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Friday, 28 August

MAX RICHTER - The Leftovers: Season One, Silva Screen
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MAX RICHTER

The Leftovers: Season One

Silva Screen

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: SILCD1485

"One of the most influential composers of his generation, Max Richter graduated from the Royal Academy Of Music and his work encompasses concert music,operas, ballet, film, theatre and TV scores. Previous scores include Waltz With Bashir, Sarah's Key, The Lunchbox and Testament Of Youth..."
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AKKORD - Akkord (Album), Houndstooth
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AKKORD

Akkord (Album)

Houndstooth

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HTH015CD

Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded with razor-sharp grasp of spatial dynamics and rhythmic aptitude, presenting a perspective on 2013 w… Read more
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AKKORD - Akkord (Album), Houndstooth
VARIOUS - Aphelion, TOKEN
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VARIOUS

Aphelion

TOKEN

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TOKEN48CD

The Belgian techno powerhouse cuts right across the face of modern big room techno with trax from Luke Slater's Planetary Assault Systems, James Ruskin, Surgeon, Inigo Kennedy, Karenn and more in the 'Aphelion' compilation. Includes serious highlights in PAS's fruity 808 workout, 'The 808 Track (Parts 1 & 2)' and Karenn's darkside wormhole 'Pace Yourself'.
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Wednesday, 26 August

SURGEON - Tresor 97-99 , Tresor Records
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SURGEON

Tresor 97-99

Tresor Records

Format_dot_cd3CD // £16.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TRESOR278

*“Basictonalvocabulary”, “Balance” and “Force + Form” in one set remastered by Matt Colton** Tresor collect and remaster three seminal Surgeon albums - 'Basictonalvocabulary' (1997); 'Balance' (1998); 'Force + Form' (1999) - in one very hand set. Spanning some of the strongest material in his vast ouevre, it's the sort of thing you might hand to an alien if they were inquisitive about classic '90s techno, providing crucial lessons such as the shuffle-tek torque of 'Rotunda' and discordant panic tones of 'Waiting' or 'First' from 'Basictonalvocabulary' alongside the increasingly tripped-out and … Read more
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SURGEON - Tresor 97-99 , Tresor Records
2562 - Unbalance, TECTONIC
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2562

Unbalance

TECTONIC

Format_dot_cdCD // £4.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TECCD006

Since his 'Aerial' LP ended up at the top of many end-of-year lists for 2008, Dave Huismans aka 2562 has been busy beavering away in the studio, conducting vital rhythmic experiments. The results can be found on 'Unbalance', certainly a contender for one of the best 'step albums of the year and another fine example of the colourful contours and rhythmic shifts occurring in the world of post-garage, dubstep and technofied house. As recent single 'Love In Outer Space' proved, he's allowed a spurt of synthetic colour to enter his sparse dub productions, just check the wandering off-track keys of 'Like A Dr… Read more
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2562 - Unbalance, TECTONIC

Tuesday, 25 August

OLIMPIA SPLENDID - Olimpia Splendid, Fonal Records
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OLIMPIA SPLENDID

Olimpia Splendid

Fonal Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FR99

"The long awaited debut album by Olimpia Splendid is finally here, returning to that familiar, hypnotic and noisy electric guitar music that we first heard in 2013 when Fonal released the 7" EP 'Nuttu Nurin'. The album has six brand new compositions that are sure to sweep along the listener right from the beginning as the magical and rough sound pierces consciousness. Olimpia Splendid was founded in the summer of 2010 in Finland's capital, Helsinki. Out-of-tune guitar- and vocal music with drum machine loops is composed and performed by Heta Bilaletdin, Jonna Karanka and Katri Sipila… Read more
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OLIMPIA SPLENDID - Olimpia Splendid, Fonal Records
VARIOUS - Treasure Isle Presents Ska, Treasure Isle

VARIOUS

Treasure Isle Presents Ska

Treasure Isle

Format_dot_cd2CD // £6.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: TJDCD531

*40 Ska classics from Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label. Includes The Skatalites, Don Drummond, Derrick Morgan and Tommy McCook*

