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Monday, 25 January 2010

YEAR FUTURE - Year Future, Gold Standard Laboratories

YEAR FUTURE

Year Future

Gold Standard Laboratories

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: GSL-84

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YEAR FUTURE - The Hidden Hand, Gold Standard Laboratories

YEAR FUTURE

The Hidden Hand

Gold Standard Laboratories

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: GSL-94

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YEAR FUTURE - First World Fever, Gold Standard Laboratories

YEAR FUTURE

First World Fever

Gold Standard Laboratories

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: GSL-110

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DENISE LASALLE - On The Loose / Trapped By A Thing Called Love, Westbound Records

DENISE LASALLE

On The Loose / Trapped By A Thing Called Love

Westbound Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WB1827

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ALBERT WASHINGTON - Sad and Lonely, Westbound Records

ALBERT WASHINGTON

Sad and Lonely

Westbound Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WB4228

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DONALD AUSTIN - Crazy Legs, Westbound Records

DONALD AUSTIN

Crazy Legs

Westbound Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WB4624

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SPANKY WILSON - The Westbound Years, Westbound Records

SPANKY WILSON

The Westbound Years

Westbound Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WB6421

Philadelphian jazz and soul legend Spanky Wilson cut some classic funk records with a club-friendly feel during the 1970s, recording for the Westbound imprint with collaborators like producer Al Kent and David Van De Pitte, the man who arranged Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'. This disc gives the fullest account to date of Wilson's output during the period. "Over the last 30 years Spanky Wilson has become established as a successful jazz vocalist. But there is a world of difference between concert hall jazz and the hip beats producers and sweaty night clubs where she has found… Read more
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SPANKY WILSON - The Westbound Years, Westbound Records
THE PHANTOM BAND - Checkmate Savage, Chemikal Underground Records

THE PHANTOM BAND

Checkmate Savage

Chemikal Underground Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CHEM107DD

Checkmate Savage is the mightily impressive debut album by Glaswegian group The Phantom Band, who emerge from the shadows - having formerly played their gigs with bags over their heads - fashioning an intelligent take on contemporary pop, with more than a hint of krautrock sophisticationt sneaking into the mix. 'The Howling' actually brings to mind Bonnie 'Prince' Billy in terms of the actual songwriting and vocal melody, but the band forge a sound that verges on outright prog at times, ultimately culminating in an elegaic breakdown sequence at the end, which makes for a curious… Read more
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THE PHANTOM BAND - Checkmate Savage, Chemikal Underground Records
THUNDERHEIST - Sweet 16, Big Dada

THUNDERHEIST

Sweet 16

Big Dada

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: BDDNL126

Possibly the coolest record on Big Dada since the Spank Rock album comes from Toronto's Thunderheist, a Girl/Boy Singer/Producer duo trading in a very neat line of booty bumping luxury disco with big potential. 'Sweet 16' is a cheeky track dedictated to the temptations of jail-bait from what we can ascertain, with singer Isis delivering ice cool lyrics somewhere between M.I.A style rap and something far sexier, and button pusher Grahmzilla crafting 80's inspired and bass heavy electrocrunk backing. Eli Escobar up's the sleaze factor with a propulsive electrofunk remix, and the duo get back … Read more
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THUNDERHEIST - Sweet 16, Big Dada
TTC - 3615, Big Dada

TTC

3615

Big Dada

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BDDNL102

French hiphop never ceases to bring to mind an old 'learn French' tv show I was forced to watch at school in French lessons. Of course to appeal to 'the kids' they felt the having someone who looked suspiciously like an extra from 'Do the Right Thing' as a struggling French rapper would make us take notice, unfortunately it just served to add to the already pathetic comedy. TTC however always do their best to overcome stereotypes and British xenophobia by being absolutely bonkers, which makes me struggle to find any real comparison. French has for a long time now been 'the other' language to rap in, wit… Read more
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TTC - 3615, Big Dada
30HZ - Eating The Dead, Vertical Sound

