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Thursday, 27 November

GRAVENHURST - Flashlight Seasons / Black Holes In The Sand / Offerings (Special Edition), Warp Records
*Two early Gravenhurst albums and a companion collection of unreleased recordings from the period, anthologised to celebrate 10 years of Gravenhurst being on Warp* "The first disc contains ‘Flashlight Seasons’, their first album for Warp in 2004. It quickly earned Gravenhurst a devoted fanbase, consistently strong support from the music press and cemented Nick Talbot’s reputation as a unique talent and one of the most original British singer-songwriters and producers of his generation. The second disc contains ‘Black Holes In The Sand’,… Read more
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GRAVENHURST - Flashlight Seasons / Black Holes In The Sand / Offerings (Special Edition), Warp Records
YO LA TENGO - Extra Painful, Matador
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YO LA TENGO

Extra Painful

Matador

Format_dot_cd2CD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE10632

*Deluxe double CD reissue of the classic 1993 ‘Painful’ album with 12 bonus tracks (plus more via a download coupon), in celebration of Yo La Tengo's 30th anniversary as a band* "Yo La Tengo are one of the most beloved and respected bands in America. Their uninterrupted 30-year career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms - playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, dominating critics’ lists, doing a Simpsons theme, playing the Velvet Underground in t… Read more
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YO LA TENGO - Extra Painful, Matador
SILK RHODES - Silk Rhodes, Stones Throw
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SILK RHODES

Silk Rhodes

Stones Throw

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: STH2351

"Silk Rhodes are the dynamic duo of astro- traveling producer Michael Collins and singer Sasha Desree. Their voyage began in a 1997 Honda CRV turned DIY recording studio built to capture and share lightbulb moments as they happened. The approach was simple: run a microphone into loop pedal, connect the looper to the car stereo via cassette-tape adaptor, and start spitting out ideas.Then Collins and Desree, alongside a host of roving lunatics and pranksters, would broadcast their experiments to the streets, commenting on their observations in rhyme, soliciting ideas from strangers, and inviting… Read more
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SILK RHODES - Silk Rhodes, Stones Throw
LORD RAJA - A Constant Moth, Ghostly International
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LORD RAJA

A Constant Moth

Ghostly International

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: GI226CD

New York's Chester Raj Anand aka Lord Raja brings his psychedelic beat arrangements back to Ghostly International for his debut album, 'A Constant Moth'. Working to the East of Machinedrum and Lee Bannon and further south than Ras G, 12 tracks refract footwork, ambient electronica and hip hop thru a new age prism (quite literally reflected on the cover) where Jeremiah Jae appears mottled into the psychedelic swagger of 'Van Go' and Chicago footwork spirals up and out into celestial strata in 'Throw TRhem Out (System)' beside the sub-aquatic vision of 'Red Sun' and the glitching virtual reality projections of 'Golden Gravity Birds'.
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LORD RAJA - A Constant Moth, Ghostly International
STEVE RODEN & STEPHEN VITIELLO - The Spaces Contained in Each, ROOM 40
Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello are sound artists working at the nexus of sculpture and acoustics. It’s a shared horizon of listening that is at the core of 'The Spaces Contained In Each'. This collaboration sounds out new pathways into fields of sound well explored by each of these artists. It marks an accumulation of their works, both individually and as collaborators. Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Stephen V… Read more
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STEVE RODEN & STEPHEN VITIELLO - The Spaces Contained in Each, ROOM 40
DAVID SHEA - Rituals, ROOM 40
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DAVID SHEA

Rituals

ROOM 40

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RM461

*Features collaborations with Oren Ambarchi, Lawrence English, Joe Talia, and more* John Zorn collaborator David Shea returns with a new edition of outer-wave electro-acoustic deconstructions. Recorded over the last five years; combining ensembles of acoustic and electronic instruments, samples, and field recordings made in Australia and composed during David's time living in Melbourne. The recordings were Influenced by ceremonial rituals as well as internal and personal ones and pieces, which have combined the oldest and newest technologies.
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CHRIS HERBERT - Constants, ROOM 40
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CHRIS HERBERT

