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Wednesday, 17 December

VARIOUS - Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music & Photographs from the American South, Dust to Digital
*Beautiful collection of Pre-War Music and photographs from the American South compiled by Dust to Digital, includes two CD’s of old time Blues & Gospel, plus a hardcover book of photographs from the collection of Sarah Bryan* "What happens when a 78 collector marries a collector of antique photographs? Lead Kindly Light. Recordings of Rural Southern Music: Old Time, String Band Music from Appalachia, extremely rare Country Blues and African American gospel singing from 1924-1939. 159 Photographs from the Collection of Sarah Bryan reproduced … Read more
VARIOUS - Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music & Photographs from the American South, Dust to Digital
VARIOUS - Next Life, Hyperdub
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VARIOUS

Next Life

Hyperdub

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: HDBCD029

Hyperdub and Chicago's Teklife powerhouse join forces in tribute to fallen footwork pioneer DJ Rashad with the 20 track 'Next Life' compilation. 'Next Life' provides the broadest, most crucial overview of Chicago's febrile, fertile footwork scene you'll likely hear in 2014, running bullets from brand new producers such as DJ Phil, DJ Tre, Boylan, and Sirr Two along with bombs from elders like DJ Spinn, RP Boo, Traxman, and of course DJ Rashad, plus a handful of aces from the scene's non-Chicago cousins. Pushed to pick instant favourites, we'd draw for the mellow pressure of Traxman's 'Sit Ya Self Do… Read more
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VARIOUS - Next Life, Hyperdub

Tuesday, 16 December

OREN AMBARCHI - Quixotism, Editions Mego
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OREN AMBARCHI

Quixotism

Editions Mego

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: eMEGO202CD

Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaan (tabla) and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, plus co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn at Avast, Seattle.… Read more
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OREN AMBARCHI - Quixotism, Editions Mego
LEWIS - L'Amour, Light In The Attic
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LEWIS

L'Amour

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LITA117

In 1983, a man named Lewis recorded an album named L’Amour, which was released on the unknown label R.A.W. And that’s about all we know. The record itself is a delicate, whispered album, reflecting the way the artist himself – spectral, movie star-like – almost disappears into the grey of the cover. It should come as no surprise that it failed to shout loudly enough to be noticed, another private press album that sank without trace. The ingredients are simple: smooth synthesizers, feather-light piano, ethereal, occasionally inaudible vocals and the gentle plucking of acoustic guitars. But the effects are… Read more
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LEWIS - L'Amour, Light In The Attic
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
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
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
ARCA - Xen, Mute
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ARCA

Xen

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CDSTUMM374

'Xen' sets a definitive new apex for 24 y.o. Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye's 'Yeezus' and FKA Twigs 'EP2' & 'LP1' - plus production work on Bjork;s next album still to come. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it's a nimble leap forward from last year's incredible '&&&&&' mixtape/LP, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fusion of vaporwave 'tronics, tarraxho and technoid pop queered with completely unique tunings and rent with exquisite 3D dynami… Read more
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ARCA - Xen, Mute

Monday, 15 December

ROBERT HOOD - M-Print: 20 Years of M-Plant Music, M-Plant
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ROBERT HOOD

M-Print: 20 Years of M-Plant Music

M-Plant

Format_dot_cd3CD // £13.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MPM25CD

Triple-disc set spanning 20 years, 33 tracks of seminal and influential Detroit techno by the maestro, Robert Hood. Alongside Jeff Mills, Mad Mike and Carl Craig, Mr. Rob Hood is a noted pioneer of Detroit's 2nd wave, first setting up Underground Resistance with the Mills and Mad Mike, before establishing the M-Plant label in 1994 as arguably the birthplace and incubator of minimal techno. This 'M-Print' collection is a cherry-picked and comprehensive survey of pretty much all you need to know about the label, ranging out from his timeless blueprint, 'The Grey Area', to t… Read more
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ROBERT HOOD - M-Print: 20 Years of M-Plant Music, M-Plant

Friday, 12 December

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

Wednesday, 10 December

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 // £5.99

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
SLEAFORD MODS - Chubbed Up +, Ipecac
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SLEAFORD MODS

Chubbed Up +

Ipecac

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: IPC162

*12 Track compilation (inc some previously unreleased gems) compiled for Mike Patton's Ipecac label* "Nottingham's Sleaford Mods are a duo that need little introduction, having fiercely penetrated people's consciousness on a large scale with their sixth album Austerity Dogs in 2013. Since then they've garnered critical acclaim with their subsequent work and now they're joining forces with Ipecac Recordings to release a physical version of their previously released digital compilation Chubbed Up, which shall be released on October 28th. This version will include three previously unreleased tra… Read more
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SLEAFORD MODS - Chubbed Up +, Ipecac

Tuesday, 09 December

SURGEON - Breaking The Frame, Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

