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Thursday, 07 February 2013

DIAMOND VERSION (ALVA NOTO AND BYETONE) - EP 1, Mute
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DIAMOND VERSION (ALVA NOTO AND BYETONE)

EP 1

Mute

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 12DVMUTE1

The first of five proposed EPs, 'Technology at the Speed of Life' is a worthy introduction to the chilly industrial electro of Alva Noto and Byetone's fledgling Diamond Version project. More dancefloor-ready than either artist's solo material, the project was originally born out of a series of impromptu live performances, so it's easy to understand why the focus has shifted to something drastically more playable. Fast and deliciously abrasive, this is the kind of electro that sadly rarely emerged, even back in the genre's glory days. An ugly fusion of Drexciyan analogue boo… Read more
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DIAMOND VERSION (ALVA NOTO AND BYETONE) - EP 1, Mute

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

PIMMON - The Oansome Orbit, ROOM 40
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PIMMON

The Oansome Orbit

ROOM 40

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RM441

Pimmon, the prolific godfather of Australian electronics, makes an overdue and excellent contribution to Lawrence English's Room 40 imprint. 'The Oansome Orbit' is surely his most harmonically developed work to date, tempering his taste for distortion and electronic abstraction with a richer compositional bent which makes for an engrossing and unique listen. We'd best let Pimmon say a few words; "The Oansome Orbit is about connection and disconnection. In playing with micro loops of sound - macro listening worlds are made; universes of white noise wash, blurry melancholic tones, jagged granula… Read more
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PIMMON - The Oansome Orbit, ROOM 40
SAMARTZIS / INADA - H ( ), ROOM 40

SAMARTZIS / INADA

H ( )

ROOM 40

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: EDRM406

The first of two collaborative projects from Australian electro-acoustic sound artist Philip Smartzis in the Room40 limited edition EP series, this sees him team up with Japanese minimal composer Kozo Inada to create a haunting 20 minute piece of modern musique concrete which unites pure electronics with field recordings to devastating effect. Deep sub-aquatic drones and high pitched synthesized wails are expertly layered over creaks and rumbles from some unseen dungeon in (I hope) darkest Japan to create a soundscape worthy of David Lynch's most mysterious moments. I hadn't heard of either artist bef… Read more
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SAMARTZIS / INADA - H ( ), ROOM 40
VEND - Wiel, Line

VEND

Wiel

Line

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LINE021

Vend are UK based minimalist sound sculptures Joe Gilmore and Alex Peverett, who will be better known to most as one half of Team Doyobi. Being on Richard Chartier's groundbreaking Line label (backed by 12k) you'll know this ain't no Skam set. Instead think the mathematical mood of Mark Fell's recent album and the works of artists such as Bernhard Gunner, Steve Roden and Steinbruchel.
STEINBRUCHEL - Stage, Line

STEINBRUCHEL

Stage

Line

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LINE 028

Back in stock! This second CD release on 12k offshoot Line for Ralph Steinbruchel documents a number of compositions for the interactive dance performance, Hybridome. Most of the pieces on this disc are based on processed recordings of Tomas Korber's guitar and/or Bernd Schurer's piano. The end result is unmistakeably Steinbruchel's own however. The impossibly warm, effortlessly elongated tones that characterise his work are present throughout, but there's always an accompanying tide of subtle electroacoustic debris secreted away beneath the all-pervasive, monolithic drones. The silken, muffled c… Read more
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STEINBRUCHEL - Stage, Line
JANEK SCHAEFER - Extended Play (Triptych for the child survivors of war and conflict), Line
Back in stock! Janek Schaefer's illustrious career as a sound artist, turntablist and composer has seen various standout moments over the years, from his postal travelogue 7", Recorded Delivery, on the Hot Air imprint to his collaboration with Stephan Mathieu, Hidden Name. Extended Play ranks alongside Schaefer's very finest works, and one of his most overtly musical, in the traditional sense. Originally conceived as an installation, Extended Play consists of piano, violin and cello each playing a predetermined score, recorded separately… Read more
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JANEK SCHAEFER - Extended Play (Triptych for the child survivors of war and conflict), Line
DOUBLENDS VERT - Cistern, Line

