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WITH the recent album by Spiritczualic Enhancement Center (which, not to blow our own trumpet, we reviewed here) and others, it very much looks like one of the current leftfield trends to be ear to the ground for as 2021 melts inexorably into 2022 is krautjazz; that scene fermenting in city basements and performance spaces …

IT’S A meeting of musical values as well being a perfect colour match: the none-more-esteemed Blue Note Records, 82 years in the game, has announced that the latest addition to its proud roster, the bright Afrojazz textures of London’s Blue Lab Beats, will release their first album for the label, Motherland Journey, on February 25th. …

PORTLAND’S lovely The Delines have a first full album in three years coming to us in February, in which they cross country to the Gulf Coast, from there to bring you 11 beautifully wrought tales of lives lived, unremarkable and yet also wholly remarkable, all couched in empathetic retro-soul, lush horns and strings. The album’s …

WEEED are a psych-stoner quartet who began hanging out and rocking the weirder, spliffy end of music together as teenagers, growing up so near yet quite separately to one of America’s big guitar band meccas, Seattle; they hail from across the water in Bainbridge Island, immersed in the glow from the lights from the city, …

CATHAL COUGHLAN has always been the straight-As kid with the (slightly demonic) pearly white smile and the pocket of stinkbombs in the school hall of indie music; he can’t resist pulling things sideways, to see how they look from somewhere to left of where they might otherwise or properly be. But he does it with …

LOVERS of all things Eighties (read: proper) goth, your attention please; LA’s Frontier Records, in partnership with Cult Epics, has announced it is to reissue Christian Death’s defining debut album, Only Theatre Of Pain, to mark its 40th anniversary in January. And it’s not going to be any old repress, oh no: it’s gonna come …

NEW YORK composer, bassoonist and Berlin Prize for Young Artists nominee Joy Guidry is an artist who likes to – nope, is compelled to – dive deep into the music they investigate, be that modern composition, the high flight of free jazz, the expanse of drone, or the articulation of spoken word pieces. The artist …

ELSEWHERE a very fine guitarist with The Phantom Band, Duncan Marquiss is stepping out into the world of solo instrumental guitar in the spring with an album for folk imprint of high regard, Basin Rock. And he’s already held in such esteem in guitar soli circles that he’s picked up a support slot with the …

THE MORE you think about it, the more it makes sense that these two artists should get together: Warp, Rephlex and Too Pure ambient electronic dub explorers Seefeel, who’ve benefitted from a comprehensive reissue programme this year; and Nairobi’s Joseph Kamaru, aka KMRU, whose atmospheric, ambient Afro-electronica set Logue we adored when it was released …

IF YOU’RE a fan of the leftfield musics, ambient and textural and nuanced, whatever its provenance, be it modern compositional or electronic or anywhere through the ultraviolets and infrareds along the spectrum between them both, then one of the artists involved in this new single you’ll likely be au fait with; the other, perhaps less …