Monday, 17 August

RENE HELL - The Terminal Symphony, Type Recordings
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RENE HELL

The Terminal Symphony

Type Recordings

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TYPE085CD

Over the last 2 years Rene Hell has emerged as one of the most distinctive characters from a wave of neo-Kosmische and synth noise operators. Since his debut album for Type, 'Porcelain Opera', his restless talent has been diverted into cassettes for Night People and Agents Of Chaos, a brilliant 7" track for Kraak and sterling collaborations with Daren Ho's Driphouse as Cuticle and Mandelbrot & Skyy, all displaying an artist confidently in his creative stride. 'The Terminal Symphony' is a bold evolution of his sound, reframing analogue synth and drum machine experiments with a more conci… Read more
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RENE HELL - The Terminal Symphony, Type Recordings
RENE HELL - Porcelain Opera, Type Recordings
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RENE HELL

Porcelain Opera

Type Recordings

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: Type077CD

The newest addition to the Type roster is one Rene Hell, a cult underground noisenik better known as Jeff Witscher. His numerous releases and pseudonyms for labels including Arbor, Not Not Fun and Chronditic Sound (among a tonne of others) have given space for his untamed imagination to roam various disparate styles and ideas. For Rene Hell Witscher sort of places himself alongside Emeralds or Oneohtrix Point Never with alter-dimensional synth trips referencing classic kosmiche, but with the lustre of nostalgia picked away to reveal a decidedly modern grasp of electronic psychedelia. Much lik… Read more
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RENE HELL - Porcelain Opera, Type Recordings
JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA - Love Is A Stream, Type Recordings
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JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA

Love Is A Stream

Type Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TYPE075CD

Best known as a founding member of Tarentel and The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns with a brand new album for Type having previously released solo material through Spekk, Arbor and his own label, Root Strata. "Love Is A Stream" marks a radical rethink of the classic dream-pop template, taking an impressionist's brush to the established genre traits. Full of noise and expertly sculpted feedback, tracks such as 'Loving Love' feel like an all-analogue take on Fennesz's noisier moments, complete with hazy exchanges between skyscraping major 7th chords; you might equally suggest tha… Read more
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JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA - Love Is A Stream, Type Recordings
XELA - In Bocca Al Lupo, Type Recordings
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XELA

In Bocca Al Lupo

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TYPE043

With a title translated as Into The Mouth Of The Wolf, John Xela's new album follows up the horrific soundsc(r)apes of The Dead Sea with an hour-long, four-part journey into the more sinister recesses of Christianity, traveling further and deeper than ever before into the dark heart of electronic sound. 'Ut Nos Vivicaret' embraces the distant, spectral sounds of church bells, submerged in a foggy environs, pumped full of Philip Jeck-style crackle and mustiness. Bowed strings entangle themselves with menacing, corrosive humming noises while nagging, primordial electronics rattle and pulsate in t… Read more
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XELA - In Bocca Al Lupo, Type Recordings

Monday, 10 August

DEMDIKE STARE - Symbiosis (2014 Edition), Modern Love
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DEMDIKE STARE

Symbiosis (2014 Edition)

Modern Love

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LOVE059

*Demdike Stare's first album - available again for the first time in a few years* Demdike Stare is a long-in-the-making hookup between two shady characters operating at the fringes of Manchester's fragmented music scene: Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Miles has been a longtime affiliate of Modern Love as one half of Pendle Coven and under his own MLZ alias, while Canty is one of the city's most recognisable vinyl collectors, carrying an obsession with everything from obscure Nordic Doom records to Anatolyan funk albums, fuelled by his dayjob helping out at the Finders Keepers labe… Read more
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DEMDIKE STARE - Symbiosis (2014 Edition), Modern Love