DOUBLENDS VERT

Cistern

Line

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: LINE024

"Cistern was made in a two million gallon underground reservoir at Fort Worden, a de-commissioned military base overlooking the entrance to the Puget Sound. The space's resonance extended the instruments in a way similar to electronic processing. The acoustic properties of the cistern created new sonic relationships to which the group applied their musical concept. Cistern captures Doublends Vert's first experiences in the sound-world of the cistern. Doublends Vert formed in 2003 through a common interest in creating restrained, acoustic music exploring the timbre blending possibilities of the violin, accordion, and clarinet."
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DOUBLENDS VERT - Cistern, Line
THE BREADWINNERS - Dubs Unlimited, KING SPINNA
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THE BREADWINNERS

Dubs Unlimited

KING SPINNA

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: KSPLP002

**Upfront exclusive** Stockport's Alan "Breadwinner" Redfern and The Breadwinners dub up an authentic niceness on King Spinna's 2nd issue - ranking highly in Steve Barker's end-of-year chart for The Wire magazine. 'Dubs Unlimited' is a dub album done in reel-skool style at Breadwinner's all-analog Bakery Studio. Composer, producer, and recording/mixing engineer Al Redfern also mans the majority of instruments - drums, bass, keys, guitar, percussions, and harp (!) - in a cast of some dozen players including Stally (sax, flute), KT Lowry (trumpet), Robin Sunflower (harmonica), and even … Read more
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THE BREADWINNERS - Dubs Unlimited, KING SPINNA
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR - ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!, Constellation
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GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR

ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!

Constellation

Format_dot_vinylLP + 7" // £19.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CST081LP

**180g vinyl in tipped-on gatefold jacket includes 7" vinyl x 48" pull-out poster - Included digital download card redeemable from the label** Ten years on from 'Yanqui U.X.O.', one of the world's most revered and steadfast post-rock groups recapture that unbridled energy and celestial complexity for the monolithic slab of two twenty minute compositions plus two six-minute drone incursions comprising 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend'. Giving a typically wry two fingers to commercial appeal, Godspeed You Black Emperor, or GYBE, have rebranded themselves God's Pee to… Read more
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GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR - ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!, Constellation

Monday, 04 February 2013

THE ENTRANCE BAND - Untitled, LATITUDES

THE ENTRANCE BAND

Untitled

LATITUDES

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: GMT028CD

**Edition of 500 housed in hand-assembled, individually numbered and foil-embossed jacket** When they were passing through London on tour in summer 2011, Guy Blakeslee's Entrance Band laid down a session of exclusive arrangements and psyched Blues cover versions at the famed Southern Studios. With Derek W James on drums, Paz Lenchantin on bass, and Guy singing and playing guitar, they churn up the magnificent 12-minute psych-Blues of 'New Orleans' and the burned-out visions of 'Requiem For Juicy', beside the highlight - an impassioned cover of Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas' 1930 Blues standard 'Last Kind Words'.
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THE ENTRANCE BAND - Untitled, LATITUDES
PIXELORD - Keramika, Hit And Hope Records
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PIXELORD

Keramika

Hit And Hope Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: HNH005

Pixelord follows Leisure System's opening gambit with four sheer-crafted digital beat/IDM rhythms for Hit And Hope. You'll find swaying future folk melodies and tricky triplets on 'Imaginary Friends', and twinkling bio-mechanic melodies with insectoid rhythms on the title track. The staggered scales and boozed-up swagger of 'Drinky' provide the biggest highlight, while Groundislava chips in with a crisp, chiming slowfast remix of 'Imaginary Friends'.
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Friday, 01 February 2013

FHLOSTON PARADIGM - King Britt Presents Fhloston Paradigm EP, Hyperdub
Totally inspired signing to Hyperdub, this. Having caned his tracks in his DJ sets for some time now, Kode9 has got round to putting out an EP from Fhloston Paradigm, the all-analogue beatdown project of Philly house vet King Britt. 'Chasing Rainbows' - shades of Shed 7 there, eh - is a commanding opener, it's stately strings and dystopian burnish summoning first-wave Detroit techno while somehow sounding totally next-level - Britt has talked about his Fhloston gear as being what he would have made if he'd been asked to score a Blade Runner or a Logan's Run,… Read more
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FHLOSTON PARADIGM - King Britt Presents Fhloston Paradigm EP, Hyperdub

