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Thursday, 14 June 2012

BRITISH MURDER BOYS - Father Loves Us, Counterbalance

BRITISH MURDER BOYS

Father Loves Us

Counterbalance

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CBX011

Back in stock! Demented, Brutal, astonishingly heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better. Back in stock - if you ain't got this - YOU NEED!!
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SURGEON - Screw The Roses, Counterbalance

SURGEON

Screw The Roses

Counterbalance

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CBX008

Back in stock! 'Screw The Roses' is just immense, kicking off with a typical dark starter 'The Prowler' which makes its intentions known straight off the bat. Dark and solid kicks set the groove, the crisp and expertly filtered percussion creeps up, and a dark foreboding fills the air. Layered cinematic chords lift the atmosphere and the drums build for an incredibly monstrous acid line that follows. There is a searing ambient number, 'Another Body' which has a very cold and bleak feel, but head for the storming tour de force of 'Exhibit (Send The Dogs)' which lives up to it's harrowing title… Read more
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SURGEON - Screw The Roses, Counterbalance
SURGEON - Waiting For Me, Counterbalance

SURGEON

Waiting For Me

Counterbalance

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CBX003

Back in stock.
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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

GARY SLOAN AND CLONE - Harmonitalk, Finders Keepers Records
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GARY SLOAN AND CLONE

Harmonitalk

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CACHE04CD

Amazing, utterly unique synth/prog/pop oddity from 1980, given a new lease of life by Finders Keepers (good luck trying to find the original LP on KM Records private press - you won't). A trio led by the mysterious Gary Sloan - whose harmonica, subjected to various electronic treatments and manipulations, is the lead instrument throughout - scaling giddy heights of new age majesty on 'Good Indian' and soloing gaily over the tautest, grooviest analogue pulsations on 'Harmonitalk'. Just when you think you've got a grasp on this album though, it confounds you: 'Together Again' is an unrec… Read more
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GARY SLOAN AND CLONE - Harmonitalk, Finders Keepers Records

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

LIGHT ASYLUM - In Tension, Mexican Summer
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LIGHT ASYLUM

In Tension

Mexican Summer

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £10.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MEX0881

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'In Tension' is the hugely anticipated debut EP from Light Asylum, aka Brooklynites Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello. A crucial combination of Bruno's tangibly real synth sounds and Shannon's distinctively androgynous vocals make this one of the strongest entries to the currently surging electro-pop Wave we've heard all year, no less. With good reason they've been courted by a number of labels but landed on Mexican Summer in the copany of acts such as Puro Instinct and Games, but they're actually far more muscular and almost … Read more
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LIGHT ASYLUM - In Tension, Mexican Summer

Monday, 11 June 2012

CABARET VOLTAIRE - 2X45, Mute

CABARET VOLTAIRE

2X45

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CABS9CD

Review to follow shortly…
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CABARET VOLTAIRE - 1974-76, Mute

CABARET VOLTAIRE

1974-76

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CABS15CD

Review to follow shortly…
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PEAKING LIGHTS - Lo Hi (Limited Edition), WEIRD WORLD
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PEAKING LIGHTS

Lo Hi (Limited Edition)

WEIRD WORLD

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WEIRD012T

*Strictly limited one-sided 12" pressing, includes an infinite locked-groove at the end of the side* Blimey, this is a bit good. We've spoken before about Not Not Fun's brilliantly disposable aesthetic, and Peaking Lights' fantastically enjoyable '936' album from last year epitomozed everything we love about it; delivering rough, unpolished, vulnerable and giddy recordings without too much care for all those things you'd associate with 'grown up' music. The problem is, that whole disposable thing doesnt lend itself too well to sustaining a long career, so we were a bit sceptical … Read more
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PEAKING LIGHTS - Lo Hi (Limited Edition), WEIRD WORLD
POMASSL - Surplus Ships, LATON
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POMASSL

Surplus Ships

LATON

Format_dot_vinylLP // £10.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LATON055

*Six tracks of KILLER body-working rhythmic dynamism and uniquely contoured edits from the mighty Pomassl* Franz Pomassl presents new, original material and tracks from his 2007 CD 'Spare Parts' on vinyl for the first time. The Austrian electronic innovator and craftsman has near-peerless, incredibly diverse credentials - from releases on Raster Noton and Sex Tags Mania to collaborating with Kodwo Eshun - and it's this duality of hi-end conceptual electronica and more base, grooving instincts which lie at the core of his music. Released through his long-running Laton imprint, 'Surplus Ships' br… Read more
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POMASSL - Surplus Ships, LATON

