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Wednesday, 04 March

MODEL 500 - Digital Solutions, Metroplex Records
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MODEL 500

Digital Solutions

Metroplex Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MLP02CDJB

Juan Atkins delivers his 1st Model 500 album since 1999 with 'Digital Solution'. Aided by a live band including UR's Mike Banks, Mark Taylor and Milton Baldwin, they swerve to a classic sort of Detroit techno funk, with the emphasis mostly on classic styles, but also tucked with some straight-up signature electro belters. The funky bits tread a fine line between dope ('Electric Night' or 'Standing In Tomorrow') and eye-watering ('Hi NRG', the dubstep-styled 'Encounter') while the club joints do wit like only Juan and the clan can, at best in the supple, stripped-down techno trip 'Storm', t… Read more
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MODEL 500 - Digital Solutions, Metroplex Records

Tuesday, 03 March

SIR RICHARD BISHOP - Tangier Sessions, Drag City
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SIR RICHARD BISHOP

Tangier Sessions

Drag City

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: DC618CD

"Sir Richard Bishop is back with a fresh album and a fresh guitar! On Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard’s mythic guitar playing reaches a new degree of ingenuity and esteem. While traveling in Geneva, Bishop stumbled upon a modest, yet enchanting guitar, hidden on a shelf. He left the shop empty handed, but for days the guitar haunted him! He returned to purchase the instrument, mesmerized by the incredible sounds it produced when played. Utilizing this new and mysterious guitar, “Frontier” is an enduringly majestic composition, one of several songs on Tangier Sessions to feature Sir R… Read more
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SIR RICHARD BISHOP - Tangier Sessions, Drag City
MUMDANCE & LOGOS - Proto, TECTONIC
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MUMDANCE & LOGOS

Proto

TECTONIC

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TECCD019

Mumdance & Logos scout anterior, avant zones of the 'floor with the very keenly awaited 'Proto' LP for Tectonic. Haunted by the extremities of rave's past, but yanking at its future, the duo serve eight anachronistic showpieces equally adept at razing big rooms and punishing scuzzy basements. A 100% proof distillation of Belgian techno, early '90s bleep and hard-bodied American club styles turnt with grimy British rave suss, 'Proto' sidesteps superfluous sounds in favour of the most effective, visceral elements arranged with style and swagger. 'Dance Energy (89 Mix)' is Beltram battered into stee… Read more
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MUMDANCE & LOGOS - Proto, TECTONIC

Wednesday, 25 February

CYCLOBE - Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window, Phantomcode
*Full colour deluxe laminated wallet with fold-out poster art by Alex Rose* Cyclobe have been operating in the shadows of darker ambient music for over a decade now. They collaborated with Jim O'Rourke and Nurse With Wound on Beta-lactam Ring Records for their last release 'Angry Eelectric Finger', over six years ago, before returning to Phantom Code in 2010 with this unsettling suite of arcane and enigmatic ambience. The trio comprises former Coil members Ossian Brown, Simon Norris and Stephen Thrower colluding in unheimlich unison, crawling back up the spiral vortex into wy… Read more
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CYCLOBE - Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window, Phantomcode

Thursday, 12 February

MICA LEVI (MICACHU) - Under The Skin OST, Warners
Mica Levi ov Micachu and The Shapes presents an outstanding original soundtrack for Jonathan Glazer's acclaimed alien stalker-in-Glasgow flick, 'Under The Skin'. Abstract in the extreme, especially for such a relatively mainstream production starring a major Hollywood actress (Scarlett Johansson), Mica Levi's soundtrack really impresses with an uncompromising orchestration of tense, discordant strings, muffled percussions and frozen drones coming off like a feverishly dreamt collaboration between Lynch, Hermann, Nate Young and Demdike Stare. With a 15-piece orchestra at her disposa… Read more
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MICA LEVI (MICACHU) - Under The Skin OST, Warners
DAVID SYLVIAN - There’s A Light That Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight, Samadhisound
*6 panel digipak showcasing photographic artwork by Nicholas Hughes and with art direction by David Sylvian* David Sylvian returns to his own Samadhi Sound label with this excellent new longform composition clocking in at just over an hour and featuring Christian Fennesz on Laptop and Guitar. In the fine tradition of his work over recent years, this is Sylvian at his most experimental, slowly building a tapestry of sound narrated by American Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright and augmented by Fennesz’ delicate touch, as well as Piano … Read more
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DAVID SYLVIAN - There’s A Light That Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight, Samadhisound

