Issue 110

Niek Hilkmann - Knak

But for such an approachable, affable chap, Hilkmann's music is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma wrapped up in a Hema gift-wrap.

No Future Kids, The Homesick, SUB071, 13/6/15

Afterwards we danced to the Human League and talked about the pizza Yuko Yuko ate in Inverness. This is the stuff of dreams, of legend.

Pile, Life Savings, Lost Bear, SUB071, 31/5/15

This was the stuff; hobo rock set on a tripwire. A truly great gig and one of those gigs where listening in was the order of the day.

De Nacht van Kunst en Wetenschap Groningen 6/6/15

Watching someone pour his heart and soul out over a Thomas Dinger/Sons & Fascination backdrop does need a bit of darkness and mystery.

British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power Reissue

Decline feels like a huge work of progress (and insight into a zeitgeist) that is now stranded.

Holly Herndon - Platform

Platform is a modern day Trojan Horse; whereby the reconfiguration of the old is smuggled into our consciousnesses, under the guise of the new.

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were The Way She Was

I can appreciate that that listening in to a record made by Sarah Neufeld and Colin Stetson is going to be a bit too austere for some tastes.

Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

All we can really say is that listening to a new LP by the Thee Oh Sees is a true seat-of-the-pants ride.

Focus on Barreuh Records

Barreuh don't promise an easy ride but, when experienced as a whole, and over time, their catalogue is certainly something that allows a (Dutch) reappraisal on avant-garde electronic music.

Labasheeda - Changing Lights

This new one sounds like a tougher, more raw-edged record than earlier efforts; and one that seems to want to explore their grungier side.

De Kliko's - De Kliko's

But in these days where the hippest of the hip flock to see Ethiopian dance bands or Ghanaian kologo, surely there's nothing wrong with taking in a bit of Dutch beat?

Gnod - Infinity Machines

Only the Throbbing Gristle/Coil axis come close to this spaceward/Satanic Mill industrial sound.

Garden of Elks - A Distorted Sigh

A Distorted Sigh is saturated with feelings that popped up in an earlier age; rewind 25 years and this would have been seen as a classic Generation X record.

Wire - Wire

Wire adopt the role of urban shamans, and look to allow people some gateway to intuition, some breathing space in these fractured times.

Echo Lake - Era

Kreng - The Summoner

One thing to note is that it can be a fucking quiet record; lots of passages of sound are quite content in sitting in the background.

The Soft Moon - Deeper

...what The Soft Moon do really, really well is build up a very accessible, Drury Lane sense of drama and cod-personality.

Chastity Belt - Time to Go Home

Time To Go Home has a sharp wit and a real sense of nous that doesn't just rely on the usual "conventions" of being in a band.

Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh

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.

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