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MIKE DEHNERT - Lichtbedingt, Delsin Records
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MIKE DEHNERT

Lichtbedingt

Delsin Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 104DSR

Man-machine Mike Dehnert deposits a sturdy second album for Delsin - his tenth since a 2007 debut on Fachwerk. Nine tracks, including interludes, cover a spectrum of late night house and techno styles in Mike's closely defined style, taking in shades of ghetto house, Berlin techno, New York swing and industrial strength rollers. Mastered by Neele.
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AYMERIC DE TAPOL - Winter Dance, Vlek Records
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AYMERIC DE TAPOL

Winter Dance

Vlek Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: VLEK15

Belgium's idiosyncratic Vlek label ventures further out with their first release of 2014; a potent suite of hypnagogic drones and keening, bittersweet ambient dissonance by Brussels-based Aymeric de Tapol. It's a welcome introduction to a new artist, for us at least, who's been releasing music since 2005. Over six tracks he calmly unfolds a personalised sound world taking in ghostly minimalism on 'Future Flute', and wistful folk-drone maybe best compared with Natural Snow Buildings in 'Lumiere D'hotel', whilst 'Soleil Levant' is a bolder construction of billowing, vaulted ambient ha… Read more
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AYMERIC DE TAPOL - Winter Dance, Vlek Records
MCFERRDOG - Club Amniotics, 1080p

MCFERRDOG

Club Amniotics

1080p

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 1080P14

Part of NYC's weird new club outgrowth, Max McFerren has shared warehouse-party bills with the likes of Gobby, Physical Therapy and Slava, and here's a chance to hear what he's all about, courtesy of the forward-thinking mutants at 1080p. Club Amniotics leans a bit more towards the ambient side, offering a quietly intriguing mix of playful, light grooves that bounces between straight house, techno and hip-hop nuggets wrapped in mad sample-based hooks and chill syncopations. Evoking D'Eon and some of those NYC cats but finding his own spot to play in, McFerren's drum machine, smooth vocal… Read more
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MCFERRDOG - Club Amniotics, 1080p
BLONDES - Rewire (Huerco S. / Claro Intelecto / Function / SMD Mixes), RVNG Intl.
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BLONDES

Rewire (Huerco S. / Claro Intelecto / Function / SMD Mixes)

RVNG Intl.

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RVNGNL026

Blondes return with a well-picked remix selection featuring Claro Intelecto, Function, Huerco S. and Simian Mobile Disco.
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STRAY - Chatterbox EP, Exit Records
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STRAY

Chatterbox EP

Exit Records

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: EXIT051

Diffuse dancefloor workouts from Stray taking smooth D&B, Footwork jungle, Hip Hop and electronic soul music in his stride. 'Award Tour' rolls out with a nimble, sparring Footwork D&B flex, and 'Eazy Boy' leans in with a dope halfstep/Hip Hop rhythm galvanised by darkside synthline and helium vocal. 'Chatterbox' is our percy, chopping tightest drum breaks, sirens and accelerated vocals in a twitchy Footwork structure, then there's the dusty, pitching chords of 'Fragile' coming off like OPN dicing with slow/fast on an album interlude.
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MIKEQ & DJ SLIINK - Mind to Mind: MikeQ & DJ Sliink, Fade to Mind
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MIKEQ & DJ SLIINK

Mind to Mind: MikeQ & DJ Sliink

Fade to Mind

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MIND001

Fade To Mind flounce back to the 'floor following Kelela's 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape with two ballroom bangers by Mike Q and DJ Sliink. Up top they juggle a choppy Miss Jay vocal into staccato stabs on a strobing, acidic synthline and all-important kick/clap syncopation to technoid, haughty effect. Downtown, 'Werk'd It' blazes a trail to the centre of the 'floor with tightly edited, almost minimalist drums and stabs laced with "pussy" and "work it" stabs to drive 'em wild. Use with caution.
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DAT OVEN - Icy Lake, Night Slugs / Fade To Mind
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DAT OVEN

