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Thursday, 26 March

NO PAIN - It's Gonna Be Alright, Hardtrax Records
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NO PAIN

It's Gonna Be Alright

Hardtrax Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RHRSS14

Class facsimile reissue of Cliff Saint-Cyr & Cevin Fisher's OG hard house ace, 'It's Gonna Be Alright' (Hardtrax Records, 1993). A-side drives the tuff kicks, catty claps and glowing chords of a 'No More Pain' mix and the tighter 'Gonna Be Alright' mix for that proper Sound Factory New York vibe, while flipside furnishes Cliff's fruitier flute mix rifled with latin breaks, plus a smart vocal + drums version. Strong.
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FORT ROMEAU - Insides, Ghostly International
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FORT ROMEAU

Insides

Ghostly International

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: GI234CD

**Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make texture and grain become as important a part of the vocabulary … Read more
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FORT ROMEAU - Insides, Ghostly International
FOLLAKZOID - III, Sacred Bones Records
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FOLLAKZOID

III

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SBR128CD

*Follakzoid return with 'III', their third release for Sacred Bones* "Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet minimal atmosphere. III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements."
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FOLLAKZOID - III, Sacred Bones Records
FORT ROMEAU - Insides, Ghostly International
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FORT ROMEAU

Insides

Ghostly International

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £18.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: GI234LP

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make te… Read more
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FORT ROMEAU - Insides, Ghostly International
FOLLAKZOID - III, Sacred Bones Records
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FOLLAKZOID

III

Sacred Bones Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £17.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SBR128LP

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Follakzoid return with 'III', their third release for Sacred Bones** "Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet minimal atmosphere. III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements."
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FOLLAKZOID - III, Sacred Bones Records
MIX MUP - Skip Intro, The Trilogy Tapes
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MIX MUP

Skip Intro

The Trilogy Tapes

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TTT031

Lorenz Lindner aka Mix Mup returns to Trilogy Tapes for a solo outing following on from that total peach of a collaboration with friend and cohort Kassem Mosse under the MM/KM moniker back in 2012. This is music made of much cleaner, tidier stuff than most of what you'd usually associate with TTT, but "Sequoflec" pulls the kind of abstract shapes that make us imagine what Move D would sound like if he had a palette of hardcore snares and hi hats to work with - a tantalising prospect that really makes this EP pretty indispensable for our money.
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PORTICO - Living Fields (Album), Ninja Tune
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PORTICO

Living Fields (Album)

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_cd2CD // £10.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENCD221X

"The new album from Portico, formerly Portico Quartet, features vocals from Alt-J’s Joe Newman, Jamie Woon and Jono McCleery* "‘Living Fields’ is an album of catharsis and redefinition, born of a desire to create newness out of loss and change..."
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Living Fields (Album)

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £13.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZEN221X

*LP housed in uncoated black-board sleeve with spot varnish and uncoated insert. 180g vinyl* "The new album from Portico, formerly Portico Quartet, features vocals from Alt-J’s Joe Newman, Jamie Woon and Jono McCleery* "‘Living Fields’ is an album of catharsis and redefinition, born of a desire to create newness out of loss and change..."
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SIMON JOYNER - Grass, Branch & Bone, WOODSIST

SIMON JOYNER

Grass, Branch & Bone

WOODSIST

Format_dot_vinylLP // £17.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WOODSIST076

*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Renowned American singer-songwriter Simon Joyner first came to prominence during the lo-fi movement of the early ’90s alongside contemporaries like Will Oldham, Peter Jefferies, the Mountain Goats, Smog and Alastair Galbraith. Joyner was championed early on by the late British DJ John Peel, who famously played Joyner’s 1994 LP, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, start to finish on one of his BBC programs, making Joyner more well known overseas than in his own country. Considered a forefather of the Omaha music scene, he… Read more
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SIMON JOYNER - Grass, Branch & Bone, WOODSIST
PEOPLE OF THE NORTH - Era of Manifestations, Thrill Jockey

