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Thursday, 20 November

THE GREG FOAT GROUP - Live at the Playboy Club, London, Jazzman
The Greg Foat Group are currently the resident band at the Playboy Club, located in Mayfair, London. Earlier this year a couple of nights were recorded for Jazzman, and the results are here for all to enjoy. Recorded live and direct onto 1" analogue tape the album captures the energy and atmosphere of the group at their regular gig. Awash with library-esque soundtrack-themed jazz grooves with a modal edge, jazz has never been so much fun! This is the 3rd album by the Greg Foat Group on Jazzman, and is the first album to be recorded live at the Playboy Club for over 40 years.
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THE GREG FOAT GROUP - Live at the Playboy Club, London, Jazzman
FAUST - JUST US, Bureau B
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FAUST

JUST US

Bureau B

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BB182

“Just Us” is the new album from legendary Hamburg band Faust. Founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier have laid down twelve musical foundations which are intrinsically typical of Faust in their own right, yet offer enough space for completely different works to develop. Which is exactly what they hope will happen. Whilst Diermaier largely remains true to his habitual handiwork—drums and percussion—Peron, as we might expect, incorporates all manner of unusual sonic sources alongside his bass, various string instruments and piano, even using a sewing machine as a metronome. Tracks like “nur n… Read more
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FAUST - JUST US, Bureau B
VARIOUS - Bay Area Retrograde (BART) (Vol. 1 & 2), Dark Entries Records
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VARIOUS

Bay Area Retrograde (BART) (Vol. 1 & 2)

Dark Entries Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DE075CD

"Bay Area Retrograde (BART)' compiles both Dark Entries’ compilations of underground music from San Francisco (and the greater Bay Area) made between 1978-1983. Towards the end of the 70s, San Francisco’s experimental music scene clashed with the aftermath of punk and gave birth to a vibrant underground. By the early to mid 80s the DIY music scene of the Bay Area was a hotbed for experimental and quirky new wave, post punk, and synthpop, quite similar to New York’s No Wave scene and Berlin’s Neue Deutsche Welle. This compilation connects the (transit) lines between these varie… Read more
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VARIOUS - Bay Area Retrograde (BART) (Vol. 1 & 2), Dark Entries Records
DEVO - Miracle Witness Hour: Live In Ohio 1977, Futurismo
*Die-cut Digipak containing a second sleeve housing rare images as well as brand new liner notes by Devo founding member Gerald Casale* "Spuds rejoice, for the Miracle Witness Hour is at hand! In 1977 DEVO played an intimate show to an eager handful at biker bar turned total dive The Eagle Street Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio. Unbeknown to those canny onlookers, they were to testify to the healing power of DEVO! But what of us now? Beautiful mutants fear not, FUTURISMO are here to rectify your late party syndrome. Televised through the antennas of time we give you DEVOs’ most i… Read more
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DEVO - Miracle Witness Hour: Live In Ohio 1977, Futurismo
VARIOUS - Hi Records: The Soul Years, Fat Possum
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VARIOUS

Hi Records: The Soul Years

Fat Possum

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: FP14832

"Hi Records was founded in 1957 by a group of partners that included former Sun rockabilly artist Ray Harris and two other Sun alumni, Bill Cantrell and Quinton Claunch. The company would become identified with hit instrumental records from the likes of Elvis’ former bassist Bill Black’s Combo and saxophonist Ace Cannon. After a period recording and producing for Memphis’ Home Of The Blues label, Willie Mitchell hooked up with Hi Records. Mitchell’s band would back Black and Cannon, and he began turning out a series of soulful singles and albums of his own, starting with 1962’s ‘The … Read more
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VARIOUS - Hi Records: The Soul Years, Fat Possum
THE INVISIBLE HANDS - Teslam, Abduction

THE INVISIBLE HANDS

Teslam

Abduction

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: ABDT054CD

"The Invisible Hands is a transcontinental collaboration between Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) and four stellar young musicians from Cairo, Egypt: Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda (both formerly of the popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. On Teslam, The Invisible Hands expand the already panoramic range of their eponymous debut LP with a haunting set of melodic, impeccably crafted songs whose vintage psych/hard-rock edge conjures up early Alice Cooper almost as often as it recalls Sun City Girls and 20th-century icons like Ennio Morricone and Serge G… Read more
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THE INVISIBLE HANDS - Teslam, Abduction

Thursday, 13 November

ANDY STOTT - Faith In Strangers, Modern Love
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ANDY STOTT

