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Monday, 29 June

JOHN BELTRAN - Safardic EP, Silhouette Noir
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JOHN BELTRAN

Safardic EP

Silhouette Noir

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SIN001

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SCUBA - Drift, Hotflush Recordings

SCUBA

Drift

Hotflush Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CST003D

The tentative, collaged and proggy ambience of 'Drift' is separated from Scuba's 'Claustrophobia' album and backed with a swing-jackin' house remix by Mr Tophat and Alfie.
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RUSKIN & BROOM - Edits, Blueprint Records
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RUSKIN & BROOM

Edits

Blueprint Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BPLTD006

Ruskin and Broom take on Aaliyah and R Kelly… joke… drop two slabs of high pressure UK techno class on Blueprint's limited white label series. If they are actually edits we're not feeling brave enough to hazard a guess who of, but we can tell you there's some peaking, sub-heavy swing and drone business on the front, and a stone-cold acidic slammer on the flipside.
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KOEHLER & KUNO - Anti Gravity Switch, BERCEUSE HEROIQUE
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KOEHLER & KUNO

Anti Gravity Switch

BERCEUSE HEROIQUE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BH19

Koehler conducts a mutant acid skank, backed with a cranky-assed remix by A Made Up Sound. Swedish producer Koehler's 3rd shot for Berceuse Heroique knuckles out grubby sub wobbles, twysted 303 drops and shanking chords like some lost Abi Shanti acid dub. On the flip, it feels like A Made Up Sound dragged the same track backwards thru a hedge, turning out like some wild-eyed and feral bashment acid attack sparked up with crushed breaks inna Ambush records fashion. Good stuff.
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DISCRETE CIRCUIT - Machine Code EP, Delsin Records

DISCRETE CIRCUIT

Machine Code EP

Delsin Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: INERTIA-5

Class techno from a producer last spotted on DVS-1's Mistress Recordings. This is proper club tackle, doing it Chicago-style with the bucking merry-go-round of 'Machine Code' up top, and again with that wonky Relief-style organ/acid line barely kept on track in 'Recursive Descent', whilst 'Compiler' trims back for a Rob Hood-compatible minimalist 'floor burner.
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CONFORCE - Presentism, Delsin Records
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CONFORCE

Presentism

Delsin Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 111DSR

A natural album artist, Boris Bunnik a.k.a. Conforce returns to Delsin with the latest findings from his new Rotterdam lab. Ironically enough, considering he's moved from a coastal island to the city, 'Presentism' feels more pastoral, fluid than previous transmissions. Covering a silty spectrum of styles below the surface of Detroit techno-electro and A.I. electronica, he motions an ambiguous sound shot thru with a positive, almost joyful light between the astral synth voices and machine patter of 'Artefact from a Higher Dimension' to the wistful Martyian beach tones of 'Monomorphic' and ageless ambience of 'Predictive Flow'.
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CONFORCE - Presentism, Delsin Records
JOHN BELTRAN - Espais, Delsin Records
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JOHN BELTRAN

Espais

Delsin Records

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: DSR-D3

"John Beltran continues his relationship with Delsin Records with the release of a new ambient album, Espais. Beltran has long been a master of his art, turning out seminal LPs and EPs on labels like Peacefrog, Millions of Moments and Text Records. Back in 2013 he released the well received Amazing Things following a wide ranging compilation on the label, and in the near future he is to release another full length project, but first comes this. Espais is an absorbing soundtrack featuring 17 pieces of immersive, sonically lush and rich music. As he has throughout his career, Beltran makes use… Read more
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JOHN BELTRAN - Espais, Delsin Records
ROMARE - Rainbow (Club), Ninja Tune
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ROMARE

Rainbow (Club)

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS418S

Ninja Tune catch Romare at his most reduced, unfancy with the straight playing house groove and bluesy inflections of 'Rainbow (Club)'.
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ALEX COBB - Chantepleure, STUDENTS OF DECAY

