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Monday, 12 April 2010

JAMIE LIDELL - Jim, Warp Records

JAMIE LIDELL

Jim

Warp Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WARPCDD160

While Warp's roster often appears to split between bankable press favourites and its more experimental, electronic contingent, Jamie Lidell seems like a logical bridging point. Whether on his own or in conjunction with Cristian Vogel as Super Collider, Lidell's music has always married out of the ordinary production techniques with a personable accessibility, though Jim, his latest solo album encroaches upon pop music more wholeheartedly than ever before. Lidell's voice is tailored for stardom: he sings in a way that points towards soul music without ever sounding like some he's some warbling mo… Read more
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JAMIE LIDELL - Jim, Warp Records
PIVOT - O Soundtrack My Heart, Warp Records

PIVOT

O Soundtrack My Heart

Warp Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WARPCDD166

Australian trio Pivot are new to Warp, and are likely to be talked about in the same breath as Battles - both bands experiment with math-rock and post-rock formats, and you'd have to say that Pivot pull it off with no small amount of success. There is something slightly heartless about the machinated instrumental relentlessness of it all, but the combination of soundtrack electronics and taut guitar, drums and bass interaction proves difficult not to admire, whether on the Goblin-meets-Vangelis title track or the Jean-Michel Jarre synth and drum machine patter of 'Fool In Rain'. Funni… Read more
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PIVOT - O Soundtrack My Heart, Warp Records
SQUAREPUSHER - Just A Souvenir, Warp Records

SQUAREPUSHER

Just A Souvenir

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD161

A cursory listen through Just A Souvenir is likely to prompt the phrase 'jazz fusion' to pop into your head. That's not necessarily an especially new sensation whilst listening to a Squarepusher record, it's just that this album has a more overtly organic, live band feel to it than most of Tom Jenkinson's work. The incredible programming remains present, but there's a more composed feel to much of this, with tracks like 'The Coathanger' and 'Star Time 2' representing a sound that combines electronic production and individual instrumental talent with a fluency that's virtually unparal… Read more
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SQUAREPUSHER - Just A Souvenir, Warp Records
TYONDAI BRAXTON - Central Market, Warp Records

TYONDAI BRAXTON

Central Market

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD184

A second solo album from Battles band leader Tyondai Braxton, and this one sounds breathtakingly adventurous, mixing cutting edge, innovative electronics with modern composition. In fact, it's as a composer that Braxton really makes his mark here; we already know about his skill for decimating song structures with his selection of effects an laptop plugins, but on Central Market the musician harnesses the full power of the Wordless Music Orchestra (an outfit previously known for their work on Jonny Greenwood's solo compositions). The first thing to strike you here is just how much … Read more
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TYONDAI BRAXTON - Central Market, Warp Records
SQUAREPUSHER - Solo Electric Bass 1, Warp Records

SQUAREPUSHER

Solo Electric Bass 1

Warp Records

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: WARPCDD174

Squarepusher's 'Solo Electric Bass' was recorded live at Cité de la Musique in September 2007, as part of the Jazz a la Vilette 2007 festival. The performance consists of the virtuoso player on stage with just his trusty bass and a small amp, running through his spellbinding repetoire of finger and fretwork. The show opens with a delicately baroque introduction, interspersed with shocking chops before developing into something far more complex, shaping up boundaries by the limits of technical skill and imagination. Which, as any of his fans will recognise, are seemingly endless.… Read more
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SQUAREPUSHER - Solo Electric Bass 1, Warp Records
MIRA CALIX - Elephant In The Room: 3 Commissions, Warp Records

MIRA CALIX

Elephant In The Room: 3 Commissions

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD169

The Elephant In The Room is another collection of commissioned works from Mira Calix, drawing together her work on the opera 'Elephant And Castle' (commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, with a libretto by Blake Morrison), 'memoryofamoment' - an installation piece for cello, originally presented in June this year, and 'Dead Wedding' which saw its premiere at the Manchester International Festival. Hearing Chantal Passamonte's transition from electronica producer to a purveyor of more formal, often very academically geared music has been quite a revelation. Although her earl… Read more
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MIRA CALIX - Elephant In The Room: 3 Commissions, Warp Records
LEILA - Blood, Looms & Blooms, Warp Records