Faith In Strangers

Modern Love

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LOVE098

*First CD pressing comes in a deluxe oversize 6-panel Digifile* Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’… Read more
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ANDY STOTT - Faith In Strangers, Modern Love
VARIOUS - Slowly Exploding: 10 Years Of Perc Trax 2004-2014, Perc Trax
**Compilation album celebrating 10 years of Perc Trax, with a bonus hour-long mix by Perc** Steadfast UK techno label Perc Trax presents eleven exclusive killers from Kareem, Happa, Drvg Cvltvre, FSG, Perc, Truss and more to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Accompanied by a 64 minute mix from the label's top boy, Ali Wells aka Perc, the session shifts with incandescent energy from the moody, mittel European acid slug of Drvg Cvltvre's '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House' thru the stoic stare-down of Kareem's 'Just When You Thought It was Over' vi… Read more
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VARIOUS - Slowly Exploding: 10 Years Of Perc Trax 2004-2014, Perc Trax
MACHINEDRUM - Vapor City Archives, Ninja Tune
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MACHINEDRUM

Vapor City Archives

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: ZENCD215

Machinedrum brings the 'Vapor City' epoch to a close with this final chapter of 'Vapour City Archives'. Over the last 12 months he's animated a rich sonic fiction informed by psychogeography, Afro-futurism and and new technology over the course of an album, a string of 12"'s and via his subscription series. The hyperstitious results have marked him as a producer apart from the pack thanks to his mercurial meld of footwork, jungle, hip hop and electronica with etheric soul vocals that caught the attention of a lot of listeners looking for a sort of colourful romance and disciplined ener… Read more
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MACHINEDRUM - Vapor City Archives, Ninja Tune
ARIEL PINK - pom pom, 4AD
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ARIEL PINK

pom pom

4AD

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CAD3440CD

The freak pop genius returns sans Haunted Graffiti with the amazing 'Pom Pom', his first "solo" album proper. Aided by collaboration with legendary psych pop producer Kim Fowley, among other as-yet-uncredited contributors, it's a 17-song reminder of Pink's inimitable slant on '70s/'80s pop, applying a magpies eye and vultures beak to the bones of bubblegum garage, glam power pop and sun-kissed indie. We daresay this is Mr. Pink at his very, very charming best, doing ludicrous prog jams such as 'Exile On Frog Street' just as well as jinglistic psych with 'Jell-o' and timeless beachside harmonies in… Read more
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ARIEL PINK - pom pom, 4AD
LOSCIL - Sea Island, Kranky
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LOSCIL

Sea Island

Kranky

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KRANK191

With the beautifully introspective 'Sea Island' Loscil taps back into that vein of Kranky ambient loveliness he's owned for more than a decade since his 'Triple Point' (2001) classic. Shaping a misty bridge between dub techno and ambient music proper, his music has long stood out from the crowd for his ability to effortlessly sidestep cliche in a genre swamped by folk happy to infinitely regurgitate the same patterns and pads. And 'Sea Island' shows no sign of that considered approach abating. It makes a marked step towards letting that dub techno bridge evaporate into the background as he adopts a … Read more
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LOSCIL - Sea Island, Kranky
ROBERT WYATT - Different Every Time, Domino Recording Co
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ROBERT WYATT

Different Every Time

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cd2CD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD347

Double CD compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt curated by Robert together with biographer Marcus O’Dair, the two volume album features ‘Ex Machina’, the ideal introduction for the Wyatt novice, compiling tracks from Robert’s entire career to date and acting as a companion to O’Dair’s new biography, also titled ‘Different Every Time’ . The second disc brings together the best of Robert’s collaborations and guest appearances or, as Robert has it, ‘Benign Dictatorships’, including some very special oddities and rarities available here for the very first time.
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ROBERT WYATT - Different Every Time, Domino Recording Co
JEROME DERRADJI PRESENTS - Kstarke Records: The House That Jackmaster Hater Built, Still Music
Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like the demented Ron Hardy edit of 'Happiness' or the freakishly raw funk… Read more
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JEROME DERRADJI PRESENTS - Kstarke Records: The House That Jackmaster Hater Built, Still Music
FUGAZI - First Demo, Dischord
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FUGAZI

First Demo

Dischord

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DIS181CD

*First appearance on CD, bolstered by an 11th track: Turn Off Your Guns, recorded during the same sessions which was omitted from the original demo tape* "In early January 1988 and after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. Despite the fact that Ian, Joe, and Brendan had been playing together for nearly a year, it was still early days for the band. Guy had only been a full member of Fugazi for a few months and only sang lead on one song ("Break In"). It would be nearly another year before he would start playing guitar with the band.… Read more
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FUGAZI - First Demo, Dischord
CRISTIAN VOGEL - Polyphonic Beings, Shitkatapult
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CRISTIAN VOGEL

