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Thursday, 02 January

CAGE / FELDMAN / HIDALGO / LA ROSA / MARCHETTI - Rumori alla Rotonda, Alga Marghen
"Live recording at the Rotonda del Pellegrini, Milan, January 21st, 1959 featuring John Cage, Morton Feldman, Juan Hidalgo, Leopoldo La Rosa, Walter Marchetti. Among all the events involving John Cage during the long stay in Europe that followed his controversial appearance at Darmstadt Ferienkurse in September 1958, the concert he held in Milan on January 21st perhaps represents a less well known episode. The reasons that justify the necessity to present here, after forty years, the complete recording of the concert, and that restore the measure of the except… Read more
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CAGE / FELDMAN / HIDALGO / LA ROSA / MARCHETTI - Rumori alla Rotonda, Alga Marghen
MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA - Friday, Alga Marghen

MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA

Friday

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: plana-M 29NMN.073

"The MEV group was formed in September 1966 by Alvin Curran, Richard Teitelbaum, Frederic Rzewski, Allen Bryant, Carol Plantamura, Ivan Vandor, and Jon Phetteplace. In the beginning they performed compositions by themselves and others which involved the use of electronic sound produced in real time, or 'live' electronic music. In the summer of 1967, they began to work more with improvisation and less with determinate structures. MEV focus more on interpreting the moment, rather than constructing repeatable programs; creating meaningful rituals, not images; becoming involved with the proc… Read more
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MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA - Friday, Alga Marghen
WALTER MARCHETTI - Utopia Andata E Ritorno, Alga Marghen
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WALTER MARCHETTI

Utopia Andata E Ritorno

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cd2CD // £27.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: plana-M 26NMN.059

**Captivating avant-garde pieces layering a recording of a solo piano recital with field recording of a storm. Tri-fold 2CD digipak with 32-page booklet of essays by Walter Marchetti, Gabriele Bonomo and José Luis Castillejo. First edition of 500 copies** "Utopia Andata e Ritorno is the title of the new composition by Walter Marchetti, recorded in Milano in 2005. It has two parts, each one CD long. The first part, 'L'Andata,' puts together two former recordings of Marchetti. The recording of a real storm and a recital for solo piano. This is not the first time that Marchetti mi… Read more
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WALTER MARCHETTI - Utopia Andata E Ritorno, Alga Marghen
MODERN SHIT - Will Make You Ill, Alga Marghen

MODERN SHIT

Will Make You Ill

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: plana-M 14TES.071

"After surfacing briefly in 2007 in a very limited number of copies on slim-jewel-box together with the Artcoustics catalog, Alga Marghen is now proud to present the final edition of Modern Shit, a very singular chapter in the Amos/It's War Boys/Milk from Cheltenham/Homosexuals history. Directly taken from the original It's War Boys catalog, here is one of the most obscure sonic works of the early 1980s, Modern Shit! First 'issued' on tape (cat No. $21) this work circulated only privately among the close friends of the label and was never officially distributed. Actually it represents one… Read more
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MODERN SHIT - Will Make You Ill, Alga Marghen
ANTON BRUHIN - Vom Goldabfischer, Alga Marghen

ANTON BRUHIN

Vom Goldabfischer

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: plana-B 12TES.066

"Presents for the first time on CD the classic experimental folk recordings with the same title first issued on LP in 1969. Anton Bruhin conceived some of the most original sonic art musiks, a double of his artistic work as an outsider painter and with the help of Stefan Wittwer on electric guitar and Cristian Koradi on bass and cello, recorded this masterpiece of far out sonorities well hidden in the Swiss mountains. Anton Bruhin sings and plays jew's harp (his favorite instrument), ch-phon (an instrument he invented constructed with a PVC tube with saxophone reed), harmonica, flute, fi… Read more
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ANTON BRUHIN - Vom Goldabfischer, Alga Marghen
ANTON BRUHIN - Rotomotor, Alga Marghen

ANTON BRUHIN

Rotomotor

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: plana-B 6TES.041

**Sound poetry, concrète collage and tape music abstractions with unique feel for acoustics, spanning works from 1976-1978. Includes 14-page booklet of notes** "The new compact disc by Anton Bruhin issued by Alga Marghen is titled r o t o m o t o r and covers two different areas of the artist's research. The first one is represented by a group of works including the short and mysterious environmental recording 'ORAX' as well as 'Lange Tone', 'VERSUCHPILZ 6' and 'Paul is 35', three excerpts from the epic 'MC-10 zyklus' created between 1976 and 1977 recording various layers of sound sources on two… Read more
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ANTON BRUHIN - Rotomotor, Alga Marghen