Breaking The Frame

Dynamic Tension

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DTRCD2

Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on 'Breaking The Frame'. A decade is a relatively long time in musical terms, and while his (increasingly uncommon) singles over that period have remained resolutely 4/4 and heavy, his DJ sets have incorporated a wealth of influence from Dubstep and Bass music in general. This album absorbs those influences and refracts them into an impressive spectrum of styles. His taste for Scorn-like halfstep manifests on opener 'Dark Matter', finding that dynamic tension between turbulent flow and hunchback lurch. Next 'Transpare… Read more
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SURGEON - Breaking The Frame, Dynamic Tension
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER - Returnal, Editions Mego
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ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Returnal

Editions Mego

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: EMEGO104

Quite honestly one of our most anticipated albums of the year so far, and a genuine contender for the best of 2010, 'Returnal' is the fourth LP from the Boston/New York based synth dreamer, Oneohtrix Point Never. Last year's 'Drifts' set was a compendium of his previous - and very hard-to-come-by - albums for labels including No Fun, Arbor and Gneiss Things and was a clear favourite for many in 2009, held in high regard by the Wire magazine, and cherished dearly by anyone in its possession. OPN's hypnagogically-charged body of work is a dense fog of references, from beat driven edits on … Read more
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ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER - Returnal, Editions Mego
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
JEROME DERRADJI PRESENTS - Kstarke Records: The House That Jackmaster Hater Built, Still Music
Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like the demented Ron Hardy edit of 'Happiness' or the freakishly raw funk… Read more
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JEROME DERRADJI PRESENTS - Kstarke Records: The House That Jackmaster Hater Built, Still Music

Friday, 05 December

DEAN BLUNT - Black Metal, Rough Trade
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DEAN BLUNT

Black Metal

Rough Trade

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

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, 04 December

NEEL - Phobos, Spectrum Spools
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NEEL

Phobos

Spectrum Spools

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SP037CD

**2LP gatefold** Primo Roman sound designer Giuseppe Tillieci aka Neel takes to Spectrum Spools with his debut solo album proper, inspired by the entropic, 50 million year lifespan of Mars' 2nd and larger moon, Phobos. It's a spellbinding attempt to deal with sound on the vastest scales imaginable, using a combination of modular synths and hardware to traverse the full frequency range and achieve an immense soundscape streaked with massive sound objects and microscopic details. We were lucky enough to catch him perform a similar sound live alongside his Voices From The Lake partner, Donato Dozzy, at Rome'… Read more
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NEEL - Phobos, Spectrum Spools

Tuesday, 02 December

VARIOUS - Slowly Exploding: 10 Years Of Perc Trax 2004-2014, Perc Trax
**Compilation album celebrating 10 years of Perc Trax, with a bonus hour-long mix by Perc** Steadfast UK techno label Perc Trax presents eleven exclusive killers from Kareem, Happa, Drvg Cvltvre, FSG, Perc, Truss and more to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Accompanied by a 64 minute mix from the label's top boy, Ali Wells aka Perc, the session shifts with incandescent energy from the moody, mittel European acid slug of Drvg Cvltvre's '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House' thru the stoic stare-down of Kareem's 'Just When You Thought It was Over' vi… Read more
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VARIOUS - Slowly Exploding: 10 Years Of Perc Trax 2004-2014, Perc Trax

Monday, 01 December

VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.4, Hyperdub
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VARIOUS

Hyperdub 10.4

Hyperdub

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDBCD028

The 4th set in Hyperdub's 10th anniversary series features an exclusive Burial track among 28 cuts exploring the label's deep, rude and rugged dancefloor side. It's stuffed with killer new gear, not least Burial's blue roller 'Lambeth' but also nuff VIPs and remixes from core roster and friends of the fam. Highlights run from Cooly G's Dub Organiser era swinger 'Him da Biz' thru the lean, mean techno of Kode 9's 'Oh' ace and the minimalist slink of Ossie & PHRH's 'Ugly Observation', to a bubbling bambounou remix of Jessy Lanza's 'Fxxk Diamond' and a jazz re-fry of Matyn's 'Mega Drive Gneeration'… Read more
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VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.4, Hyperdub

Friday, 28 November

BOARDS OF CANADA - Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue), Skam Records
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BOARDS OF CANADA

Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue)

Skam Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SKA008CD

*CD re-pressed for the first time in a decade...new edition has been re-mastered from the original DAT tapes and is now in a Digipak sleeve (as opposed to the original card slipcase) with a back image printed in colour with a spot varnish finish on the images & text alongside the usual Skam Braille sticker* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversion ‘See Ya Later’, th… Read more
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BOARDS OF CANADA - Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue), Skam Records

Thursday, 27 November

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
BRASSICA - Man Is Deaf, CIVIL MUSIC

