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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

MARCOS VALLE - Samba , Emi

MARCOS VALLE

Samba

Emi

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: 2167422

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of bossa nova in Rio's bars and clubs by Tom Jobim and Joao Gilberto, Blue Note/EMI Brazil are releasing a wide range of titles that include these reissues of classic albums from the birth of this brilliant form of music. Although over the years the impact of the style was worn down by countless "easy listening" interpretations of 'The Girl From Ipanema', these albums show just what a beautiful, stylish and heartfelt music this was and still can be. From the hugely influential 1956 recording of the Greek myth of Orpheus by Tom (Antonio Carlos) Jobim… Read more
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MARCOS VALLE - Samba , Emi
DONATO E SEU CONJUNTO - Chá Dançante, Emi

DONATO E SEU CONJUNTO

Chá Dançante

Emi

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: 2167332

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of bossa nova in Rio's bars and clubs by Tom Jobim and Joao Gilberto, Blue Note/EMI Brazil are releasing a wide range of titles that include these reissues of classic albums from the birth of this brilliant form of music. Although over the years the impact of the style was worn down by countless "easy listening" interpretations of 'The Girl From Ipanema', these albums show just what a beautiful, stylish and heartfelt music this was and still can be. From the hugely influential 1956 recording of the Greek myth of Orpheus by Tom (Antoni… Read more
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DONATO E SEU CONJUNTO - Chá Dançante, Emi
MILTON BANANA TRIO - Milton Banana Trio, Emi

MILTON BANANA TRIO

Milton Banana Trio

Emi

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: 2167442

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of bossa nova in Rio's bars and clubs by Tom Jobim and Joao Gilberto, Blue Note/EMI Brazil are releasing a wide range of titles that include these reissues of classic albums from the birth of this brilliant form of music. Although over the years the impact of the style was worn down by countless "easy listening" interpretations of 'The Girl From Ipanema', these albums show just what a beautiful, stylish and heartfelt music this was and still can be. From the hugely influential 1956 recording of the Greek myth of Orpheus by Tom (An… Read more
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MILTON BANANA TRIO - Milton Banana Trio, Emi

Thursday, 12 June 2008

ERIK LEVANDER - Kondens, Rumraket

ERIK LEVANDER

Kondens

Rumraket

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: RUM012

Swedish musician Erik Levander is probably hitherto best known for having made contributions to Efterklang's Parades album, but Kondens reveals the artist in all his solo brilliance, blending acoustic, classical instrumentation with electronics in a manner that's clearly compatible with the music of his Danish patrons. There's a strong emphasis on Levander as a composer/producer, lending Kondens a similar feel to the output of Valgeir Sigurdsson, most obviously his Ekvillibrium LP, which featured a similarly creative blend of digital trickery and more conventional melodic ornamentation. Using the… Read more
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ERIK LEVANDER - Kondens, Rumraket
DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN - CIRCLES EP, LOAF
Only the second single from this promising quartet, now further bolstered for success with the addition of drummer Chin Keeler who adds a muscular rhythmic element to the blend of fragile vocals and restrained guitar work. The Remote Viewer immediately spring to mind when listening to 'Robot Command Centre' for their intuitive command of blue melodies, finding a happy place betwixt the two, while 'They be underwater' places them next to nu-folk heroes Tunng or Denis Jones which should induce the right amount of swoon in your average folk fiends.
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OSBORNE - Osborne, SPECTRAL SOUND

OSBORNE

Osborne

SPECTRAL SOUND

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SPC54

Here are facts I learned about producer Todd Osborn: he owns an electron microscope, flies planes, speaks Japanese and is currently finishing building a hovercraft. These sorts of playboy exploits might lead you to believe his techno exploits as Osborne are just another notch on the bedpost for this fellow, but this record serves as ample proof that he's no dabbler. 'Detune' sports a synth melody that at times comes close to sounding like Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy The Silence', but mostly just floats along on a cloud of blissful '80s hedonism. Right down to the sleeve art this album displays a willingness t… Read more
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OSBORNE - Osborne, SPECTRAL SOUND

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

WILD BEASTS - Limbo, Panto, Domino Recording Co

WILD BEASTS

Limbo, Panto

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £4.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD204

One of the more eccentrically geared bands on the current Domino roster, Leeds-based quartet Wild Beasts release this debut LP filled with titles like 'Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants' and 'Vigil For A Fuddy Duddy', which should give some indication of how militatntly wacky it all sounds. Beneath the superficial silliness there's some thoughtful, rather poetic songwriting at work though: 'Cheerio Chaps, Cheerio Goodbye' sounds like Anthony Burgess drafting up a suicide note for a circus performer in droog speak, with talk of being "just left bereft, well walloped, wanting to have warwhoopful… Read more
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WILD BEASTS - Limbo, Panto, Domino Recording Co
HALVES - Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy, HATE IS THE ENEMY

