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Sunday, 14 February 2010

GRIMEJAH - Dirty Ice, EIGHT:FX

GRIMEJAH

Dirty Ice

EIGHT:FX

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: AR083

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REBEL SONIX - Psydstep, EIGHT:FX

REBEL SONIX

Psydstep

EIGHT:FX

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: AR089

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NO-NECK BLUES BAND - Nine for Victor, Les Disques VICTO

NO-NECK BLUES BAND

Nine for Victor

Les Disques VICTO

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: VICTOCD103

No-Neck Blues Band are one of those acts that if you like ‘em, you pretty much like everything they’re going to belch out. It’s free improv-pscyh-new-weird-America-jazz-whatever and like their brothers from another mother Sunburned Hand of the Man and Jackie O Motherf**ker they release way too much of it, but you can’t begrudge them that I suppose. I admit, I really have a soft spot for this kind of no-holds barred noisy abandon, and they do put in a sterling performance here; recorded for the ‘International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville’ festival which also gave birth t… Read more
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NO-NECK BLUES BAND - Nine for Victor, Les Disques VICTO
SAMPLES - Choose Your Own Adventure, Made In Glitch

SAMPLES

Choose Your Own Adventure

Made In Glitch

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MIGREC13

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VELOCETTE - Fourfold Remedy, Wiiija

VELOCETTE

Fourfold Remedy

Wiiija

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIJDL1077

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Friday, 12 February 2010

VARIOUS / OUTPUT - I Hate Music - A Compilation Of Output Recordings, Output Recordings

VARIOUS / OUTPUT

I Hate Music - A Compilation Of Output Recordings

Output Recordings

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: OPR100

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STEREOTYP - Barefoot Business, Raw Fusion Scandinavia

STEREOTYP

Barefoot Business

Raw Fusion Scandinavia

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RAF047

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VARIOUS / OUTPUT - Channel 4: A Compilation Of Output Recordings, Output Recordings

VARIOUS / OUTPUT

Channel 4: A Compilation Of Output Recordings

Output Recordings

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: OPR080

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ANTONI MAIOVVI - Shadow Of The Blood Stained Kiss, Seed

ANTONI MAIOVVI

Shadow Of The Blood Stained Kiss

Seed

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: SEEDCD20

Highly impressive Italo and soundtrack revisionism from Seed Record's secret weapon. Despite only releasing one record through the label so far, Antoni Maiovvi has picked up a ravenous bandwagon of followers, looking for their next fix of synthetic drama after gorging themselves on the work of Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter or Harold Faltermayer. 'Shadow Of the Bloodstained Kiss' is a soundtrack concept album, scoring the nonexistent 1983 Italian Sci-Fi Giallo starring Barbara Cupisti and Ian McCulloch. But, that's all you'll get for now, if you want to know the full… Read more
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ANTONI MAIOVVI - Shadow Of The Blood Stained Kiss, Seed

Thursday, 11 February 2010

DBRIDGE & INSTRA:MENTAL - Present Autonomic, Fabric Worldwide
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DBRIDGE & INSTRA:MENTAL

Present Autonomic

Fabric Worldwide

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: FABRIC100

For Fabriclive 50, the London superclub calls up the vanguard of modern D&B in D-Bridge and Instra:mental to provide over an hours worth of cutting edge steppers science. As to be expected after listening to their stupendous Autonomic podcasts, the selection and execution of the mix is impeccable, including more exclusives than you can shake a stylus at, while traversing a wide range of tempos, from hip hop to dubstep and D&B all finished with a gleaming electronic edge. Their aforementioned podcasts have been largely responsible for dragging D&B out of a seriously knuckle-heade… Read more
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DBRIDGE & INSTRA:MENTAL - Present Autonomic, Fabric Worldwide
EPROM - Surefire Sound 001, SUREFIRE SOUND
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EPROM

Surefire Sound 001

SUREFIRE SOUND

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SFS001

Smarter garage-rave mutations from San Fran's Eprom and NYC stepper Falty DL. Both tracks step out from the more electronic side of the dance, with Eprom's 'Never' leading off a 4/4 charge of garage percussion with dipping subs and helium vocals. Much better however is the Falty DL version, dropping the tempo and upping the groove with bone-dry hardcore breaks rattling inna '96 UK garage style while the vocals are chopped 'n screwed to a lower pitch for tensely pressurised effect. Ill sh*t!
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CLOUDS - Timekeeper (Dave Aju Mix), RAMP Recordings
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CLOUDS

Timekeeper (Dave Aju Mix)

