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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

THROWING SNOW - Clamor EP, Snowfall
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THROWING SNOW

Clamor EP

Snowfall

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: SNFL001

Throwing Snow makes his first mark on 2012 with a forward brace of highly individual productions backed with a club-ready Gold Panda remix. It's now nine months since his last release, the 'Too Polite' wrecker on Local Action, and it was evidently time well spent refining and working deeper into his unique style. A-side he presents the roiling ruckus of 'Clamor', a shock of 3D-rendered post-footwork drum patterns, schizoid darkside stabs and swarming, abstract electronics unified by his melancholic musicianship, contrasting with the initially cool grooving composure of 'Brook', which soon giv… Read more
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THROWING SNOW - Clamor EP, Snowfall
CONNY PLANK - Who's That Man: A Tribute To Conny Plank (CD Edition), Gronland Records
**Gorgeous boxset including 4 discs of original, unreleased, live and remixed Plank gear plus extensive booklet of photos, liner notes, and anecdotes** The influence of Konrad "Conny" Plank (1940-1987) on 20th century music cannot be overstated. 'Who's That Man, A Tribute To Conny Plank' collects 4 CDs (31 tracks) spanning Conny's original and unreleased production work, plus remixes from those artists either influenced directly or by his legacy - Walls, Einstürzende Neubauten, EYE from Boredoms, Kreidler, Automat, Jens Uwe Beyer - and an extensive booklet… Read more
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CONNY PLANK - Who's That Man: A Tribute To Conny Plank (CD Edition), Gronland Records

Wednesday, 06 March 2013

REDSHAPE - Square, RUNNING BACK
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REDSHAPE

Square

RUNNING BACK

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RBLP005

One of European house and techno's most enduring enigmas follows up his 'Dance Paradox' LP on Delsin with the sci-fi techno vision 'Square' for Germany's Running Back label. Compared with its predecessor, this is a more expansive, diffuse and experimental affair, a proper album experience in the classic sense of the term, structured with a narrative ebb and flow taking us from signature techno-house hybrids to ambient interludes and even a pair of half-step decelerations, one featuring Hyperdub's Spaceape. And compared with what else is out there, 'Square' represents something unspoken, and sadly und… Read more
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REDSHAPE - Square, RUNNING BACK
SUZANNE CIANI - Seven Waves / Voices Of Packaged Souls, Finders Keepers Records
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SUZANNE CIANI

Seven Waves / Voices Of Packaged Souls

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: 015EGGSCD

*CD Edition finally available and includes the "Voices of Packaged Souls" album, originally released on vinyl on Dead-Cert as a bonus* Three decades since it was pressed (and sold over 100,000 copies), the sonic sisterhood of Bird Records present a lavish and timely reissue of Suzanne Ciani's oneiric debut album. We'll let the "Delia Derbyshire of the Atari generation" elucidate: "Originally released exactly 30 years ago, Seven Waves was my first commercial album. It took two years to complete and was first released in Japan in 1982. Seven Waves is special for me beca… Read more
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SUZANNE CIANI - Seven Waves / Voices Of Packaged Souls, Finders Keepers Records
CRAFT SPELLS - Gallery, Captured Tracks

CRAFT SPELLS

Gallery

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT155CD

Immaculately jangling, synth-powered indie-pop and new wave moves from Craft Spells, new on Captured Tracks. Fans of similarly 80s-fixated CT acts like MiNKS, Blank Dogs and Cosmetics - not to mention the older artists that the label has reissued of late, like The McTells and Medicine - will be instantly drawn to the anthemic sweep and suburban ennui of these six finely honed songs. Unlike a lot of people operating in this scene, Craft Spells present music of great clarity; they use tons of reverb, but never let it overwhelm their parts, and Justin Vallesteros's lovelorn lyrics are audible to the … Read more
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CRAFT SPELLS - Gallery, Captured Tracks
CRAFT SPELLS - Gallery, Captured Tracks

CRAFT SPELLS

Gallery

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_vinylLP // £7.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT155

