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Monday, 20 October

MINNY POPS - Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, FACTORY BENELUX

MINNY POPS

Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement

FACTORY BENELUX

Format_dot_cd2CD // £12.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: FBN13CD

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Thursday, 16 October

BOARDS OF CANADA - Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue), Skam Records
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BOARDS OF CANADA

Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue)

Skam Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SKA008CD

*CD re-pressed for the first time in a decade...new edition has been re-mastered from the original DAT tapes and is now in a Digipak sleeve (as opposed to the original card slipcase) with a back image printed in colour with a spot varnish finish on the images & text alongside the usual Skam Braille sticker* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversion ‘See Ya Later’, th… Read more
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BOARDS OF CANADA - Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue), Skam Records
SCOTT WALKER + SUNN O))) - Soused , 4AD
*CD Edition comes with a 16 page booklet* …And the earth crack'd to reveal Scott Walker & Sunn 0)))'s colossal offspring 'Soused' in its riveting, tragic glory. Four years on from their intended collaboration in 'Monoliths & Dimensions', the arch avant-crooner meets the robed duo (and Tos Nieuwenhuizen) at the apex of their powers, presenting a peerless, operatic vision of doom metal informed as much by Native American history and the underground US psyche as experimental jazz and electronic dynamics. We can safely say it matches and surpasses our high expectations of the project, offering … Read more
SCOTT WALKER + SUNN O))) - Soused , 4AD
2562 - The New Today, WHEN IN DOUBT
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2562

The New Today

WHEN IN DOUBT

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DOUBT003

Dave Huismans (A Made Up Sound) returns under his 2562 codename with the oneiric ambient/concrète dancefloor states of 'The New Today', his 4th solo album in this guise. Where its predecessor, 'Air Jordan', also for his When In Doubt label, took inspiration from the arid landscapes of the Middle East, 'The New Today' draws upon ideas sketched out whilst 2562 was in New York, late summer 2013, and was later finished at his home studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rather than disco samples, as with his last LP 'Fever', he sources from and splices together an enviable library of European synth experim… Read more
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2562 - The New Today, WHEN IN DOUBT
OBJEKT - Flatland, PAN
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OBJEKT

Flatland

PAN

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PAN60CD

**CD housed in reverse-board packaging, mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Instruments.… Read more
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OBJEKT - Flatland, PAN
TINDERSTICKS - Ypres, Lucky Dog
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TINDERSTICKS

Ypres

Lucky Dog

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: LUCKYDOG17

Tindersticks return with another one of their occasional, brilliant instrumental albums, this one commissioned by the 'In Flanders Fields' World War One Museum in Ypres, Belgium to create the soundscapes for the new permanent exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Great War and beyond. The band have created an orchestral score that evolves through the different, distinctive spaces and sections of the museum, punctuated with private contemplative spaces where the music was allowed to be more poetic. Made from a series of interlocking orchestral loops, the music flows seamlessly all day, ever… Read more
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TINDERSTICKS - Ypres, Lucky Dog
BRUCE LACEY - The Spacey Bruce Lacey, Trunk Records
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BRUCE LACEY

The Spacey Bruce Lacey

Trunk Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: JBH053CD

**From proto-techno/electro to alien monophonic synth scapes: an incredible collection of eldritch DIY synth and electro-acoustic music circa 1970s by a little-known collaborator with The Beatles, Ivor Cutler, Ken Russell, the Goons… Don't sleep on this one!!!** Jonny Trunk speaks: "Welcome to the most excellent strange and unique world of Bruce Lacey. Aretist, musician, sage, shaman, inventor, film maker and all round British eccentric, Bruce has always followed his own mind, walking an instinctive path through life. Here, and for the first time, his improvised music and the soundt… Read more
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BRUCE LACEY - The Spacey Bruce Lacey, Trunk Records
COOLY G - Wait 'Til Night, Hyperdub
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COOLY G

