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Thursday, 13 March

JACK BEATS - FABRICLIVE 74: Jack Beats, Fabric Worldwide

JACK BEATS

FABRICLIVE 74: Jack Beats

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC148

"Individually known as Plus One of the Scratch Perverts and Beni G of The Mixologists, and recognized as being some of the most technically gifted DJs around, on ‘Fabriclive 74’ Jack Beats keep the energy high, as they swing with consummate ease from bouncing house through crunching basslines to full blown mainstage mania."
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FRANçOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS - Piano Ombre, Domino Recording Co

FRANçOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

Piano Ombre

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD321

"‘Piano Ombre’, the follow-up to ‘E Volo Love’, is Francois’ first album to be recorded in a bona fide studio (in Entre-Deux-Mers, the ‘Between-Two-Seas’, region near Bordeaux in France) and with a producer (Ash Workman - Metronomy / NZCA Lines). ‘Piano Ombre’ is a stunning and wide-reaching collection that reinvigorates the band’s gene pool of influences - from Afro-pop to French chanson and YeÅLyeÅL, mixed with more Anglo-phonic guitar-pop, like an aural atlas of gorgeous pop melody, zestful rhythm and lush ballads. It also manages to capture the ecstatic energy of the band’s live performance."
FRANçOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS - Piano Ombre, Domino Recording Co
SHIT ROBOT - We Got A Love (Album), DFA

SHIT ROBOT

We Got A Love (Album)

DFA

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DFA2396CD

"Marcus Lambkin releases his second album as Sh*t Robot ‘We Got A Love’ via DFA Records. The nine-track album was recorded in Germany and New York, and features a host of guests, including DFA’s Nancy Whang, Reggie Watts, Museum Of Love, Luke Jenner, plus hip house hero Lidell Townsell and Australian singer Holly Backler. “For the guests on the record, it’s a mix of just reaching out to some people that I admire and thought might make a good collaboration. One of the greatest things about making this record was getting to work with Lidell Townsell. I’ve been a big fan for the longest tim… Read more
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SHIT ROBOT - We Got A Love (Album), DFA
SISYPHUS - Sisyphus, Asthmatic Kitty

SISYPHUS

Sisyphus

Asthmatic Kitty

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: AKR117CD

Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti and Son Lux (formerly s/s/s), with a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges. "Take the romantic stings and catchy choruses from the Illinois era, throw in some crazed electronic percussion, melted synths, rapped verses, and autotuned vocals, and stir."
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Thursday, 06 March

ARIEL PINK - Early Live Recordings: Gorilla / Appleasians, Human Ear Music
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ARIEL PINK

Early Live Recordings: Gorilla / Appleasians

Human Ear Music

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HEMK0027

"Haunted Graffiti wasn’t the first time a bedroom-cloistered Ariel Pink revolutionized his own sound and persona by taking to the stage with a band. The creator of last year’s re-issued Thrash & Burn – a psycho-delic sketchbook of vibes so sequestered as to be damn near claustrophobic in their intimacy – concurrently kept more than a few bands going in the late 90’s - early 00’s. Two of those projects our dear listener will find compiled here: “Gorilla” and “Appleasians”. This two-disc archival restoration was salvaged from the same scratchpile of crumbling CDr's an… Read more
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ARIEL PINK - Early Live Recordings: Gorilla / Appleasians, Human Ear Music
EKOPLEKZ - Unfidelity, Planet Mu
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EKOPLEKZ

Unfidelity

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZIQ338CD

Prolific micro-modular technician Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz presents his best album by a mile with 'Unfidelity' for Planet Mu. You may (or may not) have noticed a dearth of recent releases from the former blogger-cum-musician since his Morrisian gush of fertile ferric ideas covered the release schedules between 2011-2013 under myriad names - Nunton Complekz, EKOCLEF (with Bass Clef), PLKZFX (with Nochexxx), Ensemble Skalecktrik, and eMMplekz (with Mordant Music) - on almost as many labels. To be honest this head just couldn't keep up with them, and for every ace we'd find a couple we weren't feelin… Read more
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EKOPLEKZ - Unfidelity, Planet Mu
SENDAI - A Smaller Divide, Archives Interieures
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SENDAI

