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Monday, 20 October

DREXCIYA - Neptune's Lair (Reissue), Tresor Records
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DREXCIYA

Neptune's Lair (Reissue)

Tresor Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: TRESOR129CD

Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. Opinions will differ, but this CD version is arguably the definitive edition, containing 21 tracks to the LP's 13, and a discernibly lucid digital mastering compared with relatively smudged frequencies on the 2LP vinyl. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
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Tuesday, 14 October

BEN FROST - A U R O R A, Mute
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BEN FROST

A U R O R A

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CDSTUMM368

Lauded sonic alchemist Ben Frost keens into full view with the terrifying and awe-inspiring 'Aurora', his first full length solo album since 'By The Throat' (2009), and his debut for Mute. Clearly a gifted producer - with a remarkable catalogue to prove it - Frost has, over the last decade or so, become increasingly sought-out for his sensitive yet calloused ear by numerous collaborators and like-minded artists such as Björk, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Lawrence English, and Tim Hecker. The latter three in particular are all close collaborators, sharing a focus on mining something affectively visceral an… Read more
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BEN FROST - A U R O R A, Mute
APHEX TWIN - Syro, Warp Records
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APHEX TWIN

Syro

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD247

**Deluxe triple Digipak gatefold** In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - leaning heavy on trademark breakbeat funk and hyper-jazzy/classical arrangements for the most, and savin… Read more
APHEX TWIN - Syro, Warp Records
SHELLEY PARKER - Spurn Point, STRUCTURE
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SHELLEY PARKER

Spurn Point

STRUCTURE

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: STRUC03CD

London-based sound artist/producer/DJ, Shelley Parker presents an inquisitive album of alien concrète structures compiled from edits and extracts of her performances/installations/videos over the last five years. 'Spurn' follows the aesthetic themes of her 'Sleeper Line' EP for Entr'acte in eight pieces that tease out and augment a latent sense of "techno" from industrial field recordings and documentation of her work, focussing on its rhythmic and spatial qualities. The results are best defined in terms of their physical bass presence and structured patterns, drawing analogs with both the … Read more
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SHELLEY PARKER - Spurn Point, STRUCTURE

Monday, 13 October

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

Picking O'er The Bones

Mordant Music

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NOW: £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

Thursday, 09 October

DISTANCE - Dubstep Allstars Vol. 8, Tempa

DISTANCE

Dubstep Allstars Vol. 8

Tempa

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

NOW: £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEMPACD018

OG Dubstep player, Distance drops the eighth edition of the scene's most definitive mix series. There are few in this arena with more bassbin credentials than Greg Sanders. Since earliest productions dropped on Lix Corruptions and Hotflush, he's been an integral architect of the halfstep sound, leading to releases on almost every Bass label under the sun including his own Chestplate institution. For this 25-track mix he drops no less than 12 of his own tracks, be it solo, as Deleted Scenes with Pinch, or remixing the likes of Tunnidge or Above & Beyond. They're complemented by a ruck of… Read more
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DISTANCE - Dubstep Allstars Vol. 8, Tempa
DJ SPRINKLES - Midtown 120 Blues (Special Edition), Comatonse Recordings
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DJ SPRINKLES

Midtown 120 Blues (Special Edition)

Comatonse Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: C.022

*Reissue of DJ Sprinkles' classic Midtown 120 Blues, self-released by Terre Thaemlitz through his own Comatonse imprint in archival vinyl pouch with double-sided insert card (100mm x 100mm), phonograph style anti-static inner sleeve, and 4x4 panel poster insert printed on newsprint (472mm x 472mm) - hand assembled by Terre herself* Bringing deep house back into contact with its club culture roots, Terre Thaemlitz has created one of the most essential house albums of the last few years with 'Midtown 120 Blues'. Terre was originally working as a DJ under her Sprinkles ali… Read more
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DJ SPRINKLES - Midtown 120 Blues (Special Edition), Comatonse Recordings

Wednesday, 08 October

APHEX TWIN - Classics, R&S Records
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APHEX TWIN

