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Thursday, 25 February 2010

BEWARE + MOTORPITCH - El Toro EP, Man Recordings

BEWARE + MOTORPITCH

El Toro EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 045

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SCHLACHTHOFBRONX - Ayoba Remix EP, Man Recordings

SCHLACHTHOFBRONX

Ayoba Remix EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 046

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BEWARE+MOTORPITCH - El Toro Remix EP, Man Recordings

BEWARE+MOTORPITCH

El Toro Remix EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 054

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KU BO - Kawaida EP, Man Recordings

KU BO

Kawaida EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 055

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BERT ON BEATS - Alemão EP, Man Recordings

BERT ON BEATS

Alemão EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 052

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DANIEL HAAKSMAN - Hands Up Remix EP, Man Recordings

DANIEL HAAKSMAN

Hands Up Remix EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 053

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EDU K - Flutesnoot EP, Man Recordings

EDU K

Flutesnoot EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 051

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VARIOUS / MAN RECORDINGS - Valeu, Man Recordings

VARIOUS / MAN RECORDINGS

Valeu

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 050

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ALAN LICHT & LOREN CONNORS - Into The Night Sky, Family Vineyard
This is the sixth album from Loren Connors and Alan Licht as a duo, following on from 2003's In France and takes two live concert recordings (one from 1996 and another from 2006). The two guitarists are a perfect fit, and manage to conjure a magical atmosphere together, setting duelling minimalist abstract rhythm guitar figures against soaring leads on 'Map Of Dusk', while 'Into The Night Sky' ascends into blissful, emotive echo. These avant-blues masters exhibit an impeccable ability for phrasing and a spooky level of mutual understanding. This album proves to be yet another Connors-related project that you just won't want to miss. Highly recommended.
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ALAN LICHT & LOREN CONNORS - Into The Night Sky, Family Vineyard
DANIEL HAAKSMAN - Hands Up EP, Man Recordings

DANIEL HAAKSMAN

Hands Up EP

Man Recordings

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: Man 049

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JOHN FOXX - My Lost City, METAMATIC
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JOHN FOXX

My Lost City

METAMATIC

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: META21CD

While living in central Manhattan in the 1970s, electonic legend John Foxx decided to make hymns to buildings. In the early 1980s, after moving his studio to the derelict East End of London he set about recording these synth-hymns to the city, drawing on experiences of living near ominous mills in Lanchashire, existing between layers of civilization in London and grandeur of epic skyscraper forests in NYC. The recordings also attempted to reflect the hazy nature of recollected memories, water-damaged by the mists of time. 'My Lost City' resuted as a collection of eleven wonderfully cinematic and… Read more
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JOHN FOXX - My Lost City, METAMATIC
BERT ON BEATS - Suomo EP, Man Recordings

BERT ON BEATS

Suomo EP

Man Recordings

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: Man 048

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ISA GT - Pa'Chikirri EP, Man Recordings

ISA GT

Pa'Chikirri EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 047

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POLAR BEAR - Peepers, The Leaf Label
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POLAR BEAR

Peepers

The Leaf Label

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: BAY74CD

Jazz explorers Polar Bear first came to wider attention in 2005 when their second album 'Held On The Tips Of Fingers' was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The same year, the band's leader Sebastian Rochford received the BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star gong. For this fourth Polar Bear record the band have drawn as much influence from classic soul as from their more conventional touchstones, and this manifests itself not only in the structuring of the music (particularly with its riff-heavy horns) but in the warmth of the vintage-style production and heated up drum sound. Peepers cements Polar Bear's p… Read more
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POLAR BEAR - Peepers, The Leaf Label
POLAR BEAR - Peepers, The Leaf Label
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POLAR BEAR

Peepers

The Leaf Label

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: BAY74V

Jazz explorers Polar Bear first came to wider attention in 2005 when their second album Held On The Tips Of Fingers was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The same year, the band's leader Sebastian Rochford received the BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star gong. For this fourth Polar Bear record the band have drawn as much influence from classic soul as from their more conventional touchstones, and this manifests itself not only in the structuring of the music (particularly with its riff-heavy horns) but in the warmth of the vintage-style production and heated up drum sound. Peepers cements Polar Bear's p… Read more
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POLAR BEAR - Peepers, The Leaf Label
EL GOODO - Coyote, Dell'Orso Records

