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Thursday, 25 April 2013

LAPALUX - Nostalchic, Brainfeeder
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LAPALUX

Nostalchic

Brainfeeder

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BF037

*Limited Vinyl Edition pressed on 180gm wax and including a download code redeemable from the label* Highly impressive debut album from Brainfeeder's British ambassador. Proceeding the course of his celebrated singles for Pictures Music and remixes for everyone from AlunaGeorge to Bonobo, 'Nostalchic' casts trusted vocalists Jenna Andrews, Kerry Leatham and Astrid Williamson in a pop/R&B complex of refracted electronics and digital stumble crafted with the finickiest attention to details. We can hear the ghosts of UK 'nuum music jostling with bewitched R&B songstresses and keening cinematic synths… Read more
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LAPALUX - Nostalchic, Brainfeeder

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

AUTRE NE VEUT - Anxiety, Software Recording Co.
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AUTRE NE VEUT

Anxiety

Software Recording Co.

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SFT0131

Finally!!! Autre Ne Veut births a sensational 2nd album, twisting the emotionally fraught template of his self-titled debut - one of THE records of 2010 - on ten tracks of 'Anxiety'. In the most classic pop sense, Autre Ne Veut expresses those feelings that people struggle to deal with, isolating and rendering an ultra-fine audio frequency spectrum of bio-chemical triggers that leave us blessed and baffled in equal measure every time we submit to these emotional experiments. As a combination of that heart-clawing voice, intense vortices of arpeggiated trance escalation, body-slamming industrial… Read more
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AUTRE NE VEUT - Anxiety, Software Recording Co.

Monday, 22 April 2013

VARIOUS - The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (Expanded 5CD Edition), Irdial
*New and expanded edition of this seminal box set from Irdial - now includes a 5th, previously unreleased disc of abstract transmissions from shortwave "Noise Stations", plus an updated 80 page booklet and a set of postcards* Originally issued in 1997 as a 4 Disc set, "The Conet Project" is one of the most unusual and, ultimately, culturally substantial audio artefacts to have been released in the last 20 years. Painstakingly compiled by Akin Fernandez and released on his own Irdial label (for those of you not aware of Irdial - rea… Read more
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VARIOUS - The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (Expanded 5CD Edition), Irdial

Friday, 19 April 2013

OLD APPARATUS - Harem, Sullen Tone
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OLD APPARATUS

Harem

Sullen Tone

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ST004

Old Apparatus resolve the 2012 cycle of compelling singles on their Sullen Tone imprint with the haunting sonic witchcraft of 'Harem'. Rich with industrial atmospherics, shoegazing harmonic emotion and ambient spectrality, we'd daresay this is their best yet. From the breathtaking, windswept drama of 'Sunday Service' to the creaking ritualistic intrigue of 'Mernom', in the purposeful tribalism of 'Dourado' and the imposing sepulchral weight of 'Octafish' they've refined their sound for potently affective and downright scary impact.
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Thursday, 18 April 2013

VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE - Jazz Noire: Darktown Sleaze from the Mean Streets of 1940s L.A., FANTASTIC VOYAGE
*Cinematically themed 50-track selection of late '40s jazz and blues with full colour booklet of sleevenotes and artwork. Includes music by Ella Fitgerald, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk Quartet, King Cole Trio, Baron Mingus and His Octet, Charlie Parker, Cab Calloway and many more* "Jazz Noire is your soundtrack to the mean streets of Los Angeles in the post-war 1940s. Bookended by classic film noir themes of the period, this selection presents studio recordings by the era's most famous musicians, many of whom were based in, or … Read more
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VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE - Jazz Noire: Darktown Sleaze from the Mean Streets of 1940s L.A., FANTASTIC VOYAGE
YOUNGSTAR - Pulse X (Visionist / Blackwax Mixes), Liminal Sounds
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YOUNGSTAR

Pulse X (Visionist / Blackwax Mixes)

