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Thursday, 06 November

CONRAD SCHNITZLER - Gelb, Bureau B
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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

Gelb

Bureau B

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: BB196

*Digipak reissue with liner notes by Asmus Tietchens and three bonus tracks* Gelb appeared in 1981, but contained recordings from the year 1974, originally released in a limited run on cassette ("The Black Cassette"). The chronology of Schnitzler's solo releases in the 1970s-and even more so in the 80s-resembles a book with seven seals. Schnitzler regularly issued his music on analogue cassette or LP, often on his own as "private releases", without any help from a label or professional distributor. Gelb, for example, was issued on vinyl in 1981 by a private press run by an art gallery - Edition… Read more
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CONRAD SCHNITZLER - Gelb, Bureau B
18+ - Trust, Houndstooth
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18+

Trust

Houndstooth

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HTH026CD

LA's 18+ land the icy heat of debut album 'Trust' on Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. Pushing a coolly disaffected blend of '90s trip hop and screwed pop gloom since their trio of self-released mixtapes, they arrive at 'Trust' as a fully fledged and distinctive unit with an eviscerated sound palette and design perfused by proper slacker vocals. Production is handled by a cast including West Coaster Butchy Fuego, plus Mura Masa, Heavy Feelingz and Morbidly-o-Beats, all hitting a blue vein of blown-out trap and minimal, gothic atmospheres sweeping us somewhere between Tri Angle's early roster of AlunaGeorge, Holy Other, Evian Christ, and more recent Tricky works.
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18+ - Trust, Houndstooth
JON HOPKINS - Immunity & Asleep Versions, Domino Recording Co

JON HOPKINS

Immunity & Asleep Versions

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cd2CD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WIGCD298X

‘Immunity’ is re-released here as a 2CD edition featuring the ‘Asleep Versions’ mini album* The most notable thing about this new album from Jon Hopkins is how dancefloor-friendly it strives to be, the fluffly ambient electronica we’ve come to expect from the sometime Eno collaborator bolstered for the first time by firmly foregrounded, repetitive drum patterns. They certainly give Hopkins’ dewy compositions some welcome momentum and forward-propulsion: ‘Disappear’’s Penguin Cafe-style pastoralism is powered by a genteel, Burial-aping 2-step sequence; the airy prog-trance of ‘Brea… Read more
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JON HOPKINS - Immunity & Asleep Versions, Domino Recording Co
JON HOPKINS - Asleep Versions, Domino Recording Co

JON HOPKINS

Asleep Versions

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RUG622CD

Jon Hopkins gives sleepy time versions of his 'Immunity' album tracks alongside King Creosote and Raphaelle Standell.
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VARIOUS - 90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean - Mambo, Calypso, Goombay, Mento, Merengue, Cult and Compas Music, Soul Jazz Records
**Deluxe 2CD with outsize booklet of liner notes and original artwork** Soul Jazz present a sterling, 32-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in Cuba, Jamaica, H… Read more
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VARIOUS - 90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean - Mambo, Calypso, Goombay, Mento, Merengue, Cult and Compas Music, Soul Jazz Records
BROGAN BENTLEY - The Snake, Leaving Records
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BROGAN BENTLEY

The Snake

Leaving Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LR050

**Complex electronica with hints of Burial, Kuedo, Andy Stott** "Young producer Brogan Bentley returns with his debut LP, The Snake. Its 12 compositions writhe, slink, and crawl through the dark and hazy fog-scape of Bentley’s native San Francisco in the Year of the Snake. According to the producer, “The Snake is a sonic documentation of coming into new skin, living in it and shedding it.”"
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JOHN SUPKO | BILL SEAMAN - s_traits (Digipak Edition), Cotton Goods
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*Regular edition packaged in a CD Digipak* 'S_traits' is the sublime new album of generative electronic music by composer John Supko and media artist Bill Seaman, issued by Cotton Goods. Taking as their root a discarded electronic track from Supko's percussion duo, Straits, he and Seaman created more than 110 hours of source material which they whittled down and re-combined with field recordings, analog/digital noise, '60s/'70s documentary soundtracks and additional piano recordings (inside + out). The results were then parsed thru the the bearings_traits software, whic… Read more
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JOHN SUPKO | BILL SEAMAN - s_traits (Digipak Edition), Cotton Goods
SPUNK - Adventura Botanica, Rune Grammofon

