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Thursday, 02 October

MARTIN NONSTATIC - Inner Landscapes, BineMusic

MARTIN NONSTATIC

Inner Landscapes

BineMusic

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: BINECD032

Plush ambient electronica meets dub house in the adroit arrangements of Martin Nonstatic's 'Inner Landscapes' for Bine. "Martin took 14 months scrutinizing his workflow involving both software and hardware to invent fresh track concepts for his album. Constantly inspired by the Rhenish environment with all of its movements and encounters the album concentrated on those „inner landscapes“. Playful and liberated he combined field recordings with soundscapes, voices and nature sounds into deep sequence paths. Wave noises and Indonesian voices trickle onto the album’s opening track „Behi… Read more
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MARTIN NONSTATIC - Inner Landscapes, BineMusic
ICEAGE - Plowing Into the Field of Love, Matador

ICEAGE

Plowing Into the Field of Love

Matador

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE10682

‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ is the third album from Copenhagen’s Iceage. Channelling the rage and emotion of their tempestuous early releases into finely honed musicianship, ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ features piano, mandolin, viola and organ atop Johan Suurballe-Wieth’s razor-sharp guitars and the lolloping, synchronized rhythm section of Jacob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen. The record has a clear, uncompressed sound and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s desperate vocals are out front, nakedly accountable for the words. On this album, Rønnenfelt sings of what it is like… Read more
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ICEAGE - Plowing Into the Field of Love, Matador
VASHTI BUNYAN - Heartleap, FatCat
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VASHTI BUNYAN

Heartleap

FatCat

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: FATCD131

"Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, ‘Heartleap’ is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. The record reveals an artist at her peak, capturing her songs within fluid settings that masterfully marry content and form."
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Wednesday, 01 October

ALT-J - This Is All Yours, Infectious Music

ALT-J

This Is All Yours

Infectious Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: INFECT200CD

Review to follow shortly…

Thursday, 25 September

PAUL WHITE - Shaker Notes, R&S Records
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PAUL WHITE

Shaker Notes

R&S Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RS1410CD

Kaleidoscopic styles from Paul White on his excellent album debut for R&S. With 'Shaker Notes' he swaps his hip hop garb for a psych dashiki - most literally on the album sleeve, and metaphorically speaking thru his worldly palette of jazz-wise, Afro-centric instrumentation and 4th world electronic tones. With many other producers that transition could be tragic, but White pulls it off with aplomb, much like his former One-Handed Music label-mate, Bullion's entirely successful switch from beats to luscious pop psychedelia. His production is totally prime, juggling live and programmed drums wit… Read more
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PAUL WHITE - Shaker Notes, R&S Records
VARIOUS / OTHER PEOPLE - Work, Other People
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VARIOUS / OTHER PEOPLE

Work

Other People

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: OP017CD

Nicolas Jaar's Other People celebrate a year in the game with a smart collection of unreleased music by Powell, Ancient Astronaut, Jelinek, Darkside, Visuals, and more. The obvious highlight is Powell's sly rework of Ancient Astronaut, launching from a fragment of 'SCSS' into a slicing, frothing industrial cut-up as only he does. It stands out like a sore thumb against the rest of the field, such as Visuals' dusty indie country in 'A Pixel', the lo-slung indie-disco of 'Gone Too Soon' from darkside, or Jan Jelinek's crafty deconstruction of Ancient Astronaut's 'B2'.
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SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe CD Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
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SBTRKT

Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe CD Edition)

Young Turks Recordings Ltd

Format_dot_cd2CD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: YTCD120X

**Deluxe edition double CD includes bonus disc with 7 xtra trax** Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such … Read more
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SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe CD Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Standard CD Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
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SBTRKT

Wonder Where We Land (Standard CD Edition)

Young Turks Recordings Ltd

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: YTXS120

Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such as 'New Dorp. New Dorp', 'Higher' and 'Voices In My Head' have d… Read more
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SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Standard CD Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
DAEDELUS - The Light Brigade, Brainfeeder
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DAEDELUS

