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Thursday, 26 February

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: "Ah, yes! Finally some real flavours to sink our teeth into. The nose is truly a work of art. First the classic peaty s… Read more
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LINKWOOD - Expressions, Firecracker
PALMBOMEN II - Palmbomen II, Beats In Space Records / RVNG Intl.
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PALMBOMEN II

Palmbomen II

Beats In Space Records / RVNG Intl.

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BIS019CD

Kai Hugo aka Palmbomen II drops one of the most distinctive entries to the proto and lop-sided slo-house discourse with this suite of sidelong, sidereal chuggers. RIYL High Wolf, Danielle Baldelli, Beautiful Swimmers… "Guided by voices hardwired into machines of dance productions past, Kai Hugo redirects the collaborative context of his Palmbomen project and escapes within to create the self-titled debut of Palmbomen II. Possesses the qualities of an artist slipping from one reality to the next, yet welcomes listeners to experience this transcendence in tandem."
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BAMBOUNOU - Centrum, 50 WEAPONS
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BAMBOUNOU

Centrum

50 WEAPONS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 50WEAPONCD17

Parisian Afro-futurist Bambounou projects a mystic, dystopian premonition of things to come with 2nd album, 'Centrum' for Modeselektor's label. Inspired by the sci-fi predictions of Akira and Dune, and operating in aesthetic orbit of Jeff Mills, Jamal Moss and Untold, we find ten tracks unfolding a cracked narrative of night vision synths and scuffed, semi-organic rhythms that seem to have a micro-life of their own. It works very neatly as a play-through listen, twysting between frayed, Afro-centric shuffle and Detroit-style electronics in 'Composer' and the polychromatic Mills arrangement of 'Fire … Read more
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BAMBOUNOU - Centrum, 50 WEAPONS

Thursday, 19 February

MODEL 500 - Digital Solutions, Metroplex Records
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MODEL 500

Digital Solutions

Metroplex Records

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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
ROLAND TINGS - Roland Tings, Internasjonal
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ROLAND TINGS

Roland Tings

Internasjonal

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: INTCD06

Roland Tings graduates from charming early singles for 100% Silk and Club Mod to this lush debut LP for Internasjonal. An impressionistic take on the golden era of late '80s/early '90s house filtered thru a pastel-toned Aussie heat haze, it swaggers across tempo zones from the buoyant, chirpy jack of 'Coming Up For Air' and the woozy piano house bumper, 'Who U Love', to the slow-building centrepiece 'Floating On A Salt Lake' before taking a downtempo turn with the chugging slow-house of 'Devotion' and the squashed strutter, 'Cultural Canal', and back deckside with the glorious 'Venus'.
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ROLAND TINGS - Roland Tings, Internasjonal

Thursday, 12 February

WOLFGANG VOIGT - Protest – Versammlung 1, Profan
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WOLFGANG VOIGT

Protest – Versammlung 1

Profan

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PROFANCD15

*A definitive selection of Wolfgang Voigt’s PROTEST highlights, available on CD for the very first time. Remastered audio and unreleased bonus cuts* "In 1993, Wolfgang Voigt established iconic fringe imprint Profan to provide his own idiosyncratic ideas of techno with an uncensored, liberal publishing platform. From the very beginning, the label stood for a rampant love of experimentation and Voigt's unruly urge to habitually plough through new – and for the most part difficult – musical territory with a straight bass drum. Driven by incessant transgression of boundaries and genre… Read more
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WOLFGANG VOIGT - Protest – Versammlung 1, Profan
MELCHIOR PRODUCTIONS LTD - Meditations 1-6, Perlon
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MELCHIOR PRODUCTIONS LTD

Meditations 1-6

Perlon

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PERL103CD

As reliable as the changing of the seasons, Perlon serve six slices of suave tech-house minimalism from Thomas Melchior, collecting his recent two 12"s. His first material for the label since 2011 offers extended tracks synching elasticated basslines to barely-there drums and ghostly oscillators, with crucial streaks of filtered strings luring us deeper into a rippling conga groove. Next, he ups the energy levels with a perky, super-stripped number reminding of Wolfgang Voigt's Studio One classics, before switching tack again to knotted b-line and swinging claps with properly … Read more
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MELCHIOR PRODUCTIONS LTD - Meditations 1-6, Perlon
JOSEPH CAPRIATI - fabric 80: Joseph Capriati, Fabric Worldwide

JOSEPH CAPRIATI

fabric 80: Joseph Capriati

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC159

"Already recognized as one of the principal profiles in techno, Joseph Capriati has established a reputation as a universally popular DJ and in- demand producer. The Neapolitan, now based in Barcelona, delivers an immaculately- hewn journey through upfront techno and tech- house from some of the scene’s biggest names."
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Thursday, 05 February