Wait 'Til Night

Hyperdub

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDBCD023

Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infatuation… Read more
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COOLY G - Wait 'Til Night, Hyperdub
AND - Cosmic Microwave Background, ELECTRIC DELUXE
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AND

Cosmic Microwave Background

ELECTRIC DELUXE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

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
DORIAN CONCEPT - Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
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DORIAN CONCEPT

Joined Ends

Ninja Tune

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ZENCD214

A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done with a light-hearted soul and heavy funk. Now working wit… Read more
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DORIAN CONCEPT - Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
VARIOUS - Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers, Dust to Digital
*The ever-excellent Dust To Digital compile 1920's Hilbilly and 1930's country music across a packed CD* "This album carries the listener from the hillbilly music craze of the ’20s to the song-based country music of the late ’30s. Scarcely more than a decade, but a period, in music as in all American life, of galvanic change. This CD serves as the soundtrack album to the newly-released photograph book, “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime” by Maxine Payne. All of the photos in this package are from the same cache of photographs taken by the Massengil family in t… Read more
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VARIOUS - Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers, Dust to Digital
FUTURE 3 - With & Without, Morr Music
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FUTURE 3

With & Without

Morr Music

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MM131

**Electronic pop and ambient electronica from a trio of Denmark's most trusted producers, Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor), Jesper Skaaning (Acustic), Thomas Knak (Opiate) aka Future 3, joined by vocalists Benoit Pioulard and Anja T. Lahrmann** "Future 3 return with an album of airy, ethereal-yet-epic compositions that both nod to the trio's nineties roots but also take in all the various musical experiments, ventures, and releases that have seen the light of day since 2001. The band's first album in 13 years, With and Without inhabits, as the title indicates, two different kinds of sonic realms: The… Read more
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FUTURE 3 - With & Without, Morr Music
SEBASTIAN MULLAERT & EITAN REITER - Reflections Of Nothingness, MULE MUSIQ
"“Enter The Spiral” - the title of the opening track by the first collaborative work between Sebastian Mullaert and Eitan Reiter - emerged out of a freeflowing improvised communication between the DJs and producers from Sweden and Israel. They first met at a festival in Tulum, Mexico where they played together at the end of the Mayan calendar. You cannot put their collaboration into one stylistic corner - you can only say that all their music distributes the feeling of an unvarnished musical trip. If you like you can call “Reflections Of Nothingness” a Rolan… Read more
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SEBASTIAN MULLAERT & EITAN REITER - Reflections Of Nothingness, MULE MUSIQ
THURSTON MOORE - The Best Day, Matador
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THURSTON MOORE

The Best Day

Matador

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE1062

Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts features James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums), the album radiates with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads..
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JANE WEAVER - The Silver Globe, Finders Keepers Records
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JANE WEAVER

The Silver Globe

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 019EGGSCD

Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Jane’s latest set of self penned pop abstractions combine mechani… Read more
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JANE WEAVER - The Silver Globe, Finders Keepers Records
HUXLEY - Blurred, AUS Music

HUXLEY

Blurred

AUS Music

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TECHNO / HOUSE

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 - Next Stop Soweto presents Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984, Strut
"Following the label’s acclaimed ‘Next Stop Soweto’ compilation series, Strut returns to the rich music heritage of South Africa for another landmark compilation celebrating the influential and heavily political music of drummer Julian Bahula since the mid-‘60s with the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula and Jazz Afrika bands. Bahula’s first group was the Malombo Jazzmen, led by guitarist Philip Tabane with flautist Abbey Cindi and they broke the mould, introducing indigenous malombo drums alongside guitar and flute to create a strong n… Read more
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VARIOUS - Next Stop Soweto presents Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984, Strut
FRANCISCO MEIRINO / ILIOS - Travaux, ENTR'ACTE
Intense, abstract and superbly detailed compositions crafted entirely from field recordings made in Lausanne, Switzerland, between 2012 and 2013. It would appear that both artists use the same, or at least similar, set of recordings to realise contrasting perspectives on the same set of circumstances. Of the two, Francisco Meirino's 'Les oiseaux du lac Stymphale' is much more upfront, favouring the louder dynamics and haphazard shock of builders hammers, saws and clanking machinery to birth a deeply resonant bass modulation at the core of his kinetic scene, eventually tailing off to qu… Read more
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FRANCISCO MEIRINO / ILIOS - Travaux, ENTR'ACTE
ALFREDO COSTA MONTEIRO - Insula, ENTR'ACTE
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ALFREDO COSTA MONTEIRO