Constants

ROOM 40

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RM457

New edition from UK based sound artist Chris Herbert following on from releases for Kranky. Recorded in restless bursts between from 2007 and 2013, Constants was collated in early 2014 and draws on a mixed musical palette interweaving sounds sourced from field recordings and scavenged from domestic environments.
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UENO - Variations Of Weeds, ROOM 40
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UENO

Variations Of Weeds

ROOM 40

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RM456

New solo edition from long time Room40 associate Ueno Takashi, also known as a member of Tenniscoats. Ueno’s work, both solo and with groups, spans an eclectic range of musical interests and styles. On "Variations Of Weeds" Ueno charts out a series of harmonic and timbral micro-universes for guitar.
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SLIM TWIG - A Hound At The Hem, DFA Records

SLIM TWIG

A Hound At The Hem

DFA Records

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DFA2393CD

"Originally released on vinyl in an extremely limited run via Twig’s own Calico Corp label and Pleasence Records, DFA give ‘A Hound At The Hem’ a wider release. Self-produced in 2010 and featuring string arrangements by Owen Pallett, ‘A Hound At The Hem’ is a suite of narrative songs thematically inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’. For fans of The Rapture, Les Savy Fav, Sleaford Mods and Alvvays."
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SONGS: OHIA - Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Reissue), Secretly Canadian
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SONGS: OHIA

Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Reissue)

Secretly Canadian

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: SC299CD

*Jason Molina’s masterpiece ‘Didn’t It Rain’ in a deluxe 2CD edition reissue* The release features the original album - an ode to the Midwest Rust Belt under which Molina was born and Molina’s (at the time) newfound Chicago home - as well as an additional disc of never-before-released demos. The first demo shared was the haunting ‘Ring The Bell, Working Title: The Depression No. 42’, replete with gentle room noises, highlighting the intimacy of all the demos found on this deluxe edition. ‘Didn’t It Rain’ was Jason Molina’s first perfect record. Recorded live in a single room, … Read more
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SONGS: OHIA - Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Reissue), Secretly Canadian
GITHEAD - Waiting for a Sign, Swim

GITHEAD

Waiting for a Sign

Swim

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WM45

"Githead are Colin Newman (Wire), Malka Spigel and Max Franken (Minimal Compact), and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). But who they are is far less important than what they are: a band, rather than just a collaboration between individuals, each with their own highly regarded creative résumé. Githead formed in 2004, for what was initially intended as a one-off performance at the Swim record label's ICA-hosted 10th anniversary event. Over the course of preparations for the gig, though, it quickly became obvious to all involved that there was a natural and rare chemistry between them, one that held th… Read more
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GITHEAD - Waiting for a Sign, Swim
VILLALOG - Spacetrash, Klangbad

VILLALOG

Spacetrash

Klangbad

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: KLANGBAD67CD

“Space Trash”, the fourth album by Austrian band villalog, plays with bending and distorting coordinates of space and time. Whereas their last album, “Cosmic Sister”(2009) was more of a space-disco sci-fi trip, the new album, “Space Trash”, looks pointedly towards the earth. As always, villalog’s musical starting point is found somewhere between Kraftwerk and Can, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Spacement3. Doesn’t work? Sure it does! Founded in 1999 as a duo, Michi Duscher (guitar) and Marc Muncke (electronics) were subsequently joined by drummer Bernhard Fleischmann, who also produced this lat… Read more
VILLALOG - Spacetrash, Klangbad

Tuesday, 25 November

DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON & JUICE VOCAL ENSEMBLE - Sliding The Same Way, Song By Toad
Review to follow shortly…

Thursday, 20 November

LAWRENCE - A Day In The Life, MULE MUSIQ
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LAWRENCE