PEOPLE OF THE NORTH

Era of Manifestations

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: THRILL390LP

**Ritualistic amp worship and tumbling psych rock from members of Oneida and Sightings** "As People of the North, Oneida vets Bobby Matador (organ) and Kid Millions (drums) create cosmic improvised music performed with the intensity of a rock band. Their music is loud and distorted, anarchic to its core and imbued with a devotional spirit. The band’s new album,Era of Manifestations, is its most intense statement of purpose, and documents their impressive tonal and rhythmic interplay. The music oscillates between passages of extreme discord and stretches of seemingly spontan… Read more
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PEOPLE OF THE NORTH - Era of Manifestations, Thrill Jockey
LEE SCRATCH PERRY & FRIENDS - The Black Ark Years: The Jamaican 7"s, Trojan
**Reissue** The high priest of reggae music is given one of his most definitive retrospectives by Trojan, collecting 44 groundbreaking classics spanning the most crucial 7" cuts of his ouevre, all recorded at the legendary Black Ark studio, from solo productions to his innumerable classics for Jamaica's finest singers and MCs. The discs are divided into two specific time zones, 1974-1976 'Sipple Out Deh', and 1977-1978 'Vibrate Onn', each containing more seminal cuts than you can shake a massive spliff to. It's almost pointless running through track by tr… Read more
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LEE SCRATCH PERRY & FRIENDS - The Black Ark Years: The Jamaican 7"s, Trojan
LOWER DENS - Escape From Evil, Ribbon Music
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LOWER DENS

Escape From Evil

Ribbon Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: RBN041CD

*Third album from Baltimore’s Jana Hunter aka Lower Dens* "Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical. The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend) and… Read more
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LOWER DENS - Escape From Evil, Ribbon Music
LOWER DENS - Escape From Evil, Ribbon Music
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LOWER DENS

Escape From Evil

Ribbon Music

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: RBN041LP

*Third album from Baltimore’s Jana Hunter aka Lower Dens* "Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical. The album was produced by Hunter and co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Cass McCombs). Other production elements came from Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend) a… Read more
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LOWER DENS - Escape From Evil, Ribbon Music
THE THE - Hyena (OST), Cineola
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THE THE

Hyena (OST)

Cineola

Format_dot_cdCD in Hardback Book Sleeve // £11.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: CINEOLA3

**CD in a book-style sleeve with over 60 photo stills, includes interview with director Gerard Johnson** Matt Johnson returns with another soundtrack outing as The The, this time round for new film Hyena. Hyena is the third volume in the Cinéola series of film soundtrack releases - published as a deluxe edition CD/Book, packaged in hardback form and filled with additional and exclusive material including photographs, interviews, and stills from the films and notes from the directors.
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PBR STREETGANG & X-PRESS 2 - Cosine, Futureboogie Recordings

PBR STREETGANG & X-PRESS 2

Cosine

Futureboogie Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FBR31

Leeds and London house heroes team up on two trax backed with Lauer and A Sagittariun remixes. Their originals are quintessentially late night UK house moves; Lauer's remix lends a touch of Mittel European glamour, A Sagittariun gives a bit of analogue authenticity.
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LIVE LOW - Live Low, Tesla Tapes
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LIVE LOW

Live Low

Tesla Tapes

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TESLA022

**Edition of 50** Tesla sez: "Live Low aka Ghuna X first came to Tesla through a link up with RIPIT and RIPITS link with artists in Portugal. Tesla Tapes was lucky enough to then catch Live Low playing live in Porto this year and TT was suitably impressed by the tough live sound and technical wizardry on display. Live Low seems to cut a pretty isolated figure on the scene (musically) in Porto and perhaps this isolation has helped to develop his unique sound. Textures and atmospherics that pull themselves apart to the point of collapsing backed up with steady underlaid grooves and quick hands o… Read more
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LIVE LOW - Live Low, Tesla Tapes
EXQUISITE CORPSE - Strings & Broken Things, Tesla Tapes
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EXQUISITE CORPSE

Strings & Broken Things

Tesla Tapes

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TESLA023

**Edition of 50** "Ushering in the next phase musically is modular wiz Sam Weaver (Hungry Ghost, Pomegranite Circus), a man with many strings to his bow (pun intended). He has been releasing music under various guises since he was 17, recorded and engineered groups dealing in everything from Free Improv, Jazz, Latin & Cuban percussion groups and most recently recorded, played on & co-produced the Gnod album, Infinity Machines. Not workshy, Sam is on the verge of bringing his new label CUSP into being with amazing records from the like of Lu Katavist at the pressing plant a… Read more
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EXQUISITE CORPSE - Strings & Broken Things, Tesla Tapes
VARIOUS / TROJAN - Trojan Presents: Dub, Sanctuary

VARIOUS / TROJAN

Trojan Presents: Dub

Sanctuary

Format_dot_cd2CD // £6.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: TJDCD513

*2CD compilation that comprehensively chronicles the first 8 years of Jamaican dub reggae, circa 1973-81* "‘Trojan Presents Dub’ boasts a track listing which features pivotal material from all the key producers and performers of the time. This is a collection that captures dub reggae at its finest - from its inception to its crucial, creative apex. Mesmerizing, meditational and downright ‘groovy’"
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VARIOUS / TROJAN - Trojan Presents: Rock Steady, Sanctuary

