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Monday, 08 March 2010

PHAELEH - Within the Emptiness, Urban Scrumping Records
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PHAELEH

Within the Emptiness

Urban Scrumping Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: Scrump08

Melodramatic dubstep and future garage from Phaeleh. 'Within The Emptiness' is his latest release for Urban Scrumping, compiling practically an album's worth of finely crafted steppers variations with ich musical accompaniment from an assortment of harps, accordians, synths and vocals from Shammi Pithia and Anneka. This is a must for fans of SYNKRO, Von D or Hyetal.
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SCLIST - Darkroom EP, Urban Scrumping Records
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SCLIST

Darkroom EP

Urban Scrumping Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: Scrump05

Preceding his more recent drops on Frijsfo and L2S, Sclist provides the early 'Darkroom EP' for Bristol's Urban Scrumping label backed with remixes from Phaeleh and Gyu. The sparse title track combines sci-fi style synthlines with efficient garage breaks and 'Kigelia' adds tidy flourishes of fusion riffage to percussive rollers rhythms reminding of early dubstep from Hatcha or Geeneus. Phaeleh continues to reshape 'Darkroom' as a smoothly dubbed halfstep number and Gyu adds hovering subs and florid melodies to 'Kigelia'.
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UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE - Footwars, Underground Resistance

UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE

Footwars

Underground Resistance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: UR-075

Raw rocking Jitt tracks with that amazing intense bassline also used in some Direct Beat releases and Electronic Warfare. Great Electro techno! This record was created for Detroit's renowned Jit Crew "The X-menn" (see Model 500 youtube Cosmic Raindance) and is used in the never ending Jitwars between Detroit & Chicago. UR back in top shape...
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UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE - Acid Rain 3, Underground Resistance

UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE

Acid Rain 3

Underground Resistance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: UR028

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ERRORS - Come Down With Me, Rock Action Records
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ERRORS

Come Down With Me

Rock Action Records

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ROCKACT47D

Following their ace debut of two years ago, the confusingly titled It's Not Something But It Is Like Whatever, Errors return with another batch of hyper-tuneful electronic post-rock. After the stellar introductory piece 'Bridge Or Cloud?', the album really kicks in with the brilliant 'A Rumour In Africa' which takes a tightly engineered live drum kit, big brassy synths and ringing guitar hooks to fashion a very fine instrumental that manages to preserve a nice verse-chorus exchange. 'Supertribe' is better yet, propelling the band's sound into fully realised dancefloor terrain whilst neve… Read more
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ERRORS - Come Down With Me, Rock Action Records
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: CHEM129DD

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 m… Read more
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EMMA POLLOCK - The Law Of Large Numbers, Chemikal Underground Records
STARKEY - Stars (feat. Anneka), Planet Mu
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STARKEY

Stars (feat. Anneka)

Planet Mu

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ZIQ258

Starkey puts a new spin on his sound for 2010 with the ultra-melodic 'Stars' lifted from his forthcoming 'Ears Drums and Black Holes' album, featuring the blissed-out vocals of Anneka and backed with a grimy Slugabed remix. He's clearly in loved up mode here, serving florid electronics with a lilting dubstep swing to get you in the mood after listening to all that noisy stuff. The Slugabed version gives the riddim a boost with ruffed-up grime snares while draping it in psyched-out glitch textures. Then, just in case you thought Starkey had gone all soft, he slews it with the Crunked hoover-… Read more
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STARKEY - Stars (feat. Anneka), Planet Mu
THE BEAR THAT WASN'T - And So It Is Morning Dew, Friendly Man’s Set Up

THE BEAR THAT WASN'T

And So It Is Morning Dew

Friendly Man’s Set Up

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FMS002DIGI

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BALKAN BEAT BOX - Blue Eyed Black Boy, Crammed Discs

BALKAN BEAT BOX

Blue Eyed Black Boy

Crammed Discs

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WORLD

Cat. Number: 075A001DA1

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BAUHAUS - Bauhaus - 1979-1983 Volume Two, Beggars Banquet

BAUHAUS

Bauhaus - 1979-1983 Volume Two

Beggars Banquet

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BBL64DA2

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SEABEAR - We Built A Fire, Morr Music

