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Thursday, 29 January

KRENG - The Summoner, MIASMAH
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KRENG

The Summoner

MIASMAH

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: MIACD030

We’ve been waiting for this one for a while - one of the most talented and overlooked composers in the death-ambient/invisible soundtrack realm finally returns with a petrifying suite of doom-laced string compositions on this excellent new album for Miasmah; 'The Summoner'. In the course of three albums and handful of shortform releases, Pepijn Caudron has become a byword for Bosch-like visions of a soundtrack-quality calibre. It's perhaps a little odd that his music hasn't yet been used to score some ultra-bleak, mittel European horror flick (far as we're aware), but that's also partly where our f… Read more
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KRENG - The Summoner, MIASMAH
BVDUB - Tanto, QUIETUS
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BVDUB

Tanto

QUIETUS

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: QUITEUS008

""In 2014 I lost one of my best friends, without whom my life will never be the same - Tanto, my feline brother in arms, and not only a massive part of my life, but my music as well. We fought our hardest, for months, side by side, but in the end, everything we had was not enough. From one of, if not the darkest times in my life, I wanted to honor a life with good and beauty, the way he deserved. The result is my first ‘live’ album, in that all tracks were done in one take, one each day for six days, recorded raw and untouched... not a story, not a narrative, but a direct account of the saddest, emptiest,… Read more
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BVDUB - Tanto, QUIETUS
DJ CLENT - Last Bus To Lake Park, Duck N' Cover Records
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DJ CLENT

Last Bus To Lake Park

Duck N' Cover Records

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: DNC1203CD

Chicago's DJ Clent busts out a killer debut album of sub-heavy hyperfunk for Duck N' Cover - the world's first Footwork-only vinyl label. 'Last Bus to Lake Park' is alien jazz tech of the dopest order, hitting 14 tracks of fibrillating flux including link-ups with fellow Dance Mania veteran DJ Milton and footwork progenitor, RP Boo. We'll go straight for the highlights, a handful of Afro-futurist level-setters including the doubled-down G-Funk lean of 'The Wickedness', a blinding breakbeat and space-jazz rocket named 'Look Swole' with DJ Milton, and certainly the depth-charged sub pulse… Read more
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DJ CLENT - Last Bus To Lake Park, Duck N' Cover Records
JOHN CARPENTER - Lost Themes, Sacred Bones Records
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JOHN CARPENTER

Lost Themes

Sacred Bones Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SBR123CD

The legendary director / composer achieves the milestone of his debut solo album with 'Lost Themes' for Sacred Bones. For the first time, after directing and scoring 15 films - including stone cold classics such as Halloween, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 - he lets the listener conjure their own imagery to accompany his signature mix of thrumming synth arpeggios and dramatic guitar solos in nine newly written 'Lost Themes'. It's likely to be loved by collectors of '80s synth horror soundtracks, especially if you have a high tolerance for overblown production...
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FABIO FRIZZI - Frizzi 2 Fulci – Live At Union Chapel, Beat Record Company
*Includes 16 page booklet* "On October 31, 2013, the Frizzi 2 Fulci show premiered in London at one of the city’s live music meccas: Union Chapel. On the stage, the Maestro conducted the F2F band and the Alauda Quartet, and in the church, more than 1000 people attended the sold-out event while people outside desperately looked for a ticket. It’s a snapshot of a memorable evening of great music and cinema in front of an hallucinating and hallucinated crowd made of spectacular phantoms, skeletons, zombies, witches, golems, vampires and a plethora of assassins and victims… Read more
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FABIO FRIZZI - Frizzi 2 Fulci – Live At Union Chapel, Beat Record Company
LUIGI NONO - 20 Jahre Inventionen V, EDITION RZ
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LUIGI NONO