SPUNK

Adventura Botanica

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RCD2163

"Norwegian group Spunk join forces with one of Norway’s leading modern dance exponents, Odd Johan Fritzøe, to create a sound and movement work celebrating Darwin’s legendary, game-changing voyage to Madagascar. Premiered in 2013 at Oslo’s trailblazing Ultima Festival of Contemporary Music, Adventura Botanica was the third collaboration between Spunk and leading choreographer/dancer Odd Johan Fritzøe. Inspired by Darwin, this ‘study of the invisible laws of nature’ featured Fritzøe dancing around a three metre high sculpture set among sonic objects illuminated in white, to resemble the star or… Read more
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SPUNK - Adventura Botanica, Rune Grammofon
SERENGETI - Kenny Dennis III, JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS

SERENGETI

Kenny Dennis III

JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: JNR153CD

"The record was recorded in early at Nosdam’s Burnco Studios in Berkeley and Rob Kiener’s studio in East Hollywood, directly after the completion of Sisyphus (Serengeti’s collaborative record with Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens). "
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MICHAEL CHAPMAN - The Polar Bear, BLAST FIRST PETITE

MICHAEL CHAPMAN

The Polar Bear

BLAST FIRST PETITE

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: PTYT078CD

"Polar Bear is the third album in Chapman’s series of his recent improvised musical series. The first being 2011’s ‘The Resurrection and Revenge of The Clayton Peacock’ which Wire magazine nominated as No. 5 Album of The Year, was widely received favourably by press and fans alike as another highpoint in Chapman’s late blooming career which has been boosted by the public recognition of his talents by the likes of Thurston Moore, Jack Rose & Will Oldham. The second album, 2012’s “Pachyderm’ was a minimalist masterpiece, a single chord ambient work quite unlike anything Chapman had ever d… Read more
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MICHAEL CHAPMAN - The Polar Bear, BLAST FIRST PETITE
CULT OF YOUTH - Final Days, Sacred Bones Records
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CULT OF YOUTH

Final Days

Sacred Bones Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SBR118

"For their third full-length for Sacred Bones, Cult of Youth have delved deeper into their style of punk-influenced psychedelic neofolk and created a self-described “post-industrial Pet Sounds.” Using acoustic and electronic instruments, found sounds and an extensive tribal rhythm section, Cult of Youth have put it all out on the table and left us with their magnum opus. The band has returned with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and an all-new lineup. Sean Ragon, once the project’s lone member, is now flanked by Jasper McGandy on bass and Christian Kount on electric guitar (both of whom were me… Read more
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CULT OF YOUTH - Final Days, Sacred Bones Records
DREAM POLICE - Hypnotized, Sacred Bones Records

DREAM POLICE

Hypnotized

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SBR121

"Dream Police is an American musical production by Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro, the founding members of The Men. The project began in 2010 as a reservoir for ideas which had overflowed from The Men's drainpipe. In that same year, a two-song cassette single was self-released, with a follow-up live document in 2011. In the summer of 2013, The Men had just come home from five straight months of touring. For Perro and Chiericozzi, the desire to create was still strong, so they did what they used to do when they first started the band — they started jamming. Although the production began using … Read more
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DREAM POLICE - Hypnotized, Sacred Bones Records
FABRICE LIG - Galactic Soul Odyssey, Planet E

FABRICE LIG

Galactic Soul Odyssey

Planet E

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PLE65376-2

"For his debut full length on Planet E, the dexterous producer has crafted an album of contrasts that gleefully scribbles outside the lines for an otherworldly 12-track trip of galactic proportions that mines inspiration from everyone from Todd Terje to Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones, while retaining an undeniable thread to the Motor City. Launching with the steely tension-filled ‘Born To Be Wise’ that sounds somewhat akin to the opening musical score of a Bond film, if said flick was set on Mars, the tempo is soon set to disco via the ultra-smooth vocal injection from Hard Ton on ‘Cel… Read more
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FABRICE LIG - Galactic Soul Odyssey, Planet E
GAISER - False Light, Minus

