BEASTIE BOYS Hot Sauce Committee Part Two 2xLP+7"+MP3
*** NOW ON VINYL! Finally. Two white 180g LPs plus the download and a bonus 7". Apparently there's an iron-on in there too.
CLAMS CASINO Rainforest LP
*** "As the producer of some of Lil B & Soulja Boy's weirdest, most inventive beats, everyone is excited about the debut EP by Clams Casino! It's a record drenched in mysterious atmospherics, like a foggy memory of a far-off exotic place."
FENNESZ Seven Stars 10"
*** "New 4-track 10". Using acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synths and computers, Fennesz continues to engage and entrance us in equal measure. For the first time, Fennesz employs drums!"
HOWLIN' WOLF The Howlin' Wolf Album LP+POSTER
*** "The Howlin' Wolf Album was a radical experiment for a well-established artist: integrate electric instruments & psychedelic arrangements into Wolf's signature blues sound. It's a unique mix of traditional blues and electric rock elements."
MICHAEL HURLEY Fatboy Spring LP
*** "A full LP of never before released Hurley recordings from 1972-73! A laid back countryish album sure to please the hardcore Hurley fan and casual listener too. Deep and breezy."
KWJAZ Kwjaz LP
*** "The 'post-plastic sublime decomposed luxury grooves' tape-degraded gem of a mix tape on vinyl! Cloud-jazz passages, bouncy weirdo dub-funk vignettes, stretched-out syrupy synth stews, and smooth faux-Steely D soft-rock abstractions." On NOT NOT FUN.
LA VAMPIRES goes ITAL Streetwise EP
*** "Four-song 45 rpm EP of raw 90s-style body workouts by NNF head mistress LA Vampires & Brooklyn rhythm-head ITAL. Gritty dancefloor jams filtered through tape-hiss and graffiti'd concrete. Limited edition of 700." On NOT NOT FUN.
MARK MCGUIRE Get Lost LP
*** "Another killer album from Mark McGuire of EMERALDS! A few more electronic elements than usual & even some voices, but still the unique blend of feel-good riffs, electric and acoustic loops and melodies that just stick in the head."
MARIA MINERVA Cabaret Cixous LP
*** "Estonian Euro-beat enchantress Maria Minerva crafted a fresh 11-song dream ride down fascination street -- a gorgeous, gauzy thrill of cracked-crystal karaoke pop singles, full of the weird vision and hazed-out soulfulness." On NOT NOT FUN.
MOUNT EERIE Song Islands Vol. 2 2xLP+BOOK+MP3
*** INCREDIBLE PACKAGING ALERT! "Collecting non-album tracks by Phil Elverum's Mount Eerie spanning 2002 to 2009. Raw poems, acoustic guitar, wooden percussion, distorted punk instructionals, hundreds of voices singing. Unreleased + obscure 7" jams."
MOUNT KIMBIE Carbonated 2x12"
*** "The lead track plus two previously unreleased tracks plus remixes and more."
NEWWORLDAQUARIUM The Dead Bears 2xLP
*** "Reissue of the highly-acclaimed double LP! Obscure, ultra-fat discofied house tracks to spaced-out ambient soundscapes. Thick, thick! Enter the world of Newworldaquarium."
THE RAPTURE In The Grace Of Your Love 2xLP / CD
*** "Immerse yourself in waves of lyrical optimism & introspection among angular guitars & pulsing synthesizers, pounding drums & sweet rhythmical lullabies. This is the sound of The Rapture re-engaged and revitalized." On DFA.
ROEDELIUS Wasser Im Wind LP
*** "Ah, the Hans-Joachim Roedelius solo release most closely resembling Cluster. Wasser Im Wind sees Roedelius pumping the familiar sound of the Drummer One rhythm machine, drifting melodies, sounds emerging from the cosmos."
SILK FLOWERS Days Of Arrest EP+MP3
*** "Straying from the glossy veneer of their last LP, here's a much colder, hyper-focused work. Their raw jaggedness is refined into brittle columns, the sound of repetition and confinement, the dull ache of raw nerves."
OMAR SOULEYMAN Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts 2xLP / CD
*** "An hour of the best moments from Souleyman's Western tours, captured in striking fidelity and intensity. Syrian electrified folkloric dabke, Iraqi choubi and Arabic shaabi!"
SPANK ROCK Energy 12"
*** "The first single from Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar ditches synthetic sheen to sample Can's 'Vitamin C.' Remixes by Jan Driver, Win Win and The Glimmers."
SQUAREPUSHER Shobaleader One EP
*** "Killer effort on the jazz-funk-electro tip -- the perfect soundtrack for a remake of Zabriskie Point. Heavy bass that slaps your flesh and some sunset vocoder. Remix by Mr. Oizo. Joint venture from Because, Ed Banger & Warp."