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Monday, 20 October

LAURENT - Untitled, Gene's Liquor
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LAURENT

Untitled

Gene's Liquor

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: GL001

Bumpty Chi-house/disco splice job from some cat called Laurent on the Delroy Edwards-affiliated Gene's Liquor label. It's a while since we've heard this sound done so well, so gritty, with nuff verve and swerve in all the right places. The first cut's the best, full of reverse/forward edits, crispy claps and tricksy filtering to cream the crowd, whilst the other two come with mucky funk a la Shake, Sneak or Van Helden.
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RUSHMORE - HOT004, Trax Couture
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RUSHMORE

HOT004

Trax Couture

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HOT004

Big-boned dancefloor take-down from London's Rushmore, back on Trax Couture after a wicked one for Hot Haus Recs. A profligate approach to stripped down dance styles results in five unique fusions of Chicago house, grime, Jersey Club and ballroom beats, switching outifts from the pumped-up c*nty funk of 'Paladium' to grimier string slashes and bouncing Jersey beats in 'Highroad' and the honky jump of 'NPG'. 'Silent Melody' is possibly the most striking, mixing the kind of choral pads favoured by the Her Records crew and Visionist with a more rugged palette of kicks and industrial ice-pick snares… Read more
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RUSHMORE - HOT004, Trax Couture
DOUBT - Poor Dog, DON'T BE AFRAID
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DOUBT

Poor Dog

DON'T BE AFRAID

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DBA017

Fresh from making his name on DVS1's Mistress Recordings. Doubt drops a rugged haul of heavy house on Don't Be Afraid. In possession of an infectiously raw sound palette, the Midwestern producer is set to garner a whole heap of new followers to his muscular, gritted style, from the grungy alley drive and moody progressions of 'Poor Dog' to the murky industrial pounder, When I Was Young', and the clogged filter funk of 'Frosx', which already counts Alexander Nut and 2562 amongst its fans. One to watch.
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JANE WEAVER - The Silver Globe, Finders Keepers Records
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JANE WEAVER

The Silver Globe

Finders Keepers Records

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 019EGGSDL

Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Jane’s latest set of self penned pop abstractions combine m… Read more
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JANE WEAVER - The Silver Globe, Finders Keepers Records
RODION G.A. - Behind The Curtain - The Lost Album, BBE
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RODION G.A.

Behind The Curtain - The Lost Album

BBE

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: BBE290ACD

Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering p… Read more
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RODION G.A. - Behind The Curtain - The Lost Album, BBE
STEFAN GOLDMANN - Industry, Macro Recordings
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STEFAN GOLDMANN

Industry

Macro Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MACROM40

"On ‘Industry’ Stefan Goldmann tests how far you can get by using presets only. All sounds are factory presets of 3 obsolete 1990s Japanese workstation synths, all effects are presets, all notes are quantized and most panning is purely accidental (laid out in the preset sounds). These recordings don't rely on successful presets, but on failed sounds of now obsolete synthesizers – industrial assumptions of where culture will go, but where it chose not to. The result is a surprisingly pleasant listening experience with effortless grooves and rich textures – and mildly demonic connotations… Read more
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STEFAN GOLDMANN - Industry, Macro Recordings
BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS - Cease to Matter, Nonplace
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BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS

Cease to Matter

Nonplace

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: non38

Burnt Friedman returns to Nonplace accompanied again by vocals from American actor and musician, Daniel Dodd-Ellis. In 'Cease To Matter' Friedman nudges his explorative Berlin dub sound somewhere more sensual, soulful, with no loss of his exotic and otherworldly aesthetic. Incorporating impressions from Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour of 2013, together with inspiration from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - who's sampled on the two-part title track - the album takes shape as a worldly, futurist premonition of decaying, transitional metropolises and cultural m… Read more
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BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS - Cease to Matter, Nonplace
MFO - Future City Traffic (Part 2), Dekmantel
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MFO

Future City Traffic (Part 2)

Dekmantel

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DKMNTL019

Massimo Di Lena and Padice team up on a deep house/disco session for Dekmental. Four tracks cover bases between slinky acid disco in 'Motor'; bumpty Chicago juice in 'Oman Jazz'; wiggly Border Community-style tech-house in 'Design The Future'; grumbling cosmic styles in 'Arctic Lodge'.
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PHILIPP GORBACHEV - Silver Album (DJ Edits), Cómeme
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PHILIPP GORBACHEV

Silver Album (DJ Edits)

