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Monday, 25 April 2011

ATROPOLIS - Atropolis, DUTTY ARTZ

ATROPOLIS

Atropolis

DUTTY ARTZ

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WORLD

Cat. Number: DA010

Dutty Artz are on fire right now, following up the essential Dubbel Dutch 12" with this debut burner from Atropolis. His eponymous LP is a lush and humid digital affair ripe for the 'floor. Guest vocalists Anbuley and Noelia Fernandez flavour futuristic, polyrhythmic, drum-filled instrumentals with proper street attitude that could easily have come from Bogota or Brooklyn. If you're into the Chancha Via Circuito album, get on this!
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SEXUAL HARRASSMENT / DAM-FUNK - Give It To Me Hot, CITINITE
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SEXUAL HARRASSMENT / DAM-FUNK

Give It To Me Hot

CITINITE

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: NITE-16

Dâm-Funk, Sweat.X, and Robert O'Dell pay tribute to one of the '80s' raunchiest funk/punk groups, Swexual Harassment. Going twos up, LA's Dâm-Funk & Lil' Kenny slide into the red on a cover of 'You Are My Sexual Connection', rubbing a febrile bass down low while Kenny pants and groans the vocal amidst splashing cymbals and spanking claps. From the other end of the world, South Africa's Markus Wormstorm and Spoek Mathambo demand 'I Need A Freak' to a rough, uncompromising rhythmic grind and strangulated vocals. Flip it and Jimmy Edgar links with vocalist, G. Rizo for … Read more
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SEXUAL HARRASSMENT / DAM-FUNK - Give It To Me Hot, CITINITE
BURIAL - Street Halo, Hyperdub
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BURIAL

Street Halo

Hyperdub

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDB013

'Street Halo' is the first solo Burial 12" in four years. It's a peach. A-side 'Street Halo' is a yearning 4/4 roller tucked with all the hallmarks of his finest and usefully cut at 45rpm in case you want some slopped and screwed fun. Flipside, we find the slowdown soul-tugger 'NYC' featuring a more prominent vocal in the style of his songs from 'Untrue', but best of all is 'Stolen Dog', hankering after a twoc'ed mutt through a beautiful, Roedelius-like lead refrain, barely-there rhythms and swarming spectral shapes. Worth the wait? Indeed.
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JENSEN BREWSTER - Fictitious 7 - No. 4, The Frequency Lab

JENSEN BREWSTER

Fictitious 7 - No. 4

The Frequency Lab

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TFL F7004

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AHAUTZAB - Lirio EP, Apparel Music

AHAUTZAB

Lirio EP

Apparel Music

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: APD033

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ARBOREA - Red Planet, STRANGE ATTRACTORS AUDIO HOUSE

ARBOREA

Red Planet

STRANGE ATTRACTORS AUDIO HOUSE

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SAAH067

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PAUL MAC - Odd Things EP, Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)

PAUL MAC

Odd Things EP

Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ART-DDS5

Prolific Techno producer Paul Mac has been quiet for the last few years, but remedies that with two refined grooves for Kirk Degiorgio's revived ART label. Back in the saddle, 'Odd Things Amount to Nothing' drives forth like some streamlined Ben Klock tackle, revolving around a hypnotic siren and stealthily modulated synthlines. 'Here Comes The Swing' is more melancholy, powered by a wandering baseline and shrouded in moody, arcing pads.
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ART DEPARTMENT FEAT. SETH TROXLER - Living The Life, Crosstown Rebels
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ART DEPARTMENT FEAT. SETH TROXLER

Living The Life

Crosstown Rebels

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CRM073

Motivational deep House music with a sexy twist from Art Department and Seth Troxler. Riding a rhythm built from soggy synth squelches and copulating cowbells, Seth Troxler lends his soulful croon. The Aba Therapy version gives 'em a Dubbed-up overhaul, dipping the bass and vocals a few levels lower while reorganising the melody to a moodier scheme.
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NETHER - True Believer (Original / Marcus Intalex Mix), Deep Soul Music

NETHER

True Believer (Original / Marcus Intalex Mix)