Tuesday, 10 February

JASMINE GUFFOND - Yellow Bell, SONIC PIECES
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JASMINE GUFFOND

Yellow Bell

SONIC PIECES

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: SONICPIECES021

*Handmade & numbered book packaging, edition of 450 copies* Yeah this one’s a little bit special. Sonic Pieces have long set themselves apart from the plethora of home-spun, hand-made, overly-serene imprints out there, both in terms of their exquisite packaging but more importantly via their patient, hand-picked selection of some of the finest avant-classical, drone and experimental yet accessible music out there. And this new release - from the largely unknown Jasmine Guffond - really stands out as their best release yet. You may or may not have come across Guffond's other projects - Jasm… Read more
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JASMINE GUFFOND - Yellow Bell, SONIC PIECES

Thursday, 05 February

DAPHNE ORAM - Oramics, Paradigm Discs
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DAPHNE ORAM

Oramics

Paradigm Discs

Format_dot_cd2CD // £15.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: PD21DCD

Back in stock! Daphne Oram might not be a name as familiar as, say Delia Derbyshire or Raymond Scott, but she is one of the unsung heroes of the early electronics movement, and even more interestingly was the founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop! Are you impressed yet? Well you should be, Daphne joined the BBC at a mere 17 years of age back in 1942 (turning down a place at the Royal Academy of Music) and from there on she badgered the company endlessly to start investing in electronic music. She was convinced of the potential of this new sound and was totally obsessed with pioneering it, to the p… Read more
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DAPHNE ORAM - Oramics, Paradigm Discs
DEAN BLUNT & INGA COPELAND (HYPE WILLIAMS) - Black Is Beautiful, Hyperdub
*Comes in a limited edition cartridge-style CD case* Hype Williams' Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland have released a lot of albums in the last couple of years - few of them better than their untitled 2010 effort for Carnivals - so you could be forgiven for not keeping count. But the truth is that this record, their first for Kode9's Hyperdub, is one of their most haunting and vividly realised to date. Copeland's sighing vocals are worth the price of admission alone, particularly when riding DIY footwork rhythms ('12') or or playing at pure pop ('2'). Apart from ope… Read more
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DEAN BLUNT & INGA COPELAND (HYPE WILLIAMS) - Black Is Beautiful, Hyperdub
BEN FROST & DANIEL BJARNASON - Solaris, BEDROOM COMMUNITY
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BEN FROST & DANIEL BJARNASON

Solaris

BEDROOM COMMUNITY

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: HVALUR12CD

Immense, elegiac space music from Ben Frost and composer/arranger Daníel Bjarnason. Arising out a 2010 commission from the Unsound Festival in Krakow - hometown of Stanislav Lem, writer of the original Solaris novel - Frost and Bjarnason's SÓLARIS is also a response to Andrei Tarkovsky's famous film version. Though outwardly a work of science fiction, SÓLARIS is really a meditation on time, memory and mortality, and Frost and Bjarnason's music is accordingly grave, pensive and moving. They clearly revel in the possibilities of working with an orchestra, inducing the 28-piece Sinfonie… Read more
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BEN FROST & DANIEL BJARNASON - Solaris, BEDROOM COMMUNITY

Monday, 02 February

BJORK - Biophilia Live, One Little Indian
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BJORK

Biophilia Live

One Little Indian

Format_dot_cd2CD+BLU // £16.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BJORK539BLURAY

*Blu-ray format features extra content filmed during Biophilia’s residency at Japan’s Miraikan Museum and the options of stereo and 5:1 surround sound. Audio on two CD's plus the critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album, titled ‘Biophilia Live’* The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the… Read more
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BJORK - Biophilia Live, One Little Indian
DEAN BLUNT - Black Metal, Rough Trade
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DEAN BLUNT

