Aural Delights 152

An unashamed celebration of the German Shepherd record label who release their 100th artefact into the ether on October 30th, together with some other brand new releases from independent artists, plus a couple of classics from the archives.


  1. Pearl Divers – Smoking Gun – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  2. Hamsters – Crash and Burn – Branches EP
  3. The Seven Twenty – Get Your Affairs In Order – Haiku
  4. A Shoreline Dream – The Heart Never Recovered – The Silent Sunrise
  5. Mark Corrin – Until The Blood Freezes (Tempest Vocal Mix) – EP8 : Tempest
  6. Kristian Harting – White Spirits – Summer of Crush
  7. Ion-Morph – Manchester (Slight Return) – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  8. Hamsters – Green and Clears – Branches EP
  9. Loop-aznavour – Ed’s Place – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  10. Chrisopher Bissonnette – Epoch – Pitch, Paper & Foil
  11. Moff Skellington – Potato Pickers – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  12. Hologram Teen – Post Apocalyptic Tea Cakes – Post Apocalyptic Tea Cakes
  13. The Seven Twenty – Cameo – Haiku
  14. Moan – Holy Heartbeats (Nuage Remix) – Holy EP
  15. Poppycock – Ceaseless Effort (Live at the Crescent) – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  16. Hamsters – Low Gears – Branches EP
  17. Rose Niland – 5 Times – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  18. A Shoreline Dream – Time Is A Machine Gun – Single
  19. The Get – Say You Love Me – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  20. Townes Van Zandt – Lungs – Townes Van Zandt
  21. The Junta – Carnival 80 – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  22. Slapp Happy – Casablanca Moon – Acnalbasac Noom
  23. Hamsters – J Edgar Hoover – Branches EP
  24. Mark Corrin – La Noche De La Tempestad – EP8 : Tempest
  25. IKMRAO – Art – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  26. Factory Acts – Colour
  27. Bouquet of Dead Crows – Epicentre – Of The Night
  28. Captain Black – Lost All Sense – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  29. The Seven Twenty – There’s No Trick To Getting A Lot Of Women – Haiku
  30. Passage of Time – Round About Now – 100 : A German Shepherd Compilation
  31. The Sideshow – How It Goes – Exclusive Pre-release
  32. Nervous Conditions – Conviction – Soundcloud
  33. The Fall – Cab It Up – Singles 1987-1989


