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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR - Blue Songs, Moshi Moshi

HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR

Blue Songs

Moshi Moshi

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MOSHICD38

Three years after their eponymous debut, Hercules & Love Affair unveil 'Blue Songs', featuring co-production by Patrick Pulsinger and a vocal cameo from Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. Like their first album, this one spans a time frame of references from early '80s proto-House/Disco to early '90s House, with many tracks benefitting from jazzy and electronic flourishes probably attributable to Patrick Pulsinger. 'Painted Eyes' opens to an infectious, fluid fusion of late disco strings and bleepy New York House while the killer 'My House' adds the diverse range of Berlin singer Aerea Negrot t… Read more
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VARIOUS / BPITCH CONTROL - Werkschau, Bpitch Control

VARIOUS / BPITCH CONTROL

Werkschau

Bpitch Control

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BPC227CD

Berlin lynchpins, BPitch Control, sum up a "turbulent 12 year history" in seventeen tracks and one disc with the brilliantly diverse 'Werkschau'. Opening with the up-to-the-minute tech-house sensuality of recent signing, Cormac's 'The Present', Jahcoozi represent the label's poppier interests on the downbeat 'Day In Day Out' while Hercules & Love Affair's Aerea Negrot offers the bizarre cabaret pop experiment 'Deutsche Werden' and Telefon Tel Aviv join Robin Guthrie for 'The Sky Is Black'. Stylishly experimental techno functions come from Mark Broom with the rugged swing of 'Refund' an… Read more
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VARIOUS / BPITCH CONTROL - Werkschau, Bpitch Control
DAVE.I.D - Gangs EP, !K7 Records

DAVE.I.D

Gangs EP

!K7 Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: K7277LCD

**5 Track EP**
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WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE - Fail Forever, !K7 Records

WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE

Fail Forever

!K7 Records

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: K7281LCD

**6 Track EP** Richly detailed dance-pop from Danish 4-four piece, When Saints Go Machine, including a dOP remix. Comprising Jonas Kenton aka tech-house producer Kenton Slash Demon (responsible for a recent rework of Jatoma for Kompakt) and Beat Dimensions contributor, Simon Muchinsky, the duo make deeply layered pop songs with captivating vocals located somewhere between Arthur Russell and Antony at his most populist. The styles range from modern Indie-ish DiscoHouse like 'Fail Forever', to string-heavy and soulful pop harmonics in 'Pinned' and dreamy tech-pop almost reminiscent of… Read more
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WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE - Fail Forever, !K7 Records

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS - Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, Underwater Peoples Records

ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks

Underwater Peoples Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: UPLP001

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BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW - Don't You Want To Be In A Cult / Feel The Drip, Mexican Summer
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PART TIME - What Would You Say?, Mexican Summer

PART TIME

What Would You Say?

Mexican Summer

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MEX080-6

Like so many of their generation, Part Time wear their soft-focus '80s influences on their (rolled-up) sleeve with debut album 'What Would You Say'. Following in the footsteps of John Maus, Ariel Pink, or the Ducktails, their sound is drenched in all the memes of that era, from the haze of warm and woozy synths on 'Living In Pretend' to the neon backlit guitars of 'She's Got The Right' and the montage ambience of 'Riots In The Street'. The production is possibly less deliberately lo-fi than Maus and Pink, with a warmer edge and slightly-fuzzy depth ripe for humid evenings and psyched-out weekends.

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QUILT - Quilt, Mexican Summer

QUILT

Quilt

Mexican Summer

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: MEX099-6

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BRAIN IDEA - Cosmos Factory, Mexican Summer

BRAIN IDEA

Cosmos Factory

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX087-6

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COLD SHOWERS - Highlands, Mexican Summer

COLD SHOWERS

Highlands

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX093-6

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CAMPFIRES - Stormy Late Fall / She Was Down, Mexican Summer

CAMPFIRES

Stormy Late Fall / She Was Down

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX033

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EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING - Wet Cement, Mexican Summer

EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING

Wet Cement

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX036-6

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FRACTION - Moon Blood, Mexican Summer

FRACTION

Moon Blood

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX026-6

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APACHE DROPOUT - Radiation, Mexican Summer

APACHE DROPOUT

Radiation

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX098-6

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BIPOLAR BEAR - Harlem Pripyat, Mexican Summer

BIPOLAR BEAR

Harlem Pripyat

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX022-6

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HOME BLITZ - A.T.K. / Last Cycle, Mexican Summer

HOME BLITZ

A.T.K. / Last Cycle

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX089-6

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MICHAEL ANGELO - Sorcerer's Delight / Nubian Queen, Mexican Summer