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

FALTYDL - Hardcourage (Album), Ninja Tune
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FALTYDL

Hardcourage (Album)

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ZEN192

Drew Lustman weighs in his loved-up and lush third LP, arriving via Ninja Tune. The emphasis is firmly on house and romantic soul music here, as opposed to the fragmented kaleidoscope of jungle, R&B, and garage that made up its predecessors. That's largely attributable to the fact he fell in love during the creation of 'Hardcourage', which would definitely explain its aerated giddiness and almost pop-wise swerve. It's even got vocals, thanks to a very tidy cameo from Friendly Fires Ed Macfarlane on the bumping sophistication of 'She Sleeps', while the hook-heavy single 'Straight & Arrow' is… Read more
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FALTYDL - Hardcourage (Album), Ninja Tune
ZELIENOPLE - Give It Up, Type Recordings
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ZELIENOPLE

Give It Up

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TYPE054CD

This unbelievable album from Chicago's Zelienople evokes the spirit of some of the most treasured music we've come to know over the years, fusing in elements of Talk Talk at their most washed-out, early Bark Psychosis and the narcotic sweeps of Slowdive fused in with the smoky menace of Bohren and Der Club of Gore, Angelo Badalamenti and the darkest nightscapes of David Lynch. Album opener "Aging" shrouds a veil of mystery over dusted instrumentation that's somehow both evocative of vast abandoned landscapes and the most intangible and detailed abstractions brought on by incurable insomnia. It's … Read more
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ZELIENOPLE - Give It Up, Type Recordings
HEAVY WINGED - Sunspotted, Type Recordings
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HEAVY WINGED

Sunspotted

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TYPE076CD

Type records break new ground with a blood red side of free-rock from Jed Bindeman's Heavy Winged trio. Contemporary avant and heavy instrumental rock fiends will probably be familiar with the group's sprawling, cacophonous mass of CDRs, cassettes and wax for NNF, Digitalis and Aurora Borealis, but unless you're in the band yourself, you've never heard them playing quite like this before. The underground safety net of lo-fi recording techniques has been torn down in order to reveal electrifying sheets of distorted guitar noise and a heavy welt of blast drums with unsettling proximity the listen… Read more
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HEAVY WINGED - Sunspotted, Type Recordings
JON MUELLER - The Whole, Type Recordings
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JON MUELLER

The Whole

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: Type074CD

In addition to being one of America's most persistently interesting avant-garde percussionists, Jon Mueller has in recent years carved a niche for himself among more mainstream company, working with Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, and perhaps most notably of all, Volcano Choir, the acclaimed Bon Iver-related side-project that features Justin Vernon. One way or another, Type Records seems to have made a habit of capturing established experimental artists at a career-defining moment or a point of creative breakthrough (something that could be argued for the label's releases of Grouper, Yellow Swa… Read more
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JON MUELLER - The Whole, Type Recordings
ON (SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU / STEVEN HESS) - Something That Has Form And Something That Does Not, Type Recordings
Regrouping for a third album under their 'On' moniker, Steven Hess and Sylvain Chaveau have created another body of chilling improvised recordings at their Chicago studio. As with previous records the results were passed to a guest musician for rearrangement of perspective and mixing techniques. Following Deathprod's work on 'Your Naked Ghost...', the material for this album was handed to experimental virtuoso Christian Fennesz, who transforms the source sounds into a display of stripped, yet richly textured drone ambience. However, un… Read more
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ON (SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU / STEVEN HESS) - Something That Has Form And Something That Does Not, Type Recordings
INDIGNANT SENILITY - Plays Wagner, Type Recordings
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INDIGNANT SENILITY

Plays Wagner

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TYPE060

*Full-Length CD edition of this harrowing album, submerged echoes of Wagner recordings and old tape loops creating a dark and unsettling listening experience for fans of David Lynch, Philip Jeck and The Caretaker/Leyland Kirby* For all those who can't or won't play vinyl, Type have compiled this edition of Indignant Senility's somnambulent 'Plays Wagner' volumes. With this project the Portland, Oregon, based artist has shaped a nightmarish sequence of slowly demented wasteland scapes, borrowing from the sampling methods of Phillip Jeck and Leyland Kirby to create a haunting collage of l… Read more
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INDIGNANT SENILITY - Plays Wagner, Type Recordings
SWANS - The Seer (Special 2CD+DVD Edition), Young God
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SWANS

