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Tuesday, 26 May

STEVE RODEN & STEPHEN VITIELLO - The Spaces Contained in Each, ROOM 40
Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello are sound artists working at the nexus of sculpture and acoustics. It’s a shared horizon of listening that is at the core of 'The Spaces Contained In Each'. This collaboration sounds out new pathways into fields of sound well explored by each of these artists. It marks an accumulation of their works, both individually and as collaborators. Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Stephen V… Read more
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STEVE RODEN & STEPHEN VITIELLO - The Spaces Contained in Each, ROOM 40
PINKCOURTESYPHONE - Elegant & Detached, ROOM 40
Seriously dark, Lynchian atmospherics from Richard Chartier under his Pinkcourtesyphone alias. In his words, it's "the second full-length call from the Pinkcourtesyphone-line; a loquacious interlude on beauty, place, and obsession. The caller's voice whispers a wistful yet false love-letter to the cinema of aesthetics from a distant place concerning the things you did...and things you need to have done." The oneiric nightscape of 'Petraglyph (For Ranier)' is reminiscent of Lustmord's best work, and the looming feeling of metaphysical dread is amplified as the track progresses by dist… Read more
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PINKCOURTESYPHONE - Elegant & Detached, ROOM 40
LAWRENCE ENGLISH - The Peregrine, ROOM 40
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH

The Peregrine

ROOM 40

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: RM469CD

**2015 CD edition on Room 40** 'The Peregrine' is Lawrence English's homage to J.A. Baker's obscure tome of the same title. Without a doubt, it's also one of his most beautifully realised releases. That's possibly due in no small part to the profound impact the book has played on his work since first discovering it, by chance, some years ago in David Toop's loft while visiting the author/musicologist in London. As Lawrence alludes, there's a distinct parallel between the evocative sonic topographies of his work and the descriptive prose of the book "I feel The Peregrine epitomizes a ki… Read more
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH - The Peregrine, ROOM 40
CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA - Mirror, ROOM 40
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CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA

Mirror

ROOM 40

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RM445

Cheihei's new album for Room 40 is an elegant meditation on themes of reflection inspired by the earliest recorded period of Japanese history. During the Kofun era, great importance was placed on the abilities of mirrors to transport light from one location to another and also their inherent metaphorical relation to the sun. The seven tracks of 'Mirror' reflect this idea by re-recording instrumental passages in a variety of reverberant spaces in order to capture their unique harmonic qualities. The results are then incorporated into the tracks to form gently wavering ambient tones and structur… Read more
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CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA - Mirror, ROOM 40
KAMASI WASHINGTON - The Epic, Brainfeeder
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KAMASI WASHINGTON

The Epic

Brainfeeder

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: BFCD050

"The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal voc… Read more
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KAMASI WASHINGTON - The Epic, Brainfeeder

Friday, 22 May

ALVA NOTO - Xerrox (Vol. 3), raster-noton
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ALVA NOTO

Xerrox (Vol. 3)

raster-noton

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RN159CD

Alva Noto beautifully exchanges austerity for cinematographic lushness with the remarkably widescreen 3rd volume in his 'Xerrox' series. Inspired by private, formative influences such as 'La Isla Misteriosa y el Capitán' - based on Jules Verne's 'The Mysterious Island' - and Tarvosky's screen adaptation of 'Solaris', he uses the self-designed Xerrox software to transpose early, ingenuous feelings of awe and wonder into innovative, intimate atmospheres and dynamic soundscapes. In keeping with the series' focus on "using the process of copying as a basis", and the manner in which the inherent inf… Read more
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ALVA NOTO - Xerrox (Vol. 3), raster-noton
WILLIAM BASINSKI - Cascade, 2062
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WILLIAM BASINSKI