A Smaller Divide

Archives Interieures

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AICD02

Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey's Sendai duo transmit their most obtuse, challenging, yet compelling sonic architectures to date on 2nd album, 'A Smaller Divide'. Crafted remotely between their respective bases in Antwerp and Berlin, plus4 the odd jam session, they fluidly communicate jarring, splintered digital scree and complex patterns woven with dynamic sounds modelled from De Mey's modular synthesiser. Across a sheer topography of eleven parts, crushing, arrhythmic tangles of Autechrian complexity give way to passages of intense, rolling techno and industrial pads evoking imagery of impos… Read more
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SENDAI - A Smaller Divide, Archives Interieures
ARVE HENRIKSEN - Chron + Cosmic Creation, Rune Grammofon
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ARVE HENRIKSEN

Chron + Cosmic Creation

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cd2CD // £14.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RCD2152

**2CD set compiling the inimitable Norwegian multi-instrumentalist's - 'til recently, vinyl-only - albums for Rune Grammofon. A wonderful, otherworldly synthesis of virtuosic performance and cutting-edge electronics** "Chron first appeared as part of the magnificent "Solidification" box set, but has now been made available on its own due to popular demand. The double CD comes with "Cosmic Creation", another new album that in many ways can be considered "Chron"´s twin album. These are true solo albums with Arve playing all instruments, both recorded at home and in various locations,… Read more
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ARVE HENRIKSEN - Chron + Cosmic Creation, Rune Grammofon
SWANS - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (Reissue), Mute
*Reissue on Mute* After a fourteen year absence, Michael Gira resurrects his legendary apocalyptic no-wave band for a fabulous new album on his own Young God imprint. Assembling a cast of musicians that includes familiar Swans and Angels Of Light conspirators, Gira also welcomes a few new members to the fold with guest stars including Devendra Banhart, Mercury Rev's Grasshopper, Bill Rieflin (of Ministry, REM and Robyn Hitchcock's band), Shearwater multi-instrumentalist Thor Harris and even Gira's three-and-a-half year-old daughter, who duets with Banhart on … Read more
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SWANS - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (Reissue), Mute
SWANS - The Seer (Mute Reissue), Mute

SWANS

The Seer (Mute Reissue)

Mute

Format_dot_cd2CD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CDSTUMM363

*Mute Reissue* Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira ‘The Seer’ is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (excluding the limited live album ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’) was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. ‘The Seer’ however is another beast altogether, simultaneously managing to cram in the measur… Read more
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SWANS - The Seer (Mute Reissue), Mute
AUTHOR - Forward Forever, BLACK BOX
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AUTHOR

Forward Forever

BLACK BOX

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BLACKBOX033

"First introduced to the world via their self-titled 2011 debut, Author return with their follow-up, ‘Forward Forever’. A collaboration between friends and fellow Leeds-residents Ruckspin and J. Sparrow, Author is an outlet for the two producers to explore deeper, more soulful paths than the tougher approaches for which their solo careers are known. First finding a home on Pinch’s Tectonic imprint in 2011, Author have since spent time developing their sound to incorporate a more natural-feeling, organic vibe on ‘Forward Forever’. Featuring guest vocalists ranging from Jehst and Stig of the Dump … Read more
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AUTHOR - Forward Forever, BLACK BOX
THE SWIFTER & DAVID MARANHA - Live at Maria Matos, ENTR'ACTE
**Edition of 450** Andrea Belfi, BJ Nilsen, and Simon James Phillips' The Swifter trio follow their 2012 debut for The Tapeworm with this recording of a live performance at Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, 2nd February 2013, made by Pedro Alçada. Augmented by the floating organ shimmer of special guest David Maranha, they coax a slow-moving, gaseous atmosphere from piano, percussion and electronics, at once fluidly jazz-wise but also patiently precise. The results are quietly intoxicating, building steadily over 30 minutes duration to a lush and heady whorl of sound with each player neatly mixed to flesh out the frequency spectrum. RIYL Supersilent.
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THE SWIFTER & DAVID MARANHA - Live at Maria Matos, ENTR'ACTE
JOSEPH CLAYTON MILLS - The Patient, ENTR'ACTE
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JOSEPH CLAYTON MILLS

