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LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Wilderness Of Mirrors , ROOM 40
'Wilderness of Mirrors' is a harrowing and compelling slab of dense ambient doom from esteemed Room40 proprietor, Lawrence English. Two years in the making and arguably ranking among his finest works, 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is, as English puts it, "reflection upon reflection, a pure white out of absolute aurality". Taking its title from a phrase rooted in T.S. Eliot's poem 'Gerontion' and later used to describe the misinformation campaigns of the cold war, it finds English channelling inspiration from the affective dynamics of Earth, MBV and Swans, together with his own fascina… Read more

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BRIAN REITZELL - Watch Dogs (Original Game Soundtrack), INVADA
"Invada dive once again into the world of video game soundtracks with the release of Brian Reitzell's musical score to the open-world adventure game Watch_Dogs. Full of infectious beats and atmospheric, retro-futuristic synths, the score is a further achievement from composer Reitzell, who has previously written music for U.S drama series as well as working on multiple scores with acclaimed director Sofia Coppola, the latter of which has featured collaborations with French band AIR and Kevin Shields. This latest work brings an eclectic feel to the score, with off-kil… Read more

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SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty, SUB POP
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SHABAZZ PALACES

Lese Majesty

SUB POP

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: SPCD1044

Super smart 2nd album from Seattle's foremost hip hop accelerationists. Fronted by Ishmael Butler, formerly of the brilliant Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces have cornered a unique take on contemporary hip hop melding traces of electronica, cyberactive dub and jazz inna cerebral but instantly gratifying style that swerves self-conscious oddness in favour of genuinely psychedelic lushness and off-the-dome freedom. Borrowing its title 'Lese Majesty' from a French term for offending about offending the dignity of a royal, the album is framed as a "…sort of sonic attack on the "me-mania" that… Read more
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ALESSANDRO CORTINI - Sonno, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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ALESSANDRO CORTINI

Sonno

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HOS-412CD

*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed through … Read more
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PYE CORNER AUDIO - Black Mill Tapes (Volumes 1-4), Type Recordings
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PYE CORNER AUDIO

Black Mill Tapes (Volumes 1-4)

Type Recordings

Format_dot_cd3CD // £14.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TYPE118CD

*44 Track / Triple CD collecting all four volumes of the Black Mill Tapes Series, audio re-mastered by Matt Colton, housed in a triple Jewel Case* The Black Mill Tapes volumes 1-4 are now available on one epic triple CD set featuring over 40 tracks of material, now completely remastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Lurking in the shadows between deep house, slow techno, Carpenter soundtracks and classic electronica, these sibling albums transcend genres with hallucinatory, shape-shifting effect, trudging from the pastoral whimsy of the first volumes to a darker, less certain… Read more

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THE DURUTTI COLUMN - Chronicle LX : XL, Kooky
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THE DURUTTI COLUMN

Chronicle LX : XL

Kooky

Format_dot_cd2CD BOX // £23.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: KOOKYDISC60

**Strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide - deluxe package in an embossed burgundy textured canvas box containing: A full colour saddle stitched booklet with an introduction by Bruce Mitchell and a collage of photographs from Vini's own personal collection, a printed sandpaper insert, a map (randomly selected one of six) redrawn in 'Obey the Time purple and yellow' showing a place of importance to the artist, a grey card certificate in a custom envelope & two compact discs in pochettes. Each box set will have a map grey card certificate** "Special and expanded version to acknowl… Read more
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VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.2, Hyperdub
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VARIOUS

Hyperdub 10.2

Hyperdub

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDBCD026

**Includes tracks from Jessy Lanza, Kode 9 & Copeland, DVA, Morgan Zarate and more** Hyperdub compile sweeter, soulful classics and new exclusives on the 2nd part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. The presence of feminine pressure has always been core to Hyperdub's aesthetic, from the earliest iterations of Warrior Queen's fearsome hook-ups with The Bug, to the new skool of Jessy Lanza or Inga Copeland's exclusive collaboration with Kode 9, 'Lies, Lies', via Cooly G's sensuous swing. They've plucked 14 of the best for you on '10.2', flexing from the ghostly 2-step of Burial's 'Shell Of Lig… Read more
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VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.2, Hyperdub
MOODYMANN - Moodymann, KDJ