Icy Lake

Night Slugs / Fade To Mind

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: NSFM001

For the 1st time, sibling labels Night Slugs and Fade 2 Mind join forces to present a reissue of DAT Oven's darkside tribal banger 'Icy Lake' (1998), backed with killer re-swerves by Total Freedom, L-Vis, and DJ Rashad & NA. The original was recently rediscovered by Fade 2 Mind's LA captain Total Freedom and could hardly be a better fit for current dancefloor aesthetics with its uncannily Eski-ish hook, welting drums and tracky Chicago stabs. Also factor in that plain weird answer phone message motif and you've got a straight ace, whatever the weather. Remixing, Night Slug L-Vis 1990 knocks the… Read more
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DAT OVEN - Icy Lake, Night Slugs / Fade To Mind
FARBEN & JAMES DIN A4 - Farben presents James DIN A4, FAITICHE
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FARBEN & JAMES DIN A4

Farben presents James DIN A4

FAITICHE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FAIT12

Jan Jelinek's Faitiche label presents a new album and, at the same time, a well-known name: Farben presents James DIN A4. In the summer of 2013 Farben (Jan Jelinek) remixed his way through the extensive oeuvre of the sample and collage artist James DIN A4 (Dennis Busch) – and gathered ten of his favorite titles here.
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KEMPER NORTON - To Mahina, Front and Follow

KEMPER NORTON

To Mahina

Front and Follow

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: FF030

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GOLDEN TEACHER - Party People / Love, Optimo Music
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GOLDEN TEACHER

Party People / Love

Optimo Music

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: OM23

The hottest gang in Glasgow bang the disco-not-disco drum on a killer 3rd 12" for Optimo Music. A potent brew steeped in cosmic, no wave and industrial disco skools, this is the leanest and most infectious set of Green Door Studio recordings to date from Cassie Ojay, Laurie Pitt, Oliver Pitt, and Richard McMaster aka Golden Teacher. The taut, bristling machine funk of their masterfully controlled A-side 'Love' comes off like Liasons Dangereuses meets Factory Floor in a Chicago darkroom, whereas they sound like LCD Soundsystem's badder, buckie'd-up cousins on 'Party People' and 'S… Read more
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GOLDEN TEACHER - Party People / Love, Optimo Music
DAUWD - Kindlinn, Kompakt
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DAUWD

Kindlinn

Kompakt

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT295

"With Dauwd, one of UK's most promising talents joins the Kompakt fold. After remixing Coma's 'My Orbit' last year, the London-based producer continues to move into new musical territory with the Kindlinn, a lushly orchestrated journey drawing on infectious rhythms and epic melodies. Three colourful cuts see him moving further away from the UK sound he's originally become known for and reinventing himself as a virtuoso of propelling house and romantic techno."
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DJ DIAMOND - Flight Muzik (Reloaded), Planet Mu
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DJ DIAMOND

Flight Muzik (Reloaded)

Planet Mu

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: 5055300374578

**Redux version with killer bonus cuts - including three previously unreleased tracks** This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: 'Burn Dat Boy' and 'Horns' are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G's 'Narst'. 'Torture Rack' is brutal and brilliant, beat-'em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant synths stretched to breaking point acros… Read more
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DJ DIAMOND - Flight Muzik (Reloaded), Planet Mu
TODD TERJE - Delorean Dynamite, Olsen Records
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TODD TERJE

Delorean Dynamite

Olsen Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: OLS007DD

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KLOKE - Sea Levels, STYLES UPON STYLES
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KLOKE

Sea Levels

STYLES UPON STYLES

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SUS004V

Squashed house and idiosyncratic electronica from Brit-in-Melbourne and RBMA graduate, Andy Donnelly aka Kloke for Brooklyn's Styles Upon Styles. 'Sea Levels' comes across like a hazy recollection of urban UK dancefloor styles and IDM recounted thru a skunk-addled mind, bumping between washed-out jazz-house on 'Deep City' to the BoC-like reverie 'Mayfield' and the blunted 2-step of 'Ritual' to the radar-evading, arpeggiated techno shunt of 'Room With A View' and an Actress/Zomby-like bag of writhing paranoia in 'Unlearning'. Canny moves.
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ROLAND TINGS - Who U Love, Internasjonal
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ROLAND TINGS

