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Thursday, 07 August

GRUMBLING FUR - Preternaturals, The Quietus Phonographic Corporation

GRUMBLING FUR

Preternaturals

The Quietus Phonographic Corporation

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: GID003CD

"Grumbling Fur’s ‘Preternaturals’ is the second release on the label run by The Quietus and is Grumbling Fur’s follow-up to the 2013 album ‘Glynnaestra’ (Thrill Jockey). Contemporary sun-kissed psychedelia with a strong pop edge - Depeche Mode in a stone circle - recalling Brian Eno, Penguin Café Orchestra, Beta Band, Super Furries, Coil, Talk Talk, Harmonia and Boards Of Canada, amongst others.”
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Friday, 01 August

ADEBISI SHANK - This Is The Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank, SARGENT HOUSE
Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 31 July

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN & PIERRE BOULEZ - New Directions In Music, EL RECORDS
New Directions In Music includes Stockhausen’s 'Étude ConcrÈte’ (the composer’s first experimentation in musique concrète), and David Tudor s premiere recording of all four movements of Klavierstück XI. These works are complimented by Robert Craft’s historic New Directions in Music album comprising Stockhausen’s ‘Zeitmasse' (Time-measures) for five woodwinds and Pierre Boulez' 'Le Marteau sans maître' (The Hammer without a Master).
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NAOMI PUNK - Television Man, Captured Tracks

NAOMI PUNK

Television Man

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT209CD

"Over the last four years, Olympia-based punk trio Naomi Punk – featuring singer/guitarist Travis Coster, guitarist Neil Gregerson, and drummer Nic Luempert – have been lighting up DIY warehouses and large concert halls alike with their singular brand of mid-tempo, cathartic punk. Commencing their breakout 2012 debut ‘The Feeling’, Naomi Punk return to the fold with their sophomore record, ‘Television Man’ – their first for Captured Tracks. A key fixture in the Northwest DIY punk scene, Naomi Punk channel a similar energy to their contemporaries (Milk Music, Broken Water, Vexx, Gag) and the… Read more
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NAOMI PUNK - Television Man, Captured Tracks
NURSE WITH WOUND & GRAHAM BOWERS - ExcitoToxicity, Red Wharf
"The third studio album release from Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers. ExcitoToxicity ... an excess of most things, both mentally and physically, although exciting and pleasurable, can easily accelerate and rapidly become toxic ... on a cellular level, deadly. We have thrown caution to the wind and gone overboard on the quality of the 8 Panel DigiPak artwork design and packaging for this release ... why? ... Graham liked all Steven's proposed paintings for the album ... so Steven decided we should feature them all ... on a heavy board in full gloss, on a matte background."
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NURSE WITH WOUND & GRAHAM BOWERS - ExcitoToxicity, Red Wharf

Thursday, 24 July

SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty, SUB POP
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SHABAZZ PALACES

Lese Majesty

SUB POP

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: SPCD1044

Super smart 2nd album from Seattle's foremost hip hop accelerationists. Fronted by Ishmael Butler, formerly of the brilliant Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces have cornered a unique take on contemporary hip hop melding traces of electronica, cyberactive dub and jazz inna cerebral but instantly gratifying style that swerves self-conscious oddness in favour of genuinely psychedelic lushness and off-the-dome freedom. Borrowing its title 'Lese Majesty' from a French term for offending about offending the dignity of a royal, the album is framed as a "…sort of sonic attack on the "me-mania" that… Read more
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SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty, SUB POP
CLAUDE SPEEED - My Skeleton, LuckyMe
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CLAUDE SPEEED

My Skeleton

LuckyMe

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LM22

Widescreen visions of modern classical and electronics on the debut album from American Men's Claude Speeed. Ostensibly the odd one out in LuckyMe's fluorescent roster, the Glaswegian artist actually shares a lot in common with his native label-mates, in terms of proggy compositional nuance and his taste for glittering, emotively synthetic backdrops. Distilling a mixture of ebullient grandiosity and majestic melancholy at its core, it percolates a spectrum of modern music from the stadium rousing epics of Mogwai and Rustie to the subtler tones and sweeping, folksy arrangements of BoC or Konx… Read more
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CLAUDE SPEEED - My Skeleton, LuckyMe
ALIAS - Pitch Black Prism, Anticon