The Patient

ENTR'ACTE

Format_dot_cdCD + A5 BOOK // £12.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: E167

**54-page book and CD** "Inspired by and incorporating fragmentary notes written by Franz Kafka on his deathbed to communicate with friends and family, The Patient draws from the texts of these conversation slips for specific imagery, textures, mood, gestures, and instrumentation. The score — essentially an index of suggestions to guide structured improvisation — was initially performed at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio in the fall of 2012 by Olivia Block (piano/walkie-talkies/objects), Noé Cuéllar (accordion/psalter/cassette player/objects), Steven Hess (percussion/cassette playe… Read more
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JOSEPH CLAYTON MILLS - The Patient, ENTR'ACTE
SIMON FISHER TURNER - The Epic Of Everest, Mute
This is just gorgeous - Simon Fisher Turner has scored the BFI National Archive’s restoration of 'The Epic of Everest', the official film record of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition as filmed by Captain John Noel. Turner is renowned for his film soundtrack work which began with Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986) and Blue (1993), plus scoring restorations of Un Chant D’Amour dir Jean Genet (1950) and The Great White Silence for the BFI. This new score was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Turner and features Andrew Blick (Gyratory System), James Brooks (… Read more
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SIMON FISHER TURNER - The Epic Of Everest, Mute
SCRAPS - Electric Ocean, Fire Records

SCRAPS

Electric Ocean

Fire Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: FIRECD335

**Moody blue minimal wave pop outta Brisbane, Australia. RIYL Sapphire Slows, Group Rhoda, The Space Lady* "The music of Scraps is a unique cosmic universe of emotions, thoughts and bedroom sound. Utilising a minimalist set up of drum machine, keyboard and synth mixed with a life time obsession of the electronic pop music of yesteryear allow Laura Hill's ideas to come alive. These are not cute brainless love songs however. Although love is an inspiration in a lot of the songs, the lyrics and themes mostly deal with the darker painful side of that irrational emotion. Depth comes in the way Hill ca… Read more
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SCRAPS - Electric Ocean, Fire Records
MOTORPSYCHO - Behind The Sun, Rune Grammofon

MOTORPSYCHO

Behind The Sun

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: RCD2155

"For most of the recording sessions the core trio was augmented by guitarist Reine Fiske. Best known for his work in Swedish psych-combos Dungen and The Amazing, Reine is an old acquaintance of the band, and his recent exploits with Ståle Storløkken's Elephant9 had made the pairing seem like a potentially interesting one for Motorpsycho as well. So well, in fact, that he tagged along for most live shows as well as the recording of the new magnum opus "Behind The Sun". With nine tracks clocking in at just over an hour, the album also brings the "Hell, Part 1-3" from "Still Life With Eggplant"… Read more
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MOTORPSYCHO - Behind The Sun, Rune Grammofon
AXXA/ABRAXAS - Axxa/Abraxas, Captured Tracks
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AXXA/ABRAXAS

Axxa/Abraxas

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT191CD

"Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop. The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) to record… Read more
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AXXA/ABRAXAS - Axxa/Abraxas, Captured Tracks
THE UNSEMBLE - The Unsemble, Ipecac