Classics

R&S Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RS95035CD

**Classic album re-packaged in a Jewel Case** Possibly the most coveted and anticipated installment in the seemingly relentless R&S reissue programme, this killer collection was originally released back in 1995 and brings together R.D.James' most sought after material for the label and some insane obscurities - making this an utterly essential package. Have a look at the tracklisting :Digeridoo, Flaphead, Phloam, Isopropanol, Polynomial-C, Tamphex (Hedphuq Mix), Phlange Phace, Dodeccaheedron, Analogue Bubblebath 1, Metapharstic, Mescalinum United, We Have Arrived (Aphex Twin QQT Mix), Mescalinum U… Read more
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APHEX TWIN - Classics, R&S Records
VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.3, Hyperdub
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VARIOUS

Hyperdub 10.3

Hyperdub

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HDBCD027

Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, spanning the emotional punishments of Burial's 'In McDonalds' and 'Night Bus' alongside the super-sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Trying' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'. It's … Read more
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VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.3, Hyperdub
THROBBING GRISTLE - 20 Jazz Funk Greats (2011 Reissue), Industrial Records Ltd
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THROBBING GRISTLE

20 Jazz Funk Greats (2011 Reissue)

Industrial Records Ltd

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: IRLCD003

*2011 Remastered reissue - includes a bonus disc of unreleased material* "For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using … Read more
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THROBBING GRISTLE - 20 Jazz Funk Greats (2011 Reissue), Industrial Records Ltd

Wednesday, 01 October

MARCONI UNION - Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2), JUST MUSIC
Manchester's Marconi Union dial in 'Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2)' for Just Music, featuring "the world's most relaxing song" according to Time Magazine. We're fairly sure even the artists themselves would rankle at such a daft mantle, but there's little arguing that 'Weightless' is a relaxing album. It's definitely not vexing, anyway. RIYL Eno, old CCO gear etc.
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Friday, 26 September

SUPERSILENT - 12, Rune Grammofon
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SUPERSILENT

12

Rune Grammofon

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RCD2162

Eschatological harbingers, Supersilent reveal their 12th full length vision for Rune Grammofon. Produced and mixed by Helge Sten (Deathprod) from hours of recordings at his Audio Virus LAB, and also Athletic Sound in Halden, and the Emanuel Vigeland museum, known for its 20 second natural reverb, '12' renders the void within touching distance in 13 life-affirmingly free, intuitive soundscapes too wide or deep to be contained by any sole genre. Operating at practically precognitive levels of communication, the improvisations of Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken, and Helge Sten render majestic spaces for … Read more
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SUPERSILENT - 12, Rune Grammofon

Thursday, 25 September

WIRE - Object 47 (Midprice), Pinkflag

WIRE

Object 47 (Midprice)

Pinkflag

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: PF17

After his dabblings with the Scanner collaboration, Githead, Colin Newman has been building up towards this brand new Wire album, as preceded by last November's Read & Burn 03 EP, which was the first new thing the band had done together since their Send album some five years ago. Object 47 reveals a very different band to the one responsible for Pink Flag, taking a more overtly melodic, approachable sound these thirty years on. While the same creative impetus is no doubt still in place, Wire have clear moved on from the days when they were regarded as the definitive avant-garde punk band. While… Read more
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WIRE - Object 47 (Midprice), Pinkflag

Wednesday, 24 September

VARIOUS - Terry Farley Presents Acid Rain (Definitive Original Acid & Deep House 1985-1991 - CD Version), Harmless
**4CD fold-out boxset with 61 remastered original acid and deep house classics. Includes 32-page booklet of liner notes by "house expert", Miles Simpson. Music by DJ Pierre, Virgo, Miek Dunn, Ralphi Rosario, Sleezy D, Bam Bam, Phuture, Armando, Model 500, Marcus Mixx, Mr. Fingers, Santos, Ron Hardy and many others** "It was 25 years ago in 1988 when the Acid House sound created a musical revolution in the UK following the success of London’s Shoom and Hedonism, whilst, at the same time, Manchester was kick starting the mov… Read more
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VARIOUS - Terry Farley Presents Acid Rain (Definitive Original Acid & Deep House 1985-1991 - CD Version), Harmless

Tuesday, 23 September

ANDY STOTT - Passed Me By / We Stay Together (2014 Edition), Modern Love
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*Finally Available Again - repress in a double Jewel Case* Andy Stott entered a compelling new phase of evolution on 'Passed Me By', inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. Folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferraro, 'New Ground' opens the set proper and we're dominated by bone crushing bass weight, pinned under relentless waves of subbass whilst shards of hypnagogic exhalations struggle for air in his autoerotic pressure syst… Read more
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ANDY STOTT - Passed Me By / We Stay Together (2014 Edition), Modern Love