MOODYMANN

Moodymann

KDJ

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KDJ44CD

**26 track CD edition - Doesn't include "Restart" which is exclusive to the vinyl version** Kenny Dixon Jr. drops his best album in a decade, replete with stellar guest spots from Funkadelic, Andrés, Nikki O, Jose James and Bilal. Housed in some of the dopest artwork you'll cop in 2014, the album is a laidback and highly-entertaining stroll around Moodymann's mind; a place obsessed with the holy trinity of women, funk and the 313. After a couple of listens thru, there's a coupla obvious standouts - the supple bump and treacly vocal of 'Jose James on 'Desire', the techno-fied roll of 'Sunday Hotel'… Read more

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IMAGINARY SOFTWOODS - The Path of Spectrolite, Archives Interieures
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IMAGINARY SOFTWOODS

The Path of Spectrolite

Archives Interieures

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AICD03

*CD reissue through Archives Interieures* On 'The Path Of Spectrolite' John Elliott's Imaginary Softwoods are in prime season, yielding the most luminescent and synthetically-modified harvest. The Emeralds alchemist has been carefully cultivating this sound with some gorgeous tape releases on Wagon and  Pizza Night, but this is only the second one deemed worthy of a vinyl cut, and that should speak volumes. The first side breaks down as four shorter pieces of intricately winding and invitingly pure synthesizer music which evolves with a natural, layered elegance. The other … Read more

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RICHARD YOUNGS - Primary Concrete Attack, Fourth Dimension
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RICHARD YOUNGS

Primary Concrete Attack

Fourth Dimension

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: FDCD90

*Edition of 300 copies* "Whilst in Krakow for his appearance at the re:source festival in December 2013, Richard Youngs started telling me how he would rise to the challenge of any music idea put to him. Accordingly, I asked if he would try his hand at a dub album and, after pointing out how much he hated reggae, he agreed. A month or two later, he told me he’d commenced recording this, too, with the help of some equipment loaned to him by (I think) Luke Fowler. Now completed, the results form this album, which (naturally) sounds little like dub and more like Richard Youngs simp… Read more
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MIKA VAINIO - Black Telephone of Matter, Touch
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MIKA VAINIO

Black Telephone of Matter

Touch

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TO72

Now available at a special price. Veteran Finnish electronics maestro and one of the most fascinating producers of our times, Mika Vainio returns to the Touch label, the recent home of some of his most uncompromsing work. Last years 'Oleva' and the preceding Pan Sonic album remain examples of the finest electronic albums of the last few years, but they were surely also some of his most accessible. For 'Black Telephone Of Matter' we hear the contrarily noisy and contemplative side of Mika, no beats, but plenty of completely devastating aural views surveying vast abstract landscape… Read more
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BEN FROST - A U R O R A, Mute
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BEN FROST

A U R O R A

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CDSTUMM368

Lauded sonic alchemist Ben Frost keens into full view with the terrifying and awe-inspiring 'Aurora', his first full length solo album since 'By The Throat' (2009), and his debut for Mute. Clearly a gifted producer - with a remarkable catalogue to prove it - Frost has, over the last decade or so, become increasingly sought-out for his sensitive yet calloused ear by numerous collaborators and like-minded artists such as Björk, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Lawrence English, and Tim Hecker. The latter three in particular are all close collaborators, sharing a focus on mining something affectively visceral an… Read more
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VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.1, Hyperdub
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VARIOUS

Hyperdub 10.1

Hyperdub

Format_dot_cd2CD // £11.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDBCD025

