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KOEHLER - Dynasty, BERCEUSE HEROIQUE
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KOEHLER

Dynasty

BERCEUSE HEROIQUE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BH007

Berceuse Heroique present Koehler's kicking follow-up to his wayward Skudge debut. A-side is given to the bright, prodding synth stabs and guttural garage-techno roll of 'Dynasty; B-side features the synth vignette 'Spiral Light' and the corrugated breakbeat techno flex of 'Deleted Scene'.
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VEREKER - Murder License EP, BERCEUSE HEROIQUE
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VEREKER

Murder License EP

BERCEUSE HEROIQUE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BH008

Vereker's 'Flesh & Blood' is one of THE most vital techno tracks of 2014. On front of his 'Murder License' for Berceuse Heroique 008, it's the first and arguably most powerful in a slew of scene-defining tackle coming from the British-born, American-based producer for L.A. Club Resource and Endangered Species - his hugely promising new label. The scolding A-side rolls out like DJ Rush meets Rowland The Bastard inna Soviet gymnasium - pure 4/4 pressure for those that fxxkin' knows - whilst the flipside yields the sculpted noise incursion of 'Event Horizon' as LJV with Low Jack, and a ce… Read more
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VEREKER - Murder License EP, BERCEUSE HEROIQUE
TUFF SHERM - Smugglers Bureau, BERCEUSE HEROIQUE
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TUFF SHERM

Smugglers Bureau

BERCEUSE HEROIQUE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BH05.5

The one known as Tuff Sherm (Dro Carey) takes to Berceuse Heroique for some slow and gritty house kinks backed with a dead moody Delroy Edwards remix. Tuff Sherm's greasy A-side humper 'Smugglers Bureau' is the one for us; an airless tunnel of slamming kicks and flinty drums mauled with wayward, noisy synthlines. B-side, he keeps the vibe trippy with the gravelly jack and spindly notes of 'Easy Company', which Delroy promptly remixes as a dark blue sorta Chicago mutant with wistful chords and rugged, bleeding bass closer to the styles on his 'Untitled' MiniLP than his early bangers.
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TUFF SHERM - Smugglers Bureau, BERCEUSE HEROIQUE
EKMAN - Acid7 (w/ Vereker Remix), BERCEUSE HEROIQUE
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EKMAN

Acid7 (w/ Vereker Remix)

BERCEUSE HEROIQUE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BH006

Ekman returns to Berceuse Heroique with a banging techno number backed by fiercely f**ked Vereker remix following his opening shot on BH 001. The original 'Acid7' burns up bucking claps and bruising kicks in a firestorm of distorted tape noise and psychedelic FX. Vereker goes one heavier with severe lashing of pure, guttural ghetto bang on the B-side. Watch yer eyebrows!
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MR. MITCH - Parallel Memories, Planet Mu
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MR. MITCH

Parallel Memories

Planet Mu

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: 5055300382825

Mr. Mitch chimes into the current grime dialogue with the chrome-dripping instrumentals of his brilliant debut LP 'Parallel Memories'. Ever since appearing on Butterz' 'Quality Street' 12" in 2010, the S.E. London-based producer and grime se'er has been a crucial figure on the scene's most curious front, stealthily moving the game with a series of releases on his own Gobstopper label and cooperations with Slackk, Logos and Oil Gang at the keenly influential Boxed club nights. With 'Parallel Memories' he projects a uniquely defined vision of instrumental grime influenced by a vivid ima… Read more
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MR. MITCH - Parallel Memories, Planet Mu
SUNLESS 97 & PALMISTRY - Pure4sure / Aia, Rinse
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SUNLESS 97 & PALMISTRY

Pure4sure / Aia

Rinse

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RINSE052D

In a stroke of A&R genius, Rinse pull two of London's finest, subtlest song-writers to their fold. Sunless '97 charm with the watery Youtube compressions and bittersweet bop of 'Pure4sure' with its male/female vocals and sino-grime referencing flutes + filigree electronics providing a necessary drop of vitamin C in your musical diet. Better yet, the achingly sweet marimba refrain and skeletal dancehall bump of 'Aia' is a spine-shiveringly effective piece of minimalist pop class. TIP!
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YO LA TENGO - Extra Painful, Matador
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YO LA TENGO