  1. From the compilation album marking the 100th release on German Shepherd records on 30th October. A track recorded by the band before the recent departure of Natalie and Jeff. Down to a trio for the moment the band are currently working in the studio and planning a release on the label once they have sufficient tracks down,
  2. Following the success of the 4VT digital only single release earlier in the year the four lovable cuddly Hamsters return with their first ever actual physical release on a limited run of 100 CDs, 50 of which can be pre-ordered at the German Shepherd Bandcamp page from 26th October. Full release is on 6th November. Some of their best work to date.
  3. I raved about the Seven Twenty album a couple of weeks back – here is the single which precedes it – again some masterly song-writing from James Burling. Releases on October 30th via Bandcamp.
  4. A Shoreline Dream originates from Barnum, Colorado, which is perhaps best known in association with P.T. Barnum’s circus empire. Their sound is best descibed as a “progressive shoegaze”, combining lush sampled textures, organic instrumentation, and vocals layered like a synth, similar in vein to bands such as Ride and Sigur Rós, while the production style is closer to early Dead Can Dance. This track was the debut single from their 2014 album The Silent Sunrise.
  5. The eight in a series of monthly EPs Mark is releasing in 2015 finds him in fine cinematic/epic fettle – don’t be shy go and grab it (and all the others) at Bandcamp. Don’t forget to listen to his excellent radio show on Salford City Radio on Monday evenings at 11pm (UK time).
  6. Eclectic Danish troubadour Kristian Harting returns with a new twelve song album Summer of Crush, which is to be released via Exile on Mainstream 30 October. Whilst his debut solo LP, 2014’s Float, melded ethereal song-writing deeply inspired by Western lo-fi pop, Mali blues and avant-garde folk, this time around Harting recalibrates towards a more pop-orientated approach, the  album oscillating between melancholic dreamscapes, swells of articulate outpourings and synth-laden shamanic dance tracks.
  7. Also from the German Shepherd 100, Ion-Morph revisits an old lyric and gives it a twist. A paean to the city which is grinding to a grid locked halt at the moment due to the inability of traffic engineers to plan ahead!
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  9. Also on the compilation. Loop released this as a single earlier in the year and generously gifted it to the label for the celebratory release. He is in fine fettle on this track. You can currently catch him live as part of the excellent Bury band Adventures of Salvador.
  10. Out on Kranky on November 6th, this new series of works reflects an evolution of  Christopher’s adeptness with modular synthesis. As with his previous release “Essays in Idleness”, “Pitch, Paper & Foil” was constructed from a range of synthesis and compositional techniques. He says “The goal with this album was to form a collection that exhibits more restraint than previous works. Modular synthesis can be an unruly medium and taming it in order to produce delicate or subtle tones can be challenging. As with Essays…, I have allowed the artifacts of the process to find their way into the finished product. Tape noise, distortion and by-products of the random sequencing method all contribute to the character of the final recordings”.
  11. Moff’s contribution to German Shepherd 100 is a tasty reminder of more releases from the busy nooks and crannies of Uterus Cottage. With three new releases coming soon from the master of Eddodi whet your whistle on this remarkable set of observations. His Scribnalls album is due in mid November with two further releases to follow.
  12. Hologram Teen has announced that she will be releasing a 2-track single on 7″ vinyl in early November via London’s Deep Distance label. This is the solo electronic music project of Morgane Lhote, whose music can be described as ‘motorik disco’. This project was born in 2012 after a lengthy and colourful career in numerous other bands, including seminal band Stereolab.
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  14. The second track to be lifted from her forthcoming EP, ‘Holy Heartbeats’ with Nuage as her sound producer. ‘Stop Lying’ rides a sultry pulse over which MOAN intones her imploring lyric in typically assured, mellifluous tones. Classic house kicks, lush melodic breakdowns and cut-up vocal edits lend the song additional momentum. MOAN is a new project which began in Moscow in 2014. The ideologist, voice and producer behind it is Olga Lyalina. Influenced by Lamb, Róisín Murphy, Röyksopp, Tori Amos and Maya Jane Coles, MOAN draws inspiration from electronic culture as well as UK bass and garage. Olga’s debut single went on to be remixed from Cream Soda, a DJ that has been recognized by the likes of Jimmy Edgar, XXXY, Bondax, DJ Caspa and many others. Last year, MOAN began collaborating with drum and bass rooted producer Nuage. Real name Dmitry Kuzmin, Nuage has been recognised by XLR8R, Indie Shuffle, Drum and Bass Arena, Earmilk, Fact Magazine and more. Nuage is renowned for his emotionally charged and highly elevating music. Atop of having his praises sung by worldwide tastemakers, Nuage has also been supported by the likes of Phaeleh, Blu Mar Ten, Om Unit, Ivy Lab and DJ Flight. Together, MOAN and Nuage make for an entirely enviable collaboration.
  15. Recorded live at Salford Crescent, lovers of Una Baines Fates album “Furia” will recognise the song. Poppycock launch their Mexico single, also released on German Shepherd, at the Carlton Club in South Manchester on November 1st.
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  17. The highly talented Rose contributes a stone cold classic to the 100 compilation which further adds to her growing reputation as an artist who is not to be ignored. Beautiful stuff.
  18. as 4. – Time is a Machine Gun’ is the latest single from  A Shoreline Dream and the start of what is an explosive album, slated for release in 2016. This follows the band’s fourth full-length ‘The Silent Sunrise”, which met with critical acclaim. A Shoreline Dream is Ryan Policky (Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Samples) and Erik Jeffries (Guitar).
  19. You’ve got to love The Get – their contribution to the 100 compilation is their usual brand of manic pop punk with Bruce Gordon in fine form.
  20. A dig in the archive for a classic Townes tune from the third album which was released in 1969.
  21. Aah, yeah, Senor Montague he is back with a slice of Moroder infused techno tuneage. Shabba, or potato is the secret word.
  22.  The history of this album is a bit complicated. Originally titled “Casablanca Moon”, it was recorded for Polydor in 1973, but scrapped when the group signed with Virgin; their first Virgin release was an entirely re-recorded version of the same material, although it was entitled “Slapp Happy” when released. To compound the confusion, the Virgin version was retitled “Casablanca Moon” when it was reissued on CD in 1993 (on a single-disc release that also included their 1974 Virgin album “Desperate Straights”). “Acnalbasac Noom” is the original, 1973 recording of the “Casablanca Moon” material.
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  25. A rather sharp-tongued poke in the eye at various arty scenesters who hang around the nether regions of the dank post-industrial world we inhabit. Mr M at his sardonic best whilst Mr O plays with his VST to create post-ironic sounds. Trumpet courtesy of Lash Pedicure of Hard The Transition, Aah the irony!
  26. From a forthcoming tribute album which compiles covers of Delta 5 songs, Matt and Susan exploring their inner Frank Chickens whilst channelling Grogan. Fascinating!
  27. From the much anticipated debut album which is out on November 6th but you can pre-order it now from the German Shepherd Bandcamp page.
  28. The self effacing Mr Black continues to confound his own modesty with a delicious slice of pop.
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  30. The reclusive Mr Auster North with his Passage of Time hat on borrows from late 60s Miles Davis and takes the sound on a wander around various musical nooks and crannies before settling into a funky backbeat with Ratledge inspired synth runs.
  31.  An exclusive first airing from this Cambridge based band who will be releasing material with German Shepherd in the New Year.
  32. As heard on the ever excellent Dave Hammonds Smelly Flowerpot show on Cambridge 105, this one caught the ear immediately. Plans to twin Eccles with Havering are underway.
  33. From the five albums box set from Beggars Banquet. Just about sums me up at the moment – Cabbing It Up everywhere, slowly!!- reference the other point earlier about traffic management in central Mancunia. It’s because the council is run by Citeh fans I reckon.

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