EL GOODO

Coyote

Dell'Orso Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: EDDA20CD

A very sixties sounding affair, Coyote arrives with doffs of the cap to American West Coast pop and The Beatles' early catalogue. The band responsible for this acutely observed voyage into the annals of popular music are El Goodo, hailing from South Wales, and delivering a devilishly accurate vintage production helmed by Super Furry Animal Cian Ciaran. The band commence this debut full-length of theirs with a mighty slab of psych-rock in the shape of 'Feel So Fine'. It's a smart opener given that this sort of thing never really gets old and it doesn't fully reveal the retro predilections that sway m… Read more
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EL GOODO - Coyote, Dell'Orso Records
SKELETONS - Smile, IMPOSSIBLE ARK
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SKELETONS

Smile

IMPOSSIBLE ARK

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: UNFOLDCD10

The handiwork of Benedic Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77), Skeletons is, in fact, an imaginary jazz band . The artist himself fesses up to this: "These musicians never stood in the studio together, they just passed through my house or left some scraps of sound behind after sessions we were working on." The project started life as material recorded for a library music company, playing into the hands of "the current vogue for a certain style of African jazz", as Lamdin puts it, in a refreshing bout of honesty. Apparently Lamdin got so absorbed in this process of musical forgery a whole LP emerged, and if the… Read more
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SKELETONS - Smile, IMPOSSIBLE ARK
ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT - Coconut, Domino Recording Co
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ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT

Coconut

Domino Recording Co

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD223X

Although they're not one of Domino's highest profile bands, Archie Bronson Outfit are by now as much a part of the label's furniture as any of their more recognisable labelmates. Coconut is the band's third album, and marks another creative left turn. DFA co-founder Tim Goldsworthy is recruited as producer, and the impact of his contribution can be felt strongly across the record - particularly in terms of its presentation. While the bar-room blues driving force at the heart of this trio's work remains the defining factor, there's undoubtedly a newfound polish - and when necessary - ri… Read more
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ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT - Coconut, Domino Recording Co
EMMA POLLOCK - The Law Of Large Numbers, Chemikal Underground Records

EMMA POLLOCK

The Law Of Large Numbers

Chemikal Underground Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CHEM129CD

Having briefly deserted the Chemikal Underground camp in favour of 4AD, Emma Pollock follows up her Watch The Fireworks debut album with a return to her old label. The former Delgado specialises in a line of sensitive, intelligent pop music that doesn't necessarily reveal its hand on first approach, although Pollock still manages to load the record with single potential; 'I Could Be A Saint' is one of the more immediate tracks on the album, alternating between stuttering, jagged verses and a big, fluid chorus asking "How you gonna break my heart/When you've never even made my day… Read more
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EMMA POLLOCK - The Law Of Large Numbers, Chemikal Underground Records
THE RUBY SUNS - Fight Softly, Memphis Industries

THE RUBY SUNS

Fight Softly

Memphis Industries

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MI0150CD

The Ruby Suns seem to have been followed around with Animal Collective comparisons since day one. The New Zealanders aren't going to be throwing too many cynics off the scent with the initial technicolour rush of electronics on new album Fight Softly, either. Despite the kaleidoscopic electronics of opener 'Sun Lake Rinsed', The Merriweather Post Pavilion parallels are only especially evident to anyone who's already listening out for them. In fact, next track 'Mingus And Pike' has as much in common with Toro Y Moi's blend of post-Dilla hip hop and effervescent '80s pop, while 'Cinco' soun… Read more
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THE RUBY SUNS - Fight Softly, Memphis Industries
VARIOUS - Ghetto Ska: From The Vaults Of Wirl & Federal Studios, KINGSTON SOUNDS

VARIOUS

Ghetto Ska: From The Vaults Of Wirl & Federal Studios

KINGSTON SOUNDS

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: KSLP021

Kingston Sounds turn their attentions to uncovering sixteen tracks of original ska music from the vaults of the Wirl and Federal studios. The foundational piano work of Theophilus Beckford is at the centre of this collection. Theo was a celebrated pianist who established a laidback style with 'Easy Snapping' for Coxsone Dodd and laid the foundations for the Skatalites. We have a selection of his classic tracks, from 'Flip, Flop and Fly' to 'Mr. Downpressor' and the timeless 'Bajan Girl', plus other productions from the forgotten heroes of ska like Frank Cosmo's 'On Your Knees', Shenley and Annette's 'Now Your Gone' or Daniel Johnson's uplifting 'Come On My People'.
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VARIOUS - Ghetto Ska: From The Vaults Of Wirl & Federal Studios, KINGSTON SOUNDS
HUMAN SKAB - Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags, Family Vineyard