Polyphonic Beings

Shitkatapult

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: STRIKE151

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

SINGS CHRISTMAS CAROLS

CALDO VERDE

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: CV031

"Mark Kozelek's 'Sings Christmas Carols'. The title says it all; straightforward standard Christmas songs, done only as Mark Kozelek can perform them. The album is solo acoustic, recorded during the holidays in 2013.."
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OM UNIT - Inversion, METALHEADZ
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OM UNIT

Inversion

METALHEADZ

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: METACD005

Om Unit cracks the glass on Goldie's DAT archive to present 'Inversion', his stunning follow-up to debut album 'Threads'. It's a Metalheadz album from nose to tail, chasing echoes of the label's past to reflect their present position, repping for new mutations of jungle, halfstep D&B and footwork with a timeless, atmospheric soul. There's gotta be few producers that Goldie would allow into his DAT and samples archive - we're imagining a massive oak chest embossed with lions and a Metalheadz logo - but Om Unit is clearly one of them and coolly lives up to the task, combinging his own sounds with Gold… Read more
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OM UNIT - Inversion, METALHEADZ
ILLUM SPHERE - FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere, Fabric Worldwide
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ILLUM SPHERE

FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC156

llum Sphere makes moves with a Fabric selection repping for his quarterly Hoya:Hoya events at the London club. Ticking off stacks of vintage box-ticklers beside their modern analogs, these 24 tracks perhaps better represent Ryan Hunn's more recent and personal tastes, rather than the wonky hip hop and colourful electronica that his Manchester-based Hoya:Hoya club night is putatively known for. Starting up with the cold, Kölnisch ambience of E.M.A.K.'s 'Sein Und Schein', he leads a calculated tour between industrial, post punk, acid and dub touchstones, sparking runs of aces lik… Read more
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ILLUM SPHERE - FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere, Fabric Worldwide
VARIOUS - Soul Jazz Records Presents Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1978-82, Soul Jazz Records
**19 tracks over 2CDs** "Fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82 on Soul Jazz Records. This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 12” sleeves, including sections on roller disco, disco instruction albums and more. There are also interviews and introductions by Tom Moulton, Nicky Siano, Mel Cheren (West End Records), Ken Cayre … Read more
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VARIOUS - Soul Jazz Records Presents Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1978-82, Soul Jazz Records
VARIOUS - Aphelion, TOKEN
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VARIOUS

Aphelion

TOKEN

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TOKEN48CD

The Belgian techno powerhouse cuts right across the face of modern big room techno with trax from Luke Slater's Planetary Assault Systems, James Ruskin, Surgeon, Inigo Kennedy, Karenn and more in the 'Aphelion' compilation. Includes serious highlights in PAS's fruity 808 workout, 'The 808 Track (Parts 1 & 2)' and Karenn's darkside wormhole 'Pace Yourself'.
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EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN - Lament, BMG
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EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN

Lament

BMG

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: 538013752

"Einstürzende Neubauten are back with a new album. The band has produced a musical work on the outbreak of World War which made its premiere performance in Diksmuide, Belgium on November 8, 2014. In this work the band will link their techniques, which are explicitly bound to the traditions of the avant-garde, with this first global event that shook the entire world."
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ENA - Binaural, Samurai Horo
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ENA

Binaural

Samurai Horo

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SMGHOROCD01

Ena returns with a ruggedly stripped-down and reconsidered D&B sound on 'Binaural', his 2nd solo album and 1st for Samurai Horo. Tumbling and stepping in space between the unquantised stagger of Fis, Felix K's lightless atmospheres, and the visceral concrète dub grit of Miles Whittaker, 'Binaural' presents 14 unstable, original productions for the dankest heads and listening spaces.
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TENDERHEART - Dignity, M=Maximal

TENDERHEART

Dignity

M=Maximal

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MAX023CD

With Dignity, Tenderheart mirrors his soul, his deep wish for peace in a place that has been shaken by colliding political interests. Dignity and music for peace are his reaction to the unstable situation in Eastern Europe. After his Duo EP, which was the start-up for M=Maximal's series "Musik ohne Worte," he now releases his first album on M=Maximal. Tenderheart already gained the attention of the chill out club scene with various contributions to compilations like Cafe De Paris, This Is Deep and Deep Tech House. A great and unconventional music scene in Kiev is the impetus for a multi-colored cl… Read more
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TENDERHEART - Dignity, M=Maximal
RHYTON - Kykeon, Thrill Jockey

