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Thursday, 03 April

THE BODY - I Shall Die Here, RVNG Intl.
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THE BODY

I Shall Die Here

RVNG Intl.

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: RVNGNL025CD

Probably our favourite release on RVNG Intl comes from metal duo Lee Buford and Chip King aka The Body produced by Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak for their crushing 4th album, 'I Shall Die Here'. Abetted by Krlic's visceral production, The Body sound more fearsome and physical than ever before, shaping a series of tracks which only seem to get more intense and nightmarish as the trip takes hold. From the funereal trudge of opener 'To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me' we pass through successive stages revealed like some hemlock-induced hallucination, from the eschatological resignation of '… Read more
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THE BODY - I Shall Die Here, RVNG Intl.

Thursday, 27 March

NURSE WITH WOUND - Bar Maldoror, United Jnana
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NURSE WITH WOUND

Bar Maldoror

United Jnana

Format_dot_cd2CD // £24.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: UJ0034

**Rare live actions from Nurse With Wound, recorded between 1984 and 1986 at Bar Maldoror at in Ghent, Belgium, 2007** "“In our very short spell as a ‘live band’ Nurse With Wound performed eight times, five in public, between the years of 1984-86. These events were shambolic, chaotic and uneven affairs, sometimes as boring for the performers as the non-plussed audiences but at other times reaching an amazing intensity. Some were quite amusing—I remember one in particular, a Christmas event in Amsterdam. We had decided no electric lights, just hundreds of candles around the stage and, in a… Read more
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NURSE WITH WOUND - Bar Maldoror, United Jnana

Thursday, 20 March

CYCLOBE - The Visitors, Phantomcode
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CYCLOBE

The Visitors

Phantomcode

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: NAOS04CD

Invaluable, 13th anniversary 2CD reissue of Cyclobe's 2nd album, 'The Visitors', originally released in 2001 and now repackaged with new artwork by Irish artist Alex Rose and a specially recorded new piece. The 2nd missive from the former and then-current Coil orbiters, Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower revealed vivid glimpses of a rarified electronic delirium paralleling Coil's most far-flung visions, but also manifesting a unique psychedelia of their own, subtly detached and more expansive than their hard-edged debut album. A cycle of seven originals ranging from the hellish, roiling electro-acou… Read more
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CYCLOBE - The Visitors, Phantomcode
CYCLOBE - Sulphur-Tarot-Garden, Phantomcode
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CYCLOBE

Sulphur-Tarot-Garden

Phantomcode

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: NAOS03CD

'Sulphur-Tarot-Garden' collects three mesmerising Cyclobe soundtracks to rare, silent Super-8 films shot by Derek Jarman between 1972 and 1978. An original CDr edition of 200 was debuted to coincide with the films' premiere with their new soundtrack at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012, and this is the first time they've been made widely available - original copies now sell for a lot. We've not had a chance to check the films yet, but if Cyclobe's soundtracks are any reflection of them it's certainly on our to do list. The first and longest piece, 'Sulphur' yields 15 minutes of infecti… Read more
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CYCLOBE - Sulphur-Tarot-Garden, Phantomcode

Thursday, 02 January

HAPTIC - Abeyance, ENTR'ACTE

HAPTIC

Abeyance

ENTR'ACTE

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: E168

*Edition of 200* Minimalist Chicago trio return to Entr'acte with a mesmerising 40 minute study of whispering keys and crackling lower case noise. But don't get it twisted - this is not some beige modern classical, nor is it a rough copy of Basinski's 'Disintegration Loops' - it's perhaps best compared to a location recording of Morton Feldman duetting with an industrial air vent at midnight in a breezy and secluded location. The first quarter of the piece is used to shape the surroundings, an ether of wispy drones and distant, slowly modulating tones before the keys make their incredibly modest appear… Read more
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HAPTIC - Abeyance, ENTR'ACTE

Thursday, 21 November

C. SPENCER YEH / OKKYUNG LEE / LASSE MARHAUG - Wake Up Awesome, Software Recording Co.
**Stunning suite of far-out, psychedelic collaborations between three virtuosic players. Really sounds like little else out there. Intrepid listeners need to check this** "Wake Up Awesome, by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug (Jazzkamer), is the second chapter of SSTUDIOS (Software Studios Series). SSTUDIOS is a new venture in the Software Recording Co.‘s expanding catalog that invites artists in the field of electronic music to create collaborative works of quality and vision. Inspired by the historical intersections of live perf… Read more
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C. SPENCER YEH / OKKYUNG LEE / LASSE MARHAUG - Wake Up Awesome, Software Recording Co.