HALVES

Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy

HATE IS THE ENEMY

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HITECD02

As with the previous release we've had in by Halves (their eponymous debut EP), the packaging of Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy is incredibly lavish. In fact, you might say: these post-rockers don't do things by Halves... Wow. That's an all-time low, huh? Across these seven tracks the band do a splendid job of avoiding the formulaic tendencies of the post-rock fraternity, instead exhibiting sufficient diversity and skill to avoid being yet another quiet/loud Mogwai knock off.. You simply can't avoid certain references, however: right down to the vocals, there are clear cut Sigur Ros approxima… Read more
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HALVES - Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy, HATE IS THE ENEMY
ROBIN SAVILLE - Peasgood Nonsuch, Static Caravan

ROBIN SAVILLE

Peasgood Nonsuch

Static Caravan

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: VAN160CD

The promotional blurb Static Caravan uses to introduce this album really doesn't do it any justice. Instead of getting to the heart of the matter and reminding you that Robin Saville is one half of Morr Music lifers Isan, the text announces him as a "social worker turned gardener". Irrespective of the day job, Saville remains a master of warm, melodic electronica, occasionally calling upon a handful of conventional instruments like guitars and glockenspiels, all tangled up in a sticky web of glowing synth tones and punchy analogue drum machines. Isan have always been so much more than … Read more
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ROBIN SAVILLE - Peasgood Nonsuch, Static Caravan

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

VARIOUS / UNDERSCAN RECORDS - Now, Underscan

VARIOUS / UNDERSCAN RECORDS

Now

Underscan

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: US012

This compilation brings together a series of four 12"s released by Berlin's Underscan imprint, drawing on the work of featured artists Frank Bretschneider, Scanner and the like whle also scoring contributions from such well-established electronica acts as Funckarma (also appearing as Quench), Lambent and Fibla. It befalls the Funcken brothers to initiate proceedings with the relentless beat yammering of 'Brim', which exhibits all the hallmarks we've come to expect from these guys: principally, hyper-elaborate drum programming mixed with a vaporous, quasi-ambient melodic presence. There's … Read more
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VARIOUS / UNDERSCAN RECORDS - Now, Underscan

Friday, 06 June 2008

6BLOCC / LO DUBS - Lo Dubs Presents: Analog Clash (Mixed by 6Blocc), Lodubs
Dutty dubstep demons 6Blocc knock one up for the rave ith a blend of classics from American dubstep flag bearers Lo Dubs. Rolling up some pressure with opener 'Chalice dub' culled from DZ's recent 12", we're dumped headfirst into Starkey's massive crunkhall banger 'Dementia' and lurch forwards through a barrage of 'step tempo rave killers including an exclusive from Vex'd, and a beastload more from South3rn, Bombaman, 6Blocc, Hoodz, Pacheko and XI. The American sound has obviously picked up on the steroid pumped and cartoonishly evil side of the dubstep spect… Read more
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6BLOCC / LO DUBS - Lo Dubs Presents: Analog Clash (Mixed by 6Blocc), Lodubs
NIGHTMARES ON WAX - Carboot Soul, Warp Records

NIGHTMARES ON WAX

Carboot Soul

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCD061

Review to follow shortly…
PREFUSE 73 - Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives, Warp Records

PREFUSE 73

Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCD83

Scott Herren is Prefuse 73 - from Atlanta and now residing in Brooklyn NYC. Multi- talented - as a hip hop producer he has been name checked by Lucy Pearl and Destiny's Child and also writes as Savath and Savalas (Warp/Hefty) and Delarosa and Asora (Schematic). By now we all know the deal with this abstract hiphop/electronica fusion and the likes of Push Button Objects and Machine Drum have served as worthy reminders of just how satisfying this subgenre can be. Herren succeeds in obliterating hip-hop traditions while retaining absolute respect for its origins and form. Cut … Read more
PREFUSE 73 - Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives, Warp Records
SQUAREPUSHER - Music is Rotted One Note, Warp Records

SQUAREPUSHER

Music is Rotted One Note

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD057

Review to follow shortly…
SQUAREPUSHER - Go Plastic, Warp Records

SQUAREPUSHER

Go Plastic

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD85

Go Plastic sees Mr Jenkinson unbuttoning his shirt and pimpin' it with a little bit of the funk, a little bit of fusion and a large obliterating dose of pure breakbeat cut-up business! Following the deep and free excursions of Music is a Rotted One Note and Buddakahn Mindphone, this LP finds a return  to the junglist mayhem that solidified Squarepusher's allure with the release of his debut LP for Rephlex almost 5 years ago. Kicking off with the still-killer 'Red Hot Car', 'Boneville Occident' and 'Go Spastic' freak into junglist drills complete with uber-aciditic Basslines that Jenkinson seems t… Read more
SQUAREPUSHER - Go Plastic, Warp Records
NIGHTMARES ON WAX - Mind Elevation, Warp Records