Insula

ENTR'ACTE

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: E174

**Edition of 200** 'Insula' is an immersive 40 minute multi-channel composition for electric organ, commissioned by L'ull Cec for The Game of Life Foundation's spatialisation sound system (consisting of 192 speakers and 12 subwoofers, using the Wave Field Synthesis technique). This stereo version was performed on 20th June 2012 at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona.
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BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS - Cease to Matter, Nonplace
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BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS

Cease to Matter

Nonplace

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NON38CD

Burnt Friedman returns to Nonplace accompanied again by vocals from American actor and musician, Daniel Dodd-Ellis. In 'Cease To Matter' Friedman nudges his explorative Berlin dub sound somewhere more sensual, soulful, with no loss of his exotic and otherworldly aesthetic. Incorporating impressions from Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour of 2013, together with inspiration from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - who's sampled on the two-part title track - the album takes shape as a worldly, futurist premonition of decaying, transitional metropolises and cultural melt th… Read more
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BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS - Cease to Matter, Nonplace
VARIOUS - Universal Quantifier, Halocyan Records

VARIOUS

Universal Quantifier

Halocyan Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

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.
THE ORCHIDS - Beatitude #9, Acuarela
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THE ORCHIDS

Beatitude #9

Acuarela

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: NOIS1113CD

"The Orchids formed near Glasgow in 1986. Since day one they were one of the darlings of the illustrious Sarah Record’s roster and developed far more on that label than any band not named The Field Mice. Starting with a melancholy guitar-pop sound on Lyceum and contemporaneous 7”s, they moved on to become more keyboard and sample/effects-based for their 2nd and 3rd albums, Unholy Soul and Striving For the Lazy Perfection, saw the development of a more electronic sound as they continued to work with producer Ian Carmichael (One Dove). Then, in 1995 they disappeared without ever really splitting… Read more
THE ORCHIDS - Beatitude #9, Acuarela
BATIDA - Dois, Soundway Records

BATIDA

Dois

Soundway Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SNDWCD059

"Strands of Afro-House, Kuduro, Benga, Semba, samples from old Angolan movies and Afrobeat tracks, African MCs and musicians from all over the world are all deftly mixed together by Pedro Coquenão. Inspired by the multicultural hotbed of his home city of Lisbon and trips to Nairobi and Luanda, 'Dois' was predominately produced in his own garage-studio over a two-year period. English, Portuguese, Quimbundo and Zulu languages all feature on 'Luxo' with Spoek Mathambo (South Africa) & his crew contributing the lyrics together with Angolan MC Sacerdote and a guitar riff by Duncan Lloyd (Maximo Park). On 'Céu'… Read more
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BATIDA - Dois, Soundway Records
OOZING WOUND - Earth Suck, Thrill Jockey
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OOZING WOUND

Earth Suck

Thrill Jockey

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: THRILL369CD

*CD version presented in a four panel mini-LP style gatefold package* Oozing Wound is a thrash trio featuring veterans of Chicago’s underground scene. ‘Earth Suck’ is the explosive follow up to the band’s breakout debut ‘Retrash’, which earned them praise from the New York Times, Pitchfork, Decibel and more
RARESH - fabric 78: Raresh, Fabric Worldwide

