Review: This may be the last chapter in what stands proud as the mightiest resurrection of a classic band in modern times, yet for all the melancholy to be suffered if this does prove to be the case, frankly, what a way to go. 'The Glowing Man' is full to bursting with the kind of panoramic soundscapes, intense existential gravitas and dramatic crescendos that have characterised Michael Gira & Co's post-2010 output, yet has restraint and subtlety to match its almighty sturm-und-drang - these colossal songs triumph just as much through their dynamics and beauty as their volume and brute force, crowning a startling achievement a singular and overwhelming primal force deserving of awe aplenty.
Review: Tangerine Dream's 1975 album Ricochet gets a vinyl reissue. Consisting of only two tracks, both parts of "Ricochet" are shifting soundscapes in the best arpeggiated 70s tradition and bonafide classics of the genre, influencing everyone from Emeralds through Oneohtrix Point Never. Essential.
Review: Here's something of a treat for fans of experimental, cutting-edge jazz: a rare recording of legendary French drummer Jacques Thollot - accompanied by some of his regular musical collaborators - captured at a live performance at the Faculty of Law, Paris, in 1969. Thrillingly free and fluid, it features Thollot not only providing his usual loose and frenetic percussion, but also tape loops. The highlight is undoubtedly the epic A-side workout - a 22 minute trip into psychedelic headspace - though there are plenty of gems to be found on the flip, too, not least the atmospheric, slow-burning "2" and Stockhausen-ish, delay-laden "3".
AR & Machines - "I'll Be Your Singer, You'll Be My Song" (2:27)
Deutsche Wertarbeit - "Deutscher Wald" (4:02)
Dzyan - "Khali" (4:40)
Missus Beastly - "Geisha" (5:24)
Alex - "Derule" (2:54)
Agitation Free - "In The Silence Of The Morning Sunrise" (6:33)
Georg Deuter - "Pearls" (2:10)
Michael Bundt - "The Brain Of Oskar Panizza" (8:42)
Popol Vuh - "Ja, Deine Liebe Ist Suber Als Wein" (3:31)
Novalis - "Dronsz" (4:56)
Broselmaschine - "Schmetterling" (9:28)
Neu! - "Neuschnee" (4:04)
Between - "And The Waters Opened" (10:59)
La Dusseldorf - "White Overalls" (2:09)
Klaus Weiss - "Constellation" (1:43)
Achim Reichel - "Tanz Der Vogel In Den Winden" (7:32)
Roedelius - "Lustwandel" (3:52)
Pyrolator - "Die Haut Der Frau" (3:08)
Cluster - "Hollywood" (4:23)
Streetmark - "Passage" (4:23)
Niagara - "Rhythm Go" (2:45)
Michael Bundt - "Neon" (12:30)
Review: If you're in the market for a beginner's guide to krautrock and "kosmiche", then the first two volumes of Soul Jazz's Deutsche Elektronische Musik series should be essential listening. This third volume - the first for four years - should be on that list, too. It arguably goes deeper than its predecessors, combining cuts from pioneering electronic and art-rock bands like Neu!, Cluster and Popol Vuh with tracks from lesser-known artists such as Michael Bundt, Dronsz and Achim Reichel. Musically, it's also far more diverse than its predecessors, containing as much space-rock and proto-punk as early electronic experimentation and droning alternative rock. As ever, the accompanying sleeve notes from author David Nobbs expand on the story in brilliant detail.