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Monday, 14 July

MY DRY WET MESS - Laptop Lapdance (w/ Ikonika / Auntie Flo / Dam Mantle Mixes), Fine Grains Records
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MY DRY WET MESS

Laptop Lapdance (w/ Ikonika / Auntie Flo / Dam Mantle Mixes)

Fine Grains Records

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Crafty, swinging beat suite from My Dry Wet Mess, backed with four remixes from Auntie Flo, Dam Mantle, and Ikonika. The styles of 'Laptop Lapdance' reduce and build upon the taut funk of his Brainfeeder release, 'Stereo Typing' (2012) in four parts flexing from the jazz-funky dip and woozy chords of 'Twos Too' thru the glistening SND-like skip of 'Nailed Scale' and the baffling rhythmic calculations of 'Eyelids' Secret' and 'Infinito'. Remixing, Auntie Flo smooths 'Nailed Scale' to a lilting, Afro-centric groove, and Dam Mantle turns it into… Read more
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MY DRY WET MESS - Laptop Lapdance (w/ Ikonika / Auntie Flo / Dam Mantle Mixes), Fine Grains Records
HEAD BOGGLE - Serge Modular In Hi-Fi, EXPERIMEDIA
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HEAD BOGGLE

Serge Modular In Hi-Fi

EXPERIMEDIA

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: EXP027

"Head Boggle returns with what is perhaps his most refined and focused work to date. "Serge Modular In Hi-Fi" was recorded in early 2012 at the S.F. City College Electronic Music Lab utilizing a vintage pre-STS Serge Modular Synth system and was conceived as a pseudo aural "cubist" sound piece with an intention to achieve pseudo 3D "cubed" sound through discrete recording and mixing techniques. The only effects utilized were four or more analog delays being played real-time a la dub/reggae mixing techniques. The final selections were then sent to Kramer at Noise Miami for hi-f… Read more
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HEAD BOGGLE - Serge Modular In Hi-Fi, EXPERIMEDIA
TUFF SHERM & CASSIUS SELECT - Tuff Sherm & Cassius Select, Plastic World
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TUFF SHERM & CASSIUS SELECT

Tuff Sherm & Cassius Select

Plastic World

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 0827170449084

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CLAY RENDERING - Fire Is Fall's Rose, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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CLAY RENDERING

Fire Is Fall's Rose

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: HOS416

Clay Rendering, already responsible for one of our favourite releases of the year so far return with these strung-out gothic gems for Hospital productions. With the taste of 'Waters Above The Firmament' still on our lips, Mike and Tara Connelly reveal their most vulnerable vocal, guitar and accordion on 'Fire Is Fall's Rose' before hackled guitars and trudging drums arch up like a waking daemon to close. Flipside, we're slowly swept up in the waltzing keys, chamber techno thud and absolutely gutted vocal of 'Red Roots'. Have your heart and eat it...
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SHALLOW SANCTION - Shallow Sanction EP, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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SHALLOW SANCTION

Shallow Sanction EP

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: HOS415

"Debut release from London's Shallow Sanction. A refreshing but authentic take on the lineage referencing bands such as early Christian Death, Amebix, and Conflict. Shallow Sanction rejects the otherwise 'in the red' and overly distorted approach of recent years for a more honest, stripped down and raw gothic punk sorely missing from many of their contemporaries. An aggressive, 'only man left' feel runs through the ep. An isolated and anthemic voice echoes along cold rainy drums and bloody nose bass, accented by the unusual introduction of effects and smartly placed electron… Read more
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SHALLOW SANCTION - Shallow Sanction EP, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
CABARET VOLTAIRE - Methodology '74-'78: Attic Tapes, Mute
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CABARET VOLTAIRE

Methodology '74-'78: Attic Tapes

Mute

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CABS17I

53-track compilation charting the evolution of The Cabs from early experiments in 1974 which set the ground for the punk explosion, thru to their innovative Industrial Records era and subsequent fascinations with urban American funk and electronics in the '80s.
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DJ DODGER STADIUM - Friend Of Mine LP, Body High