Black Metal

Rough Trade

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RTRADCD725

The mercurial Mr. Blunt keeps everyone guessing with the 'Black Metal' follow-up to his widely acclaimed LP, 'The Redeemer' (2013). Let's get it out of the way: it's not black metal, in the cold, Northerly sense, at least. Musically, its palette actually bears more resemblance to early Factory or Rough Trade records by The Durutti Column or Scritti Politti - or even Serge Gainsbourg - than anything remotely connected to Bathory or Burzum. And taken in light of his oeuvre, both with Hype Williams and solo, it's actually a canny appropriation of the term, subverting pre-conceived and connoted id… Read more
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DEAN BLUNT - Black Metal, Rough Trade

Thursday, 29 January

SCOTT WALKER + SUNN O))) - Soused , 4AD
*CD Edition comes with a 16 page booklet* …And the earth crack'd to reveal Scott Walker & Sunn 0)))'s colossal offspring 'Soused' in its riveting, tragic glory. Four years on from their intended collaboration in 'Monoliths & Dimensions', the arch avant-crooner meets the robed duo (and Tos Nieuwenhuizen) at the apex of their powers, presenting a peerless, operatic vision of doom metal informed as much by Native American history and the underground US psyche as experimental jazz and electronic dynamics. We can safely say it matches and surpasses our high expectations of the project, offering … Read more
SCOTT WALKER + SUNN O))) - Soused , 4AD
JK FLESH - Posthuman, 3BY3

JK FLESH

Posthuman

3BY3

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 3BY3009CD

Justin Broaderick (Jesu, Palesketcher, Techno Animal, Napalm Death) remerges as JK Flesh for one of his heaviest albums in years. Appearing on 3by3, the label who tasked him with those bloodied remixes of Cloaks, he moves away from the shoegaze visions of the brilliant Palesketcher album, and the dramas of Jesu to burrow deep into stark, subterranean Dubstep rhythms mixed with rusted guitar noise and guttural howls. Like his buddy The Bug's brutalised dub, or Distance's axe-wielding halfstep, 'Posthuman' is all about visceral distortion and bruising bass weight, from the quaking kicks and doom riff… Read more
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JK FLESH - Posthuman, 3BY3
ZOMBI - Escape Velocity, RELAPSE
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ZOMBI

Escape Velocity

RELAPSE

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: RR71482

The sonic universe that they inhabit is an increasingly crowded one, but Zombi aren't about to let their thunder be stolen by young upstarts like Xander Harris and Umberto. These guys are old hands, and when it comes to creating fizzing electro that summons amyl-fuelled hi-NRG and Italian horror soundtracks alike, they're often imitated but rarely bettered. Escape Velocity is their seventh (mini)album proper, and from the moment the needle drops onto THE opener and title track, you know it's on: full-fat, pulsing synth arpeggios kept in check by live drums that exhume the furious, first-pumping c… Read more
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ZOMBI - Escape Velocity, RELAPSE

Wednesday, 28 January

FOREST SWORDS - Engravings, Tri Angle Records
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FOREST SWORDS

Engravings

Tri Angle Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRIANGLE20CD

'Engravings' is the incredible and eagerly awaited debut album by Forest Swords. Emerging some three years since his cherished EPs for Olde English Spelling Bee (remember them?!) and No Pain In Pop, he returns with a heavy soul and keener grasp of aerated R&B and dub dynamics whilst retaining the deglazed, haunted and crepuscular pop essence that left us wanting for much more with 'Dagger Paths' and the sublime Rattling Cage' single. It's to their credit that Tri Angle have largely kept him out of the limelight and shy of the gig circuit, affording time to hone ten perfectly flawed songs of sl… Read more
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FOREST SWORDS - Engravings, Tri Angle Records

Wednesday, 21 January

SPRINGINTGUT & F.S. BLUMM - The Bird and White Noise, Pingipung

SPRINGINTGUT & F.S. BLUMM

The Bird and White Noise

Pingipung

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PINGIPUNG43CD

Review to follow shortly…
PATRICK COWLEY - School Daze (Reissue), Dark Entries Records
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PATRICK COWLEY

School Daze (Reissue)