Hyperdub present an exclusive-crammed first volume of four compilations celebrating ten years as a vanguard dancefloor and electronica imprint. In line with Kode 9's original sonic concepts exploring the intersection of cybernetic culture, philosophy and forward dance music, in 2014 the label's remit takes in up-to-the-second Footwork from Chicago alongside the gulliest London Grime and hyper-coloured computer boogie from a far-flung but like-minded pool of producers. Arguably the most exciting pieces on this volume come from that virulent Chicago scene, most notably with the shocking polymetrics… Read more

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ALIAS - Pitch Black Prism, Anticon

ALIAS

Pitch Black Prism

Anticon

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ABR0143CD

"Every year requires winter records. Those sounds that you reach for when cyclical freeze triggers a craving for icy synthesizers and sinister drums. This is where you’ll find Alias’ Pitch Black Prism, an alternately bleak and beautiful album built for headphones and hailstorms. “The image that stuck in my head for its tone was a figure illuminated just beyond the range of complete darkness,” says Alias. “I worked on it mostly it night, so it definitely has more of a nocturnal feel than any of my previous albums.” It’s a fitting metaphor for the Maine resident. Few places boast such a severe c… Read more
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LAND OBSERVATIONS - The Grand Tour, Mute
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LAND OBSERVATIONS

The Grand Tour

Mute

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CDSTUMM369

"Land Observations (aka musician and artist, James Brooks) presents ‘The Grand Tour’, the follow up to 2012’s debut album, ‘Roman Roads IV-XI’. Where the debut album was concerned with the roads of communication and conquest that stretched across the former Roman Empire and Republic, the new album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour. The album was recorded on the edge of the Bavarian Alps on just one electric 6-string guitar - exploring the potential of the instrument in relation to layers, rhythm, melo… Read more
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THE FATES - Furia, Finders Keepers Records
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THE FATES

Furia

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 016EGGSCD

Originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1985 this privately pressed all female post-punk / broken-folk collective concept album was resurrected from the ashes of the original line-up of The Fall and Velvet Underground singer Nico’s Blue Orchids backing band at the command of pioneering Manchester female punk icon Una Baines before disappearing into the annals of UK punk purgatory. Comprising all the DIY traits and snarling attitudes of Manchester’s smartarsed punk retaliation, with haunting mechanical folk, pastoral drones and a back story that unites sleeve artist Linder Sterling (Ludus), Spide… Read more

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VAN DYKE PARKS - The Super Chief: Music For The Silver Screen, Bella Union

VAN DYKE PARKS

The Super Chief: Music For The Silver Screen

Bella Union

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: BELLACD392

"‘Super Chief: Music For The Silver Screen’ is an ‘orchestral fantasy’ inspired by a rail journey Van Dyke embarked upon across the United States in 1955. In Van Dyke Parks’ own words: “I’ve made an orchestral fantasy illustrating my first trip across the USA by rail, in 1955. This Suite is drawn from over a score of years, and as many films, now re-recorded from my archives as a film-music composer. […] In editing, I was surprised to discover my penchant for folk themes, reframed in orchestral settings. (There are countless quotes from the 19th century ‘The … Read more
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ELEH - For Moussavi Atrium, Important Records
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ELEH

For Moussavi Atrium

Important Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: IMPREC400

Enveloping 38-minute piece from Eleh written for performance at the Cleveland Museum Of Contemporary Art. 'For Moussavi Atrium' marks the first new Eleh material since 2012, following an invaluable programme of reissues for their Important early releases during the 2013. It starts off in near silence before fleshing out a supple sinewave flux modulating at rapid intervals to a pulsing, brain-worming coda that'll hypnotise and control anyone susceptible to a good 'wave. This is one of those instances where the format plays some part - the clarity and duration afforded by the CD really holds us… Read more
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MADLIB - Rock Konducta (Pt. 1 & 2), Madlib Invazion
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MADLIB

