Fascinating Things : Issue 75

Well chums there’s been an extremely eclectic mix of things in this week so without further ado lets look at some of the exciting new music coming your way….

Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records and artist-run cassette label Practical Records present Rachel Mason‘s new album ‘Das Ram’ LP on November 18th…

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche release their second studio album “Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much on January 20, 2017″…

Keeping up my Antipodean musical obsession I was recently contacted about Fraudband. They are a duo from Melbourne with their own, rhythm based take on psychedelic-rock. They steer clear of the typical sounds within this genre by leaning on influences such as Sonic Youth, Dirty Three and The Birthday Party and they sound like this…

Berlin-based trio The History of Colour TV is back with new music, presenting ‘Wreck’, the first single from their forthcoming third album ‘Something Like Eternity’. You can stream the single here.


Hiphop pioneers Dälek will be touring this month for a week of live shows, following on from the release of their 2016 comeback LP, Asphalt For Eden (Profound Lore), the first new record from the NYC trio since 2009. Ahead of these shows, they have released a brand new track, ‘Molten’, and the wind-tunnel production and furious wordsmith delivery that have become the group’s calling card have been amped up to reflect the song’s theme… dates are

22/11 – The Louisiana, Bristol
23/11 – Saint Lukes, Glasgow
24/11 – Chunk, Leeds
25/11 – Thomas House, Dublin
26/11 – Corsica Studios, London
27/11 – Islington Mill, Sunny Salford

The Comet is Coming have released a new single, “Final Eclipse”, which you can stream and purchase now via Bandcamp. It is the first new music from the three-piece since the release of their critically acclaimed, Mercury Prize-nominated LP Channel The Spirits, though the band had also shared some remixes since it’s release. They are playing Band on the Wall on December 11th.

Lawrence English, composer, artist and Room40 curator returns with a brand new record “Cruel Optimism” on  17th February 2017, here’s a taster….

Camilla George is set to release “Isang” on Ubuntu Music early next year. This will be her debut album – the MOBO nominated saxophonist, composer and teacher is already an established musician on the jazz circuit ….not sure if this track is on the album but I’m having to use this rather than the ones I’ve been sent as they are can’t be shared at this stage. What i’ve heard sounds excellent so watch out for this artist…

Dallas shoegazers Bloodhounds On My Trail have released a single ‘Places Like This’ and announced  their ‘Haunted Isles’ EP….

Southern Lord are  reviving the music of Philadelphia’s lost punk heroes, Ruin. Long considered a treasured local delicacy of the city’s earlier hardcore scene, Ruin released two albums during their original run, 1984’s He-Ho and 1986’s Fiat Lux, both of which will be combined for a vinyl release this December.  The LP will see release on December 9th and pre orders are now live via the Southern Lord store.

Photo Credit : Dan Long

Canada’s budding Label Obscura has announced that it will release a limited run vinyl reissue of ‘The Coastaline Fire’ LP – the final album by Ontario indie rockers Chore before they disbanded in the early 2000s. All tracks have been remastered for vinyl. It’s a damn fine album and is well worth checking out…

And finally, Friday 18th sees the release of the latest collaboration from Ian Moss and Andy Quayle as Moss Skellington. Following on from two well received singles the duo have now completed their first album “The Lump”. Characterised by Moff’s unique musical vision and Ian’s sharp polemic and biting wit with words, the album brings together two iconoclasts to create a unique musical vision. With subjects as diverse as posh food, murderers and sibling relationships the album provides a heady mix and includes the magnum opus the 17 minute “The Mouse Engine” which was premiered in Leeds earlier this year. The album was mixed by Space Museum who also contributed to the title track.

You’ll be able to download the album from midnight 18th November via Bandcamp




Fascinating Things : Issue 54

Nearly back to normal after a week of melting lap-tops and internet drop-outs. It’s rather striking how vital PCs are these days in doing this sort of thing, you certainly miss ’em when they stop working properly.  Anyway things are OK now and I’ve a nice new HP Envy with Bang & Olufsen internal speakers which makes the music listening all that more pleasurable.

The timings for the podcasts have changed from this week onwards:

  • Sonic Attack goes out on a Monday from now on, but is still on Sin Radio on Thursday
  • Aural Delights stays on Wednesday, and is still on SIn Radio on Thursday
  • World of Jazz now goes out on a Friday
  • The Band on the Wall Playlists will be released on the first day of the month from now on.

All of this is to give me a bit more breathing space and to fit in with my other commitments.

And so here we go again with some recent news……..

My Graney “completist” radar must have been on the frizt when this below came out in 2013 as I hadn’t latched on to it until Dave posted something on Facebook recently, but to be fair to myself I don’t think Dave or Clare have made a huge noise about it, which is a surprise as it’s a marvelous 26 minute collection of atmospheric music. It’s their second soundtrack as far as I know, on the basis of this experience there may be more lurking out there. A combination of rock and jazz sounds make for a great listen. I’m really looking forward to seeing Dave live next week when he visits Salford for an intimate little gig, in a Joey Holts pub! What more could I ask for?

Liv, who sends me lots of new music to absorb,  has sent me a new tune to listen to,  and after an initial reluctance, it grew on me somewhat. The artist in question is Mira Aasma, a Gothenburg born vocalist. The song builds well, the arrangement is compelling, and that undercurrent of bass arpeggiator is rather groovy in a Giorgio M style..

MC Dälek a.k.a. Will Brooks, with the blessing of ex-member/co-producer Oktopus has revived Dälek with a new lineup which now includes DJ rEk on turntables and co-producer Mike Manteca on samplers and effects. The trio have returned with their signature mind numbing, genre bending blend of beats, noise and lyricism and are preparing to release the highly anticipated first official Dälek release since their last full-length, 2009’s “Gutter Tactics”. Titled “Asphalt For Eden”, the new album sees a new creative peak for Dälek and should widen the fan-base for this cult hip-hop band. Asphalt For Eden also marks Dälek’s first collaboration with progressive music label Profound Lore, who will release the album on April 22nd. I’m not normally a hip-hop fan but I always make an exception for this band because of their willingness to absorb more progressive musical elements.

And that’s your lot for this week….