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Thursday, 29 January

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
JK FLESH - Posthuman, 3BY3

JK FLESH

Posthuman

3BY3

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 3BY3009CD

Justin Broaderick (Jesu, Palesketcher, Techno Animal, Napalm Death) remerges as JK Flesh for one of his heaviest albums in years. Appearing on 3by3, the label who tasked him with those bloodied remixes of Cloaks, he moves away from the shoegaze visions of the brilliant Palesketcher album, and the dramas of Jesu to burrow deep into stark, subterranean Dubstep rhythms mixed with rusted guitar noise and guttural howls. Like his buddy The Bug's brutalised dub, or Distance's axe-wielding halfstep, 'Posthuman' is all about visceral distortion and bruising bass weight, from the quaking kicks and doom riff… Read more
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JK FLESH - Posthuman, 3BY3
ZOMBI - Escape Velocity, RELAPSE
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ZOMBI

Escape Velocity

RELAPSE

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: RR71482

The sonic universe that they inhabit is an increasingly crowded one, but Zombi aren't about to let their thunder be stolen by young upstarts like Xander Harris and Umberto. These guys are old hands, and when it comes to creating fizzing electro that summons amyl-fuelled hi-NRG and Italian horror soundtracks alike, they're often imitated but rarely bettered. Escape Velocity is their seventh (mini)album proper, and from the moment the needle drops onto THE opener and title track, you know it's on: full-fat, pulsing synth arpeggios kept in check by live drums that exhume the furious, first-pumping c… Read more
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ZOMBI - Escape Velocity, RELAPSE

Wednesday, 28 January

FOREST SWORDS - Engravings, Tri Angle Records
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FOREST SWORDS

Engravings

Tri Angle Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRIANGLE20CD

'Engravings' is the incredible and eagerly awaited debut album by Forest Swords. Emerging some three years since his cherished EPs for Olde English Spelling Bee (remember them?!) and No Pain In Pop, he returns with a heavy soul and keener grasp of aerated R&B and dub dynamics whilst retaining the deglazed, haunted and crepuscular pop essence that left us wanting for much more with 'Dagger Paths' and the sublime Rattling Cage' single. It's to their credit that Tri Angle have largely kept him out of the limelight and shy of the gig circuit, affording time to hone ten perfectly flawed songs of sl… Read more
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FOREST SWORDS - Engravings, Tri Angle Records

Wednesday, 21 January

SPRINGINTGUT & F.S. BLUMM - The Bird and White Noise, Pingipung

SPRINGINTGUT & F.S. BLUMM

The Bird and White Noise

Pingipung

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PINGIPUNG43CD

Review to follow shortly…
PATRICK COWLEY - School Daze (Reissue), Dark Entries Records
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PATRICK COWLEY

School Daze (Reissue)

Dark Entries Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: DE-052CD

*The gay porn soundtrack work of legendary musician and producer, Patrick Cowley* "Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem have teamed up to release the gay porn soundtrack work of San Francisco-based musician and producer, Patrick Cowley. Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the cannon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music coined “The San Francisco Sound.” Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco where he founded the Electronic Music Lab… Read more
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PATRICK COWLEY - School Daze (Reissue), Dark Entries Records

Friday, 16 January

ANDY STOTT - Luxury Problems, Modern Love
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ANDY STOTT

Luxury Problems

Modern Love

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: LOVE079CD

*CD edition housed in an oversized 6-panel digifile, mastered by Matt Colton at Air Studios* Following on from a pair of Extended Players released in 2011 ("Passed Me By" / "We Stay Together") Andy Stott returns to Modern Love with 'Luxury Problems', an 8 track album of new material recorded over the last 12 months. Five of the tracks on the album feature the voice of Alison Skidmore, Andy's onetime Piano teacher whom he hadnt seen since he was a teenager back in 1996. There was no grand gesture in mind, it just sort of happened - but after almost a year of studio work the result is really q… Read more
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ANDY STOTT - Luxury Problems, Modern Love
HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club, Ghostly International
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HTRK

Psychic 9-5 Club

Ghostly International

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI-204CD

'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphoria, but it feels like they've come, or are coming to terms with it … Read more
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HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club, Ghostly International

Tuesday, 13 January

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
DUSK & BLACKDOWN VS. GRIEVOUS ANGEL - Margins Music: Redux, Keysound
UK/Bass music stalwart Grievous Angel versions Dusk & Blackdown's 'Margins Music' inna dub stylee! Grievous and Dusk/Blackdown are kindred spirits when it comes to this quintessentially British ting. Between them they've probably written more than anyone on the subject, holding down hugely essential blogspots, magazine columns, and the brilliant Woofah fanzine. So it makes a helluva lot of sense to work on the substance itself, with Grievous Angel here giving 'Margins Music' a complete overhaul, revising the entire album in a swung dub style, much like Mad Professor… Read more
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DUSK & BLACKDOWN VS. GRIEVOUS ANGEL - Margins Music: Redux, Keysound