Liminal Sounds

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LMNL001

Visionist and Blackwax remix the foundational grime instrumental 'Pulse X' (regarded by many as the first ever Grime track) on its tenth anniversary. As part of a wider project including further remixes from Slackk, Pedro 123 and Elsewhere, this plate features Visionist's rugged, almost psychedelic refit on the front; a vortex of snakestyle syncopation, gully baroque strings and febrile bass work. Better yet, Blackwax traverses the 'nuum to retrofit slicing jungle breaks against the original bass motif and kinetic dubbing with deadly effect.
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X RAY POP - Pirate! The Dark Side Of The X, Finders Keepers Records
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X RAY POP

Pirate! The Dark Side Of The X

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CACHE09LP

**Finders Keepers Say: "Micro-kosmic domestic-synth-pop, pocket punk, French funk ultra rarity. Originally released in 1985 as a limited edition of 100 black cassette tapes"** Finders Keepers' Cache Cache sister label come up trumps again with this cute Gallic rarity by the prolific X-Ray Pop pair. Specially dug out by Andy Votel, 'Pirate' ranks as one of their freakiest episodes, 15 tidy, jerky, jabbin' synth-pop nuggets kissed with Zouka Dzaza's ever-endearing vocals over short, sharp shocks of cheap synth and tinny, rapid-fire drum machine patter bound for budget kicks in your bedsit/squat. 
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X RAY POP - Pirate! The Dark Side Of The X, Finders Keepers Records

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

BENOIT PIOULARD - Hymnal, Kranky

BENOIT PIOULARD

Hymnal

Kranky

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KRANK178LP

"Hymnal is the fourth kranky album by Thomas Meluch under his musical alias Benoit Pioulard, following Précis (2006), Temper (2008) and Lasted (2010). It was written and recorded throughout a year spent in southeastern England and on the European mainland, during which the ubiquity of religious iconography and grandiose cathedrals became an unexpected muse. Raised as a Catholic but never especially pious, Meluch drew on this aspect of social history as the basis for Hymnal's 12 chapters. He notes a particular preoccupation with the ways that faith offers a sense of solace and belonging in an e… Read more
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BENOIT PIOULARD - Hymnal, Kranky
ELOQ - C'Mon, ACTIVIA BENZ

ELOQ

C'Mon

ACTIVIA BENZ

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BNZ003

Heat-seeking hypercoloured crunq funq from the Danish producer for fans of Rustie and Hud Mo, replete with trance-bounce remix by Slugabed. The fun starts with the bubblin' 808s and siren of the title tune and works hard for your sweat with sub-loaded talkbox jam 'Freaky' alongside the brass-shotting badass 'Klonux' and the lip-smacking lazer grabber 'Stadium', setting the scene for Slugabed's mephy synapse triggering remix of 'C'Mon'.
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Monday, 15 April 2013

ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - 1612 Underture (Limited Vinyl Edition), Bird Records
**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 we… Read more
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ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - 1612 Underture (Limited Vinyl Edition), Bird Records
TERRENCE DIXON - From The Far Future Pt. 2, Tresor Records
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TERRENCE DIXON

From The Far Future Pt. 2

Tresor Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TRESOR256C

**Expanded CD edition with 14 tracks. Actress-meets-Jeff Mills on this incredible new album from one of the Motor City's most influential and fwd>>> artists** Twelve years since his debut album, cult Detroit legend Terrence Dixon presents the sterling follow-up 'From The Far Future Pt.2' for Tresor. For many listeners, DJs and collectors Dixon's sparse output ranks among the 313's most definitive and influential creations. Whether under his own name or as Population One, his sound is a quintessential application of Afro-futurist, Motor City machine music, at once driven, sleek, … Read more
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TERRENCE DIXON - From The Far Future Pt. 2, Tresor Records

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

LAURIE SPIEGEL - The Expanding Universe (2012 Expanded Edition), UNSEEN WORLDS
**19 track expanded edition (LP format contains the original 4 tracks plus bonus, with CD version included inside)** We might be drowning in a sea of re-issues right now (not least ones from long-forgotten synthesizer pioneers) but ever so often something comes along that's really very special indeed. Laurie Spiegel's 'The Expanding Universe' is hardly a forgotten or lost gem, but this new re-issue is without a doubt one of the finest things we've heard (and no doubt will hear) this year. The album managed to supplant itself in the subconscious of electroni… Read more
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LAURIE SPIEGEL - The Expanding Universe (2012 Expanded Edition), UNSEEN WORLDS
FORWARD STRATEGY GROUP - Labour Division, Perc Trax
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FORWARD STRATEGY GROUP