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Immaculately jangling, synth-powered indie-pop and new wave moves from Craft Spells, new on Captured Tracks. Fans of similarly 80s-fixated CT acts like MiNKS, Blank Dogs and Cosmetics - not to mention the older artists that the label has reissued of late, like The McTells and Medicine - will be instantly drawn to the anthemic sweep and suburban ennui of these six finely honed songs. Unlike a lot of people operating in this scene, Craft Spells present music of great clarity; they use tons of reverb, but never let it overwhelm their par… Read more
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CRAFT SPELLS - Gallery, Captured Tracks

Tuesday, 05 March 2013

JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS - Interplay (Deluxe Vinyl Edition), METAMATIC
**Limited gatefold edition housed in spotgloss jacket and colour-printed inner** "Interplay is a collaboration between John Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). He's best known for his 2008 album, Twenty Systems which was described by Brian Eno as 'a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.' Moody and atmospheric, but also full of songs that are actually more ''pop'' than avant garde, Interplay pulls various strands of electronic music together - from early '80s electro to 70s Krautrock, even flashes … Read more
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JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS - Interplay (Deluxe Vinyl Edition), METAMATIC
JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS - The Shape Of Things (Deluxe Vinyl Edition), METAMATIC
**Limited gatefold edition housed in spotgloss jacket and colour-printed inner** John Foxx returns to Benge's well stocked studio for a follow-up to their well received 2011 LP 'Interplay'. This sequel of sorts is defined by a rawer, more experimental aesthetic, instinctively guided by a deeply engrained knowledge of their vintage analogue synthesizers and drum machines. It oscillates between evocative instrumentals and proper songs bearing Foxx's pleading vocals, creating a tense, dystopian atmosphere reflective of his classic output. Highlights have … Read more
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JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS - The Shape Of Things (Deluxe Vinyl Edition), METAMATIC
THE ASPHODELLS (ANDREW WEATHERALL & TIMOTHY J FAIRPLAY) - Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust, Rotters Golf Club
A new project from Andrew Weatherall and his studio cohort (and former Battant member) Timothy J FairPlay, The Asphodells' well-defined world is one of languorous dub-disco and trippy post-punk. 'Beglammered' opens the set and establishes the rules of engagement, being a slow and deadly 4/4 mirrorball chugger embellished with Morricone twang and Turkish melodic inflections. 'Never There' offers a fine line in crepuscular electro-pop, its mood of metropolitan ennui offset by Balearic flourishes, while 'Skwatch' takes the disco-trippi… Read more
THE ASPHODELLS (ANDREW WEATHERALL & TIMOTHY J FAIRPLAY) - Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust, Rotters Golf Club
VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS - Strange Passion, Finders Keepers Records
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS

Strange Passion

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CACHE03CD

*Mindblowing comp of obscure, highest-calibre DIY Post-Punk and Synthwave from the archives, brilliantly compiled by Darren McCreesh and brought to you by Finders Keepers' Cache Cache sublabel - so damn good* There's been a deluge of post-punk reissues and rarity compilations in the past five years, and in turning their spades to the same ground, Finders Keepers have dug way deeper than anybody else, and come up with a cache lost classics that are both truly lost and truly classic - the quality control alone is enough to distinguish this set from the mass of European "wave" re-… Read more
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS - Strange Passion, Finders Keepers Records
THROWING SNOW - Un Vingt / Cronos, ho_tep records
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THROWING SNOW

Un Vingt / Cronos

ho_tep records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HOTEP001

*Debut release on Alex Nut's new label: Ho Tep!* Throwing Snow's debut 'Un Vingt' is the 1st drop on Alex Nut's promising new label, Ho Tep. The A-side is a very canny blend of broken dubstep and more psyched-out textures, perhaps best described as the mid-way point between older Martyn releases (before he went house) and Shackleton (er... before he went house too!). However, there is a unquantifiable element to this track that makes it stand out, whether it's the chord progressions or the tucked drums we're not sure, but it's impressive either way. On the flipside, it'd be fair to put … Read more
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THROWING SNOW - Un Vingt / Cronos, ho_tep records

