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Thursday, 19 March

AKKORD - HTH035, Houndstooth
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AKKORD

HTH035

Houndstooth

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HTH035CD

**CD limited to 1000 units. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, with in Houndstooth’s spot-varnished PVC outer sleeves.** Houndstooth collect Akkord's sickest EP to date, together with brand new remixes by Regis and Fis alongside grade A reworks by Vatican Shadow and The Haxan Cloak. In the original 'HTH020' Akkord ease off on the trickier elements in favour of focussing on sculpted, visceral sound designs done to powerful effect. The kerb-crawling half-tempo house pace and drizzly, sleazy atmosphere of 'Gravure' gives a brilliant opening for the collapsed 'ardcore structures of 'Continuum', splicing c… Read more
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AKKORD - HTH035, Houndstooth
SCIENTIST - Jah Life In Dub, Jah Life Records
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SCIENTIST

Jah Life In Dub

Jah Life Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: JL013CD

Scientist's 'Jah Life in Dub' is the dub album they didn't want you to hear! Essentially the unreleased dub companion to Flick Wilson's 'School Days' LP, it features nine killer dubs to said album, plus one from Wayne Jarrett's 'What's Wrong With The Youths' album, including wild and seriously deep desk FX versions flipping the recognisable elements of 'Collie Dub', 'Skylarking' and 'Shaolin Dub'. Replete with the amazing artwork - loadsa vintage images of Haile Selassie alongside quotes by the man his-self - it's a top-a-top package...
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CANNIBAL OX - Blade Of The Ronin, IHIPHOP
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CANNIBAL OX

Blade Of The Ronin

IHIPHOP

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: IHICD515

**The very long-awaited follow-up to 'The Cold Vein', featuring guest spots by MF Doom and U-God** "An air of mystique surrounds the careers of Harlemites Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, collectively known as Cannibal Ox. Fourteen years after earning their status as luminaries of underground hip-hop, Cannibal Ox release the highly-anticipated sophomore album, Blade of the Ronin. Serving as the follow-up to the duo’s acclaimed debut album, Blade of the Ronin is the embodiment of Vast and Vordul’s years of creation and properly serves to provide listeners with the grimy yet futuristic soundsca… Read more
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CANNIBAL OX - Blade Of The Ronin, IHIPHOP
SOICHI - Sounds From The Far East (Expanded CD Edition), Rush Hour
**Includes CD-only bonus track** Soichi Terada presents a perfect entry point for any budding J-House connoisseurs with this compilation of slick aces off his Far East Recording label. Sought-after over there and everywhere else, they amount to a prime seam of early '90s house, with levels of plushness and seductive groove up there with the best stuff coming out of New York, Chicago or Detroit at that time. Best known to collectors and heads willing to shell out for originals, his sound has been championed of late by Ben UFO and Hunee, who're both known to slip his… Read more
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SOICHI - Sounds From The Far East (Expanded CD Edition), Rush Hour
VARIOUS - Next Stop Soweto (Vol. 4): Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga 1975-1985, Strut
**Dippin' way below the equator with a fantastic, 15-track haul of Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga from Soweto, South Africa circa 1975-1985** "Strut continue their acclaimed ’Next Stop Soweto’ series as they return to the rich archives of South African music to spotlight the fertile era of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Tightly controlled by oppressive Apartheid laws, South Africa’s music scene had nevertheless progressed into myriad new directions, embracing funk, soul, rock and disco. The era marked a crossroads for the country’s black musician… Read more
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VARIOUS - Next Stop Soweto (Vol. 4): Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga 1975-1985, Strut
VARIOUS - The Sound Of Belgium (Vol. 2), La Musique Fait La Force
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VARIOUS

The Sound Of Belgium (Vol. 2)

