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Friday, 17 September 2010

EATS EVERYTHING - Entrance Song Ep, Pets Recordings

EATS EVERYTHING

Entrance Song Ep

Pets Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PETS011

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MARTIN NOWAKOWSKI - Mumbo EP, Pets Recordings

MARTIN NOWAKOWSKI

Mumbo EP

Pets Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PETS005

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Thursday, 16 September 2010

VHS HEAD - Trademark Ribbons Of Gold, Skam Records
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VHS HEAD

Trademark Ribbons Of Gold

Skam Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SKALD025

Blackpool's VHS Head made quite an impression with his Skam debut 'Video Club' some months back. Now following an acclaimed set for the Mary Anne Hobbs Radio 1 show he presents a remarkable debut album, sounding like something approaching James Ferraro or Daniel "OPN" Lopatin's Games project, as edited by Gescom. Over the twenty tracks he deploys a palette of atypical Skam edits and icy spikes of digital glitch to a barrage of samples - mostly idents, incidental music, and f*ckknowswhat - presumably lifted from his collection of video tapes. It's a vividly idiosyncratic world he's cr… Read more
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VHS HEAD - Trademark Ribbons Of Gold, Skam Records
ONMUTU MECHANICKS - Nocturne, Echocord
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ONMUTU MECHANICKS

Nocturne

Echocord

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: ECHOCORDCD08

Onmutu Mechaniks is an alter ego of the prolific Arne Weinberg for Echocord. To date it's given us two 12"s of loners techno soul nodding towards Convextion and Drexciya, a vibe he expands and asserts with 'Nocturne'. Much like Sven Weisemann or the Echospace figures, Arne creates sounds worthy of, and ready for, an album. From the dub stasis of 'Catatonic' he guides us on an inward trajectory with the heavy breathing shuffle of 'Aspiring To Aspire' and continues an internal spiral with the soundtracky space of 'Lupos Moon', recalling the bleakness of Demdike Stare's spare grooves. Down the … Read more
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ONMUTU MECHANICKS - Nocturne, Echocord
ISLAJA - Keraaminen Paa, Fonal Records
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ISLAJA

Keraaminen Paa

Fonal Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: FR72

Islaja (aka Merja Kokkonen) returns for a long-overdue new studio album for Fonal, following up on the groundwork laid down by Ulual Yyy and her Ecstatic Peace release, Blaze Mountain Recordings. Gone are the old lo-fi aesthetics and all those sounds that conjured up images of woodland frolicking and Moomins, and in their place are newfound electronic production/writing techniques and a far higher fidelity sheen. Among the highlights, expect dark, organic synth grooves, horn blasts and lurching beats on opener 'Joku Toi Radion', almost Bat For Lashes-like piano-led introspection during 'Pimeytt… Read more
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ISLAJA - Keraaminen Paa, Fonal Records
ISLAJA - Keraaminen Paa, Fonal Records
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ISLAJA

Keraaminen Paa

Fonal Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: FR72LP

Islaja (aka Merja Kokkonen) returns for a long-overdue new studio album for Fonal, following up on the groundwork laid down by Ulual Yyy and her Ecstatic Peace release, Blaze Mountain Recordings. Gone are the old lo-fi aesthetics and all those sounds that conjured up images of woodland frolicking and Moomins, and in their place are newfound electronic production/writing techniques and a far higher fidelity sheen. Among the highlights, expect dark, organic synth grooves, horn blasts and lurching beats on opener 'Joku Toi Radion', almost Bat For Lashes-like piano-led introspection during 'Pimey… Read more
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ISLAJA - Keraaminen Paa, Fonal Records
NOCHEXXX - Ritalin Love / Timepiece, RAMP Recordings
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NOCHEXXX

Ritalin Love / Timepiece

RAMP Recordings

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RAMP039

Another compelling release from beat anomaly Nochexxx, following up his vinyl debut on Actress's Werk Discs label earlier this year. Much in the style of that 12", there's no easy category for these tracks, instead providing a plateful of masticated reference points circuit-bent into unique forms. On the A-side 'Ritalin Love' is a knutty collision of warped garage bass with '80s soul samples and abstracted lo-fi Chicago jack. On the flip, 'Timepiece' obviously nods to Chicago House, but the juxtaposition of odd samples and crooked arrangement mean it's gotta be reserved for the more a… Read more
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NOCHEXXX - Ritalin Love / Timepiece, RAMP Recordings
BATHCRONES - Psychorama, NO PAIN IN POP
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BATHCRONES

