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Monday, 21 July

ONE CIRCLE - Transparency, Gang of Ducks
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ONE CIRCLE

Transparency

Gang of Ducks

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Cat. Number: GODREC0007

Slicker sophomore EP of mutant bass and twisted electronics from Lorenzo Senni, Daniele Mana (Vaghe Stelle) and Francesco Fantini's One Circle. 'Transparency' follows their 2013 debut for label/incubator, Left Blank with a murkily ambiguous mixture of production fidelities, textures and styles delivered with a unique electronic accent. They and it are testament to a rooted yet accelerated Italian electronic music scene, presenting impressionistic, emotive visions referencing recent and hypermodern styles from a forward, somewhat detached perspective, as with the beautifully garish visio… Read more
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DEGO - Nuts!, Blueberry Records
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DEGO

Nuts!

Blueberry Records

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Cat. Number: BBR005

The legend unfurls three broken beat beauties for Falty DL's Blueberry Records, backed with the label boss' rework. Hot on the heels of his Dego and Kaidi 12", a reissue of his Cousin Cockroach classic 'This Ain't Tom 'N Jerry', and his Theo Parrish hook-up, 'Just Begin', Dego's arguably on classic form right now, turning out the swinging budge of 'Nuts!' and the fluid electro-funk of 'Could Murder A Burger' on top, and the shadier, seductive shuffle of 'Celestian Ditton' on the flip. Falty DL remixes the latter with his signature sense of space and intricate rhythm mechanics, and even a dash of jazzy scat, causing Dego to exclaim "The force is strong with this one…".
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HOLLY HERNDON - Body Sound, Infinite Greyscale
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HOLLY HERNDON

Body Sound

Infinite Greyscale

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Cat. Number: IGR04

'Body Sound' is a dynamic collaboration from sound artist Holly Herndon and dancer/choreographer Cauahtemoc Peranda, composed and performed at Stanford University's famous CCRMA. Using Peranda's body as a voice, Herndon maps and spatialises a kinaesthetic grammar of stomping feet and flying limbs punctuated by shuddering shockwaves and wrenched gasps. Like her previous work with vocals and laptops, 'Body Sound' is a unique duet between the corporeal and the computerised, a unique, abstracted expression of the relationship between digitised dynamics and physical movement which should spark the imagination of any forward-looking dance music fans and electronic connoisseurs.
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HOLLY HERNDON - Body Sound, Infinite Greyscale
DALE CORNISH - Xeric, ENTR'ACTE
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DALE CORNISH

Xeric

ENTR'ACTE

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Cat. Number: E171

Londoner Dale Cornish's 3rd album for Entr'acte further explores the questions of a/rhythm, space, silence and perception of pulse/percussive gestures initiated with the acclaimed 2012 album, 'Glacial'. Five tracks toy with our sense of rhythmic anticipation and spatial awareness in oblique, minimalist structures at once recalling the percussive meters of Phork's experiments for NNA Tapes, Mark Fell, or Nicola Ratti and Seth Nehil for Senufo Editions, and the precise use of space and timbre in records by Mika Vainio's Ø project or The Automatics Group. Yet for any connotations of cold austeri… Read more
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DALE CORNISH - Xeric, ENTR'ACTE
THE BUG - Void feat. Liz Harris / Function feat. Manga, Ninja Tune
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THE BUG

Void feat. Liz Harris / Function feat. Manga

Ninja Tune

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Cat. Number: ZENDNL211T

The Bug distills the dark/light dichotomy of eagerly awaited album 4th album, 'Angels & Devils' in two choice pieces featuring Liz Harris (Grouper) and Roll Deep's MC Manga. After teasing us with mention of her contribution ages ago, the Liz Harris hook-up is worth the weight, perfusing heavenly vocal thru dense clouds of white noise and trill 808 to sound like what Massive Attack should have been doing by now. 'Function' on the other hand, is a brassy dancehall plough wreaking havoc with bellicose stabs and barely-harnessed drum machine chaos. Big sound.
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LUNICE - Can't Wait To, LuckyMe
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LUNICE

Can't Wait To

LuckyMe

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Cat. Number: LM026

Montreal's finest new beat builder in full effect on LuckyMe. Away from his TNGHT bro, HudMo, Lunice plays out a more concentrated, shark-eyed style nodding to darkside Chicago drill instrumentals and the more playful strains of Montreal's wayward electronic music scene.
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AIRHEAD - Believe EP, 1-800-Dinosaur
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AIRHEAD

Believe EP

1-800-Dinosaur

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Cat. Number: 3610157543496

The 1-800 Dinosaur label drop different, deadly styles from Airhead. Rather than his sweeter constructions, here we hear a side of Airhead we always suspected was lying in wait for the dancefloor. A-side heaves out the massive mid-tempo house bomb 'Believe' with its motivational lyrics matched by propulsive subs, beside the screwed hip-hop breaks of 'Shekure'. B-side brings it grimy with the Jon E Cash style string slashes and smashed drums of 'Shirin', and the warped swagger of his Arca-like 'Hundred Years'. Surefire tip!
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FORM A LOG - For the Record, Bathetic Records
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FORM A LOG

For the Record

Bathetic Records

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Cat. Number: BATH096

**Cut-up, sampledelic collage from' Container and co aka Form A Log** "We reside on a planet, in a time, where it feels as though nearly every avenue, artistically, has been explored. But every now and again, and artist or group of artists comes along and shakes things up, breaks in new ground, and allows a different view of the art at hand. Form A Log‘s members’ (Ren Schofield, Noah Anthony, and Rick Weaver) projects, such as God Willing, Container, Profligate, The New Flesh, and Dinner Music have been highly revered over the years for their ability to stand out from the crowd. Form A… Read more
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FORM A LOG - For the Record, Bathetic Records
ULTRADEMON  - Voidic Charms, Coral Records Internazionale
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ULTRADEMON

Voidic Charms

Coral Records Internazionale

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Cat. Number: SPLASH010

The fella behind non-genre, Seapunk, yields a 2nd album of incisive, chimeric dance music as Ultrademon. It's a sly dissection of contemporary left-field tropes, rinsing and augmenting classic elements of rave, garage, Footwork-Jungle and tech-house to juxtapose mutant grooves as playful as they are sickly and unhinged.
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SOFT AS SNOW - Glass Body, Houndstooth
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SOFT AS SNOW

Glass Body

Houndstooth

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Cat. Number: HTH022D

Houndstooth present their answer to The Knife in Norwegian duo Soft as Snow, backed with an remix from Old Apparatus' Asher Levitas. An experimental pop duo based in Oslo, they arrive at an emotive Scando-pop style on 'Glass Body' after years collaborating in art projects and even starting their own "utopic" art and music festival in a Swedish forest. Their sound is a dramatic and passionate brand of technoid wave-pop, inescapably comparable with the Dreijer siblings or even Grimes, but also sharing moody, synthetic similarities with the likes of Sand Circles, Frak or 1991 thanks to thei… Read more
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INRYO-FUEN - Ho-Aku, EM Records
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INRYO-FUEN

Ho-Aku

EM Records

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Cat. Number: 4538182441893

**Revelatory, amazing Japanese album somewhere between jazz-fusion, free-improv, and new age ambient** "An enigma. A band records their second album in 1985, but sits on it for twenty-nine years, and releases it as a new album, not a "lost gem", in 2014. The authors of this enigma are known as Inryo-fuen, a Japanese trio formed in 1978, meeting via a Surrealism circle in Yokohama. With the intent of applying the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing to sound, they began performing their improvised music in 1980, with their first performance at the legendary Tokyo venue "Minor", which was run by… Read more
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INRYO-FUEN - Ho-Aku, EM Records
CARIBOU - Can't Do Without You (Extended Version), City Slang
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CARIBOU

Can't Do Without You (Extended Version)

City Slang

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Cat. Number: SLANG50070DXUK

Dan Snaith (Daphni) puts his Caribou bonnet on for an extended mix of 'Can't Do Without You' from his upcoming 'Our Love' LP.
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TO ROCOCO ROT - Instrument, City Slang
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TO ROCOCO ROT

