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Thursday, 18 December

GAUSSIAN CURVE - Clouds, Music From Memory
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GAUSSIAN CURVE

Clouds

Music From Memory

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MFM004

'Clouds' is a perfectly measured suite of warm and hazy downbeats from Gigi Masin, Marco Sterk (Young Marco), and Johnny Nash recorded in the heart of Amsterdam's red light district over one weekend in April, 2014. It's all about louche vibes and glowing notes, gently absorbing and transducing the buzz of the streets outside the studio's open windows into eight elegantly reserved improvisations segueing between lush ambient drift, dub-wise solo piano pieces, and chiming late night jazz patter. In that sense, there's striking similarities between 'Clouds' and the recent Sky Walking album by Law… Read more
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GAUSSIAN CURVE - Clouds, Music From Memory
SECRET PYRAMID  - The Silent March / Movements Of Night, STUDENTS OF DECAY
Sweeping harmonic weather systems and shoe-gazing folk from Secret Pyramid. First issued on cassette in 2011 by Canada's Nice-Up International, 'The Silent March' is now pressed to vinyl and finds a suitable home amidst Students of Decay's like-minded roster of ambient noise boundary pushers. "Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched songforms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cl… Read more
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SECRET PYRAMID  - The Silent March / Movements Of Night, STUDENTS OF DECAY
SECRET PYRAMID  - The Silent March, STUDENTS OF DECAY
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SECRET PYRAMID

The Silent March

STUDENTS OF DECAY

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: SOD109

Sweeping harmonic weather systems and shoe-gazing folk from Secret Pyramid. First issued on cassette in 2011 by Canada's Nice-Up International, 'The Silent March' is now pressed to vinyl and finds a suitable home amidst Students of Decay's like-minded roster of ambient noise boundary pushers. "Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched songforms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cloth. Abbey weaves… Read more
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SECRET PYRAMID  - The Silent March, STUDENTS OF DECAY
PAUL WOLINSKI - Full Bleed, Sacred Tapes
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PAUL WOLINSKI

Full Bleed

Sacred Tapes

Format_dot_stuffCassette // £4.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: SAC009

**2nd edition of 100 x C25 with fold-out art insert. Purchase of tape comes with full download version dropped straight into your account** "Full Bleed is a more experimental turn for Paul Wolinski following his more song structured work as POLINSKI ( Labyrinths, 2011) and numerous albums, movie scores and one-off performances with 65daysofstatic. Full Bleed is an all together different kind of record for the artist, a move into bleaker, more experimental territory. The digital glitches have been subsumed by analog tape hiss; the kick drums have been eaten by white noise; tempos have be… Read more
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PAUL WOLINSKI - Full Bleed, Sacred Tapes

Monday, 15 December

LUBOMYR MELNYK - Melnyk: Evertina, ERASED TAPES
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LUBOMYR MELNYK

Melnyk: Evertina

ERASED TAPES

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP064DL

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Thursday, 11 December

REINHOLD FRIEDL - Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein, BOCIAN RECORDS
Zeitkratzer director, Reinhold Friedl continues his dissection and re-evaluation of classical tropes with this mesmerising investigation of the Neo-Bechstein Grand Piano - the first electronic piano of the 20th century. 'Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein' follows from the relative violence of 'Inside Piano' (2011), one of our favourite releases of that year, with a much more subtle approach, using the Neo-Bechstein's in built pick-ups and radio receiver - the first of their kind when invented by Walter Nernst and Hans Driescher b… Read more
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REINHOLD FRIEDL - Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein, BOCIAN RECORDS
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE & RHYS CHATHAM - Youuu + Mee = Weee, Sub Rosa
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new Sub Rosa session creates a trilogy. 166 minutes with Charlemagne Palestine: piano Bösendorfer, orgue Yamaha and voice and Rhys Chatham: trumpet, loop pedal, electric guitar. Rhys Chatham studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early seventies. Chatham also played wit… Read more
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE & RHYS CHATHAM - Youuu + Mee = Weee, Sub Rosa
HAROLD BUDD + ERALDO BERNOCCHI - Music For Fragments From The Inside, Sub Rosa
Recorded live on what can only be assumed was a warm and expansive Italian night, 'Fragments From The Inside' sees the coming together of incredible Pianist / ambient master Harold Budd and long-time Bill Laswell collaborator Eraldo Bernochhi, with 'Music For Fragments From The Inside'. Composed and played on the hoof, 'Music For Fragments...' unfurls with loquacious grace; a fact that is cemented on the opening 'One'. So whilst in the foreground a beautiful Benno Moiseiwistshca-esque piano part is allowed time to languidly gather momentum, on the fri… Read more
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HAROLD BUDD + ERALDO BERNOCCHI - Music For Fragments From The Inside, Sub Rosa