A Day In The Life

MULE MUSIQ

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MMCD046

Lawrence returns with a new album for Mule Musiq, produced on the road over the last couple of years and then edited back in his backyard studio in hamburg. It’s a sweetly ambient affair in the fine tradition of classic Artificial Intelligence productions, with the title track itself providing a knowing nod to the iconic Selected Ambient Works material. Elsewhere, 'Nowhere Is A Place’ harks black to classic B12 and early Black Dog productions, while ‘Simmer’ situates itself somewhere between the sort of thing the 12k label were releasing back in the mid noughties and Pete Namlook’s most hea… Read more
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LAWRENCE - A Day In The Life, MULE MUSIQ
VARIOUS - Keysound Recordings Presents… Certified Connections, Keysound
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**Includes a bonus DJ mix by Parris to download from your Boomkat account** Killer skool of 2014 survey from Dusk & Blackdown's Keysound Recordings. 14 heavyweights in the dance touching on all manner of new sounds from the weightless iMax flex of Logos' 'Metropolis' to the juicy tropical synthuality of Murlo and E.M.M.A or the gutted grime mutations of Wen and Parris. It also introduces a stack of new names to the label with bullets like Caski's dark garage grine 'Tunnel Music', Aphix's icy 'Sin King' and the nice/nasty grime shades of DLVRY's 'Guilt' or t… Read more
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VARIOUS - Keysound Recordings Presents… Certified Connections, Keysound
BURIAL HEX - The Hierophant, Handmade Birds
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BURIAL HEX

The Hierophant

Handmade Birds

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: HB068

Clay Ruby lays Burial Hex to rest with his amazing final record in this guise, 'The Hierophant'. Extant since 2007, Burial Hex has consistently revitalised and morphed black metal and gothic sounds over the course of countless tapes, CDrs and vinyl releases up to now, notably including an acclaimed split with Zola Jesus for Aurora Borealis, and the 'In Psychic Defense' for Sound of Cobra which still receives heavy rotation in our office to this day. Thanks to a rare appreciation of technoid rhythms and ambient electronics, Burial Hex's records have long stood out from the often blinkered and… Read more
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BURIAL HEX - The Hierophant, Handmade Birds
BJORK - Biophilia Live, One Little Indian
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BJORK

Biophilia Live

One Little Indian

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TPLP1221CDDVD

*Audio on two CD's plus the critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album, titled ‘Biophilia Live’. The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’.
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BJORK - Biophilia Live, One Little Indian
AKOS ROZMANN - 12 Stations / Tolv Stationer (1978-2001), Ideologic Organ
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AKOS ROZMANN

12 Stations / Tolv Stationer (1978-2001)

Ideologic Organ

Format_dot_cd7CD BOXSET // £49.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: SOMA021

*Epic 7 CD box set packaged in a hardcover slipcase with a pull ribbon, 20 page booklet and more* In 2012 Ideologic Organ released the 2LP set '12 Stationer VI' featuring the last part of a large scale work by the Hungarian-Swedish composer Ákos Rózmann. They now present the complete version of Rózmann's epic masterpiece presented for the first time in its entirety as a deluxe 7CD set. Ákos Rózmann (1939-2005) was born in Budapest where he studied organ and composition at the Liszt Academy. From 1971 to 1974 he studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stoc… Read more
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AKOS ROZMANN - 12 Stations / Tolv Stationer (1978-2001), Ideologic Organ
STEFFI - Power Of Anonymity, OSTGUT TON
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STEFFI

Power Of Anonymity

OSTGUT TON

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OSTGUTTONCD32

Steffi serves a sophisticated sophomore LP for OstGut Ton with 'Power Of Anonymity'. Deeply indebted to classic Detroit house and techno, it plays out ten tracks of romantic machine soul driven by elegant grooves and alleviated by expansive atmospheres - exactly the kinda thing you'd expect to hear her spin at her Panorama Bar residency. It's a real mood setter, keeping the lights dimmed but reassuringly glowing throughout, from the E.R.P.-style electro hush of opener 'Pip' and the astral-bound techno of 'Everyday Objects' thru the Share Vari-referencing funk of highlight 'Treasure Seeking' … Read more
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STEFFI - Power Of Anonymity, OSTGUT TON
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER & STEVE RODEN - Suite Nuit, Line
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FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER & STEVE RODEN

