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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. II), Temporary Residence Ltd.
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WILLIAM BASINSKI

The Disintegration Loops (Vol. II)

Temporary Residence Ltd.

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRR224CD

In possesion of a deeply ingrained vein of raw unmitigated talent coursing through his soul, William Baskinski is a modern day Midas; with everything he touches turning to aural gold. With the reissue of parts 2-4 (why part 1 isnt here yet, jah only knows!) of the jaw-dropping 'The Disintegration Loops' series, Basinski proves why he is undoubtedly one of the greatest minimalists / soundscapers of our time. Having found acres of tape he'd archived in the 1980's, Basinski decided they should be converted to digital format in order to preserve them from decay. Too … Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. II), Temporary Residence Ltd.
WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. III), Temporary Residence Ltd.
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WILLIAM BASINSKI

The Disintegration Loops (Vol. III)

Temporary Residence Ltd.

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRR225CD

The first 20 minute composition on this reissue from William Basinksi opens with one of the most heart-breaking tracts of music I've heard for many years; a looped clutch of strings, slowly shuffling into oblivion. Gorgeous. If the PR gubbins accompanying these timely reissues is to be believed, Basinksi watched the fall of the Twin Towers from his roof whilst 'The Disintegration Loops' played in the background. I can only imagine the sheer profundity that would have instilled on such a bleak situation, with Basinski's work able to make a boiling kettle take on … Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. III), Temporary Residence Ltd.
WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. IV), Temporary Residence Ltd.
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WILLIAM BASINSKI

The Disintegration Loops (Vol. IV)

Temporary Residence Ltd.

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRR226CD

The final reissue of Basinski's 'Disintergration Loops' series sees yet more mediations on the subject of mortailty, brought to bear through a level of fragility rarely glimpsed witihn modern music. Comparable to Ryuichi Sakamoto in terms of its gracefully hypnotic and deeply textured poetic outlook, the fact that Basinksi managed to retrieve such emotional tracts from decaying source material is testament to his towering talent. Made up of three extended pieces, each composition is unique in terms of sound, but united by a very real sense of unyielding emotional… Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. IV), Temporary Residence Ltd.
POUYA EHSAEI - There, ENTR'ACTE
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POUYA EHSAEI

There

ENTR'ACTE

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: E172

Engrossing debut album from Iranian sound artist, Pouya Ehsaei, sublimating samples of traditional Iranian music to "reveal the rage hidden beneath its melancholia." 'There' was produced in 2010, using fractured and brutally processed instrumentation indigenous to Iran to isolate a palpable feeling of tension articulated with a timbre unique to the artist's background. In the course of its six pieces we perceive a stark and grinding sadness from his aerated arrangements, gleaning elusive emotions from a rich, whisked swirl of glistening tones that remain dangerously high in the mix, sustainin… Read more
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PETER JEFFERIES - Electricity, Superior Viaduct
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PETER JEFFERIES

Electricity

Superior Viaduct

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SV055

"Peter Jefferies (This Kind of Punishment) released his brilliant sophomore album Electricity in 1994. While his solo debut, 1990’s The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, has drawn comparisons to classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt, Electricity is a far more sparse and nocturnal affair. Jefferies’ earthy baritone weaves between piano, guitar, cello and analog tape machine noise, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music. With guest appearances from heavyweights in the New Zealand music scene (Straitjacket Fits’ Shayne Carter, Plagal Gr… Read more
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PETER JEFFERIES - Electricity, Superior Viaduct
DUAL ACTION - Nightmare Angel of the Expressways, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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DUAL ACTION

Nightmare Angel of the Expressways

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HOS427

Presenting a digital edition of the super-limited (65 copies) 8 x tape boxset by longtime Hospital Productions associate Matthew Folden aka Dual Action. 'Nightmare Angel of the Expressways' is a personal vision of isolationist industrial and EBM probably best consumed on very long drives down the infinitely straight highways of North America. The tracklist reads like the psychogeographic diary of a modern day highwayman getting progressively sozzled on neat booze behind the wheel, drifting thru 33 glistening electronic reveries powered by sodden motorik throbs and choking on noxious FX.
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DUAL ACTION - Nightmare Angel of the Expressways, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
KING BRITT - Black Unicorns, Svakt
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KING BRITT

Black Unicorns

Svakt

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SVK004

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SANTIAGO SALAZAR - New Beginnings, MAJOR PEOPLE

SANTIAGO SALAZAR

New Beginnings

MAJOR PEOPLE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MJPL001

Timeless, dreamy Detroit techno house from Santiago Salazar aka UR's S2 and member of Galaxy 2 Galaxy. 'New Beginnings' gives up some deft hi-tec electro-soul; 'Technik' contrasts warmest chords with darker bass to divine effect, whilst Defend:R brings out it's latent electro elements 'pon the remix.
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FELA KUTI - Finding Fela, Knitting Factory Records
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FELA KUTI

Finding Fela

Knitting Factory Records

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WORLD

Cat. Number: KFR11330

**Ram jam with edits of Fela classics plus an exclusive live track** "The soundtrack to the documentary, ‘Finding Fela,’ directed by Acadamy Award winning director, Alex Gibney. The film tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, and his social and political importance contrasted against the hit Broadway musical, Fela! and culminates in the bringing Fela! to The Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (the fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) includes 17 of Fela's classic tracks plus a never-befor… Read more
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FELA KUTI - Finding Fela, Knitting Factory Records
BVDUB - A History of Distance, N5MD
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BVDUB

