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Thursday, 02 October

ANJOU - Anjou, Kranky
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ANJOU

Anjou

Kranky

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KRANK185

Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the trio's … Read more
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ANJOU - Anjou, Kranky
JOHN FOXX  & STEVE D’AGOSTINO - Evidence Of Time Travel, METAMATIC
**Superb darkside electro & techno-pop instrumentals run thru VHS and Betamax for proper, tape-warped tension and metallic atmosphere** "A unique investigation of the terrors and pleasures of temporal displacement. A sinister sonic architecture of drum-machine-music and analogue synths. Span forty years in a moment... ultimate time transfusion... skin crackles, a rhapsody in flames... witness images of torn, ruthless smiles through the crashed distortion; try to recall the future memory of a figure lost on a distant shore."
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VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ - New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76, Soul Jazz Records
*Deluxe CD with slipcase and outsize booklet* "For more than ten years Soul Jazz Records have been exploring and documenting the sound of New Orleans funk. Now they turn their attention to the flipside of this musical coin - New Orleans soul. These two musical forms share a lineage that begins with the city’s enormous rhythm and blues explosion in the post-war 1940s and 1950s. New Orleans soul incorporated the soulful vocals of the gospel church, the driving beat of rhythm and blues, as well as traces of the second-line parade bands and… Read more
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VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ - New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76, Soul Jazz Records
ANSTAM - Names, Monkeytown Records
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ANSTAM

Names

Monkeytown Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MTR050CD

Anstam veers into vaulted prog-pop territory on his 3rd album, 'Names', for Monkeytown. The knotted, fractured rhythms and hi-gloss techno surfaces are all still in place, but now augmented by his vocals placing him closer to the likes of Rudi Zygadlo or his label bosses, Modeselektor.
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STEWART WALKER - Ivory Tower Broadcast, Mundo Recordings
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STEWART WALKER

Ivory Tower Broadcast

Mundo Recordings

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MUNDO002CD

"Stewart Walker returns with his new album release Ivory Tower Broadcast. A quarter century of the same drum machines and basslines turned future music into golden oldies. Visionaries don't make techno based on particular instruments but a set of techniques which can dilate time, implode sound, and confound expectation. Stewart Walker returns after a six-year retreat to bring his own future sound with Ivory Tower Broadcast. The Ivory Tower refers to a cloistered and elitist mental space removed from practical considerations and criticism. It's a perfect metaphor for a music studio… Read more
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STEWART WALKER - Ivory Tower Broadcast, Mundo Recordings
PAULINE MURRAY - Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls, Les Disques du Crepescule
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PAULINE MURRAY

Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls

Les Disques du Crepescule

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: TWI016CD

*Artwork By Peter Saville And Trevor Key, Liner Notes By Jon Savage* Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a deluxe remastered edition of Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls, the debut album by post/punk icon Pauline Murray, produced by revered sonic architect Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios in July 1980, the album offered epic electronic pop written by Pauline and partner Robert Blamire and marked a radical departure from their shared past in pioneering punk band Penetration. “This is sophistication,” enthused Paul Morley in NME. … Read more
PAULINE MURRAY - Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls, Les Disques du Crepescule
SECOND STOREY - Double Divide, Houndstooth
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SECOND STOREY

Double Divide

Houndstooth

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HTH031CD

Second Storey, the new alias of Al Tourettes, presents a complex, tortuous solo debut LP on Houndstooth. Clearly inspired by classic AFX and Autechre, with 'Double Divide', he draws on a deep reserve of melancholy UK bass/techno expressions to realise his most intricate and outstanding compositions to date. Freed of the immediate need to drive a dancefloor, Storey invites the listener deeper into previously unobserved parts of his sound with a ten track narrative vacillating between swirly wormholes and spacious yet knotted grooves in a quicksilver play of tension and release, or light and… Read more
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SECOND STOREY - Double Divide, Houndstooth
VARIOUS - Kollektion 01 - Sky Records, Bureau B
Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
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VARIOUS - Lord Of The Mics (Vol. VI), Lord Of The Mics

VARIOUS

Lord Of The Mics (Vol. VI)

Lord Of The Mics

Format_dot_cdCD + DVD // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LOTMCD006

