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Thursday, 17 April

SWANS - The Seer (Mute Reissue), Mute
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SWANS

The Seer (Mute Reissue)

Mute

Format_dot_vinyl3LP // £22.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: STUMM363

*Newly reissued on Mute - includes a free poster and download code redeemable from the label* Swans may have only reformed in 2009, but according to Michael Gira ‘The Seer’ is the album that has truly been thirty tortured years in the making. Its predecessor ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (excluding the limited live album ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’) was a measured, low-key affair, more of a reminder of how the band had changed in the lost years between their death and rebirth than knocking their prior recordings out of the water entirely. ‘The Seer’ … Read more
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SWANS - The Seer (Mute Reissue), Mute
NEUROPOL - Warning EP, SGN:LTD

NEUROPOL

Warning EP

SGN:LTD

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SGN040

**Hand-numbered edition of 300** Atmospheric dubstep.
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HETEROTIC - Weird Drift, Planet Mu
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HETEROTIC

Weird Drift

Planet Mu

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZIQ330

On this second album, husband-and-wife duo Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq) and Lara Rix-Martin have honed their craft further and teamed up with French singer Vezelay for some supremely chill rides. The delicate synths and vocal harmonies, both positioned just so, can trace their origins to Paradinas's earlier milieu of 90s electronica, and even further back to 70s and 80s cosmicism, but they also resonate appealingly with contemporary moods in downtempo, such as those of Tory Y Moi or How To Dress Well. A work of calm and carefully engineered beauty.
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HETEROTIC - Weird Drift, Planet Mu
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HETEROTIC

Weird Drift

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZIQ330CD

On this second album, husband-and-wife duo Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq) and Lara Rix-Martin have honed their craft further and teamed up with French singer Vezelay for some supremely chill rides. The delicate synths and vocal harmonies, both positioned just so, can trace their origins to Paradinas's earlier milieu of 90s electronica, and even further back to 70s and 80s cosmicism, but they also resonate appealingly with contemporary moods in downtempo, such as those of Tory Y Moi or How To Dress Well. A work of calm and carefully engineered beauty.
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SONIC BOOM - Spectrum, Space Age

SONIC BOOM

Spectrum

Space Age

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ORBIT044CD

'Spectrum' was recorded between 1988 and 1989 during Spacemen 3's golden period and is widely considered a genuine masterpiece of gently psychedelic pop music. The packaging alone will keep you occupied for hours on your bean bag. Recommended!
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DEAD FADER - Blood Forest, Robot Elephant Records

DEAD FADER

Blood Forest

Robot Elephant Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

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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CHRISTIAN LöFFLER - Young Alaska, KI Records

CHRISTIAN LöFFLER

Young Alaska

KI Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: Ki-012CD

"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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DEATH - III, Drag City
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DEATH

III

Drag City

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC583CD

**Crazy, hard-rocking proto-punk aces from Detroit circa 1975-1980** "Five years after the second life of Death was started with the release of their revelatory 1976 album, ‘For The Whole World To See’, Death’s ‘III’ slams the door on the vault with a powerful set of songs that bring equal amounts of rock and ethereal soul-searching, in high-fidelity, rich bottomed, studio-grade sound. • ‘III’ starts with David inside a deep 1975 guitar improvisation, rising up through atmospheres and prehistoric guitar murk to coalesce in jagged monster-riff-dom. The whole exercise recalls Funkadelic’s great Eddie Hazel whi… Read more
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DEATH - III, Drag City
DEATH - III, Drag City
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DEATH

III

Drag City

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC583

**Crazy, hard-rocking proto-punk aces from Detroit circa 1975-1980** "Five years after the second life of Death was started with the release of their revelatory 1976 album, ‘For The Whole World To See’, Death’s ‘III’ slams the door on the vault with a powerful set of songs that bring equal amounts of rock and ethereal soul-searching, in high-fidelity, rich bottomed, studio-grade sound. • ‘III’ starts with David inside a deep 1975 guitar improvisation, rising up through atmospheres and prehistoric guitar murk to coalesce in jagged monster-riff-dom. The whole exercise recalls Funkadelic’s great Eddie Hazel w… Read more
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DEATH - III, Drag City
KELIS - Food, Ninja Tune
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KELIS