Labour Division

Perc Trax

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TPTCD004

Over the past couple of years a distinct micro-scene has built up around the industrially-inclined Perc Trax label, one which happily enfolds the brushed-steel techno of Perc, the swung beat science of ASC and the corrosive radiophonics of Ekoplekz alike. Patrick Walker and Smear's Forward Strategy Group are right at the heart of it all, and their debut album - arriving after a run of acclaimed 12" releases - is an event. They've not disappointed us, delivering a set of deep, exploratory techno strafed with noise and scum scraped straight from the factory floor, elegantly alignin… Read more
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FORWARD STRATEGY GROUP - Labour Division, Perc Trax

Tuesday, 09 April 2013

EYELESS IN GAZA - Butterfly Attitude, DOWNWARDS
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EYELESS IN GAZA

Butterfly Attitude

DOWNWARDS

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DNEIG01

*Includes a copy of the CD album (with two extra tracks) free inside* **Downwards' DO series makes its boldest statement yet, an album of new material by arch-Industrial Folkies Eyeless In Gaza. The Techno crowd might feel Downwards are taking liberties, but even the most ardent disciples of bosh are encouraged to give it a chance, at least. 5-track LP includes full 7-track CD release** Fact Mag sez it best: "Regis and Eyeless's Martyn Bates go back a long way. Almost twenty years later, Eyeless In Gaza are ready to release their first record on Downwards, one which will doubtless … Read more
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EYELESS IN GAZA - Butterfly Attitude, DOWNWARDS
BAUHAUS - In The Flat Field, 4AD
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BAUHAUS

In The Flat Field

4AD

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CAD2901

**Full album on CD included inside**
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BAND OF HOLY JOY - Wyrd Beautiful Thyme, Exotic Pylon Records

BAND OF HOLY JOY

Wyrd Beautiful Thyme

Exotic Pylon Records

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £5.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: EP08-7

"Band of Holy Joy's first new songs since their How to Kill a Butterfly album was released to universal acclaim at the close of 2011 (including album of the year at Beat Surrender)! And whilst that album moved through some dark places, Wyrd Beautiful Thyme finds love and life in chaos embracing the pockets of joy that can still be found even as the world spirals into hell. This beautifully illustrated 7" (their first since 1992) finds Johny and the band in ebullient mind and body - the title track is energised and gleeful with loose percussion, fuzzy synth, woody wah wah and enc… Read more
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BAND OF HOLY JOY - Wyrd Beautiful Thyme, Exotic Pylon Records

Monday, 08 April 2013

JANE WEAVER / DEMDIKE STARE / THE FOCUS GROUP - The Watchbird Alluminate, Bird Records
Demdike Stare, The Focus Group, Anworth Kirk, Susan Christie and Samandtheplants, among others, rework songs from Jane Weaver's 'Fallen By The Watch Bird' LP, pressed up on this beautiful vinyl edition for the Finders Keepers affiliated Bird imprint. Taking influences from Eastern European children's cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, 70s television music and early murmurs of 80s synth-pop, the album is described by the label as a "new conceptual pop project featuring cosmic aquatic folklore" - and the source material is here handed over to a suitably co… Read more
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JANE WEAVER / DEMDIKE STARE / THE FOCUS GROUP - The Watchbird Alluminate, Bird Records

Wednesday, 03 April 2013

JAKOB ULLMANN - Fremde Zeit - Addendum, EDITION RZ
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JAKOB ULLMANN

Fremde Zeit - Addendum

EDITION RZ

Format_dot_cd4CD // £35.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ED. RZ1026-28