Thursday, 19 December

JACQUELINE HUMBERT & DAVID ROSENBOOM - Daytime Viewing, UNSEEN WORLDS
**Unseen Worlds follow a hugely appreciated reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'The Expanding World' with this delightful slice of the 1979-81 avant-garde, rescued from private-press cassette. Amazing songs meditating on American daytime TV set to luscious Buchla synth arrangements. RIYL Robert Ashley, Julia Holter or Pinkcourtesyphone** "Daytime Viewing (1979-80) is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against lon… Read more
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JACQUELINE HUMBERT & DAVID ROSENBOOM - Daytime Viewing, UNSEEN WORLDS
LUBOMYR MELNYK - Three Solo Pieces, UNSEEN WORLDS
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LUBOMYR MELNYK

Three Solo Pieces

UNSEEN WORLDS

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: UW11CD

"Comprised of three balanced examples of his Continuous Music technique on solo piano, Three Solo Pieces serves as perhaps the best introduction the Ukrainian-Canadian composer Lubomyr Melnyk yet available. “Marginal Invitation” is a subdued work with a deeply rooted melodic sensibility that is rich in overtones, while “Corrosions on the Surface of Life” exhibits a dissonant fury of patterned note play. The final, side-length meditation “Cloud Passade No. 3” is a chordal work in free-time which functions equally well as furniture music and a meditative exploration of pure light. Three … Read more
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LUBOMYR MELNYK - Three Solo Pieces, UNSEEN WORLDS
ORCHESTRA OF SPHERES - Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music, Fire Records
Psychedelic Kiwi fruits, Orchestra Of Spheres, present their lushly surreal 2nd album of garage-raw, worldly fusions. Coming off like a jauntier adjunct to Goat's 'World Music', their 'Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music' melds the punchy, precise percussions of Jemi Hemi Mandala with Mos locoss' quicksilver synths, snaking bass lines from EtonalE and the "psychedelic biscuit tin guitar work" of Baba Rossa with hypnotic group chants and an authentic future-primitive aesthetic that's so on the money right now. It was recorded during their first spell in a proper studio… Read more
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ORCHESTRA OF SPHERES - Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music, Fire Records

Thursday, 12 December

VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE - I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel, TOMPKINS SQUARE
*A 4CD set housed in a deluxe gatefold LP sleeve with large format 16 page booklet - the first reissue of Nashboro material in decades, this highly influential music, a vital part of the fabric of American music, can finally be heard* "Begun by Ernie Young in Nashville, TN, at the height of gospel’s “golden age,” Nashboro was arguably the greatest, most prolific and longest-living gospel record label. Initial recordings were made on site, overseen by Young himself. Those early Nashboro sides have all the excitement, energy and drive of far be… Read more
VARIOUS / TOMPKINS SQUARE - I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel, TOMPKINS SQUARE
LINVAL THOMPSON - Jah Jah Is The Conqueror, KINGSTON SOUNDS

LINVAL THOMPSON

Jah Jah Is The Conqueror

KINGSTON SOUNDS

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: KSCD048

Review to follow shortly…
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Monday, 09 December

BILL WELLS & AIDAN MOFFAT - Everything's Getting Older, Chemikal Underground Records

BILL WELLS & AIDAN MOFFAT

Everything's Getting Older

Chemikal Underground Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CHEM150CD

It's true, everything's getting older - but good music has a way of transcending that. Ex-Arab Strap bloke Aiden Moffat and Scottish jazzy type Bill Wells have been working on this record for eight years now, proof if ever proof were needed that sometimes music doesn't need to be dropped in with a date stamp. Wells' production and melodies shouldn't be a shock to anyone who's come across his music before but the way it matches up with Moffat's distinctive voice and poetry is nothing short of a revelation. The first thing I noticed about 'Everything's Getting Older' wa… Read more
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BILL WELLS & AIDAN MOFFAT - Everything's Getting Older, Chemikal Underground Records

Thursday, 05 December

7 DAYS OF FUNK - 7 Days of Funk, Stones Throw
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7 DAYS OF FUNK

7 Days of Funk

Stones Throw

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: STH2334

**Oh man, it happened! Gentlemanly G, Dam-Funk, meets Snoop at his sleazy best on eight tracks of freshly starched West Coast slickness alongside Steve Arrington and Kurupt** Snoop says: “We're the babies of the Mothership… I’ve had funk influences in my music my whole career. Dam-Funk is cold. He’s keeping the funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him.” Dam says: "Snoop knew what I was thinking without me having to articulate it. That’s how you know when you gel artistically with someone… These beats were made for him and he laid down some of the smoothest harmonies and melodies I… Read more
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7 DAYS OF FUNK - 7 Days of Funk, Stones Throw
HAROLD BUDD - Buddbox, All Saints Records
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HAROLD BUDD