Monday, 08 December

JóHANN JóHANNSSON & BJNILSEN - I Am Here, Ash International
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JóHANN JóHANNSSON & BJNILSEN

I Am Here

Ash International

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ASH111D

*Gorgeous collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen featuring Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello* The enigmatic Ash International imprint yields the willowing beauty of Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen's original score for 'I Am Here' (2014), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler. The score also features guest contributions from Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello), and the celestial voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, it's a deeply effective synthesis of BJNilsen's intangible electro-acoustic atmospheres and Jóhannsson's celebrated string arrangeme… Read more
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JóHANN JóHANNSSON & BJNILSEN - I Am Here, Ash International
LAWRENCE ENGLISH & WERNER DAFELDECKER - Shadow Of The Monolith, LED
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH & WERNER DAFELDECKER

Shadow Of The Monolith

LED

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HOLO2

Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker tantalise and excite our spatial and textural perceptions in this deeply involving collaboration recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and later produced in Brisbane, Australia. 'Shadow Of The Monolith' features electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials which have been layered, processed and restructured into a spectrum of of microtonal gradients, vibrant frequencies and fractured nonspaces. Basically, it vascilates between dark as hell and white as snow, quite as you'… Read more
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH & WERNER DAFELDECKER - Shadow Of The Monolith, LED
JANEK SCHAEFER - Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland, DEKORDER
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JANEK SCHAEFER

Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland

DEKORDER

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: DEKORDER078

The 2nd of Janek Schaefer's two new albums for Dekorder presents a pair of ecstatically vaulted and longform compositions. In contrast to the willowy drones of 'Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams', this record documents Schaefer's more highly-charged, almost ecclesiastical style of composition in two pieces originally written for installation and exhibit. The A-side's 'Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland' continues a long tradition of Janek writing in tribute to J.G. Ballard - quite recently with 'Lay-By-Lullaby' - featuring twenty one minutes of sweeping… Read more
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JANEK SCHAEFER - Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland, DEKORDER
JANEK SCHAEFER - Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams, DEKORDER
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JANEK SCHAEFER

Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams

DEKORDER

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: DEKORDER077

'Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams' is the first of two contrasting new Janek Schaefer LPs for Hamburg's Dekorder. It follows his much acclaimed tribute to J.G. Ballard, 'Lay-By Lullaby' (listed in Pitchfork's Top 10 under-the-radar releases) with a softer, more tactile collection of signature ambient textures and slowly shifting space spread around seven sublime pieces united by an elegiac solemnity. They range from tributes to friends and family who've passed on, thru sweeping orchestral moments woven with field recordings, to one gorgeous num… Read more
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JANEK SCHAEFER - Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams, DEKORDER
ANTON NANUT & KIOI SINFONIETTA TOKYO - Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll, EXTON

ANTON NANUT & KIOI SINFONIETTA TOKYO

Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll

EXTON

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 4538182494288

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Thursday, 04 December

LAWRENCE ENGLISH & WERNER DAFELDECKER - Shadow Of The Monolith, Holotype Editions
**140g vinyl edition of 300. Mastered + cut by CGB at D&M** Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker tantalise and excite our spatial and textural perceptions in this deeply involving collaboration recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and later produced in Brisbane, Australia. 'Shadow Of The Monolith' features electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials which have been layered, processed and restructured into a spectrum of of microtonal gradients, vibrant frequencies and fractured nonspaces. Basically, it vascilat… Read more
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH & WERNER DAFELDECKER - Shadow Of The Monolith, Holotype Editions
JóHANN JóHANNSSON & BJNILSEN - I Am Here, Ash International
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JóHANN JóHANNSSON & BJNILSEN