Extra Painful

Matador

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE10635

"Yo La Tengo are one of the most beloved and respected bands in America. Their uninterrupted 30-year career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms - playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, dominating critics’ lists, doing a Simpsons theme, playing the Velvet Underground in the film ‘I Shot Andy Warhol’, sharing stages with some of the most important musicians of our time and even creating a holiday tradition onto themselves with their yearly s… Read more
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YO LA TENGO - Extra Painful, Matador
PROSTITUTES - Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy, DIAGONAL
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PROSTITUTES

Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy

DIAGONAL

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DIAG015

Prostitutes caps a profligate 2014 with his stomping return to Diagonal after hot sessions with Spectrum Spools, Night School, and Mira. In 'Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy' it feels like he's really cemented and distinguished his toiling funk from the hardwave horde, equally due to his uncompromising hardware aesthetic and fine balance of menacing subtlety. The devil is in the detail, from the hypnotic drones and shark-toothed bite of industrial jakker 'Crawl In From Broadway' to the possessed, wobble-jaw electro chatter of 'Side Effects Of Living', arguably h… Read more
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PROSTITUTES - Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy, DIAGONAL
DIPLO - F10RIDA, Big Dada
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DIPLO

F10RIDA

Big Dada

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BDDNL069XX

*10th Year Anniversary of Florida, includes seven bonus unreleased tracks and remixes* "10 years ago, Diplo - the man behind Mad Decent, Major Lazer etc - released his debut solo album via Big Dada. In some ways, ‘Florida’ represents Diplo’s most personal work. ‘F10rida’ features unreleased tracks as well as a 10 page ‘scroll’ booklet containing brilliant and surreal emails between Big Dada and Diplo - an insight into how the record came to be - plus updated artwork. “I made ‘Florida’ between a small apartment in Philadelphia and my mother’s house in Florida. I was working late nights and taking … Read more
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DIPLO - F10RIDA, Big Dada
CHRIS HERBERT - Constants, ROOM 40
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CHRIS HERBERT

Constants

ROOM 40

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RM457

New edition from UK based sound artist Chris Herbert following on from releases for Kranky. Recorded in restless bursts between from 2007 and 2013, Constants was collated in early 2014 and draws on a mixed musical palette interweaving sounds sourced from field recordings and scavenged from domestic environments.
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VARIOUS - Jukebox Mambo (Vol. 2), Jazzman
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VARIOUS

Jukebox Mambo (Vol. 2)

Jazzman

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: JMANCD073

"Long awaited follow up to the original game-changing Jukebox Mambo set of sweltering rumba accented Rhythm & Blues. Two years in the making, this sequel ploughs deeper still into the revolutionary '40s and '50s Afro-American musical canon, pulling together another combustible collection of lascivious Latin-edged blues exotica. Issued with extensive biographical notes and a deluxe old style 2LP paste-on gatefold (with A3 size show poster inside)"
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APPLICATION - Applied Remixes, Dust Science
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APPLICATION

Applied Remixes

Dust Science

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DUSTV046

Russell Haswell, Pye Corner Audio, Beneath, Scanner, Geiom and Mark Fell yield divergent revisions of Martin & Richard Dust's (2/3rds of The Black Dog) Japanese Itamae-inspired Application project. We'd recommend drawing straight for the dark technoid dancehall flux of Beneath's 'Flange 7' rework, the asymmetric calculations of Mark Fell's take on 'Steve Reich's Ice Cream Van', and Haswell's blistered but quietly sensitive, even melodic, remix of 'Cron Job'.
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BONOBO - Flashlight EP, Ninja Tune
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BONOBO

Flashlight EP

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS409

Chillaxed ambient house chuggers from the Viscount of come-downs. Three tracks sashay from the Afro-inflected bobble of 'Flashlight' to the insistent disco shuffler 'Pelican' and the fade-to-beige boogie of 'Return to Air'.
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IVVVO - Theories of Anxiety, Danse Noire
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IVVVO

Theories of Anxiety

Danse Noire

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DN005

Portugal's mutant techno answer to Zomby, IVVVO arrives at Danse Noire with the excellent 'Theories Of Anxiety' 12". Steeped in faded, classic rave motifs and riven with nervous rhythm, the EP plays out a sehnsucht for some kinda emotion or moody blue sentiment in modern dance music. Without wanting to lessen his other work, we'd say he's properly realised his potential here, spending his energies equally between the airborne, elegiac rave themes of 'Closer' and the chokingly gorgeous beatless blow-out 'Consumed' up top, and the heads-down ambient rave thump of 'Repetition' with Infini… Read more
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IVVVO - Theories of Anxiety, Danse Noire
ACRE - Icons, TECTONIC
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ACRE