Thursday, 07 November

COPPICE - Big Wad Excisions, Quakebasket Records
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COPPICE

Big Wad Excisions

Quakebasket Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: QB25

**Glossy tip on-style gatefold slipcase** Visceral electro-acoustic drone music from Chicago's highly intriguing Coppice duo for New York's Quakebasket label. First impressions are important; the slow, gripping drone of 'Snuck Keel' is a vice-like handshake delivered with the intensity of Colin Stetson and Stephen O'Malley in a stare-out. 'Impulses for Elaborated Turbulence (Excised)' inverts and diffuses that energy with a haptic concrète sensibility calling to mind work by their label mates from Senufo Editions, which continues into the detached abstractions of 'Sop' - 16 minutes of bluster… Read more
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COPPICE - Big Wad Excisions, Quakebasket Records

Thursday, 10 October

PHILL NIBLOCK - Touch Five, Touch
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PHILL NIBLOCK

Touch Five

Touch

Format_dot_cd2CD // £14.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TO91

**2CD suite of five magisterial, extended drone compositions by the deeply influential minimalist, issued in the same week as his 80th birthday** Phill Niblock writes: "These CDs include pieces made in two different ways. Traditionally (since 1968), I recorded tones played by an instrument (by an instrumentalist), arranging these single tones into mutli-layered settings, making thick textured drones, with many microtones. In the early days, I prescribed the microtones, tuning the instrumentalist, when I was using audio tape. Later, I used the software ProTools, and made the microtones as I mad… Read more
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PHILL NIBLOCK - Touch Five, Touch
STANIER BLACK-FIVE & ZEUG GEZEUGT - Body Waves, ENTR'ACTE
**Captivating recording of a performance using field recordings from a major earthquake in New Zealand, 2011** "On 22 February 2011, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit Christchurch, which combined with a series of massive aftershocks destroyed huge swathes of the New Zealand city. At its epicentre in the port of Lyttelton, sound artist Jo Burzynska (Stanier Black-Five) grabbed a recording device as she ran from her home, leaving it running on her doorstep capturing the aftershocks that ricocheted though her house and the disaster unfolding on the street outs… Read more
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STANIER BLACK-FIVE & ZEUG GEZEUGT - Body Waves, ENTR'ACTE

Thursday, 05 September

DUANE PITRE - Bridges, Important Records
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DUANE PITRE

Bridges

Important Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: IMPREC390CD

"Duane Pitre's new album, Bridges, features two pieces taken from a suite of analogous compositions by the same name, and was composed by Pitre in 2012. The two pieces that comprise the album are meant to work together in sequence as a composite work; or they can be isolated and listened to on their own. The title derives its name from the original concept for this work, which was to bring together aspects of traditional Eastern music (such as compositional form and tuning) with Western musical traditions (such as in the church music of the Middle Ages and modern classical music). The result is an … Read more
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DUANE PITRE - Bridges, Important Records

Thursday, 15 August

WHITE HILLS - So You Are... So You'll Be, Thrill Jockey

WHITE HILLS

So You Are... So You'll Be

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: THRILL342CD

*CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with UV high gloss printing* "White Hills’ seventh studio album, ‘So You Are... So You’ll Be’, features Dave W on guitars, synthesizer and vocals, EgoSensation on bass, synthesizer and vocals, and Nick Name on drums. The album is their most concentrated blast of psychedelic interstellar rock to date. Building on the solid foundations laid by last year’s excellent ‘Frying On This Rock’, they went back to BC Studios, Brooklyn to record once more with Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans), emerging with a concentrated blast of White Hill… Read more
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WHITE HILLS - So You Are... So You'll Be, Thrill Jockey
ÅRABROT - Årabrot, Fysisk Format