HUMAN SKAB

Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags

Family Vineyard

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: FV27CD

This has to be one of the strangest records you'll ever hear. It's a reissue of cassette recordings from the mid-eighties by a 10-year-old mohawk-adorned kid from Elma, Washington, who went by the name of the Human Skab. Playing buckets, spoons, pots, pans, toy guns, gardening tools and even the microphone that came with the toy version of Snake Mountain (as in Skeletor's lair), the young Skab (aka Travis Roberts) laid down wildly discordant improvisations about the joy of smashing neighbours' windows and the horror of radiation poisoning. These recordings came to the attenti… Read more
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HUMAN SKAB - Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags, Family Vineyard
HUMAN SKAB - Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags, Family Vineyard

HUMAN SKAB

Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags

Family Vineyard

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: FV27LP

This has to be one of the strangest records you'll ever hear. It's a reissue of cassette recordings from the mid-eighties by a 10-year-old mohawk-adorned kid from Elma, Washington, who went by the name of the Human Skab. Playing buckets, spoons, pots, pans, toy guns, gardening tools and even the microphone that came with the toy version of Snake Mountain (as in Skeletor's lair), the young Skab (aka Travis Roberts) laid down wildly discordant improvisations about the joy of smashing neighbours' windows and the horror of radiation poisoning. These recordings came to the atten… Read more
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HUMAN SKAB - Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags, Family Vineyard
A CERTAIN RATIO - Force, LTM Recordings
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A CERTAIN RATIO

Force

LTM Recordings

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LTMCD2552

A mid-career highlight, Force was the Manchester band's fifth album, originally released on Factory in 1986. This LTM edition comes remastered and reissued with extra five tracks. "Described by Donald Johnson as 'the Mike Tyson of funk', Force marked a convincing return to form for Ratio, mixing the robust funk grooves of single Mickey Way with downtempo tracks, as well as Si Firmi O Grido, the percussive tour de force which provides a reliable climax to live performances. In addition to pin-sharp rhythm and groove the album also displayed real consistency, and even a pop sensibility, courtesy … Read more
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A CERTAIN RATIO - Force, LTM Recordings
RIPPERTON - Niwa, Green
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RIPPERTON

Niwa

Green

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: GR102LP

Swiss tech-house maestro Ripperton caps nearly a decade of lauded productions with his debut album 'Niwa' for Joris Voorn's Green imprint. His releases and remixes as Lazy Fat People and Ripperton have graced some of the world's most famous house and techno imprints like Planet E, Dessous and Wagon Repair, and brought him much love from players like Laurant Garnier, Tobias and DJ Koze, so you'd expect something suitably upper-crust from his first album. 'Niwa' is just that, a considered and elegantly balanced blend of minimal, classic house and European techno with a rich seam of melodic personality a… Read more
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RIPPERTON - Niwa, Green
KU BO - Remix, Man Recordings

KU BO

Remix

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 043

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SCHLACHTHOFBRONX - Ayoba EP, Man Recordings

SCHLACHTHOFBRONX

Ayoba EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 044

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GLOBO / TELEMARK - Sing And Play Devo, Hydrogen Dukebox

GLOBO / TELEMARK

Sing And Play Devo

Hydrogen Dukebox

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DUKE148

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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

DJ SANDRINHO - Baile Funk Masters #1, Man Recordings

DJ SANDRINHO

Baile Funk Masters #1

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 011

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DANIEL HAAKSMAN - Gostoso EP, Man Recordings

DANIEL HAAKSMAN

Gostoso EP

Man Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: Man 039

Assorted Brazilian flavours from Daniel Haaksman and his trusty crew at Man recordings. This is only Daniel's second full EP as a producer but he's had fingers in a lot of the Man pies to date. 'Kid Conga' features MC Miltinho, the son of Baile Funk legend MC Batata singing nursery rhyhmes over tropical beats and North east Brasilian forro melodies. 'Senta Senta Mais Uma Vez' revisits his classic 'Senta Senta' with more a techno slant, while 'Pobum Coco' finds the common points between Miami Bass 808's and Tropicalia melodies, leaving the anthemic 'Jesus' feat. Tati Quebra Barraco to get it even sweatier with funkin' synthlines and sharp snare rolls. Hot!
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DANIEL HAAKSMAN - Gostoso EP, Man Recordings