Food

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_cd2CD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ZENCD205B

**Includes bonus CD with remixes from Machinedrum, Will Saul, Breach, Ben Pearce, Mount Kimbie & Actress** Kelis returns with a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences - he first album for Ninja Tune. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme … Read more
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KELIS - Food, Ninja Tune
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KELIS

Food

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ZEN205

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Kelis switches to a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme relating to her studies as a saucier - she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu c… Read more
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KELIS - Food, Ninja Tune
PURLING HISS - Dizzy Polizzy, Drag City
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PURLING HISS

Dizzy Polizzy

Drag City

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC590

**First time retail reissue of a previously tour-only cassette from the garage-rock troupe** "The Purling Hiss sound is revered by discerning listeners for its devastational waves of guitar rock crashing atop sweet melodies and pile-driving rhythm tunes alike. The effect of these contrasts - in the hands of Mike Polizze - touches buzzing pleasure centres for these listeners with every lick; people who like rock songs and like to sing along and don’t mind a little dirt for their trouble. No matter what the resolution is for Purling Hiss, the devastational waves come on with the same warm, c… Read more
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PURLING HISS - Dizzy Polizzy, Drag City
SMOG - Red Apple Falls, Drag City
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SMOG

Red Apple Falls

Drag City

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: DC116CD

*Now available again after far too long on CD through Drag City* "Over the years Smog records ranged around from several completely selfplayed and recorded efforts, dictated by voices from within, to more collaborative projects involving the people outside Bill Callahan’s head. However, never before was there a Smog album made like this. Produced and co-arranged by Jim O’Rourke, ‘Red Apple Falls’ combs back the passions of ‘Wild Love’ and ‘The Doctor Came At Dawn’ to make an even part, revealing a purer pop sound; all of it pressed into pure 24k gold. Why is it that Smog looks to find beauty in su… Read more
SMOG - Red Apple Falls, Drag City
MAYA JANE COLES - fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles, Fabric Worldwide

MAYA JANE COLES

fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC149

MJC marks the next big step in her flourishing catalogue with a signature mix of deep and techy house for Fabric 75. Since the late naughties, the London-based British-Japanese producer has been at least partly responsible for a sub-mainstream swing towards fresh, raw house music with a classic integrity. This mix showcases where she's at right now, blending mature house grooves with party-time peakers in seamless style. Over 17 tracks she wends a way from Trus'me's 'Somebody' to Fran Von Vie's trancy synth-pop piece 'Lonely Nights' via her own edits of KSKY's 'Madness' and he… Read more
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MAYA JANE COLES - fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles, Fabric Worldwide
SAGE FRANCIS - Viva La Vinyl, Blunt Force Trauma

SAGE FRANCIS

Viva La Vinyl

Blunt Force Trauma

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £8.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BFT003

**7" vinyl with 45rpm adapter. Housed in wraparound, 12"-sided detachable print by Inkymole. Includes free download redeemable from the label. Edition of 225** Sage Francis, Buddy Peace and B. Dolan give a premature eulogy for vinyl cynically timed to coincide with record store day. A-side is all sombre and blue, accentuated by creaky violin from Jolie Holland; B-side is more upbeat and punchy.
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FRAK - Saturate You, MIDLIGHT
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FRAK

Saturate You

MIDLIGHT

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MID002

**Includes hand-numbered artwork inlay. Edition of 550** The Swedish techno miscreants bang the box on two wobbly acid joints for Midlight Records. A-side 'Absorb' rides a jagged but frothy acid groove until the lines start smudging to mind-bending, discordant effect in the final throes. B-side, 'Instant Transport' nudges the tempo up for a more suspenseful, driving acid roll.
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JOHN BARERA & WILL MARTIN - Milestones, Dolly
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JOHN BARERA & WILL MARTIN