Monday, 04 March 2013

GOVES - A Creche For The Lonely And Peculiar, Slip
**Edition of 100 hand-stamped CDr and sleeve with hand-made wrap-around** Slip Discs' 3rd micro-run edition is the debut release by Larry Goves. 'A Crèche for the Lonely and Peculiar' offers three compositions stemming from live recordings made in Manchester last summer. They employ concrète source textures, phosphorescing electro-acoustic harmonics and field recordings arranged and rendered with a hazily haptic, cochlea-shmushing quality. They're very delicate pieces, and quite polite with it. But there's also surreal, soporific sensuality, especially to the first two pieces… Read more
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GOVES - A Creche For The Lonely And Peculiar, Slip
VARIOUS / BFI - Land Of Promise: The British Documentary Movement 1930-1950, BFI
"Featuring 40 films over four DVDs, this extensive collection is a major retrospective of the British documentary film movement during its period of greatest influence. These films - many of which are made available here for the first time since their original release - capture the spirit and strength, concerns and resolve of Britain and its people before, during and after the Second World War. These diverse and compelling films are fascinating historical documents, bearing witness to the social and industrial transformations of the rapidly changin… Read more
VARIOUS / BFI - Land Of Promise: The British Documentary Movement 1930-1950, BFI
VARIOUS - Personal Space: 1974-1984, Chocolate Industries
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VARIOUS

Personal Space: 1974-1984

Chocolate Industries

Format_dot_cdCD // £22.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: CH075CD

Chocolate Industries have outdone themselves with this eagerly anticipated collection of obscure Electronic Soul: 1974-1984. Through seventeen tracks it scans the little known fringes of Black American music at a time when homemade, DIY studios were becoming affordable, effectively exposing the parallel evolutions of Electronic music eschewed by the current slew of synth-wave and underground electronic reissues. It's likely that the only name you'll know from the tracklist is Jeff Phelps, who contributes two tracks - 'Excerpts From Autumn' and 'Super Lady' - from his recently reissued … Read more
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VARIOUS - Personal Space: 1974-1984, Chocolate Industries

Thursday, 28 February 2013

ALVA NOTO - Univrs, raster-noton
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ALVA NOTO

Univrs

raster-noton

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CDR133

Carsten Nicolai is hardly a slouch in terms of his release frequency, but it feels like a rare treat to hear the Raster Noton boss exploring the jerky rhythmic variations he does so well. 'Univrs' is a followup to 2008's 'Unitxt', and has an equally lofty and academic sidestory, but we don't really need to go into that. The fact is that this might be Carsten's best full-length since the genre-numbing 'Transform' back in 2001. Yep, ten years ago - and while he's had some cracking releases since, few seem as perfectly crafted and dangerous as this. The gorgeous humming melodies of 'Xerrox' and the seren… Read more
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ALVA NOTO - Univrs, raster-noton

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

SEAHAWKS - Aquadisco, Ocean Moon
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SEAHAWKS

Aquadisco

Ocean Moon

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: OM006LP

Decidedly Balearic movements from deep sea dwellers Seahawks, and remarkable simply for the fact that they manage to avoid heading into a pool of cheese. Instead of heading down the well trodden 'sea at dusk' route, they give a huge nod to the cosmic disco of times past; deliciously half-tempo mahogany soul and lo-fidelity machine funk that hints of Berlin 1975. This is well-realized and gorgeous sounding stuff, best heard in a single sitting with a large Tiki drink in hand - it might not have its aims set in a Drexciyan direction, but there's room for some more sea dwellers in the scene, right?
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SEAHAWKS - Aquadisco, Ocean Moon

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

THROWING SNOW - Aspera EP, Snowfall
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THROWING SNOW

Aspera EP

Snowfall

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: SNFL002

Mercurial electronica type Throwing Snow shapeshifts between dosed-up house, emotive slow/fast and dusted electro-disco on his 'Aspera EP' for Snowfall. His fine-tuned compositional talents come to the fore in the drowsily tempered near-baroque melancholy of 'Aspera' and in the yearning, uplifting arrangement of 'Behest', while 'Melum' takes to the 'floor with tightly double-timed drum programming and soaring Bladerunner synths beside the wavey future-disco funk of 'Lingewell'.
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Thursday, 21 February 2013

