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Thursday, 12 June

HOWE / SEAMAN - Minor Distance, Cotton Goods
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HOWE / SEAMAN

Minor Distance

Cotton Goods

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MINORDISTANCEREG

*Regular Digipak Edition, includes an instant download for the whole album plus 4 bonus remixes from Cotton Goods head honcho The Humble Bee* This collaboration between Bill Seaman and Daniel Howe came about after the pair exchanged ideas and recordings while both where travelling separately - in effect making for an album recorded between North Carolina, Seoul, Bremen, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mainland China and New York - covering a bit more than the "Minor Distances" referred to in the title. The recordings began life with Howe's improvised guitar recordings and Seaman's s… Read more
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HOWE / SEAMAN - Minor Distance, Cotton Goods
MICHAEL CHAPMAN - Playing Guitar The Easy Way, Light In The Attic

MICHAEL CHAPMAN

Playing Guitar The Easy Way

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: LITA114

"Along with Bert Jansch, Roy Harper, and John Martyn - Michael Chapman is one of the most influential and important British singer/songwriter/folk guitarists of his generation. Like his peers, Chapman blended traditional folk influences with rock and jazz overtones for a unique sound that remains fresh to this day. Michael Chapman is also legendary for discovering electric guitar maverick Mick Ronson and recording with him before David Bowie did! Chapman also utilized string arranger Paul Buckmaster (whose name appears on early 70’s LPs by Elton John, the Rolling Stones and… Read more
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MICHAEL CHAPMAN - Playing Guitar The Easy Way, Light In The Attic
NIGHTMARES ON WAX - N.O.W Is The Time (CD Edition), Warp Records

NIGHTMARES ON WAX

N.O.W Is The Time (CD Edition)

Warp Records

Format_dot_cd2CD // £10.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCD248

"George ‘E.A.S.E’ Evelyn, AKA Nightmares On Wax, has released a range of records over 25 years that have been integral to cultural movements and electronic music. This album comprises of the best of tracks from Nightmares On Wax ‘By Day’ and ‘By Night’ over the past 25 years, plus rarities and remixes. .."
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MUNGO'S HI FI - Serious Time, SCOTCH BONNET

MUNGO'S HI FI

Serious Time

SCOTCH BONNET

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: SCOBCD004

Ripe for summer, full spectrum sound system styles from Mungo's Hi-Fi and the Scotch Bonnet posse. 15 tracks covering roots, digidub, dubstep and dancehall reggae sounds vocalled by YT, Warrior Queen, Soom-T, Solo Banton, Cornel Campbell, Pupajim, Mr. Williams and many more.
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VARIOUS - Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie Volume II 1972-1987, Light In The Attic
*CD housed in deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” gatefold jacket. Compiled by DJ Supreme La Rock, all tracks re-mastered with new liner notes by Jonathan Zwickel with band interviews and rare archive photos* "In 2004, the first volume of Wheedle’s Groove shone a light on the formerly unheralded soul scene in 1960s and ‘70s Seattle, followed by a new album in 2008, and then an award winning feature-length documentary film. The on-going Wheedle’s Groove series continues to present a vast chapter of the city’s musical heritage that has little to do wi… Read more
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VARIOUS - Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie Volume II 1972-1987, Light In The Attic
DONNIE & JOE EMERSON - Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81, Light In The Attic

DONNIE & JOE EMERSON

Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LITA115

*All tracks newly re-mastered from original tapes, liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer, interviewing Donnie & Joe* "Some people have to wait for fame; some people wait even longer than most. Donnie and Joe Emerson are in a league of their own. As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late ‘70s, the farming brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but the brothers aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio on the farm. They titled their 1979 debut "Dreamin’ Wild… Read more
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DONNIE & JOE EMERSON - Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81, Light In The Attic
ALEXIS TAYLOR - Await Barbarians, Domino Recording Co

ALEXIS TAYLOR

Await Barbarians

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD334

"Possessing the same immediacy as his music with Hot Chip and the adventurousness of his work with About Group, there is a special intimacy to the lyrics of Alexis Taylor’s ‘Await Barbarians’, a simplicity and candour in his expression of emotion, though the moments of honesty are matched with a sense of humour, playfulness and fun. ‘Await Barbarians’ is a record whose warm tones draw you in, whose sequencing asks of the listener an uninterrupted session of close listening and whose sound world reminds us of the pleasures of all that is quiet in music. It is rich in deep insight and pro… Read more
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ALEXIS TAYLOR - Await Barbarians, Domino Recording Co
LOWER - Seek Warmer Climes, Matador

