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Thursday, 18 June

VARIOUS - Treasure Isle Presents Ska, Treasure Isle

VARIOUS

Treasure Isle Presents Ska

Treasure Isle

Format_dot_cd2CD // £6.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: TJDCD531

*40 Ska classics from Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label. Includes The Skatalites, Don Drummond, Derrick Morgan and Tommy McCook*
VARIOUS - Treasure Isle Presents Rock Steady, Treasure Isle

VARIOUS

Treasure Isle Presents Rock Steady

Treasure Isle

Format_dot_cd2CD // £6.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: TJDCD532

40 rock steady classics from the Treasure Isle label. Includes The Paragons, The Melodians and Alton Ellis. A fantastic collection of original Jamaican music.

Thursday, 11 June

HELM - Olympic Mess, PAN
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HELM

Olympic Mess

PAN

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PAN63

*Mastered by Rashad Becker, features photography by Kim Thue and artwork by Bill Kouligas* Luke Younger's Helm undergoes a captivating metamorphosis from noise agitator to industrial ambient alchemist with 'Olympic Mess', his new album for PAN. Prompted by a period of personal turmoil and a chaotic lifestyle on the road playing support for Danish punks, Ice Age; Younger expands his sonic palette here with nods to the loop-based structures and textural sensuality of balearic disco, dub techno and industrial music. When filtered into his patented mix of hi-fidelity electro-acoustic process, field reco… Read more
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HELM - Olympic Mess, PAN
NILS FRAHM - Music for the Motion Picture Victoria , ERASED TAPES
"Nils Frahm writes his first score for one-take feature film Victoria and is nominated for German film prize. Nils Frahm has always said that he's just waiting for something real special when being asked if he would ever score the music for a film. And that's exactly what German director Sebastian Schipper presented to him with his one-take feature Victoria. Filmed in Berlin, Victoria's plot sees a runaway party girl, who's asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town, but their wild night of partying suddenly turns into a bank robbery as the music cha… Read more
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NILS FRAHM - Music for the Motion Picture Victoria , ERASED TAPES
DJ KOZE - DJ-Kicks, !K7 Records
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DJ KOZE

DJ-Kicks

!K7 Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: K7325CD

Germany's DJ Koze has the honour of heading up DJ-Kicks' 50th mix + compilation set. As a figurehead of minimal, melodic and soulful tech-house and electronica, Koze ranks amongst the scene's most respected and venerable producers. He ain't too shabby on the decks either - widely regarded as a selector of the topmost order, with classic mixes such as 2004's timeless, 'All People Is My Friends' CD for Kompakt still ranking among our favourites of that decade. Now, ten years later, he rustles up a typically laidback 17-track selection running the gamut from BoC's remix of Clouddead thru Stones Thrown h… Read more
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DJ KOZE - DJ-Kicks, !K7 Records
VILOD (RICARDO VILLALOBOS AND MAX LODERBAUER) - Safe in Harbour, Perlon
*Ships Monday* In which Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer unlock the mysterious codes of jazz and techno with a menagerie of modular kit, computer software and instruments. Landing a week after the sterling new MvO Trio album with Tony Allen explored similar realms, ViLod get deep between the wires in a seven track showcase of preternatural studio sensibility and dexterity. Those hoping for a tricksy tech-house roll out will be disappointed but, anyone who has willed the pair to follow their noses farther into the jazz/techno schism will be rewarded with… Read more
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VILOD (RICARDO VILLALOBOS AND MAX LODERBAUER) - Safe in Harbour, Perlon
KEN CAMDEN - Dream Memory, Kranky
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KEN CAMDEN

Dream Memory

Kranky

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KRANK194

'Dream memory' is the 2nd album of soul-burning celestial synth music by Implodes guitarist Ken Camden for Kranky. Drawing upon Indian raga, chamber-like plainsong and classic kosmiche, it's a richly synaesthetic and heightened sensory experience harmonised to the rafters and radiating lushness from every angle.
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BREAKAGE - When The Night Comes (CD Album), Digital Soundboy
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BREAKAGE

When The Night Comes (CD Album)

