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Thursday, 12 February

PHOSPHORESCENT - Live At The Music Hall, Dead Oceans

PHOSPHORESCENT

Live At The Music Hall

Dead Oceans

Format_dot_cd2CD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DOC093CD

"Those who were fortunate to catch Phosphorescent at any of the their shows in 2013 can attest to the fact that this is no ordinary touring band. Built around the core of founding member / songwriter Matthew Houck, Phosphorescent has expanded from a loop-station based solo act into a fully fledged classic rock band to be held in the same regard as the likes of Crazy Horse. They spent most of 2013 touring behind their hugely acclaimed album ‘Muchacho’ and by the end of the year the band were at the peak of their powers. This 2CD / 3LP live album was recorded over the course of fou… Read more
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PHOSPHORESCENT - Live At The Music Hall, Dead Oceans
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Reissue), Mute
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NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - No More Shall We Part (2015 Reissue), Mute
*CD + DVD version including the original album in 5.1 surround sound, seven bonus tracks and four videos* '‘No More Shall We Part’ is the eleventh studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 2001. It came after a four year break from recording following the critically acclaimed ‘The Boatman’s Call’ and the massive selling 1998 Best Of and showcases the virtuoso talents of the Bad Seeds, with elaborate instrumental sections on nearly every track.'
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NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - Nocturama (Reissue), Mute

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

Nocturama (Reissue)

Mute

Format_dot_cdCD + DVD // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CDSEEDS12

**Deluxe CD reissue with 5.1 and stereo DVD including bonus video content** Twelfth studio album from Nick Cave, and the realisation of one of his most accessable voice to date. Much has been said of Cave's problematic transition into middle age and his gradual creeping into stretches of sound that sometimes veer dangerously close to adult orientated rock. 'Nocturama' does, indeed, see Nick and the Seeds shedding much of their pre-millenial angst and sonic idealism in favour of a more sheltered study of love, family life and the comforts of stability. But while songs like '… Read more
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NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - Nocturama (Reissue), Mute
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - The Boatman's Call (2011 Remaster), Mute
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, four bonus tracks and three videos* '‘The Boatman’s Call’ is the tenth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 1997. The album is entirely piano-based and remains one of the most critically acclaimed releases of Nick Cave’s career.'
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JOSE GONZALEZ - Vestiges & Claws, Peacefrog Records

JOSE GONZALEZ

Vestiges & Claws

Peacefrog Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: PFG172CD

"It may be seven years since he released a solo record, but José has been anything but idle in that time. He’s delivered two albums with the band Junip, his more fulsome, electronic-edged, pop project and has toured with both the Berlin/Göteborg String Theory orchestra (in 2011), co-performing 11 reworking’s of his songs, Sidi Touré and played with Malian desert blues troupe Tinariwen (both in 2012). In 2013, Hollywood came calling when Ben Stiller commissioned José to work with Theodore Shapiro on the soundtrack to his remake of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and most recently, he’s c… Read more
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JOSE GONZALEZ - Vestiges & Claws, Peacefrog Records
JOSEPH CAPRIATI - fabric 80: Joseph Capriati, Fabric Worldwide

JOSEPH CAPRIATI

fabric 80: Joseph Capriati

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC159

"Already recognized as one of the principal profiles in techno, Joseph Capriati has established a reputation as a universally popular DJ and in- demand producer. The Neapolitan, now based in Barcelona, delivers an immaculately- hewn journey through upfront techno and tech- house from some of the scene’s biggest names."
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DAMON & NAOMI - Fortune, 20-20-20
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DAMON & NAOMI

Fortune

20-20-20

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: 20202015CD

"Grey day celebration music for meshed afternoons; eleven strums and songs to savor as you wander till spring. Did Damon & Naomi dream them? Did I? Will you?” —Andy Zax People talk about Damon & Naomi as if they’re the raw infrastructure that remained after Galaxie 500 fell apart, a steel skeleton stubbornly standing after an earthquake. But when the pair began a new project, they weren’t nadjusting so much as starting from scratch. By the time they released More Sad Hits, they had grown enough as musicians and songwriters that they didn’t need to lean on stark sincerity and reverb-drenched emotin… Read more
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DAMON & NAOMI - Fortune, 20-20-20

Thursday, 05 February

OREN AMBARCHI - Live Knots, PAN
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OREN AMBARCHI