ÅRABROT

Årabrot

Fysisk Format

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: FY070CD

One of Norway's heaviest follow up the Steve Albini-produced and Grammy Award-winning 'Solar Anus' with an eponymous 6th album. 'Arabrot' was conceived in an abandoned Swedish church and incorporates a wealth of outside assistance from the likes of celebrated experimentalists Lasse Marhaug and Erland Dahlen (Nils Petter Molvær/Madrugada) and production by Emil Nikolaisen (Sereena Maneesh/4AD) factored by inspiration from 20th century surrealist thinker Georges Batailles and Robert Desnos. Best consumed with a bottle of whisky.
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Thursday, 01 August

SKULLFLOWER - Kino I: Birthdeath, Shock / Dirter Promotions
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SKULLFLOWER

Kino I: Birthdeath

Shock / Dirter Promotions

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DPROMCD95

"Finally available, a much needed CD retrospective of Skullflower's early works from 1986 – 1990 spread across four separate releases, featuring all the material previously released on Broken Flag, Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, plus around two hours of previously unheard music – 14 of them spread across the series. And this is not 'out-take' dross used to fill up CDs, this is essential early Skullflower providing further insight into their uniquely twisted musical world. All material has been digitally mastered by Richard Whittaker at FX, and each CD comes in a deluxe gatefold card c… Read more
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SKULLFLOWER - Kino I: Birthdeath, Shock / Dirter Promotions
SKULLFLOWER - Kino II: Form Destroyer, Shock / Dirter Promotions
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SKULLFLOWER

Kino II: Form Destroyer

Shock / Dirter Promotions

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DPROMCD96

"Finally available, a much needed CD retrospective of Skullflower's early works from 1986 – 1990 spread across four separate releases, featuring all the material previously released on Broken Flag, Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, plus around two hours of previously unheard music – 14 of them spread across the series. And this is not 'out-take' dross used to fill up CDs, this is essential early Skullflower providing further insight into their uniquely twisted musical world. All material has been digitally mastered by Richard Whittaker at FX, and each CD comes in a deluxe gatefold c… Read more
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SKULLFLOWER - Kino II: Form Destroyer, Shock / Dirter Promotions
SKULLFLOWER - Kino III: Xaman, Shock / Dirter Promotions
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SKULLFLOWER

Kino III: Xaman

Shock / Dirter Promotions

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DPROMCD97

"Finally available, a much needed CD retrospective of Skullflower's early works from 1986 – 1990 spread across four separate releases, featuring all the material previously released on Broken Flag, Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, plus around two hours of previously unheard music – 14 of them spread across the series. And this is not 'out-take' dross used to fill up CDs, this is essential early Skullflower providing further insight into their uniquely twisted musical world. All material has been digitally mastered by Richard Whittaker at FX, and each CD comes in a deluxe gatefold card cove… Read more
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SKULLFLOWER - Kino III: Xaman, Shock / Dirter Promotions
SKULLFLOWER - Kino IV: Black Sun Rising, Shock / Dirter Promotions
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SKULLFLOWER

Kino IV: Black Sun Rising

Shock / Dirter Promotions

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DPROMCD98

"Finally available, a much needed CD retrospective of Skullflower's early works from 1986 – 1990 spread across four separate releases, featuring all the material previously released on Broken Flag, Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, plus around two hours of previously unheard music – 14 of them spread across the series. And this is not 'out-take' dross used to fill up CDs, this is essential early Skullflower providing further insight into their uniquely twisted musical world. All material has been digitally mastered by Richard Whittaker at FX, and each CD comes in a deluxe gatefold… Read more
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SKULLFLOWER - Kino IV: Black Sun Rising, Shock / Dirter Promotions

Thursday, 06 June

EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN - Kalte Sterne: Early Recordings (Reissue), Mute
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Thursday, 23 May

SAL MINEO (XIU XIU + EUGENE S. ROBINSON) - Sal Mineo, Important Records

SAL MINEO (XIU XIU + EUGENE S. ROBINSON)

Sal Mineo

Important Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: IMPREC381

"Sal Mineo is a Jamie Stewart/XIU XIU + Eugene S. Robinson/Oxbow production - a pure/impure distillate of experimentalism based on 30 second to 3 minute long focused bursts of sonic crime, that plumbs the cooling depths of a pleasure cruised death trip. These two undisputed heavyweights of musical and emotional non-compromise, whose music leaves tender bruises by whatever sweet blow it is rendered, are ready to crack rooms in two with their high precision silencer of a duo show, combining the best and most free-roaming of both their artistic domains. Description "One minu… Read more
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SAL MINEO (XIU XIU + EUGENE S. ROBINSON) - Sal Mineo, Important Records