Rock Konducta (Pt. 1 & 2)

Madlib Invazion

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: MMS025CD

"The Complete Rock Konducta Experience, presented Here As A Double-CD Issue, Featuring 48 Untitled Tracks Across 2 CDs. Madlib’s Rock Konducta – the blatantly titled, rock-inspired entry in the producer’s long-running Beat Konducta instrumental series. Madlib announced his Rock Konducta album with a limited edition 45 made specifically for sale at the Zamrock Live! Madlib Medicine Show in San Francisco in early 2013. It was a fitting place to make the debut, as his previous Beat Konducta in Africa album was heavily inspired by Africa’s vibrant 70s rock scene, with a specific focus on Zambi… Read more
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VARIOUS / EXPLORER SERIES - Bali : Music From The Morning Of The World, Nonesuch Explorer Series

VARIOUS / EXPLORER SERIES

Bali : Music From The Morning Of The World

Nonesuch Explorer Series

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: 7559797142

"The thrilling sound of the Balinese orchestral style known as gamelan gong kebyar-which begins this record-is justly famous, for in no other music does one find such shimmering brilliance and tempestuous rhythms. But it is less widely known that gamelan gong kebyar is only one of many beautiful musical styles found in Bali, which in its small area (only 2,147 square miles) contains a cornucopia of artistic wealth which would do honor to a country ten or twenty times its size. Jawarharlal Nehru called Bali "the morning of the world" with good reason, for … Read more

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VARIOUS / EXPLORER SERIES - Bali : Music From The Morning Of The World, Nonesuch Explorer Series
ST VINCENT - Marry Me, Beggars Banquet
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ST VINCENT

Marry Me

Beggars Banquet

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: BBQCD254

Back in stock. St. Vincent is the assumed name of one Annie Clark, a multi instrumentalist who's already managed to notch up quite a list of achievements in her career to date. It might have taken her a while to piece together her stunning debut album, but she's hardly been sitting around watching re-runs of Friends, rather she's been busying herself providing backup for none other than Sufjan Stevens and epic robe-wearing psych-sters The Polyphonic Spree. Quite some pedigree then, and it's this experience which she ploughs whole-heartedly into 'Marry Me', an album that's as ambitious and well-imagi… Read more

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EARTH - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull, Southern Lord Recordings
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EARTH

The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull

Southern Lord Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SUNN90

BACK IN STOCK. Earth's Hex album, despite transgressing doom genre boundaries, turned out to be something of a touchstone for many artists in the field; its American gothic landscapes were quickly swallowed up as a new fixture in the death ambient vocabulary, and countless records seem to have been made since that have tapped into its stately Western gloom. The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull is a natural progression from Hex, taking the same template of slow, simplistic progressions and low-end riffing whilst adding liberal smatterings of keyboard instrumentation - har… Read more
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THE BUG - London Zoo, Ninja Tune

THE BUG

London Zoo

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ZENCD132

The Bug finally steps it up proper with his first full length player since his 'Pressure' set laid down the industro-dub gauntlet with a fair clanging smack some 5 years back. In that time we've seen The Bug become a linchpin of the South London Bass scene with unruly rave smashers released on Hyperdub, Soul Jazz and Tigerbeat6 directing us to the future sound of dubstep, bashment and proper heavy bass musics. 'London Zoo' corrals a guest vocalist lineup featuring some of the finest ragga soundsystem toasters London and JA has to offer, with everyone from longtime collaborator Warrior Queen, to the … Read more
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BENGE - Twenty Systems, Expanding (Reissue)
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BENGE

Twenty Systems

Expanding (Reissue)

Format_dot_cdCD+Book // £13.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ECDB1:08

