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Thursday, 25 September

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

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

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

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

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
DAN'L BOONE - Dan'l Boone, Drag City
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DAN'L BOONE

Dan'l Boone

Drag City

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DC597CD

Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (Howling Hex), Charles Ballas (Formant), and Alexander Moskos (Drainolith) scare the f**k outta each other as Dan'l Boone for Drag City. Dubbed-off metallic skronk is the plat du jour, eschewing owt obviously "noisy" in favour of angular structures tumbling drum machines, precise chunks of electric guitar and scrambled vocals with a fractured, digitised, industrial-collage lucidity that's way more psychedelic and brain scrambling than the rote, indulgent, snobby pish that certain people still try to pass off as "underground psychedelia". Nay, there's a viru… Read more
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DAN'L BOONE - Dan'l Boone, Drag City
GOAT - Commune, ROCKET RECORDINGS
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GOAT

Commune

ROCKET RECORDINGS

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LAUNCH068CD

Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
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LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN - Islands, Keysound
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LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN

Islands

Keysound

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN048CD

Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Island' … Read more
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LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN - Islands, Keysound
GAZELLE TWIN - Unflesh, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records
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GAZELLE TWIN

Unflesh

Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AGMR015CD

Brighton's Elizabeth Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin follows guest appearances for Alex Banks and Answer Code Request with a dramatic debut album of skewed electro-pop for Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. Her choice of previous collaborators gives a fair indication of her sound, but factor in additional production and mixing by analogue whizz-kid Benge, and connections with the likes of Scanner and John Foxx and you have abetter grasp of her queered, eldritch sound before you've even heard it. Between the crushed techno exoeskeleton of 'Unflesh', the woozy ambient pop of 'Anti Body', and the melting torch … Read more
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GAZELLE TWIN - Unflesh, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records
PRINS THOMAS - Rainbow Disco Club (Vol. 1), ENDLESS FLIGHT
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PRINS THOMAS

Rainbow Disco Club (Vol. 1)

ENDLESS FLIGHT

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: EndlessFlightCD13

"Prins Thomas prepares a sonic trip for Endless Flight and the Japanese festival 'Rainbow Disco Club’. Spanning 26 tracks, the collection features selections from Donato Dozzy, Floating Points, DJ Fett Burger, Ricardo Villalobos, Golden Teacher, theo Parrish , Surgeon and more. It's the second time the man from the Norwegian woods has been a guest on the top-notch Tokyo based festival. He also conceived with the festival organizers and Endless Flight man of action Toshiya Kawasaki the plan to do a mix cd that mirrors his current state of the art behind the wheels of steel. Those … Read more
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PRINS THOMAS - Rainbow Disco Club (Vol. 1), ENDLESS FLIGHT
SUN RA - Marshall Allen presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In The Orbit Of Ra, Strut
“Sun Ra said he came from Saturn, because white America treated him like an alien, like a creature from outer space, so he became one, an anarcho‐emperor of the fantastic, who made it to the moon before America or Russia, because the moon was nowhere near as far out as he could really go.“ Paul Morley Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bri… Read more
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SUN RA - Marshall Allen presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In The Orbit Of Ra, Strut
DAVID LYNCH & ALAN R. SPLET  - Eraserhead Soundtrack, Sacred Bones Records
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DAVID LYNCH & ALAN R. SPLET

Eraserhead Soundtrack

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: SBR3008CD

A miasma of musique concrète, mechanical drone and static noise, the soundtrack to David Lynch's indelibly harrowing 'Eraserhead' is a prototypical masterpiece of Industrial gloom and dystopia. Sacred Bones know this all too well; presenting a deluxe reissue replete with bonus, unheard material. Inextricable from the movie's monochrome imagery, Alan R. Splet's visceral, clammy sound design conveys Lynch's bleakly unheimlich atmosphere in a manner which has defined the limits of arthouse cinema for over forty years. It's nigh on impossible to imagine the film without it, … Read more
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DAVID LYNCH & ALAN R. SPLET  - Eraserhead Soundtrack, Sacred Bones Records
EROL ALKAN - FABRICLIVE 77: Erol Alkan, Fabric Worldwide

EROL ALKAN

FABRICLIVE 77: Erol Alkan

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC154

Erol Alkan steps up to the Fabric mantle with a propulsive selection of acid house and oddball electro featuring his own productions alongside tracks from Voiski, Todd Osborn, Phreak, The Emperor Machine, Carisma, Fumes and more.
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THE JUAN MACLEAN - In A Dream, DFA