RAMP Recordings

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RAMP029

An unexpected treat from Ramp recordings, dropping a Dave Aju remix of the Clouds track, 'Timekeeping'. House heads will probably know Dave from his Circus Company anthem 'Crazy Place', but he's taken a different tack with this one sailing between zig-zagging synth squiggles and a coarsely textured rhythm occupying a niche between skanky house and wonky hiphop. It's as odd as it sounds, and actually good enough to justify the one-sided pressing.
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DANIEL BJARNASON - Processions, BEDROOM COMMUNITY
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DANIEL BJARNASON

Processions

BEDROOM COMMUNITY

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HVALUR7CD

Surely one of the most bombastic modern classical albums you're likely to hear all year, Daniel Bjarnason's Processions comes to us via a label that's no stranger to delivering within the genre: Bedroom Community has already introduced us to the talents of expert arranger/composer Nico Muhly, not to mention fellow avant-garde-ists Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurdsson. The music of Daniel Bjarnason immediately strikes you as an uncommonly technical and bold undertaking. So often album releases from this scene treat us to lovely, if occasionally syrupy fare, but here Bjarnason assaults you wit… Read more
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DANIEL BJARNASON - Processions, BEDROOM COMMUNITY
BUILT TO SPILL - There Is No Enemy, ATP/Recordings

BUILT TO SPILL

There Is No Enemy

ATP/Recordings

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ATPRCD37

There Is No Enemy is the seventh studio album from alt-rock veterans Built To Spill and finds them regaining some of their acclaimed '90s form. In terms of straight-ahead, intelligent indie rock, these relative old-timers sound incredibly fresh, putting a good many current generation bands to shame on the likes of opening track 'Aisle 13' with its effortless college rock classicism and concise hookiness. More connoisseur riffing arrives on simple, yet deftly efficient midtempo numbers like 'Done' and even the ballads prove memorable: 'Life's A Dream' recalls Weezer's 'Say It Ain't So… Read more
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BUILT TO SPILL - There Is No Enemy, ATP/Recordings
EWAN PEARSON - We Are Proud Of Our Choices, Kompakt
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EWAN PEARSON

We Are Proud Of Our Choices

Kompakt

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKTC78

In addition to his work as a prolific DJ, remixer and producer of electronic music, Ewan Pearson has recently been found making an impact on the more mainstream end of the music industry thanks to his work on Delphic's debut album, Acolyte. However, on this new mix for Kompakt there are few signs of him losing touch with the dancefloor. The mix begins auspiciously with a track by Lemonade, Pitch & Hold as remixed by hotly tipped producer of the moment, Gold Panda, going on to hit further heights with cuts from A_ldric, Rmnvn and Lusine, whose track 'Cirrus' arrives in a plume… Read more
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EWAN PEARSON - We Are Proud Of Our Choices, Kompakt
LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION - Life Is Sweet Nice To Meet You, Domino Recording Co

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION

Life Is Sweet Nice To Meet You

Domino Recording Co

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD235X

After being greeted with much critical acclaim following his Falling Off The Lavender Bridge album, ex-Test Icicle Devonte Hynes returns with a second solo long-player. Having worked with Saddle Creek producer Mike Mogis on the first record, Hynes this time recruits Animal Collective producer Ben Allen and the band Spacecamp, who all play their parts in making this album work as well as it does. There's no shortage of ideas laid out here, with Hynes' always compelling lyrical flow embedded within a suitably jam-packed musical narrative. As well as the expected glut… Read more
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LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION - Life Is Sweet Nice To Meet You, Domino Recording Co
MOON DUO - Escape, WOODSIST

MOON DUO

Escape

WOODSIST

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WOODSIST038CD

Last seen on Sacred Bones with their Killing Time EP, Wooden Shjips side project Moon Duo returns with four lengthy motorik jams in the spirit of a psych-rockin' Suicide. Considering (as hinted at in their name) Moon Duo is but a two-piece they manage to create an impressively sturdy wall-of-sound. 'Motorcycle, I Love You' is like their very own 'Ghost Rider', but taking on more of a '60s backroom psychedelia sound as its starting point. The Duo stay locked in a deep goth-abilly groove throughout and its not long before the guitar spirals off into plumes of heavily distorted, modulated soloing. Nex… Read more
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MOON DUO - Escape, WOODSIST
SARAH GOLDFARB & JHK - Heartbeat City, Treibstoff

SARAH GOLDFARB & JHK

Heartbeat City

Treibstoff

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TREIBSCD10

Minimal techno and electronica are combined on Sarah Goldfarb's debut album alongside JHK. The Frenchmen have been making melodic minimalism for the Triebstoff, Trapez and Curle label for nearly ten years, gathering enough experience for this album. Tracks vary from dumpy bass driven tech-house with kettle drums on 'Jacki' to more experimental slow and broken IDM with 'So Long' or fonky minimalism like 'Back In Town' and shoegazy electronica 'Never Stop'.
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FOOT VILLAGE - Anti-Magic, UPSET THE RHYTHM