*2013 Reissue* Described by Brian Eno as "a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music", Twenty Systems is a truly impressive catalogue of innovations in synthesizer technology, chronologically ordered between 1968 and 1987. Each of the twenty pieces on the disc showcase the particular sonorities of a synthesizer, beginning with the Moog Modular and concluding with the Kawai K5M. This really is nerd heaven. As far as composition is concerned, Benge (aka Ben Edwards) has tried to leave his own personal voice out of the equation, permitting as much room for the machines to funct… Read more

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

Symbiosis (2014 Edition)

Modern Love

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LOVE059

*Demdike Stare's first album - available again for the first time in a few years* Demdike Stare is a long-in-the-making hookup between two shady characters operating at the fringes of Manchester's fragmented music scene: Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Miles has been a longtime affiliate of Modern Love as one half of Pendle Coven and under his own MLZ alias, while Canty is one of the city's most recognisable vinyl collectors, carrying an obsession with everything from obscure Nordic Doom records to Anatolyan funk albums, fuelled by his dayjob helping out at the Finders Keepers labe… Read more
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VARIOUS / ANGULAR - Cold Waves And Minimal Electronics Vol. 1, Angular Recording Corporation
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VARIOUS / ANGULAR

Cold Waves And Minimal Electronics Vol. 1

Angular Recording Corporation

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: ARC067CD

Tucked into the slipsteam of the 'Minimal Wave' compilation comes Angular Records' equally awesome collection of obscure continental synth-pop 'Cold Wave And Minimal Electronics Vol.1'. Comparisons between the two comps are apt and inevitable as both documents share a number of artists - Linear Movement, Bal Pare and Stereo - and cover the same niche seam of early electronic pop from a network of subterranean DIY synth operators. Angular have done a sterling job still, with Pieter Schoolwerth of NYC's Wierd Records and Angular's Joe Daniel spending two years col… Read more
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VARIOUS / ANGULAR - Cold Waves And Minimal Electronics Vol. 1, Angular Recording Corporation
JANE WEAVER - The Fallen By Watch Bird, Bird Records
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JANE WEAVER

The Fallen By Watch Bird

Bird Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 010EGGSCD

An enduring presence on Manchester's music scene, Jane Weaver returns with a new collection of antiquated folk songs that boldly draws influence from "Eastern European children's cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, 70's television music and early murmurs of 80's synth-pop". As that billing would suggest, The Fallen By Watchbird is a very Finders Keepers-ish affair and calls upon some suitably distinguished and obscure guests. Susan Christie and Wendy Flower (one half of '60s psych-folk legends Wendy & Bonnie) both make notable appearances, as do Andy Votel and Gruff Rhys collaborator L… Read more
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JANE WEAVER - The Fallen By Watch Bird, Bird Records
PAN AMERICAN - For Waiting, For Chasing (Kranky Edition), Kranky
*NEW EDITION ON KRANKY* Following on from the magnificent 'Quiet City' album for Kranky, Mark Nelson finally returns with a new album under the Pan American moniker - and it's another triumph of sublime understatement. "For Waiting, For Chasing" is underpinned by delicately caressed and manipulated Flugelhorns, Tibetan Singing Bowls and Chinese Cymbals, processed, weaved and loved into a throbbing mass of neon loveliness. Opening 'Love Song' unfolds with a gentle cacophony of whirrs - like crickets trapped in a jar - juxtaposed with the most ethereal layers of ambien… Read more
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PAN AMERICAN - For Waiting, For Chasing (Kranky Edition), Kranky
SHACKLETON - Fabric 55: Shackleton, Fabric Worldwide
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SHACKLETON

Fabric 55: Shackleton

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: FABRIC109

The enigmatic master of outernational dystopia and psychedelic rhythms turns in an outstanding Fabric mix full of exclusive, unreleased material. As anyone who has submitted themselves to his ritualistic live shows will attest, this producer operates in a very special dancefloor dimension. Those shows have become the stuff of legend, reworking the most potent elements of his records into a stunningly febrile, in-the-moment context designed to elicit absolutely primal urges. In our opinion, his live show is one of the best in the world right now, and has been for a few years, so this mix… Read more
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SHACKLETON - Fabric 55: Shackleton, Fabric Worldwide
MICHAEL CHAPMAN - Fully Qualified Survivor, Light In The Attic

