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Thursday, 06 November

DREAM POLICE - Hypnotized, Sacred Bones Records

DREAM POLICE

Hypnotized

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SBR121

"Dream Police is an American musical production by Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro, the founding members of The Men. The project began in 2010 as a reservoir for ideas which had overflowed from The Men's drainpipe. In that same year, a two-song cassette single was self-released, with a follow-up live document in 2011. In the summer of 2013, The Men had just come home from five straight months of touring. For Perro and Chiericozzi, the desire to create was still strong, so they did what they used to do when they first started the band — they started jamming. Although the production began using … Read more
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DREAM POLICE - Hypnotized, Sacred Bones Records
FABRICE LIG - Galactic Soul Odyssey, Planet E

FABRICE LIG

Galactic Soul Odyssey

Planet E

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PLE65376-2

"For his debut full length on Planet E, the dexterous producer has crafted an album of contrasts that gleefully scribbles outside the lines for an otherworldly 12-track trip of galactic proportions that mines inspiration from everyone from Todd Terje to Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones, while retaining an undeniable thread to the Motor City. Launching with the steely tension-filled ‘Born To Be Wise’ that sounds somewhat akin to the opening musical score of a Bond film, if said flick was set on Mars, the tempo is soon set to disco via the ultra-smooth vocal injection from Hard Ton on ‘Cel… Read more
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FABRICE LIG - Galactic Soul Odyssey, Planet E
GAISER - False Light, Minus

GAISER

False Light

Minus

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MINUSMIN32CD

3rd solo album of slick, elastic minimal techno by M_nus family's Gaiser. Nine tracks of wiggly Ibizan tech-house and a beatless, arpeggiated closer for measure.
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Wednesday, 05 November

SKALPEL - Transit, PlugAudio

SKALPEL

Transit

PlugAudio

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: PLCD02

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Thursday, 30 October

VARIOUS - Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublij, Finders Keepers Records
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VARIOUS

Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublij

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CACHE012CD

Cache Cache / Finders Keepers commission Felix Kubin to trawl through his collection of German Home Recording Tape Music Of The 1980s to put together this killer comp - one of the label's very best. Running to 25 obscure one-hit wonders and hardly-known tracks - CHBB's 'Ima Iki Mashoo' is probably the best known to us, at least, which says a lot! - it's a rippin' trip around the tight knit but diffuse tape networks that Kubin was inspired by and tied to from an early age after witnessing a TV show starring performances by Palais Schaumberg, Der Plan, DAF and Der Körper und … Read more
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VARIOUS - Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublij, Finders Keepers Records
A CERTAIN RATIO - Sextet (Remastered / Expanded Ressue), FACTORY BENELUX
*Deluxe 2CD Remastered and Expanded editions of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982*. Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One), while sti… Read more
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A CERTAIN RATIO - Sextet (Remastered / Expanded Ressue), FACTORY BENELUX
VARIOUS - Air Texture (Vol. IV), Air Texture
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VARIOUS

Air Texture (Vol. IV)

Air Texture

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: AIR004CD

Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN select a wide range of post rock, ambient and abstracted techno aces for the latest Air Texture volume. Former Emeralds meber Hauschildt bookends tracks by Le Révélateur, Pulse Emitter, Dino Spillutini, and Jonathan Fitoussi on disc 1 with two of his own, lush compositions, 'Watertowers' and 'Pismo'; BNJMN follows suit with a canny collection of mutant, morphing electronics at best in Legowelt's eerie 'Vanished In Tromso', the rustling ambience of Best Available Technology's 'Sectomy', and a really gorgeous meditation called 'Rumori Circostanti di Melody Pops & Clic & Silenzio' by Hieroglyphic Being.
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VARIOUS - Air Texture (Vol. IV), Air Texture
RYAN TEAGUE - Block Boundaries, Village Green
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RYAN TEAGUE