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

Thursday, 22 January

NINA KRAVIZ - DJ-Kicks, !K7 Records

NINA KRAVIZ

DJ-Kicks

!K7 Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: K7315CD

Nina Kraviz’ returns with the latest DJ Kicks, featuring tracks from Population One, Jay Denham, Steve Stoll, Bradley Strider, Armando, Baby Ford, Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN, Plaid, DJ Bone, Polygon Window, dBridge as well as exclusives from Nina herself.
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Thursday, 15 January

JIMMY EDGAR - FABRICLIVE 79: Jimmy Edgar, Fabric Worldwide
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JIMMY EDGAR

FABRICLIVE 79: Jimmy Edgar

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC158

*Ships Friday* Jimmy Edgar squeezes out an 18-track showcase of taut, jackin' electro-techno-house on Fabriclive 79. Laden with selections from his Ultramajic label, including 6 of his own productions and collaborations, plus fine picks from fellow house sleazer Kris Wadsworth, plus home-town Detroit cats, Patrice Scott, DJ Godfather & DJ Starski.
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Thursday, 11 December

THEO PARRISH - American Intelligence, Sound Signature
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THEO PARRISH

American Intelligence

Sound Signature

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SSCD07

Deep house savant and pioneer Theo Parrish serves one of 2014's most eagerly awaited, not to mention controversial, LPs with 'American Intelligence'. Featuring more tracks than the vinyl, 15 cuts as opposed to 9, you definitely get more Parrish to the pound here, but scandals about pricing aside, we really shouldn't be focussing on the bloody price tag. As expected, it's a sterling session, unfurling inimitable (no matter how much everyone tries) grooves tangling signature drum calculations and lissom keys with sinuous synth flesh. It includes previous single 'Footwork', plus big hi… Read more
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THEO PARRISH - American Intelligence, Sound Signature
AFRIKAN SCIENCES - Circuitous, PAN
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AFRIKAN SCIENCES

Circuitous

PAN

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PAN54CD

Easily one of our most anticipated LPs of 2014, Afrikan Sciences' 'Circuitous' transcends jazz, techno and hip hop with pineal Afro-futurist vision. Hailing from Saturn via Oakland, CA, Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences has carved an elliptic orbit thru the sonic cosmos with three albums and a string of 12"s for Aybee's Deepblak label, an empathetic home for his abstract, groovesome suppositions improvised on turntables, upright bass, and a matrix of digital tablets. Now taking flight within the PAN quadrant, he presents a systemic set of 14 tracks, solar hymns for the unbound body … Read more
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AFRIKAN SCIENCES - Circuitous, PAN

Thursday, 04 December

PROSUMER - fabric 79: Prosumer, Fabric Worldwide
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PROSUMER

fabric 79: Prosumer

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC157

Prosumer loads up Fabric's 79th mix CD with 24 golden house selections. Following his 'Panorama Bar 03' CD, the former resident of Berlin's vaunted danceteria steps to Fabric with a direct and bang-up-for-it selection cruising between classic cuts, percy obscurities and unreleased new gear. It's testament to Prosumer's uncanny knack for picking and flawlessly blending pure belters that he's now releasing his second official mix CD, edutaining the masses to raw-ass foundations like the Traxxmen's 'Emergency' as well as exposing new talent such as Wilma with the gorgeous 'Fabio', whilst show… Read more
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PROSUMER - fabric 79: Prosumer, Fabric Worldwide
MR. G - Personal Momentz, Phoenix G
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MR. G

Personal Momentz

Phoenix G

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PG003CD

"Mr G returns to his Phoenix G imprint to drop his new LP, 'Personal Momentz’. 2012's 'State of Flux' on Radio Slave's Rekids imprint was the last full-length from Mr G, along with his 'Retrospective' compilation in 2013 the prolific British producer has spent the last four years delivering stand out singles on the likes of Running Back, Toi Toi and Don't Be Afraid as well as a renewed focus on his own, long running Phoenix G label. The album itself is a sublime deliverance of the sound that has become so closely associated with the UK selector and artist - twelve raw & robust cuts that keep you… Read more
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MR. G - Personal Momentz, Phoenix G

Thursday, 27 November

MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT - Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter: Weekends and Beginnings, Mister Saturday Night Records
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MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT

Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter: Weekends and Beginnings