Psychorama

NO PAIN IN POP

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NPIP014

Hailing from the home of Southern HipHop aka Atlanta, Bathcrones has hatched a stoned-but-sprightly style of electro-Drag with 'Psychorama' (that is if we're playing it at the right speed). Like Balam Acab and Salem, Bathcrones does that pitched-down thing wickedly well, keeping all his beats hazy and more sluggish than they ought to be, while cannily countering the effect with ultra-bright and dreamy melodies. It makes for a sublimly lucid tension, like being trapped in sleep paralysis with a warm sunrise bleeding through the curtains. There's 12 tracks in total and they're all really lovely, … Read more
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BATHCRONES - Psychorama, NO PAIN IN POP
THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS - The Hundred In The Hands, Warp Records
A vital and richly varied debut album from one of Warp's most talked about new acts, The Hundred In The Hands. The Brooklyn duo must surely rank as one of synth-pop's more exciting prospects of the moment, arriving at this full-length with a trail of releases that includes the excellent six-track EP This Desert and the more recent Pigeons' single. This is a debut bestowed with strong, instantly memorable pop songs, and just when you wonder whether the band might have already played their best hands (for instance, former EP highlight 'Sleepwalkers' is bravely excluded… Read more
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THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS - The Hundred In The Hands, Warp Records
BOLA JOHNSON - Man No Die, VAMPISOUL
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BOLA JOHNSON

Man No Die

VAMPISOUL

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WORLD

Cat. Number: VAMPICD124

The irrepressible Vampisoul label presents a wonderful overview of Nigerian legend, Bola Johnson. With all the attention afforded to Fela Kuti, Victor Olaiya and King Sunny Ade, Bola seems to have slipped by all but the most ardent collectors and Nigerian natives, that is until Kayode Samuel painstakingly researched and dug deep in the crates to collect these twenty two track, spread over two discs. As you'll discover when dipping in, Bola was a charming personality who could adapt his charming vocals and trumpet playing to a range of styles, from Calypso to Funk, Highlife and Afrobeat. Disc 1 … Read more
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BOLA JOHNSON - Man No Die, VAMPISOUL
VARIOUS / VAMPISOUL - Flipper Psychout, VAMPISOUL
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VARIOUS / VAMPISOUL

Flipper Psychout

VAMPISOUL

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: VAMPICD125

This disc marks Vampisoul's first forage around in the vaults of Italian library company, Flipper Music, unearthing obscure psychedelic sounds and exotica dating between 1969 and 1975. Most of the music here is being reissued for the very first time, having originally appeared on labels such as Octopus and Canopo, and composers such as Alessandro Alessandroni (who famously whistled on The Good, The Bad And The Ugly's OST), Sandro Brugnolini and Roberto Conrado contribute tracks, ranging from complex psych-rock workouts to cinematic, atmosphere-setting experiments and saucy lounge fa… Read more
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VARIOUS / VAMPISOUL - Flipper Psychout, VAMPISOUL
PEEPHOLES / APATT - Kingdom / Paul The Record, UPSET THE RHYTHM

PEEPHOLES / APATT

Kingdom / Paul The Record

UPSET THE RHYTHM

Format_dot_vinylLP // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: UTR014

**Red Vinyl** This new split release from Upset The Rhythm features DIY pop duo Peepholes and Liverpudlian collective Apatt. The lo-fi ruckus created by Peepholes is instantly lovable. Katia Barrett and Nick Carlisle switch between synth and drums, sharing the vocal duties as they go. The six tracks collected here are tons of fun too, sailing through fourtrack-recorded, beaten-up tunes like 'Airforce Trainer' and the Animal Collective-worthy 'Alpine Song'. After all this Apatt sound truly insane. The label suggests "the missing link between The Locust, Danielson Famile a… Read more
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PEEPHOLES / APATT - Kingdom / Paul The Record, UPSET THE RHYTHM
SYNKRO / STRAY / VARIOUS - More Blood 010, Medschool