THE JUAN MACLEAN

In A Dream

DFA

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DFA2448CD

Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang tick all the classic disco boxes on their 3rd album together. Nine songs take in Hi-NRG ('A Place Called Space'), slick disco-house ('Here I Am'), loungin' swing '('You Were a Runaway'), slo-mo symphonic ('Running Back To You'), Scando electro-disco ('I've Waited For So Long'), quick-stepping ('Charlotte'), and expansive ('The Sun Will Never Set On OUr Love').
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THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON - Environment Five, FSOLdigital

THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON

Environment Five

FSOLdigital

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CDTOT68

"The Environment series originally began as an archive of previously unreleased recordings but Environment Five features thirteen all new songs recorded in the first half of 2014. Following on from the themes of the first 4 Environments albums, Five explores the space / time / dimension that exists when we die. The moment of departure. It includes appearances from Daniel Pemberton, Raven Bush (Syd Arthur) and Riz Maslen (Neotropic)."
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VARIOUS - Tinmine Soul Supply, Numero Group

VARIOUS

Tinmine Soul Supply

Numero Group

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: NBR005CD

"A “northern soul” style compilation is just the latest Numbero product to bootleg the extensive Numero catalog… a label you may have heard mentioned through clenched teeth concerning our preference for “replicating” original 45s, rather than splashing them with shite contemporary design. This is a peace offering: a compilation of both talc-covered classics and unheard floor-fillers. What better way to reintroduce our fledgling concern to the UK than by playing straight to the middle? It is the Numbero way. Some, like Walter & the Admerations’ “Man Oh Man,” Lou Ragland’s “I Travel Alone,”… Read more
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VARIOUS - Tinmine Soul Supply, Numero Group
DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINEKAWA - Savage Imagination, Thrill Jockey

DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINEKAWA

Savage Imagination

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: THRILL375CD

*CD version in high gloss mini-LP style gatefold package* "Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa are artistic omnivores, soaking up a myriad of cultural artefacts and styles, savouring bits and pieces and re-contextualising them into entirely delightful and playfully intricate songs. Their songs are imbued with a relentless cheerfulness that belies their technicality, steeped in the history of Japanese pop music and exuding the joy of discovery and exploration. Dustin and Takako are serious musicians not afraid to play it silly. ‘Savage Imagination’ is their second album as a… Read more
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DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINEKAWA - Savage Imagination, Thrill Jockey
HOLY SONS - The Fact Facer, Thrill Jockey

HOLY SONS

The Fact Facer

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: THRILL373CD

*CD version in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package* "Holy Sons is Emil Amos, a musician whose chameleonic tendencies and technical versatility has lead to him becoming an in demand multi- instrumentalist as a founding member of Grails and Lilacs & Champagne, as well as a member of Om and a hired gun for Jandek, to name a few. Holy Sons is at the centre of his many musical personalities and is his longest standing project, acting as an outlet for some of his most personal and direct songs. In Holy Sons, Amos puts his restless imagination to work using a variety of inventive home recording… Read more
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HOLY SONS - The Fact Facer, Thrill Jockey
LAETITIA SADIER - Something Shines, Drag City
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LAETITIA SADIER

Something Shines

Drag City

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC605CD

"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne by… Read more
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LAETITIA SADIER - Something Shines, Drag City
MARY LATTIMORE & JEFF ZEIGLER - Slant Of Light, Thrill Jockey

MARY LATTIMORE & JEFF ZEIGLER

Slant Of Light

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: THRILL374CD

*CD version presented in a four panel mini-LP style gatefold package* "‘Slant Of Light’, the first album by the duo of Mary Lattimore (harp) and Jeff Zeigler (guitar, synthesizer, production) is a completely unique document blending ancient classical traditions with modern improvisation and electronic performance. On their first record as a duo Lattimore and Zeigler emerge completely synergetic, offering up stunning improvisations that are as advanced melodically as they are texturally. The four pieces on ‘Slant Of Light’ are seductive and picturesque, with Lattimore’s elabo… Read more
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MARY LATTIMORE & JEFF ZEIGLER - Slant Of Light, Thrill Jockey
TERRY FRANCIS, NATHAN COLES & EDDIE RICHARDS / VARIOUS - Wiggle for 20 Years, Fabric Worldwide
"Between them, Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards have been at the forefront of house music in the UK for over quarter of a century but together, under the Wiggle banner, the trio help pioneered the fusion of deeper house sounds and techno beats. To celebrate two decades of the label / party, the trio commissioned 20 brand new and exclusive tracks from recent Wiggle guests such as Alex Arnout, Saytek and Dachshund, as well as long-running Wiggle affiliates like Jay Tripwire, Gideon Jackson and Just Be (aka Bushwacka!) and mixed them together into 75 dynamic minutes."
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TERRY FRANCIS, NATHAN COLES & EDDIE RICHARDS / VARIOUS - Wiggle for 20 Years, Fabric Worldwide
SUPERSILENT - 11, Rune Grammofon

