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Deaf Center – Low Distance

Music which hovers at the edge of your awareness, gently improving the atmosphere like the smell of baking or coffee brewing in the kitchen. Its shifts in sound are like light moving across a room, its hinted stories like blurred old photographs.

Odd Nosdam – Mirrors

Mirrors is a woozy dreamscape of colours and textures buoyed along on slow burn, head nodding beats.

Fennesz – Agora

A multi-textured tapestry of treated guitar, laptop static and meditative drones combined and recombined to stunning effect.

Bob Log III • Cherry Pickles – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

Bob Log III is what you might call a consummate showman . . . He makes toast, hands out balloons for us to inflate and then stamp, and fills a large inflatable duck with Bucks Fizz before passing it among the crowd.

Lower Slaughter – Some Things Take Work

This album sees them grow more confidently into their own skin, kicking any thoughts of second album jitters to the kerb and stomping on their head.

Ex Hex – It’s Real

Oh, it’s so shiny. Sleek and gleaming like an airstream trailer in the afternoon sun, intoxicatingly elegant. It has a kind of perfect, crunchy, early 80’s power-pop-punk sound, everything up front but with space and light around it, hard and bright and clear like crystal.

Matmos – Plastic Anniversary

The sounds they have collected are mostly as blank as plastic fragments washed up by the tide, yet they carefully collage them into colourful and revealing tableau.

Human Leather – Succulent

Hits you with a combustible mix of emotion, abjection and simmering violence.

Oozing Wound – High Anxiety

Oozing Wound look around in dismay at the general levels of human stupidity, shake their heads and point and laugh the bitter laughter of the disappointed. Vitriol for all!

MY DISCO – Environment

Environment is a cold and empty warehouse, a ghost of industry. A space evoked through the tiniest of sonic details, an intangible presence.

Ewa Justka – Acid On Acid

Proper taste the lasers, brain melt, acid wonk to put a manic grin on your happy idiot face. Damn, but it feels a long time since I heard any techno that was actually exciting, you know?

HENGE – Nothing Head

Nothing Head is Sabbath heavy, AmRep ugly but not as suffocatingly oppressive as a lot of doom can get. If you like this kind of thing you should definitely put this on. Just a soon as you get back from the all night garage.

Teeth Of The Sea – Wraith

Musically Teeth Of The Sea are not sat at home listening to Space Ritual again, they’re tearing across the universe in an unlikely spaceship made of sound and light and fuelled by almost anything they can find. Wraith may well be their best yet, but it also suggests there’s still greater things to come.

Morton Valence – Bob & Veronica’s Great Escape

Warm and lush, filled with swooning songs of regret and renewal.

Bilge Pump – We Love You

The work of a band at the peak of their powers, We Love You is bright and brilliant.

Ecstatic Material: Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison – Centrala, Birmingham

We’re watching a performance by a piece of sculpture that might not be either of those things. It fills and animates the space but it’s possible to move your attention across it and appreciate it in different ways depending on which speaker you’re stood next to.

Guided By Voices – Zeppelin Over China

How does he do it? We should be making plans to save Robert Pollard’s brain for science, if it’s not already preserved by what made Milwaukee famous.

Left Hand Cuts Off The Right – Purge

The sure and familiar footsteps of the piano guide us down echoing hallways of filtered field recordings and radio noise.

Black To Comm – Seven Horses For Seven Kings

Seven Horses For Seven Kings brings a new set of widescreen, richly-layered sonic abstractions from Black To Comm that travel on darker, angrier roads than previous.

Stuart Chalmers – Sound Environments 2: Woodlands

The result of Chalmers getting out and communing with the forest spirits is an evocative set of multi layered and textured pieces.

Hey Colossus – Centrala, Birmingham

About midway into ‘Back In The Room’ they fully take flight, a massive, shaking whirl of sound that surrounds and lifts you rather than simply flattens you with volume.

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