut represents all those things associated with the de facto capital of the music world, as if the preceding decade had been building precisely towards that moment. Two years later, The Hundred in the Hands has moved towards a more atmospheric sound for their sophomore album, Red Night.
[ file under: pop wave ]
"Motor: nighttime world vol.3"
Robert Hood release the third album in his Nighttime World series. The first Nighttime World was one of Hood's earliest records, released on Cheap back in '95. It was followed five years later by Nighttime World Volume 2 on his own label, M-Plant. The third edition in the long-running series takes a more conceptual tack than its predecessors: this time Hood is focusing squarely on Detroit, the city he calls home and whose famous techno scene he had a significant role in building.
[ file under: detroit techno ]
Mixing femme soft rock with slo-mo disco, deep reverb and sunny vibes, this grooves like Fleetwood Mac in Dub.
[ file under: downtempo ]
"Mala in Cuba"
On the new album Mala in Cuba, the dubstep pioneer sets himself to an ambitious task. Challenged by musical sage Gilles Peterson to mix soundsystem culture with the traditional melodies and instruments of Cuban music, Mala traveled to Havana to retrieve those sounds from their source, on a kind of musico-anthropological expedition.
[ file under: dubstep ]
THE ORB / LEE SCRATCH PERRY
"Orbserver in the star house"
Recorded in Berlin over the last few months, The Observer At The Starhouse sparks with a rare magic as Dr Alex Paterson and long-time Orb member Thomas Fehlmann construct a panorama of stripped-down backdrops to provide the perfect backdrops for the Upsetter s inimitable pronouncements, righteous declarations and sweet vocals.
[ file under: dub ambient ]
NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION
Edinburgh duo Sam Healy and Ben Martin named their act for the climatic phenomenon that dictates the strength and course of winds and storms over the Atlantic Ocean. The album, seems to plant its flag in Canterbury scene territory, towards an almost Caravan-esque sound via the likes of more recent progressives including Boards Of Canada and the ubiquitous Sigur Rós.
[ file under: indie pop prog ]
The Seer took 30 years to make. It s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I ve ever made, been involved in, or imagined. But it s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade. The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live, and in the studio.
[ file under: american wave ]
Beth Orton will return on October 2nd with her first album in six years and her debut release with ANTI- Records. Sugaring Season was recorded in Portland, Oregon with producer Tucker Martine and a “dream band of new and old friends,” including keyboardist Rob Burger, bassist Sebastian Steinberg and legendary jazz drummer Brian Blade, along with guitarists Marc Ribot and Ted Barnes and folksinger Sam Amidon.
[ file under: folktronika ]
"Spirit of Talk Talk"
On September 3rd 2012 fierce panda will be releasing 'Spirit Of Talk Talk', a double album which features 30 contemporary acts from around the globe re-interpreting many of Talk Talk's greatest moments precisely 30 years since their 'Talk Talk' single made its mark on the mainstream.
[ file under: covers album ]
"Every day is like the first day"
Malka Spigel of post-punk unit Minimal Compact - and more recently Githead with spouse Colin Newman (Wire) and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner), presents her long-in-the-making third solo album of melancholic, sweeping pop, her first new album in 14 years. Guest spots, naming the likes of Ronald Lippok (To Rococo Rot/Tarwater ), Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and acclaimed soundtrack composer Teho Teardo, alongside Colin Newman across twelve lean but lushly imagined pop songs.
[ file under: post-punk ]
A regular collaborator of SBTRKT, English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware's debut album is a unique offering that combines her distinct vocals with electronic pop and dance. Devotion features the hit singles "Running" and "110%".
[ file under: soul pop trip hop ]
Back with a second album of thoughtful new themes, Sun Airway takes us to an ethereal layer between worlds. On Soft Fall pop songs move out of the bedroom and into cathedrals. The songs are hyper-saturated, bright and colorful, spilling from the speakers.
[ file under: madchester ]
"High land, hard rain"
Edsel Records will reissue all six albums by Aztec Camera on 27 August 2012 in a combination of 2CD and single disc expanded editions. The albums were originally released between 1983 and 1995, and will be presented in the same deluxe casebound books.
[ file under: postcard sounds ]
"The complete singles collection"
A.R.Kane’s whole singles (and EP) output gathered together in one place means a treasure trove of essential, non-album tracks for the converted or a pretty decent entry point for newcomers. Either way, it’s an exciting package and a ‘must have’ for dreampop fans.
[ file under: indie pop ]
"The secret tapes of dr. Eich"
Carl Craig's seminal Detroit house/electro album The Secret Tapes of Dr. Eich, released in 1996 under his Paperclip People alias and sadly out of print for years now, has just been reissued in a banging remaster with snazzy new cover art.
[ file under: detroit techno ]
"The fugitive kind"
This is a reissue of the influential The Fugitive Kind by Swans Way that was released on 03/11/1984. The band were tagged as leading lights of the new jazz movement of the early 1980's. This 16 tracks CD album includes various versions of all their five singles and features the nine of the ten tracks from the original album plus seven bonus tracks,
[ file under: new cool ]
"I'm the one"
In 2010 Annette Peacock quietly reissued her 1972 album I'm The One on CD via her own Ironic label. It was only available via her site or CDBaby, but now I'm The One is being given a full reissue shakedown by Light In The Attic. Peacock collaborated with Salvador Dali, bought a Moog direct from Robert Moog, was confidant to Timothy Leary, and turned down an offer to tour with David Bowie, telling him to buy his own synthesizer.
[ file under: essential avant-funk ]
Working Week were formed within the vanguard of London’s jazz-dance scene of the early 1980s. The collective revolved around Simon Booth and esteemed jazz musician Larry Stabbins (both previously with Rough Trade act Weekend), and singer Julie Roberts. Their debut single Venceremos (We Will Win) boasted Tracey Thorn and Robert Wyatt on vocals and Julie Tippetts (nee Driscoll) sang on the follow-up Storm Of Light. Debut album was one of the cult favourites of 1985 and has long been out-of-print and impossible to find on CD. This deluxe reissue finally introduces many of their non-album tracks and remixes to the digital format, including the bonus 12” Stella Marina with a rap from Jalal of The Last Poets.
[ file under: new cool ]