Friday, 31 July

O. D. DAVEY - Catgut Tape, Tomlab
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O. D. DAVEY

Catgut Tape

Tomlab

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: TOM145CD

"First new release in a while from the label that has released albums in the past by The Books, Thee Oh Sees, The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Mount Eerie, Patrick Wolf and many more... Catgut Tape is the debut solo album by the British songwriter O.D. Davey. Recorded by its author during his late teens and early adulthood in the polar British counties of Aberdeenshire and Essex, it is a collection of love songs set amidst the tragicomedy of youth and the landscapes that stage it. Born of necessity, its pallet of sound is simple but singular; a bitcrushed and baseless skeleton of wooden guitar… Read more
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O. D. DAVEY - Catgut Tape, Tomlab

Wednesday, 29 July

FM3 - Ting Shuo, CVMK
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FM3

Ting Shuo

CVMK

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: CVMK002

*New from FM3, the makers of the Buddha machine* "The Buddha Machine was never hermetically sealed. You could break into it, and with a smattering of audio and electrical knowledge work out how the thing worked. What you could not do however was replicate the process that led to its manufacture and therein lay the secret beyond the sounds. Now despite being virtually omnipresent over the last decade via their world-ruling Buddha Machine it must come as a surprise that FM3, Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian, have released no original music together on CD format for almost ten years. "Ting Shuo" comes with… Read more
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FM3 - Ting Shuo, CVMK
FOUR TET - Morning / Evening, Text Records
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FOUR TET

Morning / Evening

Text Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TEXT036CD

Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet takes a proggy saunter from hybrids of Indian classical music and House to Kosmische and rustling breaks on his 8th solo studio album. 'Morning/Evening was first conceived in summer 2014 and completed early 2015 to follow the frayed and fractured pirate/rave buzz of 'Beautiful Rewind' with a more open, rolling and entrancing framework. It's a sound that dovetails his love of long-format jazz records with the play-thru hypnosis of DJing, layering far flung yet neatly compatible elements around repetitive and subtly morphing templates for up to and over 20 minute e… Read more
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FOUR TET - Morning / Evening, Text Records
KING JAMMY - Roots Reality and Sleng Teng, VP Records
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KING JAMMY

Roots Reality and Sleng Teng

VP Records

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: 0054645501125

Killah selections from King Jammy's vault, accompanying the 'Roots, Reality and Sleng Teng' DVD. Tracklist: Side A - Black Uhuru, Scorcher & Nicodemus, 'Bad Girl'; Black Uhuru & Prince Hammer 'African Love / Yogi Bear'; John Steele 'Selassie On His White Horse'; Errol Scorcher 'Engineer Affair' -- Side B; Jammy's & King Tubby 'Zambia'; The Fantells 'Where You Gonna Run'; Hortense Ellis 'Jah Created The World'; 'Junior Delgado 'Love Tickles Like Magic'; Dennis Brown 'The Lord Is My Shepherd'.
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Tuesday, 28 July

CYBOTRON - Cybotron, Dual Planet

CYBOTRON

Cybotron

Dual Planet

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: DUAL009CD

"Part Man, Part Machine, Cybotron was the synthesis of progressive rock and electronic music experimentation. Conceived by pioneers of the Australian electronic underground, Steve Maxwell Von Braund and keyboardist Geoff Green, together they produced a series of mind-altering cosmic albums throughout the 1970s which set the tone for the Minimal wave and electronic post punk scene of early 1980s Melbourne. Part Tangerine Dream, part Ash Ra Tempel, Cybotron channelled the spirit of Krautrock to create their own unique brand of throbbing Komische electronica rivalling the futuristic vision of their Ger… Read more
CYBOTRON - Cybotron, Dual Planet
VARIOUS - Turkey Shoot Soundtrack, Dual Planet

VARIOUS

Turkey Shoot Soundtrack

Dual Planet

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: DUAL10CD

*Previously unreleased Ozploitation soundtrack from the composer of Mad Max, Patrick and The Day After Halloween* "The notorious 1982 Australian film, Turkey Shoot (Also known as Escape 2000 in the US and Blood Camp Thatcher in the UK) has long been considered the ultimate of Australian Video Nasties. Scored by renowned Australian film composer Brian May (Mad Max, Patrick, The Day After Halloween), the predominantly electronic soundtrack hints stylistically to brooding horror-synth of John Carpenter, the mutant patchbay of Gil Melle’s soundtrack The Andromeda Strain as well as some of … Read more
VARIOUS - Turkey Shoot Soundtrack, Dual Planet