Cómeme

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TÓCAME001

Cómeme pull in some big guns to rework Philipp Gorbachev's 'Silver Album'. Danny Daze moves further from the Hot Creations sound with a moody drug chug version of 'What Do You Need' and Ana Helder reduces 'New Sound & Silver Symphony' to a slower, stately momentum. Predictably, JD Twitch sounds like he has a tonne of fun with a fierce edit of 'Arrest Me' full of recursive delays and proper, pent EBM funk, leaving Matias Aguayo to jam down on 'Distance' and Barnt to get clinical with strobing synths and mid-tempo jack beats with an Addit of 'Silver Symphony'. Your 'floor needs this.
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PHILIPP GORBACHEV - Silver Album (DJ Edits), Cómeme
TALKER - Hari, DOWNWARDS
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TALKER

Hari

DOWNWARDS

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DN062

Chicago's Karl Meier & Johnathan Krohn aka Talker properly realise the project's industrial potential with 'Hari', their debut LP for Downwards. Last spotted on a 12" with expanded version of 'Cut The Weight' from the 'Halha' compilation, this appearance feels more affected, atmospheric, bitterly resolved. There's eight tracks on offer, including the monstrous doom copulation of 'Meniscus' featuring label-mate, Kerridge, amongst the Eraserhead ambience of 'Hari' or the ghostly industrial romance of 'Image Union', whilst the bombed-out techno hulk of 'Behemoth' and the 'floor-razing mission, 'Frame C… Read more
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TALKER - Hari, DOWNWARDS
LOSOUL - Immanent EP, Another Picture
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LOSOUL

Immanent EP

Another Picture

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: APP00

Alternate shades of Teutonic tech-house from perennial producer Losoul. The 'Immanent' EP gives the Another Picture label a fine debut with the canny use of a processed sample of The Last Poets threaded thru the head-spinning synthlines and pneumatic jack of 'BZA' for the 5am crew, and the dusted deep house waltz of 'Sediments' taking you to the after hours.
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FRANçOIS TUSQUES & DON CHERRY - La Maison Fille Du Soleil, Finders Keepers Records
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FRANçOIS TUSQUES & DON CHERRY

La Maison Fille Du Soleil

Finders Keepers Records

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JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: CACK4505DL

"Cross-pollinating the wants lists of art/jazz/print and architecture enthusiasts this seldom sighted 45 single is regarded as the rarest “lost” recording by American jazz trumpeter and global communal music missionary Don Cherry as he collaborates with French piano improv genius François Tusques. A missing link in the pre-formative years of improvised jazz this mythical private pressing unites two of the key exponents of both American and French free jazz – two entirely independent musical art forms which by 1964 had yet to publicly entwine at the hands of … Read more
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FRANçOIS TUSQUES & DON CHERRY - La Maison Fille Du Soleil, Finders Keepers Records
ADAM X - Irreformable, Sonic Groove
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ADAM X

Irreformable

Sonic Groove

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SGLPD01

Techno legend Adam X at his industrial-strength best on his fifth album in this guise. With minimal airs or graces, 'Irreformable' is a seductive, straight-faced invitation to the dancefloor's dark side, exploring 10 tightly bound strains of techno informed by industrial EBM and noirish sci-fi atmospheres. Whilst this stuff may be in vogue within certain sectors, Adam proves his instinctive commitment to the sound with physically attuned rhythmic prompts - no funkless stidgy loops here - and heavy atmospheric pressure at best in the skulking, electroid opener 'Interchanges (Enter & Exit)', t… Read more
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ADAM X - Irreformable, Sonic Groove
LONE - Restless City (w/ Head High Mix), R&S Records
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LONE

Restless City (w/ Head High Mix)

R&S Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RS1413D

Shed kicks Lone onto the 'floor with a class remix of 'Restless City' from the 'Reality Testing' album. The Shake-style jazz chord chops and dusty clapping rhythms of the original are subtly rekeyed to a rolling bass ballast by Head High, recalibrating from jazz-dancing swing to skipping garage-techno with really sweet AI-style breakdown pads for peak time play. Expect to hear this out a lot.
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HUXLEY - Blurred, AUS Music
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HUXLEY

Blurred

AUS Music

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AUSCD005

Huxley deals in rudest, deepest UK dance functions on debut album, 'Blurred' for Aus Music. Hovering around the idea of a deeper UK dance sound, he proves equally effective in a spectrum of styles under the original house umbrella, from D&B, garage and dubstep, to vocal house and rolling electro. Fresh production, smart songs, choice grooves.
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ANDREW PEKLER - The Prepaid Piano & Re-played, Senufo Editions / Entr’acte
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ANDREW PEKLER