A History of Distance

N5MD

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MD231

Four expansive ambient epics from Brock Van Wey.
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YOB - Clearing the Path to Ascend, Neurot Recordings
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YOB

Clearing the Path to Ascend

Neurot Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: 0655035229027

"Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, doom trio powerhouse YOB unleashes Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre While giving due sonic credit to cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath – YOB immediately set out to defi… Read more
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YOB - Clearing the Path to Ascend, Neurot Recordings
ERNSTALBRECHT STIEBLER - Mit der Zeit, m=minimal
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ERNSTALBRECHT STIEBLER

Mit der Zeit

m=minimal

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MM022CD

"German minimal composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler celebrated his 80th birthday this year. M=minimal honours the work of this master of reduction with the third release dedicated exclusivly to his work. Unlike many modern composers that use avantgardistic special effects, Stiebler builds his compositions around small sound spaces. 
As the composer himself said in an interview, his music is not intended to be easy. He demands a certain concentration of his listeners. Once you accept it you get rewarded with shifted time perception. A piece of 15 minutes duration can be perceived … Read more
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ERNSTALBRECHT STIEBLER - Mit der Zeit, m=minimal
HYBRID THEORY - Drop to the Max EP, FORMULA
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HYBRID THEORY

Drop to the Max EP

FORMULA

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FRMD003

Killer UK house rufige from Champion's Formula label. Three tracks get progressively tuffer from the tight house stepper, 'Drop To The Max' to the billowing bassline and clipped cowbells of 'Raw Sex' and the grimy dread lash of 'Dollars'. Check!
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EL REMOLON - El Chamuyero (Remix), DUTTY ARTZ

EL REMOLON

El Chamuyero (Remix)

DUTTY ARTZ

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WORLD

Cat. Number: DA034

Slow and low Cumbia outta NYC, backed with swinging 2-step style remix from Chants, and stepping Atropolis version.
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ARVE HENRIKSEN - The Nature Of Connections, Rune Grammofon
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ARVE HENRIKSEN

The Nature Of Connections

Rune Grammofon

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JAZZ / FUSION

"The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him to… Read more
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ARVE HENRIKSEN - The Nature Of Connections, Rune Grammofon
BLONDE REDHEAD - Barragán, Asawa Kuru LLC

BLONDE REDHEAD

Barragán

Asawa Kuru LLC

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BLDE001DG

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DIGGS DUKE - The Upper Hand & Other Grand Illusions, Brownswood Recordings

DIGGS DUKE

The Upper Hand & Other Grand Illusions

Brownswood Recordings

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: 3610156821908

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GHOST CULTURE - Arms, Phantasy Sound

GHOST CULTURE

Arms

Phantasy Sound

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: PH38D

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ROTHKO - A Life Lived Elsewhere, TRACE RECORDINGS

ROTHKO

A Life Lived Elsewhere

TRACE RECORDINGS

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TRACECDIG018

This marvellous Rothko retrospective comes in an extremely limited edition, with only 300 having been made. The disc comes housed in cardboard box packaging with one or two bonus treats enclosed (there's what appears to be a signed note from Mark Beazley himself and something secreted away in a brown paper envelope - a badge, mayhap?). The tracklist includes old favourites and tracks that have previously only been available on vinyl or on small-run compilation albums, with the odd bit of unreleased material thrown into the mix. In terms of the band's timeline, the selected songs… Read more
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ROTHKO - A Life Lived Elsewhere, TRACE RECORDINGS
OUTBOXX / BUCKLEY / WAIFS & STRAYS / KEMBACK - Summer Riot (Part III), Futureboogie Recordings

OUTBOXX / BUCKLEY / WAIFS & STRAYS / KEMBACK

Summer Riot (Part III)

Futureboogie Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FBR027D

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ANCHORSONG - Mawa EP, BBE

ANCHORSONG

Mawa EP

BBE

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BBE279EDG

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LEX LOOFAH & MICHAEL MURANAKA - Mating Rituals, Club Vibez Records

LEX LOOFAH & MICHAEL MURANAKA

Mating Rituals

Club Vibez Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: CVR047

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CLOUD BOAT - Hallow, Apollo

CLOUD BOAT

Hallow

Apollo

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AMB1410D

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AYLEN - Quack Attack, Main Course

AYLEN

Quack Attack

Main Course

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MCR031

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HOMEBOY SANDMAN - Hallways, Stones Throw

HOMEBOY SANDMAN

Hallways

Stones Throw

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: STH2349D

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HOMEBOY SANDMAN - Hallways, Stones Throw Records

HOMEBOY SANDMAN

Hallways

Stones Throw Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: STH2349

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CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA - Void (Vol. VI), White Paddy Mountain

CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA

Void (Vol. VI)

White Paddy Mountain

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WPM0011

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MATTHIAS ZIMMERMANN - Momentum Series (Pt. I - EP), Sound Pellegrino

MATTHIAS ZIMMERMANN

Momentum Series (Pt. I - EP)

Sound Pellegrino

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 3700551763818

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VARIOUS - youANDme presents: 'Best of Ten Yrs Rotary Cocktail Recordings', Rotary Cocktail

VARIOUS

youANDme presents: 'Best of Ten Yrs Rotary Cocktail Recordings'

Rotary Cocktail

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RCDIG007

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ALEX CELLER - CNTX/TS 1001, Contexterrior / Tuning Spork

ALEX CELLER

CNTX/TS 1001

Contexterrior / Tuning Spork

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CNTXTS1001

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