Lord Of The Mics is back for its sixth instalment featuring the highly publicized P Money VS Big H clash waiting to make it’s debut in the public domain, featuring tracks from D Double E, Wiley, Mumdance ft Novelist, Skepta, Murkleman & Zoobieman, Big Narstie, Jammer & Opium, Footsie and more.
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GUI BORATTO - Abaporu, Kompakt

GUI BORATTO

Abaporu

Kompakt

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KompaktCD115

"Gui Boratto strings together various contemporary strands of pop-infused techno and house and translates them into his very own stream of groove consciousness - also an act of cultural appropriation, as both Abaporu's cover artwork and title suggest: putting an inspired twist on Brazil's most famous modernist painting from early 20th century artist Tarsilo Do Amaral, they draw from the rich history of Brazilian modern art, where European and indigenous influences would collide in the most exciting manner. Elegantly swinging album opener Antropofagia elaborates on this by directly referencing the… Read more
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GUI BORATTO - Abaporu, Kompakt
PUZZLE MUTESON - Theatrics, BEDROOM COMMUNITY

PUZZLE MUTESON

Theatrics

BEDROOM COMMUNITY

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HVALUR21CD

"Theatrics is partly produced by reknowned producer Valgeir Sigur!sson (Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, CocoRosie, Feist) and features composer Nico Muhly, both of whom are Puzzle Muteson’s label-mates on the Bedroom Community label. It also features composer and graphic designer Machinefabriek. Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, rendering his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar. Born in London, the southern English island provided unexpected shelter for the shuddering transformation into one-man band Puzzle Mu… Read more
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PUZZLE MUTESON - Theatrics, BEDROOM COMMUNITY
JOHN FOXX - B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica), METAMATIC
"John Foxx's new solo instrumental album was recorded and assembled for a cut-up/collage movie by Foxx and visual artist Karborn, inspired by the themes, influence and text of British writer J G Ballard. Screened as part of Brighton's Cine-City festival in late 2012, the pair presented 'a film and sound seance manifesting J G Ballard neurones. Mobilised by ultracolour and inframusic, anatomised hallucinogenetics and proximity psychopathagens.’ The montage movie – often beautiful and surreal in its collision of images. The album features two collaborations - 'Geometry, Col… Read more
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JOHN FOXX - B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica), METAMATIC
AVEC LE SOLEIL SORTANT DE SA BOUCHE - Zubberdust!, Constellation

AVEC LE SOLEIL SORTANT DE SA BOUCHE

Zubberdust!

Constellation

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CST106CD

“Debut album from new Montréal kraut-funk supergroup led by J.S. Truchy of Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche began in 2011, with bassist, singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy seeking a new live ensemble to fuel his desired return to exploring the highly structured afro-kraut trance rock that was one of several stocks-in-trade during his tenure in early Constellation project and pseudo-legendary Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil initially formed with guitarist/engineer Sebastien Fournier and drummer Nasir Hasan; a rotating cast of additional players joined the… Read more
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AVEC LE SOLEIL SORTANT DE SA BOUCHE - Zubberdust!, Constellation
MARTIN NONSTATIC - Inner Landscapes, BineMusic

MARTIN NONSTATIC

Inner Landscapes

BineMusic

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: BINECD032

Plush ambient electronica meets dub house in the adroit arrangements of Martin Nonstatic's 'Inner Landscapes' for Bine. "Martin took 14 months scrutinizing his workflow involving both software and hardware to invent fresh track concepts for his album. Constantly inspired by the Rhenish environment with all of its movements and encounters the album concentrated on those „inner landscapes“. Playful and liberated he combined field recordings with soundscapes, voices and nature sounds into deep sequence paths. Wave noises and Indonesian voices trickle onto the album’s opening track „Behi… Read more
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MARTIN NONSTATIC - Inner Landscapes, BineMusic
ICEAGE - Plowing Into the Field of Love, Matador

