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Wednesday, 07 November 2012

GROUPER - A I A (Deluxe 2CD Edition), Kranky
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GROUPER

A I A (Deluxe 2CD Edition)

Kranky

Format_dot_cd2CD // £17.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: KRANK168CD

*Beautiful 2CD edition of Grouper's two 'A I A' albums 'Alien Observer' and 'Dream Loss' - available on CD for the first time and including both albums in full packaged in a gorgeous gatefold digipak* At this point you shouldn't need any introduction to Liz Harris, better known to most as Grouper. She's got a few albums and splits under her belt now, but chances are the first time you came across her music was the stunningy beautiful modern classic 'Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill', released back in 2008. It was the distinct and singular blend of shimmering dream-pop and tape-mangled n… Read more
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GROUPER - A I A (Deluxe 2CD Edition), Kranky
KEITH KENNIFF (HELIOS / GOLDMUND) - Branches, Village Green
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KEITH KENNIFF (HELIOS / GOLDMUND)

Branches

Village Green

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: VGCD002

Keith Kenniff - perhaps best known as Goldmund or Helios - ventures out under his own name for the 2nd time on 'Branches'. Since releasing his widely adored 'The Malady Of Elegance' and 'Caesura' albums on Type, Keith's music has been used on the soundtrack to Harmony Korine's 2007 comedy-drama 'Mister Lonely' and on the trailer for the 2009 Academy Award-nominated 'Revolutionary Road', directed by Sam Mendes; such is the cinematic potential of his grandly scaled compositions. 'Branches' combines the dulcet electronic/ambient themes of his Helios recordings with the ivory-tinklin… Read more
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KEITH KENNIFF (HELIOS / GOLDMUND) - Branches, Village Green

Tuesday, 06 November 2012

APHEX TWIN - Drukqs, Warp Records

APHEX TWIN

Drukqs

Warp Records

Format_dot_cd2CD // £12.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD92

*Back in Stock*
BROADCAST - Tender Buttons, Warp Records
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BROADCAST

Tender Buttons

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD136

*Back in Stock* It's been a long time coming, but Broadcast have made sure it was worth the wait. With a rotating membership that even the most ardent of Warp heads must be struggling with, Broadcast are renowned for tortuous sessions that go right round the houses before making it onto record; but this might just be their special ingredient. From the opening cascade of electronically numb melody and the first glimpse of Trish Kennan's bewitching voice, 'Tender Buttons' is a breathtaking achievement that is positively drenched in considered arrangements that are intricately plotted without ever… Read more
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BROADCAST - Tender Buttons, Warp Records
ILLUM SPHERE - Illum Sphere Remixed, FAT CITY
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ILLUM SPHERE

Illum Sphere Remixed

FAT CITY

Format_dot_vinylLP // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: FC108

Killer package of Illum Sphere remixes, headed up by Kidkanevil, whose version of 'Agent White' seamlessly, stylishly shifting from sub-heavy, rudeboy R&B swagger to choppy old-school jungle and back again - no DJ should be without this. Dabrye is brought in to give 'An Old Escape' a facelift, and he responds with an immaculately low-slung fix, one of his custom slouchy beats framing sparkling synths and raw boogie-down bass. Ikonika steers 'Chasing The Midnight Moth' into sci-fi steppers' house territory, Detroit-style strings rubbing up against soca-inflected snare syncopations an… Read more
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ILLUM SPHERE - Illum Sphere Remixed, FAT CITY

Monday, 05 November 2012

OREN AMBARCHI / KEITH ROWE - Cornelius Cardew: Treatise, PLANAM
**Oren Ambarchi and Keith Rowe interpret and perform pieces from Cornelius Cardew's graphic score 'Treatise', namely pages 53 and 58, on guitar and tabletop guitar, respectively. Recorded live at Binhuis, Amsterdam, February 8th, 2009 by Ron Mullen. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 300 copies, reproducing on the sleeve and inner the 4 pages of score performed.** "Cornelius Cardew's opus magnus Treatise is a 193 page graphic score written between 1963 and 1967 while he was performing with the improvisation group AMM. The score's graphic notation, with its intr… Read more
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OREN AMBARCHI / KEITH ROWE - Cornelius Cardew: Treatise, PLANAM
SACHER-PELZ - Outputs, Marquis Records
**4CD boxset includes posters, inserts and defaced passport photo** Perhaps one for the hardiest industrial fiends, but an important collection nonetheless - 'Mutation For A Continuity' compiles the four tapes made by Maurizio Bianchi and given out to friends prior to the birth of his infamous, decadent M.B. output. As to be expected, it's f**king unfriendly and primal, mostly swamped in tape saturation to the point of oblivion and probably best recommended for use in sado masochistic rituals or your morning commute to the torture chamber. "Before starting the complex and compelling production of m… Read more
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SACHER-PELZ - Outputs, Marquis Records
CHRIS COHEN - Overgrown Path, Captured Tracks