Friday, 08 June 2012

VILAYAT KHAN / ALI AKBAR KHAN - Psychedelic Music Of India, EL RECORDS

VILAYAT KHAN / ALI AKBAR KHAN

Psychedelic Music Of India

EL RECORDS

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: ACMEM121CD

It has become slightly passé now to go on about having 'found yourself in India', but back in the 1950s and 1960s, India, and Indian music were extremely new to much of the Western world. Although many would reference the 'star of the sitar' Ravi Shankar as the man who kick started everything, if it wasn't for a certain Vilayat Khan (another sitar player) who released this record in 1955, Shankar's music may never have found a wider audience. You see this album was recorded over half a century ago and yet listening to it now it still sounds fresh, rounded and defin… Read more
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VILAYAT KHAN / ALI AKBAR KHAN - Psychedelic Music Of India, EL RECORDS

Wednesday, 06 June 2012

RUSTIE - Glass Swords, Warp Records
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RUSTIE

Glass Swords

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCD217

We've been banging on about Rustie since 'Jagz The Smack' had our jaws dragging on the lino back in '07, and it's hard to believe it's taken him this long to get an album together. Sure there have been a handful of EPs, singles and splits, but few captured the chemically enhanced hedonism of that first plate, well, until now. It seems Rustie has somehow managed to fend off the weight of expectation by ignoring the devil on his shoulder and furrowing a path all his own through bass music. This is a pure Rustie album from beginning to end, and it succeeds by being just as uncompromising as those key … Read more
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RUSTIE - Glass Swords, Warp Records

Friday, 01 June 2012

CHRIS & COSEY - Luchtbal, Conspiracy International
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CHRIS & COSEY

Luchtbal

Conspiracy International

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: CC0503CD

This 2003 release is based on a Chris & Cosey live performance at CC Luchtbal in Antwerp, Belgium the previous year. The recording features reworked live versions of thirteen classic C&C tracks and marked the final appearance of the duo as Chris & Cosey (hereafter they would release music as Carter Tutti). In addition to the sixty-eight minute set, the CD comes with an enhanced section, featuring three music videos to accompany the recordings of 'Celph', 'Da Spooky' and 'Exotikah'.
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CHRIS CARTER - Electronic Ambient Remixes Three, Conspiracy International
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CHRIS CARTER

Electronic Ambient Remixes Three

Conspiracy International

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: CTIEAR3CD

For this third in the Electronic Ambient Remixes series Chris Carter turns his attention towards original Throbbing Gristle material from the 1970s and 1980s. The resultant set of soundscapes originally emerged in 2001, and places particular emphasis on rhythm. The Throbbing Gristle material used for the project all stemmed from Carter's own tape and loop-based contributions to the band's music and deconstructs them into minimalist, hypnotic new pieces that squelch and convulse, often soaking up extreme sub-frequencies.
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COSEY FANNI TUTTI - Electronic Ambient Remixes Four: Selflessness, Conspiracy International
First released in 2004, Electronic Ambient Remixes Four: Selflessness was based upon a Cosey Fanni Tutti sound piece recorded for Resonance FM in 2003. This broadcast drew from Cosey's "live art action" at Disneyland California the previous year and uses the ambient sound recordings from the event as its founding building blocks. The album's aim is said to be "to evoke in the listener the sensations of disorientation, loss of any sense of time and the displaced significance of ambient sounds that Cosey experienced during the action at Disneyland." Quite… Read more
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COSEY FANNI TUTTI - Electronic Ambient Remixes Four: Selflessness, Conspiracy International
CHRIS CARTER - Disobedient, Conspiracy International
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CHRIS CARTER

Disobedient

Conspiracy International

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CTI198CC2CD

Review to follow shortly…
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CHRIS CARTER - Small Moon, Conspiracy International
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CHRIS CARTER

Small Moon

Conspiracy International

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CTI199CC3

The Throbbing Gristle founding member's 1999 solo album Small Moon is an experimental techno-leaning album released just before he embarked upon the Electronic Ambient Remixes series. While the first couple of tracks on the record - in particular the rampant 'Praxiz' - converge on a kind of high-tempo, dancefloor-geared post-industrial minimalism (or something to that effect...), as the album develops it begins to delve into the kind of deep-set soundscapes and abstract rhythmic experiments to be found strewn across the EAR series, only to wrap up with 'Soho... 3am' a unique clash of field recording and nocturnal drum & bass.
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CHRIS CARTER - Small Moon, Conspiracy International
CARTER TUTTI - Cabal, Conspiracy International
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CARTER TUTTI