La Musique Fait La Force

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: LMFLF287CD

*2nd Volume in this ace series exploring rare Belgian New Beat and crossover industrial hits from the vaults* "With dancers and dj's from all over the world claiming a deserved second helping of the finest Belgian dancemusic crop, we went digging again in the vaults of our nation's rich dancemusic history. A solid selection of golden tracks from a multi coloured era, peppered up with lesser known nuggets that got lost in the mist of time took form after careful selection. A vintage selection from EBM to trance, from electropop to rave and back makes up for an extraordinary music rol… Read more
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VARIOUS - The Sound Of Belgium (Vol. 2), La Musique Fait La Force
LONELADY - Hinterland, Warp Records
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LONELADY

Hinterland

Warp Records

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: WARPCD245

New album of affected electro-pop homage to classic Factory Records, by Manchester-hailing Lonelady for Warp Records.
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ANDREW LILES - Cover Girls, Dirter
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ANDREW LILES

Cover Girls

Dirter

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DPROMCD111

"Cover Girls is a women only recording and has the following wonderful, unique, charming and beautiful women contributing their voices: Elisabeth Oswell, Katie Oswell, Gena Netherwood, Baby Dee, Jess Roberts, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Melon Liles, Lavinia Blackwall, Alex Jako, Miranda Kinkelaar and Bobbie Watson. The album includes cover versions of songs originally by David Essex, Scraping Foetus off the Wheel, The Buggles, UFO, Einstürzende Neubauten and many more..."
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CHILLY GONZALES - Chambers, Gentle Threat
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CHILLY GONZALES

Chambers

Gentle Threat

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: GENTLE18CD

*Initial copies come with a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher..."* "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic… Read more
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CHILLY GONZALES - Chambers, Gentle Threat
SCUBA - Claustrophobia, Hot Flush

SCUBA

Claustrophobia

Hot Flush

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HFCD10

Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family Entertai… Read more
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SCUBA - Claustrophobia, Hot Flush
NISENNENMONDAI - Nisennenmondai, Clouds Hill
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NISENNENMONDAI

Nisennenmondai

Clouds Hill

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CH60CD

"The new live record from the Tokyo-based all-female intrumental trio Nisennenmondai. Recorded Live in Hamburg by Johann Scherer (producer i.e. for Gallon Drunk, Bosnian Rainbows). Nisennenmondai formed in the late '90s and took their name from the Japanese translation of the then-current phrase 'Y2K bug'. Johann Scheerer (owner of Clouds Hill Recordings Studio, in Hamburg, Rothenburgsort) invited the band to his recording studio where they performed in front of a small live audience a maximum 64-minute long set which is exactly the length of 2 x analog tapes. The performance was recorde… Read more
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NISENNENMONDAI - Nisennenmondai, Clouds Hill
VARIOUS - It's Jamaica Jump Blues Time! (Expanded CD Edition), FANTASTIC VOYAGE
**Expanded CD Edition featuring 84-tracks of US R&B favourites from the early Jamaican sound system era* "This 3CD selection features US jump/shuffle blues recordings, which will be of equal interest to both Jamaican music fans and connoisseurs of classic US rhythm & blues. Putting this compilation together was no easy matter, considering that many labels scratched out their releases and were retitled by DJs keen to preserve their “exclusives”, meaning that they were known on the island by their sound system titles. This is the music that provided the inspirati… Read more
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VARIOUS - It's Jamaica Jump Blues Time! (Expanded CD Edition), FANTASTIC VOYAGE
CONNIE CONVERSE - How Sad, How Lovely, Squirrel Thing Recordings

CONNIE CONVERSE

How Sad, How Lovely

Squirrel Thing Recordings

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: ST002CD

"Elizabeth Eaton Converse grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire in 1924. Described as a polymath, she attended Mt. Holyoke College, but by 1944 she decided to leave college and, in 1949, she made her way to New York City. Over the course of the next decade, in addition to acquiring her new moniker, “Connie” wrote and recorded songs that captured the hearts of those close to her. Some were recorded by the artist in her Greenwich Village apartment, others by friends enamored of the music. These included animator Gene Deitch and his colleague Bill Bernal, who helped coordinate an appearanc… Read more
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CONNIE CONVERSE - How Sad, How Lovely, Squirrel Thing Recordings
INVENTIONS - Maze of Woods (Standard Edition), Bella Union