CHRIS COHEN

Overgrown Path

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT163CD

"Chris Cohen is a 37-year-old native of Los Angeles currently residing in the farmlands of Vermont. He is the child of a former music business executive and a former Broadway actress. His resumé of prior musical projects is a long one: as a contributing member of The Curtains, Cryptacize, Deerhoof, and Natural Dreamers, he released 10 full-length albums between 2002 and 2008. Along the way, Cohen was also a touring player with White Magic, Cass McCombs, Haunted Graffiti and Danielson, among others, for stints both short and long. All of this has culminated in his first release under his own … Read more
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CHRIS COHEN - Overgrown Path, Captured Tracks

Thursday, 01 November 2012

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, Kranky
*Finally available again* "Appropriately titled in Franglais, Lift... was recorded at Chemical Sounds in Toronto, with 4 track snippets and field recordings added in Montreal. After months of touring, the band is at the peak of its powers. They've spread an audio net out across the continent, recording the static on the radio, the random airwave proselytizing, and the corporate spokesvoice of the service station that are the companions of the long distance driver. Whether it's rickety piano melody, the gentle foreplay of strings, the roil of guita… Read more
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GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, Kranky

Monday, 29 October 2012

TEXT OF LIGHT (ALAN LICHT & LEE RANALDO) - Text Of Light, Dirter
*Back in Stock* Text of Light is the project of Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, with some able and willing help from Alan Licht, William Hooker, Christian Marclay, Tim Barnes, Ulrich Kreiger and DJ Olive (last seen on the Room40 label). The band apparently perform live to 16mm cinema projections and no two live sets are ever the same... and interesting concept and one which certainly holds water - over the course of three cds we can hear seven examples of the live improvisation, and every one is totally different. Of course you will hear some stylistic similarities, but thi… Read more
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TEXT OF LIGHT (ALAN LICHT & LEE RANALDO) - Text Of Light, Dirter

Friday, 26 October 2012

JENDE RI PALENGE - People Of Palenque: The Music and People of Palenque, Colombia, Soul Jazz Records
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JENDE RI PALENGE

People Of Palenque: The Music and People of Palenque, Colombia

Soul Jazz Records

Format_dot_vinyl5LP + DVD Deluxe Box // £23.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SJRLPDVD254

**Hardback boxset including 2LPs of incredible original material plus three discs of remixes from Secondo, Deadbeat, Osunlade, Rocketnumbernine, Matias Aguayo, Subway and Jay Haze, among others, plus a DVD film documenting the 'People Of Palenque' on the Colombian coast. Drum fiends and Afro-Latin heads NEED to get on this!!!** "Film-makers Santiago Posada and Simon Meija came to Palenque, near the Caribbean coast of Colombia, to record the music of the area and to make a documentary film about the people of Palenque. Palenque, the locatio… Read more
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JENDE RI PALENGE - People Of Palenque: The Music and People of Palenque, Colombia, Soul Jazz Records
LOSCIL - Sketches From New Brighton, Kranky
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LOSCIL

Sketches From New Brighton

Kranky

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KRANK171CD

**Debossed gatefold slipcase** Scott Morgan makes a welcome return with his seventh album of amorphous ambient drift as Loscil. Since 2001 the Vancouver resident has eked out a special niche with his much-loved Kranky releases, a sound that's equal parts dub techno momentum and tenderly organic sound design, one which consistently and carefully treads a fine line between crepuscular, chamber-like melancholy and widescreen optimism. 'Sketches From New Brighton' is an impressionistic collection inspired by his time spent watching the ships drift by from an ocean side park in Vancouver. … Read more
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LOSCIL - Sketches From New Brighton, Kranky

Thursday, 25 October 2012

LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY / VARIOUS - Nu Sound & Version, On-U Sound

LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY / VARIOUS

Nu Sound & Version

On-U Sound

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £13.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ONULP1020