RHYTON

Kykeon

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: THRILL381CD

*CD version limited to 300 copies with hand-applied wrap around artwork* "Rhyton are the Brooklyn based trio of Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer And The Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride) and Rob Smith (Pigeons). Rhyton take ancestral forms, instrumentation and scales, primarily sourced from Middle Eastern and Greek traditions and incorporate them into the context of scorching improvised rock. ‘Kykeon’ was recorded at the legendary Black Dirt Studios (Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers, etc) in upstate New York with their long- time engineer Jason Meagher."
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RHYTON - Kykeon, Thrill Jockey
SAVAGES & BO NINGEN - Words To The Blind, Stolen Recordings / Pop Noire

SAVAGES & BO NINGEN

Words To The Blind

Stolen Recordings / Pop Noire

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: POPNSR01

"Bo Ningen and Savages deliver ‘Words To The Blind’ - a 37-minutes collaborative track. Taking their cross fertilisation a step further, following occasional live appearances together and Savages’ Jehnny Beth guesting on Bo Ningen’s current album ‘III’, ‘Words To The Blind’ is inspired by the Dadaist concept of the ‘Simultaneous Poem’…"
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TY SEGALL - Singles 2, Drag City

TY SEGALL

Singles 2

Drag City

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC611CD

Review to follow shortly…
ÓBó - Innhverfi, Morr Music

ÓBó

Innhverfi

Morr Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MM133

*Debut solo album from Sigur Rós' and Jónsi's touring keyboard player/percussionist Óbó* In his passport it says Ólafur Björn Ólafsson - and although comprised of no more than 7 compositions, it does run the gamut of suburban bliss turned upside down: After the LP's minimalistic opener "Úthverfi", a track that melancholically opens up after a long, immensely dark and brooding intro, that ultimately offers some respite in the form of playful Glockenspiel over layers of slow-moving sonic lava, the equally cinematic "Svartur galdur" leaves much room for Óbó's trademark baritone: Like a bespectacled puppetee… Read more
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ÓBó - Innhverfi, Morr Music
MAURICE LOUCA - Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot), Nawa Recordings

MAURICE LOUCA

Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)

Nawa Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: NAWA002CD

"Featuring guest performances by Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.), Sam Chalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Solo Artist/Alif), Khaled Yassine (Anouar Brahem/Alif) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, to name a few. Those who may have heard live iterations of Salute the Parrot at Louca’s jaw dropping shows across the Arab world and Europe over the last couple of years, will encounter a much more complex and hard hitting work of many influences. From psychedelic to Egyptian Shaabi, Louca shatters the confines o… Read more
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MAURICE LOUCA - Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot), Nawa Recordings

Thursday, 06 November

VLADISLAV DELAY - Visa , Ripatti
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VLADISLAV DELAY

Visa

Ripatti

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RIPATTI09

Following the frenetic, rhythmic experiments of the Ripatti 12” series, Vladislav Delay returns with his first ambient album in over a decade. ‘Visa’ is a thing of immense, absorbing beauty - harking back to his classic albums for Chain reaction and Mille Plateaux, extending 6 longform pieces over an hour of heady dub reductions. And in the fine tradition of some of the best albums, ‘Visa’ was borne out of serendipity - Ripatti was denied entry to the United States and was forced to cancel an entire tour. Suddenly left with unhindered time and a surplus of creative energy, he produced this materi… Read more
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VLADISLAV DELAY - Visa , Ripatti
VARIOUS - Next Life, Hyperdub
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VARIOUS

Next Life

Hyperdub

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: HDBCD029

Hyperdub and Chicago's Teklife powerhouse join forces in tribute to fallen footwork pioneer DJ Rashad with the 20 track 'Next Life' compilation. 'Next Life' provides the broadest, most crucial overview of Chicago's febrile, fertile footwork scene you'll likely hear in 2014, running bullets from brand new producers such as DJ Phil, DJ Tre, Boylan, and Sirr Two along with bombs from elders like DJ Spinn, RP Boo, Traxman, and of course DJ Rashad, plus a handful of aces from the scene's non-Chicago cousins. Pushed to pick instant favourites, we'd draw for the mellow pressure of Traxman's 'Sit Ya Self Do… Read more
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VARIOUS - Next Life, Hyperdub