BRUNO SPOERRI - Teddy Bär / Lilith, Finders Keepers Records

BRUNO SPOERRI

Teddy Bär / Lilith

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: CACHE05CD

A set of gloriously eccentric cues recorded by electronic jazz visionary Bruno Spoerri for Kurt Aeschbacher's experimental film Liltith (1978) and Rolf Lyssy's comedy Teddy Bar (1983). Exploring quirkier, more varied territory than last year's Dead-Cert excavation, AX+BY+CZ+D=o, the two scores featured here will particularly delight fans of Gluckskugel, the 2007 Finders Keepers comp that first brought the Swiss composer to the attention of us mere mortals. Musically-speaking, the only rule is that there are no rules: concrete tape experiments are woven into and out of traditional song-st… Read more
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BRUNO SPOERRI - Teddy Bär / Lilith, Finders Keepers Records

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

TONY ALLEN / CARL CRAIG - Kilode Remixes / Original, Honest Jon's Records
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TONY ALLEN / CARL CRAIG

Kilode Remixes / Original

Honest Jon's Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: HJP039

Back in stock. Following on from remixes from Basic Channel's Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Osawald, Carl Craig steps up for this absolutely killer remix twelve for the Honest Jons imprint. Craig features on two remixes - the epic "Kilode Remix" which utilises all the dancefloor savvy and careful vocal manipulations marked out on his finest and most sought after remixes of the last few years, while the "Straight Mix" keeps the original's template and delivers a fierce drum edit as good as his classic remix for The Congos a few years back. Awesome twelve, Buy!
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NICK ANTHONY SIMONCINO - The Dream Of Amnesia, THUG RECORDS

NICK ANTHONY SIMONCINO

The Dream Of Amnesia

THUG RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £17.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: THUG007

Debut album time for Chicago-obsessed Italian House and Techno producer - including an ace Larry Heard remix. Adhering to authentic, strictly old-skool productions principles - real synthesizers, drum machines, mixer and tape recorder - Nick strives for that vintage sound with fine results on 'The Dream Of Amnesia'. If anything, the aesthetic is rougher, rawer than his numerous singles for the likes of Skylax, Mathematics and Quintessentials over the last few years. And that lack of compromise equates to coherence and a lovingly crafted album. Highlights have to be the sen… Read more
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NICK ANTHONY SIMONCINO - The Dream Of Amnesia, THUG RECORDS

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

JOHN MAUS - Songs, UPSET THE RHYTHM

JOHN MAUS

Songs

UPSET THE RHYTHM

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: UTR003

*Back In Stock Despite it's appearance on Upset The Rhythm, this debut LP from John Maus has got Paw Tracks stomped all over it... As a member of everyone's favourite weirdo-pop purveyors Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and acting keyboard player for the Animal Collective's Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox, Jane), John Maus has glowing leftfield CV which he's called on for a bit of back up (Ariel Pink produce and appear) on 'Songs'; his five-year in the making debut LP. Comprised almost entirely of synths, drum-machines and Maus' own vocals, 'Songs' could well be the bastard offspring of Giorgio Moroder in… Read more
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JOHN MAUS - Songs, UPSET THE RHYTHM
ZOMBY - Dedication, 4AD
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ZOMBY

Dedication

4AD

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CAD3119CD

It's not like it's his first full-length offering, but nonetheless there's a weight and a composure to this release, right down to its sequencing, presentation and home on 4AD, which screams "debut LP proper". Fair play to the geez, he's done himself proud here: the eldritch, tranced-out double-punch of opening tracks 'Witch Hunt' and 'Natalia's Song' sets the tone for an album that delivers unabashed emotion, narcotic drift and rudeboy grit in equal and complementary measure. The absolutely boss 'Riding With Death' is like grime from outer space, smacked-up and dubbed-out but iterated with an almost … Read more
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ZOMBY - Dedication, 4AD
LOVE JOYS - Lovers Rock, Wackies

LOVE JOYS

Lovers Rock

Wackies

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: BC-W2383-C CD

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RICARDO VILLALOBOS - Dependent And Happy (Mixed), Perlon
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RICARDO VILLALOBOS

Dependent And Happy (Mixed)