20 Jahre Inventionen V

EDITION RZ

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRZ4006

**Haunting works of spectral vocals and electronically disguised bass flute and cello, including the breathtaking 37 minutes of 'Quando Stanno Morendo (Diario Polacco No. 2)', written in support of his Polish comrades, plus the dynamic electro-acoustic spatalizations of 'Omaggio A Emilio Vedova'** "Audio CD with three compositions by Luigi Nono, recorded at the Berlin festival "Inventionen". The live electronics that Nono worked with for the first time in the early 1980's at the Freiburg Experimental Studio also serves the musical displacement: the music moves away from clear spatial… Read more
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LUIGI NONO - 20 Jahre Inventionen V, EDITION RZ
MATANA ROBERTS - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee, Constellation
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MATANA ROBERTS

Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

Constellation

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: CST110CD

**Immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dixon line: a segment of the globe more foreign to me than any other place… Read more
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MATANA ROBERTS - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee, Constellation
DENNIS YOUNG - Reel to Real, Staubgold
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DENNIS YOUNG

Reel to Real

Staubgold

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: STAUB137

This is pretty special: an album of unreleased home recordings made circa 1982-83 by Liquid Liquid percussionist Dennis Young - aye, the same fella sampled on Grandmaster Flash's 'White Lines'. Edited and arranged in summer 2014, it illuminates 16 pieces primed for the heads and DJs, ranging from dubbed-up, extended No wave disco roll-outs, thru singeing synth escapades equally comparable with Craig Leon and Bruce Lacey, via a number of little guitar ditties and experiments. It's perfectly symptomatic of that febrile air of creativity surrounding New York in that era, keen to expand the peri… Read more
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DENNIS YOUNG - Reel to Real, Staubgold
MICHNA - Thousand Thursday, Ghostly International

MICHNA

Thousand Thursday

Ghostly International

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI233CD

"Thousand Thursday effortlessly streamlines Michna's life and cultural background into affable dancefloor sounds. "My dad is from Ealing in West London," he shares, "and that's been a huge direct musical influence my whole life, especially when I was a teen and spent some time in London in the mid­-'90s." You can easily hear that much in the ravey breakbeats and horn stabs that sneak into synthy tracks like "Cherry 2000" and "Time Will Tell", or even the vibe of rain­-soaked streets that permeates Thousand Thursday. Then there's the artist's enduring love for classic house, disco, and hip­-ho… Read more
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MICHNA - Thousand Thursday, Ghostly International
NITE FIELDS - Depersonalisation, felte

NITE FIELDS

Depersonalisation

felte

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FLT20CD

'Depersonalisation' provides, somewhat ironically, an intimate introduction to Brisbane-based Nite Fields' contemporary shoegaze sound. Mixed by HTRK guitarist Nigel Lee-Yang, their debut album certainly shares some similarities with their Aussie counterparts - cavernous sense of space, icy drums, an elegiac pallor - but Nite Fields tend to a sweeter, yet forlorn sound implicitly influenced by The Jesus & Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins or Slowdive. Recorded in a range of unconventional spaces, from stairwells to closed down garages, it's deeply imbued with the atmospheres of what we'd perceiv… Read more
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NITE FIELDS - Depersonalisation, felte
ECHOSPACE SOUNDS PRESENTS - Echoes In Space (Vol. 1) ( 2.2 GB sound library), Echospace
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ECHOSPACE SOUNDS PRESENTS

Echoes In Space (Vol. 1) ( 2.2 GB sound library)

Echospace

Format_dot_cdCD + DVD // £69.99

BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: ECHOSPACE [SOUNDS] SNDS-1

*Limited edition 2.2 GB sound library DVD featuring 100's of custom sounds produced at Echospace studio packaged in double digipak and shrinkwrapped. Also includes a 60 minute CD featuring an ambient piece performed by variant using ONLY elements of the source material contained in the sound library* The sample library has been processed and mastered through an extensive chain of analog and custom made equipment including but not limited to compressors, ring mod's, filters, delays, reverbs and waveshaping devices. The library was made using primaril… Read more
ECHOSPACE SOUNDS PRESENTS - Echoes In Space (Vol. 1) ( 2.2 GB sound library), Echospace
LEE BANNON - Never/Mind/The/Darkness/Of/It..., Chillectro / Babygrande Records
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LEE BANNON

Never/Mind/The/Darkness/Of/It...