Icons

TECTONIC

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEC080

Acre on a mad one for Tectonic with four brukken, mongrel club constructs. In the best sense, each cut nimbly evades concrete classification, twysting out between battered 'ardcore mutation reminding of Millie & Andrea in 'Ping' to the bit-crushed aquatic dancer, 'Blue Moon' and further out into hyper Afro-centric styles with the Shangaanese percolations ov 'Icon', and an MDMA-smudged flux of chords and dub detritus in the bittersweet close, 'Reload'. RIYL Andy Stott,, Actress, Dynamo.
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STEVE RODEN & STEPHEN VITIELLO - The Spaces Contained in Each, ROOM 40
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STEVE RODEN & STEPHEN VITIELLO

The Spaces Contained in Each

ROOM 40

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRM415

Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello are sound artists working at the nexus of sculpture and acoustics. It’s a shared horizon of listening that is at the core of 'The Spaces Contained In Each'. This collaboration sounds out new pathways into fields of sound well explored by each of these artists. It marks an accumulation of their works, both individually and as collaborators. Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Ste… Read more
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STEVE RODEN & STEPHEN VITIELLO - The Spaces Contained in Each, ROOM 40
DEFT - Blue Jasmine, PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
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DEFT

Blue Jasmine

PROJECT MOONCIRCLE

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: PMC136

Diverse clutch of forward house and footwork hybrids crossbred with atmospheric electronica by Deft. Soaring beatless pieces bookend a dynamic set of productions swooping into neuro-sparked slow/fast Footwork with 'Vapid (Pt.2)' and hardcore future-tribalism with the sparring percussion of 'Promise Me', whereas 'Drawn' enters similar airspace occupied by Machinedrum's Vapour City and 'The Night Time' switches tack entirely to electro-boosted techno-house tempos with proggy trance chords.
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MIKE DEHNERT - Switch Back to City EP, Fachwerk Digital
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MIKE DEHNERT

Switch Back to City EP

Fachwerk Digital

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: FW034

Ruder Berlin techno from the prolific Mike Dehnert on his Fachwerk label. He puts a signature palette of crisp, woody drums, elastic bass shapes and murky vocal stabs to great use in four lean and muscular cuts, from swaggering techno step to brute dub chord swangers and a craftily tucked 909 rhythm that sounds like Plastikman fell off his hoss.
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JUNES - Root Pattern, Galdoors

JUNES

Root Pattern

Galdoors

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: GAL005

Junes returns to his Galdoors label with a deep trio of garage variants after 12"s from Elgato and Tames. A-side is given to the expansive swing and awning, brassy motfis and breathy pads of Root Pattern'; B-side holds the subtle, hypnotic shuffle of 'Transfer' and the shifty EP highlight of syncopated hi-hat shiver and dry bass budge in 'Iced'. Support from Roman Flügel, Zip, Joy Orbison, Ben UFO etc.
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SILK RHODES - Silk Rhodes, Stones Throw
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SILK RHODES

Silk Rhodes

Stones Throw

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: STH3063

"Silk Rhodes are the dynamic duo of astro- traveling producer Michael Collins and singer Sasha Desree. Their voyage began in a 1997 Honda CRV turned DIY recording studio built to capture and share lightbulb moments as they happened. The approach was simple: run a microphone into loop pedal, connect the looper to the car stereo via cassette-tape adaptor, and start spitting out ideas.Then Collins and Desree, alongside a host of roving lunatics and pranksters, would broadcast their experiments to the streets, commenting on their observations in rhyme, soliciting ideas from strangers, and in… Read more
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SILK RHODES - Silk Rhodes, Stones Throw
PANOPTIQUE - Panoptique, Antinote
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PANOPTIQUE

Panoptique

Antinote

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Raw, hypnotic space-house trax from Antinote's newest French signing. Panoptiquye proves himself a dancefloor dreamer with three grooves spiralling from reverse loops and chiming chords to a flighty 12 minute house swing in 'Boiler Room', before keening farther into the wormhole with the mind-extruding phase of 'Interlude, Pt.1', and the pastoral kiss-off, 'Interlude, Pt.2'.
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MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT - Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter: Weekends and Beginnings, Mister Saturday Night Records
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MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT

Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter: Weekends and Beginnings

Mister Saturday Night Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MSNCD002

