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WRONG STEPS - EP02, Huntleys + Palmers
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WRONG STEPS

EP02

Huntleys + Palmers

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HP017

Wrong Steps makes more smooth-yet-gauzy house moves on his 2nd EP for Huntleys + Palmers. It's a right viber, sashaying via chiming rhodes, silty electronics and padded kicks thru 'NTYS' to something approximating DJ Sprinkles on Main Street in the depths of 'ASCN'. The effortless elegance of 'RNME' hints at the European poise of the Villalobos/Loderbauer duo, and 'Grey' eases off the drums for the first half, segueing from spidery electronics and melting chords into a bluesy halfstep shuffler. Sweet.
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PBR STREETGANG & X-PRESS 2 - Cosine, Futureboogie Recordings

PBR STREETGANG & X-PRESS 2

Cosine

Futureboogie Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FBR031

Leeds and London house heroes team up on two trax backed with Lauer and A Sagittariun remixes. Their originals are quintessentially late night UK house moves; Lauer's remix lends a touch of Mittel European glamour, A Sagittariun gives a bit of analogue authenticity.
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ENA - Divided, Samurai Horo
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ENA

Divided

Samurai Horo

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SMGHOROCASS01D

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EAST INDIA YOUTH - Culture Of Volume, XL Recordings

EAST INDIA YOUTH

Culture Of Volume

XL Recordings

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: XLDA674

"Culture Of Volume’ is East India Youth's first album since signing to XL. The record follows his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’ (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize."
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TORO Y MOI - What For?, carpark
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TORO Y MOI

What For?

carpark

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CAK102

**Chaz Bundick a.k.a. Toro Y Moi spills pure pop juice all over your shredded tennis shoes with 'What For?'** "Opening to the scream of F1’s speeding around a racetrack, and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter, is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics jus… Read more
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TORO Y MOI - What For?, carpark
LUSINE - Arterial (Reworks), Ghostly International
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LUSINE

Arterial (Reworks)

Ghostly International

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI241DIG

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PIXELORD - Places, Hyperboloid
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PIXELORD

Places

Hyperboloid

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HYPR037

Pixelord comes across like a glitchy, schoizoid answer to Lone with his sparkling debut album, 'Places'. With a catalogue of kinetic releases under his hat for the likes of Berlin's Leisure System and Civil Music, he arrives at 'Places' brimming with a taut and colourful electronic funk breaking down garage, footwork and slow/fast hip-hop into ten lush, flighty arrangements. If we're pointing out highlights, then the deep and gritty house swirl of 'Berlin' is up there, as is the druggy, refractive electro sensuality of 'Phuket' and the strange, squirming electronic figures and psychedelic derangement of 'Beijing'.
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PIXELORD - Places, Hyperboloid
HMOT - Barricades, Full of Nothing

HMOT

Barricades

Full of Nothing

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: fon47

The Full Of Nothing label make space for Hmot's queasy, noirish techno deviations. 'Barricades' features four doses of techno from Siberia, offering an genuine outsider's perspective running the gamut from Shackleton-esque percussive kinks with 'Khronos' thru frayed concrète/electro-acoustic prangs in 'Kosmos', to the oily, Villalobos-style sensuality of 'Eros', and what sounds like minimal techno meshed with free jazz and recorded in a pan of icy water with 'Rasse'.
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STENNY - Hagale, Ilian Tape
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STENNY

Hagale

Ilian Tape

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: IT027

Stenny rules with the hybrid techno-breaks of 'Hagale' for Ilian Tape. Picking up where Shed left with 'Shedding The Past' (before going IDM proper), Stenny finds that perfectly weighted balance of rumbling brukbeats and bruised boom, leaning heavier on the scuffed breaks in powerplant-dedication 'Caveberg', and the glittering roil of 'Sublimation', whereas 'Hagale' runs a skipping garage-techno model and 'Ruins' wrecks-a-body with swanging, percolating patterns from the future. Unmissable techno. Can't wait to hear an album from this cat.
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ROOTS MANUVA - Facety 2:11 (prod. Four Tet), Big Dada
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ROOTS MANUVA