Buddbox

All Saints Records

Format_dot_cd7CD BOX SET // £32.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WASTBOX1

"Anthology box set containing 7 hard-to-find and critically acclaimed albums, released on labels such as Cantil, Opal and All Saints. The box includes: ‘The Serpent (In Quicksilver)’ (1981), 'Abandoned Cities’ (1984), ‘The White Arcades’ (1987), ‘By The Dawn’s Early Light’ (1991), ‘Music For 3 Pianos’ (1992) ‘Through The Hill’ (1994, with Andy Partridge of XTC), ‘Luxa’ (1996). Also includes 76 page book compiling interviews and essays about Harold’s work from writers such as David Toop, Mark Prendergast and Mike Barnes."
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DENITIA & SENE - His & Hers, Snow Dog Records
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DENITIA & SENE

His & Hers

Snow Dog Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

NOW: £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SDGINP0820CD

"Limited physical edition of Brooklyn duo’s debut album, with bonus track not available on digital version. Brooklyn duo denitia and sene (spelled in lower case) are part of the emerging vibrant movement of underground American soul musicians that embrace electronics, analogue sytnths and MPCs. The Weeknd, The Internet and Theesatisfaction all share the heady, soulful and innovative feel that permeates their debut album "his and hers". Sultry vocals delivered by denitia with backups from the previously unheard (on the microphone) sene combine for a result that will rank with debuts for years to … Read more
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DENITIA & SENE - His & Hers, Snow Dog Records
CYBOTRON - Enter, Decision Records
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CYBOTRON

Enter

Decision Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DEC1104CD

Vintage futureshock alert: Cybotron's legendary debut album reissued replete with bonus tracks and extensive, lucubrate liner notes by Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck A Nice Beach). As any self-respecting electronic dance music fan should know, it's nigh-on impossible to overestimate the influence and power of Cybotron, especially their signature electro anthem, 'Clear'. The sci-fi obsessive duo of Juan Atkins and Vietnam veteran Rik Davis combined a love of Kraftwerk, Funkadelic and Yellow Magic Orchestra with Davis' military compensation to conceive a truly escapist sound that at once reflected the post-i… Read more
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CYBOTRON - Enter, Decision Records
CALEXICO - Spiritoso, City Slang

CALEXICO

Spiritoso

City Slang

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: SLANG50032

"Live orchestral album ‘Spiritoso’ in a brand new CD edition. The album was recorded in 2012 with two different orchestras in Vienna and Berlin, and features many Calexico hits and selected songs from the band’s latest studio album, ‘Algiers’. A must have for every fan and a great profile album for new fans. This Album was first released as a bonus CD of Algiers Limited Edition".
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Sunday, 01 December

HAMMOCK - Oblivion Hymns, Hammock Music

HAMMOCK

Oblivion Hymns

Hammock Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HMK011

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Thursday, 28 November

VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound, Numero Group
*One of Numero's finest and most fascinating compilations yet - a gargantuan effort bringing together formative Minneapolis sounds starting with Pepé Willie’s 94 East project which gave local prodigy Prince his first airing, onto Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme and Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist André Cymone. Double CD housed in a gorgeous gold-embossed oversized box which includes a detailed book* "In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapolis ma… Read more
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VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound, Numero Group
GOAT - Live Ballroom Ritual, ROCKET RECORDINGS
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GOAT

Live Ballroom Ritual

ROCKET RECORDINGS

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LAUNCH062CD

**Goat play all their tracks from 'World Music', live at London's Camden Electric** "In August 2012 Swedish band Goat released their debut album, World Music.The record went on to become one of the most talked about albums of the year, topping many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and the following year, the band took the album on the road. Starting off a triumphant year of shows was Goat’s performance (or Ritual as the band likes to call them) at Roadburn Festival. A ‘packed to the rafters’ performance was the perfect warm up to their first proper tour, that saw them take on the USA. Footage, audio and … Read more
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GOAT - Live Ballroom Ritual, ROCKET RECORDINGS
EGYPTRIXX - A/B Til Infinity, Night Slugs
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EGYPTRIXX

A/B Til Infinity

Night Slugs

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NSLP003CD

Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City's Clas… Read more
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EGYPTRIXX - A/B Til Infinity, Night Slugs
JOHN CARPENTER - Assault On Precinct 13 (Original Score), Death Waltz Recording Company
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JOHN CARPENTER