Suite Nuit

Line

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LINE_068

Two radically contrasting composers work out their differences in this 2004 collaboration commissioned for Singhur's Suite in Parochial festival, now released by Line and Volume. The results manifest two extended pieces consolidating Roden's signature, scuttling small sounds with Bretscheider's super crisp, crackling tones and pulses.
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LONE - Emerald Fantasy Tracks, Magic Wire Recordings
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LONE

Emerald Fantasy Tracks

Magic Wire Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MAGIC02CD

*Repress* Matt Cutler has delivered impeccably produced beat music for a couple of years now, but its really in the last few months that he's found his feet drawn to a heavy, smudged style of House music. Infusing the warehouse rave heritage of his adopted home city Manchester with the same classic Chicago and NYC memes as his London counterparts, his signature feel for synaesthetically evocative melody has really started to pay dividends. 'Emerald Fantasy Tracks' is one of the most unapologetically ecstatic dancefloor albums we've heard this year, from the eccied AGCG delights of 'Aquamar… Read more
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LONE - Emerald Fantasy Tracks, Magic Wire Recordings
LAWRENCE ENGLISH & STEPHEN VITIELLO - Fable, Dragon's Eye Recordings
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH & STEPHEN VITIELLO

Fable

Dragon's Eye Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: der009

*Chronicling three years of intermittent audio communications between English and Vitiello...* "Lawrence English and Stephen Vitiello are creators of mythology. Their mythology renders a series of acoustic spaces, haunted by narrative and hinting at happenings unseen, but certainly heard. With Fable, we are presented with their second duet. It chronicles three years of intermittent audio communications in search of new collaborative approaches. The results focus on the pair’s joint interests in modular synthesis, field recordings and the blurry boundaries between acoustic instr… Read more
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH & STEPHEN VITIELLO - Fable, Dragon's Eye Recordings
MURCOF & ERIK TRUFFAZ - Being Human Being, Mundo Recordings
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MURCOF & ERIK TRUFFAZ

Being Human Being

Mundo Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: MUNDO3CD

*Murcof returns with a new collaboration with Erik Truffaz, with a special artwork by Enki Bilal* Swiss trumpeter Erik Truffaz has worked with Mexican born sound artist Murcof (originally Fernando Corona) since 2006 when they worked as a trio with Talvin Singh. That fruitful relationship brought together Truffaz’s investment in modern jazz (he has been that archetypal thing, a Blue Note artist), a sharp ear for the new discoveries of contemporary composers like Giya Kancheli and others in the eclectic world of new music, and developed a creative conversation with the world of noi… Read more
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MURCOF & ERIK TRUFFAZ - Being Human Being, Mundo Recordings
GEORGE THEODORAKIS - The Rules Of The Game: Original Studio Recordings (1978-1996), INTO THE LIGHT RECORDS
*16 Track CD Edition* Athens-based Into The Light Records illuminate the sterling work of Greek composer George Theodorakis, son of legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, who famously wrote the theme song for 'Zorba The Greek'. A prolific composer in his own right, George benefitted from access to an abundant studio - stacked with synths, 8-channel console, two pianos - at his family's idyllic home in the hills of Athens. And it was between there and the Theta Makrigianni studio which he recorded all the material in 'The Rules Of The Game Or… Read more
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GEORGE THEODORAKIS - The Rules Of The Game: Original Studio Recordings (1978-1996), INTO THE LIGHT RECORDS
KEVIN DRUMM - Trouble, Editions Mego
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KEVIN DRUMM