NIGHTMARES ON WAX

Mind Elevation

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCD95

Ahhhh, with summer's last gasp Nightmares On Wax return to offer an alternative soundtrack to the stress and strain of modern living. 'Mind Elevation' follows on from the scene stealin classic of its kind 'Smokers Delight' and the more recent 'Carboot Soul'. Long since one man dream, E.A.S.E. - George Evelyn drops downtempo gems neither overstuffed with obvious samples or stipped to oblivion - just right is wat i'm tryin' to say. Opener 'Mind Eye' continues in the vain of 'Les Nuits', soundtrack styled crisp beats and lush string drops, the single 'Know My Name' gets better on every list… Read more
NIGHTMARES ON WAX - Mind Elevation, Warp Records
LFO - Sheath, Warp Records

LFO

Sheath

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WAPCD110

There's very definitely a sense of occasion here, greeted by much curiosity and anticipation for what must be one of the most eagerly awaited and long overdue third albums to have come out of the Warp stable since its inception. The dancefloor exorcet of the mighty "Freak" single is offset by the opening album track "Blown" - a melodic acid drop that revolves around distorted and treated vibes and percussion that could have easily been lifted from Autechre's debut 'Incunabula', an oddly spacious number that sets the scene for what's to follow with much soul and aplomb. "Mum-Man" adheres to a rigid Aphexian m… Read more
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LFO - Sheath, Warp Records
PLAID - Spokes, Warp Records

PLAID

Spokes

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD114

Long time Warpers Ed and Andy return with a cauldron full of sonic shenanigens for their latest long player for Warp : 'Spokes'. Running eleven tracks wide and schitzing across the IDM spectrum, the album delivers some diverse new work, highlighted by the opener 'Even Spring'. The track heads off with an ethereal vocal and music box melody that floats and shimmers across the speakers, weaving a rich if somewhat playful tapestry of sounds, only to be upturned halfway through by a more acidic and broken flavour, retaining the euphoric feel of some of their earlier work but with a more solid sound. 'Upona' i… Read more
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PLAID - Spokes, Warp Records
SQUAREPUSHER - Hard Normal Daddy, Warp Records

SQUAREPUSHER

Hard Normal Daddy

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD050

Review to follow shortly…
SQUAREPUSHER - Ultravisitor, Warp Records

SQUAREPUSHER

Ultravisitor

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD117

Ultravisitor is the brand new album from Jenkinson Snr, his 5th full length emission and possibly his best to date - even with the scary 80 min running length. I must admit to not feeling the last album that much, a tad too experimental and missing that undefined 'X' factor that Squarepusher releases posess so vividly from time to time. This album changes all that. From its initial tumble into splattered breaks and intricate arrangements on the opening title track, you find yourself surrounded by mind blowing opposing melodies, hard assed drums, malfunctioning programming and sonics with a lay… Read more
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SQUAREPUSHER - Ultravisitor, Warp Records
JAMIE LIDELL - Multiply, Warp Records

JAMIE LIDELL

Multiply

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WARPCD131

By now you'll probably have a handle on this album after the sampler that dropped a few weeks back, all three tracks on said 12" feature here. Jamie along with his Berlinite friends, Mocky, Tony Buck, Gonzales, Andre Vida, Daniel Raymond Gahn, Taylor Savvy, Jordan Mclean, Scott Saunders and Bill Youngman fuse together perfectly to make this album the joy it is. Of course it's Jamie who handles most of the instrumentation most explicitly on the Prince styled 'A Little Bit More' where his beatbox skills are in full effect. Jamie's soul music heroes are echoed in the harmonics, Al Green, Stevie Wonde… Read more
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JAMIE LIDELL - Multiply, Warp Records
MAXIMO PARK - A Certain Trigger, Warp Records

MAXIMO PARK

A Certain Trigger

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WARPCD130

Long awaited debut album from the much vaunted Geordie boys Maximo Park. The fact that they're on Warp indicates that Maximo Park are not your run of the mill NME-endorsed knob-heads, preferring a mischievous Britishness that borrows equally from PiL as it does The Kinks. Spiky and lyrically knowing, 'A Certain Trigger' demonstrates a bloodline from Pulp (particularly 'Going Missing') and The Jam ('Postcard of a Painting'), whilst incorporating that special something which sets them apart from the great MTV2 unwashed hordes. With a good ear for lyrics, demonstrated by 'Grafitti's all conqu… Read more
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MAXIMO PARK - A Certain Trigger, Warp Records
AFX - Hangable Auto Bulb, Warp Records
Featured CD