Cascade

2062

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 2062.1501

William Basinski returns with 'Cascade' - a gorgeous 40 minute meditation on a solitary piano loop coaxed by NYC's neoclassical maestro, William Basinski. Teechnically, that's all you really need to know, but we should stress that Basinski's way with a loop transcends any prosaic, earthly description and manifests a music in its own self-sufficient world of infinitely morphing harmonics and decay as imperceptibly slow moving yet ever-changing as life itself. Highly Recommended.
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Thursday, 21 May

STEVE MOORE - Pangaea Ultima, Spectrum Spools

STEVE MOORE

Pangaea Ultima

Spectrum Spools

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SP032CD

**Sublime, far-reaching synthscapes supposing epic, futuristic vistas and probing kosmische pulses. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M** "How can we imagine the future of the world, away from the standards of time that we have insisted upon giving it? How to conceive of the movements of a world in its arcs and sweeps of continents and oceans across ages without reducing it to cheap historical humanisations? Does a past, present or future even matter to the yet-to-exist events of ungraspable and fundamental ecological time? Pangaea Ultima, Steve Moore’s debut record on Spectrum Spools, is an e… Read more
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STEVE MOORE - Pangaea Ultima, Spectrum Spools
LAKKER - Tundra, R&S Records
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LAKKER

Tundra

R&S Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RS1503CD

Lakker beautifully find their voice in this eagerly awaited 2nd album. Working with vocalist Eileen Carpio on four out of ten tracks, they considerately expand their soundworld to encompass bludgeoning techno alongside elaborate IDM structures and vicious noise tear-outs, realising the most dramatic and perhaps definitive statement in their catalogue so far. Since 2011, the duo of Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell (Eomac) have come to define something that was maybe lacking (pun intended) in modern electronica with a gush of 12"'s finding the pressure point between emotive, romantic vulnerability and a twist… Read more
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LAKKER - Tundra, R&S Records
MARK FELL - UL8, Editions Mego
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MARK FELL

UL8

Editions Mego

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: Emego111

*Second pressing with a new colour sleeve.* Mark Fell albums are like busses - you spend ages waiting for one, then two come at once. 'UL8' arrives just a couple of weeks after the fantastic 'Multistability' set for Raster Noton and, dare we say it, takes his sound even further into the outer reaches of glacial, rhythmic experimentation. With SND, Fell has tended to explore the hidden complexities of stripped rhythms, juxtaposing them with disorientating tones and digital noise - here this theme is taken to the next logical stage as his pounding percussive patterns transform slowly over their duration, f… Read more
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MARK FELL - UL8, Editions Mego

Tuesday, 19 May

JIM O'ROURKE - Simple Songs, Drag City
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JIM O'ROURKE

Simple Songs

Drag City

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC620CD

"Jim O’Rourke is ready to talk to you again with his first pop album since 2001. ‘Simple Songs’ is an amazing record of musical song entertainment because Jim O’Rourke knows what he wants and how to get it. The range of sounds and songs that have turned Jim’s head are numerous enough to have crushed together into something that is unmistakably his. The music is played so immaculately by so many instruments and most of them by the creator’s hand. ‘Simple Songs’ was worked over, from source material to finished mix, for five years or more now. Jim’s writing is rooted in the approach of ‘Insign… Read more
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JIM O'ROURKE - Simple Songs, Drag City

Wednesday, 13 May

TYONDAI BRAXTON - Hive1, NONESUCH
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TYONDAI BRAXTON

Hive1

NONESUCH

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 0075597952292

'Hive1' is the engrossing development of Tyondai Braxton's collaborative work first conceived for live performance in 2013. Sounding out remarkably close to the extreme psychoacoustics of Florian Hecker and modular tangles of Charles Cohen, 'Hive1' 'fesses eight tracks grown from the seeds of Hive's ensemble shows spanning their debut at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and successive events in The Sydney Opera House and London's Barbican. It's cleanly thwarted our presumptions at the very least, moving light years on from his former role in Battles to encompass a much wider yet focussed set… Read more
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TYONDAI BRAXTON - Hive1, NONESUCH
ELEH - Homage, Important Records
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ELEH