Milestones

Dolly

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DOLLY18

Supply Records' John Barrera (B-Tracks) & Will Martin play out a trio of deep house cuts on Steffi's Dolly label, backed with the boss's own Third Side remix with The Analogue Cops. Up top their 'Nomad' treks into Chez Damier-styled swing jack territory with some nifty dub chords and playful polyrhythms, whereas 'Flux' is given to a more sultry early morning sway propped by breezy chords and fruity bassline. Flipside, 'Milestones' finds that classic balance of strobe-lit techno-house fever and cool swing practically guaranteed to bring up any 'floor, and Third Side give the same cut a reduced, concentrated drive riding on humping bass and hypnotic drone chords.
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JOHN BARERA & WILL MARTIN - Milestones, Dolly
VIN SOL & MATRIXXMAN - Never Thought / Love Is Stronger, STAMP
**Hand-stamped white label** Ooooh, this is good. Bay Area's Vin Sol & Matrixxman follow-up last year's very well received Sade edits with another pair of pearlers adapting Clackton's finest for the house 'floors. Up top they make 'Couldn't Love You More' sound like a Larry Heard version with glistening keys and melting square bass groove primed to seduce any room into submission; downtown 'Give It Up' is turned into a sultry, cooing slow jam for the lovers...
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DUST - Feel It, MANNEQUIN
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DUST

Feel It

MANNEQUIN

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MNQ051

**Red vinyl edition of 250** Rugged, sleazy jakk attacks from avant-garde Korean noise artist Greem Jellyfish, psych musician/model Angela Chambers, and studio whizz Michael Sherburn. This, their 3rd 12" is also their best yet, a dissolute dancefloor come-on blurring the lines between Chicago Acid, Italo and Coldwave. 'Feel It' comes on strong with a swaggering, darkly dubbed-out house trip haunted by mutanted vocals and earworming hook that resonates long after the run-out groove. 'Acid Freak' is a more sultry beast, coolly stalking out a drugged-out synth loop into a well-paced acid groove built from … Read more
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DUST - Feel It, MANNEQUIN
WITCH - Movin' On, INVISIBLE CITY EDITIONS
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WITCH

Movin' On

INVISIBLE CITY EDITIONS

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: ICE005

Invisible City Editions follow-up that much loved Stephen Encinas release with this reissue of a rare, fruity Afro-boogie disco classic from Zambia circa 1980-1984. "Known for their psychedelic fuzz masterpiece Lazy Bones, this is another side of Witch. This time around the band created another masterpiece, but this time with a whole new sound capturing the spirit of the early 80’s, and changing political atmosphere in Africa with a perfect blend of MJ/Jake Solo boogie, and Fleetwood Mac AOR moves. This is an album in the fullest sense capturing a band at their creative peak, with stellar musicianship… Read more
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WITCH - Movin' On, INVISIBLE CITY EDITIONS
KLOKE - Sea Levels, STYLES UPON STYLES
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KLOKE

Sea Levels

STYLES UPON STYLES

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

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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ITAL TEK - Mega City Industry, CIVIL MUSIC
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ITAL TEK

Mega City Industry

CIVIL MUSIC

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: CIV061

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ital Tek liquifies the bind between Footwork and IDM/electronica in the super-structured 'Mega City Industry'. The Brighton-based producer continues to build on the theme of his 'Hyper Real' and 'Control' EPs for Civil Music and Planet Mu with an elastic muscularity and dramatic appeal over these four glistening new cuts. The title tune renders a brutalist arrangement of face-melting synthline rushes meshed to teetering, filigree slow-fast programming like some futurist Michael Mann soundtrack, and 'Shinra' heads far east in … Read more
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ITAL TEK - Mega City Industry, CIVIL MUSIC
SAM SHALABI - Music For Arabs, MAJMUA
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SAM SHALABI

Music For Arabs

MAJMUA

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: MAJMUA021CD

Absolutely off-the-chain explorations of Arabic tropes and wayward improvisation from a core member of the Montreal scene, recorded in Cairo, Egypt and starring Sun City Girls' Alan Bishop on two tracks. From effected vocal cut-ups to psychedelic electronics via humid ambient collage and extended oud meditation, it sounds like very little else we can think of. "Music For Arabs is like Music For Airports for taxi drivers: mood music of a mood of a time as a space and vice versa to maybe while the time away in a Cairo traffic jam when all else fails. Its ambient hope is meant to conjure up so… Read more
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SAM SHALABI - Music For Arabs, MAJMUA
THE WIRE - Issue 363: May 2014, Wire