ALIAS

Pitch Black Prism

Anticon

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ABR0143CD

"Every year requires winter records. Those sounds that you reach for when cyclical freeze triggers a craving for icy synthesizers and sinister drums. This is where you’ll find Alias’ Pitch Black Prism, an alternately bleak and beautiful album built for headphones and hailstorms. “The image that stuck in my head for its tone was a figure illuminated just beyond the range of complete darkness,” says Alias. “I worked on it mostly it night, so it definitely has more of a nocturnal feel than any of my previous albums.” It’s a fitting metaphor for the Maine resident. Few places boast such a severe c… Read more
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ALIAS - Pitch Black Prism, Anticon
LAND OBSERVATIONS - The Grand Tour, Mute
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LAND OBSERVATIONS

The Grand Tour

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CDSTUMM369

"Land Observations (aka musician and artist, James Brooks) presents ‘The Grand Tour’, the follow up to 2012’s debut album, ‘Roman Roads IV-XI’. Where the debut album was concerned with the roads of communication and conquest that stretched across the former Roman Empire and Republic, the new album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour. The album was recorded on the edge of the Bavarian Alps on just one electric 6-string guitar - exploring the potential of the instrument in relation to layers, rhythm, melo… Read more
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LAND OBSERVATIONS - The Grand Tour, Mute
BRIAN REITZELL - Watch Dogs (Original Game Soundtrack), INVADA
"Brian Reitzell's musical score to the highly-anticipated open-world adventure game WATCH_DOGS. Full of infectious beats and atmospheric, retro-futuristic synths, the score is a further achievement from composer Reitzell, who has previously written music for Hannibal as well as working on multiple scores with acclaimed director Sofia Coppola, the latter of which has featured collaborations with French band AIR and Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. WATCH_DOGS presents a dark journey through an alternate version of Chicago, while the score brings an eclectic feel t… Read more
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BRIAN REITZELL - Watch Dogs (Original Game Soundtrack), INVADA
RICHARD YOUNGS - Primary Concrete Attack, Fourth Dimension
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RICHARD YOUNGS

Primary Concrete Attack

Fourth Dimension

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: FDCD90

*Edition of 300 copies* "Whilst in Krakow for his appearance at the re:source festival in December 2013, Richard Youngs started telling me how he would rise to the challenge of any music idea put to him. Accordingly, I asked if he would try his hand at a dub album and, after pointing out how much he hated reggae, he agreed. A month or two later, he told me he’d commenced recording this, too, with the help of some equipment loaned to him by (I think) Luke Fowler. Now completed, the results form this album, which (naturally) sounds little like dub and more like Richard Youngs simp… Read more
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RICHARD YOUNGS - Primary Concrete Attack, Fourth Dimension
ZIGURI - Kölsch-Schickert-Erdenreich, Bureau B
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ZIGURI

Kölsch-Schickert-Erdenreich

Bureau B

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BB181

"Ziguri is a project formed by Krautrock legends Gunter Schickert, Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kolsch. Active only from 1987 to 1997, the trio reformed in 2011 and now present their first album - some 27 years after they they broke up to be exact. The music: hypnotic trancepsychic rockdriven repetitive beats & bass lines, overlaid by floating patterns from Schickertís inimitable echodrive guitar."
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THE FATES - Furia, Finders Keepers Records
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THE FATES

Furia

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 016EGGSCD

Originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1985 this privately pressed all female post-punk / broken-folk collective concept album was resurrected from the ashes of the original line-up of The Fall and Velvet Underground singer Nico’s Blue Orchids backing band at the command of pioneering Manchester female punk icon Una Baines before disappearing into the annals of UK punk purgatory. Comprising all the DIY traits and snarling attitudes of Manchester’s smartarsed punk retaliation, with haunting mechanical folk, pastoral drones and a back story that unites sleeve artist Linder Sterling (Ludus), Spide… Read more
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THE FATES - Furia, Finders Keepers Records
VAN DYKE PARKS - The Super Chief: Music For The Silver Screen, Bella Union

VAN DYKE PARKS

The Super Chief: Music For The Silver Screen

Bella Union

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: BELLACD392

"‘Super Chief: Music For The Silver Screen’ is an ‘orchestral fantasy’ inspired by a rail journey Van Dyke embarked upon across the United States in 1955. In Van Dyke Parks’ own words: “I’ve made an orchestral fantasy illustrating my first trip across the USA by rail, in 1955. This Suite is drawn from over a score of years, and as many films, now re-recorded from my archives as a film-music composer. […] In editing, I was surprised to discover my penchant for folk themes, reframed in orchestral settings. (There are countless quotes from the 19th century ‘The … Read more
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VAN DYKE PARKS - The Super Chief: Music For The Silver Screen, Bella Union