**Now available on vinyl** On U Sound do the right thing, collecting Kode 9, Digital Mystikz, Congo Natty, Horsepower Productions and Bullion remixes of Lee Scratch Perry on one disc. Moody Boyz open the account with a sweet 'n sticky Dubstep rework of 'God Smiled' while Dialect & Kosine and Congo Natty represent the junglists with dread Reese basslines and jump-up versions respectively. However, the highlights come from Mala Mystikz, turning 'Like The Way You Should' into a haunting digidub ace, and boosting 'Obeah Room' with seismic subbass pressure, while Kode 9 flips 'Yellow Tongue' into a natty Funky Dub.
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LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY / VARIOUS - Nu Sound & Version, On-U Sound

Monday, 22 October 2012

VARIOUS / 50 WEAPONS - 50 Weapons Of Choice #20-29, 50 WEAPONS
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VARIOUS / 50 WEAPONS

50 Weapons Of Choice #20-29

50 WEAPONS

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 50WEAPONCD09

Another bumper pack from Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label, this compilation again sweeps up some of the best moments from the blink-and-you'll-miss-'em 12"s you probably didn't manage to get a hold of. It's grinding, teutonic stuff with a twisted low-end that comes as a welcome addition to any 4/4 sound; we've got Anstam, Cosmin TRG, Marcel Dettmann, Dark Sky, Addison Groove, Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka and Phon.o all dropping tracks that put as much thought into the rumble as there is in the clockwork 909 pulse. It should come as no surprise that Dettmann's 'Deluge' is a… Read more
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VARIOUS / 50 WEAPONS - 50 Weapons Of Choice #20-29, 50 WEAPONS

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

MIRROR TO MIRROR - Body Moving Slowly, Preservation
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MIRROR TO MIRROR

Body Moving Slowly

Preservation

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: CIRCA412

Taking cues from Jeff Witscher's symphonic fusion of modern classical music and synthesizer exploration, Alex Twomy infuses his new age musings with the light twinkling of FM piano. A good point of reference might be Robert Eno (brother of Brian) or even Leyland Kirby, but Twomy layers notes with the reverberating shimmer and shine of 'Victorialand'-era Cocteau Twins, giving a balmy shine to the whole record. 'Body Moving Slowly' is the latest in Preservation's 'Circa' series, and might be the finest edition so far.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

SHANGAAN ELECTRO - New Wave Dance Music From South Africa, Honest Jon's Records
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SHANGAAN ELECTRO

New Wave Dance Music From South Africa

Honest Jon's Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: HJRCD052

*Finally available again* Ask us about Shangaan Electro a week ago and we'd ask you to speak slower. Ask us this week and we'll rave about one of the most astounding records we've heard this year. The erstwhile and intrepid ears of Honest Jon's Mark Ainley and Hardwax/Basic Channel legend Mark Ernestus have been following this niche style from Soweto, SA, for a hot minute, long enough anyway to pick out twelve extraordinary examples of 180bpm, marimba-laden, afro-dance diamonds hewn from rickety drum machines and keyboards shaped into dazzling fillips of pure dan… Read more
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SHANGAAN ELECTRO - New Wave Dance Music From South Africa, Honest Jon's Records

Monday, 15 October 2012

EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCTS - Tracks To Glow In The Dark, Vinyl On Demand
**Double CD issue of Experimental Products - housed in typically lavish 6-panel hardback gatefold with 12-page booklet. Edition limited to 500 copies** The Vinyl On Demand reissue of Experimental Products' 'Tracks To Glow In The Dark' is one of the label's most popular releases to date. So much so, in fact, that they've succumbed to demand for a CD issue and pressed up a deluxe double disc set containing all twenty two tracks of Hi NRG synth disco. It's a beast!!! The über classic club weapon 'Glowing In The Dark' stars on the first disc along with 'Love Changes' and 'M… Read more
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EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCTS - Tracks To Glow In The Dark, Vinyl On Demand
EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCTS - Prototype (Plus Garage Tracks), Vinyl On Demand
**Double CD issue of Experimental Products - housed in typically lavish 6-panel hardback gatefold with 12-page booklet. Edition limited to 500** Vinyl on Demand present a killer compendium of early synthwave output from Delaware/Philadelphia's Experimental Product. Comprising their 1st, self-released LP - 1982's 'Prototype' - plus bonus tracks, "garage tracks" produced in a spare bedroom, and live recordings from 1983, it's a definitive introduction to one of the synth wave's most cherished duos and has never appeared on CD before (original vinyl copies go for a hefty… Read more
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EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCTS - Prototype (Plus Garage Tracks), Vinyl On Demand
DAPHNI - Jiaolong, Jiaolong
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DAPHNI