The Light Brigade

Brainfeeder

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BFCD048

**Includes the track Onward as an instant download** "Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus – otherwise known as Alfred Darlington – is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. With The Light Brigade, Daedelus returns to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, a fitting home for the Los Angeles electronic pioneer. A successor to his 2009 Righteous Fists of Harmony (an EP inspired by the Boxer Rebellion), The Light Brigade recalls the Crimean war of 1853-56. The music was written and recorded before the recent troubles … Read more
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DAEDELUS - The Light Brigade, Brainfeeder
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY - Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues, Domino Recording Co
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY

Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WIGCD343

"At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonnie sings for who he was and will be and for all of us, in time. Bonnie Billy has been quoted as saying that one of the songs on the album is a conceptual track that’s about “one day in 1973 when only two people died in the whole word...”
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TRADISYON KA - Soul Jazz Records Presents Gwo Ka: Music Of Guadeloupe, West Indies, Soul Jazz Records
"Tradisyon Ka's Gwo Ka album is newly recorded in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like the cult music of Haiti's Vodou and Cuba's Santeria or the roots music of Belize's Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have travelled to record), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region's African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery. Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a 'department' of its original colonial master, Fra… Read more
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TRADISYON KA - Soul Jazz Records Presents Gwo Ka: Music Of Guadeloupe, West Indies, Soul Jazz Records
DNTEL - Human Voice, Leaving Records
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DNTEL

Human Voice

Leaving Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LR043

Jimmy Tamborello reigintes his excellent Dntel project for Leaving Records with his 'Human Voice' album, the follow-up to 'Aimlessness' for Koze's Pampa Records. Speaking from the heart, 'Human Voice' makes crafty use of kerned and pitched vocal samples to lends the whole album a unique timbre, whether he's doing flighty footwork rhythms ('If I Stay A Minute'), plinky plonky electronica ('Bike Path'), iridescent electro ('Connections') or cottony trance ('Ashby').
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LUST FOR YOUTH - International, Sacred Bones Records

LUST FOR YOUTH

International

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: SBR115

Posh Isolation's answer to Cold Cave aka Loke Rahbek (Vår, Damien Dubrovnik), Hannes Norrvide (Rose Alliance) and Malthe Fischer (Oh No Ono) do dour, melancholic synth-pop with classic style on 'International', their most substantial release to date and 2nd album for Sacred Bones. The original album touches on all your favourite '80s synthpop touchstones inna FM-ready fashion but we're more inclined to the remixes. Silent Servant gives 'International' a sleeker, dreamier chassis, and Helm reworks 'Lungomare' to a cold concrète aesthetic, whilst Sand Circles smudge 'Illume' into a gauzy am… Read more
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LUST FOR YOUTH - International, Sacred Bones Records
LUTINE - White Flowers, Front and Follow

LUTINE

White Flowers

Front and Follow

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: FANDF032

"Formed last year in Brighton, Lutine (Heather Minor and Emma Morton) are already establishing themselves are a mesmerising live act and have now translated their minimal, fragile and evocative sound onto record for the first time. The album reflects a shared love of traditional folk and modern classical, distorted through a lens of medieval and baroque music, traditional Indian and Chinese music, dream/synth pop, minimalism, experimental music and 60s/70s folk. Both familiar and uncanny (inspired equally by Thomas Hardy and The Twilight Zone), Heather and Emma have produced a set of songs explo… Read more
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LUTINE - White Flowers, Front and Follow
MAURIZIO BIANCHI - Teknoise, Peripheral Records
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MAURIZIO BIANCHI

Teknoise

Peripheral Records

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EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: PR018

"Maurizio Bianchi's unreleased 2-track album entitled, 'Teknoise'. Originally recorded in August 1980 this album has never been released in any format and is an extremely rare artifact from Maurizio's collection. Two long tracks, 'Tek' and 'Noise', deliver that unique sound that M.B. has made his own. Primitive drum machines pulse over sinister analogue synths, that create an unsettling atmosphere, perhaps only the true Italian master of Industrial and Musique Concrete could ever create."
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Monday, 22 September

