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Monday, 22 February 2010

KING CANNIBAL - Virgo, Ninja Tune

KING CANNIBAL

Virgo

Ninja Tune

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS233

Excellent new EP from Dylan Richards' King Cannibal project, featuring two tracks in both vocal and instrumental versions. "Virgo" on the A-side featuring Face-A-Face is a tight dancehall style killer complete with spitfire rhymes and a fierce jump-up ravey style that sits somewhere between Kevin Martin's productions, the Shockout 12" series and more recent work from Ghislain Poirier - the vocal version in particular gives it in righteous style. "Murder Us" on the flip is much darker and more spacious, with a repetitive, gnarly bassline eventually giving way to a squashed rave style that soun… Read more
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KING CANNIBAL - Virgo, Ninja Tune
VENETIAN SNARES VS BONG RA - 4 Adaptations Of Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett, Planet Mu

VENETIAN SNARES VS BONG RA

4 Adaptations Of Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett

Planet Mu

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZIQ111R

Probably the current undisputed Breakcore Heavy-Weight Champion Bong-Ra (aka Jason Kohnen) here steps into the ring alongside Venetian Snares (aka Aaron Funk) - with the ensuing 12" nowhere near as hectic as you'd imagine. Having first sampled the delights of the Snares career defining 'Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett' on a wet Easter Sunday, Kohnen decided that some dues needed to be paid and set about reinterpreting four cuts from the original album in his own vision. Rather than batter the whip-lash beats with an iron fist, Bong-Ra has co… Read more
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VENETIAN SNARES VS BONG RA - 4 Adaptations Of Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett, Planet Mu
BROWN - Up Again, Unpopular

BROWN

Up Again

Unpopular

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: UPM005

Nottingham band Brown play to the Moon Safari-lovers amongst us with this slice of warm, laidback downbeat loveliness. Here processed vocals cap off a mix of analogue soundscapes, rhodes piano and library samples of birdsong. The end result is probably more Lemon Jelly than AIr, although there's much more to come from the various remixes, which offer plenty of variation of the track: a dub version strips away the beats in favour of almost twelve minutes of swirling ambient motions, while the house mix opts for a very commercial dancefloor sound.
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LEOPARD LEG - The Seven Sistered Sea-Secret Of Shh Shh Shh/Throughout The Ages, UPSET THE RHYTHM

LEOPARD LEG

The Seven Sistered Sea-Secret Of Shh Shh Shh/Throughout The Ages

UPSET THE RHYTHM

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: UTR004

The Seven Sistered Sea-Secret Of Shh Shh Shh is a split album, combining the far-out sounds of ten-piece tribal drum troupe Leopard Leg and San Franciscan doom-pop four-piece T.I.T.S. While the epic and oddly addictive Leopard Leg half stretches across acre upon acre of jangling anything-goes percussion and tranced-out vocal drone, the T.I.T.S. sound is somewhat more rocking, drawing influence from timeless Black Sabbath aesthetics and Boris' fuzzily disheveled modern metal snarl. A very strange mix of styles given the apparent gulf between these two bands, but the contrast serves the listening experience well.
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LEOPARD LEG - The Seven Sistered Sea-Secret Of Shh Shh Shh/Throughout The Ages, UPSET THE RHYTHM
VOICE OF THE SEVEN WOODS - The Holy Harbour, Twisted Nerve Recordings

VOICE OF THE SEVEN WOODS

The Holy Harbour

Twisted Nerve Recordings

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TN079DL

We've long been obsessing over Rick Tomlinson's crucial Voice of the Seven Woods project, but like many others we couldn't help feeling that the recent self-titled full-length didn't quite display the full array of his talents. After a string of incredibly collectible 7"s and cdrs there was quite a level of expectation for the album, and while it was diverse, succinct and hugely enjoyable it lacked some of the virtuosity hinted at with his earlier work. Then, of course, he goes and releases this absolutely devastating 10" and all bets are off - we'd even go so far as to … Read more
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VOICE OF THE SEVEN WOODS - The Holy Harbour, Twisted Nerve Recordings
TUNNG - It's Because…We've Got Hair, Full Time Hobby

TUNNG

It's Because…We've Got Hair

Full Time Hobby

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FTH030D

Tunng again then - this time on beautifully heavyweight vinyl! 'It's because. we've got hair' was actually on their recent album and we like it very much, it sounds a little like a kids television song, I'm thinking Rod, Jane and Freddy here - don't pretend you don't know what I mean. It's just got that naivety and sunny idealism that can't help but make you smile. Before long I'm gonna be running down the streets of Manchester singing about the things I see - open use of class A drugs, muggings, ram-raiding. okay maybe not. On the flip side things get a bit seasonal with Melodi… Read more
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TUNNG - It's Because…We've Got Hair, Full Time Hobby
TUNNG - Good Arrows, Full Time Hobby

TUNNG

Good Arrows

Full Time Hobby

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FTH040D

Tunng are one of those bands that yseem to be everywhere right now. Although they started off simply enough with the stunning debut album 'Mother's Daughter and Other Songs', it wasn't long before they were catapulted into the Green Man loving mass media, with every journo worth his or her salt desperate to get a piece of the folk-tronica pie. You see Tunng managed to achieve what so many other artists had failed to do, create an album which totally summed up the faux-genre 'folktronica' and make it worth listening to. The band quickly pieced together a followup album 'Comments of the Inner Cho… Read more
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TUNNG - Good Arrows, Full Time Hobby
RADIO SLAVE - No Sleep Part One, REKIDS

RADIO SLAVE

No Sleep Part One

REKIDS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: REKIDS008D

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TUNNG - Comments Of The Inner Chorus, Full Time Hobby