Dark Entries Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: DE-052CD

*The gay porn soundtrack work of legendary musician and producer, Patrick Cowley* "Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem have teamed up to release the gay porn soundtrack work of San Francisco-based musician and producer, Patrick Cowley. Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the cannon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music coined “The San Francisco Sound.” Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco where he founded the Electronic Music Lab… Read more
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PATRICK COWLEY - School Daze (Reissue), Dark Entries Records

Friday, 16 January

ANDY STOTT - Luxury Problems, Modern Love
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ANDY STOTT

Luxury Problems

Modern Love

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: LOVE079CD

*CD edition housed in an oversized 6-panel digifile, mastered by Matt Colton at Air Studios* Following on from a pair of Extended Players released in 2011 ("Passed Me By" / "We Stay Together") Andy Stott returns to Modern Love with 'Luxury Problems', an 8 track album of new material recorded over the last 12 months. Five of the tracks on the album feature the voice of Alison Skidmore, Andy's onetime Piano teacher whom he hadnt seen since he was a teenager back in 1996. There was no grand gesture in mind, it just sort of happened - but after almost a year of studio work the result is really q… Read more
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ANDY STOTT - Luxury Problems, Modern Love
HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club, Ghostly International
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HTRK

Psychic 9-5 Club

Ghostly International

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI-204CD

'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphoria, but it feels like they've come, or are coming to terms with it … Read more
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HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club, Ghostly International

Wednesday, 14 January

NICHOLAS SZCZEPANIK - Not Knowing, DESIRE PATH RECORDINGS

NICHOLAS SZCZEPANIK

Not Knowing

DESIRE PATH RECORDINGS

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TANGENT001

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Tuesday, 13 January

MORDANT MUSIC / SHACKLETON - Picking O'er The Bones, Mordant Music
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MORDANT MUSIC / SHACKLETON

Picking O'er The Bones

Mordant Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £3.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MM030

We can barely contain ourselves over this compilation album from the eccentric bunch behind the Mordant and Skull Disco imprints. Over the past few years both labels have kept us highly entertained with their intertwined paths creating some of the weirdest and most brilliant music out there from a cast including Shackleton, Admiral Greyscale, Vindicatrix and artist Zeke Clough. You're all probably very aware of Shackleton's Arabesque bass movements by now, but only the sharpest of heads picked up on his debut 7" 'Stalker' released through Mordant Music in 2004 and includ… Read more
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MORDANT MUSIC / SHACKLETON - Picking O'er The Bones, Mordant Music
DUSK & BLACKDOWN VS. GRIEVOUS ANGEL - Margins Music: Redux, Keysound
UK/Bass music stalwart Grievous Angel versions Dusk & Blackdown's 'Margins Music' inna dub stylee! Grievous and Dusk/Blackdown are kindred spirits when it comes to this quintessentially British ting. Between them they've probably written more than anyone on the subject, holding down hugely essential blogspots, magazine columns, and the brilliant Woofah fanzine. So it makes a helluva lot of sense to work on the substance itself, with Grievous Angel here giving 'Margins Music' a complete overhaul, revising the entire album in a swung dub style, much like Mad Professor… Read more
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DUSK & BLACKDOWN VS. GRIEVOUS ANGEL - Margins Music: Redux, Keysound

Friday, 09 January

PERC - The Power And The Glory (Original Mixes), Perc Trax
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PERC

The Power And The Glory (Original Mixes)

Perc Trax

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TPTCD005

Perc proceeds 2011's 'Wicker & Steel' album with a quintessentially English comment on techno and politics with 'The Power And The Glory'. From the track titles - 'Rotting Sound', 'Take Your Body Off' - to the ascetic productions values, the whole thing feel utterly gutted, leaving behind an ironically aware rhetoric that rings true with the producer's glum views on the UK's enervated state of affairs. Drawing parallels in opposition to so much cookie-cutter house in circulation right now, his choice of abrasive, visceral sounds more than just feels right; he's making a poli… Read more
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PERC - The Power And The Glory (Original Mixes), Perc Trax

Thursday, 08 January

LIAISONS DANGEREUSES - Liaisons Dangereuses, Soulsheriff Records
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LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