THE WYTCHES - Annabel Dream Reader, Heavenly Recordings

THE WYTCHES

Annabel Dream Reader

Heavenly Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HVNLP105CD

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 18 September

FUNCTION & VATICAN SHADOW - Games Have Rules , HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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FUNCTION & VATICAN SHADOW

Games Have Rules

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HOS-425CD

Ahhh this one’s a real peach. Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter. In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially those Atom Heart/Namlook collabs that seemed to go on forever and soundtracked many a late night back in the mid 90’s. Fittingly, the album w… Read more
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FUNCTION & VATICAN SHADOW - Games Have Rules , HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
LEE GAMBLE - Koch, PAN
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LEE GAMBLE

Koch

PAN

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PAN59CD

*CD edition includes download of the whole album when purchased* Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records deconstructed the elusive, enigmatic timbre of '90s electronic dance music - jungle, techno, ambient - 'Koch' (pron. 'Cotch' - UK slang for relax) is a sort of 'Pataphysical reflection and projection of … Read more
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LEE GAMBLE - Koch, PAN
TIN MAN - ODE, ACID TEST
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TIN MAN

ODE

ACID TEST

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ATCD04

Ahhh, Tin Man returns to vocal house with inimitable style on 'Ode' for LA's Absurd Recordings. Split roughly 50/50 between vocal cuts and their instrumental versions, the album is a return to the Tin Man sound we fell hard for with the 'Wasteland' and 'Cool Wave' mini-LPs, only this time driven by much tougher kicks. Few artists operating in the house/techno realm manage to juice as much emotion and atmosphere as this guy, and 'Ode' is a prime case in point, from the exquisite reverbs, elegant acid lines and poised, opiated vocals of 'No New Violence', thru the gorgeous warehouse impressionism of 'In You… Read more
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TIN MAN - ODE, ACID TEST
DAN'L BOONE - Dan'l Boone, Drag City
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DAN'L BOONE

Dan'l Boone

Drag City

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DC597CD

Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (Howling Hex), Charles Ballas (Formant), and Alexander Moskos (Drainolith) scare the f**k outta each other as Dan'l Boone for Drag City. Dubbed-off metallic skronk is the plat du jour, eschewing owt obviously "noisy" in favour of angular structures tumbling drum machines, precise chunks of electric guitar and scrambled vocals with a fractured, digitised, industrial-collage lucidity that's way more psychedelic and brain scrambling than the rote, indulgent, snobby pish that certain people still try to pass off as "underground psychedelia". Nay, there's a viru… Read more
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DAN'L BOONE - Dan'l Boone, Drag City
GOAT - Commune, ROCKET RECORDINGS
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GOAT

Commune

ROCKET RECORDINGS

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LAUNCH068CD

Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
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LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN - Islands, Keysound
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LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN

Islands

Keysound

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN048CD

Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Island' … Read more
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LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN - Islands, Keysound
DAVID LYNCH & ALAN R. SPLET  - Eraserhead Soundtrack, Sacred Bones Records
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DAVID LYNCH & ALAN R. SPLET

Eraserhead Soundtrack

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.49

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: SBR3008CD

A miasma of musique concrète, mechanical drone and static noise, the soundtrack to David Lynch's indelibly harrowing 'Eraserhead' is a prototypical masterpiece of Industrial gloom and dystopia. Sacred Bones know this all too well; presenting a deluxe reissue replete with bonus, unheard material. Inextricable from the movie's monochrome imagery, Alan R. Splet's visceral, clammy sound design conveys Lynch's bleakly unheimlich atmosphere in a manner which has defined the limits of arthouse cinema for over forty years. It's nigh on impossible to imagine the film without it, … Read more
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DAVID LYNCH & ALAN R. SPLET  - Eraserhead Soundtrack, Sacred Bones Records
EROL ALKAN - FABRICLIVE 77: Erol Alkan, Fabric Worldwide