ALEX COBB

Chantepleure

STUDENTS OF DECAY

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: SOD113

Alex Cobb, the soul behind the Taiga Remains alias and Students of Decay label, enchants with an expansive quartet of ghostly drone compositions in 'Chantepleure'. He sets a rarified, almost ecclesiastical air with the solemn poise of 'Prayer Ring', followed thru and expanded in the thicker layers of drone harmonics in melting from 'Anselin', whereas the more succinct arrangement of 'Disporting with a Shadow' acts as a sweeter, space-resetting palate cleanser for the intimate and glacially paced 16 minutes of shimmering harmonics in 'Path of Appearance'.
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HEATHERED PEARLS FEAT. OUTERBRIDGE - Warm Air Estate, Ghostly International
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HEATHERED PEARLS FEAT. OUTERBRIDGE

Warm Air Estate

Ghostly International

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI248DIG

An emotive piece of ambient tech-house pop from Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Jakub Alexnader, a.k.a. Heathered Pearls and the boss of Moodgadget records.
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MATRIXXMAN - Annika's Theme, Ghostly International
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MATRIXXMAN

Annika's Theme

Ghostly International

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: GI249DIG

Ahead of his 'Homesick' album, Ghostly International present the luxuriant ambient romance of 'Annika's Theme' by Matrixxman.
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HELENA HAUFF - Sworn to Secrecy Part II, Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune
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HELENA HAUFF

Sworn to Secrecy Part II

Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WDNTDNL014S

Glowering electro-techno styles from Ms. Hauff, making superb use of vocals for the first time on this teaser for her 'Discreet Desires' album. To be fair, we can't confirm the vocals are Helena's, but they certainly make a welcome change from her obtuse style. On 'Sworn to Secrecy Part II' she comes across as a cold gynoid, whispering like Victoria Lukas over distorted, bittersweet synth discord and serrated machine drum punctuation.
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FLYING SAUCER ATTACK - Instrumental 4, Domino Recording Co
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FLYING SAUCER ATTACK

Instrumental 4

Domino Recording Co

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: RUG691D

The Legendary Flying Saucer Attack return with a temptingly pensive taste of what to expect from 'Instrumentals 2015', their first album in fifteen years.
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RUDI ZYGADLO - Sympathies Scrapbook, Rz records
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RUDI ZYGADLO

Sympathies Scrapbook

Rz records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RZ003

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MANNERFELT / HAYDO - Radio Mohave, AVIAN
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MANNERFELT / HAYDO

Radio Mohave

AVIAN

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AVN019

Clinical techno hypnosis conducted by Sweden's Peder Mannerfelt and Simon Haydo for Shifted's Avian label. This is some of the purest, most visceral Techno we've heard in a while, grappling with sheer frequencies and shifty patterns with a proper, bloody-minded focus. It more or less blends the best of both their worlds - Mannerfelt's uncanny studio skill and Haydo's sleek, purified dance tracks found on DEM. There's five cuts of finer wave functions oscillating between monotone jacks, rumbling rhythmic noise and EBM-tainted throbbers for the hardest-to-please experimental techno heads.
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MANNERFELT / HAYDO - Radio Mohave, AVIAN
REDSHAPE - I Feel Like Riot / The Rift, Nonplus Records
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REDSHAPE

I Feel Like Riot / The Rift

Nonplus Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: NONPLUS 029

"Berlin's Redshape returns with a new EP, in the vein of his sci fi laden Detroit techno style that continues to evolve but stay true to his unmistakable Redshape sound..."
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DAM-FUNK - We Continue, Stones Throw
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DAM-FUNK

We Continue

Stones Throw

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: STH3070

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STRICT FACE - Fountains / Highbury Skyline, Gobstopper Records
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STRICT FACE

Fountains / Highbury Skyline

Gobstopper Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: GOB009

Mr Mitch's Gobstopper label releases one of its strongest yet with the new EP from Strict Face. It's another minimized Grime masterclass, 'Fountains' sounding like slowed down Eski meets "Moments in Love' - all emotive strings, lots of space and low-end synths that cut through it all to disorientating effect. 'Highbury Skyline' is more menacing and tough, still retaining that dizzying sonic separation that makes this new wave of Grime productions so compelling and fucking out there. Amazing EP this.
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MATTWIZARD - Mathematical, Gobstopper Records
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MATTWIZARD