FOOT VILLAGE

Anti-Magic

UPSET THE RHYTHM

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: UTR032LP

Once you've negotiated your way around all the gratuitous nudity of the gatefold digipak, you'll find a piece of comedy mislabelling on the disc that bills the album as a compilation titled: Best Of Wanky Wizard Jamz, featuring popular bands like "WEALTH", "No Mage", "Pocataunted" and "Conjuroo-oo-oor". Indeed. Foot Village's particular brand of underground semi-improv proves to be a right mess on this album, but then that sort of tongue-in-cheek chaos is surely all part of the plan. Much of the record is populated by boy-girl screaming exchanges, insane drumming and percussive bouts plus … Read more
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FOOT VILLAGE - Anti-Magic, UPSET THE RHYTHM

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

GUNN-TRUSCINSKI DUO - Sand City, Three Lobed Recordings

GUNN-TRUSCINSKI DUO

Sand City

Three Lobed Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TLR-083

A new release on Three Lobed is always worthy of your attention, and this latest edition is another finely presented, highly limited release. Guitarist Steve Gunn and percussionist John Truscinski have previously performed together as members of GHQ, but here they return as a duo, connecting with rootsier, almost American Primitive-like sounds. Raga-like compositional structures and rolling open-tuned guitars make a mark early on, adopting Eastern scales alongside bluegrass rhythms, all of which invites comparisons with works by the likes of Sir Richard Bishop and of course the sp… Read more
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GUNN-TRUSCINSKI DUO - Sand City, Three Lobed Recordings
HANS CHEW - Tennessee & Other Stories..., Three Lobed Recordings

HANS CHEW

Tennessee & Other Stories...

Three Lobed Recordings

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: TLR-085

The debut solo album from Hans Chew, the pianist behind Brooklyn band D. Charles Speer & The Helix, who notably performed alongside Jack Rose for his Luck In The Valley and The Black Dirt Sessions. Expect a wealth of bar-room honky-tonk turns from Chew, who seems to switch effortlessly between fulsome, barnstorming country hoedowns to more pared-down cowboy boogies. Tennessee & Other Stories is also notable for its supporting cast of underground Americana stars, which includes members of No Neck Blues Band and Sunburned Hand Of The Man.
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GHQ - Crystal Healing, Three Lobed Recordings

GHQ

Crystal Healing

Three Lobed Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TLR-036

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YELLOW SWANS - Descension, Three Lobed Recordings

YELLOW SWANS

Descension

Three Lobed Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TLR-038

Can there be anything more unrelentingly filthy sounding than a Yellow Swans album? Very probably not, though this, more than many outings by Pete Swanson and Gabriel Mindel Saloman, goes someway towards tempering the torrent of filth they tend to produce. These two lengthy pieces were recorded live on tour at the end of last year and take their basis as a pool of simmering drone and (almost) ambient noise. 'Descent 1' is especially palatable, rising from a starting point of endless guitar sustain, layer after layer of lo-fi dinscaping surges from out of the sonic mire. You can even hear … Read more
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YELLOW SWANS - Descension, Three Lobed Recordings
BARDO POND - Slab, Three Lobed Recordings

BARDO POND

Slab

Three Lobed Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TLR-001

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HEAVY WINGED - Infinite In Every Direction, Three Lobed Recordings

HEAVY WINGED

Infinite In Every Direction

Three Lobed Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TLR-079

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EVAN CAMINITI - West Winds, Three Lobed Recordings

EVAN CAMINITI

West Winds

Three Lobed Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TLR-082

Barn Owl and Higuma's Evan Caminiti is capable of doing amazing things with the humble guitar. With experience gleaned from the processes of his previous solo releases, the majestic 'Psychic Mud Shrine' and the obscure 'Digging The Void', he's reached a level of impressive maturity, making 'West Winds' comparable to totems of the drone/desert rock sound like Earth's 'Hex' and something yet more magical and searching akin to Popol Vuh or Roy Montgomery. This album will utterly absorb fans of his previous works. Highly recommended!
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TARENTEL - Fear Of Bridges, Three Lobed Recordings

TARENTEL

Fear Of Bridges

Three Lobed Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TLR-007

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BARDO POND - Purposeful Availment, Three Lobed Recordings

BARDO POND

Purposeful Availment

Three Lobed Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: TLR-005

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SUN RA - The Creator of the Universe, Cobraside/Transparency

SUN RA

The Creator of the Universe

Cobraside/Transparency

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: 0301

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SUN RA - The Shadows Took Shape, Cobraside Distribution

SUN RA

The Shadows Took Shape

Cobraside Distribution

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: 0303

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