Digital Soundboy

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: SBOYCD003

The D&B don gorgon returns with a 14-track new album, 'When The Night Comes'. Rolling in five years after 'Foundation' and nearly ten years since the scene classic, 'This Too Shall Pass', the sound here marks a considered reduction and optimisation of Breakage's patented style in four parts. The key phrase here is minimalism, presenting each track/idea with a knowing paucity of fine-tuned elements - rather than showing off with hyperactive edits and calamitous drops. On the first disc he trims back to a fiercely brooding hybrid of dancehall snares and Reese-bass surge, nowt else… Read more
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BREAKAGE - When The Night Comes (CD Album), Digital Soundboy
PAT THOMAS & KWASHIBU AREA BAND - Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Strut
**Tipped to the drum fiends!** "“I’m an afrobeat drummer but Pat Thomas is highlife. That is what he does so well.” -Tony Allen. Strut present the brand new studio album by one of Ghana’s all-time great vocalists, “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, in conjunction with the Kwashibu Area Band led by multi-instumentalist Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens, Patrice) and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Ebo Taylor, Poets of Rhythm). A regular collaborator with Ebo Taylor, Thomas was mainstay of the ‘70s and ‘80s Ghanaian highlife, afrobeat and afro-pop scenes, hitt… Read more
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PAT THOMAS & KWASHIBU AREA BAND - Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Strut
HUDSON MOHAWKE - Lantern, Warp Records

HUDSON MOHAWKE

Lantern

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCD254

Purified silicon squeezy cheeze from megastar producer Hudson Mohawke. A steadfast adherent of the more-is-more production outlook, Mohawke's tightly packed 2nd album features guest spots from Antony, Jhene Aiko and Miguel, following his production details for the cream of the American hip hop crop, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake and Pusha T. There are interesting moments to be discovered, as with the OPN-esque majesty of 'Kettles', the searing synth excess of 'Scud Books', and the pointillist percussion of 'Lil Jembe', or the concise instrumental rave attacks such as 'Shadows' and 'System', but … Read more
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HUDSON MOHAWKE - Lantern, Warp Records
JAAKKO EINO KALEVI - Jaakko Eino Kalevi, WEIRD WORLD
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JAAKKO EINO KALEVI

Jaakko Eino Kalevi

WEIRD WORLD

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WEIRD042CD

"This self-titled debut LP finds Jaakko on spellbinding form, composing sumptuous and wildly original music that teems with ideas and more than delivers on the promise of its predecessor, the breakthrough 2013 EP Dreamzone. Jaakko Eino Kalevi marks the start of a striking new chapter for the Berlin-based artist – a former tram driver in Helsinki – who’s already made quite an impression on the international stage these past 12 months. From the alluring opener ‘J.E.K.’ to ravishing finale ‘Ikuinen Purkautumaton Jännite’ (loosely, ‘Eternal Ejected Voltage’), this is a richly immersi… Read more
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JAAKKO EINO KALEVI - Jaakko Eino Kalevi, WEIRD WORLD
DAVID JOHN SHEPPARD - Vertical Land , Village Green
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DAVID JOHN SHEPPARD

Vertical Land

Village Green

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: VGCD009

"Multi-instrumentalist and composer David John Sheppard returns with his new album ‘Vertical Land’ through Village Green. The writer and orchestrator behind the acclaimed State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound, SnowPalms and Leaf recording artists Phelan/Sheppard, ‘Vertical Land’ will be Sheppard’s first bona fide solo album. Tracks were begun percussively by inserting pencils into guitars to make false bridges, then hammering the strings with vibraphone mallets, or by applying layers of masking tape to the strings of an upright piano in order to create a raw percussive instrument.… Read more
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DAVID JOHN SHEPPARD - Vertical Land , Village Green
VARIOUS - Sounds Of The Universe: Art + Sound, Soul Jazz Records
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VARIOUS

Sounds Of The Universe: Art + Sound

Soul Jazz Records

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SJRCD307

Strong survey of actions 2012-15 in the esoteric, Afro-futurist and avant realms of house, hip hop, techno and disco. Revolving a stellar line-up of attuned and talented minds, the first volume of 'Soul Jazz presents Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15' weighs in 19 exclusive cuts formerly only available on limited vinyl editions (250 copies) sold at Sounds of the Universe in London. It includes some absolute bewts, from Kassem Mosse's percolating 12 minute soundscape, 'Staat Aus Glas', to the frayed Detroit electro-funk of DJ Stingray's 'Cytokines', and the nipple-rub… Read more
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VARIOUS - Sounds Of The Universe: Art + Sound, Soul Jazz Records
MELVINS - The Bulls & The Bees / Electroretard, Ipecac Recordings