Wednesday, 17 September

SUPERSILENT - 6, Rune Grammofon

SUPERSILENT

6

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RCD2029

*Repress* Supersilent have been a solid cornerstone in Rune Grammofon since the very beginning and are seen by many as representing the very essence of the label. From the monumental hardcore blizzard storms of 1-3 to the elegant electrojazz of 4 and the almost quiet soundscapes of 5, this new album is where the sum of all things Supersilent comes together in a shape of almost epic proportions. More than ever it appears clear that their music lives in a no man's land between the genres, somewhere between rock, electronica, jazz and modern composition. As with all their recordings and live performances, e… Read more
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SUPERSILENT - 6, Rune Grammofon
SUPERSILENT - 4, Rune Grammofon

SUPERSILENT

4

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RCD 2007

*Repress* This fourth Supersilent installment once again features the tantalising quartet lineup of Helge Sten (aka Deathprod), Ståle Storløkken (synthesizer), Arve Henriksen (trumpet), and Jarle Vespestad (drums). If you haven't encountered their work before, Supersilent 4 is a good place to start - a sumptuous arrangements of tracks often described as "Death Jazz", though the title is somewhat misleading. Deathprod's arrangements and production techniques loom large over these amazing pieces, coating the unnervingly wonderful trumpet playing of Arve Henriksen and the endlessly reverberated percussion l… Read more
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SUPERSILENT - 4, Rune Grammofon
APHEX TWIN - I Care Because You Do, Warp Records

APHEX TWIN

I Care Because You Do

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD030

Now in at a special price.
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Tuesday, 16 September

WHITE NOISE (DELIA DERBYSHIRE) - An Electric Storm (Remastered Edition), Universal
*Remastered Edition* What do you mean you've never heard of White Noise? White Noise is the musical lovechild of producer David Vorhaus and electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. There's little to connect this to her more well-known work as part of the Radiophonic Workshop - White Noise is at its core a psychedelic record, albeit with some incredible electronic production. The Silver Apples or the United States of America (considered by some to be White Noise's US equivalent) would be good reference points, but what White Noise managed was quite hone… Read more
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WHITE NOISE (DELIA DERBYSHIRE) - An Electric Storm (Remastered Edition), Universal

Thursday, 11 September

JULIA KENT - Character, The Leaf Label
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JULIA KENT

Character

The Leaf Label

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: BAY80CD

*Julia Kent has recorded and toured with Antony And The Johnsons (with whom she continues to work) , Stars Of The Lid and Michael Gira's Angels Of Light. Her work should appeal to fans of Nils Frahm, Low, The Dirty Three, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Colleen, Hauschka, Rachel’s, Olafur Arnalds etc* "Character is New York-based cellist and arranger Julia Kent’s third solo album, and first for The Leaf Label. Her richly layered cello and environmental recordings coalesce into a gorgeous, cinematic whole – an instrumental oasis in a cluttered musical world. Accurately described as “elegant and intense” and “d… Read more
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JULIA KENT - Character, The Leaf Label
ARIEL PINK - Early Live Recordings: Gorilla / Appleasians, Human Ear Music
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ARIEL PINK

Early Live Recordings: Gorilla / Appleasians

Human Ear Music

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HEMK0027

"Haunted Graffiti wasn’t the first time a bedroom-cloistered Ariel Pink revolutionized his own sound and persona by taking to the stage with a band. The creator of last year’s re-issued Thrash & Burn – a psycho-delic sketchbook of vibes so sequestered as to be damn near claustrophobic in their intimacy – concurrently kept more than a few bands going in the late 90’s - early 00’s. Two of those projects our dear listener will find compiled here: “Gorilla” and “Appleasians”. This two-disc archival restoration was salvaged from the same scratchpile of crumbling CDr's an… Read more
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ARIEL PINK - Early Live Recordings: Gorilla / Appleasians, Human Ear Music
SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty, SUB POP
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SHABAZZ PALACES