SEABEAR

We Built A Fire

Morr Music

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: morr097cdstandard

Seabear have improved on all fronts since their 2007 debut, The Ghost That Carried Us Away. That album was by no means shabby itself, and but on We built A Fire the Icelandic group have blossomed into a more sonically sturdy entity, boasting better songs and yet more winningly embellished arrangements. Shades of Win Butler and Regine Chassagne are apparent at various points over the course of the album, with great tracks like 'I'll Build You A Fire' and 'Fire Dies Down' inviting strategic insertion of the word "Arcade" in their titles, although the similarities between Seabear and the i… Read more
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SEABEAR - We Built A Fire, Morr Music
KLEINSCHMAGER AUDIO - Audiology: Argentina Rmxs, RRYGULAR

KLEINSCHMAGER AUDIO

Audiology: Argentina Rmxs

RRYGULAR

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RRY35

Rrygular regulars Jörn Kleinschmager and Niklas Worgt hand over two track for reworks from Argentinians Nico Purman and Jorge Ciccioli. Purman turns 'Audio1' into a hypnotic slither of monotone synthlines and relentless techno rhythms reminding of Richie Hawton's more recent DJ sets, while Jorge Ciccioli's verision of 'Audio3' is made for the jaunty all-night pumping crew and 'Tympani' rounds off with a hint of minimalist Latin-rhythmic flavour.
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MR DAY - Small Fry, FAVORITE

MR DAY

Small Fry

FAVORITE

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: FVR032

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DENIZ KURTEL - Yeah (Jamie Jones Mixes), Crosstown Rebels

DENIZ KURTEL

Yeah (Jamie Jones Mixes)

Crosstown Rebels

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CRM056

Brooklyn's Deniz Kurtel follows last years Wolf+Lamb release with a cool no-wave disco house cut backed with two ace remixes from Jamie Jones. 'Yeah' is another colorful example of Deniz's talents, succinctly blending louche early 80's no-wave disco influences with a strong house throb, while Jamie Jones is enlisted to give a fattened 'Shower Curtain' version, and a more stripped and dubby 'Aquafunk' mix with crisp and perky percussion.
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SYNC 24 - We Rock Non-Stop, Cultivated Electronics

SYNC 24

We Rock Non-Stop

Cultivated Electronics

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CE005

"The EP kicks off with the title track "We Rock Non-Stop". Tight Kickdrums layered with pitched 808 subs set the basis of the track. Chopped up machine and voice samples are then layered with smooth pads and delay's to complete the track. The second track of the EP "Solvent Abuse" see's Sync 24 sticking to his dark roots. Distorted vocals, haunting pads, trippy sequences and dirty bass combined with rolling beats and subs!!! The reverse side of the 12" is slightly deeper, techy affair. "Chosen Module" is a spacious wash of delays and pads mixed with robotic bass and crisp round beats… Read more
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SYNC 24 - We Rock Non-Stop, Cultivated Electronics
SISTERS OF TRANSISTORS / UNTOLD - Solar Disco (Untold Mix), THIS IS MUSIC
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SISTERS OF TRANSISTORS / UNTOLD

Solar Disco (Untold Mix)

THIS IS MUSIC

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: THISIM021D

The Sisters present a well selected five track remix set of their 'Solar Disco' track from Untold, Lynchmob, Eldoko and Stopmakingme. We'll make no bones about it, we're all over the Untold version. He adds crazy vocodered robovox and disco-exotic keys to a base of 'Pulse X' style garage sub/kicks in unusually ecstatic style that equals lots of fun on the floor. Elsewhere Lynchmob and Eldoko cater for the disco kids with wheelin' indie bass guitars and cowbell driven rhythms respectively, leaving Stopmakingme to give a fiercely bass-driven Moroder-techno mix with arpeggiations a plenty for fans of MMM and the likes.... A heavyweight package!
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SISTERS OF TRANSISTORS / UNTOLD - Solar Disco (Untold Mix), THIS IS MUSIC
WLADIMIR M. - Electronic Muzique, EevoNext

WLADIMIR M.