VARIOUS / TROJAN

Trojan Presents: Rock Steady

Sanctuary

Format_dot_cd2CD // £6.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: TJDCD519

*Double CD collection containing tracks from the legendary Trojan archives* "The successor to Ska, Rock Steady first came into being during the long hot summer of 1966 and reigned supreme in Jamaica for two glorious years before finally being superseded by Reggae. This set highlights many of the biggest hits from the golden age of the Rock Steady years, with every track featured a major Jamaican hit from the period. Includes The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley & The Wailers amongst many more."
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VARIOUS / TROJAN - Trojan Presents: Roots, Sanctuary

VARIOUS / TROJAN

Trojan Presents: Roots

Sanctuary

Format_dot_cd2CD // £6.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: TJDCD512

*Double CD, 40-track collection from the rich Trojan Records vaults* "Features classic sides from the peak of Jamaica’s roots reggae era, including such powerful and enduring gems as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s eerily beautiful ‘Dreadlocks In The Moonlight’, Culture’s rampaging ‘Two Sevens Clash’, Max Romeo’s ‘War Ina Babylon’, The Congos’ haunting ‘Row Fisherman Row’, Junior Byles’ ‘Curly Locks’ and The Heptones’ ‘Sufferer’s Time’, among others. A wonderfully sequenced compilation of the golden age of Jamaican pop music - no country’s pop music has ever been so ardently political as Jamaica’s was in the 1970s."
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VARIOUS / TROJAN - Trojan Presents: Roots, Sanctuary
VARIOUS / TROJAN - Trojan Presents: Mento & R&B - 40 Roots Of Reggae Classics, Sanctuary
*2CD compilation from the Trojan Archives...* "Before the advent of Ska in the early Sixties Jamaican music was dominated by two other indigenous music styles - Mento and Jamaican Blues or Blues Beat. The calypso flavoured sound of Mento prevailed on the local music scene during the years immediately following World War 2 and remained the most popular homegrown style until the development of Jamaican R&B or blues beat in the late Fifties. This new sound was at first indiscernible from old style American R&B but soon developed a sound of its own that… Read more
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VARIOUS / TROJAN - Trojan Presents: Mento & R&B - 40 Roots Of Reggae Classics, Sanctuary
HELENA HAUFF - Lex Tertia, Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune
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HELENA HAUFF

Lex Tertia

Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WDNT013

Noisy, frazzled slam jams from one of Hamburg's finest. Quick on the heels of her 'A Tape' for Handmade Birds, she heads farther down the alleys of her 'Actio Reactio' EP for Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune with five trax of roiling techno muck. 'Drowning Demons' charges up a lamping acid techno sound, chased by the noisier, saltier pounding of 'The Bean Field And The Gods'. 'Reaktion II' is a more tangled shot of psycho-jakk, and 'The First Time He Thought, He Died' resets to a brittle electro style heavily indebted to classic Bunker and Murder Capital records. It works.
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Wednesday, 25 March

VARIOUS / TROJAN - Trojan Presents: Roots, Sanctuary

VARIOUS / TROJAN

Trojan Presents: Roots

Sanctuary

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: TJDCD512DIG

"Features classic sides from the peak of Jamaica’s roots reggae era, including such powerful and enduring gems as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s eerily beautiful ‘Dreadlocks In The Moonlight’, Culture’s rampaging ‘Two Sevens Clash’, Max Romeo’s ‘War Ina Babylon’, The Congos’ haunting ‘Row Fisherman Row’, Junior Byles’ ‘Curly Locks’ and The Heptones’ ‘Sufferer’s Time’, among others. A wonderfully sequenced compilation of the golden age of Jamaican pop music - no country’s pop music has ever been so ardently political as Jamaica’s was in the 1970s."
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VARIOUS / TROJAN - Trojan Presents: Roots, Sanctuary

Tuesday, 24 March

SAFFRON - Petra II, 1080p
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SAFFRON

Petra II

1080p

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Format_dot_download_flacFLAC Download // £4.50

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 1080P42

"New York-based producer and texture collector Saffron (formerly Spirit Guide) paints vivid backgrounds and deep cafe situations via crisp, refined house on his debut under this name, a double release “Petra I” and “Petra II”. Saffron’s hybridized genre builds include trip-hop, moody downtempo, sturdy walking-paced house and crunchy IDM with low key cinematics drifting throughout. A multitude of textures protrude from a general coating of slick motion and moods that hover above meticulous bass grooves and piano lines, blending an undisguised sense of proficiency and surface-obsessed sensibiliti… Read more
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SAFFRON - Petra II, 1080p
SAFFRON - Petra I, 1080p
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SAFFRON

