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CONFORCE - Machine Conspiracy, Delsin Records
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CONFORCE

Machine Conspiracy

Delsin Records

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: DSR-X7

Reissue of the lush and melodic Detroit/Dutch techno album by Conforce. Ever since the release of his 'Our Concern EP' in late 2007, Boris Brunnik has forged a celebrated catalogue of heart-warming techno for labels like Rush Hour and Curle. His sound takes the most florid elements of Detroit operators like Carl Craig or Derrick May and fuses them with a European dub-techno sensibility to place him in the recent tradition of Convextion. From the rumbling, bass-driven lowland topography of 'Subtraction' to the synth coralled aquatic scapes of 'Sonar Conversations' to the exquisite 'Ra… Read more
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CONFORCE - Machine Conspiracy, Delsin Records
A SAGITTARIUN - Wish You Were There, Elastic Dreams
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A SAGITTARIUN

Wish You Were There

Elastic Dreams

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: EDREAMS010D

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S OLBRICHT - Emtee, Gang of Ducks
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S OLBRICHT

Emtee

Gang of Ducks

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GODREC0009

Stephan Olbricht finds a sympathetic home among Turin's Gang Of Ducks with the crunchy, skudged house abstractions of 'Emtee'. Seven songs flay the flesh of house convention leaving behind the residue of kicking, skeletal patterns formed by sodden drums and blunted chords tussling it out under heavy ferric atmospheres. At times there are glimpses of the crafty hi-tech funk of Olbricht's Budapest peer, Gábor Lázár, in the singular twists of 'Wowno' and the obtuse rhythms of 'Emtee' and the off-kilter notes of 'Very Deep', but to be fair it's all probably better compared with a dead cranky Actress who's just realised his dog ate his stash.
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S OLBRICHT - Emtee, Gang of Ducks
PORTABLE - Surrender, Live at Robert Johnson
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PORTABLE

Surrender

Live at Robert Johnson

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PLAYRJC034

Portable delivers a real beauty to Live at Robert Johnson with 'Surrender', his follow-up to 'A Process' (2012) for Frankfurt's finest. And much like this year's 'Sportable' 12" for Perlon, it's another dose of his sensitive, expressive baritone and gilt-edged grooves, playing hard-to-get over loose, swinging drums, Lcio's heart-lifting flutes and thee most elegant keys, all broken down to instrumental dub and acapella on the B-side.
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AUDION - Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen, Kompakt
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AUDION

Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen

Kompakt

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT314

*Includes bonus tracks 'Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Michael Mayer Instrumental Mix)' and 'Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Joris Voorn Mix)'* Matthew Dear puts his Audion mask on for Kompakt. Teaming up with Troels Abrahamsen 'Dem Howl' he delivers a subtly effective big room anthem splitting the difference between posh trance and tech-house. Michael Mayer gvies a more succinct rework on the flipside, beside a moody blue instrumental version of the original.
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MEHMET ASLAN - Mechanical Turk, Huntleys + Palmers
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MEHMET ASLAN

Mechanical Turk

Huntleys + Palmers

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: HP014

Huntleys + Palmers serve up a killer side of oriental disco by Mehmet Aslan. Previously appointed to the label's Highlife sub-label volumes and Ata's For Disco Only series, here he's the star of the show with a filigree mix of traditional Turkish melodies and European-meets-African grooves blessing the swirling keys of 'Mechanical Turk', the hypnotic darkside oscillations of 'Hidden', and his twysted electro trip 'New Africanism' with an otherworldly, dancefloor-transcending beauty.
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REEL HOUZE - Optimo Music Disco Plate Two, Optimo Music
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REEL HOUZE