SYNKRO / STRAY / VARIOUS

More Blood 010

Medschool

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MEDIC20

Ace followup to Med School's 'New Blood' compilation, offering four hi-end, nu-skool D'n'B cuts from Stray, Synkro, Royalston, and Circa. Each producer is on sparkling form, from the laidback flex of Stray's 'Frost' and the filigree styes of Synkro's DBridge-alike 'In Transit', to the ultra-techy IDM-ish aesthetic of Royalston's 'Glitchbitch' and a cinematic moment from Circa's 'Kabal'.
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TIMBER TIMBRE - Timber Timbre (+ KCRW Sessions), Full Time Hobby

TIMBER TIMBRE

Timber Timbre (+ KCRW Sessions)

Full Time Hobby

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: FTH101CD

These days it's increasingly difficult to get widespread attention simply by carving out a career as an trad singer-songwriter, but Timber Timbre's Taylor Kirk has made a stealthily quite magnificent contribution to the genre with this eponymous album. Opener 'Demon Host' is as simple and unadorned as these things come, relying on a little lo-fi echo and largely unconditioned strumming right up until a lovely choral coda. From here the album begins to blossom into a more intricately arranged affair, mimicking the kind of warm, vintage feel of Fleet Foxes and - perhaps more … Read more
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TIMBER TIMBRE - Timber Timbre (+ KCRW Sessions), Full Time Hobby
TOTAL SOUND - Endless Love, Conco Digital

TOTAL SOUND

Endless Love

Conco Digital

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

GEORGE SANDERS - The George Sanders Touch…Songs for the Lovely Lady, Trunk Records

GEORGE SANDERS

The George Sanders Touch…Songs for the Lovely Lady

Trunk Records

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: PD077

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JERRY LEWIS - Jerry Lewis Just Sings, Trunk Records

JERRY LEWIS

Jerry Lewis Just Sings

Trunk Records

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: PD078

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MILES DAVIS - The Most Of Miles, Trunk Records

MILES DAVIS

The Most Of Miles

Trunk Records

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: PD075

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AS 11 - Monotheism, Antifrost

AS 11

Monotheism

Antifrost

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AFRO2035DD

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VARIOUS / NINJA TUNE - Ninja Tune XX Vol.1: Two Decades and a Mixer, Ninja Tune
Celebrating twenty years in the business, Ninja Tune are marking the occasion with a set of new releases, surveying the full breadth of the label's roster. On the first disc of this first 2CD compilation, you'll find new and exclusive tracks from the likes of Roots Manuva, Zomby, The Bug, Eskmo,Toddla T (feat. Ms Dynamite), Dorian Concept and Two Fingers, plus remixes from Flying Lotus and Benga, and further cuts from Emika and Daedelus. What defines this compilation is just how little looking backwards and resting on laurels there is, and the refreshing… Read more
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VARIOUS / NINJA TUNE - Ninja Tune XX Vol.1: Two Decades and a Mixer, Ninja Tune
VARIOUS / NINJA TUNE - Ninja Tune XX Vol.2: 20 Years of Beats & Pieces, Ninja Tune
Another double-disc helping of new and exclusive material from the Ninja Tune camp as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. The first disc of this collection features exclusive new recordings by Coldcut (feat. King Jammy), Bonobo (with Mercury winner Speech Debelle), Jaga Jazzist, Amon Tobin, Cougar, Yppah, Lorn and Floating Points, plus brand new remixes by Gaslamp Killer, Mala, Tunng, The Cinematic Orchestra and Slugabed. The second disc proves to be especially impressive, yielding new and exclusive remixes from Autechre (taking on The Bug's 'S… Read more
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VARIOUS / NINJA TUNE - Ninja Tune XX Vol.2: 20 Years of Beats & Pieces, Ninja Tune
RED RACK'EM - How I Program, BERGERAC
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RED RACK'EM

How I Program

BERGERAC

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BERG001

Diverse and effective set of Disco-infected House music from Red Rack'em on his new Bergerac imprint. Leaving the usual edits aside for a minute, Rack'em proves some impressive chops on 'How I Program' working up a hungry square bassline under agile drum machine patterns, kinda like Claro Intellecto gone freaky. On the flip 'Bonn' heats up Rhodes chords and sly-slipping deep house rhythms like a more up-for-it cousin to Kerrier District before 'It Happens To Us All' glides off on a sumptuous Detroit vibe inna Recloose kinda manner. Big record for everyone from Move D to Jus Ed...
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RED RACK'EM - How I Program, BERGERAC
CESSA - Recon, Missing Link Records
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CESSA