MELVINS

The Bulls & The Bees / Electroretard

Ipecac Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: IPC169CD

"Ipecac reissue Melvins’ ‘The Bulls & The Bees’ and ‘Electroretard’ on one CD. ‘The Bulls & The Bees’ was a special limited edition release in 2012 through a partnership with Scion A/V. ‘Electroretard’ was originally released in 2001 on Man’s Ruin Records. Both albums have been out of print in recent years. Last year, the Melvins released ‘Hold It In’, which saw band members King Buzzo and Dale Crover join forces with Butthole Surfer’s JD Pinkus and Paul Leary."
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Thursday, 04 June

ARTHUR RUSSELL - Corn, Audika Records
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ARTHUR RUSSELL

Corn

Audika Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: AU10142-CD

Pinch us; it's real! Audika finally unleash a vintage-fresh stash of tunes from Arthur Russell's archive, marking one of the most substantial, posthumous dispatches of his unreleased material to date. At this point, Arthur should need little introduction - he's arguably among thee most important, yet neglected, American composer/song-writers of the 20th century - so we'll skip the skooling and run to the music. There are nine songs, of which five are actually alternate and previously unheard versions of much-loved classics, while the other four are completely unheard, and also plucked from his not… Read more
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ARTHUR RUSSELL - Corn, Audika Records
MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO - Sounding Lines, Honest Jon's Records
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MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO

Sounding Lines

Honest Jon's Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HJRCD72

Moritz Von Oswald conducts a cabinet reshuffle, exchanging Vladislav Delay for legendary Afrobeat percussionist Tony Allen on his superb fourth Trio album and follow-up to 'Borderland' with Juan Atkins. Alongside original member Max Loderbauer, the trio embark on a new and deeply charming chapter of elemental rhythm and sound exploration, positioning them ever closer to some modern day version of the Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Dub is still the foundation, and jazz the teacher, but the languid roll of Allen's drums and Loderbauer's lissom bleeps now hint at a sort… Read more
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MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO - Sounding Lines, Honest Jon's Records
JENNY HVAL - Apocalypse, girl, Sacred Bones Records
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JENNY HVAL

Apocalypse, girl

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SB134CD

**Includes download code** Norway's most precious, provocative pop export presents the barbed strokes of 'Apocalypse, Girl' - her 3rd album - with Brooklyn's Sacred Bones. In possession of an effortlessly natural, evocative voice, coupled with probing lyrics, Jenny surrounds herself with musicians of a similarly rarified calibre, including Thor Harris (Swans), Okkyung Lee, and Rhodri Davis, who all play within her "intimate sound" parameters; empathising with her open-minded, transgressive pop rhetoric and disquietingly reserved aesthetic in a winding, hallucinatory narrative. Produced by a… Read more
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JENNY HVAL - Apocalypse, girl, Sacred Bones Records
MARIBOU STATE - Portraits (Deluxe Edition), Counter Records

MARIBOU STATE

Portraits (Deluxe Edition)

Counter Records

Format_dot_cd2CD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: COUNTCD063X

*Special Edition. Including bonus CD with extra tracks and remixes from John Beltran and Gang Colours* "With a sound as quintessentially British as the picturesque Hertfordshire village that they call home, Maribou State present their debut album. Portraits sees Chris Davids and Liam Ivory exemplify the sort of rare but precious sonic harmony that has made their name so far: equal parts emotive instrumentation and sturdy rhythms, stark soundscapes and rich textures. Featuring longtime collaborator Pedestrian (2nd Drop / Born Electric) as well as vocalists Holly Walker and Jono … Read more
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MARIBOU STATE - Portraits (Deluxe Edition), Counter Records
GHOST HARMONIC - Codex, METAMATIC