Chillectro / Babygrande Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: CHLCD03

"Following his breakout instrumental project Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, Lee Bannon released the project that would catapult him to becoming one of the most widely-recognized and diverse producers of electronic music. Never/mind/the/darkenss/of/it... is Lee’s highly-regarded experimental project, that shows why he is constantly defying genre restrictions, as he meshes electronic music, hip-hop, ambient sound and Drum & Bass. Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it is a major progression from Bannon’s previous work, as even hip-hop sites such as OkayPlayer raved “this ish is dope.” This … Read more
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LEE BANNON - Never/Mind/The/Darkness/Of/It..., Chillectro / Babygrande Records
LEE BANNON - Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, Chillectro / Babygrande Records
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LEE BANNON

Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5

Chillectro / Babygrande Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: CHLCD02

"For listeners who like: Aphex Twin, Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Squarepusher, DJ Rashad. Lee Bannon moved beyond hip-hop with his acclaimed full length release Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5. Pushing the boundaries of sound, Bannon flexes his production skills beyond the realm of hip-hop and electronic music, merging those genres with ambient sounds and Drum & Bass. Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5 features appearances by ProEra members Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers, as well as Raider Klan member Matt Stoops. Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, which is now available for the first time… Read more
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LEE BANNON - Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, Chillectro / Babygrande Records
LEE BANNON - Joey Bada$$ / Proera Instrumentals (Vol. 1), Chillectro / Babygrande Records
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LEE BANNON

Joey Bada$$ / Proera Instrumentals (Vol. 1)

Chillectro / Babygrande Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: CHLCD04

"For listeners who like: Odd Future, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Joey Bada$$, DJ Rashad, Kendrick Lamar. Acclaimed producer, Lee Bannon, got his big break in the hip-hop world while producing for artist such as Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Smoke DZA, Curren$y and more. Being taken under the wing of the Pro Era crew put Lee Bannon on the tour with Joey Bada$$ as his DJ, leading the duo to a celebrated performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Lee since has compiled his most popular productions for Joey and his team to create what is Joey Bada$$ / Pro Era Instrumentals V… Read more
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LEE BANNON - Joey Bada$$ / Proera Instrumentals (Vol. 1), Chillectro / Babygrande Records
SUPERCONNECTION - La Mer, m=minimal
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SUPERCONNECTION

La Mer

m=minimal

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MM-023CD

Superconnection do that svelte, Teutonic minimal thing with bags of panache on debut album, 'La Mer'. Revolving experienced musicians from the Berlin and Vienna scenes - Hannes Strobl (bass), Hanno Leichtmann (drum programming), and Rupert huber (electronics) - they meld an uncluttered suite of arrangements finding the sweet spot between, say, To Rococo Rot and Steve Reich, or sounding out somewhere between Jan Jelinek and Radian. Thus, the atmospheres shift subtly between twilit Berlin glow ('Wasserfall') and sashaying Viennese elegance ('Say It'), with a dash of laidback, Balearic luft ('Mediterranes Klima') for good measure.
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SUPERCONNECTION - La Mer, m=minimal
THE DODOS - Individ, Morr Music

THE DODOS

Individ

Morr Music

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MM137

"For the Dodos "the best time to make a record is right after you've finished one" says vocalist and guitarist Meric Long. Having just wrapped up the sessions for Carrier, and fired up on the level of comfort achieved with brothers Jay and Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone studio, the duo immediately began laying to tape the batch of songs that would make up Individ. "The songs came together easily, there was not a lot questioning, just moving ahead with the feeling that we were on the right track. We were freed up to do whatever came naturally," says Long. And what comes naturally to the Dodos is crea… Read more
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THE DODOS - Individ, Morr Music
HARLEY GABER - The Winds Rise In The North, EDITION RZ
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HARLEY GABER