Assault On Precinct 13 (Original Score)

Death Waltz Recording Company

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: DW18CD

**With all new sleeve notes from John Carpenter himself plus brand new artwork, in a three-panel fold-out sleeve with pop up CD mechanism* The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
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JOHN CARPENTER - Assault On Precinct 13 (Original Score), Death Waltz Recording Company
PYROLATOR - Wunderland, Bureau B
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PYROLATOR

Wunderland

Bureau B

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: BB159

'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away from electro, be… Read more
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PYROLATOR - Wunderland, Bureau B
AKKORD - Akkord (Album), Houndstooth
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AKKORD

Akkord (Album)

Houndstooth

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HTH015CD

Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded with razor-sharp grasp of spatial dynamics and rhythmic aptitude, presenting a perspective on 2013 w… Read more
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AKKORD - Akkord (Album), Houndstooth
BEEDEEGEE - SUM/ONE, 4AD
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BEEDEEGEE

SUM/ONE

4AD

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CAD3341CD

*bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance* "SUM/ONE’ is his debut record as a solo artist. Brian’s immersion in art and music has covered the spectrum of performance, sound and visual mediums. Well regarded on the underground New York art scene, DeGraw has shown his paintings, sculptures and drawings around the world, both independently and as part of the James Fuentes Gallery stable in NYC, and has collaborated with the likes of Harmony Korine, Rita Ackerman and Doug Aitken. Best known as a core member of Gang Gang Dance, his group’s creative energy has always pointed the… Read more
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BEEDEEGEE - SUM/ONE, 4AD
BEN SIMS - fabric 73: Ben Sims, Fabric Worldwide
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BEN SIMS

fabric 73: Ben Sims

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC145

British techno veteran Ben Sims steams thru 44 tracks in 70 minutes on his Fabric 73 entry. Kicking off with his pal Paul Mac's Kryptic Minds collaboration, 'Icon', the mix takes in some of the freshest techno and jackin' house releases around, scanning recent aces from Alden Tyrell, J Tijn, Clouds, L-Vis 1990, Mike Dehnert, Fokus Group, Ø, Truncate, Gingy & Bordello, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Rod and many, many more. Pounders a plenty.
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VARIOUS / TOUCHIN' BASS - Present Tense, Touchin' Bass
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VARIOUS / TOUCHIN' BASS

Present Tense

Touchin' Bass

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: TB043CD

Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels appropriate as everyone from the Swamp81 crew to James T Cotton are appropriating vintage electro tropes, perhaps in defiance of the term's bastardisation, or probably because they work so damn well on the 'floor. Either way, Andrea Parker's electro credentials are certifiable and she's picked a fine selection spanning veteran button-pushers and new skool electroids. For fans of that vintage '90s/early '00s sound there's plenty to check, from the Drexciyan darkness of Sonar Base's 'Last Transit… Read more
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VARIOUS / TOUCHIN' BASS - Present Tense, Touchin' Bass
SKIN TOWN - The Room, Time No Place

SKIN TOWN

The Room

Time No Place

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TNP012CD

**Imagine Sugababes produced by Phork and Salem** "Manoeuvering the perilous depths of heartbreak and ecstasy, SKIN TOWN's bewitching R&B pop stunner The Room approaches the elusive mysteries of desire and longing with directness and urgency. Unabashedly romantic (and delightfully hedonistic), the LA-based outfit's modern R&B may sit alongside nicely with contemporary hitmakers like The-Dream or Mike Will Made It, but they align closer to the freakiness of Ginuwine and Silk juxtaposed against the feather-weight synth trails of new age. There is a narcotic pull in Nick Turco’s (synth/keys man for Zol… Read more
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SKIN TOWN - The Room, Time No Place
ABSTRAXION - Break Of Lights, HAKT Recordings

ABSTRAXION

Break Of Lights

HAKT Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HAKT009CD

Review to follow shortly…
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LAID BACK - Uptimistic Music, Vol. 1, Brother Music

LAID BACK

Uptimistic Music, Vol. 1

Brother Music

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: BMCD006

The mellow Danes return on the twin-engine, 200 foot cruiser, 'Uptimisitic Music'. Expect a debonaire sound destined for beachside soirée's with Balearic Hoi Polloi and minor royalty on their hols, ranging from deep house boogie ('Make You Day') to slow-motion reggae-disco ('Don't Step On The Grass'), dub-house pop ('Around The Park') and red wine soaked ballads ('Time To Live').
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