ICEAGE

Plowing Into the Field of Love

Matador

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE10682

‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ is the third album from Copenhagen’s Iceage. Channelling the rage and emotion of their tempestuous early releases into finely honed musicianship, ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ features piano, mandolin, viola and organ atop Johan Suurballe-Wieth’s razor-sharp guitars and the lolloping, synchronized rhythm section of Jacob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen. The record has a clear, uncompressed sound and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s desperate vocals are out front, nakedly accountable for the words. On this album, Rønnenfelt sings of what it is like… Read more
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ICEAGE - Plowing Into the Field of Love, Matador

Thursday, 25 September

FRANCIS BEBEY - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984, BORN BAD RECORDS
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FRANCIS BEBEY

Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984

BORN BAD RECORDS

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WORLD

Cat. Number: BB046CD

**Gatefold digifile with liner notes insert** The incredible 'Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984' is a beautifully dreamy follow-up to Born Bad's much-loved Francis Bebey showcase, 'African Electronic Music 1975-1982'. Celebrating the uniquely affective timbre of the sanza, or African thumb piano, this compilation shifts focus from pop-wise anthems such as 'New Track' or 'Coffee Cola', onto the Cameroonian polymath's more stripped, rhythm-driven, and atmospheric workouts. And it's every bit as hypnotic, transcendent as that last sentence implies. Bebey's vocals are still key, but th… Read more
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FRANCIS BEBEY - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984, BORN BAD RECORDS
PAUL WHITE - Shaker Notes, R&S Records
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PAUL WHITE

Shaker Notes

R&S Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RS1410CD

Kaleidoscopic styles from Paul White on his excellent album debut for R&S. With 'Shaker Notes' he swaps his hip hop garb for a psych dashiki - most literally on the album sleeve, and metaphorically speaking thru his worldly palette of jazz-wise, Afro-centric instrumentation and 4th world electronic tones. With many other producers that transition could be tragic, but White pulls it off with aplomb, much like his former One-Handed Music label-mate, Bullion's entirely successful switch from beats to luscious pop psychedelia. His production is totally prime, juggling live and programmed drums wit… Read more
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PAUL WHITE - Shaker Notes, R&S Records
VARIOUS / OTHER PEOPLE - Work, Other People
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VARIOUS / OTHER PEOPLE

Work

Other People

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: OP017CD

Nicolas Jaar's Other People celebrate a year in the game with a smart collection of unreleased music by Powell, Ancient Astronaut, Jelinek, Darkside, Visuals, and more. The obvious highlight is Powell's sly rework of Ancient Astronaut, launching from a fragment of 'SCSS' into a slicing, frothing industrial cut-up as only he does. It stands out like a sore thumb against the rest of the field, such as Visuals' dusty indie country in 'A Pixel', the lo-slung indie-disco of 'Gone Too Soon' from darkside, or Jan Jelinek's crafty deconstruction of Ancient Astronaut's 'B2'.
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SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe CD Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
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SBTRKT

Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe CD Edition)

Young Turks Recordings Ltd

Format_dot_cd2CD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: YTCD120X

**Deluxe edition double CD includes bonus disc with 7 xtra trax** Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such … Read more
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SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe CD Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Standard CD Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
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SBTRKT

Wonder Where We Land (Standard CD Edition)

Young Turks Recordings Ltd

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: YTXS120

Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such as 'New Dorp. New Dorp', 'Higher' and 'Voices In My Head' have d… Read more
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SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Standard CD Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
DAEDELUS - The Light Brigade, Brainfeeder
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DAEDELUS

The Light Brigade

Brainfeeder

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BFCD048

**Includes the track Onward as an instant download** "Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus – otherwise known as Alfred Darlington – is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. With The Light Brigade, Daedelus returns to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, a fitting home for the Los Angeles electronic pioneer. A successor to his 2009 Righteous Fists of Harmony (an EP inspired by the Boxer Rebellion), The Light Brigade recalls the Crimean war of 1853-56. The music was written and recorded before the recent troubles … Read more
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DAEDELUS - The Light Brigade, Brainfeeder
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY - Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues, Domino Recording Co
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY

Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WIGCD343

"At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonnie sings for who he was and will be and for all of us, in time. Bonnie Billy has been quoted as saying that one of the songs on the album is a conceptual track that’s about “one day in 1973 when only two people died in the whole word...”
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TRADISYON KA - Soul Jazz Records Presents Gwo Ka: Music Of Guadeloupe, West Indies, Soul Jazz Records
"Tradisyon Ka's Gwo Ka album is newly recorded in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like the cult music of Haiti's Vodou and Cuba's Santeria or the roots music of Belize's Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have travelled to record), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region's African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery. Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a 'department' of its original colonial master, Fra… Read more
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TRADISYON KA - Soul Jazz Records Presents Gwo Ka: Music Of Guadeloupe, West Indies, Soul Jazz Records
DNTEL - Human Voice, Leaving Records
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DNTEL

Human Voice

Leaving Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LR043

Jimmy Tamborello reigintes his excellent Dntel project for Leaving Records with his 'Human Voice' album, the follow-up to 'Aimlessness' for Koze's Pampa Records. Speaking from the heart, 'Human Voice' makes crafty use of kerned and pitched vocal samples to lends the whole album a unique timbre, whether he's doing flighty footwork rhythms ('If I Stay A Minute'), plinky plonky electronica ('Bike Path'), iridescent electro ('Connections') or cottony trance ('Ashby').
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LUST FOR YOUTH - International, Sacred Bones Records

LUST FOR YOUTH

International

Sacred Bones Records

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: SBR115

Posh Isolation's answer to Cold Cave aka Loke Rahbek (Vår, Damien Dubrovnik), Hannes Norrvide (Rose Alliance) and Malthe Fischer (Oh No Ono) do dour, melancholic synth-pop with classic style on 'International', their most substantial release to date and 2nd album for Sacred Bones. The original album touches on all your favourite '80s synthpop touchstones inna FM-ready fashion but we're more inclined to the remixes. Silent Servant gives 'International' a sleeker, dreamier chassis, and Helm reworks 'Lungomare' to a cold concrète aesthetic, whilst Sand Circles smudge 'Illume' into a gauzy am… Read more
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LUST FOR YOUTH - International, Sacred Bones Records
LUTINE - White Flowers, Front and Follow

LUTINE

White Flowers

Front and Follow

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: FANDF032

"Formed last year in Brighton, Lutine (Heather Minor and Emma Morton) are already establishing themselves are a mesmerising live act and have now translated their minimal, fragile and evocative sound onto record for the first time. The album reflects a shared love of traditional folk and modern classical, distorted through a lens of medieval and baroque music, traditional Indian and Chinese music, dream/synth pop, minimalism, experimental music and 60s/70s folk. Both familiar and uncanny (inspired equally by Thomas Hardy and The Twilight Zone), Heather and Emma have produced a set of songs explo… Read more
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LUTINE - White Flowers, Front and Follow
MAURIZIO BIANCHI - Teknoise, Peripheral Records
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MAURIZIO BIANCHI

Teknoise

Peripheral Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: PR018

"Maurizio Bianchi's unreleased 2-track album entitled, 'Teknoise'. Originally recorded in August 1980 this album has never been released in any format and is an extremely rare artifact from Maurizio's collection. Two long tracks, 'Tek' and 'Noise', deliver that unique sound that M.B. has made his own. Primitive drum machines pulse over sinister analogue synths, that create an unsettling atmosphere, perhaps only the true Italian master of Industrial and Musique Concrete could ever create."
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Monday, 22 September

THE WYTCHES - Annabel Dream Reader, Heavenly Recordings

THE WYTCHES

Annabel Dream Reader

Heavenly Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HVNLP105CD

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 18 September

FUNCTION & VATICAN SHADOW - Games Have Rules , HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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FUNCTION & VATICAN SHADOW

Games Have Rules

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HOS-425CD

Ahhh this one’s a real peach. Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter. In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially those Atom Heart/Namlook collabs that seemed to go on forever and soundtracked many a late night back in the mid 90’s. Fittingly, the album w… Read more
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FUNCTION & VATICAN SHADOW - Games Have Rules , HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
LEE GAMBLE - Koch, PAN
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LEE GAMBLE

Koch

PAN

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PAN59CD

*CD edition includes download of the whole album when purchased* Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records deconstructed the elusive, enigmatic timbre of '90s electronic dance music - jungle, techno, ambient - 'Koch' (pron. 'Cotch' - UK slang for relax) is a sort of 'Pataphysical reflection and projection of … Read more
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LEE GAMBLE - Koch, PAN