LEILA

Blood, Looms & Blooms

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD167

Hardly the most prolific of artists, Leila still manages to make her presence felt within the elecronic music community despite seldom actually getting around to making new records. Having released the universally acclaimed and office favourite 'Like Weather' via Rephlex in 1998 and its follow up 'Courtesy Of Choice' two years later for XL, there's been a prolonged silence from Leila's studio, and yet in the interim tours and collaborations with her pal Bjork, in addition to the enduring appeal of that incredible first LP have kept her profile up. A full ten years after that genre-oblite… Read more
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LEILA - Blood, Looms & Blooms, Warp Records
JAMIE LIDELL - Another Day (Rustie / Herbert Mixes), Warp Records

JAMIE LIDELL

Another Day (Rustie / Herbert Mixes)

Warp Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WAP243DX

'Another Day' is straight up Lidell gold, if you've been digging his recent ouevre you'll be well into this, but it's the Rustie remix that adds the all important WOW factor with a wibbly psychehop rmx that spikes Lidell's vocal with some homebrewed acid before fingering the synthline and redrawing the rhythm with a rudeboy Wegie lean. This young man is properly frightening us now with such consistency and single mindedness it's a wonder to behold. Herbert's mix on the flip scuzzes the whole affair up some with a mesh of grunged synths and sqealing FX that places Lid… Read more
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JAMIE LIDELL - Another Day (Rustie / Herbert Mixes), Warp Records
CLARK - Turning Dragon, Warp Records

CLARK

Turning Dragon

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD162

We may no longer be on first name terms with the artist formerly known as Chris Clark, but we still hold his hyper-sophisticated beat experiments in the highest regard. Following on from the splendid Throttle Promoter EP, Clark has delivered what's probably a more ferocious sounding, rhythm-centric full-length than ever before, shying away from the gentler, occasionally pastoral electronica that permeated prior releases in favour of a harder-edged, warehouse-informed sound. The crunchtone drums of 'Volcan Veins' conjure up what's probably the cleanest dirty sound you could ever hear (if that… Read more
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CLARK - Turning Dragon, Warp Records
DUNCAN LLOYD - Seeing Double, Warp Records

DUNCAN LLOYD

Seeing Double

Warp Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WARPCDD168

Maximo Park guitarist Duncan Lloyd delivers his debut solo album, and although you can certainly hear shades of his band's output throughout the record, the songs ultimately have as much in common with US alt. rock as they do the wordy, regional indie he's previously been associated with. You can hear shades of Yo La Tengo in 'Victory And Surrender' and while early single 'Suzee' sounds a lot like Elvis Costello on second listen, there's probably a bit of mid-nineties Weezer in there too. Not a bad thing at all. 'Seeing Double' marks a return to the familiar Maximo Park sound in its in… Read more
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DUNCAN LLOYD - Seeing Double, Warp Records
BIBIO - The Apple And The Tooth, Warp Records

BIBIO

The Apple And The Tooth

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD190

Following the acclaimed success of his 'Ambivalence Avenue' album, Bibio provides four new tracks backed with a selection of remixes from Clark, Lone, Eskmo, The Gentlemen Losers and more. Bibio's sound has won over a healthy fanbase, falling for his post-BoC combo of rustic ambience and keenly focussed prog-pop. The new tracks work this formula beautifully, from the skewed prog-disco synths of 'Steal The Lamp' to the lushly introspective harmonies of 'Rotten Rudd'. Lovely.
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JAMIE LIDELL - Little Bit of Feel Good, Warp Records

JAMIE LIDELL

Little Bit of Feel Good

Warp Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WAP240D

The first signs of new material from Jamie Lidell since the widely lauded Multiply album, 'Little Bit Of Feel Good' seems to suggest an even more organic, naturalistic approach to Lidell's soul songsmithery than previous jaunts into the realms of funk-tronica. There's nothing retro about Lidell's sound, despite him taking pointers from classic formats. OK, so there's a bit of a Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra vibe to all this, but Lidell executes it so well, that only comes across as a positive. Mr. Oizo takes the remixing reins on the B-side, which features a producti… Read more
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JAMIE LIDELL - Little Bit of Feel Good, Warp Records
DIAMOND WATCH WRISTS - Ice Capped At Both Ends, Warp Records

DIAMOND WATCH WRISTS

Ice Capped At Both Ends

Warp Records

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WARPCDD181

Guillermo Scott Herren unleashes yet another new project following on from his recent Prefuse 73 album and soon to be released new Savath & Savalas set for Stones Throw. Diamond Watch Wrists sees him in collaboration with extraordinarily frantic drummer Zach Hill of Hella fame and across twelve shortish tracks they create a curious blend of breezy folk songs and intricate instrumentals playing in and out of eachother. Opening track "My Last Time In This Place" sounds like a cross between 1960's California pop, Battles and Tortoise and sets the agenda perfectly, just a… Read more
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DIAMOND WATCH WRISTS - Ice Capped At Both Ends, Warp Records
BORN RUFFIANS - Little Garçon (Four Tet / White Williams Mixes), Warp Records