**Four CDs housed in individual gatefold cardstock jackets with label catalogue and glossy black & white booklet in German and English housed within a box case** 'Fremde Zeit - Addendum' collects four discs, five pieces of engrossingly etheric, liminal composition by Jakob Ullmann (1958), the widely acknowledged master of quiet music and recent cover star of The Wire magazine. For us, as we'd imagine many others, this is a striking first introduction to the devoted German minimalist's very particular body of work. Comprising 4 hours of barely-there strings, percussions, wind instrume… Read more
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JAKOB ULLMANN - Fremde Zeit - Addendum, EDITION RZ
JAKOB ULLMANN - A Catalogue Of Sounds, EDITION RZ
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JAKOB ULLMANN

A Catalogue Of Sounds

EDITION RZ

Format_dot_cdCD // £16.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ED. RZ1017

**Glossy gatefold slipcase with label catalogue and 12-page booklet. To achieve the original sound quality of this live recording it is suggested to listen to this CD at the lowest possible volume** Quiet music conceptualist and practitioner, Jakob Ullmann's 2nd release and first with Editions RZ was first issued in 2005. It yields a single 73 minute piece written for an ensemble of thirteen solo strings and up to three additional solo parts arranged to explore the filigree infidelities of their range between almost "pure", natural harmonics to diffuse noise at the lowest threshold … Read more
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JAKOB ULLMANN - A Catalogue Of Sounds, EDITION RZ

Tuesday, 02 April 2013

FENNESZ / DAFELDECKER / BRANDLMAYR - Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created, m=minimal
**Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** 'Till The World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created' is the name of the new group project created by Austrian musicians Christian Fennesz, Martin Brandlmayr and Werner Dafeldecker. These three are certainly no strangers to one another's work, having all collaborated together under various improvisational formats, most notably as Polwechsel. This album began life with each member of the trio composing their own short piece of music, edited from a number of improvised sessions. O… Read more
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FENNESZ / DAFELDECKER / BRANDLMAYR - Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created, m=minimal

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

THOUGHT FORMS - Ghost Mountain, INVADA

THOUGHT FORMS

Ghost Mountain

INVADA

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: INV111CD

"It takes all of the first 80 seconds of Bristol trio Thought Forms second album, Ghost Mountain, to realise that this is a group who have moved on substantially from their debut of three years ago. Indeed, if their self-titled debut in 2009 was about finding the dynamic limits of their atmospheric sound, gently prodding and probing varying elements, then the huge great slab of guitar that greets you instantly on their follow-up roars with the confidence of a band who’ve found their level from which to fully explore their creative expression. Though the group have fans in Portishead, don’t… Read more
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THOUGHT FORMS - Ghost Mountain, INVADA

Monday, 25 March 2013

SOHRAB - Between Strangers, Touch
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SOHRAB

Between Strangers

Touch

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £6.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TS15

'Between Strangers' is Sohrab's first physical follow-up to his widely received debut LP, 'A Hidden Place' (2010), and burrows further into that same lonely, displaced headspace. There is a dramatic melancholy and underlying rage to both pieces which can't be ignored, making for deeply compelling listening. The A-side in particular uses lo-fi recording of "Voice of a burnt generation" attributed enigmatically to "Hani", recorded in the Eissenhutenstadt refugee camp, Germany to great effect, placing her warbling plead against shadowy drones, sehtar-like licks and stentorian voices ricocheting… Read more
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SOHRAB - Between Strangers, Touch

Friday, 22 March 2013

FUSIOON - Absolute Fusioon, Finders Keepers Records
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FUSIOON

Absolute Fusioon

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: FKR046LP

**Now re-pressed on Green Vinyl* **Uniquely complex Catalan prog-rock fusions and nascent Ibizan psychedelia from early '70s - tipped for fans of Soft Machine or Egg or the preceding Absolute Belter compilation.** " Who can ignore a band with a name this blatant? An epic soundtrack when Spain was adjusting to a new political era, with it's own Catalan swagger." - Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73). "Imagine a merging of Soft Machine and Egg... A catalan Canterbury rather than many who reside in Can't-erbury". " From the foundations of the Catalan Rock Laietà movement. An uber-legendary expo… Read more
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FUSIOON - Absolute Fusioon, Finders Keepers Records

Thursday, 21 March 2013

GIUSEPPE IELASI - AIX, 12K
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GIUSEPPE IELASI