RARESH

fabric 78: Raresh

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC155

"Raresh is the final Romanian of the Ricardo Villalobos-endorsed [a:rpia:r] triumvirate to join the fabric series. Fabric78 features an array of textural atmospheres, intricate percussion lines and penetrating low end tones, all instilled with mind- bending complexities to perfectly capture the essence of his sound."
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GLADSTONE ANDERSON & LYNN TAITT & THE JETS - Glad Sounds, Dub Store Records
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GLADSTONE ANDERSON & LYNN TAITT & THE JETS

Glad Sounds

Dub Store Records

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: DSRCD504

*Japanese mini-LP style packaging with obi-strip* "Trinidad born legendary guitarist, Lynn Taitt, who brought the first wave of Rocksteady to the Island, and Gladdy Anderson who is well known as a Skatalites' pianist, got together to record this Rocksteady instrumental album 'Glad Sounds' at Federal Studio in 1968. Released from the Merritone label, which was managed under Federal, the album depicts the heyday and best sound of Rocksteady as well as the label itself. This album is for the first time reissued by Dub Store Records. The album tracks consist mainly of co… Read more
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GLADSTONE ANDERSON & LYNN TAITT & THE JETS - Glad Sounds, Dub Store Records
VARIOUS - King Jammys Dancehall 1985-1989 (Pt. 1), Dub Store Records
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VARIOUS

King Jammys Dancehall 1985-1989 (Pt. 1)

Dub Store Records

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: DSRCD002

*Japanese Edition with Obi Strip* "The "Digital Revolution" occurred in the Jamaican music industry by a single rhythm called "Sleng Teng". The responsible person for the rhythm was King Jammy who was the owner and producer of the Jammys label. The label dominated the scene between 1985 and 1989, and released a vast number of material. Dub Store Records compiles the best of the 80's heavyweight Dancehall from the Jammys catalogue. The collection consists of "Disc One: Vocals & Deejays" and "Disc Two: Instrumental Dub Version". Each disc features popular songs and instrumen… Read more
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VARIOUS - King Jammys Dancehall 1985-1989 (Pt. 1), Dub Store Records

Thursday, 09 October

CUT HANDS - Festival Of The Dead, BLACKEST EVER BLACK
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CUT HANDS

Festival Of The Dead

BLACKEST EVER BLACK

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BLACKESTCD010

William Bennett and Blackest Ever Black light the fuse on a delirious 3rd album from Cut Hands. Recorded from 2012-2014 in Edinburgh and London, 'Festival Of The Dead' finds a place for the explosive energy and drama of ancient percussive ritual in an accelerated modern world. Named and released to coincide with harvest or autumnal customs across the world, it's both a harbinger of darker, winter times and a commemoration of shared ancestry and traditions common to many cultures across the world - All Saints Day, Samhain, Feast of Ancestors, Pitru Paksha etc. Only, we're in 2014 and com… Read more
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CUT HANDS - Festival Of The Dead, BLACKEST EVER BLACK
PHARMAKON - Bestial Burden, Sacred Bones Records
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PHARMAKON

Bestial Burden

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SBR-117CD

NYC's Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon churns her guts out in this bloodied follow-up to her acclaimed album debut, 'Abandon' (2013). Four days before she was supposed to fly to Europe, touring in support of 'Abandon', Margaret had a medical emergency which resulted in major surgery and the loss of an organ. 'Bestial Burden' was realised during this time, written and fleshed-out whilst she came to terms with the situation; "I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of … Read more
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PHARMAKON - Bestial Burden, Sacred Bones Records
BING & RUTH - Tomorrow Was The Golden Age, RVNG Intl.
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BING & RUTH

Tomorrow Was The Golden Age

RVNG Intl.

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RVNGNL027CD

'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and sile… Read more
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BING & RUTH - Tomorrow Was The Golden Age, RVNG Intl.