Block Boundaries

Village Green

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: VGCD015

"‘Block Boundaries’ is the new album from minimalist composer Ryan Teague building on his previous releases for Type, Sonic Pieces and current label Village Green. Inspired by the theme of Psychogeography, the record fuses acoustic instrumentation with electronic and processed material, taking the listener on a hallucinogenic Ballardian journey through from the thrumming urban activity of New York, Amsterdam and London. Brooding opener "Site & Situation" sets the tone with hypnotic guitar and mallet chimes, emotive cello swells and surging bass synth, 'Last Known Position' comes on like a… Read more
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RYAN TEAGUE - Block Boundaries, Village Green
DELS - Petals Have Fallen, Big Dada
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DELS

Petals Have Fallen

Big Dada

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BDCD253

**Includes the tracks RGB and Fall Apart as an instant download** **DELS' sophomore LP starring production by Micachu and Bonobo plus vocals from Tirza, Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham** "Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could hav… Read more
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DELS - Petals Have Fallen, Big Dada
NEGATIVLAND - It's All In Your Head, Seeland
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NEGATIVLAND

It's All In Your Head

Seeland

Format_dot_cd2CD / Book // £19.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SEELAND030

*Plunderphonic legends Negativland return with this foil-embossed book/double CD album* "Negativland’s new album finds the group tackling their biggest subject ever: why humans believe in God. Millennia-in-development, this ambitious and densely-crafted double-CD is packaged inside an actual Holy Bible which has been appropriately repurposed into a “found” art object. It’s All In Your Head intends to entertain, inform and provoke, mixing found music, found sound, found dialogue, guest personalities and original electronic noises in a compelling and thoughtful musical essay that looks… Read more
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NEGATIVLAND - It's All In Your Head, Seeland
HIS NAME IS ALIVE - Teuciztecatl, London London

HIS NAME IS ALIVE

Teuciztecatl

London London

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LL021CD

"HNIA's stunning new offering is a rock opera depicting an epic struggle between identical twins, reflective in nature, and mirrored in twin science, secret language, and mythology. Described variously by the press as "absolutely beautiful" (CMJ), "a silver thread out of the labyrinth" (NME), and "haunted, wholly out of time or context" (Plan B), His Name Is Alive continues to mystify with Tecuciztecatl. Beginning in Livonia, MI as an experimental bedroom dream pop project, HNIA has released a steady stream of music since their first self-released cassettes in the late-'80's. One of la… Read more
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HIS NAME IS ALIVE - Teuciztecatl, London London
LES SINS (TORO Y MOI) - Michael, Company Records
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LES SINS (TORO Y MOI)

Michael

Company Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CHI01CD

Chaz Bundick (Toto Y Moi) flirts with the 'floor on his debut album as Les Sins. 'Michael' follows a trio of slickly discofied 12"s for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong label with eleven tracks indebted to '90s filter house, sytnh-pop and almost Mo'wax style broken beats, all factored with his super keen pop and R&B sensibility. RIYL Falty DL, Four Tet, 100% Silk.
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WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Rhythm, The Leaf Label
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WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS

Rhythm

The Leaf Label

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BAY94CD

*Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin* Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes. In recent years,… Read more
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WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Rhythm, The Leaf Label
DEERHOOF - La Isla Bonita, UPSET THE RHYTHM
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DEERHOOF

La Isla Bonita

UPSET THE RHYTHM

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: UTR069

"Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take. "And we suddenly realized," Greg says, "this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about! A little backgro… Read more
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DEERHOOF - La Isla Bonita, UPSET THE RHYTHM
CLARK - Clark, Warp Records
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CLARK

Clark

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WARPCD251

Thirteen years since his debut LP, (Chris) 'Clark' strips back his sound to pure techno muscle and brainy arrangements on his 7th album. Presenting his sound as sculpture, thirteen tracks model dynamic electronic spaces flush with intricate, acrobatic arpeggios and endless reverbs urging his melodic flourishes into vaulted harmonies. Consumed as an album rather than individual cuts, it oscillates back and forth from dramatic moments and 'floor-ready slam, at best in the knackered trance chug of 'Winter Linn', the Visionist-like vocaloids flitting around 'Snowbird', and the swarming Black Midi-style arpeggios of 'Beacon'.
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CLARK - Clark, Warp Records
HELADO NEGRO - Double Youth, Asthmatic Kitty
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HELADO NEGRO