Thursday, 17 July

MOGWAI - Come On Die Young (2014 Deluxe 2CD edition), Chemikal Underground Records
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MOGWAI

Come On Die Young (2014 Deluxe 2CD edition)

Chemikal Underground Records

Format_dot_cd2CD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CHEM133CD

*Double CD edition featuring a bonus disc of 15 previously unreleased, rare and collectable outtakes from the recording sessions* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material. Previously unreleased racks are taken from the early Ch… Read more
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MOGWAI - Come On Die Young (2014 Deluxe 2CD edition), Chemikal Underground Records
VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.2, Hyperdub
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VARIOUS

Hyperdub 10.2

Hyperdub

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDBCD026

**Includes tracks from Jessy Lanza, Kode 9 & Copeland, DVA, Morgan Zarate and more** Hyperdub compile sweeter, soulful classics and new exclusives on the 2nd part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. The presence of feminine pressure has always been core to Hyperdub's aesthetic, from the earliest iterations of Warrior Queen's fearsome hook-ups with The Bug, to the new skool of Jessy Lanza or Inga Copeland's exclusive collaboration with Kode 9, 'Lies, Lies', via Cooly G's sensuous swing. They've plucked 14 of the best for you on '10.2', flexing from the ghostly 2-step of Burial's 'Shell Of Lig… Read more
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VARIOUS - Hyperdub 10.2, Hyperdub
ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE - Melt Into Nothing, Denovali Records
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ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE

Melt Into Nothing

Denovali Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DEN200CD

"“Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed a land bridge from apocryphal world music and dusty soundtracks to gauzy 4AD-style atmospherics. Trellises of guitar embolden Pyle’s whispered, threadbare lyrics. On “Hey Baby”, the itinerant tone feels like an update on Neil Young’s stark and beautiful soundtr… Read more
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ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE - Melt Into Nothing, Denovali Records
STEN SANDELL & PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Jacana, Rune Grammofon
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STEN SANDELL & PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE

Jacana

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RCD2159

"The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. ”Jacana”, the latest in our occasional series of unusual duo combinations, features the pair’s sparky improvised set captured at the 2013 Kongsberg Jazz Festival in southern Norway. ”Jacana”’s three tracks find the players flying close to the limits of their comfort zones, sometimes resembling the strange formality of A… Read more
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STEN SANDELL & PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Jacana, Rune Grammofon
MUSLIMGAUZE - Un-used Re-mix’s 1994-1995, Muslimgauze Archive Series
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MUSLIMGAUZE

Un-used Re-mix’s 1994-1995

Muslimgauze Archive Series

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: ARCHIVETWENTYEIGHT

**Limited edition of 500** "Not only has Muslimgauze’s work survived the death of Bryn Jones, so have his working methods; with so much worthwhile material still in the vaults and much of it having little in the way of information or context left by the artist upon his untimely passing, recent reissues and new releases have seen Staalplaat going largely by the way the working tapes were originally organized. Here we have an excellent example of the perils and rewards of that approach; eight mixes, just over an hour, of some of the dubbiest, most spacious material Jones ever put … Read more
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MUSLIMGAUZE - Un-used Re-mix’s 1994-1995, Muslimgauze Archive Series
MUSLIMGAUZE - Deceiver (Vol. 3 & 4), Muslimgauze Archive Series
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MUSLIMGAUZE

Deceiver (Vol. 3 & 4)

Muslimgauze Archive Series

Format_dot_cd2CD // £19.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: ARCHIVETWELVE

"The original two-disc Deceiver from 1996 is a seminal release in Bryn Jones’ sprawling discography, one of the first major ones to really pivot into the noisier/more abrasive side of Jones’ sound as Muslimgauze. From its epic, vinyl-side-long title track down to terse, rhythmic snippets like “A Parsee View,” Deceiver set out many of the avenues that Muslimgauze would continue to explore before Jones’ death in 1999. Since then, Staalplaat has continued to release the massive backlog of Jones’ work, with the nine-disc set Box of Silk and Dogs seeing the release of a third volume of Deceive… Read more
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MUSLIMGAUZE - Deceiver (Vol. 3 & 4), Muslimgauze Archive Series
JOHN FOXX - The Virgin Years (1980 - 1985), METAMATIC
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JOHN FOXX

The Virgin Years (1980 - 1985)

METAMATIC

Format_dot_cd5CD BOX // £21.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: META52BX