I Am Here

Ash International

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ASH111

*Gorgeous collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen featuring Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello* The enigmatic Ash International imprint yields the willowing beauty of Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen's original score for 'I Am Here' (2014), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler. The score also features guest contributions from Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello), and the celestial voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, it's a deeply effective synthesis of BJNilsen's intangible electro-acoustic atmospheres and Jóhannsson's celebrated string arrangements,… Read more
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JóHANN JóHANNSSON & BJNILSEN - I Am Here, Ash International
RHODRI DAVIES - An Air Swept Clean Of All Distance, alt.vinyl
**Translucent Green 180g LP edition of 250 housed in hand screen-printed sleeve with artwork by Jean Luc Guinnet and essay insert by David Toop** Final dispatch of 2014 from radical, virtuoso harpist Rhodri Davies is 'An Air Swept Clean of All Distance' for Northumberland's Alt.Vinyl. Continuing his extended deconstruction of the instrument's historical, cultural connotations, as with 2012's acclaimed 'Wound Response' LP - also featured in a 4LP boxset collating this LP and two others previously released by Alt.Vinyl - Davies employs EBows and other preparations to m… Read more
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RHODRI DAVIES - An Air Swept Clean Of All Distance, alt.vinyl
JANEK SCHAEFER - Inner Space Memorial In Wonderland, DEKORDER
The 2nd of Janek Schaefer's two new albums for Dekorder presents a pair of ecstatically vaulted and longform compositions. In contrast to the willowy drones of 'Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams', this record documents Schaefer's more highly-charged, almost ecclesiastical style of composition in two pieces originally written for installation and exhibit. The A-side's 'Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland' continues a long tradition of Janek writing in tribute to J.G. Ballard - quite recently with 'Lay-By-Lullaby' - featuring twenty one minutes of sweeping, gl… Read more
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JANEK SCHAEFER - Inner Space Memorial In Wonderland, DEKORDER
JANEK SCHAEFER - Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams, DEKORDER
'Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams' is the first of two contrasting new Janek Schaefer LPs for Hamburg's Dekorder. It follows his much acclaimed tribute to J.G. Ballard, 'Lay-By Lullaby' (listed in Pitchfork's Top 10 under-the-radar releases) with a softer, more tactile collection of signature ambient textures and slowly shifting space spread around seven sublime pieces united by an elegiac solemnity. They range from tributes to friends and family who've passed on, thru sweeping orchestral moments woven with field recordings, to one gorgeous number … Read more
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JANEK SCHAEFER - Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams, DEKORDER
THOMAS KONER - Tiento de las Nieves, Denovali Records
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THOMAS KONER

Tiento de las Nieves

Denovali Records

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: DEN215CD

Esteemed dark ambient pioneer Thomas Köner casts a beautifully sombre solo piano shadow with the 68-minute piece, 'Tiento de las Nieves' for Denovali Records. Whilst he's previously used the piano as an indistinct element within his widescreen scapes, here it's the main focus, sustaining super sparse, plangent notes which radiate out across the soundsphere with longing decay until they fade, freezing and slowly thawing in a sequence of deep blue moments bridged by stratospheric, slowly expanding pads. Once rested to the piece's meter, it's easy to let go and imagine yourself as Fridt… Read more
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THOMAS KONER - Tiento de las Nieves, Denovali Records
VALGEIR SIGURðSSON - Draumalandid (Vinyl Edition), BEDROOM COMMUNITY
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VALGEIR SIGURðSSON

Draumalandid (Vinyl Edition)

BEDROOM COMMUNITY

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HVALUR8LP

Draumalandid is the name of a new documentary about Iceland's current environmental plight and its inextricable connection with the forces of the global economy. For the film's soundtrack, renowned producer Valgeir Sigurosson calls upon the entire roster of his Bedroom Community label for support. The score is fleshed out by classical composers Nico Muhly and Daniel Bjarnason (the latter's excellent Processions debut album still being fresh in the memory) with further contributions arriving from ambient noise sculptor Ben Frost and US singer-songwriter Sam Amidon. Wh… Read more
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VALGEIR SIGURðSSON - Draumalandid (Vinyl Edition), BEDROOM COMMUNITY