MICHAEL CHAPMAN

Fully Qualified Survivor

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: LITA60CD

*1970 British folk rock classic re-issued in deluxe metallic foil digipak.* "Although not as well known as his peers (Roy Harper, John Marytn, and Bert Jansch), the name Michael Chapman is an important one in the linage of English folk rock guitarists and singer/songwriters of the late 60's/early 70's. For those unfamiliar with Chapman's work, Roy Harper might be his closest musical cousin (and both artists were signed to EMI's seminal stoner record label Harvest - also home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett). Like other Harvest artists, Chapman's music contains a slightly drugged… Read more

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TOBIAS - Leaning Over Backwards, OSTGUT TON
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TOBIAS

Leaning Over Backwards

OSTGUT TON

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OSTGUTCD18

Highly accomplished LP of skinny house reductions from the mighty Tobias Freund, new on Ostgut Ton. Freund has been at the forefront of advanced Berlin electronic music for aeons now, chiefly as collaborator with Max Loderbauer in Sun Electric and NSI., and as engineer/co-producer for the likes of Margaret Dygas and Ellen Allien, but it's a real treat when he flies solo. His sporadic dancefloor-aimed releases as Tobias. are always tip-top - his 'Street Knowledge' is one the illest house cuts of the past decade - so an album's worth of the stuff is very welcome indeed. These new production… Read more

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BURIAL - Street Halo EP / Kindred EP (Japanese Import), HYPERDUB / BEATINK
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BURIAL

Street Halo EP / Kindred EP (Japanese Import)

HYPERDUB / BEATINK

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BRC320CD

One-off Japanaese pressing of this limited CD compiling both of Burial's 'Steet Halo' and 'Kindred' EPs, originally produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market. All six tracks in their full length versions, totalling 50 minutes of music not previously available on CD, packaged in full size jewel case with Japanese obi-strip overlay.

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PLANK! - Animalism, Akoustik Anarkhy

PLANK!

Animalism

Akoustik Anarkhy

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AA2W064CD

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DRVG CVLTVRE - Everything Oblivion, SNUG LIFE
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DRVG CVLTVRE

Everything Oblivion

SNUG LIFE

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SNUG07

Drvg Cvltvre is the current vehicle for Vincent Koreman's dark and grotty Dutch DiscoTech fantasies. Aside from recent ructions on his brilliant Snug Life label - home to top records by Leyland Kirby, Ekoplekz and Cosmic Dennis Greenidge - long-term observers may know his previous material as Ra-X, including the brilliant 'Opium Den' sessions on Mighty Robot (go track 'em down!), or his various missives on Angelmaker or Bunker Records. But we're only scraping the surface there; he's been at it for over 15 years now and that experience strongly manifests throughout 'Everything Oblivion'… Read more
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DRVG CVLTVRE - Everything Oblivion, SNUG LIFE
CLARK - Clarence Park (Expanded Edition), Warp Records

CLARK

Clarence Park (Expanded Edition)

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD86X

*27 Track expanded Edition* 2012 reissue of the debut album from Chris Clark. There is a definate Aphex quality to the 14 odd tracks here, a kind of squelchy bass-heavy sound, from the opening solitary Piano rendition of 'The Dogs' we delve into dark sub-industrial territory with 'Proper lofi'. 'Oaklands' goes all ravey with a paradinas/squarepusher stadium electronica vibe while B-sider 'The Chase' is a real grinding head-nodder. Despite the obvious reference points, there are some incredibly clever moments, complex production and a real ear for uplifting chord progressions in amongst the bass-heaviness. Check 'Lord of The Dance' for the real winner.
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CLARK - Clarence Park (Expanded Edition), Warp Records
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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SNOW PALMS - Intervals, Village Green
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SNOW PALMS

