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New albums out this week: The Scratch, Joy Anonymous, Actress, Four Tet, Jockstrap & more

New albums out this week: The Scratch, Joy Anonymous, Actress, Four Tet, Jockstrap & more

Here’s a rundown of new releases on DSPs and physical releases in record shops this week.

New Albums

The Scratch – Mind Yourself

The Dublin trad-folk-metal band’s second album is produced by James Vincent McMorrow. The first single ‘Trom II (A Slip In The Wind)’, a song which builds slowly over its six-minute and a half running time, adjourning the band’s established energetic high tempos until its crescendo. That track was followed by the much heavier tracks ‘Blaggard’ and ‘Cheeky Bastard’. Making of short doc.

Actress – LXXXVIII

‘LXXXVIII’ — the roman numerals for ‘88’, which is both a reference to a previous Actress release of the same name and also a nod to the concept of infinity, emphasising how everything is connected within Actress ‘practice’ — pays dividends to meditate on an instrumental facet of its creation: game theory. Indeed, deep strategic thinking – more readily associated with economics and chess than artistic practice – was fundamental to Actress’ process as ‘LXXXVIII’ was channelled into existence. ‘Push Power ( a 1 )’

Lol Tolhurst, Budgie & Jacknife Lee – Los Angeles

A collaboration between ex-The Cure man Lol Tolhurst, former Banshee, Creature and Slits’ drummer, Budgie and producer Jacknife Lee with guests LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Bobby Gillespie, The Edge and more. ‘Los Angeles’ with James Murphy.

Joy Anonymous – Cult Classics

Joyous euphoric soulful electronica in the vein of close pal Fred Again.. from the English dance duo. ‘Joy (Head To The Sky)’

Four Tet – Live at Alexandra Palace London, 24th May 2023

Does what it says in the title. One of the immersive Squidsoup immersive light shows. Bandcamp.

The Line – Red Blood Cells and Righteousness

The Line is the pseudonym of Meltybrains? musician, sound artist and sound lad Brian Dillon. Th LP features collaborations with God Knows + MuRli, Loah and Fehdah, Sorcha Richardson, Dan Fox (Gilla Band), Caoi de Barra (Wyvern Lingo), Lullahush, Eoin French (Talos) and Meltybrains? members Micheal Quinn and Ben Bix.

girlfriend – To Be Quiet

The four-piece alt-rock band girlfriend. released their debut album on Halloween 2023. See full article.

Laurie Shaw – Neck Of The Woods

The Kerry-based singer-songwriter and all-rounder Laurie Shaw has released an album all about the town of Ballina, County Mayo. Full article.

bar italia – The Twits

London based three-piece release their second album of the year. ‘My Little Tony’

Hailu Mergia – Pioneer Works Swing

Live album from the Ethiopian jazz musician.

Hilary Woods – Acts of Light 

Written, recorded, mixed and produced over a span of two years between the west coast of Ireland and Dublin, Woods recorded the choristers of the Palestrina choir in the Pro Cathedral Dublin, together with the voices of Galway City Chamber Choir. Strings were recorded by Jo Berger Myhre in Oslo, whilst field recordings were recorded nomadically throughout her time spent travelling through the north west of Spain.

Kevin Abstract – Blanket

Ex-Brockhampton artist releases a fourth solo record with a rock persuasion.

Jockstrap – I<3UQTINVU

Remix album entirely done by the experimental pop electronic duo’s Taylor Skye.

Albums also released today:

EPs also released today

The Alchemist – Flying High 2

Latest in a prolific run from the producer features Action Bronson, Conway The Machine, Curren$y.

All Tvvins – Your Country

5-track EP from Dublin-based anthemic alt-rock duo of Conor Adams and Lar Kaye on Faction Records.

Big Sleep – Isn’t It Sweet

5-track EP from Irish/Italian indie pop band with R&B and alternative strands.

Shit Robot – 5 Songs EP

5-track EP from producer Marcus Lambkin on DFA Records.

Holly Munro – Up Against Your Nature

Irish singer-songwriter whose debut song ‘Give Yourself Love’ is an impressive song you should hear.

  • King Creosote – I Des
  • Mall Grab – Mouse EP
  • Snail Mail – Valentine (Demos) EP

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