Live Knots

PAN

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PAN53CD

**Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M. Photography by Traianos Pakioufakis and artwork by Bill Kouligas** 'Live Knots' presents two immersive live recordings of Oren Ambarchi playing the epic 'Knots' from 'Audience Of One' (Touch, 2012) in Tokyo and Krakow's Unsound Festival. Captured with alternately intimate and widescreen fidelity, the original elements of cyclonic guitar harmony and quicksilver percussion are twisted different ways across the two performances, exploring and testing every nuance of the track's framework. 'Tokyo Knots' intimately documents their show at SuperDeluxe in March 20… Read more
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OREN AMBARCHI - Live Knots, PAN
JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA - A Year With 13 Moons, Mexican Summer
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JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA

A Year With 13 Moons

Mexican Summer

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MEX1982

Root Strata founder, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma scales supernal heights of dream-pop and shoegazing noise bliss with 'A Year With 13 Moons' for Mexican Summer. We'll get it out right now - this is easily Jefre's magnum opus; a consolidation of all that we already loved about the incendiary romance of his work, boosted by a renewed sense of wonder and a catalytic clash of pop pangs fighting against avant garde instincts. Under a title inspired by a Fassbinder film, 'A Year With 13 Moons' is the result of a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, during which t… Read more
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JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA - A Year With 13 Moons, Mexican Summer
SHERWOOD & PINCH - Late Night Endless, On-U Sound
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SHERWOOD & PINCH

Late Night Endless

On-U Sound

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ONUCD127

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Tuffened techno dub and sound system concrète from On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood and Tectonic's Pinch. Staring down the dancefloor and blackened bedrooms, 'Late Night Endless' twists the Bristol-London axis in ten variations of hybridub. Guest vocals come from Sherwood's extensive roladex of sound system warriors and singjays, with Daddy Freddy sounding ravenous in 'Bucketman' and sweetened harmonies by Bim Sherman, Bernard Fowler and Skip McDonald in 'Run Them Away', and traces of Lee Perry, Prince Far I and Congo Natty laced to the noisy tech dub tackle of 'Music Killer Dub'.
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SHERWOOD & PINCH - Late Night Endless, On-U Sound
JOHN TEJADA - Signs Under Test, Kompakt
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JOHN TEJADA

Signs Under Test

Kompakt

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKTCD119

John Tejada adds a subtly effective layer of grit to his hypoallergenic tech-house sound in 'Signs Under Test'. Raising his tolerance for the infidelity and idiosyncracies of analog recording results heaps more space and atmosphere across all eleven tracks, lending his drums a sweet bite and loads of room for his modules to really spill and breathe. His melodic sensibilities and deftest drum programming /sequencing skills are in full effect, too. Whether rolling with AFXian lushness in opener 'Two 0 Two' or swinging with clipped electro drums and vaulted harmonies in 'Vaalbara', it's hard… Read more
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JOHN TEJADA - Signs Under Test, Kompakt
FRANCISCO LOPEZ - Untitled #274, Important Records
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FRANCISCO LOPEZ

Untitled #274

Important Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: IMPREC415CD

A stark missive from the edge of the abyss, composed by Francisco Lopez and performed by Kasper T. Toeplitz at GRM Studios in Paris, France. 'Untitled #274' is one of the most focussed, near liminal pieces we've yet heard from the esteemed Portuguese composer and sound artist. A single, 48-minute piece imperceptibly unfolds from microscopic, psychoacoustic crackle - the aural equivalent of popping candy - underlined with skittish sub-bass pulses, drawing our ears through thickets of filigree white noise and howling drones that build gradually and dissipate at oblique angles. It doesn't fe… Read more
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FRANCISCO LOPEZ - Untitled #274, Important Records
HEY COLOSSUS - In Black And Gold, ROCKET RECORDINGS

HEY COLOSSUS

In Black And Gold

ROCKET RECORDINGS

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: LAUNCH077CD

"Marrying malevolent attack to expansive celestial splendour, ‘In Black And Gold’ marks a point whereby Hey Colossus map out a sonic trajectory that expands on their trademark ornery overload. The songs herein may be leaner and more artful than the fearsome sound by which they made their name on albums like 2008’s ‘Project: Death’ and the monstrous 2013 opus ‘Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo’, but they remain possessed of the wrath both Stoogian and Stygian that fuels their noiserock transgression. an evolutionary process has led to their maximalist tendencies being replaced by a sharp focu… Read more
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HEY COLOSSUS - In Black And Gold, ROCKET RECORDINGS
VISION FORTUNE - Country Music, ATP/Recordings

