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Wild Terrier Orchestra: Even The Chimera (digital, Haunter Records, March 2022)

Well, this is something delightfully strange. I’ve encountered Dimitris Papadatos as Jay Glass Dubs, and I found his work pleasant enough but it never quite grabbed me. This new alias is, to me, a much more distinctive and interesting proposition. The first of the two long tracks opens with a crash of percussion, a tinkling […]

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Natalia Beylis: Invaded By Fireflies (digital, Cafe Oto, December 2021)

I stumbled across Natalia Beylis recently because her 2020 record Love-In-A-Mist, Edible has just had a vinyl re-release or re-pressing or what-have-you. But when I went poking around her Bandcamp page, it was this 35-minute piece from last December which I was captivated by. The focus here is a collection of recordings of the composer’s […]

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Maria Moles: For Leolanda (digital, Room 40, January 2022)

This record kind of straddles the boundary between ambient and new age. But in a good way! I mean, a Laraaji-without-the-chanting way. I read that Moles’s main influence here is Indonesian Kulintang music. At any rate, it combines various chiming gong sounds with electronic pads and washes, and it’s all rather beautiful. The most urgent […]

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Lex Amor: Government Tropicana (digital, self-released, September 2020)

An unusual one for me: (a) I am listening to hip-hop made in the last 15 years, (b) I bought an album two years after it came out (normally, I get stubborn, and figure that if I missed stuff at the time then I should move on), and (c) I actually sought this out after […]

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Matchess: Sonescent (digital, Drag City, February 2022)

Now this is something rather novel and entirely delightful. Whitney Johnson gives us two long tracks (eighteen minutes apiece). Although mostly strings, these take in drone, folk-ish fiddling (with the occasional digression into folk rock — a guitar and a flute sneak in at the end), and sawing classical minimalism, and are supplemented by other […]

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My albums of 2021

I seem to have been particularly indecisive about whittling down my albums of the year to my self-imposed limit of five. On the plus side, this means that I have had lots of excuses to revisit some great music repeatedly while I made up my mind… I really enjoyed records from Claire Rousay, DJ Black […]

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Sunn O))): Metta, Benevolence BBC 6Music: Live on the Invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs (digital, Southern Lord, November 2021)

I saw Sunn O))) at All Tomorrow’s Parties once. There was a deeply hooded figure huddled at the front of the stage chanting while they did their drone metal thing, and there was a rumour going around that it was Julian Cope, who was also playing the festival. There was another rumour going around that […]

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Monobox: Regenerate (digital, M-Plant, November 2021)

This is my first encounter with Robert Hood’s Monobox alias. And it’s great. Hood is, of course, one of the founding fathers of minimal techno, and you can definitely see that here, but it’s quite a bit more banging than, say, Minimal Nation. Resident Advisor call it ‘big room techno’, and I have no reason […]

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Fluxion: Parallel Moves (digital, Vibrant Music, October 2021)

Dub techno is one of those genres which I had a little flurry of interest in years and years ago, but haven’t bought much of more recently, because… well, to be frank, because there were a lot of records that were perfectly nice but which didn’t seem to give me much that I couldn’t get […]

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Mira Calix: absent origin (digital, Warp Records, November 2021)

Ooh, a new Mira Calix! I loved her Warp albums from the early noughties (One On One, Skimskitta, 3 Commissions) which were all pretty hard to categorize — a mix of glitchy electronics, naive piano before that was really a thing, field recordings, and bog knows what else — but all strangely beautiful, and quite […]