Thursday, 09 May

KAWABATA MAKOTO'S MAINLINER - Revelation Space, Riot Season
**Totally deadly, mind-melting psych-rock grooves by Acid Mothers Temple guitar genius Kawabata Makoto with Kawabe Taigen and Shimura Koji. A must for the heads!** "One of the most celebrated Japanese Underground bands have returned! It may have taken over 12 years, but Kawabata Makoto, guitar guru and head honcho in Acid Mothers Temple, has finally decided to get his celebrated 'psychedelic solid free attack group' back together. Joining original Mainliner members Kawabata Makoto (motorpsycho guitar) and Koji Shimura (drums) is new recruit Kawabe Taigen (bass/vocals) and t… Read more
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KAWABATA MAKOTO'S MAINLINER - Revelation Space, Riot Season

Thursday, 25 April

GNOD & WHITE HILLS - Gnod Drop Out With White Hills II, ROCKET
*New edition with a new colourway on the sleeve* A 3rd titanic Kraut/Psyche-rock face-off from Manchester's bonglords, Gnod, and New York's space cadets, White Hills. They first met under the light of seven moons on 'Aquarian Downer' in 2008, followed by the first 'Drop Out' album for Drug Space Records in 2009, whilst the intervening years have seen a flurry of individual rituals occurring on NNF, Blackest Rainbow and Thrill Jockey, to name a few. It's difficult, and probably pointless trying to figure out who contributes what, because it's all just one mass of energ… Read more
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GNOD & WHITE HILLS - Gnod Drop Out With White Hills II, ROCKET

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

AIDAN BAKER - Already Drowning, Gizeh Records

AIDAN BAKER

Already Drowning

Gizeh Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: GZH43CD

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 28 March 2013

IMPLODES - Recurring Dream, Kranky
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IMPLODES

Recurring Dream

Kranky

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: KRANK174CD

**Primal, passionate blend of shoegaze, post-rock and massive synth and guitar noise on the Chicago group's 2nd album for Kranky** "The band Implodes has, on their previous albums, tapped into the deep psychic recesses where our sonic memories first took shape. They have played the part of the ancient ancestor, lying submerged in the shallows, waiting to make its gambit onto dry land and into a new world. With their new album, Recurring Dream, Implodes breathes fresh air. Melodies that were once distant echoes are now suffused with energy and clarity of purpose, submerged rhythms now walk in th… Read more
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IMPLODES - Recurring Dream, Kranky

Thursday, 21 March 2013

AIDAN BAKER & PLURALS - Glass Crocodile Medicine, LATITUDES
*Edition of 500 hand packaged CD's with foil blocked sleeves* On 8th October, 2011, Aidan Baker darkened the doorstep of Southern studios for the 2nd time, accompanied on this occasion by his Nadja tourmates, Plurals, aka Daniel McKenzie (synth/guitar), Dave Hamilton Smith (voice), Duncan Harrison (synth/tapes), Michael Neaves (tapes), Pete Dodd (synth). What followed is documented here; two sides of sprawling, intricately-layered drones and atmospheres oscillating between threatening and uplifting.
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AIDAN BAKER - Aneira, Glacial Movements
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AIDAN BAKER

Aneira

Glacial Movements

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: GM017

'Aneira' is Aidan Baker's impressionistic electro-acoustic tribute to the romantic image of "ice moving or breaking and wind or snowstorms", using only his favoured 12-string guitar. It shimmers and unfolds as one, long, 47-minute piece rendering slow-moving harmonics and trickling barely-melodies from his spindly string picks. "Aidan Baker is a multi-instrumentalist, classically-trained in flute, but best known as a guitarist. Using various electronic effects combined with prepared and/or alternate methods of playing the guitar, he creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental… Read more
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AIDAN BAKER - Aneira, Glacial Movements

Thursday, 14 March 2013

PHILL NIBLOCK - Touch Food, Touch
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PHILL NIBLOCK

Touch Food

Touch

Format_dot_cd2CD // £14.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TO:59