VISION FORTUNE

Country Music

ATP/Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: ATPRCD54

"Country Music is the second album by prolific experimentalists Vision Fortune, and their first for ATP Recordings. Recorded during an intense two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in the idyllic yet remote region of Tuscany, Italy, Country Music is both a significant development and audible departure from the sound of the band's debut Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune. Blossom''s resigned and fragile vocal layers feature an appearance by the live-in maggiordomo, for example - whilst the percussion on 'Dry Mouth' was created solely from the … Read more
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VISION FORTUNE - Country Music, ATP/Recordings
SPYROS POLYCHRONOPOULOS - Electronic Music, EXPERIMEDIA
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SPYROS POLYCHRONOPOULOS

Electronic Music

EXPERIMEDIA

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: EXPCD028

"On this album (electronic music) I am exploring the effect of the reverb in a different way than in my previous release (Spyweirdos "feeling of movement"). The reverb effect is perceived as a factor of the timbre of a sound as the time floats. The composition of this album is based on electronic sounds that have a unique timbre. The effect of timbre's uniqueness is that the listener does not have a clear reference of the sound and therefore no expectations for the reflections of the sound inside a room. Thus, the listener is not able to distinguish the clean sound (heard unde… Read more
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SPYROS POLYCHRONOPOULOS - Electronic Music, EXPERIMEDIA

Thursday, 29 January

DJ CLENT - Last Bus To Lake Park, Duck N' Cover Records
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DJ CLENT

Last Bus To Lake Park

Duck N' Cover Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: DNC1203CD

Chicago's DJ Clent busts out a killer debut album of sub-heavy hyperfunk for Duck N' Cover - the world's first Footwork-only vinyl label. 'Last Bus to Lake Park' is alien jazz tech of the dopest order, hitting 14 tracks of fibrillating flux including link-ups with fellow Dance Mania veteran DJ Milton and footwork progenitor, RP Boo. We'll go straight for the highlights, a handful of Afro-futurist level-setters including the doubled-down G-Funk lean of 'The Wickedness', a blinding breakbeat and space-jazz rocket named 'Look Swole' with DJ Milton, and certainly the depth-charged sub pulse… Read more
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DJ CLENT - Last Bus To Lake Park, Duck N' Cover Records
MATANA ROBERTS - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee, Constellation
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MATANA ROBERTS

Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

Constellation

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: CST110CD

**Immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dixon line: a segment of the globe more foreign to me than any other place… Read more
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MATANA ROBERTS - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee, Constellation
DENNIS YOUNG - Reel to Real, Staubgold
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DENNIS YOUNG

Reel to Real

Staubgold

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: STAUB137

This is pretty special: an album of unreleased home recordings made circa 1982-83 by Liquid Liquid percussionist Dennis Young - aye, the same fella sampled on Grandmaster Flash's 'White Lines'. Edited and arranged in summer 2014, it illuminates 16 pieces primed for the heads and DJs, ranging from dubbed-up, extended No wave disco roll-outs, thru singeing synth escapades equally comparable with Craig Leon and Bruce Lacey, via a number of little guitar ditties and experiments. It's perfectly symptomatic of that febrile air of creativity surrounding New York in that era, keen to expand the peri… Read more
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DENNIS YOUNG - Reel to Real, Staubgold
NITE FIELDS - Depersonalisation, felte

NITE FIELDS

Depersonalisation

felte

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FLT20CD

'Depersonalisation' provides, somewhat ironically, an intimate introduction to Brisbane-based Nite Fields' contemporary shoegaze sound. Mixed by HTRK guitarist Nigel Lee-Yang, their debut album certainly shares some similarities with their Aussie counterparts - cavernous sense of space, icy drums, an elegiac pallor - but Nite Fields tend to a sweeter, yet forlorn sound implicitly influenced by The Jesus & Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins or Slowdive. Recorded in a range of unconventional spaces, from stairwells to closed down garages, it's deeply imbued with the atmospheres of what we'd perceiv… Read more
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NITE FIELDS - Depersonalisation, felte
LEE BANNON - Never/Mind/The/Darkness/Of/It..., Chillectro / Babygrande Records
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LEE BANNON

Never/Mind/The/Darkness/Of/It...

