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Clash review
19.05.17

Pushing the boundaries of footwork while accepting fresh influences...

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25.05.17

Hey. From six days ago comes the impressive second album by Jlin. Genre: experimental electronic. Enjoy! (US version here) Jlin – Black OrigamiFiled under: 2017, Electronic...

The Quietus review
19.05.17

Radio 4 listeners tuning into Desert Island Discs on the morning of Sunday January 15 2017 probably weren’t expecting to be hit with the nuclear-force rhythmical intensity of Jlin...

Clash review
19.05.17

A lengthy, exploratory take on IDM ambience...

The Quietus review
17.05.17

‘The universe is information’On Hand in Hand, Felicia Atkinson is fascinated by information, in all its heterogeneity. It’s a fascination that has pervaded her recent work and...

Under The Radar review
16.05.17

For legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, the value in creative engagement is bending and transitional, derived from different inspirations at each new point of departure.  More

Spotinews recomendation
11.05.17

Hi. The new album by Delia Gonzalez arrived six days ago. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! (Note: One more update coming later today.) Delia Gonzalez – Horse Follows DarknessFiled under...

Under The Radar review
10.05.17

Alexis Taylor is best known as a member of Hot Chip, but the British musician has also released solo albums, and he's now released the same solo album twice.  More

Clash review
05.05.17

Wordless protest music that impresses with its sheer thematic ambition...

Spotinews recomendation
04.05.17

Hi there. The final update of this release week is the latest album by Thurston Moore. Genre: rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll ConsciousnessFiled under...

Spotinews recomendation
02.05.17

Hello. The hypnotic new album by Colin Stetson is unlike any other I’ve listened to this year. Genre: ambient/experimental jazz. Read some reviews and enjoy! Colin Stetson – All...

Under The Radar review
02.05.17

At 26 years old Mac DeMarco is a far cry from an old dog. But with his third full-length album he's sounding older and wiser, containing his cadence, cutting the crusts off, his...

Spotinews recomendation
05.05.17

Hello again. Also added today is the new album by singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco. Enjoy! Mac DeMarco – This Old DogFiled under: 2017, Singer-songwriter

Clash review
03.05.17

Perhaps his most essential chapter yet...

Spotinews recomendation
27.04.17

Hi again. The final update of this release week is the epic new album by GAS. Genre: ambient/electronic. Enjoy! GAS – NarkopopFiled under: 2017, Ambient, Electronic

The Quietus review
25.04.17

In his infamous book, The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker paints the whole of human civilisation as a defence mechanism against the awareness and acceptance of mortality. Looking...

Clash review
25.04.17

A gripping, edge-of-your-seat experience... on accordion!

Spotinews recomendation
17.04.17

Hello there. Actress is Darren J. Cunningham. His slick new album was added to Spotify three days ago. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! Actress – AZDFiled under: 2017, Electronic

Under The Radar review
07.04.17

No one in recent memory has crushed a late-night TV performance the way Future Islands did with "Seasons (Waiting on You)" on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2014, in...

Clash review
26.04.17

A strong return but one that fails to scale the heights...

The Quietus review
25.04.17

The first hour or so at the wheel on a road trip, you feel invincible. Like you could drive for days. A couple of hours later, the rolling monotony starts to wear. Not long after...

Spotinews recomendation
09.04.17

Morning. There is a new album by Future Islands out? Sure, count me in. Genre: synthpop. Enjoy! Future Islands – The Far FieldFiled under: 2017, Electronic, Pop

Clash review
07.04.17

Industrial experimentalism that treads a pretty glorious path...

The Quietus review
12.04.17

Chris Clark has certainly had a busy couple of years. Since his last eponymous full-length was released in 2014, the Berlin-based producer has released a steady drip-feed of EPs...

Clash review
04.04.17

An intense kind of dialogue between man and machine...

Spotinews recomendation
05.04.17

Hey again. The second update is the fascinating new album by Hauschka. Genre: ambient/contemporary classical. Enjoy! (Note: My version should automatically link up to your version...

The Quietus review
25.03.17

In Tyler Hubby’s illuminating 2016 documentary, Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present, there is a moment where the late musician speaks about his early work and declares: “I...

Spotinews recomendation
25.03.17

Hey there. With some of the best reviews of the year (so far), the emotional new album by Mount Eerie (project by folk singer-songwriter Phil Elverum) looks like a winner. Enjoy...

Under The Radar review
25.03.17

A Crow Looked at Me is an unflinching look at life going on after the loss of someone dear, as much about love as it is about death.  More

The Quietus review
18.03.17

Your favourite voraciously prolific cottage industry of errant noise art reveals its latest fugitive deformity. Now comprised of founding member Nate Young, John ‘Inzane’ Olson...

Under The Radar review
31.03.17

With Undertow, Michigan lifers Wolf Eyes turn in their best in a decade, scraping off past aural gunk to reveal an icy unease owing as much to Terje Rypdal and Ligeti as to their...

Under The Radar review
17.03.17

Minus the Bear reunite with their original label, Suicide Squeeze, to release an album that is as far removed from their original material as the band has yet gone.  More

Clash review
09.03.17

A heady mix of global resonance to take you to new universes...

Spotinews recomendation
06.03.17

Morning. A new album by WHY? arrived three days ago. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! WHY? – Moh LheanFiled under: 2016, Pop, Rock

The Quietus review
25.03.17

After nearly 20 years in the game, Yoni Wolf’s lyrics are still ham-fisted. He’s that friend who won’t stop reciting bad slam poetry on YouTube – endearingly earnest, wordy as...

Under The Radar review
07.03.17

Resignation isn't hinted at in the words sung here by WHY?'s Yoni Wolf—one of indie's most under-celebrated lyricists—but woven extensively throughout. More

Spotinews recomendation
03.03.17

Morning. The first update of the new release week is the latest effort by Kneebody. Genre: experimental jazz. Enjoy! Kneebody – Anti-HeroFiled under: 2017, Experimental, Jazz

The Quietus review
24.02.17

It’s difficult to explore the music of Children of Alice without immediately thinking about Broadcast, and not because it occupies a similarly liminal space where the esoteric...

Clash review
02.03.17

A strange, lovely and at times genuinely unnerving album...

Under The Radar review
24.02.17

Ever prolific and avant garde, Jamie Stewart's ongoing noise-pop experiment Xiu Xiu follow up last year's chillingly excellent Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks with their...

The Quietus review
23.02.17

After the frantic, frenetic emotionality of 2015’s Cory Arcane, Kangding Ray’s sixth album – HYPER OPAL MANTIS – by necessity sounds like a stocktaking and consolidation of his...

Clash review
21.02.17

Dave Longstreth's next step represents a drastic re-imagining of possibilities...

Under The Radar review
24.02.17

Calling Dirty Projectors an experimental band, as they are commonly labeled, tells us everything and nothing about output ranging from obscure cultural references to guitar driven...

The Quietus review
24.02.17

What would indie guitar music sound like if it took on the futuristic production techniques of modern R&B, hip hop and pop music? It is an intriguing question but one that few...

Spotinews recomendation
19.02.17

Hi. The new release week begins with a relaxed post-rock/ambient album. Enjoy Grails! Grails – Chalice HymnalFiled under: 2017, Ambient, Rock

The Quietus review
13.02.17

Another Noveller record: what's not to like? Sarah Lipstate's sound has entered our conscious this past few years. We could even view it as a trademark. We know what we get and we...

Spotinews recomendation
15.02.17

Howdy. The latest album by Noveller is another winner. Genre: ambient/rock. Enjoy! Noveller – A Pink Sunset for No OneFiled under: 2017, Ambient, Rock