**Double disc jewel case** Veteran artist Phil Niblock, now in his mid-seventies, has probably composed more drone pieces than you've had hot dinners. In fact, given this album's existence, he might have actually composed more drone pieces about hot dinners than you've had... you get the picture. Touch Food is a collaboration with some top flight avant-garde musicians: pianist Reinhold Friedl, saxophonist Ulrich Krieger, clarinettist Carol Robinson and Kaspar T. Toeplitz on electric bass. These musicians have their respective performances transfigured into towering, sustaining structures, ofte… Read more
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PHILL NIBLOCK - Touch Food, Touch
BLACK PUS - All My Relations, Thrill Jockey
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BLACK PUS

All My Relations

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: THRILL322CD

*CD version packaged in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with high gloss printing* "Black Pus is the solo project of Brian Chippendale of noise rock titans Lightning Bolt and Mindflayer. 'All My Relations’ is the first Black Pus album to be recorded in a proper studio, entrusting recording and production to Keith Souza and Seth Manchester (who have worked with The Body, Battles and Skull Defekts) at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI. ‘All My Relations’ follows a series of self-released CDrs and 2011’s album ‘Primordial Pus’ (Load Records). In addition to his work in both Lightning… Read more
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BLACK PUS - All My Relations, Thrill Jockey

Wednesday, 06 March 2013

BOREDOMS - Super Roots 5, Very Friendly

BOREDOMS

Super Roots 5

Very Friendly

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: VF038CD

*Now Reissued At Midprice* As with the third release in the Super Roots series, this disc is occupied by a single, track. In this instance though, that track is over an hour long and takes the form of a swirling miasma of molten, dismantled garage rock drone and power electronics. While the piece (appropriately titled, 'GO!!!!!') maintains a sense of flux and dynamism throughout, its intensity never lets up. The intermingling of searing guitar and clanging cymbals washes over you in a succession of vicious waves. It's staggering to think that this is coming up to being twelve years old - it sound… Read more
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BOREDOMS - Super Roots 5, Very Friendly
BOREDOMS - Super Roots 3, Very Friendly

BOREDOMS

Super Roots 3

Very Friendly

Format_dot_cdCD // £4.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: VF037CD

*Now Reissued At Midprice* The material on this third Super Roots release immediately preceded the release of the Chocolate Synthesizer album, in what would prove to be a big year for the band - they even played on that year's Lollapalooza tour. It's hard to envisage Boredoms as a commercially attractive proposition on the grounds of a release like this, however. Super Roots 3 consists of a single, half-hour long track, 'Hard Trance Takeaway (Karaoke of Cosmos)' which is a slab of frantic drumming and fuzzed-out guitar goop flowing like endless streams of lava. I certainly wouldn't want to stipul… Read more
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BOREDOMS - Super Roots 3, Very Friendly
BOREDOMS - Super Roots 6, Very Friendly

BOREDOMS

Super Roots 6

Very Friendly

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: VF039CD

*Now Reissued At Midprice* My goodness me, it's time for more crucial (and incredibly long-awaited) Boredoms re-issues, and this particular one has always been a favourite of mine. Under-appreciated possibly due to its outright abstraction in place of the balls out manic-rock we might expect, Super Roots 6 is actually a record that manages to surprise me on each and every listen. Textural and brave up until the very last note, the idea that this came out over ten years ago is shocking; the band mix noise, electronics and free rock in a way which would have the knees of almost any Load Records Pro… Read more
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BOREDOMS - Super Roots 6, Very Friendly
BOREDOMS - Super Roots 7, Very Friendly

BOREDOMS

Super Roots 7

Very Friendly

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: VF040CD

*Now Reissued At Midprice* Out of print for far too long and getting the deluxe treatment from those nice chaps over at Very Friendly (maybe they really are... who knows?) comes the seventh instalment in Japanese super-group the Boredoms' incredibly good collection of oddities entitled 'Super Roots'. This particular disc sees the band moving into a new and shockingly good direction, and after experimenting with drones and hiccupping radio-static on 'Super Roots 6', we now catch the band in full-on freak-out Kraut-rock mode. This is space rock as space rock should sound, all pounding percussion an… Read more
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BOREDOMS - Super Roots 7, Very Friendly