Optimo Music Disco Plate Two

Optimo Music

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: OMD02

Primest party tackle outta London 1996 dusted down and re-released by Optimo Music. Dominic Dawson and Rob Mello aka Reel Houze are behind both sides, including the eleven minutes of pure 'floor hypnosis sampling Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L's 'Go Bang' against toilet seat percussion from DJ Harvey (what's he like, eh?) and frantic Moog soloing from Rob Mello in 'The Chance', whilst flipside 'The Difference' yields another extended psychedelic disco trip, this one quite aptly described as "the closest thing we can imagine to Basic Channel doing disco" by Optimo themselves. Tip!
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REEL HOUZE - Optimo Music Disco Plate Two, Optimo Music
MAURICE LOUCA - Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot), Nawa Recordings

MAURICE LOUCA

Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)

Nawa Recordings

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WORLD

Cat. Number: NAWA002

"Featuring guest performances by Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.), Sam Chalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Solo Artist/Alif), Khaled Yassine (Anouar Brahem/Alif) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, to name a few. Those who may have heard live iterations of Salute the Parrot at Louca’s jaw dropping shows across the Arab world and Europe over the last couple of years, will encounter a much more complex and hard hitting work of many influences. From psychedelic to Egyptian Shaabi, Louca shatters the conf… Read more
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MAURICE LOUCA - Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot), Nawa Recordings
موريس لوقا - بنحيّي البغبغان, Nawa Recordings

موريس لوقا

بنحيّي البغبغان

Nawa Recordings

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NAWA002

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SQÜRL - EP #3, ATP/Recordings
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SQÜRL

EP #3

ATP/Recordings

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ATPREP06D

"SQÜRL's final release in their 3-part series of EPs, following the soundtrack to 'Only Lovers Left Alive', done in collaboration with Jozef Van Wissem. The atmospheric heavy drones of surreally epic horror-country contained within this limited edition of 1000 heavyweight 12" vinyl picture discs for the world further demonstrate Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Shane Stoneback's forever expanding breadth of talent and scope of vision. The group, described by Pitchfork as "part drone-rock, part metal, part blissful stoner fatigue" and by NPR as "gloriously gritty" are an enthusiastically marginal New … Read more
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UKKONEN - Change Time, Uncharted Audio
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UKKONEN

Change Time

Uncharted Audio

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: UNCH039

The Finnish analog wunderkind follows up his lovely drops for No Pain In Pop with four signature cuts of minimal, melodic electronica for Uncharted Audio. The A-side is a lovely thing, some ten minutes of slow-paced , druggy chug and radiant, chiming melody perfect for midnight waltzes; on the B-side he ups the tempo on a trio of knotted grooves full of charming stumbles and woozy, off-key synth strokes.
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VESPERTOWN - King George / Sugar Rush, Rinse
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VESPERTOWN

King George / Sugar Rush

Rinse

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RINSE049D

Tel Aviv's VesperTown blazes in with a hyper-funked debut for Rinse. The follow-up to a well received cassette earlier in 2014 for Brighton's Donky Pitch, 'King George' and 'Sugar Rush' approximate the effect of a Haribo binge whilst smothered in mallow fluff and listening to Hud Mo in your birthday suit.
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JONAS KOPP - Red Plented, Tresor Records
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JONAS KOPP

Red Plented

Tresor Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TRESOR272

Diverse trio of techno bangers by Kopp for Tresor. A-side he goes head-down at 130bpm thru the brambled acid bang of 'Red Plented; B-side brings a Mills/Dixon-styled piece of chiming Detroit minimalism in 'Blackbird', and the ruder PAS-like rolige of 'Message From Solaris'.
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VARIOUS - John Beltran Presents: Music for Machines, Delsin Records
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VARIOUS

John Beltran Presents: Music for Machines

Delsin Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DSR-D1

One of Detroit techno's most sublime associates, John Beltran corrals 18 mellow, romantic ambient pieces by himself and others. It's very '90s chill-out album for the most (just the name Mick Chillage screams valerian tea), but with some nice contributions coming from Sons of Melancholia in the smudged slug of 'For Val' and Beltran himself with the sweeping, GAS-like strings of 'Music For Machines'.
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PROXIMA - Trapped, Tempa
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PROXIMA