THE WIRE

Issue 363: May 2014

Wire

Format_dot_stuffMag // £4.50

MAGAZINE

Cat. Number: WIRE363

The Wire praises "Game-Changing Compilations, Anthologies, A-Chronologies & Lists" with 22 pages of their writers reflecting on what, for many of us, were and are portals to brave and exciting new worlds in May's edition. Beside that, Okkyung Lee undertakes the Invisible Jukebox and former Hype Williams, now solo, provocateur Inga Copeland talks about her upcoming, John T. Gast-produced album with Joseph Stannard, and there's fascinating articles on '70s New Yorker, Jack Ruby, Officer!'s avant garde indie, and a Global Ear on Delhi. All the usual news, reviews and listings you need to know, too.
THE WIRE - Issue 363: May 2014, Wire
S. P. POSSE - Acido 017, ACIDO
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S. P. POSSE

Acido 017

ACIDO

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ACIDO017

Spellbinding, exotic-minded percussive house workouts from Berlin's very highly regarded Acido crew. Phillip Gelberg and SVN (AU, XI, Tase, Dreesvn) on the buttons for this trio of mellow and gently insistent grooves shimmying from rippling tabla timbres and breezy Pacific chords to bumpier chops coming off like a more organic, placid analogue of Sensate Focus and over to an extended B-side locked into a slowly unfolding moire of tabla and warm, cheek-kissing chords to sink right into.
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DRESVN / SOTOFETT - Acido 016, ACIDO
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DRESVN / SOTOFETT

Acido 016

ACIDO

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ACIDO016

Delectable deep house excursion from Acido regular Dresvn, backed with a super fly Sotofett jungle remix. The A-side is one of those pearls that could happily work at 33 or 45 rpm, although it's probably supposed to be at 45rpm - alloying a nimble disco bass riff with stray analogue dust mites and wheezing dub electronics to genuinely psychoactive effect. Flipside Sotofett gets his flex on with a proper display of breakbeat chicanery harking back to the infectiously loose torsion and accelerated culture of classic AGCG and Remarc styles, but with an up-to-the-minute canniness. So dope.
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DRESVN / SOTOFETT - Acido 016, ACIDO
LARRY HEARD - Alien, Alleviated Records
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LARRY HEARD

Alien

Alleviated Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ML-9009CD

Reissue of Larry Heard's 1996 album. Openly inspired by Ridley Scott's visionary sci-fi classic of the same name, 'Alien' is a plush artefact of Chicagoan Afro-futurism ranking among the jazziest, deepest in his catalogue.
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SCUBA - Phenix 1, Hot Flush

SCUBA

Phenix 1

Hot Flush

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PNX001

The Hotflush boss showcases some sharpened sound design chops and big room heft on 'Phenix 1', his first release of 2014. The melancholic vibe and field recording infusions of 'Throb' open for a big, rolling number named 'Cyanide' on the A-side. Flipside opens with the cheesy vocal and ambient dubstep styles of 'Time Relentless Time' and 'Curious Paradox' gets back to Breaks-y electro trance business.
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CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER - Interlude Music, DEEP DISTANCE
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CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER

Interlude Music

DEEP DISTANCE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DD19

**Edition of 500** Stereolab's Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth meet Holger Zapf to plot a winding pathway to the kosmos as Cavern Of Anti-Matter. Their 'Interlude Music' breaks down in two parts - each 22 minutes - yielding a stereo-processed version of their monophonic, three-way synth jam recorded on two-track half inch tape in Berlin 2014. RIYL the previous excursions from Colin Potter, JD Emmanuel and Expo 70 on The Great Pop Supplement's Deep Distance sublabel. 
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MICHELE MININNI - Tupolev Love, Optimo Trax
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MICHELE MININNI

Tupolev Love

Optimo Trax

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

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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