30HZ

Eating The Dead

Vertical Sound

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: VS005P

More from the same firin' crew that gave us the killer Moving Ninja 12" - a sister label to the heavily touted Subtext, home to those lords of minimsed sublow Vex'd. "Eating the dead" capitalises on its zombie electroid connections, and this is one serious bass bumper, insane sound spooling off the drums and low-end. Really excellent stuff, and spanning multiple ends of the dancefloor at its most robust and bass heavy..killer styles! 'Mike Dyson', meanwhile, wields crisp lawnmower drums and fills up the surroundings with hand drums, barely readying you for the shockout - dirty funk par excel… Read more
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30HZ - Eating The Dead, Vertical Sound
30HZ - In Your Ear, Vertical Sound

30HZ

In Your Ear

Vertical Sound

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: VS012P

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MOVING NINJA - Witchdokta, Vertical Sound

MOVING NINJA

Witchdokta

Vertical Sound

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: VS004P

Owing to circumstances beyond our control, last week's Subtext monster from Vex'd has caused nothing but pure vexation this week - the copies disappearing beyond trace in the scary world of couriers' lost property. Apologies to all of you who still want it - its a monster and we hope to have some news soon. In the meantime, here's Moving Ninja on bristol based sister imprint Vertical Sound, a breaks inflected take on the whole dirty beats scene. For the real shizzle, flip to the s side, and the 30hz remix for some proper deviant business, a snorting bassline like a beast on heat and ruffa… Read more
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MOVING NINJA - Witchdokta, Vertical Sound
ALEX SMOKE - Chica Wappa, Soma

ALEX SMOKE

Chica Wappa

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA161

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CRATESAVERS - Cratesavers EP, Soma

CRATESAVERS

Cratesavers EP

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA085

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EASTMEN - U Dig, Soma

EASTMEN

U Dig

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA011

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FACULTY X - Airports & Hospitals, Soma

FACULTY X

Airports & Hospitals

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA131

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FUNK D'VOID - Soma Dubs vol 2, Soma

FUNK D'VOID

Soma Dubs vol 2

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA157

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GENE FARRIS - This Is My Religion, Soma

GENE FARRIS

This Is My Religion

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMACD020Z

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LET'S GO OUTSIDE - A Picnic With The Hunters, Soma

LET'S GO OUTSIDE

A Picnic With The Hunters

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMACD066D

Portland-based producer Stephen Schieberl makes his full-length debut for Soma having released two singles, 'Speak My Language' and the rather filthy 'I'll Lick Your Spine' (included here) featuring a particularly illustrative vocal from Christina Broussard, who presents a detailed itinerary of her seduction technique. As is true for much of A Picnic With The Hunters, the track makes for an artful balance between edgy techno production and skewed pop sensibilities. 'Peripheral' could be compared to Safety Scissors around the time of his Parts Water album given its odd, … Read more
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LET'S GO OUTSIDE - A Picnic With The Hunters, Soma
RETROFLEX - Variations In Consciousness part 1, Soma

RETROFLEX

Variations In Consciousness part 1

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA075

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MIRROR MUSIC - The Strange Things I'll Remember: Remixes Pt 1, Soma

MIRROR MUSIC

The Strange Things I'll Remember: Remixes Pt 1

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DRD025

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OCTOGEN - 2five0nine, Soma

OCTOGEN

2five0nine

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMADA055

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PERCY X - Afterplan, Soma

PERCY X

Afterplan

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA121

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SCOTT GROOVES / SLAM - Soma Classics Vol 1, Soma

SCOTT GROOVES / SLAM

Soma Classics Vol 1

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA163

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SILICONE SOUL - The Answer feat. Melanie Clarke, Soma

SILICONE SOUL

The Answer feat. Melanie Clarke

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA097CDS

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SILICONE SOUL - Les Nocturnes, Soma

SILICONE SOUL

Les Nocturnes

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA162

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SILICONE SOUL - Inferno, Soma

SILICONE SOUL

Inferno

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA185D

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CABBAGEBOY - Molecular Millionaire, NTone

CABBAGEBOY

Molecular Millionaire

NTone

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: NTONEDNL34

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SLAM - Dark Forces Ltd. Edition, Soma

SLAM

Dark Forces Ltd. Edition

Soma

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SOMA039

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