THE UNSEMBLE

The Unsemble

Ipecac

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: IPC156

"The Unsemble is a collaboration of three very notable musical personalities.You may know of Duane Denison (guitar, keyboards) from his work with Tomahawk and The Jesus Lizard, among others. He's in fine form here. You might know of Alexander Hacke (bass, electronics) from his work work with Einsturzende Neubaten, Crime and the City Solution, and his film and production work. He's at the top of his game these days. You probably don't know of Brian Kotzur (drums, keyboards) but you should. He has worked with Silver Jews and Harmony Korine, both quite popular with indie hipsters, slackers, etc.… Read more
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THE UNSEMBLE - The Unsemble, Ipecac
THE MINISTRY OF WOLVES - Music From Republik Der Wölfe, Mute
**Theatrical soundtrack written by Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Mick Harvey (co-founder, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle Piccioto (co-founder of Love Parade), and Paul Wallfisch (musical director at the Theater Dortmund)** "The songs on this album were written for "Republik Der Wölfe", a multimedia theatrical spectacle commissioned by Kay Voges and premiering at the Theater Dortmund, Germany, on February 15th, 2014. Subtitled "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music", "Republik Der Wölfe" presents an intertwining collage riffing on the pre-moral tales… Read more
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THE MINISTRY OF WOLVES - Music From Republik Der Wölfe, Mute
MAX COOPER - Human, FIELDS

MAX COOPER

Human

FIELDS

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FLDSCD001

Debut album from the London-based Tech-House/'tronica producer. With one foot in the contemporary classical scene and the other in pop/indie circles thanks to his extensive profile of remixes for everyone from Michael Nyman to Hot Chip, Cooper presents an intricately detailed, if somewhat dated, album of tidy, clean and pleasant electronica split between cuts driven by whirring minimal tech house rhythms and sound design exercises, including two vocal appearances by Kathrin deBoer and one from Arbutus Records' Braids.
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Thursday, 27 February

NOCHEXXX - Thrusters, Ramp Recordings
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NOCHEXXX

Thrusters

Ramp Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RAMP057CD

Nochexxx follows his debut album with the more accessible electro-funk freak beats of 'Thrusters' on Ramp. Working in space between Legowelt's sonic fictions and the skronky avant-dance music of NYC's Gobby, Nochexxx is on a wild dancefloor tip, bowling between body-rattling uptempo electro-techno, weird-ass electronica, spiralling acid, ghetto-tech and dotty synth dérives that sound like they were written with an infected sequencer. Good stuff.
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VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, Numero Group
**Foil-blocked slipcase contains Jewel case and 24-page booklet crammed with photos, artwork and liner notes** "With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we s… Read more
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VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, Numero Group
CURRENT 93 - I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell: Å Channel, THE SPHERES
David Tibet and his cohorts return three years hence 'Honeysuckle Æons' with the neofolk laments of 'I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)'. Mutually dreamt with These New Puritans' Jack Barnett (organ, sound design and voices), James Blackshaw (bass), Ossian Brown (hurdy-gurdy and sidereal SingSong), Nick Cave (voice and voices), Antony Hegarty (voice and voices), Reinier Van Houdt (piano), Norbert Kox (voices), Andrew Liles (electric channel), Tony (TS) McPhee (acoustic and electric guitar), Jon Seagroatt (bass clarinet and flute), Carl Stoke… Read more
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CURRENT 93 - I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell: Å Channel, THE SPHERES
CARLA BOZULICH - Boy, Constellation
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CARLA BOZULICH

Boy

Constellation

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: CST102CD

**Gatefold paperboard jacket** "Acclaimed singer, songwriter, band leader from Ethyl Meatplow and The Geraldine Fibbers. First solo album in seven years, following a string of releases with her Evangelista project. Bozulich’s self-proclaimed “pop record”! Carla Bozulich, an art-punk heroine with almost three decades of exceptional, iconoclastic musical activity under her belt, returns with the third record of her storied career to be issued in her own name. Boy is Carla's self-proclaimed "pop record" and is a refreshing and much-needed reminder of what pop can mean in the hands of a ferociously comm… Read more
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CARLA BOZULICH - Boy, Constellation
ADDISON GROOVE - Presents James Grieve, 50 WEAPONS
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ADDISON GROOVE