INVENTIONS

Maze of Woods (Standard Edition)

Bella Union

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: BELLA477CD

Review to follow shortly…
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ERRORS - Lease of Life, Rock Action Records

ERRORS

Lease of Life

Rock Action Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ROCKACT87CD

"‘Lease Of Life’ is the follow up to ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’. Formulated on the Hebridean Isle Of Jura - the location where George Orwell wrote ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and the place where The KLF are rumoured to have burned a million pounds - the new album combines the exploration of fresh soundworlds with their most accessible, immediate songwriting yet. Incorporating featured vocalists Cecila Stamp and Bek Oliva, ‘Lease Of Life’ is also the band’s most cohesive album statement to date bound by recurring constituents and accomplished craft. For fans of Alt-J, Django Django, Beach House, Chvrches, London Grammar..."
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ERRORS - Lease of Life, Rock Action Records
FREDERICK MICHAEL ST. JUDE - Gang War, Drag City

FREDERICK MICHAEL ST. JUDE

Gang War

Drag City

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC623CD

"St. Jude’s ear for pop music and the sound of teenage rebellion had been sharpened over the years since he first started playing in dance bands across the northeast US in the mid-60s. His first solo album’ ‘Here I Am’, was released in 1977. Even though ‘Gang War’ is a studio recording, it captured entirely his presence and incendiary vibe. FM St. Jude’s musical concept for ‘Gang War’ formed a synthesis of different rock styles then in vogue, played expertly by studio pros capable of generating the sound of the radio in all its forms. Marinated in the sounds of Rush, ELP, Styx, Jour… Read more
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FREDERICK MICHAEL ST. JUDE - Gang War, Drag City

Thursday, 12 March

MUMDANCE - FABRICLIVE 80: Mumdance, Fabric Worldwide
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MUMDANCE

FABRICLIVE 80: Mumdance

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: FABRIC160

Mumdance resets the game with his astonishing, dynamic mix for Fabric. Running a gamut of affective styles - from atonal noise thru happy hardcore and full-bore grime - he shows up most modern selectors as pedestrian with the unprecedented breadth of his vision and adroit intricacy of layered blends and angular cuts. Seriously, who else would traverse tracks by Shapednoise, @C, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Fis and Sculpture in the opening passage of a Fabric mix?! We're clearly in bold new territory here, and it's exhilarating to witness where, and just how far out, he takes the session witho… Read more
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MUMDANCE - FABRICLIVE 80: Mumdance, Fabric Worldwide
EXPLORING JEZEBEL - On A Business Trip To London, BLACKEST EVER BLACK
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EXPLORING JEZEBEL

On A Business Trip To London

BLACKEST EVER BLACK

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BLACKESTCD008

**A wicked disgrace from Prurient/Vatican Shadow in his lesser-spotted Jezebel costume. FOR ADULTS ONLY** Dominick Fernow's libidinous imagination knows no bounds, as evidenced in his long-awaited 'Exploring Jezebel' shocker for Blackest Ever Black. 'On a Business Trip To London' could be considered the release valve for a hard-touring artist or itinerant noise don, a place to retreat when business is done and playtime begins. Inverting P.E. masculinity with a stilettoed heel, it follows a line of curiosity from a series of releases for Hospital Productions, including 20… Read more
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EXPLORING JEZEBEL - On A Business Trip To London, BLACKEST EVER BLACK
BJORK - Vulnicura (Digipak Edition), One Little Indian Records
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BJORK

Vulnicura (Digipak Edition)

One Little Indian Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TPLP1231CDX

Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here, expanding upon certain rhythmic ideas found in 'Xen… Read more
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BJORK - Vulnicura (Digipak Edition), One Little Indian Records
SHIT & SHINE - 54 Synth-Brass, 38 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral, ROCKET RECORDINGS
Another monstrous blow-out from Craig Clouse's $&$, returning to Rocket Recordings after assaults on Diagonal and ahead of their Editions Mego LP. Brandishing distorted guitars, clogged samplers and bucket-loads of gonzo attitude, Clouse runs amok from the diesel-fuelled horsepower of 'Electric Pony 2' to a loping, trunk-rattling beat jam, 'Egg Mm-Muffin / Pimp Different' via daft sampler exercise, 'C2-6', to cracked and swaggering breakbeats in 'Goat $hit' and the ruder clip of 'Love Your Hair - Hope You Win!'. And the potential song-title of the year award goes to 'Writing Poetry On Your Forehead With The Tip Of a Hunting Knife'. Wot a charmer.
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SHIT & SHINE - 54 Synth-Brass, 38 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral, ROCKET RECORDINGS
HEAD HIGH / WK7 - Home. House. Hardcore., POWER HOUSE
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HEAD HIGH / WK7

Home. House. Hardcore.

POWER HOUSE

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PH606

In the slipstream of his Shed project Berlin resident René Pawlowitz has created a sequence of Techno cuts reminiscent of the diverse breakbeat-heavy Techno of the early 1990s. This mix contains previously Vinyl-12" only releases, published mainly under the Head High pseudonym over the past 5 years.
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PIERRE BOULEZ - Le Domaine Musical, Universal
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PIERRE BOULEZ

Le Domaine Musical

Universal

Format_dot_cd10 X CD BOX SET // £38.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: 4811510

**Ten CD box set - an 11 hour collection** Created in celebration of Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday, "Le Domaine Musical" documents the decade of concerts which revolutionised and dominated Parisian musical life from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, under his direction. Previously presented across 2 volumes, this 10CD set is a mixture of live and studio recordings, many conducted by Boulez himself. Composers include Boulez himself plus the dominant modernists of the 20th and 21st centuries including Messiaen, Berio, Stockhausen, Henze and Nono. A bonus includes an interview with Pierre Boulez.
PIERRE BOULEZ - Le Domaine Musical, Universal
BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND - Juguya, Sublime Frequencies
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BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND

Juguya

Sublime Frequencies

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SF097CD

"Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern. In 1981, he joined the Koule Dafourou troupe as a dancer. Later, he embarked on his c… Read more
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BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND - Juguya, Sublime Frequencies
23 SKIDOO - Beyond Time, Les Disques du Crepescule
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23 SKIDOO

Beyond Time

Les Disques du Crepescule

Format_dot_cdCD + DVD // £12.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: TWI1223CD

*First new album of material from 23 Skidoo in fifteen years, released in a special double disc edition combining the soundtrack music to 2011 documentary film Beyond Time, and a DVD of the film itself* "Directed by Alex Turnbull and Pete Stern, Beyond Time is a journey into the life and work of artist William Turnbull, from his modest roots as the son of a Dundee shipyard engineer to his standing as one of the world’s most highly regarded modern sculptors. Narration is by Jude Law. “An insightful, irreverent documentary, yet with a palpable sense of purpose” said the Daily Telegraph, with the G… Read more
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23 SKIDOO - Beyond Time, Les Disques du Crepescule
NOTATIONS - Still Here: 1967-1973, Numero Group
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NOTATIONS

Still Here: 1967-1973

Numero Group

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: NUM1232CD

"From the dawn of doo-wop to the death of disco, the Notations saw—and sang—it all. Persisting through changing trends and technologies, on major labels and minor ones, produced by both Syl Johnson and Curtis Mayfield, nothing could stop the Notations from representing Chicago’s Southside for decades. The first overview of their indie label golden age, Still Here 1967–1973 finds the Notations at a musical crossroads, turning from simmering R&B ballads to socially-conscious soul. Offering up a platter of golden-dipped harmonies, inventive arrangements, and super-powered soul, the Notations survived as unheralded legends in their own time."
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NOTATIONS - Still Here: 1967-1973, Numero Group
BILL WELLS & AIDAN MOFFAT - The Most Important Place In The World, Chemikal Underground Records