Petra I

1080p

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 1080P41

"New York-based producer and texture collector Saffron (formerly Spirit Guide) paints vivid backgrounds and deep cafe situations via crisp, refined house on his debut under this name, a double release “Petra I” and “Petra II”. Saffron’s hybridized genre builds include trip-hop, moody downtempo, sturdy walking-paced house and crunchy IDM with low key cinematics drifting throughout. A multitude of textures protrude from a general coating of slick motion and moods that hover above meticulous bass grooves and piano lines, blending an undisguised sense of proficiency and surface-obsessed sensibilitie… Read more
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SAFFRON - Petra I, 1080p

Monday, 23 March

DJ FUNERAL - Last Breath EP, Body High
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DJ FUNERAL

Last Breath EP

Body High

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 816769011559

Deadly, undercover operations from a North American source with affiliations to some of the hottest underground labels. The hypergoth hybrids of his 'Last Breath EP' appears on Body High, a promising new label administered by LOL Boys and Samo Sound Boy and slicing across the face of Bass music like a rusty machete. He comes out swinging hard but nimble with the strafing syncopation of 'Last Breath', while 'The Killing' imagines Zomby gone to Haiti, all shrill bleeps and voodoun Bass rhythms. Perhaps the deadliest dancefloor dedication is 'Bounce Dat', cross-pollinating juked Dance Mani… Read more
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DJ FUNERAL - Last Breath EP, Body High
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Work Vol. 1, Body High
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VARIOUS ARTISTS

Work Vol. 1

Body High

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 602537628551

Rising LA-based label Body High, founded in 2011 by Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL of Lol Boys, has been building its crew through a series of succinct EP-length statements on club sounds past and present. Work Vol. 1 is the label's first official compilation, collecting together previously released tracks and fresh material, and it makes a great introduction to the various heads-down dance heavens Body High calls home. Alternately tinted in shades of Bmore, vogue and acid, it has a bit of everything along the contemporary house spectrum, with tracks more towards the classic 80s/90s end… Read more
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VARIOUS ARTISTS - Work Vol. 1, Body High
BOURBONESE QUALK - Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1987, MANNEQUIN
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BOURBONESE QUALK

Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1987

MANNEQUIN

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MNQ 061

Important compendium of early works by London's unsung industrial pioneers, Bourbonese Qualk. In constant operation from 1979 - 2003 on the fringes of the breakcore/extreme electronics scene, this selection looks at a crucial phase in BQ's agitations, bang in the middle of the '80s, located in a South London squat/stronghold/studio amidst the The Miner's Strike, Falklands War, Thatcherism and Anarchism. They've always wilfully existed on the periphery, but haven't gone unnoticed, whether on their 1985 joint 'Pogrom' (included here) or their continued support for the a… Read more
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BOURBONESE QUALK - Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1987, MANNEQUIN
BERNARD PARMEGIANI - De Natura Sonorum, RECOLLECTION GRM
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BERNARD PARMEGIANI

De Natura Sonorum

RECOLLECTION GRM

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: REGRM009D

Regarded as a hugely influential milestone of the electro-acoustic epoch, Bernard Parmegiani's breathtaking 'De Natura Sonorum' is thankfully reissued in its entirety for the first time on vinyl. It's a beguiling feat of spatially diffused concrète dynamics and precise electronic processing providing entry to an extraordinarily vivid and otherworldly soundsphere perfused with sheer, isolated tones, acousmatic alien scree and sudden percussion organised with an abstract yet palpable sense of dramatic narration and timing. These are rare and incredible sounds, plucked from nat… Read more
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BERNARD PARMEGIANI - De Natura Sonorum, RECOLLECTION GRM
GUY REIBEL - Granulations-Sillages / Franges du Signe, RECOLLECTION GRM
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GUY REIBEL

Granulations-Sillages / Franges du Signe

RECOLLECTION GRM

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: REGRM002D

**Another remarkable reissue from the hallowed GRM (Groupe de Recherche Musciales) archive in Paris - home to some of the world's most fascinating, advanced electronic music research. The 2nd GRM Recollection was realised in 1974 and 1976 by Guy Reibel (1936, Strasbourg, France), the first assistant to Pierre Schaeffer during his electroacoustic composition courses at the Conservatoire de Paris and a member of GRM from 1963 to 1983. Strongly recommended!** "Franges du Signe (1974): Franges du Signe, the third part of an electroacoustic triptych completed in 1973… Read more
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GUY REIBEL - Granulations-Sillages / Franges du Signe, RECOLLECTION GRM