Deep Soul Music

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: DSM017

Dubbed-out D&B from Nether, backed with a bulkier 'Dancehall' remix by Marcus Intalex featuring Ras T-Weed. The blooming dub chords of the original actually sounds like something from the Echospace catalogue before the hi-hats and sullen, sunken subs give its D&B provenance away. The end result is somewhere between the clipped halfstep sound and luscious Dub House, one for the very early, or very late hours of the night, depending. Titling his remix 'Dancehall' is a bit of a misnomer, as there's bot-all dancehall about the Marcus Intalex mix, but it's a sleek and useful liquid stepper if that's what you're after.
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NETHER - True Believer (Original / Marcus Intalex Mix), Deep Soul Music
BABA BLACK - All Red All Black, Palms Out Sounds

BABA BLACK

All Red All Black

Palms Out Sounds

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: POS025

Baba Black is a fresh nu House project from Danish producer Torsten Bo Jacobsen, who's best known for his cheeky Run Jeremy edits. For New York's Palms out Sounds he drops the teasing dub chords and peaking warehouse jack of 'All Red' and its inversion 'All Black'. Fellow Dane, Jean doe gives a slinkier remix, next to Mike Hindle's discombobulated swinger and a Gary Granted's dense, acidic Chicago Roast remix and a fluid flowing vocal dub by Resoe.
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RYO MURAKAMI - In Chain (Fred P Remix), Curle Recordings
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RYO MURAKAMI

In Chain (Fred P Remix)

Curle Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CURLE034D

Dessous and Poker Flat regular, Ryo Murakami offers two raw-but-buffed Tech-House jacks for Curle, backed with a delicious Fred P remix. 'In Chain' is a lovely bit of old-skool House music produced with up-to-date production values, figuring gritty but elegant drum machine rhythms, swooping subbass and fluttering melodic synthlines. 'Feel It' is more sumptuous, strongly reminding of tracks from NWAQ's 'The Dead Bears' LP, while Fred P's reshape of 'In Chain' teases it out with a more svelte and velveteen finish. Quite lush.
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DEETRON & RIPPERTON - Depth Frame EP, Music Man
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DEETRON & RIPPERTON

Depth Frame EP

Music Man

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MM153D

Slinkier Technohouse from the veteran Deetron and Ripperton. The 'Depth Frame' single showcases their more hypnotic, heavy grooving side with the lubricated shimmy of 'In-depth' and to great effect on the pneumatically driving 'Out Of Frame'.
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JERUSALEM AND THE STARBASKETS - DOST, De Stijl Records
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JERUSALEM AND THE STARBASKETS

DOST

De Stijl Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: IND 091

One of James ‘Wooden Wand’ Jackson Toth’s favourite bands, these Midwestern lo-fi poppers make a good case for why the Velvet Underground are one of the most influential bands of the last fifty years. While they add their own spin to the sound, for the most part ‘Dost’ is an unpretentious and timeless garage-rock trawl through that very specific druggy Velvets-style basement subgenre. They manage it well too, apparently the band have been largely unrecorded even though they have been playing shows incessantly, and the sound of this full-length doesn’t try and cover any of the w… Read more
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JERUSALEM AND THE STARBASKETS - DOST, De Stijl Records
WORLD'S END GIRLFRIEND - Seven Idiots, ERASED TAPES
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WORLD'S END GIRLFRIEND

Seven Idiots

ERASED TAPES

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ERATP029DL

Blending the intensity and musical anarchy of math-rock (think Don Cabalero or Battles) with chip rock, jungle and electronica wouldn’t seem like a good idea to most people, but Japan's World’s End Girlfriend have done it anyway, and it sort of works. These guys sound like a hiccupping modern answer to Yellow Magic Orchestra, and while their hyperactive brand of sugar-coated indie-dance might not suit the masses it sure goes down well at the right moment. The fact that they throw so much into ‘Seven Idiots’ is in itself an achievement, and mid-way through the record you begin … Read more
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WORLD'S END GIRLFRIEND - Seven Idiots, ERASED TAPES
RICARDO MIRANDA - Floorwax, Rush Hour
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RICARDO MIRANDA

