LULU'S JUNE 2021 NEWSLETTER
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Well, we're finally (mostly) out of lockdown here again, and in the chaos of it all the regular newsletter fell by the wayside - apologies.
Good news is we've gotten HEAPS of extremely fresh stuff in since last broadcast; including big international boxes from La Vida and Abstrakce/BFE, and the long awaited launch of LSD002; Exek's "Good Thing They Ripped Up The Carpet" (almost sold out already btw, so don't sleep).
We've also got a fresh run of the Ebonny Munro x Lulu's hoodies on their way, alongside more of those extremely cute LSD Club shirts (including more tie dye <3 <3).
Our lockdown / LSD Club sale CONTINUES through until the end of June, with everything 10% in store and online with the code "lsdclub". This includes everything listed below.
Love you all, talk soon
RUDIMENTARY PENI - “GREAT WAR” LP
Rudimentary Peni have returned and it couldn’t feel more right. Blurry and tough are the first two words that came to mind when trying to describe the sound on this latest offering from these legends, a band who have been many things over the years but who remained consistently morose. One from the vault, remaining unreleased for whatever reasons, Great War centres itself around enormous riffs and simple, thumping, drums which have found a way to add drama in spite of (or because of) their restricted approach (ie. being a machine.) It’s clear that their sole role is to hold up and support the titanic punk six stringed incantations, superbly fuzzed out and dirty in tone and delivery - capable of making any and every riff a dirge - which is indeed a most wonderful and righteous stage for Nick Blinko to dim the lights, set the mood, lay down the law, and perform his atrocity show. It’s an undoubtedly aggressive record, yet as the great acts of grey UK misery and sardonicism tend toward, the vocals somehow sit above the din and furore, observing as a snarling, incendiary fly on the wall. If they are taking part in the tumult and the violence it is simply to stoke the flame for their own pleasure or vile curiosity. Great War’s blood-soaked soil is fertile ground in which grows a tree bearing rotten fruit... A tree we’d be wise to eat from, sit beneath in contemplation, cut its limbs for fun or to feed the fire, climb the branches as it stands gnarled and lonely upon a hill to share with the creepy crawlies and crows a wonderful view of the gallows.
MALADIA - "SACRED FIRES" LP
"Stands on an abyss made of the hiss and fog of a thousand generated cassette demos and the murky despair of damaged electronics and overloaded amplifiers."
KOHTI TUHOA - "KOHTI TUHOA" LP
"KOHTI TUHOA’s self titled debut EP is finally available on vinyl again! The earlier 7” pressings sold out long ago and are getting harder to find, so it's time for this record to get the well-deserved LVEUM treatment. Unsatisfied with the original release, the band decided to remaster the record from the original analog tapes and rework the layout for best possible results. The LVEUM pressing will be cut on a 45rpm 12" and includes the complete 7-track session with the bonus track “Velkaa maksat kuitenkin”, which was left out of the original pressing since the session was too long for a 7”."
RATA NEGRA - "UNA VIDA VULGAR" LP
"Rata Negra return with "Una Vida Vulgar" their third and best album. A truly pop infused punk record with an incredible production. The album harks back to their previous work in Juanita Y Los Feos but with more pop elements and a bigger and better production. For fans of X, Blondie and Rik Agnew."
NERVOUS SS / RAT CAGE - "SKOPJE VS SHEFFIELD" LP
"It’s a stark and baron land out there right now. What we all need is some fucking loud, fast, uncompromising raw punk to drown out the constant bullshit being broadcasted as 2021 develops. Both following up storming debut LP’s with five new tracks plus a local cover each, Nervous SS and Rat Cage clash head to head on this 12 song barrage of hell for leather punk rock."
CRY OUT - "MORE ECHOES OF A QUESTION NEVER ANSWERED... WHY?" 12"
A heartbreaking and triumphant release. There's a difficulty in writing about this without having known the artist but such tragic stories are universal, and it feels especially true with underground artists from all walks and times. CRY OUT is the project of Rosie Davis, a young musician from Nova Scotia who was working on this album at the time of her passing. The songs contained on "MORE ECHOES..." have an off the wall approach - especially for something existing within the confines of 80's UK punk sounds and a drum machine - but each song is perfectly honest and venomously astute. There are guitar and bass lines that feel either revealingly quixotic or plain unfinished, even a party horn (those things from bad parties - yeah, those things) and it’s 100% likely the most sarcastic you'll ever hear on wax. which certainly adds another humble and personal layer to the music. Despite being unfinished and unpolished, the songs on this EP do display a knack for clever songwriting. More echoes of a question never answered... Why? A tragic question at its heart, and it feels even more so given the context surrounding this release. The music is a love letter to Anarcho punk favourites and this release is a heartfelt love letter to the artist. Rest in peace, Rosie.