Homage

Important Records

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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

Friday, 01 May

SURGEON / REGIS / VARIOUS - Downwards: Hard Education 1997, DOWNWARDS
A seminal moment in the hard/UK techno canon from the Birmingham-based cabal of Surgeon, Female, Regis and Function (OK, well he's from New York). Surgeon opens the set with a moment of reinforced Millsian futurism, and Female offers two Latin-infused killers. Regis contributes a pair of jacking heavyweights on his own, and a further pair of mesmerizingly rigid killers with Function as Portion Reform. This is a lesson in stone cold techno classicism. Get taught.
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Wednesday, 29 April

SQUAREPUSHER - Damogen Furies, Warp Records

SQUAREPUSHER

Damogen Furies

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD264

The Square one returns with his 14th album in 20 years and shows no sign of getting mellower with age. 'Damogen Furies' could be considered the club after-party for the stadium-collapsing antics of 'Ufabulum' (2012), still riding a wave of stage adrenalin into equally, if not more, demented and eccentric funk acrobatics. Peaking from the opening bars of black midi-style melodic intensity with 'Stor Eiglass', he fakes left with the melancholy chimes of 'Baltang Ort' which somehow strobes between tranquil serenity and nosebleed funk. The EDM kids will be pulling all sorts of Skrillex faces t… Read more
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SQUAREPUSHER - Damogen Furies, Warp Records

Tuesday, 28 April

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

Picking O'er The Bones

Mordant Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £3.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MM030

We can barely contain ourselves over this compilation album from the eccentric bunch behind the Mordant and Skull Disco imprints. Over the past few years both labels have kept us highly entertained with their intertwined paths creating some of the weirdest and most brilliant music out there from a cast including Shackleton, Admiral Greyscale, Vindicatrix and artist Zeke Clough. You're all probably very aware of Shackleton's Arabesque bass movements by now, but only the sharpest of heads picked up on his debut 7" 'Stalker' released through Mordant Music in 2004 and includ… Read more
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MORDANT MUSIC / SHACKLETON - Picking O'er The Bones, Mordant Music

Wednesday, 15 April

GHEDALIA TAZARTES - Les Danseurs De La Pluie (Box Set - Reissue), Alga Marghen
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GHEDALIA TAZARTES

Les Danseurs De La Pluie (Box Set - Reissue)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cd4CD BOX // £38.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PLANA-T 11TES063

**2015 Reissue in a new sleeve** "This lavish 4CD box set includes the complete Ghedalia Tazartes recordings previously issued on cd by Alga Marghen, plus a new mini-cd titled "les danseurs de la pluie". "Diasporas-Tazartes" is the cd edition of tazartes' first and fourth albums, "Transports" is the cd edition of Tazartes' second album complete with four bonus tracks. "Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil" is the CD edition of tazartes' third album with a long bonus track. "Les danseurs de la pluie" gives title to the complete anthology and is a 12 minutes mini-cd, … Read more
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GHEDALIA TAZARTES - Les Danseurs De La Pluie (Box Set - Reissue), Alga Marghen
MILK FROM CHELTENHAM - Triptych Of Poisoners, Alga Marghen

MILK FROM CHELTENHAM

Triptych Of Poisoners

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: PLANA-M 8TES.057

**Wildly unpredictable, strangely exotic and magically eccentric art music recorded 1979-83 spanning jerky post-punk, drones, cut-up collage, noisy blues-rock skronk and improvised electro-acoustic dubbing. An important and outstanding release. Fans of Wire/Dome through The Residents and Ghédalia Tazartès should invest, we don't think you'll be disappointed.** "First in a series of alga marghen editions documenting the activities of the It's War Boys underground label, founded by Amos (of  The Homosexuals fame) in the late 1970s. The original LP was issued in an edition limit… Read more
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MILK FROM CHELTENHAM - Triptych Of Poisoners, Alga Marghen