Trouble

Editions Mego

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: eMEGO199

Exquisitely glacial longform composition from the modern master of minimalism. 'Trouble' marks quite possibly the quietest, concentrated levels in Drumm's catalogue. More placid/unnerving than even his 'Imperial Distortion' / 'Imperial Horizon' couplet, or practically anything else for that matter. It's a purified exercise in immersed listening, encouraging the participant to give it their undivided attention in return for a discreetly tactile and beautifully liminal experience, "neither ambient nor drone but a more complex investigation into the deep recesses of sound." We strongly recommend your submission to 'Trouble'.
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KEVIN DRUMM - Trouble, Editions Mego
TUJIKO NORIKO - My Ghost Comes Back, Editions Mego
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TUJIKO NORIKO

My Ghost Comes Back

Editions Mego

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: eMEGO201

"'My Ghost Comes Back' sees the return of Tujiko Noriko after a hiatus exploring worlds beyond those we regularly inhabit. The results of these travels provided the formula for this, her most accomplished record to date. As rich in ambition as it is skewered in it's melodic stance, the album is a decidedly more acoustic affair in which a host of guest musicians incorporate mandolin, viola, musical saw, optigon and other such wares into the exotic environment where her unique songwriting now resides. Furthering an exploration of unorthodox arrangements, rhythm and melody Noriko concoc… Read more
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TUJIKO NORIKO - My Ghost Comes Back, Editions Mego
JONAS KOPP - Beyond The Hypnosis, Tresor Records
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JONAS KOPP

Beyond The Hypnosis

Tresor Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TRESOR273CD

"If there’s one thing Jonas Kopp has proven over the last decade is that he can turn his hand to just about anything. Since debuting on Pfirter’s revered MindTrip Music back in 2006, the Buenos Aires native has managed to rack up a rich and compelling discography, coursing with ease through electronic music’s various forms. From warm Chicago house through to deep, dark and driving techno on labels like Deeply Rooted House, Stroboscopic Artefacts and more, Kopp’s hypnotic and heady sentiment has remained the red thread throughout, which has allowed him to flourish as one of techno’s more l… Read more
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JONAS KOPP - Beyond The Hypnosis, Tresor Records
VARIOUS - Brownswood Bubblers Eleven, Brownswood Recordings

VARIOUS

Brownswood Bubblers Eleven

Brownswood Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BWOOD0131CD

Latest Bubblers compilation from Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood, including tracks and exclusives from Lil Silva, Photay, Zackey Force Funk, Moonchild, Hakim and many more.
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ARANDEL - Solarispellis, InFiné
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ARANDEL

Solarispellis

InFiné

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: IF1030

"A playful electronic musical journey evocative of Brian Eno’s ‘Music For Films’, Oneohtrix Point Never, 8-bit soundtracks and prog-infused 70s synth epics and executed with a rigorous conceptual framework worthy of John Cage or the radical film experiments of Lars Von Trier. ‘Solarispellis’ is the follow up to Arandel’s 2010 debut album ‘In D’ and similarly continues to be entirely in his signature key (a nod to minimalist godfather Terry Riley). From woozy electronica to emotive techno and the most vertiginous Krautrock, the tempos, moods and subjects are intertwined, covering an array of musi… Read more
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ARANDEL - Solarispellis, InFiné
BARNT - Magazine 13, Magazine
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BARNT

Magazine 13

Magazine

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MAGAZINE013

Daniel Ansorge aka Barnt backs up a deeply unique swathe of singles with his debut album, 'Magazine 13' for the eponymous label he started with fellow Köln types, Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer. Since 2010 he's released a steady stream of records which brought back a sense of kosmiche wonder and electronic enigma that was arguably lacking in German house and techno sounds. And most crucially, he did it without sacrificing the fundamentals of big bad kicks and minimal percussion, resulting absolute bewts such as 'All Worlds All Times' and more recently with the staggering chops of 'Chappell' for Joy O & Wi… Read more
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BARNT - Magazine 13, Magazine