*Digital Edition includes the mixed version, as well as each individual track separately* Much-loved NYC party duo behind Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday present a 66 minute mix reflecting what they do every weekend. Perpetuating the traditions of The Loft and Paradise Garage etc, they give up a party-ready selection spanning Maurice Fulton's low-slung electro-boogie remix of Alice Smith's 'Love Endeavour' thru the swirling electronica of Bass Clef's 'Ghost Kicks In The Spiral', taking in a smart blend of Anthony Parasole's 'Quickstrike' with Elgato's 'Zone', a choice Adesse edit, and classics from House of Gypsies, DJ Duke, and Recloose along the way.
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MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT - Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter: Weekends and Beginnings, Mister Saturday Night Records
FELIX LENFERINK - The Same Species Occur, Chasing Unicorns
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FELIX LENFERINK

The Same Species Occur

Chasing Unicorns

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CUDL011

The skilled Dutch producer toys with future funk conventions in five twisted beats for the UK's Chasing Unicorns label. Up top he comes with that 33-not-45 wooze in the dubbed-off, stumbling drums and Eastern-flavoured synthline fray of 'The Same Species Occur' beside the decelerated samples and gaseous 808 patter of 'Lodges In The Mind'. On the flip, 'Dim Depths' steps off with thee most crooked slowfast drum calculations and the squeaky swagger of 'Doubloons', leaving the wistful keys and corrugated machine funk of 'Geronto' to close. RIYL Jameszoo, Vessel, Micachu.
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BREAKER 1 2 VS EKMAN - Ratz In The Back (Sewage Mixx) / F*ck Your Rock & Jack Your Funk, BERCEUSE HEROIQUE
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BREAKER 1 2 VS EKMAN

Ratz In The Back (Sewage Mixx) / F*ck Your Rock & Jack Your Funk

BERCEUSE HEROIQUE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BH005

Review to follow shortly…
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SHINY TWO SHINY - When The Rain Stops, Captured Tracks
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SHINY TWO SHINY

When The Rain Stops

Captured Tracks

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CT210CD

"Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult 80’s band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on… Read more
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SHINY TWO SHINY - When The Rain Stops, Captured Tracks
BREAKAGE - Treading Water, Digital Soundboy
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BREAKAGE

Treading Water

Digital Soundboy

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: DSB056

M.I.A. junglist Jamie Boyle aka Breakage returns with an epic pop glint in his eye. 'Treading Water' places a shiny pop vocal from Detour City amidst brooding Reese bass and prickling synths in a big ol' breakdown that never quite goes anywhere. The V.I.P. gives a little more to grab onto with the addition of a classic 'ardcore break placing it up close to the likes of Route '94 or Last Japan's hardcore pops.
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CHAMPION & MELé - Get Down EP, FORMULA
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CHAMPION & MELé

Get Down EP

FORMULA

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: FRM009

London vs Liverpool in the street rave stakes; everyone's a winner. Champion and Melé go toe-to-toe with the sparring breakbeat swagger and wide-ass bass wobble of 'Get Down' up top, and step off again with sparring, fractured breaks and caged animal bass prowl in 'Radio Babylon'. Wicked and bad.
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HEADLESS GHOST - Swept Illusions, Clone Royal Oak
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HEADLESS GHOST

Swept Illusions

Clone Royal Oak

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ROYAL21

Ripperton's acephelic phantom returns to Clone Royal Oak with a dreamy house session. The original 'Swept Illusions' plays out a poised tech-house groove smoothed off with sparkling keys and flyaway synthlines; Dorisburg gives an Afro-centric 808 Dance Mix; Akajo dubs it out for the we small hours.
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MIA DORA - Un.sub, Optimo Trax
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MIA DORA

Un.sub

Optimo Trax

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OT012

Glasgow's Mia Dora do it right in a quartet of sleazy house cuts for Optimo Trax. We're all over the delayed cowbells strung out over the darkroom jack of 'Un.sub', and could easily imagine embarrassing ourselves with some shuffling skills to the slinky rimshots and rumpy bass of 'Raw Kiss'. 'Et Elle Le Mien' brings the late night EBM/tribal flavour in style, and Mash lends a sexy vocal to the low-slung swing of 'Feathers'.
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LOWCOMMITTEE - Race at Neon Club, Vlek Records
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LOWCOMMITTEE

Race at Neon Club

Vlek Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: VLEK17

Subtly noirish and intimate electronic composition from Belgium's Brice Dreessen aka Lowcommittee for the consistently great Vlek Records. While the title, 'Race at Neon Club' may connote speed and bright lights, the results are actually almost gothically greyscale and lower case in aesthetic, coming across like the moody OST to a darker, drug-fuelled version of Drive set in Antwerp.
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