Monday, 13 April

CAN - Tago Mago, Mute

CAN

Tago Mago

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CDSPOON6/7

Together with 'Future Days', 'Tago Mago' ranks as the finest and most consistent album Can ever recorded. Two tracks stand out a mile here - the percussive genius of the fabulous "Oh Yeah" and the unforgetable strange pop of the classic "Mushroom". Awesome stuff - good to have it available in this lovely remastered and repackaged form. Buy. **Remastered from the original master tapes overseen and attended by Holger, Irmin and Jono Podmore. All four remastered CD releases will also play on SACD players and SACD compatible DVD players and include exclusive unseen photos from the time and new sleeve notes.**
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CAN - Tago Mago, Mute

Wednesday, 01 April

GEZAN - It Was Once Said To Be A Song (Katsute Uta Toiwaretasore), Important Records
"It Was Once Said To Be A Song is the debut album from Japan's Gezan. Originally released in Japan in 2010, Gezan have become popular in their home country for their high speed noise, punk, hardcore and psych-rock music. In Japan, Gezan have been embraced by the previous generation of underground rock. The band was recommended to Imprec by Kawabata Makoto of the Acid Mothers Temple who said that Gezan was his favorite live band in Japan. "Your blood dyes the shattered sky as dark as red can be. Gezan is awesome!" Merzbow. "Gezan is a single flower blooming … Read more
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GEZAN - It Was Once Said To Be A Song (Katsute Uta Toiwaretasore), Important Records

Tuesday, 24 March

BROCK VAN WEY - Home, Echospace
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BROCK VAN WEY

Home

Echospace

Format_dot_cd2CD // £18.49

BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: ECHOSPACEAIR03

**After many delays' Brock Van Wey's epic, double disc, 3 hour ambient session is finally released** "It's been nearly 5 years since Brock's highly acclaimed "White Clouds Drift On And On" debuted on Echospace earning a plethora of critical acclaim including many coveted top albums of the year list from RA to The Wire. Brock returns in beautiful form with what he's said to us is his most personal and self defining moment in his fruitful musical career. This album however strikes on a very different chord from the last, rather than find contentment in repeating himself he's sculpted a unique sound sl… Read more
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BROCK VAN WEY - Home, Echospace
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

Wednesday, 18 March

KEVIN DRUMM - Purge, Ideal
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KEVIN DRUMM

Purge

Ideal

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: IDEAL105CD

**CD edition of 500 copies in digicase** Joachim Nordwall's Ideal label sate the freaks with a CD reissue of a particularly unrelenting Kevin Drumm slab originally issued on tape in 2007. One single 58 minute blast of dense, necrotising and powerful noise dynamics handled with the usual, inimitable stoicism we'd expect from Drumm at his best. We're placed in the eye of a near-biblical noise storm which rages ferociously, but not uncontrollably; it's possible to detect a sense of channelled rage and despair, but without the theatrics that often comes with noise music. You don't imagine Drumm flinging … Read more
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KEVIN DRUMM - Purge, Ideal
MODEL 500 - Digital Solutions, Metroplex Records
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MODEL 500

Digital Solutions

Metroplex Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MLP02CDJB

Juan Atkins delivers his 1st Model 500 album since 1999 with 'Digital Solution'. Aided by a live band including UR's Mike Banks, Mark Taylor and Milton Baldwin, they swerve to a classic sort of Detroit techno funk, with the emphasis mostly on classic styles, but also tucked with some straight-up signature electro belters. The funky bits tread a fine line between dope ('Electric Night' or 'Standing In Tomorrow') and eye-watering ('Hi NRG', the dubstep-styled 'Encounter') while the club joints do wit like only Juan and the clan can, at best in the supple, stripped-down techno trip 'Storm', t… Read more
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MODEL 500 - Digital Solutions, Metroplex Records
MAX RICHTER - The Blue Notebooks (2015 Reissue), DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
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MAX RICHTER