The Winds Rise In The North

EDITION RZ

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRZ4008-9

**2CD gatefold slipcase with 12-page booklet of liner notes in German and English** 'The Winds Rise in the North' is a colossal, trance-inducing, yet largely overlooked pillar of 20th century American minimalism. Regarded no less than a "holy grail" by Keith Fullerton Whitman, it spans 100 minutes of atonal, amorphous string composition scored in four parts for a quintet, here performed by Linda Cummiskey (Violin), Malcolm Goldstein (Violin), Kathy Seplow (Violin), Stephen Reynolds (Viola), David Gibson (Violoncello). By all accounts Harley Gaber was a colourful fella, a compl… Read more
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HARLEY GABER - The Winds Rise In The North, EDITION RZ
ALL WE ARE - All We Are, Double Six Records

ALL WE ARE

All We Are

Double Six Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DS091CD

"Richard O’Flynn (drums, vocals), Norway’s Guro Gikling (bass, vocals) and Brazil’s Luis Santos (guitar, vocals), who met at university in Liverpool. A total democracy, the band write all music and lyrics together. Inspired by a shared love of hip hop and soul music, Guro calls their sound ‘psychedelic boogie’. For fans of Warpaint, Jungle, Fleetwood Mac, Cocteau Twins."
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BJøRN TORSKE - Nedi Myra, Smalltown Supersound
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BJøRN TORSKE

Nedi Myra

Smalltown Supersound

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: STS239CD

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BJøRN TORSKE - Trøbbel (Reissue), Smalltown Supersound
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BJøRN TORSKE

Trøbbel (Reissue)

Smalltown Supersound

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: STS220CD

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Thursday, 22 January

JASMINE GUFFOND - Yellow Bell, SONIC PIECES
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JASMINE GUFFOND

Yellow Bell

SONIC PIECES

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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
APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of syncopat… Read more
APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
VARIOUS - Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness, Strut
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VARIOUS

Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness

Strut

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: STRUT120CD

'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This CD/digital edition creams 15 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to roots with Steve Poindexter's 'Computer Madness' or D… Read more
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VARIOUS - Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness, Strut
BEAT SPACEK - Modern Streets (Album), Ninja Tune
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BEAT SPACEK

Modern Streets (Album)

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENCD206

Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album isn't. Rather than a showcase of studio pressure,… Read more
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BEAT SPACEK - Modern Streets (Album), Ninja Tune
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER - Sinn + Form, raster-noton
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FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER

Sinn + Form

raster-noton

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RN157CD

Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly between al… Read more
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FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER - Sinn + Form, raster-noton
THE BODY & THOU - Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated, Thrill Jockey
**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music… Read more
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THE BODY & THOU - Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated, Thrill Jockey
JAN ST. WERNER - Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3), Thrill Jockey
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JAN ST. WERNER

Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3)

Thrill Jockey

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: THRILL385CD

**Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) among others** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributions by Dylan Carlson (Earth), Markus Popp (Oval)… Read more
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JAN ST. WERNER - Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3), Thrill Jockey
THE NOTWIST - Messier Objects, Alien Transistor
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THE NOTWIST

Messier Objects

Alien Transistor

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: N41

"When The Notwist returned with their 7th album 'Close To The Glass' (their debut for Sub Pop Records) in early 2014, many were enchanted by the epic instrumental 'Lineri'. It was the only instrumental track featured on the LP, but according to Notwist-singer Markus Acher, instrumental works have had an especially big impact on the album and its arrangements. Between 2008's ‘The Devil, You & Me’ and this year’s 'Close To The Glass', The Notwist not only concentrated on various solo projects, but also worked for several theatre productions and radioplays. 'The Messier Objects' is a compilat… Read more
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THE NOTWIST - Messier Objects, Alien Transistor
CLUSTER - USA Live, Bureau B
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CLUSTER

USA Live

Bureau B

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BB173

*New, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. The tracks co… Read more
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CLUSTER - USA Live, Bureau B
CLUSTER - Japan Live, Bureau B
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CLUSTER

Japan Live

Bureau B

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BB174

*New, reworked version. Originally released in 1997 on Purple Pyramid* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisat-ions. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of elect-ronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. Halfway thro… Read more
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CLUSTER - Japan Live, Bureau B