Chillectro / Babygrande Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: CHLCD03

"Following his breakout instrumental project Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, Lee Bannon released the project that would catapult him to becoming one of the most widely-recognized and diverse producers of electronic music. Never/mind/the/darkenss/of/it... is Lee’s highly-regarded experimental project, that shows why he is constantly defying genre restrictions, as he meshes electronic music, hip-hop, ambient sound and Drum & Bass. Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it is a major progression from Bannon’s previous work, as even hip-hop sites such as OkayPlayer raved “this ish is dope.” This … Read more
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LEE BANNON - Never/Mind/The/Darkness/Of/It..., Chillectro / Babygrande Records
LEE BANNON - Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, Chillectro / Babygrande Records
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LEE BANNON

Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5

Chillectro / Babygrande Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: CHLCD02

"For listeners who like: Aphex Twin, Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Squarepusher, DJ Rashad. Lee Bannon moved beyond hip-hop with his acclaimed full length release Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5. Pushing the boundaries of sound, Bannon flexes his production skills beyond the realm of hip-hop and electronic music, merging those genres with ambient sounds and Drum & Bass. Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5 features appearances by ProEra members Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers, as well as Raider Klan member Matt Stoops. Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, which is now available for the first time… Read more
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LEE BANNON - Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, Chillectro / Babygrande Records
LEE BANNON - Joey Bada$$ / Proera Instrumentals (Vol. 1), Chillectro / Babygrande Records
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LEE BANNON

Joey Bada$$ / Proera Instrumentals (Vol. 1)

Chillectro / Babygrande Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: CHLCD04

"For listeners who like: Odd Future, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Joey Bada$$, DJ Rashad, Kendrick Lamar. Acclaimed producer, Lee Bannon, got his big break in the hip-hop world while producing for artist such as Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Smoke DZA, Curren$y and more. Being taken under the wing of the Pro Era crew put Lee Bannon on the tour with Joey Bada$$ as his DJ, leading the duo to a celebrated performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Lee since has compiled his most popular productions for Joey and his team to create what is Joey Bada$$ / Pro Era Instrumentals V… Read more
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LEE BANNON - Joey Bada$$ / Proera Instrumentals (Vol. 1), Chillectro / Babygrande Records
SUPERCONNECTION - La Mer, m=minimal
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SUPERCONNECTION

La Mer

m=minimal

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MM-023CD

Superconnection do that svelte, Teutonic minimal thing with bags of panache on debut album, 'La Mer'. Revolving experienced musicians from the Berlin and Vienna scenes - Hannes Strobl (bass), Hanno Leichtmann (drum programming), and Rupert huber (electronics) - they meld an uncluttered suite of arrangements finding the sweet spot between, say, To Rococo Rot and Steve Reich, or sounding out somewhere between Jan Jelinek and Radian. Thus, the atmospheres shift subtly between twilit Berlin glow ('Wasserfall') and sashaying Viennese elegance ('Say It'), with a dash of laidback, Balearic luft ('Mediterranes Klima') for good measure.
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SUPERCONNECTION - La Mer, m=minimal
THE DODOS - Individ, Morr Music

THE DODOS

Individ

Morr Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MM137

"For the Dodos "the best time to make a record is right after you've finished one" says vocalist and guitarist Meric Long. Having just wrapped up the sessions for Carrier, and fired up on the level of comfort achieved with brothers Jay and Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone studio, the duo immediately began laying to tape the batch of songs that would make up Individ. "The songs came together easily, there was not a lot questioning, just moving ahead with the feeling that we were on the right track. We were freed up to do whatever came naturally," says Long. And what comes naturally to the Dodos is crea… Read more
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THE DODOS - Individ, Morr Music
ALL WE ARE - All We Are, Double Six Records

ALL WE ARE

All We Are

Double Six Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DS091CD

"Richard O’Flynn (drums, vocals), Norway’s Guro Gikling (bass, vocals) and Brazil’s Luis Santos (guitar, vocals), who met at university in Liverpool. A total democracy, the band write all music and lyrics together. Inspired by a shared love of hip hop and soul music, Guro calls their sound ‘psychedelic boogie’. For fans of Warpaint, Jungle, Fleetwood Mac, Cocteau Twins."
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BJøRN TORSKE - Nedi Myra, Smalltown Supersound
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BJøRN TORSKE

Nedi Myra

Smalltown Supersound

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: STS239CD

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BJøRN TORSKE - Trøbbel (Reissue), Smalltown Supersound
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BJøRN TORSKE

Trøbbel (Reissue)

Smalltown Supersound

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: STS220CD

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Thursday, 22 January

APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of syncopat… Read more
APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
BEAT SPACEK - Modern Streets (Album), Ninja Tune
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BEAT SPACEK

Modern Streets (Album)

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENCD206

Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album isn't. Rather than a showcase of studio pressure,… Read more
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BEAT SPACEK - Modern Streets (Album), Ninja Tune