Lese Majesty

SUB POP

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: SPCD1044

Super smart 2nd album from Seattle's foremost hip hop accelerationists. Fronted by Ishmael Butler, formerly of the brilliant Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces have cornered a unique take on contemporary hip hop melding traces of electronica, cyberactive dub and jazz inna cerebral but instantly gratifying style that swerves self-conscious oddness in favour of genuinely psychedelic lushness and off-the-dome freedom. Borrowing its title 'Lese Majesty' from a French term for offending about offending the dignity of a royal, the album is framed as a "…sort of sonic attack on the "me-mania" that… Read more
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SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty, SUB POP

Wednesday, 10 September

WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. IV) (Remastered Reissue), Temporary Residence Ltd.
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* The final reissue of Basinski's 'Disintergration Loops' series sees yet more mediations on the subject of mortailty, brought to life 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 piece… Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. IV) (Remastered Reissue), Temporary Residence Ltd.
WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. III) (Remastered Reissue), Temporary Residence Ltd.
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* 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. 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 t… Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. III) (Remastered Reissue), Temporary Residence Ltd.
WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. II) (Remastered Reissue), Temporary Residence Ltd.
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* 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 1-4 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… Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. II) (Remastered Reissue), Temporary Residence Ltd.

Tuesday, 09 September

MOIRE - Shelter, Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune
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MOIRE

Shelter

Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WDNTCD011

**Gatefold jacket with a free download of the album** Werk Discs' new MVP, Moiré, patterns a unique fusion of leftfield House and Techno with debut album, 'Shelter'. Rooted in wayward modern funk, and brimming with emotive chicanery, 'Shelter' is a thoroughly considered, robust LP statement that stands out from the current crowd. Sounding out somewhere between Carl Craig's erogenous house and the psychedelic zones of Actress, it occupies an unstable, shifty mid-ground, in flux between tiered layers of classic analogue synths, tape machines and drum computers (check his feature on Fact magazine for a run… Read more
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MOIRE - Shelter, Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune

Monday, 01 September

VARIOUS / KOMPAKT - Total 14, Kompakt
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VARIOUS / KOMPAKT

Total 14

Kompakt

Format_dot_cd2CD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KompaktCD118

Kompakt gang on annual manoeuvres with 2 CDs, 25 tracks of European house and modern disco. In among the minimal tech-house standards you'll find some peachy highlights, none more so than the Voigt Brothers' swaggering 'Tischlein Deck Dich'; Saschienne's darkside EBM driver 'Horacio Delirium'; the big room romp of Maceo Plex's 'Conjure Superstar'; the tucked triplets of Thomas Fehlmann's 'Eye'; or the midi pomp of Jürgen Paape's 'Heuriger'.
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Thursday, 28 August

TY SEGALL - Manipulator, Drag City
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TY SEGALL

Manipulator

Drag City

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC600CD

"Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, Ty Segall is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout ‘Twins’ and ‘Sleeper’. Now, more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image, picking up speed. The multi-coloured manias that make up ‘Manipulator’ are sour-sweet declarations featuring freaks and creeps alike: ‘The Singer’, ‘The Faker’, ‘Mister Main’, ‘Susie Thumb’, the ‘Connection Man’ and ‘The Crawler’, to name but a mutant fistful. To see these characters, to realize their dreams and visions, Ty ke… Read more
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TY SEGALL - Manipulator, Drag City

Wednesday, 27 August

ARVE HENRIKSEN - The Nature Of Connections, Rune Grammofon
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ARVE HENRIKSEN

The Nature Of Connections

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RCD2161

"The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him together… Read more
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ARVE HENRIKSEN - The Nature Of Connections, Rune Grammofon

Tuesday, 26 August

MORDANT MUSIC - Carrion Squared, Mordant Music

MORDANT MUSIC

Carrion Squared

Mordant Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

NOW: £5.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MM015

Someone's being very good to us this week, and instead of merely one Mordant record, we get two and they're both incredible? Hmm... it's a week of double releases methinks, and not only is this very good indeed, but it's pretty far removed from the doom and gloom of its sister album 'The Tower'. Apparently made up of offcuts from a Boosey & Hawkes library music album which the duo of Baron Mordant and Admiral Greyscale were commissioned to produce, 'Carrion Square' is the perfect record for followers of the BBC Radiophonic workshop desperate for a fix. Forty tracks of synthesizer damage gu… Read more
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MORDANT MUSIC - Carrion Squared, Mordant Music