Perlon

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PERL92CD

*11-track Mixed CD Version of the recent 5 LP set from Villalobos* Officially speaking this is Ricardo's first solo LP since 'Vasco', and it's definitely his most substantial since 'Thé Au Harem D'Archimède', but what you really need to know is that it's really, really good! 'Tu Actitud' features a quirky disco hook and stone mumbles put through his studio centrifuge, while 'Timemorf' vibes out trickling, glassy melodies and jazzy motifs teetering on a hip tugging bass. 'Grumax' with Max Loderbauer is next followed by some killer tabla samples swirling across the stereo fi… Read more
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RICARDO VILLALOBOS - Dependent And Happy (Mixed), Perlon

Friday, 08 February 2013

BEN UFO - Rinse 16 Mixed By Ben UFO, Rinse
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BEN UFO

Rinse 16 Mixed By Ben UFO

Rinse

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RINSECD021

Co-owner of the mighty Hessle Audio label and one of the best DJs in the UK, Ben UFO heads up his first commercially available mix CD. You shouldn't need us to tell you this is a BIG look, but we just did, and we'll also state the obvious again - it's a total KILLER - taking in tracks across the board from Aaron Carl to Dro Carey, to Andrew Coltrane and How To Dress Well, including exclusives from Boddika & Joy O, Pearson Sound, Elgato, and Champion without once feeling forced or conceited. It's an honest testament both to his enviable skills as a selector and his dextrous technicalit… Read more
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BEN UFO - Rinse 16 Mixed By Ben UFO, Rinse

Thursday, 07 February 2013

BEAK> - > >, INVADA
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BEAK>

> >

INVADA

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: INV107CD

Geoff Barrow is a man who likes to keep himself busy, and not content with composing a (sadly unused) soundtrack to the forthcoming Judge Dredd movie, he's managed to piece together another full-length with his sometime Krautrock outfit Beak>. The sounds here shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with Portishead's phenomenal 'Third'; the dusty Can vs. Silver Apples percussion, the tape saturated atmospheres and the tangled basslines, but Beak> are not Portishead. '>>' is a more traditional Krautrock album in all senses, hitting the cyclic, hypnotic mode straight on the nose and running with it. In fact if someone h… Read more
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BEAK> - > >, INVADA
BEAK> - > >, INVADA
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BEAK>

> >

INVADA

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £20.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: INV107LP

Geoff Barrow is a man who likes to keep himself busy, and not content with composing a (sadly unused) soundtrack to the forthcoming Judge Dredd movie, he's managed to piece together another full-length with his sometime Krautrock outfit Beak>. The sounds here shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with Portishead's phenomenal 'Third'; the dusty Can vs. Silver Apples percussion, the tape saturated atmospheres and the tangled basslines, but Beak> are not Portishead. '>>' is a more traditional Krautrock album in all senses, hitting the cyclic, hypnotic mode straight on the nose and running with it. In fact if someone… Read more
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BEAK> - > >, INVADA
PRURIENT / NICO VASCELLARI - Jesus (Special Vinyl Edition), Von Archives
**Limited edition of 500 2LP/gatefold copies, the fourth side features special on-body silkscreened artwork by Nico Vascellari** The intriguing Von Archives label delivers this beautifully packaged, fearless document of Prurient's ongoing collaborations with Italian contemporary visual artist Nico Vascellari. It includes a tortuous performance at Marina Abramovich Institute, San Francisco, and much the same at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev. The two studio pieces especially are worth much of your time and attention, working with compelling samples of GG Allin and Klaus … Read more
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PRURIENT / NICO VASCELLARI - Jesus (Special Vinyl Edition), Von Archives
GOAT - World Music, ROCKET RECORDINGS

GOAT

World Music

ROCKET RECORDINGS

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LAUNCH048CD

**Jewel case housed in die-cut card sleeve** Bit of a mad one, this - hailing from Gothenburg by way of an accursed village in the extreme north of Sweden, Goat have hatched one of the year's most delirious, delicious psych-rock records, fusing Afro-rock voodoo, spiralling outernational scales and spiked Krautrock with pineal vision. In the process they've gained the full approval of everyone from the BBC to Classic Rock Magazine - basically it's an acid casualty's wet dream. Ecstatic vocals are laced to fuzzed-up and funky communal rock guitars, bleating sax and folk melodies sourced from far beyond,… Read more
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GOAT - World Music, ROCKET RECORDINGS
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