Recon

Missing Link Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MLS003

Slickly atmospheric, future garage-compatible cuts from Cessa. His previous installations for Missing Link Records have established a techy, deep-side style akin to the Hessle Audio or Formant operators and 'Recon' continues in style with efficiently skittering rhythms, pinned with warm subs and enriched with a blanket of swirling blue synth pads. On the flip, 'Down and Out' is a stranger number built from an ominous bass riff and laidback but rolling 4/4 garage rhythm with widescreen sci-fi atmospheres. fans of Hyetal, XXXY, and SBTRKT should peep this.
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JACASZEK - Lo-fi Stories (2010 Reissue), Gusstaff Records

JACASZEK

Lo-fi Stories (2010 Reissue)

Gusstaff Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GRAM30

**Reissued for 2010** What a strange little album this is, and how appropriately titled. Mysterious Polish artist Jacaszek has created over the course of this album 14 peculiar vignettes, haunting soundtracks to lost silent films or possibly the films of the brothers Quay. Each track is seemingly composed using sounds discovered in rotting toyboxes or on broken tapes - like Colleen if she had been brought up in Eastern Europe on a diet of pickled eggs and with only a battered old music box for company. There's something magical about this record, something un-contrived that I reall… Read more
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JACASZEK - Lo-fi Stories (2010 Reissue), Gusstaff Records
MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO - White World, Slowfoot Records

MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO

White World

Slowfoot Records

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: SLOCD012

A new experimental project featuring This Heat drummer Charles Hayward, Monkey Puzzle Trio releases its debut album for the Slowfoot label. The other two members of this trio are double-bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas (Pinski Zoo/Crackle) and vocalist Viv Corringham. Somewhere between avant-jazz and song-craft, the music on White World was all conceived from free improvisation committed to tape over four days. The recordings were then sifted through and edited into their final shape, coaxing out an abstract and rather original set of musical collages that seems to slip between recognisable … Read more
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MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO - White World, Slowfoot Records
D-PULSE - On A Highway To Saturn, NANG

D-PULSE

On A Highway To Saturn

NANG

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: NANG025

Nang Records revisit D-Pulse's 2008 disco hit 'Highway To Saturn' - retitled here as 'On A Highway To Saturn' - with a set of able bodied remixes from Sare Havlicek, Jan Ken Po and Proper Heat. The vocal driven original is omitted in favour of D-Pulse's own 'Australian Shore' dub with hazy cosmic guitars and a languid evening pace. Havlicek's dub goes the opposite way with a boost of dancefloor energy while Proper Heat bring up the rear with a chunky Baltic disco version.
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HAT+HOODIE - Horrido EP, DBTY Records

HAT+HOODIE

Horrido EP

DBTY Records

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ELECTRONIC

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THE BEAR QUARTET - Monty Python, Adrian Recordings

THE BEAR QUARTET

Monty Python

Adrian Recordings

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

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BOT'OX - Blue Steel Remixes - EP, I'm A Cliche

BOT'OX

Blue Steel Remixes - EP

I'm A Cliche

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: 3700551708192

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

ELUVIUM - Leaves Eclipse The Light (Four Tet Mix), Temporary Residence Ltd.
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ELUVIUM

Leaves Eclipse The Light (Four Tet Mix)

Temporary Residence Ltd.

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRR164CD

Limited to 2000 copies and featuring a typically great remix from Four Tet, this new Eluvium EP covers three tracks over the course of twenty-four minutes of luscious electro-orchestral ambience and experimental songcraft. The title track arrives first, shifting through hypnotic looped recordings and reversed strings whilst Matthew Cooper once again takes to the mic with his quivering, endearingly hesitant vocal. As the piece builds up you're reminded of just how distinguished a producer Cooper is within the pop-ambient field, and the decidedly more epic 'A Life In Tide… Read more
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ELUVIUM - Leaves Eclipse The Light (Four Tet Mix), Temporary Residence Ltd.