GHOST HARMONIC

Codex

METAMATIC

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: META56CD

**Limited CD in hardback book** "Ghost Harmonic are solo violinist Diana Yukawa, electronic pioneer John Foxx and his collaborator in John Foxx And The Maths - Benge. They’ve been working at Benge’s MemeTune Studios in Shoreditch, London over the last couple of years, creating the Ghost Harmonic sound - a combination of the purity of Diana Yukawa’s violin with the complexity and textured noise of analogue machinery. As Benge puts it, ‘there is something very satisfying about combining Diana’s beautiful 17th Century violin with a subsonic tone-blast from a Moog Modular.’‘It was fairly open,’ says… Read more
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GHOST HARMONIC - Codex, METAMATIC
VARIOUS - Shirley Inspired, EARTH
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VARIOUS

Shirley Inspired

EARTH

Format_dot_cd3CD // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: EARTHCD003

“July 2015 will see Shirley Collins celebrate her 80th year - an age that would seem frankly ridiculous for a woman as spritely as her, had it not been for all she's achieved. From her seminal field-recording trip to America to her lauded musical career; from her role as historian and protector of the folk tradition, to the very fact that this record can exist - more than half a century after her career began - all of these things are testament to the breadth of her influence. And so we arrive at 'Shirley Inspired'. It would be almost lazy to the talk about the resurgence of folk music or the… Read more
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VARIOUS - Shirley Inspired, EARTH
PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL - Home Economics, DFA Records

PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL

Home Economics

DFA Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: DFA2444CD

**Includes download code** DFA's brooding, Brighton-based disco duo yield a lean but warm 3rd album with 'Home Economics'. "The starting point for the new record was the band’s “amazing” first US shows - two of their own and a triumphant showing at DFA’s 12th anniversary - in May 2013. Inspired by their American adventure, Prinzhorn Dance School brought the recording process into the heart of their everyday lives. Played and recorded on the move between different flats in Brighton and Hove, then wheeled around town on a hard-drive wrapped in a sleeping bag in a specially-adapted … Read more
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PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL - Home Economics, DFA Records
FFS - FFS (Deluxe Edition), Domino Recording Co

FFS

FFS (Deluxe Edition)

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD349X

**LImited edition CD version includes bonus tracks ‘So Many Bridges’, ‘King Of The Song’, ‘Look At Me’ and ‘A Violent Death’** "The product of a unique collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, ‘FFS’ was produced nby Grammy Award winner John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi) and recorded at London’s RAK Studios. The seed of FFS was sown around the time of Franz’s debut album when word got back to the Maels that the band were big Sparks fans. “We thought ‘Take Me Out’ was very cool, and wouldn’t it be nice to say hello when they came to Los Angeles?” recalls Russell Mael. “… Read more
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FFS - FFS (Deluxe Edition), Domino Recording Co
JOSEPHINE FOSTER & THE VICTOR HERRERO BAND - Anda Jaleo / Pearlas, Fire Records
"Bringing together both of Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band’s Spanish albums in one place, with a previously unreleased track. Anda Jaleo was originally released in 2010. Federico Garcia Lorca's popular folk song collection "Las Canciones Populares Espanolas" was banned under Franco's dictatorship and today the music survives but marginally within the Spanish sub-conscious. Taking their cue from Lorca and La Argentinita's infectious 1931 recording of the songs, Josephine Foster and her partner Spanish musician Victor Herrero arranged the poetical… Read more
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JOSEPHINE FOSTER & THE VICTOR HERRERO BAND - Anda Jaleo / Pearlas, Fire Records
INSTITUTE - Catharsis, Sacred Bones Records

INSTITUTE

Catharsis

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SBR35CD

"Politically speaking, not much has changed about the way Austin’s Institute exists as a band since signing to Sacred Bones. Having members in Glue, Wiccans, and Back to Back, all fellow stalwarts of the Texas punk scene, helps streamline the approach for them, as all of their bands operate from the same basic ethos (i.e. operating outside of the normal cycle of PRs, agents, social networking and self-promotion). In fact, singer Moses Brown has said they’re only comfortable being on Sacred Bones because he considers the label “a punk label on steroids.” (A note from the label—“Drugs, yes. Steroid… Read more
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INSTITUTE - Catharsis, Sacred Bones Records