SUPERSILENT

11

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RCD2103

*Repress* The music on Supersilent album dates back to the same recording sessions that birthed Supersilent 8 (released in 2007), but the folks at Rune Grammofon are quick to point out that there's no B-material here: Supersilent 8 was originally planned as a triple album before Helge Sten (aka Deathprod, the album's producer) decided to split the five hours of music he'd finished across separate albums. These sessions feature the since departed drummer, Jarle Vespestad and finds the band in a very different musical zone to their current state of being. You'll still encounter quieter moments of melod… Read more
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SUPERSILENT - 11, Rune Grammofon
VARIOUS - Musics In The Margins (Vol. 3: Inside Out Music), Sub Rosa
Third volume of Music in the Margin, a series devoted to Outsider Music and its variations. You'll find yourself reasoning your listening experience in unique ways with contributions from Aidan Walsh, the self-proclaimed 'Master of the Universe' to Dion McGregor who had a peculiar talent that manifested in his sleep and to Speedy, the man who sings faster than his Tourette syndrome, a large body of work and personal visions of their world. Also includes contributions from Cosmic Dennis Greenidge, Pneumershonic, Robert Alberg, Steve Wallis and more.
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Monday, 15 September

LUCA NIERI - Music From The Dark Branches, Wonderfulsound

LUCA NIERI

Music From The Dark Branches

Wonderfulsound

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WSD24CD

Review to follow shortly…

Thursday, 11 September

SHELLAC - Dude Incredible, Touch & Go
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SHELLAC

Dude Incredible

Touch & Go

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TG404CD

**Ships Friday** Steve Albini revs up the Shellac mobile for their first album in seven years with 'Dude Incredible'. Albini mans guitar, Todd Trainer on drums, and Bob Weston plays bass. Their fifth LP was recorded sporadically over the past few years at Steve's esteemed Electrical Audio studios in Chicago and captures ten strapping examples of their classicist rock discipline rendered with immediate clarity and vitriol.
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PINKCOURTESYPHONE - Description Of Problem, Line
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PINKCOURTESYPHONE

Description Of Problem

Line

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LINE_SEG03

In the sublime darkness of 'Description Of Problem', Pinkcourtesyphone rouses itself from whatever reverie with the help of cameos from William Basinski, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Evelina Domnitch, AGF and Kid Congo Powers. Again, we're returned to that noirish, narcotised ambient space which made 'Foley Folly Folio' a staunch fave around these parts (prompting a vinyl release on our Boomkat Editions label), and which deeply infected the proceeding collections, 'Elegant & Detached', and 'A Ravishment Of Mirror'. According to the jacket, it was "formed from places, plastics, and parti… Read more
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PINKCOURTESYPHONE - Description Of Problem, Line
VARIOUS - Worth the Weight (Vol. 2: From the Edge), Punch Drunk Records
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VARIOUS

Worth the Weight (Vol. 2: From the Edge)

Punch Drunk Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DRUNKCD006

Punch Drunk's 'Worth The Weight Vol.2: From The Edge' documents the 2nd wave of Bristolian bass mutations in the wake of dubstep's innovative eruption in the mid-late '00s. It does so thru the prism of Peverelist's ever-evolving yet rooted tastes, cannily reflective of - and influential upon - the contours of contemporary London and Berlin dancefloor trends. Yielding cuts from Kowton, Hodge, Tessela, Kahn, Andy Mac, Zhou, Bass Clef, Ekoplekz and Peverelist on CD for the first time, it covers a broad spectrum of styles within its niche, manifesting that Bristolian thing for… Read more
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VARIOUS - Worth the Weight (Vol. 2: From the Edge), Punch Drunk Records