Presents James Grieve

50 WEAPONS

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: 50WEAPONCD16

The UK's foremost Footwork/Bass fiend synthesises a taut fusion of Juke, Jungle and Bristol bassbin styles on his 2nd album. Whilst tempos regularly push the 160bpm bracket in a nod to Teklife's Rashad and Spinn, Addison Groove links with local talents DJ Die, Josefina, and Sam Binga to acknowledge more influence from his home city than the Windy City. It's a swift moving but cooled-out session, working that forward tension between itchy syncopation and half-stepping swagger across 14 tracks oscillating between Junglist rush, rolling techno ('Space Apples'), 'ardcore acid ('Malus')… Read more
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ADDISON GROOVE - Presents James Grieve, 50 WEAPONS
KENNY GRAHAM - The Small World of Sammy Lee (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Trunk Records
"The beautiful unreleased jazz score to the classic Anthony Newley 60s Soho underworld thriller. Recorded in 1963 and never issued the master tape was discovered in the loft of Kenny Graham’s daughter’s home by Jonny Trunk. Don’t ask what he was doing up there, but he found the tape. History: Little is known about this jazz score, apart from the fact that it comes from one of the great early 60s London movies, and was written and performed by one of the more important jazz mavericks of the age. Kenny Graham was a jazz musician like no other. … Read more
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KENNY GRAHAM - The Small World of Sammy Lee (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Trunk Records
A/T/O/S - A Taste Of Struggle (Album), Deep Medi Musik

A/T/O/S

A Taste Of Struggle (Album)

Deep Medi Musik

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MEDICD009

Blue, downbeat, conscious Hip Hop/Dub hybrids from Amos & Truenoys for Mala's Deep Medi. 'A Taste Of Struggle' is their debut album following a teaser 12" with Skream and Commodo remixes. It's a low-lit, late night confessional hingeing on Truenoys slow, caramelised vocals delivered with impassioned urgency to a backdrop of shifty, molasses bass movements, dusty drums and trip hop atmospheres.
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LAIBACH - Spectre (Standard Edition), Mute
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LAIBACH

Spectre (Standard Edition)

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CDSTUMM358

"Mute says: ‘Spectre’ follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album ‘Volk’ (2006), where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations, and the release of the side projects ‘Laibachkunstderfuge’ (2008) and ‘Iron Sky: The Original Film Soundtrack’ (2012). Laibach have once again ‘re-invented’ themselves into a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach call into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about themselves, about their music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. Laibach are… Read more
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LAIBACH - Spectre (Standard Edition), Mute
PETER WALKER - "Second Poem To Karmela" Or Gypsies Are Important, Light In The Attic
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PETER WALKER

"Second Poem To Karmela" Or Gypsies Are Important

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: LITA113

*With expanded gatefold tip-on jackets and liner notes* "Light In The Attic and the legendary folk/blues/roots label Vanguard Records are proud to begin a series of collaborations under the umbrella Vanguard Vault. The series will explore the vaults of Vanguard and see the reissuing of obscure nuggets, psychedelic weirdness and just some good old-fashioned seminal music. Originally released in 1968 on Vanguard Records, Peter Walker’s album “Second Poem To Karmela” Or Gypsies Are Important was a ground breaking blend of folk, raga, psychedelia, Eastern and M… Read more
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PETER WALKER - "Second Poem To Karmela" Or Gypsies Are Important, Light In The Attic
THE MEN - Tomorrow's Hits, Sacred Bones Records
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THE MEN

Tomorrow's Hits

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SBR107CD

"The Men's new LP for Sacred Bones is the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow's Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. Tomorrow's Hits is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band's ever-evolving musical palette. It's an album full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band. After spending much of 2011 and 2… Read more
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THE MEN - Tomorrow's Hits, Sacred Bones Records