This Just In: ‘Cause We’re Psychic

As some of you may know, I’m all about slow jams… especially dark, weirdo slow jams. A couple of Sweat’s other staffers are too. So, to start a new tradition, I’m gonna use “This Just In” as an excuse to highlight contemporary, under-the-radar make-out albums (you can take the “make-out” part literally or figuratively – your choice). Last year, inc.’s No World was the prevailing slow jam favorite in the shop, with Rhye’s Woman and Autre Ne Veut’s Anxiety coming in close second and third, respectively. This year, HTRK’s Psychic 9-5 Club is running as a strong contender to take the lead. Think Sade fronting the sleazier side of Massive Attack, with a dark, philosophical slant. Granted, the year is only a quarter over, but this will definitely be a hard one to beat. Pick up a copy today (ya know, we sell incense too), and get (s)low.

HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club LP:
Listen: “Blue Sunshine”
Psychic 9-5 Club marks the beginning of a new chapter for HTRK. It’s an album that looks back on a time of sadness and struggle, and within that struggle they find hope and humour and love. It’s Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang’s first album recorded entirely as a duo—former band member Sean Stewart died halfway through the recording of their last LP, 2011’s Work (Work, work).

Though the record is instantly recognisable as HTRK—Standish’s vocal delivery remains central to the band’s sound, while the productions are typically lean and dubby—they’ve found ample room for exploration within this framework. Gone are the reverb-soaked guitar explorations of 2009’s Marry Me Tonight and the fuzzy growls that ran through Work (Work Work). They’ve been replaced with something tender, velvety and polished. This is HTRK, but the flesh has been stripped from their sound, throwing the focus on naked arrangements and minimalist sound design.

The album was recorded at Blazer Sound Studios in New Mexico with Excepter’s Nathan Corbin, who had previously directed the video clip for Work (Work Work) cut ‘Bendin.’ Inviting a third party into their world was no easy decision, but in Corbin they found a kindred spirit. The LP was then refined and reworked in Australia at the turn of 2013, before the finishing touches were applied in New York during the summer. Psychic 9-5 Club  was then mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin.

Of all the themes that run through Psychic 9-5 Club, love is the most central. The word is laced throughout the album in lyrics and titles—love as a distraction, loving yourself, loving others. Standish’s lyrics explore the complexities of sexuality and the body’s reaction to personal loss, though there’s room for wry humour—a constant through much of the best experimental Australian music of the past few decades.

Standish explores her vocal range fully—her husky spoken-word drawl remains, but we also hear her laugh and sing. Equally, Yang’s exploratory production techniques—particularly his well-documented love of dub—are given room to shine. They dip headlong into some of the things that make humans tick—love, loss and desire—with the kind of integrity that has marked the band out from day one. Psychic 9-5 Club is truly an album for the body and for the soul.” -Ghostly International