GAISER

False Light

Minus

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MINUSMIN32CD

3rd solo album of slick, elastic minimal techno by M_nus family's Gaiser. Nine tracks of wiggly Ibizan tech-house and a beatless, arpeggiated closer for measure.
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Wednesday, 05 November

SKALPEL - Transit, PlugAudio

SKALPEL

Transit

PlugAudio

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: PLCD02

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 30 October

VARIOUS - Air Texture (Vol. IV), Air Texture
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VARIOUS

Air Texture (Vol. IV)

Air Texture

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: AIR004CD

Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN select a wide range of post rock, ambient and abstracted techno aces for the latest Air Texture volume. Former Emeralds meber Hauschildt bookends tracks by Le Révélateur, Pulse Emitter, Dino Spillutini, and Jonathan Fitoussi on disc 1 with two of his own, lush compositions, 'Watertowers' and 'Pismo'; BNJMN follows suit with a canny collection of mutant, morphing electronics at best in Legowelt's eerie 'Vanished In Tromso', the rustling ambience of Best Available Technology's 'Sectomy', and a really gorgeous meditation called 'Rumori Circostanti di Melody Pops & Clic & Silenzio' by Hieroglyphic Being.
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VARIOUS - Air Texture (Vol. IV), Air Texture
RYAN TEAGUE - Block Boundaries, Village Green
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RYAN TEAGUE

Block Boundaries

Village Green

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: VGCD015

"‘Block Boundaries’ is the new album from minimalist composer Ryan Teague building on his previous releases for Type, Sonic Pieces and current label Village Green. Inspired by the theme of Psychogeography, the record fuses acoustic instrumentation with electronic and processed material, taking the listener on a hallucinogenic Ballardian journey through from the thrumming urban activity of New York, Amsterdam and London. Brooding opener "Site & Situation" sets the tone with hypnotic guitar and mallet chimes, emotive cello swells and surging bass synth, 'Last Known Position' comes on like a… Read more
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RYAN TEAGUE - Block Boundaries, Village Green
DELS - Petals Have Fallen, Big Dada
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DELS

Petals Have Fallen

Big Dada

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BDCD253

**Includes the tracks RGB and Fall Apart as an instant download** **DELS' sophomore LP starring production by Micachu and Bonobo plus vocals from Tirza, Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham** "Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could hav… Read more
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DELS - Petals Have Fallen, Big Dada
NEGATIVLAND - It's All In Your Head, Seeland
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NEGATIVLAND

It's All In Your Head

Seeland

Format_dot_cd2CD / Book // £19.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SEELAND030

*Plunderphonic legends Negativland return with this foil-embossed book/double CD album* "Negativland’s new album finds the group tackling their biggest subject ever: why humans believe in God. Millennia-in-development, this ambitious and densely-crafted double-CD is packaged inside an actual Holy Bible which has been appropriately repurposed into a “found” art object. It’s All In Your Head intends to entertain, inform and provoke, mixing found music, found sound, found dialogue, guest personalities and original electronic noises in a compelling and thoughtful musical essay that looks… Read more
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NEGATIVLAND - It's All In Your Head, Seeland
HIS NAME IS ALIVE - Teuciztecatl, London London

HIS NAME IS ALIVE

Teuciztecatl

London London

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LL021CD

"HNIA's stunning new offering is a rock opera depicting an epic struggle between identical twins, reflective in nature, and mirrored in twin science, secret language, and mythology. Described variously by the press as "absolutely beautiful" (CMJ), "a silver thread out of the labyrinth" (NME), and "haunted, wholly out of time or context" (Plan B), His Name Is Alive continues to mystify with Tecuciztecatl. Beginning in Livonia, MI as an experimental bedroom dream pop project, HNIA has released a steady stream of music since their first self-released cassettes in the late-'80's. One of la… Read more
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HIS NAME IS ALIVE - Teuciztecatl, London London
LES SINS (TORO Y MOI) - Michael, Company Records
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LES SINS (TORO Y MOI)