Trapped

Tempa

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEMPA087D

Proxima returns with three shades of techier, up-to-the-second dubstep, from clipped Coki styles in 'Trapped' to snarling dungeon slither of 'Fate' and crushing Dutch style darkness in 'Fallout'.
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GENE HUNT - Freddy's Dead, L.A. Club Resource

GENE HUNT

Freddy's Dead

L.A. Club Resource

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: LACR012

Delroy Edwards' LACR hard on the money with this issue of Gene Hunt's rare-as-owt '99 house banger 'Freddy's Dead', plus the tracky smack of 'Bong'. The Halloween themed title track was last found on the Gene Hunt Classics 2LP; is now remastered to make that rugged Italo bassline and drum programming cut like Kruger's blades. It's gotta be thee definitive mix of John Carpenter and Chicago house. 'Bong', on the other hand, is a properly stripped down tracky workout for the DJs and wall-bangers.
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SHAWTY PIMP - Comin' Real Wit It, L.A. Club Resource

SHAWTY PIMP

Comin' Real Wit It

L.A. Club Resource

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: LACR008

Straight outta Memphis, TN, 1995: The classic lost debut LP from Shawty Pimp, remastered and reissued by Delroy Edwards' LACR label. Ten tracks of dusted 808 boom and crack sleazed up and smoked out with Reddog. One 4 tha reel G's smokin' trees. Recognise.
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TEENGIRL FANTASY - Thermal EP, Break World Records

TEENGIRL FANTASY

Thermal EP

Break World Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 634457254114

Teengirl Fantasy returns from a short hiatus with four skewed mutations of R&B/Footwork/IDM hybrids found in their R&S records. Since 2012 they've twisted their sound in new directions between the refractive, sweetly discordant club enigma, 'Cavescape' to ghostly refinement of their R&B-pop tastes in 'Lung' feat. Lafawndah, and the '90s-into-2014 flex of 'U Touch Me' with Hoody, whilst '7:30 A.M.' deals in an airborne, alien techno funk recalling Lotic and Arca productions.
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ANGEL 1 - Allegra Bin 1, 1080p

ANGEL 1

Allegra Bin 1

1080p

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 1080P31

**Schizoid, oneiric ambience and android funk from LA's Angel 1 for the rapidly expanding 1080p label** "Los Angeles-based producer Angel 1’s latest burst of unique plasticity finds middle ground between classic ambient electronica and spacious future club ideals. 1080p debut “Allegra Bin 1” is about stepping outside; the constant unfolding that occurs as you move through the city with communication and drama on many levels, interpreting the messages and signifiers that can hit at any moment and getting extremely buzzed in the process."
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ROSKA - Wave  EP, ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
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ROSKA

Wave EP

ROSKA KICKS & SNARES

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MR042

Wicked session from Rinse's Roska on his his first solo mission of 2014. This is Roska at his most diverse, with five tracks oscillating between colder, technoid jack in the juddering swing of 'Wave' and the killah dread house rufige of 'Light Dem Up' feat. Illaman, to warmer, deeper garage/Funky soul buzz with 'Higher', and the feminine, tribalist pressure of 'Pez Dispenser'.
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VALENTIN STIP - Sigh (Solo Piano Rework), Other People
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VALENTIN STIP

Sigh (Solo Piano Rework)

Other People

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: OP018

Gaul in Montreal, Valntin Stip serves an extended solo piano interpretation of the dramatic, titular closing piece to his 'Sigh' album for Nico Jaar's Other People.
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COMMODO - Shift, Deep Medi Musik
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COMMODO

Shift

Deep Medi Musik

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MEDI082

JME jumps on a dubstep slaughter by Commodo for Deep Medi. Riddim and rider are both on form, JME bouncing cool and calculated over rugged ballroom "ha" stabs, darkside synth voices and 'floor churning subs for the hard skankers. Big bad instrumental on the flip.
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LONELADY - Groove It Out, Warp Records
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LONELADY

Groove It Out

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WAP367D

Lonelady breaks a four year hiatus with a return to Warp with the retro-post-punk disco of 'Groove It Out' backed with a murky Ekoplekz dub. The Michigan Dub featured a heavy motorised bassline and lean, snappy machine rhythms, whereas the Ekoplekz dub flings the sound somewhere far messier, mutant.
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DJ QU & DAVID S. - To Eaches Own, Strength Music Recordings
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DJ QU & DAVID S.

