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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
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
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
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 // £11.99

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

Tuesday, 17 March

PEARSON SOUND - Pearson Sound, HESSLE AUDIO
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PEARSON SOUND

Pearson Sound

HESSLE AUDIO

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HESCD002

Pearson sound has the honour of releasing Hessle Audio's 1st solo artist album with his adroit and concise self-titled opus. It arrives 7 years since his earliest transmission, 'Blimey' [HES005] as Ramadanman, in which time he's carved a distinct niche between the sub-strata of UK techno, dubstep and electronica, building one of the most distinguished catalogues in modern dance music - including high profile remixes for Radiohead and Disclosure. Clearly inspired by the 'floor but not beholden to it, 'Pearson Sound' gives him wriggle room for experimentation; space to pursue those wayward i… Read more
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PEARSON SOUND - Pearson Sound, HESSLE AUDIO

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

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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

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WG018

Review to follow shortly…

Thursday, 12 March

POWELL - Powell 11—14, DIAGONAL
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POWELL

Powell 11—14

DIAGONAL

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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
LINKWOOD - Expressions, Firecracker
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LINKWOOD

Expressions

Firecracker

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FIREC013CD

'Expressions' is the lush 2nd album from Edinburgh's Linkwood on Firecracker. It's the sort of album you can spend a whole evening, or equally a whole lifetime with, perfectly crafted and sequenced for immersed listening and also to be broken down into DJ components - of which there are some super strong moments in the hypnotic Detroit disco-tech of 'Object', the sophisticate house stride of 'Expressions', and a sublime dub chord lather in 'Love Lost' to close. From Firecracker's own malty sales notes: "Ah, yes! Finally some real flavours to sink our teeth into. The nose is truly a work of art. F… Read more
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LINKWOOD - Expressions, Firecracker

Tuesday, 03 March

SIR RICHARD BISHOP - Tangier Sessions, Drag City
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SIR RICHARD BISHOP

Tangier Sessions

Drag City

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: DC618CD

"Sir Richard Bishop is back with a fresh album and a fresh guitar! On Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard’s mythic guitar playing reaches a new degree of ingenuity and esteem. While traveling in Geneva, Bishop stumbled upon a modest, yet enchanting guitar, hidden on a shelf. He left the shop empty handed, but for days the guitar haunted him! He returned to purchase the instrument, mesmerized by the incredible sounds it produced when played. Utilizing this new and mysterious guitar, “Frontier” is an enduringly majestic composition, one of several songs on Tangier Sessions to feature Sir R… Read more
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SIR RICHARD BISHOP - Tangier Sessions, Drag City
MUMDANCE & LOGOS - Proto, TECTONIC
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MUMDANCE & LOGOS

Proto

TECTONIC

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TECCD019

Mumdance & Logos scout anterior, avant zones of the 'floor with the very keenly awaited 'Proto' LP for Tectonic. Haunted by the extremities of rave's past, but yanking at its future, the duo serve eight anachronistic showpieces equally adept at razing big rooms and punishing scuzzy basements. A 100% proof distillation of Belgian techno, early '90s bleep and hard-bodied American club styles turnt with grimy British rave suss, 'Proto' sidesteps superfluous sounds in favour of the most effective, visceral elements arranged with style and swagger. 'Dance Energy (89 Mix)' is Beltram battered into stee… Read more
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MUMDANCE & LOGOS - Proto, TECTONIC

Wednesday, 25 February

CYCLOBE - Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window, Phantomcode
*Full colour deluxe laminated wallet with fold-out poster art by Alex Rose* Cyclobe have been operating in the shadows of darker ambient music for over a decade now. They collaborated with Jim O'Rourke and Nurse With Wound on Beta-lactam Ring Records for their last release 'Angry Eelectric Finger', over six years ago, before returning to Phantom Code in 2010 with this unsettling suite of arcane and enigmatic ambience. The trio comprises former Coil members Ossian Brown, Simon Norris and Stephen Thrower colluding in unheimlich unison, crawling back up the spiral vortex into wy… Read more
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CYCLOBE - Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window, Phantomcode

Thursday, 12 February

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
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

Tuesday, 10 February

JASMINE GUFFOND - Yellow Bell, SONIC PIECES
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JASMINE GUFFOND

Yellow Bell

SONIC PIECES

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: SONICPIECES021

*Handmade & numbered book packaging, edition of 450 copies* Yeah this one’s a little bit special. Sonic Pieces have long set themselves apart from the plethora of home-spun, hand-made, overly-serene imprints out there, both in terms of their exquisite packaging but more importantly via their patient, hand-picked selection of some of the finest avant-classical, drone and experimental yet accessible music out there. And this new release - from the largely unknown Jasmine Guffond - really stands out as their best release yet. You may or may not have come across Guffond's other projects - Jasm… Read more
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JASMINE GUFFOND - Yellow Bell, SONIC PIECES

Thursday, 05 February

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
DEAN BLUNT & INGA COPELAND (HYPE WILLIAMS) - Black Is Beautiful, Hyperdub
*Comes in a limited edition cartridge-style CD case* Hype Williams' Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland have released a lot of albums in the last couple of years - few of them better than their untitled 2010 effort for Carnivals - so you could be forgiven for not keeping count. But the truth is that this record, their first for Kode9's Hyperdub, is one of their most haunting and vividly realised to date. Copeland's sighing vocals are worth the price of admission alone, particularly when riding DIY footwork rhythms ('12') or or playing at pure pop ('2'). Apart from ope… Read more
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DEAN BLUNT & INGA COPELAND (HYPE WILLIAMS) - Black Is Beautiful, Hyperdub
BEN FROST & DANIEL BJARNASON - Solaris, BEDROOM COMMUNITY
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BEN FROST & DANIEL BJARNASON

Solaris

BEDROOM COMMUNITY

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: HVALUR12CD

Immense, elegiac space music from Ben Frost and composer/arranger Daníel Bjarnason. Arising out a 2010 commission from the Unsound Festival in Krakow - hometown of Stanislav Lem, writer of the original Solaris novel - Frost and Bjarnason's SÓLARIS is also a response to Andrei Tarkovsky's famous film version. Though outwardly a work of science fiction, SÓLARIS is really a meditation on time, memory and mortality, and Frost and Bjarnason's music is accordingly grave, pensive and moving. They clearly revel in the possibilities of working with an orchestra, inducing the 28-piece Sinfonie… Read more
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BEN FROST & DANIEL BJARNASON - Solaris, BEDROOM COMMUNITY

Monday, 02 February

BJORK - Biophilia Live, One Little Indian
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BJORK

Biophilia Live

One Little Indian

Format_dot_cd2CD+BLU // £16.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BJORK539BLURAY

*Blu-ray format features extra content filmed during Biophilia’s residency at Japan’s Miraikan Museum and the options of stereo and 5:1 surround sound. Audio on two CD's plus the critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album, titled ‘Biophilia Live’* The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the… Read more
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BJORK - Biophilia Live, One Little Indian
DEAN BLUNT - Black Metal, Rough Trade
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DEAN BLUNT

Black Metal

Rough Trade

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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, 29 January

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…

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