Double Youth

Asthmatic Kitty

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: AKR120CD

**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats marr… Read more
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HELADO NEGRO - Double Youth, Asthmatic Kitty
RICHARD DAWSON - Nothing Important, WEIRD WORLD
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RICHARD DAWSON

Nothing Important

WEIRD WORLD

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WEIRD048CD

Fresh from his cover feature in The Wire magazine, Richard Dawson rises up from the bed of the River Tyne with a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tune- smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds … Read more
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RICHARD DAWSON - Nothing Important, WEIRD WORLD
TARWATER - Adrift, Bureau B
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TARWATER

Adrift

Bureau B

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BB183

**First new album in three years by Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram** ""Adrift" contains 13 songs, four of which are instrumentals. The opening track, "The Tape", is an introduction to the sonic landscape of the album. Drum 'n' Bass in slow motion: A recurring hissing sound meets an acoustic bass and associative percussion. Tarwater roguishly refer to the acoustic bass as their "weapon of choice" and are fascinated by its elastic, vague expressiveness. The drumkit in the traditional rock format is conspicuous in its absence. Tarwater, who particularly in the British music press are happily and quite f… Read more
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TARWATER - Adrift, Bureau B
BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL - The Lucifer Rising Suite, AJNA
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BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL

The Lucifer Rising Suite

AJNA

Format_dot_cd4CD BOX / BOOKLET / POSTERS // £23.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: FLAME53

*All the music Bobby Beausoleil composed for the legendary Lucifer Rising soundtrack, crafted by legendary occult/avant-garde filmmaker, Kenneth Anger. Remastered recordings spanning 11 years, from the '67 recording to the Tracy Prison recordings of ’78 spread over 4 compact discs clocking in at just under 3 hours. This is the first comprehensive CD version after 3 vinyl boxset editions* "Robert Kenneth Beausoleil was born under the sign of the scorpion on November 6th, 1947 in Santa Barbara, California. Roughly translated, Beausoleil means “Beautiful Sun”and Bobby has seized… Read more
BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL - The Lucifer Rising Suite, AJNA
SYLVIE SIMMONS - Sylvie, Light In The Attic

SYLVIE SIMMONS

Sylvie

Light In The Attic

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: LITA122

*Debut album by esteemed writer and Leonard Cohen biographer Sylvie Simmons produced by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Chris Schultz* "Light In The Attic has an impeccable reputation for uncovering rare and precious albums from the past. Their latest release, _Sylvie_, is haunting and out-of-time—but it is also a brand-new, original debut album, by a singer-writer who has been making music since she was a little girl but just for herself. Like Devendra Banhart says, Sylvie is “a gem of an album, fragile and fearless, direct and poetic, timeless and absolutely beautiful. Like Rosalie Sorrels or Isob… Read more
SYLVIE SIMMONS - Sylvie, Light In The Attic

Thursday, 23 October

SHINICHI ATOBE - Butterfly Effect, DDS
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SHINICHI ATOBE

Butterfly Effect

DDS

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DDS010CD

*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Individually numbered CD edition housed in a hand stamped reverse-board mailer and including 4 bonus tracks not available on the vinyl edition* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s bee… Read more
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SHINICHI ATOBE - Butterfly Effect, DDS
HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS - Kollektion 02 - Roedelius (Electronic Music), Bureau B
'Kollektion 02' is the official release to celebrate the 80th anniversary of august German krautrock pioneer, Hans-Joachim Roedelius. It includes 15 songs selected by British songwriter and lifelong Roedelius fanatic, Lloyd Cole, from Hans-Joachim's unparalleled archives, spanning the creamy ambience of 'Étoiles' from the 'Jardin Au Fou' (1979) LP thru the pastoral bliss of 'Schöner Abend' via the airborne waltz of 'Café Central' and life-affirmingly sweet breeze of 'Wenn der Südwind weht', among many other cherry-picked charms.
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VON SPAR - Streetlife, Italic
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VON SPAR