MICHAEL ANGELO

Sorcerer's Delight / Nubian Queen

Mexican Summer

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEX059-6

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GRAVIOUS - Junction City EP, Saigon Recordings

GRAVIOUS

Junction City EP

Saigon Recordings

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SAIGON003

Saigon follow that terrific Duffstep 12" with three techno-inspired Dubstep rollers from Hot Flush and Highpoint Lowlife contributor, Gravious. 'Junction City' has one foot firmly in Detroit and the other planted in a Glasgow bassbin, fusing the two styles at its apex. 'Lodestone' mellows out with a canny digidub influence in the bass balanced by an effervescent lead melody next to the sci-fi strokes of 'Lunar Module' and its sticky, 808-powered stargaze vibes.
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VARIOUS / WOOL RECORDINGS - Woolly Jumpers, Wool recordings

VARIOUS / WOOL RECORDINGS

Woolly Jumpers

Wool recordings

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WR016CD

An inviting compilation of choice folk/indie/psyche and experimental pop songs from France's Wool Recordings. Scanning the selection we find some cool and unreleased tracks from Sarabeth Tucek, , Luther Russell, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Franklin, Double U, Suddenly Sunshine, and Montag, next to new talent and established artists such as Peter Broderick, Light Pollution, and Connan Mockasin. Highlights have to be the opening track, Dave Bixby's confessional 'Drug Song', a real treasure from his hard-to-find 1969 LP 'Ode To Quetzalcoatl, the dreamy indie space of Italian band A Classic Education's 'Terrible Day' or Le Volume Courbe's fragile intimation 'This & That'.
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VARIOUS / WOOL RECORDINGS - Woolly Jumpers, Wool recordings
FOLLAKZOID - Föllakzoid, Sacred Bones Records
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FOLLAKZOID

Föllakzoid

Sacred Bones Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SBR044LP

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VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS - Dance Du Jour vol.4, Boomkat / 14 Tracks

VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS

Dance Du Jour vol.4

Boomkat / 14 Tracks

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14 TRACKS COMPILATIONS

Cat. Number: bundle_149

Our latest round-up of all that's good and heavy 'pon di 'floor spans Industrial EBM remakes, Eski-House ructions, surreal Latin bum bum beats and up-to-the-minute techno. We start the session with Bad Autopsy's fusion of hyperventilating Funky rhythms and late '80s electro stabs, before tipping to Slackk's inimitably ruffneck Wiley tribute 'Fire Flies', Untold's optimized R&S killer 'Stereo Freeze' and the deadly dapper tuck and roll of Funkystepz' 'Cut Above'. Cómeme's new Argentinian starlet Ana Helder wrecks our heads with the dadaist jack of 'El Groove De Tu Corazón', S… Read more
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VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS - Dance Du Jour vol.4, Boomkat / 14 Tracks

Monday, 24 January 2011

LEWIS & CLARKE - Blasts Of Holy Birth, La Societe Expeditionnaire

LEWIS & CLARKE

Blasts Of Holy Birth

La Societe Expeditionnaire

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: LSE006CD

Reissue of this shoegazy "Post-Folk Neo-Baroque" album by Lou Rogia, together with Man Man's Russell Higbee and Eve Miller of Rachel's. You couldn't really put this album in with the freak folk lot, it's just too clean and, err, not freaky. Instead, Lewis & Clarke make exquisite chamber pop songs with considered infusions of Eastern instrumentation and sparingly used, spaciously rendered electronics which lend this album more of a levitating psychedelic feel. It's practically worth it for the tenderly nuanced ten minute heart warmer 'Before It Breaks You'.
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DEMDIKE STARE - Tryptych, Modern Love
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DEMDIKE STARE

Tryptych

Modern Love

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: Love067

*23 tracks/160 minute triple album bringing together the "Forest of Evil", "Liberation Through Hearing" and "Voices of Dust" albums, plus an extra 40 minutes of bonus material recorded during the same sessions - completely exclusive to this release* Demdike Stare is a project made up of two insatiable vinyl collectors based in the north of England: Sean Canty (who works for the esteemed Finders Keepers label) and Miles Whittaker (a longtime producer and DJ who has released music under the MLZ moniker and as part of Pendle Coven). The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based larg… Read more
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS - Thai! Dai?, Finders Keepers Records
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS

Thai! Dai?