5CD box set covers the 4 albums John Foxx released between 1980 - 1985 - Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section & In Mysterious Ways - plus B-sides and out-takes from the sessions which have been added as bonus tracks after each original album, and on a fifth CD, Fusion/Fission. The Virgin Years includes a new analogue master of Metamatic , along with re-masters of the B-sides - 'This City', 'Film One' etc. The black box also houses five postcards with the artwork for the singles 'Underpass', 'No-One Driving', 'Europe After The Rain', 'Endlessly' and 'Stars On Fire'.
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TO ROCOCO ROT - Instrument, City Slang
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TO ROCOCO ROT

Instrument

City Slang

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SLANG50062

*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm ch… Read more
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TO ROCOCO ROT - Instrument, City Slang
WOMAN'S HOUR - Conversations, Secretly Canadian

WOMAN'S HOUR

Conversations

Secretly Canadian

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SC313CD

'Conversations’ displays the intricate construction and intimacy of The xx and the iridescent shimmer of Summer-defining indie pop. Their music - as poignantly personal as pop gets - has a rare singularity and purpose…"
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IRMLER + LIEBEZEIT - Flut, Klangbad
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IRMLER + LIEBEZEIT

Flut

Klangbad

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: KLANGBAD65CD

*Six improvisations between organ and percussion from Faust's Jochen Irmler and Can's Jaki Liebzeit* "Jochen Irmler and Jaki Liebzeit met in the town of Scheer last July to prepare for an upcoming concert at the slaughterhouse in Sigmaringen as well as for a subsequent appearance in the Kammerspiele in Munich. However, they quickly decided to stop rehearsing and instead record FLUT - an album that regroups six improvisations between organ and percussion. FLUT adds another chapter to Irmler’s collaborations, which aim to explore, whenever possible, the hidden potential that lies dormant in the cl… Read more
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IRMLER + LIEBEZEIT - Flut, Klangbad
VARIOUS - Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label, Numero Group
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VARIOUS

Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label

Numero Group

Format_dot_cd2CD // £24.49

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: NUM053CD

"Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Volcanic Eruption, the Exceptional Three, and Bobby Wade, all… Read more
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VARIOUS - Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label, Numero Group
SUN RA ARKESTRA - Live in Nickelsdorf 1984, TROST
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SUN RA ARKESTRA

Live in Nickelsdorf 1984

TROST

Format_dot_cd3CD // £19.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: TR118

The great Sun Ra Arkestra, recorded live at Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Austria – 11th march 1984. Recording of the whole three hour performance in a deluxe gatefold Digipak.
EMMA TRICCA - Relic, Finders Keepers Records

EMMA TRICCA

Relic

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 017EGGSCD

"The Giallo princess returns. Raised into a unique pop-cultural landscape surrounded by Giallo comic books, whistling Morricone film scores, vibrant religious imagery and expensive furniture design, Italian born Emma Tricca’s childhood playground formed a very different backdrop to that of the many whispery femme-folk revivalists that have popped up and pooped-out over the last hum-strummed decade. Emma Tricca didn’t fall into a comfy kaftan via her parents’ bottle fed record collection during her pre-paid college off-years nor was she torn out of a style mag via a few guitar lessons to decorate the… Read more
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EMMA TRICCA - Relic, Finders Keepers Records
CALYX & TEEBEE - FABRICLIVE 76: Calyx & TeeBee, Fabric Worldwide

CALYX & TEEBEE

FABRICLIVE 76: Calyx & TeeBee

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: FABRIC152

Calyx and TeeBee splice together a whopping 34 tracks featurinf Calibre, Optical, Ulterior Motive and some exclusive productions and VIP’s from the pair themselves.
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WHITE FENCE - For The Recently Found Innocent, Drag City

WHITE FENCE

For The Recently Found Innocent

Drag City

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC603CD

"‘For The Recently Found Innocent’ is many things - the fifth White Fence album, the first White Fence album to be recorded outside the bedroom fence (with live drumming!), the first White Fence record to be produced for Drag City, the second time that Tim Presley and Ty Segall have met to record music (does anyone remember ‘Hair’?), this time pure and simply committed in the name of White Fence. Inevitably, the collision at the intersection of all these winding roads is a beautiful pileup of deep impacts, graceful lines and open space embodied in sound. White Fence’s previ… Read more
WHITE FENCE - For The Recently Found Innocent, Drag City

Thursday, 10 July

ALESSANDRO CORTINI - Sonno, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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ALESSANDRO CORTINI

Sonno

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HOS-412CD

*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed through … Read more
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ALESSANDRO CORTINI - Sonno, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS