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Tuesday, 21 October

VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS - 14 tracks: Ambient Zeitgeist, Boomkat / 14 Tracks

VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS

14 tracks: Ambient Zeitgeist

Boomkat / 14 Tracks

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14 TRACKS COMPILATIONS

Cat. Number: bundle_315

In 2014 the ambient/electronica zeitgeist can be read as an impressionistic projection of our dreams inspired by current technologies and past memories. From T C F's mind-blowing work focussed on block chain encryption (the algorithms that run BitCoin), thru Lee Gamble's rave sublimations, to the hyper-coloured synthetic tone of 12 year old Henry Plotnick and computer games soundtrack designer, David Kanaga, we can hear a schism opening between the previous era of composition and those lush new 3D spaces favouring stranger, alien discord over staid convention. Rathe… Read more
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VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS - 14 tracks: Ambient Zeitgeist, Boomkat / 14 Tracks

Monday, 20 October

VARIOUS - Next Stop Soweto presents Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984, Strut
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VARIOUS

Next Stop Soweto presents Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984

Strut

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WORLD

Cat. Number: STRUT119CD

"Following the label’s acclaimed ‘Next Stop Soweto’ compilation series, Strut returns to the rich music heritage of South Africa for another landmark compilation celebrating the influential and heavily political music of drummer Julian Bahula since the mid-‘60s with the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula and Jazz Afrika bands. Bahula’s first group was the Malombo Jazzmen, led by guitarist Philip Tabane with flautist Abbey Cindi and they broke the mould, introducing indigenous malombo drums alongside guitar and flute to create a st… Read more
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VARIOUS - Next Stop Soweto presents Spirit Of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984, Strut
BOARDS OF CANADA - Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue), Skam Records
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BOARDS OF CANADA

Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue)

Skam Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SKA008.2014

*New edition re-mastered from the original DAT tapes* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversion ‘See Ya Later’, the Colonel Abrams inspired ‘Nlogax’, the career-defining “Everything You Do Is A Balloon’ and ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ which would later appear on ‘Music Has The Right’. Unlike so many of their peers from the era, this stuff has aged incredibly well… Read more
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BOARDS OF CANADA - Hi Scores (Remastered / Repackaged Reissue), Skam Records
OBJEKT - Flatland, PAN
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OBJEKT

Flatland

PAN

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PAN60

**Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Instruments. With 'Flatland' he takes the opportunit… Read more
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OBJEKT - Flatland, PAN
COOLY G - Wait 'Til Night, Hyperdub
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COOLY G

Wait 'Til Night

Hyperdub

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDBDL023

Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infat… Read more
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COOLY G - Wait 'Til Night, Hyperdub
REDSHAPE - Leaves, RUNNING BACK
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REDSHAPE

Leaves

RUNNING BACK

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RB050

Rugged, hypnotic house from the virulent Redshape on Running Back. 'Leaves' is a real builder, escalating from locked-in voices and low-pass filtered jack to peak-time party vibes with crafty subtlety, whilst further parts break down to component elements for the DJs.
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MALA - I Wait (Pt. 2), Deep Medi Musik
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MALA

I Wait (Pt. 2)

Deep Medi Musik

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MEDI7001

One-sided special request from the hand of Mala. Released to accompany the collector's book, 'Passion For Vinyl', it yields Part 2 of Digital Mystikz' 'I Wait' from the Soul Jazz compilation, 'Box of Dub: Dubstep and Future Dub' (2007). Choice picking for all DMZ completionists and modern digi-dubbers.
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U - Haven In a Heartfelt World, Phantasy Sound
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U

Haven In a Heartfelt World

Phantasy Sound

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PH39D

*Upfront Exclusive* Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound plays host to a smart deviation from ManMakeMusic's U. From the top he rolls in between Andy Stott and Fishermen with the molasses drag motion of 'The Kids Will Take Care Of Themselves'; 'Monogamy' stifles a spry garage groove with crushing concrète dynamics; 'Shame' collapses between Sunn 0))) and Samuel Kerridge zones; 'Pilgrimage' fades out with dilapidated, elegiax guitar and piano chords like Basinski or Leyland Kirby piece. Don't sleep on this, it's great.
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RUSSELL HASWELL - Double A, DIAGONAL
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RUSSELL HASWELL

Double A

DIAGONAL

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DIAG013

Shocking, extended double AA 12" from Russell Haswell paying tribute to OG Latino freestyle and industrial funk edits with inimitable, improvised flair. Back on Diagonal following his scintillating and unusually "pop" structured '37 Minute Workout' LP, plus a couple of furnace blast LPs for Bocian and Editions Mego, this entirely improvised session captures Russell in the wild, trapped between daemonic nO!se and snapjaw drum patterns nodding to early Omar Santana or Carlos Berrio and his own past as a go-to studio editor for labels such as Mute. The A-side is a slyly arousing but terrif… Read more
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RUSSELL HASWELL - Double A, DIAGONAL
TCF - 415C47197F..., Liberation Technologies
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TCF

415C47197F...

Liberation Technologies

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ILTECH008

Lars T C F Holdhus follows one of the very best releases of the new millenium so far, the 'Untitled' tape for YYAA, with another cryptic future-shock, his 1st for Liberation Technologies. Continuing a trajectory away from the calculated dance mash-ups of his now-defunct Cracksmurf alias, this project and mini-album is based on a whole other algorithmic strategy, rendering densely coded formulae into utterly mind-boggling and synaesthetically affective compositions. Once you've heard his music and done a little research into his academic background and visual practice - he studied at Frankfurt's f… Read more
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TCF - 415C47197F..., Liberation Technologies
DRAX - Phosphene (Perc & Truss / AnD / The Exaltics Mixes), Perc Trax Ltd
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DRAX

Phosphene (Perc & Truss / AnD / The Exaltics Mixes)

Perc Trax Ltd

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PTL004

Perc & Truss, AnD, and The Exaltics remix Drax's 'Phosphene' banger. A-side, Perc & Truss trample the life out of it with hoofing industrial kicks and blood-drawing synthlines; B-side, AnD lock into airless white bread loops laced with EBM bassline progression, and The Exaltics pump it hard with pneumatic electro bass and scrabbling acid synthlines balanced by moody pads.
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SCOTT WALKER + SUNN O))) - Soused, 4AD
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SCOTT WALKER + SUNN O)))

Soused

4AD

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: EAD3428A

When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind. With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-titled LPs that painted rich vignettes… Read more
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SCOTT WALKER + SUNN O))) - Soused, 4AD
SAGA - Flight Risk, Lit City Trax
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SAGA

Flight Risk

Lit City Trax

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LCTRAX011

Saga serves an icy six-track instrumental grime payload for the burgeoning Lit City Trax one year on from his debut for Visionist's Lost Codes label. 'Flight Risk' feels more muscular and reduced, optimising rhythms to skeletal silhouettes in cavernous sound designs streaked with strobing, synths and flash, brassy stabs. If we're picking favourites, then the coiled dread of 'Flight Risk' is up there alongside the sublow shift of 'Shades' and the manic chamber grime flex of 'Whistle Grip' and the super crisp punctuations of 'Witch Slap'. Sick session. RIYL Visionist , Rabit, Bloom, Slackk.
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SAGA - Flight Risk, Lit City Trax
2562 - The New Today, WHEN IN DOUBT
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2562

The New Today

WHEN IN DOUBT

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DOUBT003

Dave Huismans (A Made Up Sound) returns under his 2562 codename with the oneiric ambient/concrète dancefloor states of 'The New Today', his 4th solo album in this guise. Where its predecessor, 'Air Jordan', also for his When In Doubt label, took inspiration from the arid landscapes of the Middle East, 'The New Today' draws upon ideas sketched out whilst 2562 was in New York, late summer 2013, and was later finished at his home studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rather than disco samples, as with his last LP 'Fever', he sources from and splices together an enviable library of European synth e… Read more
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2562 - The New Today, WHEN IN DOUBT
NICK NICELY - Space of a Second, Lo Recordings
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NICK NICELY

Space of a Second

Lo Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: LO108DA

**Post-punk pop legend returns. RIYL Ariel Pink, John Maus, Woo** "Bringing to the fore Nick’s unique take on lo-fi baroque psychedelia, Space Of A Second bends influences from across time and space into an exhilarating construction that evades easy definition, indeed perhaps in the end the best description comes from The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis who simply hailed nick as “Unique, almost inexplicable”."
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LOCKED GROOVE - Thesseus, Permanent Vacation
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LOCKED GROOVE

Thesseus

Permanent Vacation

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PERMVAC125-1

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DJ FORD FOSTER - Gold Cans EP, Unknown To The Unknown
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DJ FORD FOSTER

Gold Cans EP

Unknown To The Unknown

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: UTTU_045

DJ Ford Foster breaks the back on it with the bucking chunks of his 'Gold Cans' EP. Only slightly refining the styles found on his two Opal Tapes releases, the Leeds-based box banger drives from salty jaxx in 'Gold Cans' to the killer sub-low bounce of 'Fake Shoes' and fidgeting Dance Mania styles in 'Gone Ham' and 'Black Candles'.
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VIERS - Ryomi / Usagi, Naked Naked Records
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VIERS

Ryomi / Usagi

Naked Naked Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: NKD008

**Hand-stamped white label** Driven but slinky tech-house on Ben Westbeech's Naked Naked label. The work of Leeds-based producer Jordan Saxton aka Viers, both tracks sit comfortably on the label roster with Dusky, Breach, Dark Sky etc, offering pumping techno-house funk of the DVS1 variety up top in 'Ryomi', and a more low-key, proggy vibe with the B-side's Usagi'.
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FENNESZ - Venice (10th Anniversary Edition), Touch
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FENNESZ

Venice (10th Anniversary Edition)

Touch

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TO53V

'Venice' is the official follow up to the groundbreaking 'Endless Summer', a record with a legendary pedigree and with sales substantial enough to have shaken up its label (Mego) to the extent that they seem to have been on a mission ever since to keep it as difficult as it gets. It seems Touch has no such hangs up. This is an amazing album that will no doubt come to be as highly regarded as 'Endless Summer' though musically its a much more varied affair, reflected by the contrasting imagery in the digipak photography (an old and new rowing boat moored up / nature and cla… Read more
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FENNESZ - Venice (10th Anniversary Edition), Touch
FJAAK - Attack / The Wind, 50 WEAPONS
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FJAAK

Attack / The Wind

50 WEAPONS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 50WEAPONS039

Grade A big room techno tackle from a canny new trio on 50 Weapons. Well-poised and driven, three tracks reduce techno to the barest, most effective elements primed for haughty 'floor shows between the woodblock snare pivots and achingly well-timed developments of 'Attack' thru filtered disco-tech in 'The Wind', and the surging pleasuredome monster, 'Curious'.
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KATE TEMPEST - Circles (Micachu / Mike Skinner Remixes), Big Dada
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KATE TEMPEST

Circles (Micachu / Mike Skinner Remixes)

Big Dada

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BDDNL254

Award-winning poet, playwright and rapper Kate Tempest drops the 3rd single from her acclaimed album, 'Everybody Down' for Big Dada, backed with crafty Mike Skinner and Micachu remixes. In 'Circles' she's like London's answer to Sleaford Mods, bouncing street-level bars over a skippy minimal backing, whereas 'The Truth' feels more rugged, on the cusp of old electro and hip hop swagger. Miek Skinner jives 'Circles' with elegant triplets and strings, whilst Micachu gives the highlight in a slow-slamming but piquant remix of 'The Truth'.
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BRUCE LACEY - The Spacey Bruce Lacey, Trunk Records
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BRUCE LACEY

The Spacey Bruce Lacey

Trunk Records

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: JBH053

**From proto-techno/electro to alien monophonic synth scapes: an incredible collection of eldritch DIY synth and electro-acoustic music circa 1970s by a little-known collaborator with The Beatles, Ivor Cutler, Ken Russell, the Goons… Don't sleep on this one!!!** Jonny Trunk speaks: "Welcome to the most excellent strange and unique world of Bruce Lacey. Aretist, musician, sage, shaman, inventor, film maker and all round British eccentric, Bruce has always followed his own mind, walking an instinctive path through life. Here, and for the first time, his improvised music and the … Read more
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BRUCE LACEY - The Spacey Bruce Lacey, Trunk Records
TM404 - Svreca Remixes, Kontra Musik
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TM404

Svreca Remixes

Kontra Musik

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KM037

Madrid's Svreca gives dry, dusty and spaced-out techno remixes of TM404's purist hardware grooves. Fives tracks range from bleak minimal bleeps techno to fizzing dub techno rolige and Raster-Noton-style pulses.
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DAVID SHEA - Satyricon, ROOM 40
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DAVID SHEA

Satyricon

ROOM 40

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: DRM427

**Epic electronic suite inspired by the legendary Ancient Roman novel** From the artist: "Satyricon composed in 1997/98 is a piece that has been in constant transformation since its inception. I had just finished an ensemble work called the Tower of Mirrors based on Buddhist mythological stories of Monkey (immortalised in the Monkey Magic TV series) and had turned my gaze to the West and something that involved the touring and exploring of Italy during that late 90s period. The ancient Roman novel Satyricon is what the piece is based on. Written by Petronius who was the Minister of Elegance… Read more
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DAVID SHEA - Satyricon, ROOM 40
TRUS'ME - Treat Me Right (Remixed), PRIME NUMBERS
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TRUS'ME

Treat Me Right (Remixed)

PRIME NUMBERS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PN28

Prime Numbers collect the entire series of remixes for Trus'me's 'Treat Me Right' album. Highlights include Alan Fitzpatrick's booming rework of 'I Want You', the kinky Truncate remixes of 'It's Slow', and the powerful Skudge rework of 'Moonlight Kiss'.
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LAURENT - Untitled, Gene's Liquor
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LAURENT

Untitled

Gene's Liquor

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: GL001

Bumpty Chi-house/disco splice job from some cat called Laurent on the Delroy Edwards-affiliated Gene's Liquor label. It's a while since we've heard this sound done so well, so gritty, with nuff verve and swerve in all the right places. The first cut's the best, full of reverse/forward edits, crispy claps and tricksy filtering to cream the crowd, whilst the other two come with mucky funk a la Shake, Sneak or Van Helden.
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RUSHMORE - HOT004, Trax Couture
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RUSHMORE

HOT004

Trax Couture

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HOT004

Big-boned dancefloor take-down from London's Rushmore, back on Trax Couture after a wicked one for Hot Haus Recs. A profligate approach to stripped down dance styles results in five unique fusions of Chicago house, grime, Jersey Club and ballroom beats, switching outifts from the pumped-up c*nty funk of 'Paladium' to grimier string slashes and bouncing Jersey beats in 'Highroad' and the honky jump of 'NPG'. 'Silent Melody' is possibly the most striking, mixing the kind of choral pads favoured by the Her Records crew and Visionist with a more rugged palette of kicks and industrial ice-pick snares… Read more
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RUSHMORE - HOT004, Trax Couture
DOUBT - Poor Dog, DON'T BE AFRAID
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DOUBT

Poor Dog

DON'T BE AFRAID

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DBA017

Fresh from making his name on DVS1's Mistress Recordings. Doubt drops a rugged haul of heavy house on Don't Be Afraid. In possession of an infectiously raw sound palette, the Midwestern producer is set to garner a whole heap of new followers to his muscular, gritted style, from the grungy alley drive and moody progressions of 'Poor Dog' to the murky industrial pounder, When I Was Young', and the clogged filter funk of 'Frosx', which already counts Alexander Nut and 2562 amongst its fans. One to watch.
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JANE WEAVER - The Silver Globe, Finders Keepers Records
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JANE WEAVER

The Silver Globe

Finders Keepers Records

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 019EGGSDL

Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Jane’s latest set of self penned pop abstractions combine m… Read more
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JANE WEAVER - The Silver Globe, Finders Keepers Records
RODION G.A. - Behind The Curtain - The Lost Album, BBE
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RODION G.A.

Behind The Curtain - The Lost Album

BBE

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: BBE290ACD

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 p… Read more
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RODION G.A. - Behind The Curtain - The Lost Album, BBE