LOWER

Seek Warmer Climes

Matador

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE10662

"Lower make intense music. ‘Seek Warmer Climes’, the Copenhagen quartet’s debut album, sparkles with the harmonic dissonance and high-strung urgency of their underground rock forebears but Lower also channel the romance and drama of great singer-songwriters, from late-period Scott Walker to Bryan Ferry. The result is an affecting rock album that enters personal and unusual sonic and topical spaces…."
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DEETRON - fabric 76: Deetron, Fabric Worldwide

DEETRON

fabric 76: Deetron

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC151

"A captivating ride through disparate sounds, scenes and styles, all brought together immaculately by Swiss maestro Deetron’s perfect sequencing and tight, inventive mixing. There’s everything from Chicago and Detroit classics, modern gems from fast-rising artists, no-nonsense techno and a series of pleasing leftfield diversions, making for a truly kaleidoscopic set - the sound of a DJ digging deep, having fun and stamping his distinctive character all over the mix..."
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WHITE LUNG - Deep Fantasy, Domino Recording Co

WHITE LUNG

Deep Fantasy

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD335

"Resilient and hard hitting rock ‘n’ roll outfit White Lung are release their third album ‘Deep Fantasy’ via Domino. ‘Deep Fantasy’ was made primarily in Vancouver with producer Jesse Gander (who did both ‘Sorry’ and their 2010 debut ‘It’s The Evil’) in just two, ten day-long sessions at the end of last year and the start of this one. Vocalist Mish Way is more provocative and melodic than ever on ‘Deep Fantasy’, surveying lyrically addiction (‘Drown With The Monster’), body dysmorphia (‘Snake Jaw’) and sexual dynamics (‘Down It Goes’)."
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FRANCESCO GIOMI - Con Brio - Musica Acusmatica, DIE SCHACHTEL
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FRANCESCO GIOMI

Con Brio - Musica Acusmatica

DIE SCHACHTEL

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ZEITC12

"Francesco Giomi is one of the most active Italian composers in the field of acousmatic music. Over the years, he has also collaborated as sound director and live performer with Luciano Berio and other important composers and directors, as well as Italian and international orchestras and ensembles. He has conducted the live electronics group Tempo Reale (the musical research center established by Berio) in theaters and festivals all over the world. He teaches Electronic Music at the Music Conservatory of Bologna and he is currently the director of Tempo Reale. This CD is the premiere publication of his acousmatc works, spanning from 1994 to 2011."
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FRANCESCO GIOMI - Con Brio - Musica Acusmatica, DIE SCHACHTEL
SPAM - Musical Sculptures & Other Devices, DIE SCHACHTEL
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SPAM

Musical Sculptures & Other Devices

DIE SCHACHTEL

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: ZEITC11

"A sonic journey into John Cage and surroundings by renowned Italian composer Agostino di Scipio and his talented students. On December 9th, 2012, upon invitation from the Associazione Scarlatti, Agostino di Scipio and his students at the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory gave a performance of a very rare piece -- John Cage's Sculptures Musicales. The performance was planned out by Dario Sanfilippo, based on the few annotations left by Cage (which in turn followed an idea Cage took from Marcel Duchamp): the "musical sculptures" are sound blocks shaped by either electronic or acou… Read more
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SPAM - Musical Sculptures & Other Devices, DIE SCHACHTEL
KING BUZZO - This Machine Kills Artists, Ipecac

KING BUZZO

This Machine Kills Artists

Ipecac

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: IPC159

*Melvins Front Man Buzz Osborne Releases Solo, Acoustic Full-Length* "What started as a trio of kids making their own weird noise grew into the Melvins, a sludge-rock outfit that helped usher in the grunge era and influenced countless bands to come, including Mudhoney and Nirvana. For more than three decades, Buzz Osborne and bassist-drummer Dale Crover have been the only consistent members, experimenting with their music as well as their bandmates along the way: two drummers here, a standup bassist there, the return of a founding member who’s been gone for 29 years. King Buzzo: … Read more
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KING BUZZO - This Machine Kills Artists, Ipecac

Monday, 09 June

WILDEST DREAMS - Wildest Dreams, Smalltown Supersound

WILDEST DREAMS

Wildest Dreams

Smalltown Supersound

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: STS253CD

Wildest Dreams are a Modern Day Equivalent of the L.A wrecking crew. They make music inspired by the landscape of L.A and it's surrounds for your road and acid trip. The brainchild of DJ Harvey as a means to keep his multi-instrumentalist hand in so to speak. The album was recorded over a week a couple years ago and unearthed by Smalltown Supersound.
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Thursday, 05 June

ANGEL - Terra Null., Editions Mego
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ANGEL

Terra Null.