Mister Saturday Night Records

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Cat. Number: MSNCD002

Much-loved NYC party duo behind Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday present a 66 minute mix reflecting what they do every weekend. Perpetuating the traditions of The Loft and Paradise Garage etc, they give up a party-ready selection spanning Maurice Fulton's low-slung electro-boogie remix of Alice Smith's 'Love Endeavour' thru the swirling electronica of Bass Clef's 'Ghost Kicks In The Spiral', taking in a smart blend of Anthony Parasole's 'Quickstrike' with Elgato's 'Zone', a choice Adesse edit, and classics from House of Gypsies, DJ Duke, and Recloose along the way.
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VARIOUS - 5oFoF: Five Years of Friends of Friends, Friends of Friends
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VARIOUS

5oFoF: Five Years of Friends of Friends

Friends of Friends

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FOF135CD

*Featuring Nicolas Jaar, Rome Fortune, Shlohmo, Salva, Deru and more* For five years, Friends of Friends has been at the forefront of Los Angeles' scene, propagating a rich catalogue of releases from across the electronic music spectrum. This year, FoF is celebrating its fifth anniversary with this compilation featuring Shlohmo, Salva, LOL Boys and Tomas Barfod alongside B-sides, rarities, remixes and brand new tracks from Rome Fortune, Shigeto, Nicolas Jaar and many others.
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Thursday, 20 November

JONAS KOPP - Beyond The Hypnosis, Tresor Records
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JONAS KOPP

Beyond The Hypnosis

Tresor Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TRESOR273CD

"If there’s one thing Jonas Kopp has proven over the last decade is that he can turn his hand to just about anything. Since debuting on Pfirter’s revered MindTrip Music back in 2006, the Buenos Aires native has managed to rack up a rich and compelling discography, coursing with ease through electronic music’s various forms. From warm Chicago house through to deep, dark and driving techno on labels like Deeply Rooted House, Stroboscopic Artefacts and more, Kopp’s hypnotic and heady sentiment has remained the red thread throughout, which has allowed him to flourish as one of techno’s more l… Read more
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JONAS KOPP - Beyond The Hypnosis, Tresor Records
BARNT - Magazine 13, Magazine
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BARNT

Magazine 13

Magazine

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MAGAZINE013

Daniel Ansorge aka Barnt backs up a deeply unique swathe of singles with his debut album, 'Magazine 13' for the eponymous label he started with fellow Köln types, Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer. Since 2010 he's released a steady stream of records which brought back a sense of kosmiche wonder and electronic enigma that was arguably lacking in German house and techno sounds. And most crucially, he did it without sacrificing the fundamentals of big bad kicks and minimal percussion, resulting absolute bewts such as 'All Worlds All Times' and more recently with the staggering chops of 'Chappell' for Joy O & Wi… Read more
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BARNT - Magazine 13, Magazine

Thursday, 13 November

CRISTIAN VOGEL - Polyphonic Beings, Shitkatapult
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CRISTIAN VOGEL

Polyphonic Beings

Shitkatapult

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Cat. Number: STRIKE151

**Cristian Vogel gets down like few others on his dub-wise, cerebral follow-up to 'The Inertials' for Shitkatapult** "‘Polyphonic Beings’ begins with a surprisingly dub track which twists and turns, the sounds growing darker and more unexpected from track to track, minute by minute. An eerie and unbelievable sound, with all as it should be: every reverb tail, every movement of the fader, every composed note takes the listener piece by piece into Vogel’s own cosmos. He foregoes interwoven elements for swaying towers of rhythm, powerful sound passages, spaces, roads, mirrors and pathway… Read more
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CRISTIAN VOGEL - Polyphonic Beings, Shitkatapult
ILLUM SPHERE - FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere, Fabric Worldwide
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ILLUM SPHERE

FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere

Fabric Worldwide

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Cat. Number: FABRIC156

llum Sphere makes moves with a Fabric selection repping for his quarterly Hoya:Hoya events at the London club. Ticking off stacks of vintage box-ticklers beside their modern analogs, these 24 tracks perhaps better represent Ryan Hunn's more recent and personal tastes, rather than the wonky hip hop and colourful electronica that his Manchester-based Hoya:Hoya club night is putatively known for. Starting up with the cold, Kölnisch ambience of E.M.A.K.'s 'Sein Und Schein', he leads a calculated tour between industrial, post punk, acid and dub touchstones, sparking runs of aces lik… Read more
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ILLUM SPHERE - FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere, Fabric Worldwide