DJ DODGER STADIUM

Friend Of Mine LP

Body High

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BH018

Debut album of EDM-leaning left coast House kickers from Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy aka DJ Dodger Stadium.
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HOUND SCALES - Pinky Violence EP, Fifth Wall Records
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HOUND SCALES

Pinky Violence EP

Fifth Wall Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5WALL014

Rampant techno, fresh outta NYC and backed with a Tuff Sherm remix. Check for the muscular, abrasive charge of 'Princip (Rubble Dub 1)' and the ruddy rtechno rolige of 'Youth Series (Rayon Dub 1)'.
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TRE MISSION FEAT. WILEY & ANDREENA - Real Grind, Big Dada

TRE MISSION FEAT. WILEY & ANDREENA

Real Grind

Big Dada

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BDDNL246S

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MR. G - VFM EP, Phoenix G
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MR. G

VFM EP

Phoenix G

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PG048

Hefty house tools from UK legend, Mr. G. In fine style four track roll between the dub-bassed and soul-fired drive of 'Let Down (Badly)' to the cavernous kicks and chords of 'Getting There… DETROIT' and the sub-heavy canter of 'Mangos in Season'.
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SEAHAWKS - Look At The Sun, Ocean Moon
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SEAHAWKS

Look At The Sun

Ocean Moon

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: OM013D

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AL-90 - SCR, Reckno
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AL-90

SCR

Reckno

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: REC 19

**Edition of 75 pro dubbed C30 tapes** Reckno win again with AL-90's introductory debut album of smudged ambient tones, dreamy house and tampered downbeats. The magickal, gauzy atmospheres of 'SCR' feel like the work of a singular artist who's deeply confident in their vision. It broadly falls between ambient techno, synthwave and instrumental H-Pop, sustaining perfectly blue-hued atmospheres over smooth, edgeless rhythms rolled like pillows in a stoned tumble drier. There's 13 of the charms, ranging from Huerco S-like house in '95' to the melting chromium chrods of 'On The Surface' thru heart-breakin… Read more
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AL-90 - SCR, Reckno
STREET THUNDER - Galaxies, Reckno
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STREET THUNDER

Galaxies

Reckno

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: REC 20

Visceral, lysgeric psych-noise from Street Thunder on his return to Reckno following the 'Bonfire Gecko Hex' tape. In comparison to the sanguine kosmiche of their previous, 'Galaxies' is more expansive, ripping at the edges with incendiary, kaotic noise harmonics in four parts scoping out the cascading tone clusters of 'Meteor Shower' alongside the shoegaze wrench of 'Universe End' and the overheating circuitry of 'Cosmic Residue'. But most impressive is the two-part 20 minute epic, 'Star Collapse / Venusian Naturism' which builds and roils to a deliriously unhinged swarm of bittersweet discord that you could practically swim in.
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STREET THUNDER - Galaxies, Reckno
YAAARD - How I Defeated, Reckno
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YAAARD

How I Defeated

Reckno

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: REC 21

Wonderfully wayward electronic vectors from Yaaard on the brilliant Reckno label. Dubbed by the label, "..an act of hero worship/destruction salvaged from the hard drive of a dead computer, a past thought lost now preserved on magnetic tape", Yaaard's 4th tape for the label revolves 14 pieces veering from blunted groovebox workouts reminding of Dro Carey thru to Ecco Jam-style ambient beatmulch on 'Shook Ones' with Street Thunder, via icy R&B introspection reminding of FKA Twigs in 'Tell Me' featuring Kinlaw, and the blistered shoegaze lurch of 'Infinite Love'.
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JOKER - Headtop EP, KAPSIZE
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JOKER

Headtop EP

KAPSIZE

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: 5051142096173

After circulating in the net for half a year, Joker finally delivers his no nonsense 'Head Top' EP on Kapsize. The title cut offers a rarely heard side of his sound, eviscerated of all that gloopy purple funk to leave a skeletal but big-boned halstep riddim skanking in mid-air, but it's back to business as usual with the chiptune funk of 'Marios Ting', and to nastier effect with the electric burn of 'Mr Miyagi' and killer beat stunts in 'Deserted Island'.
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SANDRA ELECTRONICS - Want Need, Minimal Wave
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SANDRA ELECTRONICS