Floorwax

Rush Hour

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HHYR14

Choice cuts from Chicago's Latin Soul Brotha on Rush Hours place for the prime stuff, Hour House Is Your Rush. 'Floorwax' features a niggling acid line like something out of an early DJ Funk tune or a more minimal mix of Lil Louis' 'Why Fall', rubbing resonant 303 against slinkin' 909 to deadly effect. This will burn the 'floor! B-side is equally heavy, building a head of acid tension before delivering the payload of rugged clap patterns to make you go for it. TIP!
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MOUNTAINEER - Golden Chalk (Idjut Boys Mix) / Always Coming Home (Tuff City Kids Mix), Leng Records
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MOUNTAINEER

Golden Chalk (Idjut Boys Mix) / Always Coming Home (Tuff City Kids Mix)

Leng Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: LENG007

Breezin' disco versions of Mountaineer's 'Golden Chalk' by two premier dancefloor outfits, Idjut Boys and Tuff City Kids. It's hard not to be charmed by Idjut's version, which drifts in like a Ducktails cut before everything becomes dub smudged and lushly heady. Tuff City Kids aka Running Back's Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer only use a fraction of the original to turn out a proper Nu Groove-style mid-tempo House groove. Aces!
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LEE J MALCOLM - OneStar, EPM Music

LEE J MALCOLM

OneStar

EPM Music

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: EPM006

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WHOMADEWHO - Knee Deep, Kompakt
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WHOMADEWHO

Knee Deep

Kompakt

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT230DIGITAL

Copenhagen's Whomadwho trio (formerly on Gomma) make their Kompakt debut with third album 'Knee Deep'. It's by far one of the most rock/pop oriented releases on the label for some time, but their guitar/drum/vocal equation is well balanced with enough electronics to warrant their signing. The trio crafted the album in a "semi-built hotel" in their home city, and ended up with two sets of quite different songs. 'Knee Deep' would appear to be the more reflective, sombre side of them, apparently influenced by marriage breakups, label disputes and so on. But that's not to say these aren't dancef… Read more
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WHOMADEWHO - Knee Deep, Kompakt
JAI PAUL - BTSTU, XL Recordings
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JAI PAUL

BTSTU

XL Recordings

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: XLS534DS

The hugely tipped debut from one of the most blogged and hyped new artists of the last 12 months...
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VOLTRON / NGUZUNGUZU / XXXY - Freshmen (xxxy / Jack Dixon Mixes), Discobelle Records

VOLTRON / NGUZUNGUZU / XXXY

Freshmen (xxxy / Jack Dixon Mixes)

Discobelle Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DBR-014

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GATEKEEPER - Rawtones - EP, Screwloose Records

GATEKEEPER

Rawtones - EP

Screwloose Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SCREW005D

Gatekeeper represents for Bristol on a Grimy pair backed with remixes from Asa & Koan Sound and Statix. There's a notable elevation of his production values on the sharply rendered and powerful bass shapes and cutting edits of 'Rawtones', while 'Ignite' links with local MCs Grizla and Dread for a menacing session of darkest bass weight. Screwloose regular Koan Sound and Asa rework 'Rawtones' with a ruffed-up and gothic Garage swing, while Statix is the ideal candidate to take 'Ignite' one step darker with his armour-plated production licks.
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SKEPTICAL & MC FOKUS / ANT TC1 - Structure / Mode Destruction, Dispatch Recordings
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SKEPTICAL & MC FOKUS / ANT TC1

Structure / Mode Destruction

Dispatch Recordings

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: DISLPLTD001

Pair of lean and agile minimal D&B/Neurofunk steppers. Skeptical's 'Structure' features MC Fokus on a snake-style twyster; all minimal, metal-tipped snares and muzzled subs in a darting syncopation. Ant TC1's 'Mode Destruction' starts out echoic and dubby but soon evolves into a hard-stepping beast with snarling neurofunk synthlines.
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AQUARIUS HEAVEN - 7 Days, Circus Company