Friday, 24 July

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

Tuesday, 21 July

MOON ATE THE DARK - Moon Ate the Dark (Vol. II), SONIC PIECES
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MOON ATE THE DARK

Moon Ate the Dark (Vol. II)

SONIC PIECES

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: SONICPIECES022

*Deluxe CD edition Limited to 450 copies housed in Hand-stitched textiled Artwork* Berlin's exquisite Sonic Pieces present the shadowy solo piano and electro-acoustic compositions of Moon Ate The Dark's new album. "Driven together by a shared love of film music and a mutual interest in repetition, Anna Rose Carter and Christopher Brett Bailey have been feeding pianos into guitar amplifiers since 2009. With their second album Moon Ate the Dark is taking the next step of contemporary piano composition. Moving on from their well-received debut album in 2012, Moon Ate the Dark I… Read more
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MOON ATE THE DARK - Moon Ate the Dark (Vol. II), SONIC PIECES
FLYING SAUCER ATTACK - Instrumentals 2015, Domino Recording Co
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FLYING SAUCER ATTACK

Instrumentals 2015

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD351

**CD digipack. Highly recommended to fans of Grouper, Loren Connors, Richard Skelton** Original Bristol shoegazer, Flying Saucer Attack, completes a quietly breathtaking return with his first new album in 15 years. Where all too often this sort of return can simply reprise an old sound for diehard fans, 'Instrumentals 2015' is a timeless and otherworldly recording with a radiant, transcendent appeal for anyone with a taste for blown-out guitar drone scapes. Across 15 pieces it covers a vast, impressionistic topography in a spellbinding narrative coursing from Eraserhead-like in… Read more
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FLYING SAUCER ATTACK - Instrumentals 2015, Domino Recording Co

Thursday, 16 July

VILOD (RICARDO VILLALOBOS AND MAX LODERBAUER) - Safe in Harbour, Perlon
*Ships Monday* In which Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer unlock the mysterious codes of jazz and techno with a menagerie of modular kit, computer software and instruments. Landing a week after the sterling new MvO Trio album with Tony Allen explored similar realms, ViLod get deep between the wires in a seven track showcase of preternatural studio sensibility and dexterity. Those hoping for a tricksy tech-house roll out will be disappointed but, anyone who has willed the pair to follow their noses farther into the jazz/techno schism will be rewarded with… Read more
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VILOD (RICARDO VILLALOBOS AND MAX LODERBAUER) - Safe in Harbour, Perlon
ON (SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU / STEVEN HESS) - Something That Has Form And Something That Does Not, Type Recordings
Regrouping for a third album under their 'On' moniker, Steven Hess and Sylvain Chaveau have created another body of chilling improvised recordings at their Chicago studio. As with previous records the results were passed to a guest musician for rearrangement of perspective and mixing techniques. Following Deathprod's work on 'Your Naked Ghost...', the material for this album was handed to experimental virtuoso Christian Fennesz, who transforms the source sounds into a display of stripped, yet richly textured drone ambience. However, un… Read more
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ON (SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU / STEVEN HESS) - Something That Has Form And Something That Does Not, Type Recordings

Tuesday, 07 July

ROLY PORTER & CYNTHIA MILLAR  - Fall Back : Live At Aldeburgh, Subtext
Magnificent collaboration between former Vex'd man Roly Porter and multi-instrumentalist Cynthia Millar, recorded live in the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. It follows Paul Jebanasam's previous entry on Subtext's Live series with a similarly grand statement, combining the etheric tones of early electronic instrument Ondes Martenot and the resonant tones of a Dobro with the sort of richly expansive modern electronics last heard on Porter's landmark 'Aftertime' LP. The pair work beautifully together, each aware of the other's alternately fragile and po… Read more
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ROLY PORTER & CYNTHIA MILLAR  - Fall Back : Live At Aldeburgh, Subtext
ROLY PORTER - Life Cycle Of A Massive Star, Subtext
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ROLY PORTER