AFX

Hangable Auto Bulb

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD138

Back in stock! 10 years on from their original release, and the lank haired digital marauder has seen fit to combine the previously only available on vinyl twin twelves pairing of 'Hangable Auto Bulb 1 & 2' onto a single handy CD, topping off what has been an extremely busy year for the AFX denizens. Pretty much the first time the world had heard the silicon scalpel nervous breaks and rhythms that eventually became known as Drill n' Bass - listening to 'Hangable Auto Bulb' now it's easy to see the germination of what would later become Aphex Twin's bread and butter; namely skittering beats, spora… Read more
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AFX - Hangable Auto Bulb, Warp Records
LFO - Frequencies, Warp Records

LFO

Frequencies

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WARPCD003

Review to follow shortly…
PLAID - Not For Threes, Warp Records

PLAID

Not For Threes

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD054

Review to follow shortly…
JIMMY EDGAR - Color Strip, Warp Records

JIMMY EDGAR

Color Strip

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD116

'Color Strip' seems to be adhering to a new trend at Warp (see also Battles' EP) to close a release with a shit-load of 5-second pieces (76 in this case...) that make up (in this case...) a sizeable buffer for the hidden track. Still with us? Detroit resident and wannabe underwear magnet, Jimmy Edgar continues his clean break with Prefuse-style shenanigans for this LP of metal-coated funked-up techno/dub - including previous EP additions 'I Wanna Be Your STD' and LBLBDetroit'. At his best when he indulges in smooth beats and silky production, the aforementioned 'I Wanna Be Your STD' grafts a Dra… Read more
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JIMMY EDGAR - Color Strip, Warp Records
NIGHTMARES ON WAX - In A Space Outta Sound, Warp Records

NIGHTMARES ON WAX

In A Space Outta Sound

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCD133

Before they turned into the revolving-door label that now houses the likes of Maximo Park and Jamie Lidell, Nightmares On Wax always seemed a bit out of place on Warp; sandwiched between the shrapnel digitalis of Aphex, Squarepusher et al. with only Jimi Tenor for company. How times have changed, for NOW (aka George Evelyn) seems more representative of Warp than many of their roster - combining his soulful grooves, extensive Hammond collection and keen ear for a melancholic-string section into new LP 'In A Space Outta Sound' (get it...?). Falling somewhere between the jaunty pop… Read more
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NIGHTMARES ON WAX - In A Space Outta Sound, Warp Records
BATTLES - EP C/B EP, Warp Records
Featured CD

BATTLES

EP C/B EP

Warp Records

Format_dot_cd2CD // £9.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: WARPCD141

Anyone who was lucky enough to catch Battles live last year was caught wondering when this incredible band would be snapped up by a big label - and here we have it, Warp Records have been kind enough to oblige by re-releasing Battles' classic EPs. A luxurious 2 CD compilation of the B EP, C EP and topped off by both tracks (one on each cd) from the Tras 12" - this is everything a Battles fan could possibly want and a perfect way to dip toes into their weird and wonderful world. There is nothing better than hearing these EPs together in a sort of album form, they always felt so lonely as fragments so … Read more
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BATTLES - EP C/B EP, Warp Records
SQUAREPUSHER - Hello Everything, Warp Records

SQUAREPUSHER

Hello Everything

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCD148

What with the Jenkinson clan now harboring another beat mangler amongst their ranks (Andy of Ceephax Acid Crew fame...), it seems that Squarepusher (aka Tom Jenkinson) has deemed the time right to reignite his love of crazy-leg rhythms and pickled electronics - with 'Hello Everything' a breathless collision of styles and influences. Picking elements from all his past work, 'Hello Everything' can be viewed as Squarepusher doing what Squarepusher does best; i.e. packing his compositions full of blistered beats, jazz breaks, lofty soundscapes and a cascade of melodies that makes this his mos… Read more
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SQUAREPUSHER - Hello Everything, Warp Records
!!! (CHK CHK CHK) - Myth Takes, Warp Records

!!! (CHK CHK CHK)

Myth Takes

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WARPCD154

Their third, and most ambitious album so far, Myth Takes sees !!! heightening their aesthetic of electronically-tinged, dancefloor-friendly rock to ecstatic proportions. The band have certainly increased the scale of their productions, with a more spacious, complex approach to production that's made everything sound a whole lot bigger. From the sound of the stuttery funk rock of 'All My Heroes Are Weirdos' you might be inclined to think all those shows the band did with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on their Stadium Arcadium tour must have rubbed off a bit. Further on, 'A New Name' starts out as Le… Read more
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!!! (CHK CHK CHK) - Myth Takes, Warp Records