CARL MATTHEWS - "COL" LP
"A very delicate usage of rhythm machines, samplers, sequencers, e-bowed guitars that show up briefly hinting at a lo-fi Innovative Communication feeling... The capricious nature of these experiments opens many different doors of wonder to the curious heads, easing deep listening away from clichéd Berlin School, New Age or Krautrock -the most obvious reference points here-, into a foreverland of non academic modernism, where to take shelter and briefly vanish."
CAM - "QUID RIDES" LP
"Reissue of this obscure cassette from 1987, a really interesting rarity by Carl Matthews under the CAM moniker. Sturdy synth basslines sculpt solid rhythm patterns that bring to mind the innovations of the moment in electro and dance records. Experimental-roman-electro seems to be a pretty weird label, but works fine here... Mutant-futuristic-proto-electro for roman statues would work too. "
ERIK WØLLO - "SILVER BEACH (EXPANDED EDITION)" 2xLP
"Erik Wøllo is a unique Norwegian musician that has been active since 1980, covering a wide range of styles but mostly known for his very personal take on electronic ambient music. An early electronic music masterpiece, it was made using the latest MIDI technology at that time."
GROUP A - "INITIATION" LP
"Group A was formed in 2012 when art student and musician Tommi Tokyo (synths, drum machines, vocals) met textile design graduate Sayaka Botanic (violin, sampler, tapes) and her friend Kaoru. Inspired by radical art movements of 20th century, Tommi’s idea was to form a new band with non-musicians in attempt to approach music differently. They create a unique mixture of dark minimal synth and avant-noise with striking visuals and stage performances. Group A carries on the very breath of early pioneers and the Japanese underground scene from the early 80’s. This is the vinyl edition of group A's first full lenght studio album self-released in October 2013 only in CDR format. 9 tracks of genuine experimental minimal electronics."
REAKSI - "ESOK HARI KEPUNYAAN KITA" 7"
"REAKSI from Melbourne Australia are three immigrant punks from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. The band delivers direct, hard and pungent lyrical protest in their native language Bahasa. The songs attack political issues that every Asian punk knows too well, the rights of and the struggles of immigrants (Tidak Ada Manusia Ilegal, Tidak Menyerah), police brutality (Awas) and songs of struggle and freedom (Punk Asia) that is highly relevant to the Myanmar’s people current uprising against military coup junta."
LUCY DODD - "TINDER POETRY" ZINE
"Poems assembled from Tinder bios between 2017-2019, with some recent tweaks and additions. Straight from the source. I can't give you evidence, but you do have my word."
LIFE STINKS I LIKE THE KINKS - "#6" ZINE
"Life Stinks I Like The Kinks #6: KRIMINAL KINKS. An Autumn Almanac. Writing on The Kinks, class war, drunkenness and cruelty, football on a Saturday, roast beef on a Sunday. Written by DX. Published by Mont in Winter 2021."
DJ MOURN - "OPULENT PHANTASY" CS
"The debut tape from DJ MOURN (fka WRYYTHE). A compilation of tracks from 2017-2021 including reworks and remasters. Self-produced, self-mastered, self-released."
BRONZE SAVAGE - "COLD IBIZA" 12"
"Jagged and rolling cuts inspired by the bleak yet wild beauty of Nathan Savage's mythical party island: Cold Ibiza. A1: Features Emlyn Johnson, B1: Features Lou Mac and wrenches apart an 80s Hard Yakka commercial for full dancefloor effect."
COLLECTOR - "LOWERED UTE" LP
"Using a hardware-only approach, Collector’s Lowered Ute focuses on pummelling industrial rhythms over six tracks with hints of light coming in the form of slowly evolving minor key melodies. An analog drum machine pushed into the red is underpinned by harsh noise filter sweeps, modular synth pulses, meticulously sequenced field recordings and delayed clangs of metal that spiral out of control."