A couple week's new release highlights bundled up in a neat little package for ya here.
You don't need me to tell you that you should be spinning the new Flying Lotus record already, but if you're yet to get your hands on the gorgeous deluxe edition with this mightily Bosch-esque pop-up gatefold sleeve you're in for a treat.
On constant rotation for me is the unsurprisingly incredible new Cate Le Bon album, Reward. The record takes a new approach - evidence remains of the piano which the songs started life on acting as a structural skeleton even when they're final form is rendered invertebrate - yet maintains the oddity and played-cool playfulness that is instantly and undoubtably recognisable as her. The album's lyrics are at times unexpectedly personal ("Sad nudes in my room") but still completely bizarro at others ("I was born with no lips, drip, drip, drip"). A returning cast of musicians and producers including Stella Mozgawa (of Warpaint), Steve Black (Sweet Baboo), Huw Evans (H. Hawkline) and Josiah Steinbrick help give it a familiar sound, but Reward is another step forward without a doubt.
New album from Gnoomes on Rocket Recordings is a nice heavy dosage of high-grade fuzz. Krautrock, psych, shoegaze, driving four-to-the-floor beats shared between acoustic kit battering and techno-ish drum machines, plus some welcomed melodicism. All adds up to a great record, with long songs that never feel too jammy, always well structured. Thumbs up! P.S. thanks for visiting the shop guys!
Had been holding off listening to Stuart A. Staples' soundtrack to the new Claire Denis film High Life until seeing it, this morning the time came to open up the airlock and get sucked back out into the void. It's no doubt gonna have me drifting back towards Hackney Picturehouse in no time. Gorgeous and haunting.
Today's Sunday listening has, as always, been filled with plenty of jazz: Harold Land's A New Shade Of Blue from 1971, which has Land hard-bopping beautifully over a bed of vibraphone courtesy of Bobby Hutcherson, and a great trio of Impulse! restocks, Gil Evans' Out Of The Cool, Oliver Nelson's The Blues And The Abstract Truth (two essential classics I reckon!) and Benny Carter's Further Definitions (new to me, and welcomed!) are doing the trick very well indeed.
No shortage of great punk/post-punk in the racks at the moment either. Hygiene take aim at the privatisation of our railways quite specifically on Private Sector. Ever think you needed a song capturing the annoyance of having to get a replacement bus and being an hour late? Well, you do.
Institute are back with another banger on Sacred Bones, this time with an injection of '77 punk, and fittingly scuzzy production from Uniform's Ben Greenberg. They play at DIY Space For London next week c/o Static Shock, grab a ticket!
Also highly recommend the second album from Berlin's Diät for a darker post-punk vibe, sounding in places like Total Control, never a bad thing.
From around the world we've got another reissue from YMO collaborator Akiko Yano, a 70's synth masterpiece from Hiroshi Sato, volume 3 in Mr. Bongo's amazing Record Club compilation series, apocalyptic disco funk from Ghana's Rob, a wealth of revealing demos from Azymüth, Afro-Carribean soul from Exile One and a whole lot more!