Khanate – Self Titled/Things Viral+ 2xLP

For the uninitiated, Khanate (now defunct) was the experimental O’Malley/Plotkin/Wyskida/Dubin doom quartet that breathed a new light (or swallowed it, depending on how you see things) into the heavy scene back in 2001. For years now, both ‘Things Viral’ (their best, in our humble opinion) and ‘Khanate’ have been out of press, but Hydra Head is doing us all a solid and re-issuing new slabs with remastered audio, complete albums sessions and the option to pick up a white label 12″ with live material for the first time on vinyl. Beyond crucial people.

‘Things Viral’ available to pre-order in black, red, and silver.
‘Khanate’ available to pre-order in black, grey, and yellow.
Both to be had from Hydra Head and from Kings Road (EU)

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Plebeian Grandstand – False Highs, True Lows LP

Hey, is Spring getting you down? Too much sunlight? Birds chirping? Well we got a way to introduce a little blight into your happy world. The French collective Plebeian Grandstand have a new ripper, packed to the gills with asymmetrical dissonance and blackened tech that is sure to pummel (in the best possible way of course. Right?)

Available in black and blood red wax from Throatruiner (and the band) in the EU and from Deathwish stateside. If sales of their last LP was any indication, this will be gone before you know it.

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Kettel – Wingtip 2xLP

They don’t make ’em like they used to, and even when they try, they come up pretty damn short. But let me get off of that “get off of my lawn kick” and point you towards the new album from Kettel: Wingtip; in which you will find all the squelchy acidic goodness and pastoral melodies you remember from your halcyon daze of yesteryear. Pick up this 2xLP from amoeba.com or redeyerecords.co.uk.

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Dorisburg – Irrbloss 2xLP

Killer rhythms and glossy melodies from the Dorisburg project. This “double EP” plays straight through like a proper album, and while you could accuse it of not having enough firepower to fill up the dancefloor, it’s bound to keep your living room bumping. Grab a copy from redeyerecords.co.uk.

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Tape Tuesday: Olli Aarni – Muovia

Finland’s own Olli Aarni is back with a new tape on the always excellent and top notch Australian imprint Preservation. ‘Muovia’ (which translates to ‘plastic’) features two side length movements of Aarni’s whispy trademark treatments of plundered goodness inspired by the lazy river vibes found on dusty New Age tapes and records. All this, and a design treatment by Mark Gowing, makes this a release that you will kick yourself for sleeping on. Just get the tape first..then sleep on it.

Available in an edition of 100 pro-dubbed, high bias copies direct from Preservation

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Zach Cooper – The Sentence LP

‘The Sentence’ is a new LP of modern composition from Zach Cooper, and its pretty killer. Made up of contemporary recordings and early bedroom experiments, the record has a great nostalgic and spiritual tilt to it. Rambling guitars, synths, horns, woodwinds – all tiptoeing around, doing a great job of providing a listening experience similar to that of watching a tense scene from a play unfold. This, combined with a really slick and minimal gold-stamped and embossed jackets, makes for a great release. Don’t miss out on this one.

Available now from Styles Upon Styles

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Ital Tek – Hollowed 2xLP

For your dark techno fix this month, look no further: Ital Tek has dropped his fifth album, and it’s his best work to date. Although more straightforward than some of the more obtuse electronic offerings this year (ahem… Roly Porter), Hollowed reveals layers and depth upon repeated listening, and still retains enough pulsating sub-frequencies and percussive chug to avoid being labeled as esoteric or academic. Pick it up on 2xLP from  experimedia.net or amoeba.com.

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Dälek – Asphalt For Eden LP

Dälek is a bit of an anomaly in the hip hop world. Or, they were, until groups like Death Grips showed up. But you know, maybe thats what happens when you take a break for 6 years? Having shared the stage with everyone from RJD2 to ISIS, they’ve made a name for themselves in the experimental community. Anyway, ‘Asphalt For Eden’ is the new record, as while the group’s lineup might have been switched up a little, the same noisy, industrial beat driven vibe remains. The record is being released on clear and silver/black vinyl by the Canadian metal label Profound Lore at the end of this month, and pre-orders are up now.

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Naðra – Allir vegir til glötunar LP

Forum lurkers and scene chasers know: there’s something wicked going on in Iceland these days. The black metal being exported is of a quality that is simply unmatched within any other geographic setting right now. Fallen Empire was in early (as usual) with their vinyl release (and subsequent repressings) of the debut album from Misþyrming and now we have been gifted with the debut recordings from Naðra, a band with whom that group shares members. Dismiss it all as hype and ignore at your own peril… one of strongest albums you will hear this year now available from store.fallenempire.com.

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So Pitted – Neo LP

Negative noise rock is not only appropriate, but necessary. Neo starts off in the red and doesn’t drop the needle until your dreams of a pleasant spring are buried beneath a mountain of feedback, sludge and migraine inducing percussion. Pick up the white vinyl at megamart.subpop.com.

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