Editions Mego

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: eMEGO163

Ilpo Vaisanen (ov Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (ov SchneiderTM) reconvene Angel for an engrossing 4th studio album of brooding electronic/organic nocturnes featuring long-term collaborators Hildur Guðnadóttir and Lucio Capece. The reductionist tonal mantras of 'Terra Null' makes use of oscillators, FX, strings and wind instruments to slow down, dilate and refocus our perception of time and momentum. In their exquisitely-crafted soundspheres, the electronic and organic halves compare and contrast respectively unique timbres in four expansive ecologies, flowing from the swelling electronic bedrock a… Read more
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ANGEL - Terra Null., Editions Mego
WIFE - What's Between, Tri Angle Records
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WIFE

What's Between

Tri Angle Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRIANGLE26CD

**Debut album of smoky production for Tri Angle with additional production from The Haxan Cloak and Roly Porter** "To many, ‘What’s Between’ will be viewed simply as the debut solo album by Irish singer songwriter James Kelly aka WIFE but to fans of the critically acclaimed metal band Altar Of Plagues this album marks the return of a much admired talent. As front man in Altar Of Plagues, James Kelly was lauded as being partly responsible for creating some of the most innovative music to emerge out of the metal scene in recent years. After the release of their third album, which many viewed as a cr… Read more
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WIFE - What's Between, Tri Angle Records
ANSWER CODE REQUEST - Code, OSTGUT TON
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ANSWER CODE REQUEST

Code

OSTGUT TON

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OSTGUTTONCD31

Answer Code Request steps out of the Berghain shadows with a noirish debut album of '90s-informed techno sound design for Ostgut Ton. 'Til now, ACR's made his presence felt with a small but perfectly formed haul of 12"s distinguished from the Berlin techno crowd by virtue of their UK-styled breakbeat and AI-era atmospheres. But where UK breakbeat techno might get over agitated or crazy, ACR curbs his enthusiasm with a typically stoic sort of composure indigenous to Berlin residents and their music, balancing both poles with a warm sense of Detroit melancholy, much like his label mate, Shed. T… Read more
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ANSWER CODE REQUEST - Code, OSTGUT TON
RUSSELL HASWELL & PAIN JERK - Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition nO!se File Exchange Mega Edit, Editions Mego
Proper, technically-advanced brainfloss from two of the world's most fastidious n0!se provocateurs, Russell Haswell and Kohei Gomi (Pain Jerk, Incapacitants). Their long-awaited collaboration 'Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition n0!se File Exchange Mega Edit' has, in effect, been in-the-works since the duo first met at Tokyo's legendary 20000 Volts venue, back in 1997 and registered intent to work with each other. Fast forward 15 years to 2012 and the duo wer… Read more
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RUSSELL HASWELL & PAIN JERK - Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition nO!se File Exchange Mega Edit, Editions Mego
DIAMOND VERSION - CI, Mute
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DIAMOND VERSION

CI

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CDSTUMMDV1

**Gatefold vinyl includes download code redeemable from the label** Raster Noton founders Olaf Bender (Byetone) and Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) collate and augment the best of their Diamond Version output along with new, exclusive material on their debut album. Since 2012 they've issued 5 EPs and one single, 'Were You There?' (a cover of an old Gospel hymn) featuring Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant, forging a clinically precise, pointillist hybrid of electro-pop, techno, and computer music. Starring notable guests including Leslie Winer, Neil Tennant, Raster Noton's Kyoka, and Atsuhiro Ito, 'CI' is thei… Read more
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DIAMOND VERSION - CI, Mute
ROLL THE DICE - Until Silence, The Leaf Label
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ROLL THE DICE

Until Silence

The Leaf Label

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BAY89CD

Peder Mannerfelt and Malcolm Pardon's vehicle for kosmic and techno styled electronic drama returns on the Leaf label with an arresting sound.""Until Silence marks a monumental shift for Roll The Dice, in both sonics and psychogeography. The characteristic framework of piano and synthesiser is reinforced with a newly conscripted string section: dramatic arrangements grind against furnace blasts of static, and phases of unrelenting rhythmic intensity collapse into moments of frayed, fragile beauty. Roll The Dice’s most powerful and nuanced work to date, its tracks are by turns harrowing and… Read more
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ROLL THE DICE - Until Silence, The Leaf Label
ALEX BANKS - Illuminate, Monkeytown Records
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ALEX BANKS

Illuminate

Monkeytown Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MTR043CD

Debut album of emosh electronic dance music from Brighton's Alex Banks for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. As hinted with his 'All You Could Do' single, 'Illuminate' is a plushly detailed affair, shapeshifting between rolling breakbeat techno-trance in 'Silent Embrace' starring ghostly vocalist Elizabeth Bernholz, to the sweeping strings and tempered electro surges of 'Initiate', thru robotic garage-techno dance-pop chops in 'Phosphorus', deeper dubstep rave on 'Sheya', and the feathered 4th world dance creatures of 'Hush'. RIYL Jon Hopkins, Alex Smoke, Apparat, Atoms For Peace.
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ALEX BANKS - Illuminate, Monkeytown Records
VARIOUS - C86, Cherry Red Records
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VARIOUS