Instrument

City Slang

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Cat. Number: SLANG50062DUK

The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm charm of their music; ten spaciously layered, s… Read more
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SMOKEY EMERY - Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense, HOLODECK Records
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SMOKEY EMERY

Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense

HOLODECK Records

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Cat. Number: HD023

"Since the age of seventeen, Houston-born Daniel Hipólito has been capturing, fragmenting, and reconfiguring his life experiences as Smokey Emery… Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense depicts a catalog of human conditions from multiple viewpoints and chronologies, allowing each composition to coalesce into a greater framework of substantive contextual meaning and expression… Recorded between 2006-2010 during stints in Austin and San Francisco, Qui Mal y Pense is an Anglo-Norman phrase that translates as "Who Thinks Evil of It" a… Read more
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SMOKEY EMERY - Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense, HOLODECK Records
STAR TURBINE - Fuse Editions 002, Bomb Shop

STAR TURBINE

Fuse Editions 002

Bomb Shop

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Cat. Number: FUSEEDITIONS002

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SWICK - USBCLUBTRAX, Main Course

SWICK

USBCLUBTRAX

Main Course

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Cat. Number: MCR027

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ANA CARAVELLE - Benthic, Non Projects
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ANA CARAVELLE

Benthic

Non Projects

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Cat. Number: NON014

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HIRO KONE - Phantom (Delorean Remix), GROUP TIGHTENER

HIRO KONE

Phantom (Delorean Remix)

GROUP TIGHTENER

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Cat. Number: GT17

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ODESZA - Memories That You Call / Sun Models, Counter Records

ODESZA

Memories That You Call / Sun Models

Counter Records

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Cat. Number: COUNTDNL052S

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Monday, 14 July

PALMISTRY - Protector SE5, Mixpak Records
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PALMISTRY

Protector SE5

Mixpak Records

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Cat. Number: MIX050

Superb new dancehall ballad from South London's Palmistry bak on Mixpak following last year's underrated 'Catch' ace. 'Protector' is sweeter than a rubicon shower, pairing proper JA pop hooks and squeaky clean R&B synths with Palmistry's affected vocal for the most romantic flex. So. Damn. Good!
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VATICAN SHADOW - Elohim City, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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VATICAN SHADOW

Elohim City

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS424E

A quiet highlight of Vatican Shadow's recent 6 tape boxset, 'Death Is Unity With God', his first release since 'Remember Your Black Day'. Making reference to the Oklahoma City bombing, his 'Elohim City' session is one of the bleakest episodes, taking in the haunting chorales and chiming percussions of 'Living on and off at the Shadows Motel' and the scything techno roil of 'Small Explosives and Blasting Caps Inside the Pages of a Phonebook', plus a particularly affective chamber-like meditation, 'McVeigh Figure' drawing aesthetic lines between ambient black metal, Coil and early Autechre.
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VATICAN SHADOW - Enduring Mysteries, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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VATICAN SHADOW

Enduring Mysteries

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS424B

'Enduring Mysteries' yields some of the most kinetic, driven gear from Vatican Shadow's recently-released 6-tape boxset, 'Death Is Unity With God'. With 'A.T.F. Sinful Messiah' he pounds a blistered techno steppers tattoo juggling grimy drums and cold drones, whereas 'F.B.I. God' reduces the drums to scorched blasts against some of his most delectable darkside chords, and 'Koresh Babylon' ratchets the urgency with a blitz of percussive thunder.
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VATICAN SHADOW - Easing Of Our Task, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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VATICAN SHADOW

Easing Of Our Task

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS424C

'Easing Of Our Task' is one of the most concise and thrilling from Vatican Shadow's 6 x tape boxset inspired by American cults and the war on terror, 'Death Is Unity With God'. Compared with rest of the set, these are short, sharp, uptempo attacks rattling off machine gun rhythms and blunted drones in four worm-holing pieces.
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VATICAN SHADOW - Oklahoma Military Academy, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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VATICAN SHADOW

Oklahoma Military Academy

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS424D

From Vatican Shadow's super-limited 'Death Is Unity With God' 6-tape boxset… Four tracks of burned-out, blunted rhythms and atmospheres nodding to classic Muslimgauze but inspired by the parallels between religious fundamentalism at home in the USA and abroad. Includes the spirit-crushing drones and gunfire of 'Theology Is Life And Death (Pakistan)' and the bruising torrent of 'Arms Of Yahweh' plus the quasi-speed trudge and torment of 'Manufactured Silencers Under Direct Orders'.
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VATICAN SHADOW - April Silencer, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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VATICAN SHADOW

April Silencer

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS424F

Another amazing piece from the 'Death Is Unity With God' 6 x tape boxset by Vatican Shadow. Marking his first new material since 'Remember Your Black Day', we find Dominick Fernow at his most vulnerable in the misty-eyed glaze and detached, distant synth washes of 'Shadows on the Courthouse Wall', whilst Waco (Postmortem)' also operates nearly out of earshot with elegant, sashaying synth motifs persisting with its struggle against the patina of hiss and exasperated rhythms.
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VATICAN SHADOW - Fireball, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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VATICAN SHADOW

Fireball

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS424A

Dominick Fernow back to his best as Vatican Shadow with 'Fireball' from the blink-and-miss 'Death Is Unity With God' boxset. All the bombast and military pomp is substituted for oppressive atmospheres and depressed rhythms in three extended scapes, crawling hungry from 26 minutes of blank-eyed synth and crushed groove reminding of Ensemble Economique in 'Al Qaeda (Branch Davidian)' to the arid ambient climes of 'Desert Storm (Waco)' and the gutted toil of drums and drone in 'It's To Come'.
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ALESSANDRO CORTINI - Sonno, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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ALESSANDRO CORTINI

Sonno

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS-412

*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed th… Read more
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MODESELEKTOR - Modeselektion (Vol. 03 #2), Monkeytown Records
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MODESELEKTOR

Modeselektion (Vol. 03 #2)

Monkeytown Records

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Cat. Number: MTR046

Coherently diverse 2nd set of trax cut from Modeselektor's latest round-up. A-side features the emotive posh-trance charge of Alex Banks and Elizabeth Bernholz's 'Be The One' and the killer hyper-boogie 'Blast' by Onra. B-side holds Henrik Schwarz's jazzy tech-house pop number 'We Are Bankrupt', and the squirming funk of Brandt Brauer Frick's 'Jungle Love' starring Om'Mas Keith and Vic Mensa.
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MY DRY WET MESS - Laptop Lapdance (w/ Ikonika / Auntie Flo / Dam Mantle Mixes), Fine Grains Records
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MY DRY WET MESS

Laptop Lapdance (w/ Ikonika / Auntie Flo / Dam Mantle Mixes)

Fine Grains Records

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Crafty, swinging beat suite from My Dry Wet Mess, backed with four remixes from Auntie Flo, Dam Mantle, and Ikonika. The styles of 'Laptop Lapdance' reduce and build upon the taut funk of his Brainfeeder release, 'Stereo Typing' (2012) in four parts flexing from the jazz-funky dip and woozy chords of 'Twos Too' thru the glistening SND-like skip of 'Nailed Scale' and the baffling rhythmic calculations of 'Eyelids' Secret' and 'Infinito'. Remixing, Auntie Flo smooths 'Nailed Scale' to a lilting, Afro-centric groove, and Dam Mantle turns it into… Read more
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MY DRY WET MESS - Laptop Lapdance (w/ Ikonika / Auntie Flo / Dam Mantle Mixes), Fine Grains Records
HEAD BOGGLE - Serge Modular In Hi-Fi, EXPERIMEDIA
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HEAD BOGGLE

Serge Modular In Hi-Fi

EXPERIMEDIA

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Cat. Number: EXP027

"Head Boggle returns with what is perhaps his most refined and focused work to date. "Serge Modular In Hi-Fi" was recorded in early 2012 at the S.F. City College Electronic Music Lab utilizing a vintage pre-STS Serge Modular Synth system and was conceived as a pseudo aural "cubist" sound piece with an intention to achieve pseudo 3D "cubed" sound through discrete recording and mixing techniques. The only effects utilized were four or more analog delays being played real-time a la dub/reggae mixing techniques. The final selections were then sent to Kramer at Noise Miami for hi-f… Read more
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