Monday, 12 January

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, 09 January

PERC - The Power And The Glory (Original Mixes), Perc Trax
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PERC

The Power And The Glory (Original Mixes)

Perc Trax

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TPTCD005

Perc proceeds 2011's 'Wicker & Steel' album with a quintessentially English comment on techno and politics with 'The Power And The Glory'. From the track titles - 'Rotting Sound', 'Take Your Body Off' - to the ascetic productions values, the whole thing feel utterly gutted, leaving behind an ironically aware rhetoric that rings true with the producer's glum views on the UK's enervated state of affairs. Drawing parallels in opposition to so much cookie-cutter house in circulation right now, his choice of abrasive, visceral sounds more than just feels right; he's making a poli… Read more
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PERC - The Power And The Glory (Original Mixes), Perc Trax

Thursday, 08 January

LIAISONS DANGEREUSES - Liaisons Dangereuses, Soulsheriff Records
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LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

Liaisons Dangereuses

Soulsheriff Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: SSCD06

Completely essential official reissue of THE industrial/EBM classic by Liasons Dangereuses, mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981 by Liaisons Dangereuses and officially unavailable on any format for what seems like forever. Written and produced by Beate Bartel & Chrislo Haas (aka CH-BB) in 1981, their only album would define a blueprint for so much bare-bones, darkside electronic body music to come, invading and irrevocably influencing discotheques from Cologne and Berlin to Manchester, Chicago and New York with a potent, sexy distillation of disco, punk and latin music that s… Read more
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LIAISONS DANGEREUSES - Liaisons Dangereuses, Soulsheriff Records

Monday, 05 January

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
SUN KIL MOON - Ghosts Of The Great Highway (Deluxe Reissue), CALDO VERDE
Back in stock. Regular readers will no doubt be aware of our unashamed love for ex-Red House Painter Mark Kozelek. This was his first album under the Sun Kil Moon moniker, recorded after he disbanded the Red House Painters, and sees him on top form producing what many believe the best songs of his career. Continuing the folk/country rock ideas he ploughed into 'Songs for a Blue Guitar'; the album begins with 'Glen Tipton' (named after the Judas Priest guitarist) and we are treated to an unofficial follow-up to the Red House Painters' classic 'Have you Forgotten'. … Read more
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SUN KIL MOON - Ghosts Of The Great Highway (Deluxe Reissue), CALDO VERDE
DJ SPRINKLES - Midtown 120 Blues (Special Edition), Comatonse Recordings
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DJ SPRINKLES

Midtown 120 Blues (Special Edition)

Comatonse Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: C.022

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

Monday, 29 December

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Alloy, Alga Marghen

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE

Alloy

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: PLANA-P 13NMN.035

*Digpak CD with fold-out insert* Alga Marghen present two archival pieces documenting the previously unpublished 'Golden Research' of Charlemagne Palestine between the early '60s and mid-late '70s. This first edition of the series features three longform pieces with the potential to change your opinion about minimalism and music in general. The first is 'Holy1' and 'Holy 2' recorded in 1967. At the time Charlemagne was listening to a lot of ethnic world music while also immersing himself in New York's late night soundscape. He would take long walks with his saxophonist friend Bob Feldman at… Read more
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Alloy, Alga Marghen

Friday, 19 December

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

Neptune's Lair (Reissue)

Tresor Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: TRESOR129CD

Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. Opinions will differ, but this CD version is arguably the definitive edition, containing 21 tracks to the LP's 13, and a discernibly lucid digital mastering compared with relatively smudged frequencies on the 2LP vinyl. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
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Thursday, 18 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
PINCH & MUMDANCE - Pinch B2B Mumdance, TECTONIC
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PINCH & MUMDANCE

Pinch B2B Mumdance

TECTONIC

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TECCD018

Pinch and Mumdance go B2B carving thru 19 exclusive versions and unreleased tracks from the the Tectonic and Cold laboratories. Following their september 2013 mix together, it's rooted UK dance futurism at its finest, twisting the lines of D&B, dubstep and techno thru grime and up-to-the-second bass dimensions. Opening and closing with atmospheric bookends by Logos, they skulk between Alex Coulton's darkside tribalism 'Sinners', Pinch and Shed versions of 'Obsession (The Possession)' to Mumdance's manic 'Sprawl', to Ziro's rigid overhaul of El-B's 'Buck & Bury', Nurve's aquatech cha… Read more
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PINCH & MUMDANCE - Pinch B2B Mumdance, TECTONIC

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

LEWIS - L'Amour, Light In The Attic
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LEWIS

L'Amour

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

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
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
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

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

SLEAFORD MODS - Chubbed Up +, Ipecac
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SLEAFORD MODS

Chubbed Up +

Ipecac

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

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