Monday, 01 December

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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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
BRIAN ENO - Neroli: Thinking Music Part IV (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
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BRIAN ENO

Neroli: Thinking Music Part IV (Expanded Edition)

All Saints Records

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WASTDL051

"Reissue of Brian Eno’s critically acclaimed 1993 single-track album. Named after the precious sensual oil derived from the flowers of the Seville orange, Neroli is more than any other Eno work intrinsically linked with the idea of perfume and fragrance. The piece is formed from a single Phrygian mode melody which Eno constructs and deconstructs throughout the work with the subtle flair that has become his trademark. A piece of pure atmosphere that is considered by many to be the ultimate realisation of Eno’s ‘mood music’, Neroli has been played in matern… Read more
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BRIAN ENO - Neroli: Thinking Music Part IV (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
BRIAN ENO - The Shutov Assembly (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
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BRIAN ENO

The Shutov Assembly (Expanded Edition)

All Saints Records

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WASTDL050

**2014 re-cut of a 1992 compilation-cum-album of Eno's ambient recordings circa '85-'90. Includes download code** "Reissue of Brian Eno’s 1992 album dedicated to Russian artist and friend Sergei Shutov, and a continuation of the atmospheric ambient work found on records such as On Land and Thursday Afternoon. Eno had discovered that Shutov often painted to his music but was unable to obtain many of his records in then-communist Russia. He resolved to collate a tape of previously unreleased material (recorded between 1985 and 1990) to give to Shutov and upon listeni… Read more
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BRIAN ENO - The Shutov Assembly (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
BRIAN ENO - The Drop (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
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BRIAN ENO

The Drop (Expanded Edition)

All Saints Records

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WASTDL052

All Saints give renewed life to Brian Eno's misunderstood and overlooked 1997 album, 'The Drop' in a heavy gatefold pressing. Generally disregarded by Eno fans as too weird or not proper "ambient", it stands out from his catalogue as a unique, minimal and alien sort of jazz incursion integrating traces of Fela Kuti's melodic basslines and the complex, labyrinthine melodies of jazz fusion heroes, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. This vinyl version includes two tracks not found on the CD, namely 'Slicing System' and 'Sharply Cornered', which could be considered as precursors to Wolfga… Read more
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BRIAN ENO - The Drop (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
GREYGHOST - Meditations on Mindfulness, Constellation Tatsu

GREYGHOST

Meditations on Mindfulness

Constellation Tatsu

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: PURR 0051

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ECOVILLAGE - One Step Above, PLOP

ECOVILLAGE

One Step Above

PLOP

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: PLOP17

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CELER - Sky Limits, BASKARU

CELER

Sky Limits

BASKARU

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KARU35

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Thursday, 27 November

BRIAN ENO - The Drop (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
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BRIAN ENO

The Drop (Expanded Edition)

All Saints Records

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WAST024CD

*2Cd Edition* All Saints give renewed life to Brian Eno's misunderstood and overlooked 1997 album, 'The Drop' in a heavy gatefold pressing. Generally disregarded by Eno fans as too weird or not proper "ambient", it stands out from his catalogue as a unique, minimal and alien sort of jazz incursion integrating traces of Fela Kuti's melodic basslines and the complex, labyrinthine melodies of jazz fusion heroes, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. This vinyl version includes two tracks not found on the CD, namely 'Slicing System' and 'Sharply Cornered', which could be considered as precursors t… Read more
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BRIAN ENO - The Drop (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
BRIAN ENO - The Drop (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records
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BRIAN ENO

The Drop (Expanded Edition)

All Saints Records

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £17.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WAST024LP

**2LP gatefold with download code** All Saints give vinyl life to Brian Eno's misunderstood and overlooked 1997 album, 'The Drop' in a heavy gatefold pressing. Generally disregarded by Eno fans as too weird or not proper "ambient", it stands out from his catalogue as a unique, minimal and alien sort of jazz incursion integrating traces of Fela Kuti's melodic basslines and the complex, labyrinthine melodies of jazz fusion heroes, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. This vinyl version includes two tracks not found on the CD, namely 'Slicing System' and 'Sharply Cornered', which could be con… Read more
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BRIAN ENO - The Drop (Expanded Edition), All Saints Records