Cabal

Conspiracy International

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: CT00104

Debut album from Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti in their guise as Carter Tutti. Having established themselves as electro/industrial pioneers as Chris & Cosy, the pair have now returned for 11 brand new original compositions. Cabal combines chris carter's instrumentation and cosey fanni tutti's unique vocal, guitar and cornet techniques with music styles encompassing dense electronic soundscapes, dub influenced rhythms, extreme vocal manipulations and spacious electro patterns. Check.
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CHRIS & COSEY / VARIOUS - Core, Conspiracy International
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CHRIS & COSEY / VARIOUS

Core

Conspiracy International

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: CC0603

Core features collaborations between Chris & Cosey, Robert Wyatt, Coil, Boyd Rice, Monte Cazazza, John Uncan, Joe Potts and Lustmord. This legendary 1988 compilation has been digitally remastered and features enhanced cover artwork and extensive sleeve notes by the artists.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

ROCKET JUICE & THE MOON / MARK ERNESTUS - Manuela / Mark Ernestus Dub, Honest Jon's Records
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ROCKET JUICE & THE MOON / MARK ERNESTUS

Manuela / Mark Ernestus Dub

Honest Jon's Records

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £8.49

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: HJP068

**Features Erykah Badu and Mark Ernestus versions exclusive to vinyl. Housed in handsome screen-printed jacket** Honest Jon's spoil us with these reworks of 'There' from Damon Albarn and Flea's imminent album 'Hey Shooter' as Rocket Juice & Moon. Frontside Erykah retitles it 'Manuela' and glides over Tony Allen's hip-tucked offbeats and brilliantly zany notes from Malian synth tickler Tidiane Seck, while the flipside features a dreamy Dub by half of the legendary Rhythm & Sound duo, Mark Ernestus. A highly desirable item.
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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

JEAN-CLAUDE VANNIER - Electro Rapide, Finders Keepers Records
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JEAN-CLAUDE VANNIER

Electro Rapide

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: FKR050LP

**Finders Keepers mark their 50th release with a return to the vaults of Serge Gainsbourg accomplice, Jean-Claude Vannier, whose imaginary soundtrack 'L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches' was the label's first release back in 2005** "'Electro Rapide' is a collection of rare and unreleased archive material from the studio archives of legendary French orchestral pop composer Jean-Claude Vannier. Taken from the period before and during his revered creative relationship with Serge Gainsbourg (reaching their halcyon with 1971's 'Histoire De melody Nelson') these tracks reveal a rare glimpse o… Read more
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JEAN-CLAUDE VANNIER - Electro Rapide, Finders Keepers Records

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

DECIMUS - Decimus 4, Alga Marghen
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DECIMUS

Decimus 4

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PLANAMOUSSA

*Silkscreened edition of 250* Pat Murano casts another spellbinding instalment of his mystifying Decimus series for Alga Marghen sister imprint, Planam. In the best possible way, it's bloody hard to sum up what's happening on these records. Over two 20 minute sides Pat pushes way beyond conventional structuring and arrangement, acting as a conduit for stray and wilful FM synth waves which knot and tangle, layer and dissolve across the A-face, constantly in horizontal and vertical stereo flux, freely increasing and burning up in amplitude. We struggle to think of anyone else whose sound is so unteth… Read more
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DECIMUS - Decimus 4, Alga Marghen
STAALPLAAT SOUNDSYSTEM - Yokomono-pro / Composed Nature, Alga Marghen
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STAALPLAAT SOUNDSYSTEM

Yokomono-pro / Composed Nature

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AM004

*Installation pieces composed by former Pan Sonic member Ilpo Väisänen and sound artist Radboud Mens* Composed Nature: "The installation Composed Nature, developed for the Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Dordrecht, consists of a matrix of 64 trees. Controllable, mechanical vibrators are mounted on each individual tree and are operated by custom made software. The sound of each tree can vary from a barely audible noise to a heavy "Green noise", thereby offering different sound textures to be played. To play the trees, many spatial sonic patterns have been programmed, a… Read more
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STAALPLAAT SOUNDSYSTEM - Yokomono-pro / Composed Nature, Alga Marghen

Thursday, 17 May 2012

LIGHT ASYLUM - Light Asylum, Mexican Summer
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LIGHT ASYLUM

Light Asylum

Mexican Summer

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MEX108-6I

Dark/chill wave types Light Asylum have been teasing us with EPs and odd tracks for ages now so it's great to see the full album finally emerge. It's been worth the wait too as it combines the spine tingling minimalism of Silk Flowers with the glassy neo-goth stylings of Zola Jesus to emerge with something propulsive and engaging. The duo of synth jockey Bruno Coviello and vocalist Shannon Funchess might not be creating the most original sounds around, but their 80s revivalist moves feel totally without irony and the tiresome Brooklyn smirk, and that in itself is a triumph. Instead of engagin… Read more
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LIGHT ASYLUM - Light Asylum, Mexican Summer

