So, what have we missed? (Albums of the week 17 May – 5 June)

It’s been a wee while since I’ve posted anything up here. No excuses except work, life general apathy/despondency etc. I have, however, been keeping up with the latest releases, and there’s been a fair few decent albums surfacing over the last couple of months that I am driven to share with you.

With that in mind, here’s my pick of the albums of the week from New Music Fridays 17th May to 5 July, plus some other notable must-listens I’ve missed out on telling you about. If I get the chance I’ll do a fuller review of some of them.

Album of the week – 17 May

Ellen Allien – Alientronic

A good ‘ol-fashioned slab of acid house and techno that has something for the head, and something for the body.

Rating 7.5/10 – Listen on Spotify

Other essential listens:

slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

The Voices – The Sound of Young America

Hey Collosus – Four Bibles

Album of the week – 24 May

Petrol Girls – Cut & Stitch

Angry, feminist, punk with a lot of intelligence to it and a message that cries out to be heard.

Rating 8/10 – Listen on Spotify

Other essential listens:

Amyl and The Sniffers – Amyl and The Sniffers

Black Mountain – Destroyer

Honeyblood – In Plain Sight

Madonnatron – Musica Alla Puttanesca

Album of the week – 31 May

Pip Blom – Boat

Fantastically infectious indie pop that deserves to be on your turntable/playlist/car stereo all summer.

Rating 9/10 – Listen on Spotify

Other essential listens:

Chase & Status – RTRN II JUNGLE

The Gotobeds – Debt Begins At 30

Album of the week – 07 June

Plaid – Polymer

Intelligent techno straight out of the 90s. Reminiscent of Orbital at their very best.

Rating 8.5/10 – Listen on Spotify

Other essential listens:

Pixx – Small Mercies

JAMBINAI – ONDA

Album of the week – 14 June

christian fitness – you are the ambulance

Actually released a couple of weeks previously on Bandcamp, but everything else out this week was pants so wanted to highlight this one instead. The sixth solo/not solo album from Mclusky and Future of the Left frontman Andrew Falkous. As edgy, noisy and witty as ever. The vocal track could do with being a bit louder though.

Rating 8/10 – Listen on Bandcamp

Other essential listens:

None 😦

Album of the week – 21 June

The St Pierre Snake Invasion РCaprice Enchant̩

Riotous, affecting and heavy as hell punk that pounds you into joyous submission.

Rating 8.5/10 – Listen on Spotify

Other essential listens:

black midi – Schlagenheim

Jane Weaver – Loops In The Secret Society

Hot Chip – A Bath Full Of Ecstasy

Album of the week – 28 June

MOLLY – All That Ever Could Have Been

Austrian duo channel Sigur Ros in this shoegaze/post rock opus that takes you on an uplifting journey

Rating 7.5/10 – Listen on Spotify

Other essential listens:

Hmmm- nope

Album of the week – 05 July

Prettiest Eyes – Vol 3

Mature third effort from this post-punk trio that uses touches of psych and distortion galore to bring a tasty treat to our turntables.

Rating 8/10 – Listen on Spotify

Other essential listens:

BABii – HiiDE

KOKOKO! – Fongola

Catching Flies – Silver Linings

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