Mathematical

Gobstopper Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: GOB010

Blazing boogie grime funk from Matt Wizard, debuting on Mr. Mitch's brilliant Gobstopper Records. There's four cuts of the fruitiest purple funk curbed with a tuffer grime attitude, neatly holding back where the likes of Joker or Swindle would happily go overboard. Starting up with the Fairlight-sparked 2-step to halfstep slyde of 'Judge Reinhold', he amp the levels with a cut-up electro-grime-soul killer called 'Afraid', and lean back on that juicy summertime flex with 'Mathematical', beside the glancing DX7-styled chords and clipped funk of 'Smoke Signals'. A big tip for fans of Kode 9, Jam City, Hyetal, Her Records, Patrice & Friends.
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MATTWIZARD - Mathematical, Gobstopper Records
DARK0 - Fate, Gobstopper Records
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DARK0

Fate

Gobstopper Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: GOB011

Dark0 follows his Lost Codes debut with a lean, trancey grime session for Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper label. Like Slackk or Ikonika's forward styles, Dark0 fuses brittle 2-step/grime patterns with well-oiled, fluoro folk/road melodies in a distinctly UK fashion. However, unlike the aforementioned, his sound also errs close to Hybrid or Sasha-like prog arrangements, and if we're getting wavey in the club at 3am, it's got strobe appeal...
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LOOM - Grade, Gobstopper Records
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LOOM

Grade

Gobstopper Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: GOB012

The great instrumental grime rush of 2014 continues with Loom's killer debut, 'Grade' for Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper label. Riffing on early memories of the sound absorbed thru pirate radio, he opens with the scratchy, half-heard transmissions and struggling sub-bass of 'Grade' before emerging, butterfly like with the spiralling arpeggios and bittersweet melodic emotions of 'Rain Falls Hard Here' landing somewhere between Lorenzo Senni and Visionist. With 'North' he inverts current rhythm formulas to a sullen trudge matched by gorgeous blue chords recalling vintage mid-'90s Autechre, contrasting sharply with the radiant energy burst of 'Fukiushima'.
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LOOM - Grade, Gobstopper Records
ROSEAU - New Glass, Big Dada

ROSEAU

New Glass

Big Dada

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BDDNL267G

The first glimpse of Roseau's upcoming debut album for Big Dada spells out the tale of a troubled night out against spacious drums and vaulted vocal harmonies recorded in a vast warehouse.
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MOONY - Seven, Gobstopper Records

MOONY

Seven

Gobstopper Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: GOB007

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AUTISTICI - Live at Electric Spring, Audiobulb Records

AUTISTICI

Live at Electric Spring

Audiobulb Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AB062

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VARIOUS - The Midlands Roots Explosion (Volume One), Reggae Archive Records

VARIOUS

The Midlands Roots Explosion (Volume One)

Reggae Archive Records

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: RARC017

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TESS PARKS & ANTON NEWCOMBE - I Declare Nothing, 'a' Records

TESS PARKS & ANTON NEWCOMBE

I Declare Nothing

'a' Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: AUK120

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VARIOUS - Black Symbol Presents the Complete Handsworth Explosion, Reggae Archive Records

VARIOUS

Black Symbol Presents the Complete Handsworth Explosion

Reggae Archive Records

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: RARC018

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CRAIG BRATLEY - Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, Tsuba Records

CRAIG BRATLEY

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

Tsuba Records

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Ewan Pearson kerns Craig Bratley's 'Mannequin' to a rugged darkwave hip hop sound in two mixes, next to psychedelic bleep style version of 'Computer Controlled' by Gerry Rooney and Joel Martin's Velvet Season and the Hearts Of Gold.
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MASSACOORAMAAN - Dead Long Time, Fade to Mind
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MASSACOORAMAAN

Dead Long Time

Fade to Mind

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: FADEDL004

Dave Quam comes correct with his debut proper for Kingdom's Fade To Mind label - an insightful, fresh-eared take on Footwork, Eski Grime and Dancehall fused with outernational soundsystem elements. As a blogger/journalist/DJ, Quam's coverage and knowledge of the Chicago scene has been invaluable in the virulent spread of Footwork. He's still a relatively new producer so there's no flash gimmicks on 'Dead Long Time', but there's a haul of new ideas, or rather established ideas, colliding in a vortex of metastable dancefloor structures. At the top 'Dead Long Time' twists the templat… Read more
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MASSACOORAMAAN - Dead Long Time, Fade to Mind
DAMON BELL - Teph-Tep, Deepblak Recordings

DAMON BELL

Teph-Tep

Deepblak Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DBRD021

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