The Blue Notebooks (2015 Reissue)

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 4794443

**Deutsche Grammophon CD reissue of Max Richter's classic album from 2004 - With CD-only bonus track "On The Nature Of Daylight"** Heres our original review from 2004: "After albums by Set Fire To Flames and Sylvain Chauveau, Max Richter's 'The Blue Notebooks' is the 4th release on FatCat's 130701 imprint, an outlet for more orchestrated, instrumental material. 'The Blue Notebooks' is Max Richter's second solo album, a distinctive and adventurous work that is beautifully recorded and cinematic in scope. Opening with a text from Franz Kafka over a sparse piano melody, the … Read more
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MAX RICHTER - The Blue Notebooks (2015 Reissue), DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

Monday, 16 March

THE SUPREME JUBILEES - It'll All Be Over, Light In The Attic

THE SUPREME JUBILEES

It'll All Be Over

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: LITA120

*First ever CD reissue, 24bit / 96kHz remastering with Liner notes by Jessica Hundley* "If God had a disco, the DJ would be playing California gospel-soul group The Supreme Jubilees. “We won’t have to cry no more,” the tuxedo-clad group would sing, in high, angelic vocals over smooth grooves. “It’ll all be over.” Prepare to dance and contemplate death all at the same time. A band of brothers and cousins, the group was founded from two familes: brothers Joe and Dave Kingsby plus Dave’s son David Kingsby Jr., and keyboardist Leonard Sanders plus his brothers Phillips (drummer), T… Read more
THE SUPREME JUBILEES - It'll All Be Over, Light In The Attic
RO MARON - Ro Maron | Collected #1, Musique Pour La Danse
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RO MARON

Ro Maron | Collected #1

Musique Pour La Danse

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MPDCD001

Very necessary New Beat / Acid House / early Belgian techno survey highlighting the pivotal output of Rembert De Smet aka Ro Maron. Hailed as "one of the top 5 best users of a 303 of all time" by JD Twitch (Optimo), Maron defined The Sound of Belgium circa '87-'90 with a string of then-unprecedented productions spinning elements of Chicago House, EBM and Freestyle Electro with a glammed-up Belgalo swagger and fizzy, melodic mentalism that remedied the relative cheese of prolific New Beat production team, Morton Sherman Bellucci, for example. After pop success in the mid '80s with 2 Belge… Read more
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RO MARON - Ro Maron | Collected #1, Musique Pour La Danse
BUTCH - Watergate 18, WATERGATE

BUTCH

Watergate 18

WATERGATE

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WG018

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Thursday, 12 March

POWELL - Powell 11—14, DIAGONAL
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POWELL

Powell 11—14

DIAGONAL

Format_dot_cd2CD // £8.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DIAG018

**Gatefold 2CD slipcase designed by Guy Featherstone compiling 18 killers on CD for the first time, mastered by Matt Colton** The beastly '11-14' collects all of Powell's incendiary solo 12" club trax on 2CD for the first time. It arrives as the man-machine rides a crest of adulation for his recent live show debut at Unsound '14 and a string of ruthless DJs sets that have seen him put his mutant mechanics firmly into action for Boiler Room and clubs/warehouses across the world. Spanning 3 years, 18 tracks, including the searing 'Maniac' collaboration with Russell Haswell, it frames a singular, gro… Read more
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POWELL - Powell 11—14, DIAGONAL

Monday, 09 March

NILS FRAHM - Spaces, ERASED TAPES
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NILS FRAHM

Spaces

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP055CD

**Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live performance, recorded on all sorts of devices and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album." Presented in die-cut slipcase with liner notes** "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so far only showed a fragment of what to expect from a Nils Frahm concert. Frahm’s heart lies in improvi… Read more
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NILS FRAHM - Spaces, ERASED TAPES