BEAK> – Sex Music
BEAK> return with a dancing stop–animated polar bear and four minutes of murky slinky groove, blaring synths and driving drums featuring Geoff Barrow (Portishead) with Billy Fuller (Robert Plant) and Will Young (Moon Gangs).
BEAK> – Sex Music
Cut Chemist – Die Cut
Second full–length solo album from the DJ Shadow collaborator sees him augmenting his impeccable sample selection, scratching with some cracking guest musicians including Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta), rap legend Biz Markie, actress Erika Christensen, Tune–Yards, Farmer Dave Scher and Dexter Story.
Cut Chemist – Madman
Hookworms – Microshift
The Leeds band return after a three–year absence, with more than a micro shift in style – their psychedelic noise rock has merged with and transformed into a wonderful mix of electronic loops, synths and samples to add to the indie.
Hookworms – Negative Space
Hidden Orchestra – Dawn Chorus Remixes
Joe Acheson has handed over the keys to his well received album of dark orchestral textures, field recordings,and layered percussion to a bevvy of producers. Max Cooper's icy, shimmering version of Wingbeats while electronic / glitch stalwart Matthew Herbert makes an appearance alongside modern dancehall / dub act Wrongtom.
Hidden Orchestra – Alyth (Nuage Remix)
Simple Minds – Walk Between Worlds
Twentieth album from Jim Kerr & Charlie Burchill and the veterans hedge their bets a bit with an album of two halves with a return to the thumping new wave pop that made their name contrasting with the addition of a full orchestra on the title track and Barrowland Star. High street shops have a two-LP version on fuchsia vinyl with an additional three tracks.
Simple Minds – The Signal and the Noise
Field Music – Open Here
Commontime marked a breakthrough for Field Music who turn their attention to these strange and turbulent times on Open Here. If you thought the world made some kind of sense, you may have questioned yourself a few times in the past two years. And that questioning, that erosion of faith – in people, in institutions, in shared experience is grist to the mill for the brothers Brewis. Expect the usual meticulous attention to detail along with the odd flugelhorn.
Field Music – Count It Up
This week's selection is by Michael Moloney, aka llamalpaca from the vinyl-only record and design store, Chameleon, with new release additions by The Landlord.
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