The new releases, reissues and restocks of your dreams…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
Actress – R.I.P. LP
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues LP
Arthur Russell – World Of Echo 2LP
Atmosphere – Overcast 12″
Band Of Skulls – Himalayan 2LP
Black Milk & Danny Brown – Black & Brown LP
Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe 2LP
Blur – Parklife 2LP
Bob Marley – Jamaican Storm LP
Body – I Shall Die Here LP
Boogie Down Productions – By All Means Necessary LP
Burnt Ones – Gift LP
Cheveu – Bum LP
Clash – London Calling 2LP
CYNE – All My Angles Are Right LP
Daft Punk – Daft Club 2LP; Random Access Memories 2LP; Homework 2LP
Danny Brown – XXX 2LP
Death – For The Whole World To See LP; Spiritual Mental Physical LP
Doug Paisley – Strong Feelings LP
Eazy-E – Eazy-Duz-It 2LP
Evian Christ – Waterfall 12”
Eyehategod – Preaching The End-time LP
Floor – s/t LP+7”
Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 2LP
Funkadelic – Free Your Mind… And Your Ass Will Follow LP; Maggot Brain LP
Ghostface Killah – Ironman 2LP
Goatwhore – A Haunting Curse LP; Carving Out The Eyes Of God LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A#…LP
Gregory Isaacs – In Person LP
Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit LP
Halo Benders – God Don’t Make No Junk LP
Health – s/t LP
Howlin’ Wolf – Back Door LP
Iggy Pop – The Idiot LP
Inter Arma – Destroyer LP
Inventions – s/t LP
J. Dilla – Donuts 8×7″ Box Set; Jay Deelicious 3LP; Ruff Draft Beats LP Welcome To Detroit 2LP
Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
Jello Biafra & Melvins – Never Breathe What You Can’t See LP; Sieg Howdy! LP
Joy Division – Closer LP; Unknown Pleasures LP
Kaiser Chiefs – Education LP
Kurt Vile/Sore Eros – Jamaica 10”
Lambchop – Nixon LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP
LCD Soundsystem – London Sessions 2LP; Sound Of Silver 2LP
Leaders Of The New School – A Future Without A Past 2LP
Lee Perry – Aura Meets Lee Perry At Black Ark LP
Liars – Mess 2LP
Lootpack – Loopdigga 12″
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days LP, CD
Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 6 LP
Manu Chao – Clandestino 2LP+CD
Mark McGuire – Along The Way 2LP
Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly LP
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday 2LP; Special Herbs Vol. 3&4 2LP+7″
Mo Kolours – S/T LP
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get… Deluxe 2LP
Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die LP
N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton 2LP
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers 2LP
Om – God Is Good LP
Owls – Two LP
Paul Nice – Drum Library Vol. 1 LP, Vol. 4 LP, Vol. 5 LP, Vol. 9 LP, Vol. 10 LP
Peter Tosh – Legalize It LP
Pharcyde – Labcabincalifornia 2LP
Phosphorescent – Muchacho LP
Purling Hiss – Paisley Montage LP
Quasimoto – Talkin Shit 7″ (Die Cut); The Unseen LP
Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2LP
Rafter – It’s Reggae LP
Raime – Quarter Turns Over A Living Line 2LP
Rolling Stones – Beggar’s Banquet LP
S. Carey – Range Of Light LP
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron 2LP
Scientist – Scientific Dub LP
Shannon & The Clams – I Wanna Go Home LP
Shit Robot – We Got A Love 2LP
Sleep – Dopesmoker 2LP
Small Black – Real People 12”
Songs: Ohia – Hecla & Griper LP; Ghost Tropic LP
Souls Of Mischief – ’93 Til Infinity 2LP
Stepkids – Troubador LP
Sunn 0)))/Ulver – Terrestrials LP
Superchunk – Indoor Living LP
Talib Kweli – Gravitas 2LP
Talking Heads – Remain In Light LP
Thelonious Monk – It’s Monk’s Time LP
Thievery Corporation – Saudade LP
Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For 12”
Tim Hecker – An Imaginary Country 2LP
Townes Van Zandt – s/t LP
Tycho – Awake LP
Ty Segall – Melted LP; s/t LP
Various – All The Breaks Vol. 2 LP, Vol. 3 LP
Various – Bush Taxi Mali LP
Various – Choubi Choubi Vol. 2 2LP
Various – Heavenly Ethiopiques: The Best Of The Ethiopiques Series 2LP
Various – For A Few Fuzz Guitars More LP
Various – Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1 2LP
War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP
Watchout! – Flashbacker LP
White Hinterland – Baby LP
Wild Beasts – Present Tense LP
Yeasayer – Good Evening Washington D.C. LP
Young Fathers – Dead LP

2 thoughts on “This Just In: ‘Cause We’re Psychic

  1. Can I just personally endorse the new Owls record I see you have in. It’s a long overdue release, and its a follow-up that stands up to the quality of the group’s first album all those many moons ago.

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