Electronic Muzique

EevoNext

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: NEXT17

Solid old-skool techno and ambient music from Eevolute luminary Wladimir M. 'Electronic Musique' jacks with a cyberpunky EBM vibe, followed by an abstract acid mix 'Electronic Beats', beatless ambience on 'Electronic Ambiance', a spooky Kraftwerkian version 'Electronic Space' and a harder beats driven version 'Moderated Mix' recommended for the dancing crew in classic Dutch/Detroit style.
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LJ KRUZER - Manhood & Electronics Remixes (TVO Mix), Uncharted Audio
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LJ KRUZER

Manhood & Electronics Remixes (TVO Mix)

Uncharted Audio

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: UNCH025

Uncharted Audio's LJ Kruzer passes over his 'Manhood & Electronics' album to TVO (The Village Orchestra), Ukkonen, Trademark and Cyan 341 for enhanced remix workouts. We're a bit partial to the lush TVO remix. Ruaridh Law does his pastoral techno thing in lush style, finely balancing the throb with long tendrils of glowing green synthlines before disintegrating the rhythm into swung breakbeats over the 9 minute time span. Meanwhile Ukkonen treks 'Poil' on a Drexciyan hike, Trademark find a blurred electro-house groove and Cyan 341 opt for melodic tech-house mix.
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THE MISERABLE RICH - Somerhill, HUMBLE SOUL

THE MISERABLE RICH

Somerhill

HUMBLE SOUL

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: HS401D

Beautiful, waltzing balladry from Brighton's The Miserable Rich, sounding supremely elegant in all their lavishly orchestrated chamber pop finery. 'Somerhill' is an utterly lovely thing, like a very English counterpart to Beirut's exotic big band fare. 'Bye Bye Kitty' follows suit with another bucket load of sweeping strings and lilting acoustics, rounding off a marvellous little package.
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IT'S A MUSICAL - Pain Song, New Music Club

IT'S A MUSICAL

Pain Song

New Music Club

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: NEWMC007D

The lead track from their album, The Music Makes Me Sick, 'Pain Song' is a jubilant piece of jazzily arranged electronic pop from Swedish/German duo It's A Musical, sounding a bit like a bedroom-recorded Stereolab through the verses before erupting into a brass-fuelled, ebullient chorus. While not as rousing or as euphoric as its A-side counterpart, B-side 'Take Off Your T-shirt' is a warm and intimate affair, bringing to mind the downbeat, stripped down pop of a band like Komeit.
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FURSAXA - Mycorrhizae Realm, ATP/Recordings
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FURSAXA

Mycorrhizae Realm

ATP/Recordings

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: ATPRDD38

Tara Burke's work as Fursaxa has always explored the more interesting outer edges of free-folk, sidestepping the default singer-songwriter tendencies that come with the turf and instead embarking upon a series of dark, witchy albums populated by bedroom-recorded bouts of accordion, dulcimer and ethereal vocals. The lo-fi DIY aesthetics of old are out the door for this latest release, however; Mycorrhizae Realm marks Burke's first studio-based solo album, and it seems to have come about from her work as part of The Valerie Project (the group assembled in tribute to the Czech cult film, … Read more
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FURSAXA - Mycorrhizae Realm, ATP/Recordings
TROUBLE BOOKS - Gathered Tones, OWN RECORDS
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TROUBLE BOOKS

Gathered Tones

OWN RECORDS

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OWNREC49

This Ohio-based band return with another helping of their remarkably lovely, almost ambient experimental songwriting. Gathered Tones embraces warm, vintage synth designs along with lightly processed instrumental recordings and other such digitally manipulated ephemera, providing a rich, tapestry-like backdrop for meandering vocals and quirky song narratives. Melodious, musically spell-binding and ultimately rather moving, Gathered Tones comes with a high recommendation. "Trouble Books have cultivated another garden lush with colorful and odd sounds, loops, and drones to walk throu… Read more
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TROUBLE BOOKS - Gathered Tones, OWN RECORDS
CHRISTIAN MARTIN - Ghosts, Trapez

CHRISTIAN MARTIN

Ghosts

Trapez

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TRAPEZ 106

Dirtybird's Christian Martin delivers one of the very best Trapez releases we've heard in an age. 'Ghosts' is at once rugged tech-house and spooked electro while 'Work' uses booming subs and sharpened electro-funk synths to craft a very solid DJ tool and 'Song For Pop' even goes into industrial acidic dubstep. Excellent EP, do check if you're looking for a darker alternative to Julio Bashmore...
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RILEY REINHOLD FEAT. COSMIC SANDWICH - Black Timbre, My Best Friend / MBF