C86

Cherry Red Records

Format_dot_cd3CD // £22.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CRCDBOX12

*Deluxe expanded edition of the hugely influential C86 cassette - adding some 50 bonus tracks curated by original compiler Neil Taylor, all the recordings were made between mid-1985 and mid-1986* "Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NME’s C81 tape from half a decade earlier. Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pages and gig listing… Read more
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VARIOUS - C86, Cherry Red Records
JACK WHITE - Lazaretto, XL Recordings

JACK WHITE

Lazaretto

XL Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: XLCD645

"Jack White presents his new album ‘Lazaretto’ - inhabiting an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012’s Gold-certified ‘Blunderbuss’."
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THE BATS - The Bats (Volume 1), Captured Tracks
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THE BATS

The Bats (Volume 1)

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_cd3CD // £21.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FNCTB001CD

*CD version also includes the 1988 EP 'Four Songs' as well as never heard before studio tracks from The Law Of Things sessions. Presented in a 3CD box which includes all original art work as well as accompanying, posters, flyers and ephemera from the time* "This box set contains three re-¬issues of New Zealand indie pop pioneers The Bats ranging from early original recordings to previously unheard studio out takes. Featuring tracks from 1984 to 1988, this compilation shows a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world with their jangling guitars that express both an… Read more
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THE BATS - The Bats (Volume 1), Captured Tracks
THE PROPER ORNAMENTS - Wooden Head, FORTUNA POP!

THE PROPER ORNAMENTS

Wooden Head

FORTUNA POP!

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FPOP173CD

Review to follow shortly…
ALEXANDER TURNQUIST - Flying Fantasy, Western Vinyl

ALEXANDER TURNQUIST

Flying Fantasy

Western Vinyl

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WEST123CD

"Turnquist's latest full-length Flying Fantasy confirms the idea that out of great hardship can come great art. As he wrote the material for the new album it became clear that his sensitivity had sharpened, his empathy magnified, and his sense of purpose blossomed. The unfortunate circumstances he endured ostensibly forced his metamorphosis from a remarkable guitar player to a truly great composer. Much like the butterflies that adorn the album cover, he seems to have changed form and taken flight. The album opens with the sparse harmonics of "House of Insomniacs", which are soon jo… Read more
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ALEXANDER TURNQUIST - Flying Fantasy, Western Vinyl
EAUX - Plastics, ATP/Recordings

EAUX

Plastics

ATP/Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: ATPRCD53

"When Ben Crook - one third of spectral electronic trio Eaux - describes his group's songs as "never finished, just abandoned" he's describing a creative process that burrows its way down and down until each track has to be wrenched away from their originator's hands, given the sheer amount of avenues that the three-piece manage to open up during conception. However Eaux's debut LP Plastics, out on ATP Recordings, also has the feel of abandonment to it, in the sense that to listen to it is to come across some long-lost gem, an unknown discovery amidst a box of records, an electronic album where influenc… Read more
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EAUX - Plastics, ATP/Recordings
SHIELD PATTERNS - Contour Lines, Gizeh Records

SHIELD PATTERNS

Contour Lines

Gizeh Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: GZH55CD

"Since their inception in 2012, Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox's project has evolved from solo endeavor to fully realised duo. Starting with last year’s single The Rule, Shield Patterns have shown a maturity and sophistication beyond their years. Spacious soundcapes are scattered with trembling piano phrases, skittering beats and waves of warm keys, all shaped into dark, menacing pop songs by Brentnall's bewitching vocals. Their two singles thus far have already caught the ear of alt-J and Dutch Uncles, both of whom have provided remixes of those singles. Now comes their debut album.… Read more
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SHIELD PATTERNS - Contour Lines, Gizeh Records
CRAFT SPELLS - Nausea, Captured Tracks
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CRAFT SPELLS

Nausea

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT200CD

*CD format comes in a jewelcase with an ‘O’ card* "After a dormant period following the release of the ‘Gallery’ EP in 2012, Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious ‘Nausea’. It’s Craft Spells’ second proper full length album and first since 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Idle Labor’. Since last on the radar, Justin moved to San Francisco to find a niche in the Bay Area music scene. This proved difficult within the regarded garage rock scene and insular DJ night crowds currently dominating the area’s music community. Here, Justin fell into a slump, creatively. With a s… Read more
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CRAFT SPELLS - Nausea, Captured Tracks
TOM VEK - Luck, Moshi Moshi

TOM VEK

Luck

Moshi Moshi

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MOSHICD58

A new album from Tom Vek drawing on the modern anxiety of finding your place in a world saturated by information, ‘Luck’ plunges the personal to deliver tracks that are sincere, angry and poignant."
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