Life Cycle Of A Massive Star

Subtext

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SUBCD005

Naming his newest album 'Life Cycle Of A Massive Star', you can't accuse Roly Porter of a lack of ambition or scope. In key with that theme, the album features five long tracks of intriguing, almost Wagnerian orchestration and power electronics conveying an awe-inspiring energy and emotive impact which fulfils its implied widescreen brief. Coincidentally it also arrives in the same week as Ideologic Organ's reissue of Iancu Dumitrescu's masterpiece, 'Pierres Sacrées', with which it also shares some similarities in its appreciation of visceral scale, from fizzing particles to ma… Read more
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ROLY PORTER - Life Cycle Of A Massive Star, Subtext
PAUL JEBANASAM - Rites, Subtext
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PAUL JEBANASAM

Rites

Subtext

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SUBCD004

'Rites' is the chilling solo debut proper by Sri Lanka-born, Bristol-based composer and sound designer, Paul Jebanasam. It arrives via his own Subtext label - home to a series of bracing recent releases by Emptyset and Roly Porter - to deliver a payload of gothic electro-acoustic composition blending neo-classical, black metal and electronic drone traits with an insoluble, elemental alchemy. It should come as little surprise that he's also been known to handle sound design for film, but 'Rites' is concerned with far loftier, artful ideas as the label's press expounds; "Rites brings together a unif… Read more
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PAUL JEBANASAM - Rites, Subtext
ARVO PART - Alina, ECM

ARVO PART

Alina

ECM

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 4499582

Arvo Pärt has in the last few years become almost synonymous with the new wave of electronic/classical composers, one of the names almost always quoted (along with Steve Reich) as a primary influence. His blend of spiritual/sacred themes and an icy minimal neu-classical compositional style has won him masses of followers and turned heads of even people totally unconnected to the classical music genre, which maybe is his greatest gift. There is a tendency in classical music for the subgenres to become somewhat exclusive, and it can be difficult for fresher interested parties to penetrate the scene in any… Read more
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ARVO PART - Alina, ECM

Monday, 22 June

CARL ORFF & GUNILD KEETMAN - Music for Children (Schulwerk) [Remastered], Trunk Records
**Remastered collection of Carl Orff & Gunild Keetman's eductional tools, which were widely used in German and English schools. How very Trunk!** "These important recordings have been out of print since 1958. Yes, I'll say it again, 1958. The original UK albums ran across two long-playing LPs and were translations of the German versions issued around the same time. These two volumes could only be bought separately (foolishly they were never for sale as a pair or package or box set), the trouble was both looked identical and a prospective buyer could only… Read more
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CARL ORFF & GUNILD KEETMAN - Music for Children (Schulwerk) [Remastered], Trunk Records

Thursday, 18 June

ELEH - Homage, Important Records
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ELEH

Homage

Important Records

Format_dot_cd3CD // £29.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: IMPREC376

Eleh's cultishly celebrated trio of LPs for Taiga released between 2008 - 2012, here remastered and collected on digital format for the first time. Certain pedants would probably scoff at the fact this incredibly pure analog music is now available to download but, we're not among them and reckon it's a crucial entry point for anyone intrigued but as yet unwilling to make the dive. They're some of thee heaviest pieces of minimalist electronic music from the last decade, and we don't say that lightly. Strongly recommended if you like Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Sunn 0))).
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ELEH - Homage, Important Records
BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH - Sour Soul, Lex Records
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BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH

Sour Soul

Lex Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: 0878390002856

Heavyweight hook-up from Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood, produced by Frank Dukes (Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake). Imagine a hip hop noir directed by David Lynch and featuring MF Doom and Danny Brown; you can almost inhale the silver chronic fog of 'Sour Soul'. Dripping with expensive-sounding strings and Gainsbourg-via-Badalamenti vibes, the production is authentically classic and cinematic and provides the perfect backdrop to stage Ghostface's vivid, timeless storytelling. On paper, the jazz-trio plus Wu Tang MC formula could be enough to send heads fleeing, b… Read more
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BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH - Sour Soul, Lex Records