BORN RUFFIANS

Little Garçon (Four Tet / White Williams Mixes)

Warp Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WAP254DX

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LEILA - Deflect, Warp Records

LEILA

Deflect

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WAP244CDD

It's good to have Leila back; gone for far too long she returned a few weeks ago with the absolutely stunning 'Mettle' 10" and now we're simply overwhelmed with this brand new EP. Although the lead track is pulled from the upcoming (and very exciting) 'Blood, Looms and Blooms' full-length we get three exclusive tracks thrown into the mix which all adds up to a rather tantalizing package. 'Deflect' is first off the mark and features Martina Topley-Bird on vocals. Her smoky syllables are perfectly pitted against Miss Arab's stunning crunchy production and the track builds up into one of the most comm… Read more
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LEILA - Deflect, Warp Records
THE BLACK DOG / CLARO INTELECTO / REDSHAPE - The Vexing Remixes (Redshape / Claro Intelecto Mixes), Soma
A further set of KILLER remixes from The Black Dog's 'Vexation' sessions captures Claro Intellecto in a seriously up-for-it mood, backed with mixes from Redshape, Silicone Soul and Octogen. It's been some time since Claro has been in such a buoyant and upbeat groove and the results of 'Northern Electric Soul' are purely deadly, rushing with Rob Hood-esque percussion and teetering on a square bassline liable to break your legs if you looked at it the wrong way. Gwan Claro! Meanwhile Redshape provides a more restrained acid v… Read more
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THE BLACK DOG / CLARO INTELECTO / REDSHAPE - The Vexing Remixes (Redshape / Claro Intelecto Mixes), Soma
M. OSTERMEIER - Lakefront, HIBERNATE
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M. OSTERMEIER

Lakefront

HIBERNATE

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HB11

Written and pieced together by Ostermeier last year in his hometown of Baltimore, this seven-track mini-album is given that extra helping of polish by Taylor Deupree, who mastered the recordings. 'Window Frost' starts the album off with the brittle, processed sound of footsteps tramping through gravel or frost (given the title, I'd be inclined to guess the latter), only for disrupted piano phrases and droning, low level sound waves to punctuate the mix. All this invites comparison to Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto's series of collaborations, but the similarities are fleeting and avoid retr… Read more
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M. OSTERMEIER - Lakefront, HIBERNATE
PLAID - Heaven's Door: The Soundtrack, Warp Records

PLAID

Heaven's Door: The Soundtrack

Warp Records

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: WARPD183

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PREFUSE 73 - Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, Warp Records

PREFUSE 73

Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian

Warp Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCDD179

One of electronic hiphop's most enduring characters, Scott Herren aka Prefuse 73, reaches his fifth album for Warp pushing the prog-fusion levels to almost Yes levels of excess. From the naughtily intriguing sleeve featuring some lone space bloke exploring the forests of planet Spooj in the Nodonk cosmos, to the sprawling tracklist covering 29 seperate musical ideas, it would seem that somebody needs to buy this man a cape. Moving deeper into his sonic vortex, this album is sucked into a lush world of beat driven psychedelia sharing many common traits with his fe… Read more
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PREFUSE 73 - Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, Warp Records
VARIOUS / WARP - Warp20 (Recreated), Warp Records

VARIOUS / WARP

Warp20 (Recreated)

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD201

Wanna hear Rustie covering Elektroids? Autechre covering LFO? Leila covering Aphex Twin? or Hudson Mohawke re-working Jimi Tenor? Look no further cos as part of their 20 years celebrations, Warp have hatched the brilliant concept of inviting their current roster to revisit classic tracks from the back catalogue with their own interpretations. It's a mixed bag for sure, with a few real curveballs and unexpected delights to be found spread over the two discs. Jimi Tenor's tropical jazz-funk version of the Elektroids' 'Japanese Electronics' sets the agenda brilliantly, and even Maximo … Read more
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VARIOUS / WARP - Warp20 (Recreated), Warp Records
LONELADY - Nerve Up, Warp Records

LONELADY

Nerve Up

Warp Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WARPCDD186

Manchester's Julie Campbell releases her debut full-length via Warp, having built up momentum with singles 'Immaterial' and 'Intuition'. While the tone of the album doesn't deviate too far from what these singles revealed it does favourably flesh out Lonelady's musical persona. It's truly painful to have to compare yet another new Manchester artist to a bunch of old Manchester artists, but Factory Records references do seem to be recurrent throughout the record. In this instance that's no bad thing, and tracks like 'Army' really hit the right spot with their nods to Martin Hannett's trademark s… Read more
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LONELADY - Nerve Up, Warp Records
LEILA - Mettle, Warp Records