BRASSICA

Man Is Deaf

CIVIL MUSIC

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CIV062CD

"Debut album from Brassica - featuring a vocoded Italian translation of Slayer's "Dead Man Skin" in Ballo Dei Morti. Brian Ferry's Saxophonist Jorja Renn appears on Be Lost and Psychic Heartburn. Anagrammatic Art Eb Lull Us was written on an old Hammond Organ with a nod towards Mike Oldfield. The Lodger contains the breaths and grunts of a contemporary dance troupe recorded in a collaboration 15 years prior, and the voice of Emile Bojesen (whose little documented collaborations with Brassica as synth punk band Gold Blood) appears on No Apocalypse."
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Wednesday, 26 November

VENETIAN SNARES - Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett (2012 Reissue), Planet Mu
*The classic Venetian Snares album, now re-pressed after years out of print* For our money the finest Snares album to date, blending Aaron Funk's classic tumbling breaks and Amen shuffles with a more spacious plunderphonic style first heard on his career-topping "Moonglow" 7" and an incredible new-line in symphonic string constructions and ambient soundscapes that put many of his more pretentious contemporaries to shame. Incredibly, "Rossz Csillag Allat Született" is Funk's 12th studio album and was inspired by a trip to Hungary while on European tour. Aaron fo… Read more
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VENETIAN SNARES - Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett (2012 Reissue), Planet Mu
VEX'D - Cloud Seed (Reissue), Planet Mu
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VEX'D

Cloud Seed (Reissue)

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZIQ260CD

*Collating rarities and unreleased cuts from the mighty Vex'd...Finally made available again* Planet Mu's armour-plated dubstep ensemble follow their seminal first LP with an addendum of sorts, collating rarities and unreleased cuts produced around those album sessions. 'Cloud Seed' is built from that same sort of controlled dancefloor aggression and appreciation of darker sci-fi moods and aesthetics, blending stunning moments of cinematic dystopia like 'Remains Of The Day' and 'Shinju Bridge' with their reworks of neo-classical compositions from John Richards and Gabriel Prokofiev released on… Read more
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VEX'D - Cloud Seed (Reissue), Planet Mu

Tuesday, 25 November

RECONDITE - Iffy, Innervisions
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RECONDITE

Iffy

Innervisions

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: IVCD08

**Housed in tip on-style gatefold slipcase** Tertiary album of full bodied, brooding minimal tech-house/techno by the ascendant Bavarian producer, his first for Innervisions. Ten tracks play to expectations with a sinuous reduction of acidic bass grooves and piquant hooks kept neat and tidy to keep you shuffling in the pocket.
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MARSEN JULES - At GRM, Oktaf
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MARSEN JULES

At GRM

Oktaf

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: OKTAFCD009

Following his ‘Beautyfear’ album, Marsen Jules returns with two extended pieces recorded during a two week residency at the renowned GRM institute in Paris.The institute was founded in 1958 by composer Pierre Schaeffer, one of the main protagonists of Musique Concrète, a musical movement that focused on recorded sounds and sound manipulations as a basis for compositions. For these two extended pieces (35 minutes) Jules dives deep into the level of subatomic sound-particles. Clusters of string crescendos emerge from a nearly psychoacoustic sound-wall of warm drones in which they disappear with ult… Read more
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MARSEN JULES - At GRM, Oktaf
VARIOUS - Aphelion, TOKEN
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VARIOUS

Aphelion

TOKEN

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

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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KIASMOS - Kiasmos, ERASED TAPES
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KIASMOS

Kiasmos

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP062CD

Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen's Kiamos duo follow their 2012 debut 12" with a fully fledged LP of posh dance music. Both artists approach the project from similar angles, marrying mutual taste for mnml tech-house rhythms with more mannered neo-classical sensibilities. It includes the previous single track, 'Thrown' plus seven new compositions, at best in the elegant swing of 'Swayed' and the melancholic electro-house shuffle of 'Bent'. "“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand as one … Read more
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KIASMOS - Kiasmos, ERASED TAPES
VARIOUS - Pop Ambient 2015, Kompakt
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VARIOUS

Pop Ambient 2015

Kompakt

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KompaktCD120

Kompakt's seminal series presents a ruck of new names - Thore Pfieffer, Gregor Schwellenbach, Leandro Fresco, Max Würden, Ulf Lohmann, Gustavo Lamas - on the forward looking 'Pop Ambient 2015' volume. Perfectly poised for cold nights indoors, it circulates eleven lovely pieces in the series' finest tradition, radiating inwards from the Gas-like choral bliss of two bits by Thore Pfieffer, thru the trickling radiophonic bleeps of Dirk Leyers' 'Daydreamer' to the light-headed float of Leandro Fresco's 'Nada Es Para Siempre' and the swelling crest of strings in Ulf Lohmann's 'Refresh', alongside new pieces from old hands, bvdub and Jens-Uwe Beyer.
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VARIOUS - Pop Ambient 2015, Kompakt