RILEY REINHOLD FEAT. COSMIC SANDWICH

Black Timbre

My Best Friend / MBF

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MBF LTD 12020

Riley Reinhold returns to his MBF label with three highly effective minimal cuts, assisted by Steve Barnes
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BROADWAY & WILSON - Good Old Daze LP, Farris Wheel Recordings

BROADWAY & WILSON

Good Old Daze LP

Farris Wheel Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FWR027

Farris Wheel get busy with six of itchin' house futures from Broadway & Wilson. The six tracks on 'Good Old Daze' combine traits of DJ Sneaks boompty sound, Akufens choppy garage-inspired flex and old-skool electro-soul for a well presented and effective sound.
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DOMINIK EULBERG - Daten-Übertragungs-Küsschen Remixes, TRAUM Schallplatten

DOMINIK EULBERG

Daten-Übertragungs-Küsschen Remixes

TRAUM Schallplatten

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: Traum V121

Complementary hi-end tech-house remixes of Eulberg's celebrated work from Rodriguez Jr and Minilogue. The chirpy synth arrangements and streamlined house rhythms of the Rodriguez mix will wholly satisfy the Border Community or Cocoon types while Minilogue provides three exceptionally long and involving versions. Both his 'Belledub' edit and full mix are shortened from the 'In To The Light Mix' where Minilogue stretches out with Basic Channel styled bass pulses and spacious electro-acoustic arrangements making great use of the time and space afforded. Here we're sucked into deep reverberant abysses and floated away on super-lush synth pads reminding of the Orb.
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DOMINIK EULBERG - Daten-Übertragungs-Küsschen Remixes, TRAUM Schallplatten
TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS - The Brutalist Bricks, Matador

TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS

The Brutalist Bricks

Matador

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE9095

The sixth album from Washington DC rockers, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists: "The Brutalist Bricks is one of those career-defining, "can you believe what you're hearing?" kinda records that makes most other activity the day you first play it nearly impossible (in other words, we're suggesting you shower before you open the package). Recorded through 2009 at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge, 'Bricks' could be the most confident, kinetic and varied work in Ted's canon, and considering his body of work until now, that's no easy claim to make. If you've seen Ted/Rx at any po… Read more
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TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS - The Brutalist Bricks, Matador
DISTANCE - Menace / Beyond, Chestplate

DISTANCE

Menace / Beyond

Chestplate

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: CHST008

Heavy meckle dubstep showstoppers from Distance! It's all about the epic 'Beyond' on this one. Distance excels himself with apocalyptic synthline vistas and a slow-motion riddim that ranks up next to Vex'd's '3rd Choice' for sheer cinematic impact. Thankfully it's also big enough to make up for the Grrrtar chops and bass formula of 'Menace' on the flipside. A must check for all dubstep heads!
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FRIENDLY FIRES / HOLY GHOST! - Hold On / On Board, XL Recordings

FRIENDLY FIRES / HOLY GHOST!

Hold On / On Board

XL Recordings

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: XLS486DL

Friendly Fires and DFA band Holy Ghost indulge in a spot of mutual appreciation and cover each other's songs for this new release. The former do a superb job with 'Hold On', really making it their own via the band's by-now finely honed brand of indie-funk. Shuffling disco drums and rubbery Bootsy Collins-inspired basslines dictate the pace, while some well placed dub-style edits, effects laden guitar and (you guessed it) cowbell all help the mix blossom. Holy Ghost's take on FF's 'On Board' goes for a more laidback electronic feel than the original, calling upon the … Read more
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FRIENDLY FIRES / HOLY GHOST! - Hold On / On Board, XL Recordings
JASON COLLETT - To Wit To Woo, ARTS & CRAFTS

JASON COLLETT

To Wit To Woo

ARTS & CRAFTS

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ACX-050

A companion EP coinciding with the release of Jason Collett's fourth full-length, Rat A Tat Tat, To WIt To Woo offers a further six tracks from the recording sessions. "Rat A Tat Tat and To Wit To Woo were recorded in the summer and fall of 2009, largely on the east side of Toronto at Ill Eagle, Carlin Nicholson and Mike O'Brien of Zeus' studio. Zeus, Collett's long time backing band contributed throughout both releases along with a bevy of guests."
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