Intervals

Village Green

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: VGCD010

"Snow Palms was initially conceived by composer David Sheppard (State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound, Phelan / Sheppard) as a vehicle for instrumental pieces based around xylophones, glockenspiels, vibraphones, metallophones and other mallet instruments. Sheppard hooked up with producer / arranger Chris Leary (Ochre) to sort the wheat from the chaff, adding layers of chamber orchestration and discrete electronic textures to many of the intricate, polyrhythmic superstructures. The duo then expanded the arrangements to embrace woodwinds, a string quartet, classical and electric guitar, harmonium… Read more
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JUAN ATKINS - 20 Years Of Metroplex: 1985-2005 (2013 Reissue), Tresor Records

JUAN ATKINS

20 Years Of Metroplex: 1985-2005 (2013 Reissue)

Tresor Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TRESOR216CD

*Finally reprinted* Juan Atkins’ long-awaited restrospective of his work on Metroplex from 1985-2005. 23 classic tracks, which celebrate 20 years of Juan Atkins’ re-writing techno music..this is the most extensive retrospective yet of techno music’s most famous innovator. Juan personally selected all the tracks on this double CD pack, containing a few pre-Metroplex tracks from his early Cybotron project, but with the bulk of his important works coming from his Metroplex catalogue, a label which he founded in 1985. Amazing tracklisting : Disc 01 01. Cybotron / A… Read more
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JUAN ATKINS - 20 Years Of Metroplex: 1985-2005 (2013 Reissue), Tresor Records
FOREST SWORDS - Engravings, Tri Angle Records
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FOREST SWORDS

Engravings

Tri Angle Records

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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
VATICAN SHADOW - Remember Your Black Day, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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VATICAN SHADOW

Remember Your Black Day

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HOS-399CD

"Remember Your Black Day" features the first material conceived and produced as a full length by Dominick Fernow for the Vatican Shadow project following almost a dozen tapes (mostly released on Hospital Productions) and vinyl editions (released by the likes of Blackest Ever Black, Modern Love and Type) over the last three years. None of the 8 tracks included have been released before on any other format. At a time when the scene is saturated with "Noise Techno" the album is almost celebratory by contrast, balancing caustic licks of distortion and oppressive bass with cleanly mix… Read more
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Ø (MIKA VAINIO) - Konstellaatio, Sahko Recordings
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Ø (MIKA VAINIO)

Konstellaatio

Sahko Recordings

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SAHKO028

'Konstellaatio' is the excellent new album from Mika Vainio's Ø project - his first in this guise since 2008's incredible 'Oleva'. Following on from the crushing technoid scapes of 'Kilo' under his own name and the blackened alloys of his ÄÄNIPÄÄ album with Stephen O'Malley, 'Konstellaatio' reveals the revered producer at his most sensitive, teetering on the brink of the abyss and projecting to the stars. Between the goosebump-inducing panoramic pads of opener 'Otava' and the twinkling electro-dub of closer 'Takaisin' we're made privy to some of the strongest material in his whole oeuvre, an… Read more
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Ø (MIKA VAINIO) - Konstellaatio, Sahko Recordings
LAUREL HALO - Chance of Rain, Hyperdub
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LAUREL HALO

Chance of Rain

Hyperdub

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HDBCD021

"Laurel Halo returns to album format after two critically acclaimed EPs with the driving, meditative 'Chance Of Rain'. Evolving from earlier works, it's a cerebral exploration of the intersection between rhythmic and ambient music, drawing together moments of movement and stillness, psychedelia and presence of mind. On 'Chance Of Rain', rhythms melt with unpredictable structures, ambient drift and deep harmonic passages, while keyboard-based interludes reinforce both the far-out and contemplative aspects of the record as a whole. Halo's evolution as a live performer has directed her music's … Read more
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LAUREL HALO - Chance of Rain, Hyperdub
ACTRESS - Ghettoville, Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune
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ACTRESS