Jiaolong

Jiaolong

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: JIAOLONG005CD

Dan 'Caribou' Snaith's enormously successful house project Daphni deservedly gets its own album across which to express itself. Daphni started out as an excuse to re-edit and beef up afrobeat and outernational obscurities for peaktime DJ use, and that rough 'n ready, functionalist spirit persists here, even on some of the slightly more polished cuts - but it's not just about inserting a 4/4 kick, it's also about unusual textural fusions which happen before your very ears: for instance the zig-zagging, Belgian-style electro synths of 'Yes, I Know' peeling back to reveal salty, funked-up horns and beamin… Read more
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DAPHNI - Jiaolong, Jiaolong

Friday, 12 October 2012

J:KENZO - J:Kenzo, Tempa

J:KENZO

J:Kenzo

Tempa

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £11.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEMPALP020

Dark and heavy double pack from one of dubstep's biggest new players. Disc 1 comes with the melancholic introduction of 'Eyes Wide Open' featuring Rhianna Kenny, the electro-stung 'step of 'Semtex' and a grimy weapon called 'No Man's Land' with Newham Generals' Footsie on the mic. Disc 2 gets darker on the sub-bombing halfstep wobbler 'Contagion' and the best is saved for last with a murky, stalking halfstep monster called 'Body Heat' and the Icicle-style D&B flex of 'Ironclad'.
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Thursday, 04 October 2012

GROUNDISLAVA - Feel Me, Friends of Friends
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GROUNDISLAVA

Feel Me

Friends of Friends

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: FOF119CD

A member of the WEDIDIT collective alongside Shlohmo, Groundislava's shares his California peers' fascination with swung, stuttering 808 percussion and emotive instrumental textures chopped and screwed into abstraction. What makes him stand out is his fascination with, and foregrounding of, the synth: Fairlight epics 'Olympia 2011' and 'TV Dream' (featuring Clive Tanaka) sound like they're auditioning for the soundtrack of Drive 2, while the suitably woozy 'Cider' sounds like a footwork track that's been slowed down and spiked by Boards of Canada at a woodland rave in Scotland (the BoC influence i… Read more
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GROUNDISLAVA - Feel Me, Friends of Friends

Wednesday, 03 October 2012

VALGEIR SIGURðSSON - Architecture Of Loss, BEDROOM COMMUNITY
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VALGEIR SIGURðSSON

Architecture Of Loss

BEDROOM COMMUNITY

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HVALUR13CD

'Architecture Of Loss' is the stunning 3rd solo LP release by Icelandic producer, composer, mixer and engineer extraordinaire, Valgeir Sigurdsson. It is the score to a dance piece by celebrated choreographer Stephen Petronio "...about formation and disintegration, the physical manifestations of "losing" and all that implies" and features contributions from Nico Muhly, with live performances by Sigurdsson with longtime collaborators Shahzad Ismaily and Nadia Sirota. As we've come to expect from anything our protagonist is involved with, the execution of production is second to no… Read more
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VALGEIR SIGURðSSON - Architecture Of Loss, BEDROOM COMMUNITY
BJORK - Biophilia (Digipak Edition with Bonus Tracks), One Little Indian
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BJORK

Biophilia (Digipak Edition with Bonus Tracks)

One Little Indian

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TPLP1016CDX

**Deluxe edition: includes 3 extra tracks, housed in a deluxe digipak** 'Biophilia' must be one of this year's most anticipated, and lavish album projects. A number of delays have pushed the release date back, but that was to allow extra input from Leila Arab and Current Value, who join an illustrious production cast including Mark Bell, Matthew Herbert, 16 Bit and El Guincho, plus a full 24-piece Icelandic choir. The results are suitably spectacular, articulating the leading lady's obsessions with virtual reality, physics and nature in ultra-modern and cutting edge fa… Read more
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BJORK - Biophilia (Digipak Edition with Bonus Tracks), One Little Indian
IKONIKA - I Make Lists EP, Hum & Buzz
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IKONIKA

I Make Lists EP

Hum & Buzz

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HBR005

It feels like a long while since we've heard from Ikonika, so it's good to have her back, this time with a hefty six-tracker on her own Hum+Buzz label. The title track is sensational - somewhere between vampy techno, dubstep and low-riding, synthed-out ghetto-tech. It's a slippery one to pin down, and therein lies the appeal. 'Take Pictures' and 'Catch Vibes' continue down a similar route, all squelched out acid lines, 808 pulses, Italian House pianos and lurid video game synth motifs - they're absolutely bloody bonkers, and not entirely coherent, but they really sound like nothing else out t… Read more
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IKONIKA - I Make Lists EP, Hum & Buzz
STEINBRUCHEL - Narrow, ROOM 40
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STEINBRUCHEL