Thursday, 28 May

JAMIE XX - In Colour, Young Turks Recordings Ltd

JAMIE XX

In Colour

Young Turks Recordings Ltd

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: YTCD122

Jamie xx practises safe raving with his debut solo album proper, following a 2011 collaboration with Gil Scott-Heron and production as part of The xx. 'In Colour' posits Jamie as the pre-eminent posh soul boy, lifting and massaging inspiration from the rich heritage of late '80s + early '90s London dance culture and channelling it into a pop-ready format palatable to Radio 1 daytime tastes and festival soundtracks. The putative "soul" of rare groove, boogie, hardcore and early jungle is sucked out and spliced with vocals in feathered arrangements ripened up for students and yummy mummys alike - all… Read more
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JAMIE XX - In Colour, Young Turks Recordings Ltd
NOZINJA - Nozinja Lodge, Warp Records
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NOZINJA

Nozinja Lodge

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: WARPCD252

Jaw-dropping debut solo album from Nozinja, the brains behind South Africa's maddest export - Shangaan Electro. Arriving five years since he set floors alight from Limpopo to Salford with an acclaimed compilation for Honest Jon's, he presents the most diverse Shangaan expo to date with 'Nozinja Lodge' cycling between free-wheeling 180bpm signatures to highly idiosyncratic takes on militant Hi-NRG disco via string-heavy epics and pinging digi-dub pop mutations, all sprinkled with his patented, super-bright and melodic arrangements. For energy and soul he's practically unrivalled on the world stag… Read more
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NOZINJA - Nozinja Lodge, Warp Records
SUN KIL MOON - Universal Themes, Rough Trade
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SUN KIL MOON

Universal Themes

Rough Trade

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: RTRADCD787

“Different things are happening in my life now, so there is no doubt that it will be a very different album.” - Mark Kozelek ‘Universal Themes’ includes ‘The Possum’, a nine minute track featuring Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley about dead possums and hanging out with Godflesh. Guitars and vocals by Mark Kozelek. Percussion by Steve Shelley. Recorded in San Francisco, 2014 / 2015. Additional recording in Hoboken, 2015."
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LUIGI ARCHETTI - Null IV-VII (4CD Box Set), DIE SCHACHTEL
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LUIGI ARCHETTI

Null IV-VII (4CD Box Set)

DIE SCHACHTEL

Format_dot_cd4CD BOXSET // £15.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: ZeitC18-19

*This version includes parts 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the series and does not include parts 1 & 2, but comes with the box so that those of you who own the first two parts can slot them in* "Epic in scale, static, timbre and stillness, "Null" is a vast and profound music project that Luigi Archetti has been pursuing over a long period. His musical research is not about Null (the German word for zero) as a mathematical object, as a real number. Instead, the term Null (zero) is used here as a metaphor in order to describe a state of pausing and anticipatory waiting. The music in project NU… Read more
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LUIGI ARCHETTI - Null IV-VII (4CD Box Set), DIE SCHACHTEL
HERBERT - The Shakes, Accidental Records Ltd
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HERBERT

The Shakes

Accidental Records Ltd

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AC84CD

**Includes download code for album plus 4 bonus remixes** The virtuosic sampler fiend and pioneering dancefloor composer presents his 1st new album of dance music in nine years with 'The Shakes' - effectively the follow-up to 'Scale' (2006). With an emotional range as fine and varied as his sample banks, the venerable UK composer spins out twelve tracks spanning signature hurky-jerky house patterns thru to sanguine soul drifts and jazzy big band antics, always with an idiosyncratic timbre and grain and blessed with the sort of chicanery that could only come from a composer confident in his techniqu… Read more
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HERBERT - The Shakes, Accidental Records Ltd
RACHEL GRIMES - The Clearing, Temporary Residence Ltd.
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RACHEL GRIMES

The Clearing

Temporary Residence Ltd.

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TRR256CD

*First new solo album in six years from founding member of pioneering chamber-rock ensemble, Rachel’s. Features members of Loscil, Rachel’s, Shipping News, Amsterdam Sinfonietta* "Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky – most renowned for her work in Rachel's, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble that introduced an entire generation of underground rock fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber ensembles such as Portland Cello Project, astrïd, Cicada… Read more
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RACHEL GRIMES - The Clearing, Temporary Residence Ltd.