BILL WELLS & AIDAN MOFFAT

The Most Important Place In The World

Chemikal Underground Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CHEM220CD

"Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat’s much anticipated follow up to ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ Wrapped in the handiwork of Moffat’s six-year-old son and taking its name from an IKEA marketing slogan, ‘The Most Important Place In The World’ reunites Bill and Aidan with Chemikal’s imperious in-house producer Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, King Creosote). Recorded at Chem19 and Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom in Glasgow, the sessions feature saxophone, trumpet and tuba as well as contributions from the Cairn String Quartet, members of Wells’ National Jazz Trio Of Sco… Read more
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BILL WELLS & AIDAN MOFFAT - The Most Important Place In The World, Chemikal Underground Records

Wednesday, 11 March

MY PANDA SHALL FLY - Too, PROJECT MOONCIRCLE

MY PANDA SHALL FLY

Too

PROJECT MOONCIRCLE

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PMC139CD

*Gatefold Red 2LP with digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "The meaning of dreams usually stays hidden in stacks of abstract layers, obscuring their essence in surreal and bizarre imagery. Exploring the depths of our subconscious, they lead us from stories of lighthearted innocence to our most gruesome ghastly fantasies, making us live through multiple scenarios each and every night. While in sleeping-state, we are at our most vulnerable and at a total loss of control over mind and body. At the same time, we feel most free and safe during REM, with none of our worldly worries b… Read more
MY PANDA SHALL FLY - Too, PROJECT MOONCIRCLE

Thursday, 05 March

SUICIDEYEAR - DREAM727 (Japan and Remembrance EP's), Software Recording Co.
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SUICIDEYEAR

DREAM727 (Japan and Remembrance EP's)

Software Recording Co.

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: SFT0542

*This CD edition combines both of Suicideyear’s Software EPs, Remembrance and Japan on a single CD* "James Prudhomme wrote Remembrance while reflecting on themes of love and loss against the backdrop of the deep American south he calls home. "Remembrance deals with letting go," he explains. Alive with an idiosyncratic sense of melodic space, his repertoire eschews a topical palette for a personal aesthetic that offers a visceral love letter to abstraction. Suicidyear’s proper label debut deviates from the darker hues of Japan while exploring a blossoming, water colored … Read more
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SUICIDEYEAR - DREAM727 (Japan and Remembrance EP's), Software Recording Co.
ROLAND P YOUNG - Confluences, EM Records
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ROLAND P YOUNG

Confluences

EM Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: EM1133CD

Remarkable, trasncendent new recordings by dextrous multi-instrumentalist Roland P. Young, his 4th LP for Japan's EM Records. Created in 2014 after a move to Tel Aviv, 'Confluences' marks a new phase in Young's oeuvre, with a title both signifying the cultural blend of his new home region, and his ability to naturally comprovise disparate musical influence and textures - clarinet, bass clarinet, kalimba, NAF flute, keyboard, voice and electronic accoutrements. Blending properly rugged but smartly reduced rhythms with pensile synthlines and minimal acoustic phrasing, it's possible to draw a … Read more
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ROLAND P YOUNG - Confluences, EM Records
MU-ZIQ - XTLP, Planet Mu
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MU-ZIQ

XTLP

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZIQ360CD

Mike Paradinas combines 2013's vinyl-only 'XTEP' and 'Rediffusion' EPs plus a new bonus track, 'Forger' in the 'XTLP' for 2015. 'XTEP' is flush with the sort of nostalgic melody, rave romance and charm that endeared him to so many in the first place. It's an unashamed return to his roots, from the bubbling pastoral melody and proggy chimes of 'XT' to the happy-as-larry piano house of 'Ritm' and 'Pulsar''s nEuro-electro futurism, while the footwork-style drum flux and swooning, emotional melody of 'Monj2' and the bluer swing of 'New Bimple' concede to current trends but not at the expense of his integrity.… Read more
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MU-ZIQ - XTLP, Planet Mu