As ever, a bit of a backlog here, but I’ll try and file some previews of The XX, the surprisingly fine Os Mutantes comeback, Andrew WK’s solo piano improvisations and, especially, the Unthanks album in the next few days.

As ever, a bit of a backlog here, but I’ll try and file some previews of The XX, the surprisingly fine Os Mutantes comeback, Andrew WK’s solo piano improvisations and, especially, the Unthanks album in the next few days.



In the meantime, here’s this week’s playlist. One real stinker in this lot…

1 Basement Jaxx – Scars (XL)

2 Blitzen Trapper – Black River Killer EP (Sub Pop)

3 Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Through The Devil Softly (Nettwerk)

4 Liam Hayes & Plush – Bright Penny (Broken Horse)

5 The Shitty Limits – Beware The Limits (Boss Tuneage)

6 Skygreen Leopards – Gorgeous Johnny (Cosmos)

7 Noah & The Whale – The First Days Of Spring (Mercury)

8 Health – Get Colour (City Slang)

9 Various Artists – Where The Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Rhino)

10 Ganglians – Monster Head Room (Woodsist)

11 Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band – Between My Head And The Sky (Chimera)

12 Arbouretum – Song Of The Pearl (Thrill Jockey)

13 Ian Brown – Stellify (Fiction)

14 Andrew WK – 55 Cadillac (Skyscraper Music Maker)

15 Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – I Speak Fula (Out | Here)

16 The XX – XX (Young Turks)

17 The Hot Rats – Can’t Stand It/Big Sky/Fight For Your Right/Damaged Goods (White Label)

18 Os Mutantes – Haih Or Amortecedor (Anti-)