Finders Keepers Records

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WORLD

Cat. Number: FKR044DL

Absolutely Killer collection of niche, mid-70s Thai music tracked down and collated by the irrepressible crew at Finders Keepers. Ever since that 7" of Sroeng Santi's Black Sabbath cover sneaked out last year we've been aching for the full length set, assured by the bods at FK that it was going be something heavy. The final, outstanding product is unique not only for the fact that many of the tunes are previously unissued, even in Thailand itself, but also for the fact it represents a very small, specific strain of sonic fusions/experiments, which while influenced by American and… Read more
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VARIOUS / FINDERS KEEPERS - Thai! Dai?, Finders Keepers Records
MORGAN ZARATE - Hookid EP, Hyperdub
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MORGAN ZARATE

Hookid EP

Hyperdub

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDB044

First Hyperdub drop of 2011 - a stone cold future funk winner from Spacek's Morgan Zarate. Over the last few years he's cropped up on the Beat Dimensions and Fat City's Producer #1 comps, from where his 'M.A.B' neck-snapper was lifted and sifted into Kode 9's DJ-Kicks mix. Opening statement 'Hookid' is a straight up scorcher, no question, refracting hyper-reflective R&B-trance hooks through a 3D snakestyle rhythm like Joseph Hammer twysting Terror Danjah. 'Buy Bye' is equally dynamic, splaying some hi-tek swing rhythm into supremely psychedelic shapes, kinda like Spacek meets Bernard Parm… Read more
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LHF - EP2: The Line Path, Keysound
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LHF

EP2: The Line Path

Keysound

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN019

Much anticipated 2nd session from the LHF posse, giving life to four mutant UK underground hybrids from Amen Ra and Double Helix. Compared to the work of John Cage by The Fader, 'The Line Path' is a deftly woven urban collage of extracted HipHop, R&B, Garage, Grime and Dubstep essence, reading like some wordless comic strip set during the weekend of a London raver. Double Helix takes the driving seat with 'Chamber Of Light's Horsepower-style textural interplay, a Cagean adventure in the bass bin. 'Bass 2 Dark' follows, infusing angular ethnocentric drums with 'ardcore flashbacks and dope Wu… Read more
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RADIO SLAVE - East West, REKIDS
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RADIO SLAVE

East West

REKIDS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: REKIDS053D

Pumping Tech-House standards from Radio Slave's top pocket. 'Let It Rain' is one of those sprawling 12 minute heavyweights that he specialises in, designed to put the dancefloor through its paces. 'Suffa Groove' is more deliberately funked up, infused with the steam of a gay New York nightclub circa 1994 and primed to perk up saturday nights everywhere.
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JTRP - JTRP Ep, Deep Teknologi Records
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JTRP

JTRP Ep

Deep Teknologi Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DTR005

Introducing new artists to the Deep Teknologi fold; two tracks from the German duo of Jorge Takei and Robophil aka JTRP. 'You Want It' comes off like some lazer-clipped version of Lil Silva's soca-Funky sound with tightly zipped organ keys, skittering vocals and fluid rhythm programming. 'Dungeons' is grimier, a minimal analog to Girl Unit's raucous 'IRL' with road-ready synth stabs, while 'Moon' straddles the contemporary European Tech sound and UK Bass with an effortless swagger. Do check if you're feeling L-Vis, Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, Brenmar etc.
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DEERHOOF - Deerhoof vs. Evil, ATP/Recordings
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DEERHOOF

Deerhoof vs. Evil

ATP/Recordings

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ATPRDD42

Deerhoof have carved out a very unique space in the pantheon of contemporary rock and pop. Arriving at their 11th album, 16 years into a uncompromising career, they're still without any direct precedents and continue to serve as a catalyzing influence for relatively newer groups such as Grizzly Bear or Dirty Projectors. Their fractal art-pop would take a team of musicologists at least another 16 years to fully unpick, but that would be a fruitless task because the beauty of 'Deerhoof vs Evil' lies in delightful melodic juxtapositions and totally intuitive timings which require no explan… Read more
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DEERHOOF - Deerhoof vs. Evil, ATP/Recordings
JIMMY EDGAR - New Touch, !K7 Records
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JIMMY EDGAR

New Touch

!K7 Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: K7265EPD

Jim lad works off some electrosexual steam from his 'XXX' album, backed with remixes from Jacques Greene and Axiom Crux. Looking to get you sprung, 'New Touch' brings the lubed-up robo vibes in style, backed with a Cybotron-esque 'Hard Makeover' from Edgar himself, while the hotly tipped Jacques Greene re-tucks the groove tightly under a deft matrix of compressions and Axiom Crux pull out some dynamically twysted slowfast tricks.
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