29 key records played in the Uncut office this past week…

Apologies for the delay getting this playlist out; the practical difficulties of finishing the next issue of Uncut rather got the better of me last week, and meant I had to neglect blogging duties for a few days.

The slog of reading proofs and so on was helped, however, by a load of strong new arrivals, as you’ll see below, not least the first album of formal songs by Jim O’Rourke in, what, 14 years? Can’t say much about it at this early stage, but fans of “Insignificance” won’t be disappointed, at the very least. Also recommended: new ones by Wolfgang Voigt, William Basinski and Rachel Grimes; and a great live set from the redoubtable Hiss Golden Messenger.

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1 The Weather Station – Loyalty (Paradise Of Bachelors)

2 Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs (Drag City)

3 Sir Douglas Quintet – The Complete Mercury Masters (Hip-O Select)

4 Various Artists – Nu Yorica! Culture Clash in New York City: Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77 (Soul Jazz)

5 Jamie xx – In Colour (Young Turks)

6 Leftfield – Alternative Light Source (Infectious)

7 Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down The Light (Wichita/Drag City)

8 Wolfgang Voigt – Rückverzauberung 10 (Kompakt)

9 Trembling Bells – The Sovereign Self (Tin Angel)

10 David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (Mercury)

11 Michael Chapman – Fully Qualified Survivor (Harvest)

12 Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric) – Deadly Class (Feat Meyhem Lauren) (Brick)

13 Black Mountain – Black Mountain (Dead Oceans)

14 Amara Toure – 1973-1980 (Analog Africa)

15 Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)

16 S. Araw “Trio” XI – Trellis (Sun Ark)

17 Bob And Ron Copper – Traditional Songs From Rottingdean (Fledg’ling/Topic)

18 Martin Carthy – Martin Carthy (Topic)

19 Jon Gibson – Visitations (Superior Viaduct)

20 Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bomb (Columbia)

21 Rachel Grimes – The Clearing (Temporary Residence)

22 Rob St John/Woodpigeon – Gin & Swearing (Song By Toad)

23 The Pre-New – The Male Eunuch (Cherry Red)

24 Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Dawg/Interscope)

25 William Basinski – The Deluge (Temporary Residence)

26 Dawn Of Midi – Dysnomia (Erased Tapes)

27 Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Strut)

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29 Hiss Golden Messenger – April 17, 2015 Haw River Ballroom (www.nyctaper.com)