Who U Love

Internasjonal

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 0827170423985

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PORN SWORD TOBACCO & SVN - Complaints, Kontra Musik
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PORN SWORD TOBACCO & SVN

Complaints

Kontra Musik

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KM034

Sublimely hypnotic house from SUED character SVN and Gothenburg's Porn Sword Tobacco. It's a masterclass of locked-in and reduced house music, pairing supple bass pulses with gorgeous Badalamenti-style chords on the A-side and remerging flipside with a more kinetic, dubwise acid groover.
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VARIOUS / VOLTAIRE RECORDS - Viare, Voltaire Records
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VARIOUS / VOLTAIRE RECORDS

Viare

Voltaire Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: VR010

**Includes bonus track 'Virgo Cluster (The Beat Broker Remix)'** ""Virgo Cluster" by Jonas Reinhardt fuses elements of cosmic disco and krautrock into a live transcendental package, with amazing guitar work by Phil Manley (Trans Am/Life Coach), and a bonus remix by the Beat Broker (digital only). "Seven Miles Down" from London's Timothy J. Fairplay (The Asphodells) is a testament to Zombie Horror Cinema, featuring a pulsing dub-house beat that dives into cavernous sonic territory. "Guave" by PLAzA is a playful dancefloor workout, that evokes a slow acidic line and classic Chicago h… Read more
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VARIOUS / VOLTAIRE RECORDS - Viare, Voltaire Records
MAMACITA - No Eres Tu, Huntleys + Palmers
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MAMACITA

No Eres Tu

Huntleys + Palmers

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HP009

Huntleys + Palmers supplement the Latin-flavoured club sounds of Auntie Flo and Alejandro Paz with this tasty tune from Carolina Paz of Santiago, Chile. Classic 80s dance-pop sounds bring out its decent hook, and a remix from South American house star Ana Helder seals the deal with technical prowess and creativity.
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MICHELE MININNI - Tupolev Love, Optimo Trax
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MICHELE MININNI

Tupolev Love

Optimo Trax

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: OT007

Sub-100bpm cosmic disco drug chug from Southern Italy via Glasgow with love. Michele Mininni's debut release yields four buoyant electronic grooves distilling elements of kraut, post rock, new wave and disco with a romantic vision of the dancefloor. 'Tupelo Love' is a sub 100bpm cosmic trancer while Telekomdisko raises the tempo and heads off into sun drenched space territory. The EP is completed by Michele's fellow countrymen, Boot & Tax's great acid inflected remix of 'Tupolev Love'.
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CHRISTIAN LöFFLER - Young Alaska, KI Records

CHRISTIAN LöFFLER

Young Alaska

KI Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KI012CD

"Christian Löffler is co-founder of Ki Records and well known for his intense, deep moving sound with melancholic undertones. After several releases for Ki and Orphanear, the imprint of Dial’s co-founder Pawel, his debut ‘A Forest’ is now being released through Ki."
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TRC VS MURLO - You & Me feat. Ruth (Murlo Remix), Crazylegs
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TRC VS MURLO

You & Me feat. Ruth (Murlo Remix)

Crazylegs

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LEGS003R

Sinogrime badman of the moment Murlo remixes the top tune from TRC's recent Come Bring It / You & Me 12" with deliciously cutting-edge results. With only percussion and spare use of odd synth timbres veiled in close reverb needed to accompany Ruth's pristine vocal, it's both a great melodic track and a fresh bit of sound design.
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THE EXALTICS - Some Other Place (Vol. 1), Clone West Coast Series
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THE EXALTICS

Some Other Place (Vol. 1)

Clone West Coast Series

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CWCS08.1

he Exaltics make a successful maiden voyage on Clone's West Coast Series with the introspective electro dramas of 'Some Other Place Vol.1'. Six tracks showcase the German producer's most spaced-out, cinematic tastes, from the widescreen intro thru two furtive, uptempo electro missions on the A-side to a suite of warm, alien-exotic synth themes nodding to classic library sounds, Heinrich Mueller and sci-fi soundtracks on the B-side. One for the night watchmen.
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PROMISE ONE - See We Roll / Chroma, OpenEarz Recordings