Streetlife

Italic

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: ITA100

**Köln-based pop charms return with a typically slick sound nodding to Laid Back and their home-city's dual Krautrock and ambient pop heritage** "Precarious bon vivants, gifted musicians, radical guys – VON SPAR are many things, but above all, they are one of the most amazing bands in the realms that the British music press once baptized as Krautrock. Sebastian Blume, Jan Philipp Janzen, Christopher Marquez and Phillip Tielsch have in past been praised even more than the revenants of the genre (in 2012, together with Stephen Malkmus, before the watering eyes of CAN founding members Irmin Schmidt a… Read more
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VON SPAR - Streetlife, Italic
ADAM X - Irreformable, Sonic Groove
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ADAM X

Irreformable

Sonic Groove

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SGCD01

Techno legend Adam X at his industrial-strength best on his fifth album in this guise. With minimal airs or graces, 'Irreformable' is a seductive, straight-faced invitation to the dancefloor's dark side, exploring 10 tightly bound strains of techno informed by industrial EBM and noirish sci-fi atmospheres. Whilst this stuff may be in vogue within certain sectors, Adam proves his instinctive commitment to the sound with physically attuned rhythmic prompts - no funkless stidgy loops here - and heavy atmospheric pressure at best in the skulking, electroid opener 'Interchanges (Enter & Exit)', the inf… Read more
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ADAM X - Irreformable, Sonic Groove
RODION G.A. - Behind The Curtain - The Lost Album, BBE
Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering pomp of… Read more
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RODION G.A. - Behind The Curtain - The Lost Album, BBE
DJ KOZE - Reincarnations (Pt. 2), PAMPA RECORDS
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DJ KOZE

Reincarnations (Pt. 2)

PAMPA RECORDS

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PAMPACD010

Master remixer DJ Koze collects 14 of his best circa 2009-2014 on 'Reincarnations 2'. The first disc highlights his 'floor-raising tech-house remix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom' alongside his woozy blue takes on Herbert's 'It's Only' and 'You Saw It All', whilst the second disc presents his expansive, lolling rework of Mount Kimbie's 'Made To Stray' and a slow-building version of Caribou's 'Found Out', among others. Better yet, the third plate includes his mildly lysergic infection of Zwanie Jonson's 'Golden Song', a killer hip hop cut-up of Gonzales' 'Knight Moves' and a chamber jazz-tronica overhaul of Soap & Skin's 'Marche Funèbre'.
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DJ KOZE - Reincarnations (Pt. 2), PAMPA RECORDS
VARIOUS - Black Fire! New Spirits! Deep and Radical Jazz in the USA 1957-75, Soul Jazz Records
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MIND FAIR - Mind Fair, GOLF CHANNEL

MIND FAIR

Mind Fair

GOLF CHANNEL

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CHANNEL29

Chicken Lips' Dean Meredith and fellow UK producer Ben Shenton consolidate their mutual appreciation of krautrock, psych, soul, and dancefloor voodoo as Mind Fair for DJ Milo's Golf Channel. Check for the nonchalant soul stroll of 'Watt's Cookin'', the boogie downstroke of 'U Got The Lovin'' and the slow-mo poise of 'Neon Carnival'.
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DAN BODAN - Soft, DFA Records

DAN BODAN

Soft

DFA Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DFA2447CD

"Berlin based songwriter Dan Bodan was born in the wide open Canadian prairies and raised in Montreal. Reared on the city’s underground noise and experimental music scene, Bodan moved to Berlin eight years ago. Blossoming in the city’s unique mixture of crumbling old-world European values, start-up philanthropy, sleepless techno and epic grey skies, he began writing songs to soundtrack his train rides through the city and make sense of it all. For fans of LCD Soundsystem, Shit Robot and Holy Ghost."
MEDICINE - Home Everywhere, Captured Tracks

MEDICINE

Home Everywhere

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT212CD

"Brad Laner, Elizabeth Thompson and Jim Goodall have eschewed the 1990’s nostalgia touring circuit trod by their peers and instead dug deep to bring you ‘Home Everywhere’. The album is a collection of new songs created with a gaze that is omni-directional"
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