AQUARIUS HEAVEN

7 Days

Circus Company

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: 3661585829393

As proved by Nicolas Jaar's debut album, it's not all just hedonistic party times at Circus Company. Aquarius Heaven further reveal their deeper side with four tracks of moody, blunted House music from dOP's Damien Vandesande and Clement Zemstov, with the notable inclusion of vocalist Brian Brewster. '7 Days' explores a more sinister side of their character, entering to a Rhythm & Sound-inspired piece of dub poetry and skulking about to the squashed bob of 'So Low'. 'Before U Go' raises the tempo some for a fat piece of modern, dubby Deep House and 'Universe' swings to a sparse but bass heavy electro-House gripper.
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AQUARIUS HEAVEN - 7 Days, Circus Company
AWESOME WELLS - Carry on Awesome Wells, RED DEER CLUB

AWESOME WELLS

Carry on Awesome Wells

RED DEER CLUB

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: RDC029

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BENNY RODRIGUES - I Like Acid EP, Be As One Imprint

BENNY RODRIGUES

I Like Acid EP

Be As One Imprint

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: bao029

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LAID BACK - Cocaine Cool / Bakerman, Brother Music

LAID BACK

Cocaine Cool / Bakerman

Brother Music

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BMVI002

Soul Clap apply their ultra cool demeanour to Laid Back's reworked version of the classic 'White Horse' aka 'Cocaine Cool'. Inside you'll find an iced vocal mix and the bumpy Dub plus a saxy mix of their lesser known '89 groove 'Bakerman' and Laid Back's reworked original instrumental. Sniff.
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TERRY THOMAS AND HIS ROCK AND ROLL ROTTERS - Sweet Old-Fashioned Boy, Trunk Records
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TERRY THOMAS AND HIS ROCK AND ROLL ROTTERS

Sweet Old-Fashioned Boy

Trunk Records

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: PD005A

There’s not a lot of information to be found on this dusty archival find from the ever-reliable Trunk imprint. Could it be that beloved ‘rotter’ Terry Thomas actually recorded this comedic slice of rock ‘n roll way back when? I’m not totally sure, but whoever recorded it did a great job of capturing not only the classic rock ‘n roll sound but also a winking sense of irony that is missing from most recorded music these days. I don’t know how Johnny Trunk manages to do it, but there’s a definite thread that links all the releases, no matter how far… Read more
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TERRY THOMAS AND HIS ROCK AND ROLL ROTTERS - Sweet Old-Fashioned Boy, Trunk Records
TV VICTOR - The Ways of the Bodies, Tresor Records
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TV VICTOR

The Ways of the Bodies

Tresor Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRESOR240

*Featuring additional production, recording and mixing by Moritz von Oswald and Max Loderbauer* Substantial collection of three albums by Berlin ambient-electronic pioneer Udo Heitfeld aka TV Victor, digitally remastered and officially available to download for the first time. It features the double disc album 'Timeless Deceleration' from 2000 and the never-officially-released 'Ways Of The Bodies' from 2002, both quite unlike almost anything else that Tresor have released. Like his collection for NSI. in 2010, TV Victor works in a very particular brand of langorous, clean and cri… Read more
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TV VICTOR - The Ways of the Bodies, Tresor Records
NADASTROM - WEPA, DUBSIDED

NADASTROM

WEPA

DUBSIDED

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DSD032

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BOXCUTTER - The Dissolve, Planet Mu
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BOXCUTTER

The Dissolve

Planet Mu

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: 5055300321268

Barry Lynn's fourth album for Planet Mu effectively sees him disengage with Dubstep and embrace the esoteric strands of Jazz, Techno and Electronica which always richly informed his music. It's no surprise really, given that his previous album 'Arecibo Message' and singles on Kinnego Records have been moving towards a finer balance of electro and acoustic instrumentation for the last few years. Worry not though, he's not lost his head up his arse with over-egged "experimentalism", the 13 tracks of 'The Dissolve' are still definitively Boxcutter, but now rubbed with that same pseudo lo-fi a… Read more
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BOXCUTTER - The Dissolve, Planet Mu