Liaisons Dangereuses

Soulsheriff Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: SSCD06

Completely essential official reissue of THE industrial/EBM classic by Liasons Dangereuses, mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981 by Liaisons Dangereuses and officially unavailable on any format for what seems like forever. Written and produced by Beate Bartel & Chrislo Haas (aka CH-BB) in 1981, their only album would define a blueprint for so much bare-bones, darkside electronic body music to come, invading and irrevocably influencing discotheques from Cologne and Berlin to Manchester, Chicago and New York with a potent, sexy distillation of disco, punk and latin music that s… Read more
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LIAISONS DANGEREUSES - Liaisons Dangereuses, Soulsheriff Records

Tuesday, 06 January

JON HASSELL & BRIAN ENO - Fourth World Vol 1: Possible Musics, GLITTERBEAT
One of the most important ambient releases of all time, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno's 'Fourth World Vol.1 - Possible Musics' deservedly receives the prime reissue treatment for the benefit of a new generation. Originally issued in 1980 ℅ Editions EG, it converges the paths of two musical pioneers who were mutually searching for ways to consolidate world musics with the possibilities of tape, electronics and jazz-wise improvisation. Across five sweetly concise pieces and the 21-minute dreamscape of 'Charm (Over "Burundi Cloud")' Hassell expresses gorgeous, conside… Read more
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JON HASSELL & BRIAN ENO - Fourth World Vol 1: Possible Musics, GLITTERBEAT

Monday, 05 January

INDIGNANT SENILITY - Plays Wagner, Type Recordings
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INDIGNANT SENILITY

Plays Wagner

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TYPE060

*Full-Length CD edition of this harrowing album, submerged echoes of Wagner recordings and old tape loops creating a dark and unsettling listening experience for fans of David Lynch, Philip Jeck and The Caretaker/Leyland Kirby* For all those who can't or won't play vinyl, Type have compiled this edition of Indignant Senility's somnambulent 'Plays Wagner' volumes. With this project the Portland, Oregon, based artist has shaped a nightmarish sequence of slowly demented wasteland scapes, borrowing from the sampling methods of Phillip Jeck and Leyland Kirby to create a haunting collage of l… Read more
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INDIGNANT SENILITY - Plays Wagner, Type Recordings
SUN KIL MOON - Ghosts Of The Great Highway (Deluxe Reissue), CALDO VERDE
Back in stock. Regular readers will no doubt be aware of our unashamed love for ex-Red House Painter Mark Kozelek. This was his first album under the Sun Kil Moon moniker, recorded after he disbanded the Red House Painters, and sees him on top form producing what many believe the best songs of his career. Continuing the folk/country rock ideas he ploughed into 'Songs for a Blue Guitar'; the album begins with 'Glen Tipton' (named after the Judas Priest guitarist) and we are treated to an unofficial follow-up to the Red House Painters' classic 'Have you Forgotten'. … Read more
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SUN KIL MOON - Ghosts Of The Great Highway (Deluxe Reissue), CALDO VERDE

Monday, 29 December

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Alloy, Alga Marghen

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE

Alloy

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: PLANA-P 13NMN.035

*Digpak CD with fold-out insert* Alga Marghen present two archival pieces documenting the previously unpublished 'Golden Research' of Charlemagne Palestine between the early '60s and mid-late '70s. This first edition of the series features three longform pieces with the potential to change your opinion about minimalism and music in general. The first is 'Holy1' and 'Holy 2' recorded in 1967. At the time Charlemagne was listening to a lot of ethnic world music while also immersing himself in New York's late night soundscape. He would take long walks with his saxophonist friend Bob Feldman at… Read more
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Alloy, Alga Marghen

Friday, 19 December

LUBOMYR MELNYK - EVERTINA, ERASED TAPES
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LUBOMYR MELNYK

EVERTINA

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP064CD

**The continuous music maestro plucks three unusually stripped-down and relatively miniature beauties from his archive for Erased Tapes. Includes download code** Lubomyr Melnyk: "Evertina and Awaiting were created on a middle-aged upright piano at a friend's home in New York, just before Hurricane Sandy hit the city. This year of 2012 marked the start of my ears beginning to notice the remarkable depth of tonal clouds, which upright pianos have ben trained to destroy. The upright piano sound is like a natural forest of microcosmic colours, while the grand piano is a ferocious hunting hound tha… Read more
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LUBOMYR MELNYK - EVERTINA, ERASED TAPES