To Eaches Own

Strength Music Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: Smr-001

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BEAT SPACEK - I Wanna Know, Ninja Tune
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BEAT SPACEK

I Wanna Know

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENDNL206S

Sick Sleng Teng mutation from Steve Spacek aka Beat Spacek on the first taste of his promising new album for Ninja Tune. Produced and vocalled by Spacek, ' I Wanna Know' purportedly harks back to Steve's formative roots in S.E. London circa mid '80s at a time of cross-cultural pollination between suede heads, soul boys, dreadlocks, punks, and new romantics. Hence, it's a dread-heavy, frictional stepper, boiling a whole lotta trouble down to 2mins 37 of potent, paranoid UK dancehall class. Bring on the 'Modern Streets' album, pronto!
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ROY COMANCHERO - Lucid Memory EP, RUNNING BACK
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ROY COMANCHERO

Lucid Memory EP

RUNNING BACK

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: RB051

Fine tributes to slinky mid '80s disco and proto-house styles, produced by Roy Comanchero. Four tracks slip right into that sultry, sophisticated aesthetic owned by Running Back, from the strutting bass and Linn crack of 'Lucid Memory' to the chiming synth voices of The Delete Of Society' and slow-mo deckside stroller, 'New Horizon'. RIYL Beautiful Swimmers.
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SOUNDWAY - Ghana Soundz (Vol. 2: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70's Ghana), Soundway Records
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SOUNDWAY

Ghana Soundz (Vol. 2: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70's Ghana)

Soundway Records

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WORLD

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GUERILLA TOSS - Smack the Brick, NNA TAPES

GUERILLA TOSS

Smack the Brick

NNA TAPES

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: NNA076

Ragged, complex, groove-driven no wave punk lunacy in four songs from one of Boston's wildest units.
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THE DURUTTI COLUMN - Chronicle LX: XL, Kooky
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THE DURUTTI COLUMN

Chronicle LX: XL

Kooky

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: KOOKYDISC60

"Special and expanded version to acknowledge the artists sixtieth year of his life; thus Chronicle XL. The Original Commission - The partly autobiographical album was first commissioned for a performance in April 2011 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. During this period, Vini and Poppy (his girlfriend of 9 years) parted company and it was a heartbroken Vini that went on to complete the production. Despite the breakup, Poppy had agreed to perform on piano that evening for two of the songs that she had written with Vini accompanying on guitar. Over the following three years… Read more
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THE DURUTTI COLUMN - Chronicle LX: XL, Kooky
JON HOPKINS - Immunity (Special Edition), Domino Recording Co

JON HOPKINS

Immunity (Special Edition)

Domino Recording Co

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WIG298D4

The most notable thing about this new album from Jon Hopkins is how dancefloor-friendly it strives to be, the fluffly ambient electronica we’ve come to expect from the sometime Eno collaborator bolstered for the first time by firmly foregrounded, repetitive drum patterns. They certainly give Hopkins’ dewy compositions some welcome momentum and forward-propulsion: ‘Disappear’’s Penguin Cafe-style pastoralism is powered by a genteel, Burial-aping 2-step sequence; the airy prog-trance of ‘Breathe This Air’ and ‘Open Eye Signal’ suggest Hopkins has been OD’ing on early Border Co… Read more
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JON HOPKINS - Immunity (Special Edition), Domino Recording Co