Want Need

Minimal Wave

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MW054

Karl O'Connor aka Regis presents an effective "best of" his Sandra Electronics project on Minimal Wave, comprising re-edited and remastered versions of all yer favourites, replete with rare demos and live versions. Aided and abetted by current band member Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant, O'Connor presents slickly re-edited versions of the droning, buzzing bomb 'It Slipped Her Mind', the tripped-out lurker 'Protection Now!', an extended, searing version of the skeletal ghoul riddim 'New Purpose', plus its more melodic demo version, beside a live mix of the snake-hipped 'Want Need', and demo version of shoegazing swell-on, 'Publicity'. Class.
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SANDRA ELECTRONICS - Want Need, Minimal Wave
FINK - Looking Too Closely, R'COUP'D

FINK

Looking Too Closely

R'COUP'D

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: RCPDDNL001DX

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HARDWARE FEAT. CASSANDRA - Sampling Again, VARIOUS PRODUCTION

HARDWARE FEAT. CASSANDRA

Sampling Again

VARIOUS PRODUCTION

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: VA11

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RIVER SLAUGHTER - Obstructed Resentment, Sacred Tapes
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RIVER SLAUGHTER

Obstructed Resentment

Sacred Tapes

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SAC007

"River Slaughter debuted their mix of noise, tape hiss and synths with one of the first releases on Sacred Tapes. Infallible Godhead quickly became one of the fans favourite releases on the label with it even being featured in the Boomkat end of year lists as one of Gnods top ten releases of 2013. Obstructed Resentment brings two previously unheard tracks recorded in that very same session which have been stored in our vault for the past 10 months."
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LIGHTNING GLOVE - Radical Zoo, Ono Tesla
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LIGHTNING GLOVE

Radical Zoo

Ono Tesla

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ONO TESLA 002

Gnod and Michael Holland's Ono Tesla corporation follows that gorgeous Negra Branca side with a snotty cyberpunk blast from Czech Republic's Lightning Glove. 'Radical Zoo' is their debut album of rudimentary electronics, spitting machine rhythms and urgent, whiny vocals lashing out under dissociative synth atmospheres across six tracks referencing punkish electro and dubstep alongside in-vogue darkwave. Together with lyrics about Ketamine and the social disintegration of Europe, it all comes off like the lo-fi soundtrack to some '90s cyberpunk flick about poor-but-sexy squatters in d… Read more
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LIGHTNING GLOVE - Radical Zoo, Ono Tesla
JAMES BLACKSHAW - Fantômas : Le Faux Magistrat, TOMPKINS SQUARE
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JAMES BLACKSHAW

Fantômas : Le Faux Magistrat

TOMPKINS SQUARE

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: TSQ5012

"In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013.Fantômas – a master of disguise and symbol of terror – is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favourite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists.Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (wh… Read more
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JAMES BLACKSHAW - Fantômas : Le Faux Magistrat, TOMPKINS SQUARE
FINK - Hard Believer (Album), R'COUP'D

FINK

Hard Believer (Album)

R'COUP'D

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: RCPDDNL001

"‘Hard Believer’ is the new studio album from Fink and the first release on the R’COUP’D imprint, recorded at Hollywood’s Sound Factory studios with producer Billy Bush (protégé of Butch Vig and producer / mixer for Garbage, Beck, Jake Bugg, Foster The People). "
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TRUTH - How Strange, Tempa
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TRUTH

How Strange

Tempa

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEMPA085D

Antipodean trio throw their weight behind three moody halfstep pieces featuring vocals by Bijou and Taso. 'How Strange' could be darker cousin of Morcheeba; 'Justify' rolls out with the bleeping dread junglist vibes; 'Yesterdays' works mournful blues sample into a hulking halfstep framework.
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FEW NOLDER - Clouds, Boso

