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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
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

**Flac format for this release is in 24 bit / 44.1kHz** 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… 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

Review to follow shortly…
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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
STEFAN GOLDMANN - Industry, Macro Recordings
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STEFAN GOLDMANN

Industry

Macro Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MACROM40

"On ‘Industry’ Stefan Goldmann tests how far you can get by using presets only. All sounds are factory presets of 3 obsolete 1990s Japanese workstation synths, all effects are presets, all notes are quantized and most panning is purely accidental (laid out in the preset sounds). These recordings don't rely on successful presets, but on failed sounds of now obsolete synthesizers – industrial assumptions of where culture will go, but where it chose not to. The result is a surprisingly pleasant listening experience with effortless grooves and rich textures – and mildly demonic connotations… Read more
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STEFAN GOLDMANN - Industry, Macro Recordings
BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS - Cease to Matter, Nonplace
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BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS

Cease to Matter

Nonplace

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: non38

Burnt Friedman returns to Nonplace accompanied again by vocals from American actor and musician, Daniel Dodd-Ellis. In 'Cease To Matter' Friedman nudges his explorative Berlin dub sound somewhere more sensual, soulful, with no loss of his exotic and otherworldly aesthetic. Incorporating impressions from Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour of 2013, together with inspiration from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - who's sampled on the two-part title track - the album takes shape as a worldly, futurist premonition of decaying, transitional metropolises and cultural m… Read more
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BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS - Cease to Matter, Nonplace
MFO - Future City Traffic (Part 2), Dekmantel
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MFO

Future City Traffic (Part 2)

Dekmantel

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DKMNTL019

Massimo Di Lena and Padice team up on a deep house/disco session for Dekmental. Four tracks cover bases between slinky acid disco in 'Motor'; bumpty Chicago juice in 'Oman Jazz'; wiggly Border Community-style tech-house in 'Design The Future'; grumbling cosmic styles in 'Arctic Lodge'.
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PHILIPP GORBACHEV - Silver Album (DJ Edits), Cómeme
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PHILIPP GORBACHEV

Silver Album (DJ Edits)

Cómeme

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TÓCAME001

Cómeme pull in some big guns to rework Philipp Gorbachev's 'Silver Album'. Danny Daze moves further from the Hot Creations sound with a moody drug chug version of 'What Do You Need' and Ana Helder reduces 'New Sound & Silver Symphony' to a slower, stately momentum. Predictably, JD Twitch sounds like he has a tonne of fun with a fierce edit of 'Arrest Me' full of recursive delays and proper, pent EBM funk, leaving Matias Aguayo to jam down on 'Distance' and Barnt to get clinical with strobing synths and mid-tempo jack beats with an Addit of 'Silver Symphony'. Your 'floor needs this.
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PHILIPP GORBACHEV - Silver Album (DJ Edits), Cómeme
TALKER - Hari, DOWNWARDS
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TALKER

Hari

DOWNWARDS

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DN062

Chicago's Karl Meier & Johnathan Krohn aka Talker properly realise the project's industrial potential with 'Hari', their debut LP for Downwards. Last spotted on a 12" with expanded version of 'Cut The Weight' from the 'Halha' compilation, this appearance feels more affected, atmospheric, bitterly resolved. There's eight tracks on offer, including the monstrous doom copulation of 'Meniscus' featuring label-mate, Kerridge, amongst the Eraserhead ambience of 'Hari' or the ghostly industrial romance of 'Image Union', whilst the bombed-out techno hulk of 'Behemoth' and the 'floor-razing mission, 'Frame C… Read more
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TALKER - Hari, DOWNWARDS
LOSOUL - Immanent EP, Another Picture
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LOSOUL

Immanent EP

Another Picture

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: APP00

Alternate shades of Teutonic tech-house from perennial producer Losoul. The 'Immanent' EP gives the Another Picture label a fine debut with the canny use of a processed sample of The Last Poets threaded thru the head-spinning synthlines and pneumatic jack of 'BZA' for the 5am crew, and the dusted deep house waltz of 'Sediments' taking you to the after hours.
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FRANçOIS TUSQUES & DON CHERRY - La Maison Fille Du Soleil, Finders Keepers Records
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FRANçOIS TUSQUES & DON CHERRY

La Maison Fille Du Soleil

Finders Keepers Records

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: CACK4505DL

"Cross-pollinating the wants lists of art/jazz/print and architecture enthusiasts this seldom sighted 45 single is regarded as the rarest “lost” recording by American jazz trumpeter and global communal music missionary Don Cherry as he collaborates with French piano improv genius François Tusques. A missing link in the pre-formative years of improvised jazz this mythical private pressing unites two of the key exponents of both American and French free jazz – two entirely independent musical art forms which by 1964 had yet to publicly entwine at the hands of … Read more
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FRANçOIS TUSQUES & DON CHERRY - La Maison Fille Du Soleil, Finders Keepers Records
ADAM X - Irreformable, Sonic Groove
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ADAM X

Irreformable

Sonic Groove

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SGLPD01

Techno legend Adam X at his industrial-strength best on his fifth album in this guise. With minimal airs or graces, 'Irreformable' is a seductive, straight-faced invitation to the dancefloor's dark side, exploring 10 tightly bound strains of techno informed by industrial EBM and noirish sci-fi atmospheres. Whilst this stuff may be in vogue within certain sectors, Adam proves his instinctive commitment to the sound with physically attuned rhythmic prompts - no funkless stidgy loops here - and heavy atmospheric pressure at best in the skulking, electroid opener 'Interchanges (Enter & Exit)', t… Read more
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ADAM X - Irreformable, Sonic Groove