Monday, 14 May 2012

GEOFF BARROW & BEN SALISBURY - 'Drokk' Music Inspired By Mega-City One, INVADA
Portishead's Geoff Barrow and soundtrack composer Ben Salisbury pay homage to Judge Dredd's fictional Mega-City One conurbation with 'Drokk'. Both avid, avowed fans of the comic book series, Barrow and Salisbury have realised a bleak fantasy soundtrack at once recalling classic John Carpenter themes, Tangerine Dream scores, the Black Rain cues to 'Jonny Mnemonic' and 'Neuromancer', and even their fellow Bristolian, Hyetal's 'Broadcast' album. As you might assume, with their credentials counting er, Portishead, and soundtracks to David Attenborough's 'Life Of Mammals' and 'Life In Cold Blood', the production is assuredly top notch, and brought to life in vivid detail.
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GEOFF BARROW & BEN SALISBURY - 'Drokk' Music Inspired By Mega-City One, INVADA

Friday, 11 May 2012

BRACKLES - Rinse Presents: Brackles 12 inch Number One, Rinse
Rinse's infamous all-style specialist has been noticeably absent on the production front in 2011, but makes up for it with two kinkily tucked rollers. 'Spider' as the names suggests, is all insectoid and skittery drum syncopation, but skillfully anchored by sparing bass stabs. 'Take Me Home' is more on a tropical tip, swaying to warmest synth swoons and mango-sweet female vocal while the rhythm is bustling but expertly held back for the rollers.
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ONE LITTLE PLANE - Into The Trees, Text Records
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ONE LITTLE PLANE

Into The Trees

Text Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: TEXT014

One Little Plane is the solo moniker of Aussie singer-songwriter Kathryn Bint, but coming from Kieran Hebden's Text label you probably know that 'Into The Trees' is far more than JUST a singer-songwriter record. Hebden even gets involved as he takes the reigns for production duties, and Radiohead man Johnny Greenwood even pops up for a spot of collaboration. Bint's songs are elevated well by the glossy, assured production, and what might have been a more stripped-down record is multi-layered and deeply unusual. At times I'm reminded of Belly or Throwing Muses, Bint's voice has that coo-… Read more
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ONE LITTLE PLANE - Into The Trees, Text Records
WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. II), 2062
Back in stock. In possesion of a deeply ingrained vein of raw unmitigated talent coursing through his soul, William Baskinski is a modern day Midas; with everything he touches turning to aural gold. With the reissue of parts 2-4 (why part 1 isnt here yet, jah only knows!) of the jaw-dropping 'The Disintegration Loops' series, Basinski proves why he is undoubtedly one of the greatest minimalists / soundscapers of our time. Having found acres of tape he'd archived in the 1980's, Basinski decided they should be converted to digital format in order to preserve them from deca… Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. II), 2062

Thursday, 10 May 2012

WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. IV), 2062
Back in stock! The final reissue of Basinski's 'Disintergration Loops' series sees yet more mediations on the subject of mortailty, brought to bear through a level of fragility rarely glimpsed witihn modern music. Comparable to Ryuichi Sakamoto in terms of its gracefully hypnotic and deeply textured poetic outlook, the fact that Basinksi managed to retrieve such emotional tracts from decaying source material is testament to his towering talent. Made up of three extended pieces, each composition is unique in terms of sound, but united by a very real sense of unyielding em… Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. IV), 2062
WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. III), 2062
Back in stock! The first 20 minute composition on this reissue from William Basinksi opens with one of the most heart-breaking tracts of music I've heard for many years; a looped clutch of strings, slowly shuffling into oblivion. Gorgeous. If the PR gubbins accompanying these timely reissues is to be believed, Basinksi watched the fall of the Twin Towers from his roof whilst 'The Disintegration Loops' played in the background. I can only imagine the sheer profundity that would have instilled on such a bleak situation, with Basinski's work able to make a boiling kettle t… Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. III), 2062
STEVE MOORE - Primitive Neural Pathways / Vaalbara, Static Caravan
*A repackaged double CD to combine the out of print limited vinyl issues of two Steve Moore solo albums* Steve Moore, he of Zombi, Lovelock and Titan fame, presents his second solo outing for Static Caravan with the advanced synth visions of 'Primitive Neural Pathways'. Benefitting from a sterling mastering job by renowned synth boffin, Benge, this is among his most beautifully realised efforts to date, enveloping his sound with a most succinct narrative while erring ever closer to the almost unreachable authenticity of seminal works by Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese or … Read more
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STEVE MOORE - Primitive Neural Pathways / Vaalbara, Static Caravan