Narrow

ROOM 40

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RM433

Ralph Steinbrüchel returns to Room 40, home of some of his most cherished releases, with "…an album of reduction and transformation". On 'Narrow' he works with a limited palette of delicate yet dense sonic materials to articulate a central idea of static development. The album is dominated by the twenty minute title track, forming a radiant core of phosphorescent subharmonic drone which generates melodic layers that peel off into convective stereo formations, lapping and flowing around a glowing soundsphere with an organic, oceanic quality. The following five tracks seem to temper the resonance of … Read more
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STEINBRUCHEL - Narrow, ROOM 40
TUJIKO NORIKO - Blurred In My Mirror, ROOM 40

TUJIKO NORIKO

Blurred In My Mirror

ROOM 40

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RM410

*Back in Stock* Some say that Tujiko Noriko is Japan's answer to Bjork - and the comparison is understandable. Noriko has made a career out of working with obscure artists and making the most unusual music, releasing on labels such as Mego and Tomlab, and now the Australian experimental imprint Room40. 'Blurred in my Mirror' is her sixth full length album and takes her sound into glitchier territory thanks to producer and Room40 boss Lawrence English. The collaboration came about after several email conversations, and the two began bouncing tracks back and forth, and is also notable f… Read more
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TUJIKO NORIKO - Blurred In My Mirror, ROOM 40
ASMUS TIETCHENS - Z-Menge, Line

ASMUS TIETCHENS

Z-Menge

Line

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: Line025

*Back in Stock* Highly respected and hugely influential sound artist Asmus Tietchens (who not so long ago had an article dedicated to his work in the Wire) has been writing music since the 1960s, with his first forays into electronic music appearing on the scene in the 1980s. Z-Menge (Zeta Quantity) is the latest addition to Tietchens' Mengen series, which began life with a triptych of releases on the now deceased legendry Ritornell label. Taking white noise and the sine wave as basis for the tracks (don't run away now, it gets better!) Tietchens' primary strength is his use of space. He is note… Read more
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ASMUS TIETCHENS - Z-Menge, Line
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER - Kippschwingungen, Line
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FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER

Kippschwingungen

Line

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LINE057

**Limited edition of 500** 'Kippschwingungen' finds Frank Bretschneider returning to a rare and obscure bit of East German electronic equipment with compelling results. In 2007 Frank was invited to compose music for the Subharcord, a unique electronic instrument developed in the 1960's for the creation of "special effects" at the RFZ, the technical centre for radio and television of the East German postal service. Of the eight machines originally made only three survive to this day in Vienna, Trondheim and Berlin, which could be considered as the Soviet counterparts to the Mixturtr… Read more
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FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER - Kippschwingungen, Line

Tuesday, 02 October 2012

LAWRENCE ENGLISH - For / Not For John Cage, Line
**Edition of 500** Australian sound artist Lawrence English gives a "humble tip of the hat" to John Cage in his centenary year with an elegant eight part suite of resonant ambient drone informed by the master's compositional strategies and wide-reaching practice. The results hew close to English's celebrated catalogue on labels such as his own Room40, Immune, 12k, Touch, but definitely stray into a stranger, dare we say mystical interzone, with particular highlights in the warped, ghoulish movements of 'Naematoloma Sublateritium' and the decayed figure of 'Coprinus Comatus', or t… Read more
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH - For / Not For John Cage, Line
MODESELEKTOR / VARIOUS - Modeselektion (Vol. 02), Monkeytown Records
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MODESELEKTOR / VARIOUS

Modeselektion (Vol. 02)

Monkeytown Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MTR027CD

*With exclusives from Egyptrixx, Monolake, Martyn, Anstam, Addison Groove and much more* The second bumper collection of bangers from Deutch duo Modeselektor's rapidly expanding Monkeytown imprint. The last comp was a way for the lads to explain exactly where they were heading with the label, where this seems more like a celebration - a kind of "yeah we f*ckin' did it". Dragging in a bunch of their mates to contribute big 'uns in amongst Monkeytown artists like Phon.o, Addison Groove and Mouse on Mars, 'Modelektion Vol.2' is a restless, widescreen representation of the current… Read more
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MODESELEKTOR / VARIOUS - Modeselektion (Vol. 02), Monkeytown Records