EROL ALKAN

FABRICLIVE 77: Erol Alkan

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC154

Erol Alkan steps up to the Fabric mantle with a propulsive selection of acid house and oddball electro featuring his own productions alongside tracks from Voiski, Todd Osborn, Phreak, The Emperor Machine, Carisma, Fumes and more.
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THE JUAN MACLEAN - In A Dream, DFA Records

THE JUAN MACLEAN

In A Dream

DFA Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DFA2448CD

Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang tick all the classic disco boxes on their 3rd album together. Nine songs take in Hi-NRG ('A Place Called Space'), slick disco-house ('Here I Am'), loungin' swing '('You Were a Runaway'), slo-mo symphonic ('Running Back To You'), Scando electro-disco ('I've Waited For So Long'), quick-stepping ('Charlotte'), and expansive ('The Sun Will Never Set On OUr Love').
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THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON - Environment Five, FSOLdigital

THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON

Environment Five

FSOLdigital

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CDTOT68

"The Environment series originally began as an archive of previously unreleased recordings but Environment Five features thirteen all new songs recorded in the first half of 2014. Following on from the themes of the first 4 Environments albums, Five explores the space / time / dimension that exists when we die. The moment of departure. It includes appearances from Daniel Pemberton, Raven Bush (Syd Arthur) and Riz Maslen (Neotropic)."
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VARIOUS - Tinmine Soul Supply, Numero Group

VARIOUS

Tinmine Soul Supply

Numero Group

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: NBR005CD

"A “northern soul” style compilation is just the latest Numbero product to bootleg the extensive Numero catalog… a label you may have heard mentioned through clenched teeth concerning our preference for “replicating” original 45s, rather than splashing them with shite contemporary design. This is a peace offering: a compilation of both talc-covered classics and unheard floor-fillers. What better way to reintroduce our fledgling concern to the UK than by playing straight to the middle? It is the Numbero way. Some, like Walter & the Admerations’ “Man Oh Man,” Lou Ragland’s “I Travel Alone,”… Read more
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VARIOUS - Tinmine Soul Supply, Numero Group
DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINEKAWA - Savage Imagination, Thrill Jockey

DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINEKAWA

Savage Imagination

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: THRILL375CD

*CD version in high gloss mini-LP style gatefold package* "Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa are artistic omnivores, soaking up a myriad of cultural artefacts and styles, savouring bits and pieces and re-contextualising them into entirely delightful and playfully intricate songs. Their songs are imbued with a relentless cheerfulness that belies their technicality, steeped in the history of Japanese pop music and exuding the joy of discovery and exploration. Dustin and Takako are serious musicians not afraid to play it silly. ‘Savage Imagination’ is their second album as a… Read more
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DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINEKAWA - Savage Imagination, Thrill Jockey
HOLY SONS - The Fact Facer, Thrill Jockey

HOLY SONS

The Fact Facer

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: THRILL373CD

*CD version in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package* "Holy Sons is Emil Amos, a musician whose chameleonic tendencies and technical versatility has lead to him becoming an in demand multi- instrumentalist as a founding member of Grails and Lilacs & Champagne, as well as a member of Om and a hired gun for Jandek, to name a few. Holy Sons is at the centre of his many musical personalities and is his longest standing project, acting as an outlet for some of his most personal and direct songs. In Holy Sons, Amos puts his restless imagination to work using a variety of inventive home recording… Read more
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HOLY SONS - The Fact Facer, Thrill Jockey
LAETITIA SADIER - Something Shines, Drag City
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LAETITIA SADIER

Something Shines

Drag City

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC605CD

"Laetitia Sadier’s new album, ‘Something Shines’, was recorded and matured more slowly than either ‘Silencio’ or ‘The Trip’. ‘Something Shines’ was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Scattered through Europe are the component players of the ‘Something Shines’ band; drummer Emmanuel Mario in Paris and bassist Xavi Munoz in Castellon near Valencia, so additional parts were laid down in those cities. The strings were done in St. Etienne by… Read more
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LAETITIA SADIER - Something Shines, Drag City