ROTW: x6 (playing catch-up)

Hey, sorry, we skipped posting a Record Of The Week last week. To make up for that, here are six picks from the past six months of releases that really coulda, shoulda also been ROTW selections here already:

Brownout Fear Of A Brown Planet (Fat Beats)
The Austin, Texas Latin funk band that made two great albums of groovy, horn-section-enhanced Black Sabbath covers now brings us an album of Public Enemy songs... 'nuff said!

Fondation Les Cassettes 1980-1983 (Bureau B)
Collection of material from obscure early '80s cassette releases by this husband-wife ambient synth pop duo from France, who had previously played in such experimental/prog acts as Zed, Musica Elettronica Viva and Spacecraft. Beautiful stuff. Bureau B sure can dig 'em up...

Mind Spiders Furies (Dirtnap Records)
The fifth album from these electronic garage punk faves is, as always, awesome, and more blippy-bloopy-bouncy than before. They do a cool cover of a Grauzone song, even! Brings back some Six Finger Satellite memories...

Pharaoh Overlord Zero (Hydra Head/Ektro/Full Contact)
Latest hypnotic and idiosyncratic example of "NWOFHM" from this crucial Circle-side project. Guest starring Antti Boman (Demilich) and Hans Joachim Irmler (Faust) – and yes, mesmeric krautrock mixed with extreme Finnish weirdness is what this is all about.

Profligate Somewhere Else (Wharf Cat)
Black leather dim neon glow techno pop boy-girl duo (formerly boy solo) that can be both hauntingly atmospheric and harshly abrasive... oh, and also rhythmically and melodically compelling.

Tomb Mold Manor Of Infinite Forms (20 Buck Spin)
Thee best death metal album so far this year and probably of the rest of this year, too. You wanna argue about it? Heck even if you do, then you must be into death metal enough to at least admit this second proper full-length from Toronto's rotting, rocking and ruling Tomb Mold is pretty freaking sick and brutal, eh? If not, take our word for it.

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