Thursday, 06 November

FABRICE LIG - Galactic Soul Odyssey, Planet E

FABRICE LIG

Galactic Soul Odyssey

Planet E

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Cat. Number: PLE65376-2

"For his debut full length on Planet E, the dexterous producer has crafted an album of contrasts that gleefully scribbles outside the lines for an otherworldly 12-track trip of galactic proportions that mines inspiration from everyone from Todd Terje to Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones, while retaining an undeniable thread to the Motor City. Launching with the steely tension-filled ‘Born To Be Wise’ that sounds somewhat akin to the opening musical score of a Bond film, if said flick was set on Mars, the tempo is soon set to disco via the ultra-smooth vocal injection from Hard Ton on ‘Cel… Read more
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FABRICE LIG - Galactic Soul Odyssey, Planet E
GAISER - False Light, Minus

GAISER

False Light

Minus

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Cat. Number: MINUSMIN32CD

3rd solo album of slick, elastic minimal techno by M_nus family's Gaiser. Nine tracks of wiggly Ibizan tech-house and a beatless, arpeggiated closer for measure.
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Thursday, 23 October

ADAM X - Irreformable, Sonic Groove
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ADAM X

Irreformable

Sonic Groove

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SGCD01

Techno legend Adam X at his industrial-strength best on his fifth album in this guise. With minimal airs or graces, 'Irreformable' is a seductive, straight-faced invitation to the dancefloor's dark side, exploring 10 tightly bound strains of techno informed by industrial EBM and noirish sci-fi atmospheres. Whilst this stuff may be in vogue within certain sectors, Adam proves his instinctive commitment to the sound with physically attuned rhythmic prompts - no funkless stidgy loops here - and heavy atmospheric pressure at best in the skulking, electroid opener 'Interchanges (Enter & Exit)', the inf… Read more
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ADAM X - Irreformable, Sonic Groove
DJ KOZE - Reincarnations (Pt. 2), PAMPA RECORDS
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DJ KOZE

Reincarnations (Pt. 2)

PAMPA RECORDS

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Cat. Number: PAMPACD010

Master remixer DJ Koze collects 14 of his best circa 2009-2014 on 'Reincarnations 2'. The first disc highlights his 'floor-raising tech-house remix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom' alongside his woozy blue takes on Herbert's 'It's Only' and 'You Saw It All', whilst the second disc presents his expansive, lolling rework of Mount Kimbie's 'Made To Stray' and a slow-building version of Caribou's 'Found Out', among others. Better yet, the third plate includes his mildly lysergic infection of Zwanie Jonson's 'Golden Song', a killer hip hop cut-up of Gonzales' 'Knight Moves' and a chamber jazz-tronica overhaul of Soap & Skin's 'Marche Funèbre'.
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DJ KOZE - Reincarnations (Pt. 2), PAMPA RECORDS
MIND FAIR - Mind Fair, GOLF CHANNEL

MIND FAIR

Mind Fair

GOLF CHANNEL

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Cat. Number: CHANNEL29

Chicken Lips' Dean Meredith and fellow UK producer Ben Shenton consolidate their mutual appreciation of krautrock, psych, soul, and dancefloor voodoo as Mind Fair for DJ Milo's Golf Channel. Check for the nonchalant soul stroll of 'Watt's Cookin'', the boogie downstroke of 'U Got The Lovin'' and the slow-mo poise of 'Neon Carnival'.
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DJ W!LD - When You Feel Me (Album), W

DJ W!LD

When You Feel Me (Album)

W

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Cat. Number: WCD02

Nearly three hours of well tanned, shades-on house from Guillaume Duchastel De Montrouge aka DJ W!ld.
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Thursday, 16 October

AND - Cosmic Microwave Background, ELECTRIC DELUXE
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AND

Cosmic Microwave Background

ELECTRIC DELUXE

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Cat. Number: EDLX038CD

AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-out bang… Read more
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AND - Cosmic Microwave Background, ELECTRIC DELUXE
HUXLEY - Blurred, AUS Music

HUXLEY

Blurred

AUS Music

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Cat. Number: AUSCD005

Huxley deals in rudest, deepest UK dance functions on debut album, 'Blurred' for Aus Music. Hovering around the idea of a deeper UK dance sound, he proves equally effective in a spectrum of styles under the original house umbrella, from D&B, garage and dubstep, to vocal house and rolling electro. Fresh production, smart songs, choice grooves.
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VARIOUS - Universal Quantifier, Halocyan Records

VARIOUS

Universal Quantifier

Halocyan Records

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Cat. Number: PHC020

Halocyan presents Universal Quantifier, a 2CD compilation featuring xxxy, Chrissy Murderbot, Hackman, Paul Woolford, Arkist, Raudive, DJ Pierre, Artifact, French Fries, Legowelt, ASC, Al Tourettes & Appleblim, Dntel and more.