TUNNG

Comments Of The Inner Chorus

Full Time Hobby

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FTH019D

Without wanting to exhaust your tolerance for figurative comparisons this early on in a review, Tunngs second full length ('Comments On The Inner Chorus') opens with the kind of mealy instrumentation and fizzing electronics that suggest leaden skies and fog-shrouded ramparts - a situation merely heightened with the distant cry of "break in the Sun, till the Sun breaks down". If it wasn't such a hoary cliché, this is where we'd pull out our Wickerman reference... Very much at the crossroads where the more traditional aspects of British folk and the new-guard of -tronica suffixed… Read more
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TUNNG - Comments Of The Inner Chorus, Full Time Hobby
ERRORS - How Clean Is Your Acid House?, Rock Action Records

ERRORS

How Clean Is Your Acid House?

Rock Action Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ROCKACT23D

Nestled amongst the Mogwai-run Rock Action roster, Glasgow art-school-dancefloor-types Errors are the latest group to fuse the aesthetics of post-rock, electronica and Ye Olde indie; with the resultant noise captured on their debut LP 'How Clean Is Your Acid House?'. Whilst the likes of 65daysofstatic and Cut Copy have already delivered a couple of sterling albums that mine this particular seam of sonic juxtaposition, Errors are approaching from a different compass point - shoving the electronica to front of house, whilst the rock stylings get busy out back. Despite it's shodd… Read more
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ERRORS - How Clean Is Your Acid House?, Rock Action Records
DJ SIGNIFY - Sleep No More, Lex Records

DJ SIGNIFY

Sleep No More

Lex Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: LEX024DL

1200 Hobos / Anticon founding member DJ Signify finally makes his full-length debut following his recent 7" for Bully and his excellent "Winter's Going" 12" also for lex. Signify has been around for years, but his output has been mostly confined to a series of notorious mixtapes ('Teach The Children' among them) and some dope production work for his fellow 1200 Hobos operators which culminated with his excellent "Mixed Messages" compendium of beats and cuts. His blend of darkly atmospheric textures and soundscaping proudly reaches deep into a myriad of musical traditions, something that'… Read more
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DJ SIGNIFY - Sleep No More, Lex Records
PATRICK ALAVI - Power, Work It Baby

PATRICK ALAVI

Power

Work It Baby

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WIB005

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POLDER - Zero Zero, Intacto

POLDER

Zero Zero

Intacto

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: INTAC023D

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BUTCH - Reshef, Trapez

BUTCH

Reshef

Trapez

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: Trapez ltd 86

Bülent Gürler returns to Trapez with a monstrous twelve-minuter. 'Reshef' builds in a suitably organic and steady fashion, making inspired usage of samples (including some hypnotically languid Eastern-style pipe sounds) whilst gathering momentum with a mesmerising rolling beat structure. Slightly more concise remixes come in ample supply from Amir, Chris Gowland (as Gow), Markus Sur and Deep'A & Biri, with Butch himself reworking his own previous release 'Muskatnuss' to great cartoon-sampling effect.
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DIRTY CAT - Claws EP, Filter

DIRTY CAT

Claws EP

Filter

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: FILTER006

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DJ HELL FEAT. BRYAN FERRY - U Can Dance 1/3, International Deejay Gigolo Records

DJ HELL FEAT. BRYAN FERRY

U Can Dance 1/3

International Deejay Gigolo Records

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: GIGOLO260D

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DJ HELL FEAT. BRYAN FERRY - U Can Dance 2/3, International Deejay Gigolo Records

DJ HELL FEAT. BRYAN FERRY

U Can Dance 2/3

International Deejay Gigolo Records

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: GIGOLO260D2

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THE DYNAMICS - La poupée qui fait non, Big Single

THE DYNAMICS

La poupée qui fait non

Big Single

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: BIGS1011

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VINO - 303Love, Motech Records

VINO

303Love

Motech Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MTD031

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MATHEW LEUTWYLER - Shadows and Stillness, La Folia Recordings

MATHEW LEUTWYLER

Shadows and Stillness

La Folia Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: LaFolia009

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THE STRANGE BOYS - Be Brave, Rough Trade

THE STRANGE BOYS

Be Brave

Rough Trade

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: RTRADDA570

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GABRIELE CARASCO - Amore EP, Mallory

GABRIELE CARASCO

Amore EP

Mallory

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MALLORY011

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HUNX AND HIS PUNX - Gay Singles, True Panther

HUNX AND HIS PUNX

Gay Singles

True Panther

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TRUE0226

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JANKA NABAY - Bubu King, True Panther

JANKA NABAY

Bubu King

True Panther

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WORLD

Cat. Number: TRUE0246

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TOM ELLIS - Blue Ball Pool, Som Bom

TOM ELLIS

Blue Ball Pool

Som Bom

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142014207

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BAD LIEUTENANT - Sink Or Swim, Triple Echo

BAD LIEUTENANT

Sink Or Swim

Triple Echo

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BADLT03D

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ZEUS - Say Us, ARTS & CRAFTS

ZEUS

Say Us

ARTS & CRAFTS

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: A&C051

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MANABOO - Unhuh EP, Steadfast

MANABOO

Unhuh EP

Steadfast

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: STEADFAST004

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DJ HELL FEAT. BRYAN FERRY - U Can Dance 3/3, International Deejay Gigolo Records

DJ HELL FEAT. BRYAN FERRY

U Can Dance 3/3

International Deejay Gigolo Records

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: GIGOLO260D3

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OBSIDIAN - Space Cruise EP, Process

OBSIDIAN

Space Cruise EP

Process

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PRCS130

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