Facety 2:11 (prod. Four Tet)

Big Dada

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BDDNL263F

The return of Roots Manuva, produced by Four Tet.
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TRICKFINGER - Trickfinger, ACID TEST
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TRICKFINGER

Trickfinger

ACID TEST

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ATLP05

In which the RHCP guitarist synchs ten or so machines thru a small mixer into a CD burner… His first Trickfinger album arrives with some degree of trust implied by the reputable Acid Test label but, is it any good? If you're a committed Rephlexian it may all seem very familiar, perhaps even derivative. On the other hand, if you're coming from the RHCP angle or most others, he's got a nimble grasp of his machines and manages to apply a distinguished "musicality" to melodic arrangements which many will appreciate, while other acid vegan types may find too fancy.
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JAGA JAZZIST - Starfire (Single), Ninja Tune
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JAGA JAZZIST

Starfire (Single)

Ninja Tune

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS415F

Jaga Jazzist return with a first taste of their upcoming EP and Album Starfire.
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NADINE SHAH - Fast Food, Apollo

NADINE SHAH

Fast Food

Apollo

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: AMB1506D

"Nadine Shah released her debut album 'Love Your Dum and Mad' in 2013. Created with trusted collaborator and producer Ben Hillier the follow-up 'Fast Food' is here. Born from a fervid 2 month writing session, Fast Food was recorded at Ben’s studio The Pool, its jagged nature is owed in part to the contributions of guitarist Nick Webb and bassist Pete Jobson (I Am Kloot)..."
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ISHMAEL - Time & Time Again, CHURCH
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ISHMAEL

Time & Time Again

CHURCH

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CHURCHW003

London's Church gang present the breezy house soul of Wolf Music regular, Ishmael. 'Time and Time Again' drapes swriling jazz vocal and keys over a dusted house kick, filtered for sunrise and sunset moments. Flipside, 'Cold Comfort Farm' slips down a gear to something approaching Moodymann or Theo Parrish-styled Detroit beatdown,
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DJ OCTOPUS - Untitled EP, Hot Shit Recs in Effekt!
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DJ OCTOPUS

Untitled EP

Hot Shit Recs in Effekt!

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HOTHAUS002

DJ Octopus returns with a new EP for UTTU sublabel Hot Shit Recs in Effekt!
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AGORIA - Baptême, Kompakt

AGORIA

Baptême

Kompakt

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT325

Proggy tech-house builds from the Feench producer, Agoria. Check out the strange dance pop tint to his retouch of 'Lucky Blue Eyes'.
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SHLOHMO - Dark Red, True Panther Sounds / Wedidit
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SHLOHMO

Dark Red

True Panther Sounds / Wedidit

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRUE1116

Shlomo rolls emotional in his long-awaited 3rd LP of instrumental hip hop hybrids. 'Dark Red' distills a viscous mix of coldwave and shoegaze memes together with ghostly traces of jungle, grime and footwork to a more mature, vintage-sounding appeal. It feels as though the tracks were created out of time and place; cherry-picking and arranging the choicest morsels of bygone styles before burying them in a rusty reel-to-reel tin and allowing the whole thing to gently emulsify. The resulting, foisty candies are aged beautifully and marked up with titles that ring true with their dysphoric pallor a… Read more
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SHLOHMO - Dark Red, True Panther Sounds / Wedidit
MY PANDA SHALL FLY - Too, PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
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MY PANDA SHALL FLY