FEW NOLDER

Clouds

Boso

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BOSO002D

Five years since his debut album for Planet Mu, Few Nolder returns with four proggy, wonky tech-house trax for Boso. Plump production and well timed arrangements make up the poised electro-house build of 'Clouds', the druggy lift of 'Woody', and the Kompakt-style trancer 'Chall'.
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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND - None More Than You, Asthmatic Kitty
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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND

None More Than You

Asthmatic Kitty

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: AKR343LP

"The lullaby ‘Dreaming Awake’ was originally performed as a duet with circular-breathing sax titan Colin Stetson. It opens this mini album in a tense, minimal Son Lux Mix but Lux’s raw electronic treatment only draws more attention to Worden’s achingly tender vocal performance. ‘Dreams Don’t Look Like’ originated as silent movie music, an extract from Worden’s score for ‘The Balloonatic’ by Buster Keaton. ‘That Point When’, a song Worden initially arranged to sing with The Orchestra For The Next Century, defies gravity too: musically and lyrically ambiguous, majestically lighter than air."
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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND - None More Than You, Asthmatic Kitty
PATTERN REPEAT - PR 00/7, Pattern Repeat
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PATTERN REPEAT

PR 00/7

Pattern Repeat

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PATTERNREPEAT07

"Kenneth Christiansen & Dennis Børg pare back with a new EP. This time Pattern Repeat delievers 2 Techno tools with heavy chords and dubby elements. Kenneth is also running the labels Echocord and Echocord Colour, and Dennis is known from his Baum Label, and his Resoe releases."
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ANAND WILDER & MAXWELL KARDON - Break Line The Musical, Mute

ANAND WILDER & MAXWELL KARDON

Break Line The Musical

Mute

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ISTUMM361

"‘Break Line’ is Anand Wilder (Yeasayer co-founder, vocalist / multi-instrumentalist) and Maxwell Kardon’s project, created with a community of friends and ten years in the making. ‘Break Line’ is cultivated from a story created back in 2004, a classic tale of betrayal, pride and love lost set to music inspired by concept albums and rock operas of the 1970s. The list of players captures a very special, collaborative time in Brooklyn, when the music scene was beginning to erupt. In 2008, Anand and Maxwell put together a core band with Ira Wolf Tuton (Yeasayer) o… Read more
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ANAND WILDER & MAXWELL KARDON - Break Line The Musical, Mute
ANNEA LOCKWOOD - Early Works, 1967-1982, EM Records
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ANNEA LOCKWOOD

Early Works, 1967-1982

EM Records

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: 4538182441589

What a reissue this is. Electroacoustic composer Annea Lockwood left her native New Zealand in the early sixties, working her way through prestigious music schools in London and Cologne (the Royal College Of Music and the Musikhochschule, respectively) and performing across the globe. Seventy-six of those performances were live reworkings of her LP The Glass World (recorded between 1968 and 1970), something of a lost masterpiece in the electroacoustic music canon. Lockwood focuses attention on the smallest, most sonorous of sounds on The Glass World, from the striking of gon… Read more
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ANNEA LOCKWOOD - Early Works, 1967-1982, EM Records
BANGINCLUDE - Barulho, Enchufada

BANGINCLUDE

Barulho

Enchufada

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ENDG060

Brooklyn's Michael Hastis aka Banginclude working a grimy new offshoot of zouk bass caled rasterinha brimming with Brazilian drums and ruddy basslines.
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SCHOOL HOUSE - Soft Focus, TOMBED VISIONS

SCHOOL HOUSE

Soft Focus

TOMBED VISIONS

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TV11

"School House is the lo-fi solo guise of Peter J Taylor, a British composer whose work primary focuses on multiple guitar compositions, focusing on extended techniques, custom tunings and adaptive notation to explore the harmonies of micro-tonal change in overtones. Stretching his ensemble pieces to include upwards of 26 axes, Taylor’s work has gained steady renown across Europe and comparisons to the likes of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca. On Soft Focus, Taylor boils the main components of his compositional concerns down to two long form solo excursions of gaseous bliss ambience. Writte… Read more
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SCHOOL HOUSE - Soft Focus, TOMBED VISIONS