Michael

Company Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CHI01CD

Chaz Bundick (Toto Y Moi) flirts with the 'floor on his debut album as Les Sins. 'Michael' follows a trio of slickly discofied 12"s for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong label with eleven tracks indebted to '90s filter house, sytnh-pop and almost Mo'wax style broken beats, all factored with his super keen pop and R&B sensibility. RIYL Falty DL, Four Tet, 100% Silk.
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WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Rhythm, The Leaf Label
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WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS

Rhythm

The Leaf Label

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BAY94CD

*Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin* Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes. In recent years,… Read more
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WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Rhythm, The Leaf Label
DEERHOOF - La Isla Bonita, UPSET THE RHYTHM
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DEERHOOF

La Isla Bonita

UPSET THE RHYTHM

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: UTR069

"Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take. "And we suddenly realized," Greg says, "this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about! A little backgro… Read more
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DEERHOOF - La Isla Bonita, UPSET THE RHYTHM
HELADO NEGRO - Double Youth, Asthmatic Kitty
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HELADO NEGRO

Double Youth

Asthmatic Kitty

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: AKR120CD

**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats marr… Read more
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HELADO NEGRO - Double Youth, Asthmatic Kitty
RICHARD DAWSON - Nothing Important, WEIRD WORLD
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RICHARD DAWSON

Nothing Important

WEIRD WORLD

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WEIRD048CD

Fresh from his cover feature in The Wire magazine, Richard Dawson rises up from the bed of the River Tyne with a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tune- smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds … Read more
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RICHARD DAWSON - Nothing Important, WEIRD WORLD
TARWATER - Adrift, Bureau B
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TARWATER

Adrift

Bureau B

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BB183

**First new album in three years by Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram** ""Adrift" contains 13 songs, four of which are instrumentals. The opening track, "The Tape", is an introduction to the sonic landscape of the album. Drum 'n' Bass in slow motion: A recurring hissing sound meets an acoustic bass and associative percussion. Tarwater roguishly refer to the acoustic bass as their "weapon of choice" and are fascinated by its elastic, vague expressiveness. The drumkit in the traditional rock format is conspicuous in its absence. Tarwater, who particularly in the British music press are happily and quite f… Read more
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TARWATER - Adrift, Bureau B
BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL - The Lucifer Rising Suite, AJNA
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BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL

The Lucifer Rising Suite

AJNA

Format_dot_cd4CD BOX / BOOKLET / POSTERS // £23.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: FLAME53

*All the music Bobby Beausoleil composed for the legendary Lucifer Rising soundtrack, crafted by legendary occult/avant-garde filmmaker, Kenneth Anger. Remastered recordings spanning 11 years, from the '67 recording to the Tracy Prison recordings of ’78 spread over 4 compact discs clocking in at just under 3 hours. This is the first comprehensive CD version after 3 vinyl boxset editions* "Robert Kenneth Beausoleil was born under the sign of the scorpion on November 6th, 1947 in Santa Barbara, California. Roughly translated, Beausoleil means “Beautiful Sun”and Bobby has seized… Read more
BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL - The Lucifer Rising Suite, AJNA
SYLVIE SIMMONS - Sylvie, Light In The Attic

SYLVIE SIMMONS

Sylvie

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: LITA122

*Debut album by esteemed writer and Leonard Cohen biographer Sylvie Simmons produced by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Chris Schultz* "Light In The Attic has an impeccable reputation for uncovering rare and precious albums from the past. Their latest release, _Sylvie_, is haunting and out-of-time—but it is also a brand-new, original debut album, by a singer-writer who has been making music since she was a little girl but just for herself. Like Devendra Banhart says, Sylvie is “a gem of an album, fragile and fearless, direct and poetic, timeless and absolutely beautiful. Like Rosalie Sorrels or Isob… Read more
SYLVIE SIMMONS - Sylvie, Light In The Attic

Thursday, 23 October

SHINICHI ATOBE - Butterfly Effect, DDS
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SHINICHI ATOBE

Butterfly Effect

DDS

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DDS010CD

*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Individually numbered CD edition housed in a hand stamped reverse-board mailer and including 4 bonus tracks not available on the vinyl edition* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s bee… Read more
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SHINICHI ATOBE - Butterfly Effect, DDS
TRANSLLUSION - The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate (Reissue), Tresor Records
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of T… Read more
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TRANSLLUSION - The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate (Reissue), Tresor Records