Ghettoville

Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WDNTCD006

The bleary-eared swagger of 'Ghettoville' concludes Actress' album cycle begun with his debut 'Hazyville' back in 2008. As we're sure you're well aware, in the meantime he's released a pair of modern classics, 'Splazsh' and 'R.I.P.', two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With 'Ghettoville' it would appear he's wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don't show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interzones between dancefloor, bedroom and headspace wit… Read more
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ACTRESS - Ghettoville, Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune
VATICAN SHADOW - When You Are Crawling (EP), HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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VATICAN SHADOW

When You Are Crawling (EP)

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS-398

When You Are Crawling' is a 35 minute addendum to Vatican Shadow's recent album, 'Remember Your Black Day'. The iconography and track titles clearly follow the album's theme, but the music is more focussed on the 'floor thanks to assistant production from Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant and the crucial inclusion of the 15 minute techno stepper, 'Atta's Apartment Slated For Demolition (Bouthayna Engineering)' on vinyl for the first time. It opens with a reinforced mix of Remember Your Black Day (Bouthayna Tradition)', suitably augmented by kevlar kicks and flaying hi-hats for opti… Read more
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DEMDIKE STARE - Tryptych (2014 Edition), Modern Love
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DEMDIKE STARE

Tryptych (2014 Edition)

Modern Love

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LOVE067CD

*Tryptych is finally available again for the first time in a couple of years, this time in a triple jewel case* Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England: Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker. The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based largely around archival musical sources ranging from obscure library records to long forgotten jazz, early electronic, and industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish and Eastern European material largely unknown in the Western world. Demdike Stare absorb and… Read more
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DEMDIKE STARE - Elemental (2014 Edition), Modern Love
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DEMDIKE STARE

Elemental (2014 Edition)

Modern Love

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LOVE077CD

*Finally available again - this time pressed up in a double Jewel Case* As promised, Demdike Stare collect their 'Elemental' album to a double-disc edition, and as warned, it's a morphed beast, comprising alternate versions and additional material in bleakest post-industrial fashion. Arguably this is their finest work to date, the result of two heads realising their ambition without compromise and in a typically enigmatic, shadowy way. By sonic sleight of hand, the smoke and mirrors effect of the sound design is potently disorienting, suspending our disbelief with masterfully immer… Read more
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DEMDIKE STARE - Elemental (2014 Edition), Modern Love
CYCLOBE - The Visitors, Phantomcode
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CYCLOBE

The Visitors

Phantomcode

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: NAOS04CD

Invaluable, 13th anniversary 2CD reissue of Cyclobe's 2nd album, 'The Visitors', originally released in 2001 and now repackaged with new artwork by Irish artist Alex Rose and a specially recorded new piece. The 2nd missive from the former and then-current Coil orbiters, Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower revealed vivid glimpses of a rarified electronic delirium paralleling Coil's most far-flung visions, but also manifesting a unique psychedelia of their own, subtly detached and more expansive than their hard-edged debut album. A cycle of seven originals ranging from the hellish, roiling electro-acou… Read more
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CYCLOBE - Sulphur-Tarot-Garden, Phantomcode
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CYCLOBE

Sulphur-Tarot-Garden

Phantomcode

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: NAOS03CD

'Sulphur-Tarot-Garden' collects three mesmerising Cyclobe soundtracks to rare, silent Super-8 films shot by Derek Jarman between 1972 and 1978. An original CDr edition of 200 was debuted to coincide with the films' premiere with their new soundtrack at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012, and this is the first time they've been made widely available - original copies now sell for a lot. We've not had a chance to check the films yet, but if Cyclobe's soundtracks are any reflection of them it's certainly on our to do list. The first and longest piece, 'Sulphur' yields 15 minutes of infecti… Read more
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CYCLOBE - Sulphur-Tarot-Garden, Phantomcode