PROMISE ONE

See We Roll / Chroma

OpenEarz Recordings

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: EARZ004D

**Includes bonus track 'Ghost Note'** Murky dubstep/garage/grime hybrids from Promise One on the revived OpenEarz Recordings. Sparkz vocals the El-B-styled dark garage swagger of 'See We Roll' on top; Promise One links with Innamind player Geode on a jazzier, techy 2-step move titled 'Chroma' for the flipside.
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PHOTOMACHINE - All Black Everything EP, Wicked Bass Records
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PHOTOMACHINE

All Black Everything EP

Wicked Bass Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WB014

Wicked Bass follow aces from Innershades, Parris Mitchell and Huerco S with four diverse trax ranging from hazy techno to deviant disco by PhOtOmachine. A-side kicks up the swaggering techno rolige of 'Black Motorcycle' and the heads-down, metallic thump of 'Good News Bad Dope', whilst flipside switches tack to coked-up electro-boogie swing with 'Zapp (Fantasy Version)' and the Thriller-style boogie edit of 'Special Luv' with a its seriously ear-worming vocal loop.
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MUSUMECI - Untitled (Traxx Edit), MANNEQUIN
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MUSUMECI

Untitled (Traxx Edit)

MANNEQUIN

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MNQ 050

Italy's excellent Mannequin Records charge up two electrifying coldwave/EBM studio demos by Musumeci recorded 1985, and now backed with a must-have Traxx edit of 'Tag Für Tag'. The demos take no prisoners, bowling between deranged yelps galvanised by lip-bitingly hard and brittle machine groove to a spikier, more melodic variant sparked with barking vox and fizzing electro-stepper pulses. Ask us though, we'll tell you Traxx's edit is the one; a driving EBM number shackled to toiling kick and detuned, sour synth motif prone to wickedly slip in-and-out of time. Tip!
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ALIS - Apache, Fifth Wall Records
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ALIS

Apache

Fifth Wall Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5WALL012

Subeena Plamenova aka Alis turns out two techno trax for Fifth Wall backed with Ital and Matrixxman remixes. 'Apache' skanks and swings on an airborne techno coda buoyed by plush synth arrangement and restless percussion beside the firmly grounded acid attack of 'Modus'. On the flip, Ital turns 'Apache' inside out with a delirious flux of delays and warehouse reverbs and Matrixxman licks up the same cut with raging power surge mentasms and kinky drums.
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VARIOUS - Tax Haven 4, IBERIAN
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VARIOUS

Tax Haven 4

IBERIAN

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: IBR010DD

"The Peninsula’s finest purveyors of everything bass-related are back for the fourth installment of the Tax Haven EP series, featuring cuts from Geiom, Noaipre, Pacheko and Klipar. Berkane Sol label founder Geiom showcases the unpredictability that led him to sign with diverse labels such as Planet Mu, Frisfjo Beats and Skam as he gets things started on a percussive mood with 'I Don’t', a subterranean voyage through deconstructed breaks, bouncy bass and vocal chops, followed by the rolling beats and hypnotic lowend of 'Lost Monarch'*. A Coruña native and RBMA alumni Noaipre, one of the rising… Read more
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VARIOUS - Tax Haven 4, IBERIAN
REDSHAPE - Bonuz Beatz (Vol. 1), RUNNING BACK
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REDSHAPE

Bonuz Beatz (Vol. 1)

RUNNING BACK

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 0827170432284

Redshape returns the first in a series of EP's re-releasing beat tools from his archive.
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DEAD FADER - Blood Forest, Robot Elephant Records

DEAD FADER

Blood Forest

Robot Elephant Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RER019

Dead Fader returns with an ornate and moody blue suite of beat-driven electronica on his new home, Robot Elephant Records. Four years on from debut album 'Corrupt My Examiner' he's largely suppressed his noisier inclinations and crushing rhythms in favour of complex melodic arrangements and detailed drum programming nodding to early Machinedrum, mid-period Ae and the cute melodic touches of Brothomstates.
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EVY JANE - Closer (Single), Ninja Tune
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EVY JANE

Closer (Single)

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS384S

Following that standout debut for King Deluxe the hugely promising Evy Jane (aka Evelyn Jane Mason and Jeremiah Klein) have been snapped up by Ninja Tune, this being a first taster for what to expect.
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