The Seer (Special 2CD+DVD Edition)

Young God

Format_dot_cd2CD+DVD // £21.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: YG45CDSE

*Ltd 2CD+DVD set* Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira 'The Seer' is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor 'My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky' (excluding the limited live album 'We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head') was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. 'The Seer' however is another beast altogether, simultaneously managing to cram… Read more
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SWANS - The Seer (Special 2CD+DVD Edition), Young God

Monday, 28 January 2013

PAUL BANKS - Banks, Matador

PAUL BANKS

Banks

Matador

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE9792

"As Interpol's front man, Paul Banks has largely been a cipher; while certainly not lacking in charisma, his sardonic manner and dry sense of humour often polarised and confounded listeners and critics alike. Banks' first solo album found him assuming the alter ego of Julian Plenti, but he's now jettisoned this for 'Banks', credited to Paul Banks (as was its preceding EP). Whereas 2009's Julian Plenti 'Is...Skyscraper' album was culled largely from songs pre-dating Interpol, 'Banks' is a vivid documentation of Banks in the here and now, and may be his most personal work to date. "Yeah, I suppose I wan… Read more
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PAUL BANKS - Banks, Matador

Thursday, 24 January 2013

RICARDO VILLALOBOS - Vasco, Perlon
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RICARDO VILLALOBOS

Vasco

Perlon

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PERLON69CD

*Back In Stock - Includes The Much Sought-After 32 Minute Version Of Minimoonstar* The first part of Villalobos' 'Vasco EP' released on vinyl earlier this year is a personal favourite that has managed to recieve an average of one play-a-day round ours. 'Minimoonstar' is another of his 30min techno odyssees that simply cannot or has not been imitated, bringing together the trickiest yet most dancefloor gratifying rhythms, with brain warming chord progressions and organic subbass for one of his finest moments to date (we say this a lot, but he has a lot of moments innit?!). Another vinyl cut 'El… Read more
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RICARDO VILLALOBOS - Vasco, Perlon
HOLLY HERNDON - Movement, RVNG Intl.
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HOLLY HERNDON

Movement

RVNG Intl.

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RVNGNL015CD

Stunning debut album from San Francisco-based sound artist/musician, Holly Herndon. 'Movement' is a compelling investigation of the voice's role in experimental computer music, dismantling, warping and diffusing its unique properties and connoted values through Max/MSP treatments to reveal a spectrum of alien cadence and dissonance manifested via acid techno structures and dynamic, esoteric arrangement. Holly is an accredited academic, having studied at the technical university in Berlin, besides recently completing a masters in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College, California, … Read more
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HOLLY HERNDON - Movement, RVNG Intl.
OREN AMBARCHI & ROBIN FOX   - Connected, Kranky
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OREN AMBARCHI & ROBIN FOX

Connected

Kranky

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KRANK169LP

High class hook-up between Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox, new on Kranky. Ambarchi in particular has been on fire this year, having already released two top-notch albums on Touch and eMego and a whole host of other underground sides, and his rich vein of form continues with this awesome co-composition. Connected was created for a production of the same name by the Australian contemporary dance company Chunky Move. Artistic director Gideon Obarzanek is a huge fan of both Ambarchi and Fox's work, and invited them to develop their score - derived from both digital and analogue sources - i… Read more
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OREN AMBARCHI & ROBIN FOX   - Connected, Kranky
TORO Y MOI - Anything In Return, carpark
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TORO Y MOI

Anything In Return

carpark

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £18.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CAK77LP

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** ‘Anything in Return’ is a more grown up record for Bundick, and he seems to have used this as an outlet for all the genres he’s managed to absorb since his last full-length. Opener ‘Harm in Change’ takes a liberal pinch of classic house, ‘So Many Details’ has the James Pants-indebted West Coast neon shuffle everyone got so fixated on last year, and ‘Touch’ sounds like Bundick’s been sipping a bit of James Blake in his off-time. This is hardly a bad thing either, rather than imitate each style to the letter, Bundick only na… Read more
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TORO Y MOI - Anything In Return, carpark

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

RENE HELL - The Terminal Symphony, Type Recordings
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RENE HELL

