Our 10 favorite new vinyl releases this week (June 24)

Abstract concrete music, wobbly breaks and phantasmagorical orchestras.

This week’s recap is by VF’s Lazlo Rugoff and Will Pritchard, alongside Annabelle Van Dort, Emily Hill and James Hammond.


Felicia Atkinson

Image language

(Shelter Press)

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Caught between the imaginary and the real, and ideas of inner and outer experience, Félicia Atkinson’s latest full-length performer uses sound to evoke an entangled sense of belonging. Initially viewing house – and home recording – as the inner quality, it is the expansive nature of his instrumentals, field recordings and poetry that push adjacent boundaries, always seeking porous junctions. between the worlds. Instrumentally presenting “an orchestral fantasy that does not exist”, and working between French and English to deliver voices that glide through these areas, Image language is another sensual interaction work from Atkinson that retains a sense of mystery and intrigue with a quiet insistence. – J.H.


Death is not the end

London Pirate Radio Advertisements 1984-1993, vol. 2

(Death is not the end)

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A double dose of nostalgia, as Death Is Not The End presses its second volume of Advertisements on Pirate Radio London mid 80s to mid 90s wax. A particular highlight: a spark plug repairs ad washed down with the upcoming hardcore construction genre that wouldn’t look out of place in a scene of Trainspotting. This hits the sweet spot of pop cultural archiving: all heart, no po-face. –WP


Joan Shelley

the spur

(Show no mercy)

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On his sixth album, the spur, Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley creates beautiful, meaningful songs in simple, sparse arrangements. Accompanied by the steady strumming of a guitar and occasional bluegrass riffs, her delicate vocals imbue each song with tenderness and warmth, bringing her evocative lyricism to life. – AVD


Mills Roy

Local Knowledge 002

(Local knowledge records)

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Local Knowledge head Roy Mills is gearing up for his third full solo outing, Local Knowledge 002. The Australian producer, based in the southern suburbs of London, is known for flirting with all sorts of wonky, experimental breaks and this EP continues that genre approach. Formatted on a nifty little 10″ — with a sticker pack, so there’s something for the whole family — it channels its exciting touch to dance music. Things start off heavy stepping with a truly jaw-dropping bass line on the A-side, before Mills takes us underwater with the bass vibes below the surface of “Aquatic”. —EH


word color

The trees hummed, and the grass.

(houndstooth)

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There’s poetry in early Wordcolour, and not just in the fragmented title or spoken-word associations of the opening track ‘(loom)’: those bits are sculpted, arranged, placed just like that, with a keen sense of balance and meter at every turn. . It’s captivating, often emotive, and shot through with an intelligent, playful smile that so easily invokes a two-step or a restless whirlwind. –WP


Nyamekye Junction

Dasein

(Kito Records)

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Dasein, the enchanting debut of Accra-based trio Nyameke Junction, is a genre exploration through traditional African sounds and futuristic sounds. The multinational trio – made up of members from Ghana, Burundi and Germany – weave together a wide range of influences, creating sonic connections between Europe and Africa via powerful songwriting. Reverb-heavy synths are overlaid with politically aware lyricism, which shifts effortlessly from Twi to English, forging an Afro-diasporic sound grounded in themes of connection. – AVD


perfume genius

ugly season

(Matador Recordings)

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There is a rare beauty in the voice of Perfume Genius: nowhere is this clearer than on ugly season. In a largely instrumental context, Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, weaves his ethereal voice through various contortions, creating a musical landscape that is largely less narrative but evocative. ugly season is a surprisingly avant-garde record from an artist who has often leaned on perhaps more traditional structures, and that’s good. – L/R


Brunhild Ferrari and Christoph Heemann

Stürmische Ruhe

(Black truffle)

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Stürmische Ruhe features the results of Brunhild Ferrari’s first pairing with Christoph Heemann, and a joint effort to bring “completely opposite sonic worlds” into collision. As seasoned practitioners in such endeavors, this thirty-minute foray fuses an array of serene and violent sounds into the glued, abstract powers of musique concrete. Introducing harmonious frequencies and sonic minutiae in the wake of slamming doors, windows and other high-energy sounds, this carefully balanced juxtaposition manages to get the ears on edge while simultaneously inviting them into deeper listening. – J.H.


Meiteilon

Kofu / 古風

(Kitchen. Etiquette)

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The soothing sounds of Meitei Kofu make a welcome return this week, courtesy of Kitchen Label. Continuing her exploration of lost Japanese moods, Meitei engages satirically with traditional art forms and aesthetics, playing with perceptions of what contemporary Japanese music is. There is a chilling tranquility across the thirteen tracks; an exploration of deep peace, subconsciously summarizing the final chapter in Meitei’s trilogy of work in Japanese music history. —EH


Hatis Noit

Will have

(Bands erased)

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To follow her illogical dance EP on the label in 2018, Japanese vocal artist Hatis Noit returns to Erased Tapes for a debut album, Will have. Inspired by Gagaku – Japanese classical music – folk music, Bulgarian and Gregorian chants and avant-garde singers, Noit crafted the album almost entirely using only her own voice. In doing so, she reveals the sculptural power of the human voice, treating it as an instrument to be manipulated and used at will. – L/R

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