AIX

12K

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 12K1051

Back in stock! Italian electronic composer Giuseppe Ielasi themed this album around the idea of rhyhmic grids, something illustrated in a helpfully literal fashion by its artwork: the colourful, closely knit and highly organised construction provides a visual signifier for the sort of musical developments captured on the disc. Seldom do you hear an artist on the 12k roster working so explicitly and so pointedly with rhythm, but Ielasi does something quite remarkable with Aix (so-called because the album was made in Aix-en-Provence, incidentally): he's used all the tricks in his microsound arsenal … Read more
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GIUSEPPE IELASI - AIX, 12K
TAYLOR DEUPREE - Faint (Normal Edition), 12K
**Standard edition packaged in 12k's new uncoated board gatefold jacket** 12k mastermind Taylor Deupree presents his sole solo output for 2012. His lushly realised 'Faint' is themed around those blissful, fleeting moments between waking and sleep, and vice versa, that point where the sub-conscious kicks in after a couple of hypnagogic jerks and we begin to seep between one reality and another. It break down to five extended and beautiful pieces: from the cottony friction of 'Negative Snow', melting to the ringing resonance of air cushioned keys and acousmatic crackle on 'Dreams Of S… Read more
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TAYLOR DEUPREE - Faint (Normal Edition), 12K

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

EMPTYSET - Demiurge, Subtext
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EMPTYSET

Demiurge

Subtext

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SUBCD001

Multiverse - the constellation of forward-thinking Bristol labels that also includes Tectonic, Kapsize and Caravan - reactivates its seminal Subtext imprint (best known for those mind-melting early Vex'd singles) for a daring new LP from Emptyset. A collaboration between Mutiverse boss James 'Ginz' Ginzburg and Paul Purgas, Demiurge is the second album by Emptyset, and finds them reducing their production process down to a singular signal chain channelled into a modulated analogue hardware line (or so we're told). The results are somewhere between drone, techno, noise, power electronics and the very … Read more
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EMPTYSET - Demiurge, Subtext

Friday, 15 March 2013

JOKER - Holly Brook Park / 80's, KAPSIZE
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JOKER

Holly Brook Park / 80's

KAPSIZE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: KAP001

You can't hold this kid down at the moment, Joker lunges out again following from the success of his 'Gully Brook Lane' 12" and the ubiquitous 'Snake Charmer', with another P-f*cked synthline trip on 'Holly Brook Park', but it's the B-side '80's' that makes this one a dead cert, rolling in on some gangsta leaning tip with snapping 808's and rumbling sub pressure providing an anchor for his bobbing 8-bit melodies and crafty keywork. Proper badass blunt rolling gear. Sick.
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DUSK + BLACKDOWN - Dasaflex, Keysound
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DUSK + BLACKDOWN

Dasaflex

Keysound

Format_dot_vinylLP // £10.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN033LP

Some four years since their debut, Martin Clark aka pivotal blogger/DJ/broadcaster Blackdown, and Dan Frampton aka production spar Dusk drop a wicked 2nd LP 'pon ya. In the time since their debut the scene has changed considerably and they've matched developments in their very own way, dallying with variations of 4/4 House and broken garage, eski and R&G, while pretty much leaving the halfstep thing for dead. And compared with their previous, they've largely eschewed guest collaborations in favour of really honing their own style to a hard-bodied dasaflex. However, those who do appear are int… Read more
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DUSK + BLACKDOWN - Dasaflex, Keysound
IKONIKA - Sahara Michael / Fish, Hyperdub
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IKONIKA

Sahara Michael / Fish

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDB029

Hyperdub's gradual re-configuration and re-contextualisation of synthfunk continues apace with this blinding twelve from Sara Abdel-Hamid's Ikonika project, bringing forward 8-bit machinations, overdriven synth arrangements and heavy heavy bass pads. "Sahara Michael" spans the a-side with its sharpened synth layers edging forward with a staggered kind of self restraint, sort of like a sped-up 8-bit death march intertwined with an alien p-funk alignment of broken keys and frayed synths dominating the mix. It's strangely propulsive and unfathomably heavy when played loud - something to do, … Read more
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IKONIKA - Sahara Michael / Fish, Hyperdub

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