The Terminal Symphony

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TYPE085CD

Over the last 2 years Rene Hell has emerged as one of the most distinctive characters from a wave of neo-Kosmische and synth noise operators. Since his debut album for Type, 'Porcelain Opera', his restless talent has been diverted into cassettes for Night People and Agents Of Chaos, a brilliant 7" track for Kraak and sterling collaborations with Daren Ho's Driphouse as Cuticle and Mandelbrot & Skyy, all displaying an artist confidently in his creative stride. 'The Terminal Symphony' is a bold evolution of his sound, reframing analogue synth and drum machine experiments with a more conci… Read more
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RENE HELL - The Terminal Symphony, Type Recordings
RENE HELL - Porcelain Opera, Type Recordings
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RENE HELL

Porcelain Opera

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: Type077CD

The newest addition to the Type roster is one Rene Hell, a cult underground noisenik better known as Jeff Witscher. His numerous releases and pseudonyms for labels including Arbor, Not Not Fun and Chronditic Sound (among a tonne of others) have given space for his untamed imagination to roam various disparate styles and ideas. For Rene Hell Witscher sort of places himself alongside Emeralds or Oneohtrix Point Never with alter-dimensional synth trips referencing classic kosmiche, but with the lustre of nostalgia picked away to reveal a decidedly modern grasp of electronic psychedelia. Much lik… Read more
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RENE HELL - Porcelain Opera, Type Recordings
XELA - The Dead Sea, Type Recordings
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XELA

The Dead Sea

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TYPE018

From Matthew Woodson's linocut cover art through to the macabre liner notes detailing a doomed nautical excursion, Xela's new album 'The Dead Sea' brings with it a pervading sense of unease before it even gets near your ears... Released on his own Type imprint, 'The Dead Sea' sees John Twells (aka Xela) eschewing the electronic overtones of his early work in favour of a thickly evolved palate of sound that references the likes of Goblin and Wolf Eyes, whilst retaining a mischievous heart that thrives on its skin-crawling rhythm. With a tacit nod to the soundtrack flavour of Dario Argento, Lucio Fulc… Read more
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XELA - The Dead Sea, Type Recordings
ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - 1612 Underture, Finders Keepers Records
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ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL

1612 Underture

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: 014EGGSCD

**Marvellous concept album commenting on and commemorating the Pendle Witch trials of 1612 in the midst of undue patriotism in the jubilee year. Features the unmistakably Lancastrian enunciation of actress Maxine Peak** "1612 Underture is a 12 chapter sound poem based of the mistreatment and memory of the Pendle Witches who were executed in Lancashire, England, on 20 August 1612; Elizabeth Device, James Device, Alizon Device, Anne Whittle (aka Chattox), Anne Redferne. Jane Bulcock, John Bulcock, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt and Jennet Preston, as well as the accused Alice … Read more
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ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - 1612 Underture, Finders Keepers Records

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

THE XX - XX, XL Recordings

THE XX

XX

XL Recordings

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: YT031LP

*Vinyl back in stock* One of the stranger press campaigns in recent years has found this lot's high school being name-dropped in every single review of their work. Not one to buck a trend, here's my contribution to the art of paraphrasing a press release: the XX are a quartet who got together at London's Elliot School back in 2005, the very institution that gave rise to those other great hype-vessels, Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip. Notably, The XX sound nothing like any of those acts - and nor for that matter do those acts really sound anything like each other - but it's a pattern that's conducive to you… Read more
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THE XX - XX, XL Recordings
KODIAK / ACTRESS / GIRL UNIT - Spreo Superbus (Actress & Girl Unit Remixes), NUMBERS
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Flash-as-f**k debut from London duo, Kodiak, with added remix weight from Actress and Girl Unit! 'Spreo Superbus' is a startling entrance from these guys, surfing mercurial synth dissonance over body-buffeting funky drums with a deadly, teasing sense of delayed gratification guaranteed to get 'em dripping neon sweat in the club. In typically contrary style, Actress flips the the cut as a slow, burned-out electro-soul groove blushing romantic chords and stray FM noise with a final, dirty turn of phrase, leaving Girl Unit to ignite the dance with one of his fibrillating Bass specials. That Actress remix is so, soooo, good!!!
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KODIAK / ACTRESS / GIRL UNIT - Spreo Superbus (Actress & Girl Unit Remixes), NUMBERS