Too

PROJECT MOONCIRCLE

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: PMC139

"The meaning of dreams usually stays hidden in stacks of abstract layers, obscuring their essence in surreal and bizarre imagery. Exploring the depths of our subconscious, they lead us from stories of lighthearted innocence to our most gruesome ghastly fantasies, making us live through multiple scenarios each and every night. While in sleeping-state, we are at our most vulnerable and at a total loss of control over mind and body. At the same time, we feel most free and safe during REM, with none of our worldly worries breathing down our neck while our minds find ways to cope with exactly … Read more
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MY PANDA SHALL FLY - Too, PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
DEMUIR - Infatuated Minds, Farris Wheel Recordings

DEMUIR

Infatuated Minds

Farris Wheel Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FWR088

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WHITE NOISE SOUND - Like a Pyramid of Fire, Rocket Girl

WHITE NOISE SOUND

Like a Pyramid of Fire

Rocket Girl

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: rgirl108

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DOLDRUMS - The Air Conditioned Nightmare, SUB POP

DOLDRUMS

The Air Conditioned Nightmare

SUB POP

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SPD1125

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CESCHI - Broken Bone Ballads, Fake Four Inc.

CESCHI

Broken Bone Ballads

Fake Four Inc.

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: 634457442689

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CUUSHE - Night Lines, Cascine

CUUSHE

Night Lines

Cascine

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 634457442726

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EVAN MICHAEL - Acid Anonymous, DRUMPOET COMMUNITY

EVAN MICHAEL

Acid Anonymous

DRUMPOET COMMUNITY

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DPC054-1

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JOESKI - Erotic Sessions EP, Poker Flat Recordings

JOESKI

Erotic Sessions EP

Poker Flat Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: pfr160

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ALTER EGO - Gate 23 (Lost on Arrival...), Alter Ego Recordings

ALTER EGO

Gate 23 (Lost on Arrival...)

Alter Ego Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AER018

Narrowly beating Vitalic to the 'dance act most likely to get played by Zane Lowe' award, Alter Ego here give 'Gate 23 (Lost on Arrival)', from their 'Transphormer' LP, the 12" treatment. Opening with their own refit, Alter Ego crank up the dub for a rubbery slow-build that more than significantly improves on the original, whilst Isoleé chops it about with a queasy alacrity that appears equal parts Dr Who and Akufen. On the back 'Daktari' is given the once over by Matt John, wherein the original's stripped beats act as scaffolding for an increasingly obtuse set of rhythmical adjuncts. Lost and found...
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ALTER EGO - Gate 23 (Lost on Arrival...), Alter Ego Recordings
ALTER EGO - Fuckingham Palace (Remixes), Alter Ego Recordings

ALTER EGO

Fuckingham Palace (Remixes)

Alter Ego Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AER024

I don't know where they get off taking the urine out of our Monarchy, but what I want to say to Alter Ego is how would they feel if the British started ripping on the Germans? Oh, okay fair point. Despite the title though, Alter Ego carry on their mission to destroy the electro-house dancefloors with this selection of heavy duty remixes. Most of you will no doubt sidle over to Modeselektor's version first, and it just kills it with the usual sense of dark bass humour, iwith m'selektor on a stripped dubstep rampage!!! Deepgroove and Jamie Anderson, meanwhile, turn in a stunnin… Read more
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ALTER EGO - Fuckingham Palace (Remixes), Alter Ego Recordings
HOWLING - Stole The Night (Original Mix), Monkeytown Records x Counter Records
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HOWLING

Stole The Night (Original Mix)

Monkeytown Records x Counter Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MTRXCR002DNL

The haunting tech-house pop of 'Stole The Night' foreshadows the debut album, 'Sacred Ground' by Howling, a.k.a. singer Ry X and Âme's Frank Wiedemann. RIYL Thom Yorke, Apparat, The xx.
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SWEARING AT MOTORISTS - Swearing At Motorists, a' Records

SWEARING AT MOTORISTS

Swearing At Motorists

a' Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: AUK117DL

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VARIOUS - HNNY Edits, LOCAL TALK

VARIOUS

HNNY Edits

LOCAL TALK

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: LTCD003

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