LEILA

Mettle

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WAP242D

It's now been some ten years since the release of Leila's seminal debut album for Rephlex, a particular perennial boomkat fave that still leaves us shocked to this day. Making her timely return in 2008 with a forthcoming album of new material titled 'Blood looms and blooms' this 10" is an amazing palette cleanser containing 3 fresh tracks from the hands of the lady herself and featuring some awesome vocal contributions from longtime collaborator Luca Santucci and frankly stunning guitar work from Andy Cox. Opener 'Mettle' signals a massive shift in direction with a MBV styled feedback assault bearin… Read more
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LEILA - Mettle, Warp Records
MAXIMO PARK - Quicken The Heart, Warp Records

MAXIMO PARK

Quicken The Heart

Warp Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WARPCDD178

Geordie troupe Maximo Park have been worrying teenagers with threats of darkened flamboyance ever since their first much lauded 7"s, but to many people they will forever be known as the band that made Warp Records 'go indie'. Yep it's those guys, and even with the best set of angular guitar ditties this side of Joy Division it wouldn't go anywhere to convincing the BoC-loving Ae-fetishizing Warp fiend that it was a good idea to sign the band to their hallowed imprint. Still, that's only about five people and the rest of us couldn't give two sh*ts, focusing instead on the adrenaline … Read more
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MAXIMO PARK - Quicken The Heart, Warp Records
VARIOUS / WARP - Warp20 (Chosen), Warp Records

VARIOUS / WARP

Warp20 (Chosen)

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD202

Still standing strong after 20 years of genre travelling electronica, Warp records celebrate their anniversary with a double disc of labels faves chosen by you the fans, and the label's co-founder Steve Beckett. The first disc was democratically picked by fans on their website, including a heap of all time classics like AFX's 'Windowlicker', BoC's 'Roygbiv', Squarepusher's 'My Red Hot Car', LFO 'LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)', and Ae's 'Gantz Graf', alongside Clark's 'Herzog'. The second disc of selections from Steve Beckett is more intriguing, featuring a ruck of new stuff like Flylo's 'G… Read more
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VARIOUS / WARP - Warp20 (Chosen), Warp Records
VARIOUS / WARP - Warp20 (Unheard), Warp Records

VARIOUS / WARP

Warp20 (Unheard)

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD203

It's gotta be said, that out of all the Warp20 releases, this is the one that's really got us excited. Cutting across 20 years of the label's history 'Unheard' digs out eleven tracks from its sizable archives, including exclusive and previously unheard gems from Boards Of Canada, Autechre, Elektroids, Clark, Plaid, Flying Lotus, Seefeel, N.O.W and more. These tracks are also available on the vinyl 10"s in the box set, but this is the only place you'll find them outside of that. Unfortunately we've got no specific dates to go from, but Autechre's gorgeous 'Oval Moon (IBC Mix)' is appar… Read more
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VARIOUS / WARP - Warp20 (Unheard), Warp Records
NIGHTMARES ON WAX - Thought So, Warp Records

NIGHTMARES ON WAX

Thought So

Warp Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: WARPCDD159

Briskly following on from last week's '195lbs' single, George Evelyn delivers his full-length return - his first album since 2006's In A Space Outta Sound. This new collection of work from Warp's longest standing artist manages to represent both the downbeat productions he's renowned for, plus more vibrant, reggae-infused colours, as demonstrated by the aforementioned single, and album tracks like 'Still? Yes!', which slips into a sampled and filtered skanking groove and loiters there for three minutes of subtle tweaking and editing. Elsewhere, there's an authentically rough-edged fu… Read more
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NIGHTMARES ON WAX - Thought So, Warp Records
MAN RAY - Summer 88, Hacienda Records UK

MAN RAY

Summer 88

Hacienda Records UK

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HAC001 / audio.46

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DEVIANT / DJ DUCT - DJ 3000 Presents Broken Research 2 EP, Motech Records

DEVIANT / DJ DUCT

DJ 3000 Presents Broken Research 2 EP

Motech Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MT024

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DJ EMME - Don't Stop EP, Kne'Deep

DJ EMME

Don't Stop EP

Kne'Deep

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KD052

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JORGE CORTES - Mas Musica, Matrix Records

JORGE CORTES

Mas Musica

Matrix Records

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: MATRIX21

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