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Sakamoto’s async al­bum track is a mourn­ful pi­ano-and-or­gan in­stru­men­tal wrapped in sheets of white noise, which add an in­ten­sity and ur­gency some com­men­ta­tors have re­lated to the com­poser’s brush with ter­mi­nal ill­ness in 2014. In his ‘Re-Model’, Brook­lyn ex­per­i­men­tal­ist Daniel Lopatin redi­rects the melan­choly, send­ing it on a long drop into some sub­ter­ranean ice cave, be­fore it briefly resur­faces via a fun­nel of epic elec­tronic noise. And is that an echo of Merry Christ­mas, Mr Lawrence’s ver­sion of For­bid­den Colours? Find It: SoundCloud

2 JOHN GRANT THE SEV­ENTH SEAL Live at the Royal Al­bert Hall at the BBC Proms’ Scott Walker trib­ute in July, Grant goes for soar­ing, ma­jes­tic broke on this spaghetti western howl of plague, witch-burn­ing and play­ing chess with Death. Full marks to Jules Buck­ley’s Her­itage Or­ches­tra, too. Find It: YouTube

3 ALAN VEGA DTM First taster from the late Sui­cide front­man’s post­hu­mous LP, IT, DTM (“dead to me”) is a phlegmy growl of vale­dic­tory dis­af­fec­tion, Vega in­ton­ing about “Ger­man en­gi­neers”, “Co­bra Crips” and “days and nights of pure evil” over itchy dig­i­tal noise, like some faulty EVP record­ing of Dutch Schultz’s de­ranged death-bed con­fes­sions. Find It: SoundCloud

4 ALL BLUES KELLYE GRAY Is it a hu­man voice? Is it an in­stru­ment? Gray con­fuses and in­trigues as she wraps her in­spired Texan chops around the Miles Davis stan­dard, creat­ing jazz per­fec­tion. Find It: Ren­der­ing/Stan­dards In Gray (GRR8)

5 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (LIVE) ERIC B & RAKIM Live at the Har­lem Apollo on July 7 at a 30th an­niver­sary show for their land­mark Paid In Full al­bum, the rap leg­ends blow minds with their James Brown-sam­pling clas­sic on a milling stag ef ull of sea­soned hip-hop heads. Find It: YouTube

6 TROLLKARLEN OCH DUNGEN FÅGELDRÄKTEN (VER­SION 2) From the “Häxan” ‘Ver­sions’ dou­ble set, where Prins Thomas de­con­structs neo-Progg-sters Dungen: here the orig­i­nal’s car chase-in-the­woods psych theme gets ex­tended with bass pulses and ashram-bound bongo freaks. Find It: SoundCloud

7 STOPP, SEISKU AEG! VELLY JOONAS Recorded in Soviet Es­to­nia in 1980, an un­canny piece of sway­ing Baltic soul-pop with moun­tain fid­dle, un­usual elec­tric or­gan and Cold War sus­pi­cion. Find It: YouTube

8 CE­LES­TIAL BLUES GARY BARTZ NTU TROUPE Mind-deep­en­ing jazz rap from Har­lem Bush Mu­sic, a 1971 LP back on vinyl as part of the Jazz Dis­pen­sary’s Top Shelf se­ries. Also avail­able, The El­e­ments by Joe Hen­der­son fea­tur­ing Alice Coltrane. Find It: YouTube

9 BIG MAN TY SEGALL From Fried Shal­lots, an EP to ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union, where Segall col­lects nuggets from his in­die-psych in­ner-world. This opener finds his nat­u­ral melodic gift buried in a bleeped-out groove. Find it: Band­camp/Drag City

10 DRAINED LAKE METZ Re­viv­ing the post-punk, pre-grunge tooth rat­tle of Big Black, Fugazi and more, this Cana­dian trio an­nounce a third LP with a hy­per­ven­ti­lated stinger rem­i­nis­cent of Hel­met’s piv­otal Un­sung. Find It: YouTube

11 BABY BLUE SKY NICK HEY­WARD From Wood­land Echoes, Hey­ward’s first al­bum in 11 years, here are har­monies, gui­tar jan­gle and lyrics of em­phatic equa­nim­ity, amount­ing to a Zen com­mand to be happy. Find It: SoundCloud

12 RA­MONA GON­ZA­LEZ, JU­LIA HOLTER, COLE M.G.N AND NEDELLE TORRISI CON­DEM­NA­TION All the con­tribut­ing tal­ents here worked with late video di­rec­tor Travis Peter­son, and this sweet cho­ral lament is their trib­ute to him. Find It: YouTube

13 CURLEW MOD­ERN STUD­IES MOJO’s favourite or­nitho­log­i­cally-aware cham­ber-folk quar­tet built their con­tri­bu­tion to an EP of songs in­spired by Bert Jan­sch’s avian al­bum Avo­cet around the dis­tinc­tive call of the tit­u­lar wad­ing bird. Find It: SoundCloud/ Avo­cet Re­vis­ited (EARTH RECORD­INGS)

14 SASQUATCH GI­ANTS IN THE TREES Krist Novoselic’s new combo con­nect with their in­ner earth spir­its via moss-cov­ered psych-pop with banjo and gob iron, ideal for rav­ing it up in the an­cient for­est. Find It: YouTube

15 KORG FUNK 5 APHEX TWIN RD James makes a hard­ware demo us­ing a va­ri­ety of ana­logue Korg Mono­logue syn­the­siz­ers: think smooth rhyth­mic dol­lop­ings and chordal el­e­va­tions of the mys­te­ri­ous kind. Find It: YouTube

15 THE IN­NER­MOST LIGHT COUSTEAUX Re­united demi-monde dwellers bring out the zithers for a slow-burn­ing, noir rocker of per­ilous ro­mance. From the re­turn al­bum CousteauX. Find It: YouTube

17 STARSAILOR FIA (F**K IT ALL) Mov­ing be­yond their plain­tive in­die for­mula, this stand­out from new LP All This Life, hums with dark emo­tion, with ideas of sur­ren­der wrestling with puls­ing gui­tar and swirling elec­tron­ics. Find It: YouTube

18 SU­SAN CATTANEO FEAT. BILL KIRCHEN IN THE GROOVES The es­teemed Fred Del­lar vis­ited the MOJO of­fice this month with this coun­try rock­ing cel­e­bra­tion of vinyl spin­ning on his Dansette. It salutes many a Del­lar idol, “Cash, Hank, and Lefty too.” Find It: YouTube

19 DAVE GOLD BIG BAND POCKETFUL OF KEYS Brit-jazzer Gold and his or­ches­tra trans­form Jimmy Webb’s sub­lime bal­lad into a gor­geous in­stru­men­tal on this ’74 BBC Jazz Club record­ing. Find It: YouTube/Heaven On Their Minds (MY ONLY DE­SIRE)


Ex- of art-in­die combo Fiction, Mike Bar­rett eats chips and gets loose with stut­ter­ing beats and dreamy soft rock. A bou­quet not un­like Jane and Bar­ton’s It’s A Fine Day. Find It: SoundCloud

Go­ing loco with Sakamoto: (above) Ryuichi with remixer Daniel Lopatin (in­set); (be­low) Paid In Full hip-hop­pers Eric B & Rakim (left).

MOJO lis­tens to all its mu­sic on Rok­san equip­ment

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