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Friday, 31 October

A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN - Atomos, ERASED TAPES
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A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN

Atomos

ERASED TAPES

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP061CD

Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
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Thursday, 30 October

THE DURUTTI COLUMN - A Paean To Wilson, Kooky
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THE DURUTTI COLUMN

A Paean To Wilson

Kooky

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: KOOKYDISCCD29

Perhaps unavoidably, this new double-disc album from The Durutti Column isn't an entirely consistent affair, yet it almost certainly harbours some of the group's finest material in years. In fact, Vini Reilly's guitar has seldom sounded better, whether he's artfully traipsing though classical figures on 'Catos Revisited' or shredding through 'Requiem', he sounds like a man possessed. As far as negatives go, there's an ill-advised take on Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' encoded in 'Brother', but given how many positives there are to take from this album, the shortcomings seem emin… Read more
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THE DURUTTI COLUMN - A Paean To Wilson, Kooky

Wednesday, 29 October

FLYING LOTUS - You’re Dead!, Warp Records
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FLYING LOTUS

You’re Dead!

Warp Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCD256

Flying Lotus flexes his most earnest jazz muscles on this fifth solo album, his 4th for Warp. Star-lit with guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, it's the work of heightened, enlightened minds projecting into spheres beyond this mortal coil. Funny then that it all sounds so familiar; the references to Alice Coltrane's celestial jazz legacy, the kinetic percussion, the intensely "vintage" sounding production all paint an almost objectively "psychedelic" vision that leaves little room for ambiguity or interpre… Read more
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FLYING LOTUS - You’re Dead!, Warp Records

Tuesday, 28 October

DAPHNE ORAM - The Oram Tapes: Volume One (Deluxe 2CD Edition), Young Americans
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*Deluxe 2CD edition comes in an oversized 8-panel digifile* Two years in the making, this 37 track deluxe 2CD edition features two hours of previously unreleased recordings from Daphne Oram's archives. None of this material had been available until the quadruple vinyl edition appeared late last year and is now available on this beautiful double CD edition, compiled and restored from over 400 tapes and mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Daphne Oram, founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, died in 2003 leaving a colossal archive of reel-to-reel tapes an… Read more
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DAPHNE ORAM - The Oram Tapes: Volume One (Deluxe 2CD Edition), Young Americans
CARIBOU - Our Love (Album), City Slang
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CARIBOU

Our Love (Album)

City Slang

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SLANG50070

Dan Snaith indulges his most sensitive indie-disco-pop side with 'Our Love', his sixth solo album as Caribou. Hingeing on the slippery ohrwurm of the title track's electro-disco-tech romp, the rest of the album features Jessy Lanza in the technoid R&B flux of 'Second Chance', plus Owen Pallett's violin and viola in the moody slo-mo slug, 'Silver', that title track, and the dusty radiophonic disco-tech of 'Your Love Will Set You Free'.
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APHEX TWIN - Syro, Warp Records
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APHEX TWIN

Syro

Warp Records

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

Neptune's Lair (Reissue)

Tresor Records

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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, 21 October

VESSEL - Punish, Honey, Tri Angle Records
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VESSEL

Punish, Honey

Tri Angle Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRIANGLE27CD

One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a roiling… Read more
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VESSEL - Punish, Honey, Tri Angle Records

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

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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
SHELLEY PARKER - Spurn Point, STRUCTURE
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SHELLEY PARKER

Spurn Point

STRUCTURE

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
THE BUG - Angels & Devils, Ninja Tune
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THE BUG

Angels & Devils

Ninja Tune

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ZENCD211

**Includes the singles as an instant download** Master-craftsman, Kevin Martin absolutely murders it with his fourth and finest LP as The Bug. A perennial pest at the outposts of dub, ragga, extreme noise and electronics, The Bug treats his periodic albums as dispatches from the brink, and 'Angels & Devils' is his most captivating of them all. Blessed with, and structured around sterling vocals from some of his favourite artists - Liz Harris (aka Grouper), Gonjasufi, Death Grips, Copeland, Flowdan, Manga, Miss Red, Warrior Queen - plus a collaboration with JK Flesh, it marks a pinnacle of not o… Read more
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THE BUG - Angels & Devils, Ninja Tune

Wednesday, 17 September

SUPERSILENT - 6, Rune Grammofon

SUPERSILENT

6

Rune Grammofon

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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

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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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APHEX TWIN - I Care Because You Do, Warp Records

APHEX TWIN

I Care Because You Do

Warp Records

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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

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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.