The Prepaid Piano & Re-played

Senufo Editions / Entr’acte

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: E177

Andrew Pekler and Entr'acte present hypnotic, deviant selections from the installation The Prepaid Piano, recorded 21-24 February 2013 during the Unmenschliche Musik/Inhuman Music exhibition at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin. The title is a very canny description of the installation: a grand Piano was prepared by laying five pre-paid mobile phones on the strings in five different areas on the soundboard, which the audience was encouraged to ring from five stationary telephones. Using contact mics, the vibrations of the strings were then sent to a modular synth, yiel… Read more
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ANDREW PEKLER - The Prepaid Piano & Re-played, Senufo Editions / Entr’acte
THURSTON MOORE - The Best Day, Matador
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THURSTON MOORE

The Best Day

Matador

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE10625

Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts features James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums), the album radiates with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads..
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RABIT FT. RIKO DAN - Black Dragons, Glacial Sound
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RABIT FT. RIKO DAN

Black Dragons

Glacial Sound

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: GLACIAL003

Glacial Sound finally supply the Riko's fierce VIP of Rabit's 'Black Dragons' for the masses. The Roll Deep frontman sounds utterly fearsome over the Houston-based producer's tensile square waves and prickling electro/grime jolts, importantly in a way which should appeal to American audiences without losing any of the tune's UK-rooted credentials. In case the rents are listening in, there's a cleaner radio edit, too. Tip!
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CHEAP AND DEEP PRODUCTIONS - Time Stops (Ectomorph Remix), Modular Cowboy

CHEAP AND DEEP PRODUCTIONS

Time Stops (Ectomorph Remix)

Modular Cowboy

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: Sand009

Illicit darkroom gear from Jay Ahern's Cheap and Deep Productions, backed with an exceptional Ectomorph remix. Riding back downtown on Modular Cowboy, Cheap and Deep's latest offerings get intimate with the splashing electronics and over-the-shoulder vocals in 'EVP', and darkest dark room sex techno in 'Freqmusique', both built with the kind of production values that matter in the right place. The roiling Ectomorph remix of 'Time Stops' is really something else though, locking into a slippery vortex of overstepped bassline spillage and horny gynoid vocals gilded with filigree acid flecks.
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CHEAP AND DEEP PRODUCTIONS - Time Stops (Ectomorph Remix), Modular Cowboy
ACI_EDITS - /\\04, Aught
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ACI_EDITS

/\\04

Aught

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: /\\04

Another ace from fresh new American label, Aught; five cuts of filtered No Wave disco mania. Curiously detached but yearning to be danced to, ACI_EDITS' music operates in that same dazed headspace as Actress, Bookworms or NWAQ with toiling, hypnotic house and disco loops fed through a barrage of glancing filters until they resemble music for a haunted dancefloor hall of mirrors. It's a deliciously disorienting yet driving style, with some real goodies for adventurous DJs in the beyond-Ron Hardy vibes of '01', the Patten-esque tumble of '02' & '05', or the tracky Afro-centric blur of '04'. Recommended!
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ACI_EDITS - /\\04, Aught
FALTYDL - Do Me (Bruk Mix), Ninja Tune
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FALTYDL

Do Me (Bruk Mix)

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS407S

FaltyDL returns with a broken beat, bass-heavy reworking of album cut 'Do Me'.
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DORIAN CONCEPT - Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
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DORIAN CONCEPT

Joined Ends

Ninja Tune

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ZENDNL214

A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done with a light-hearted soul and heavy funk. Now worki… Read more
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DORIAN CONCEPT - Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
BENNY RODRIGUES - Master French, Voyage Direct
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BENNY RODRIGUES

Master French

Voyage Direct

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: VD18

Eminent Dutch DJ/producer Benny Rodrigues (aka Rod) turns out two slinky burners for Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. 'Master French' is a classy, simmering tribute to the Lil' Louis classic, 'French Kiss', only sans vocal and with reshuffled, filtered drums. 'Z' steps up the pace but keeps the mood low key and seductive with feathered chords and shakers for that 6am dreamstate effect.
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RARESH - fabric 78: Raresh, Fabric Worldwide

RARESH

fabric 78: Raresh

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC155D

"Raresh is the final Romanian of the Ricardo Villalobos-endorsed [a:rpia:r] triumvirate to join the fabric series. Fabric78 features an array of textural atmospheres, intricate percussion lines and penetrating low end tones, all instilled with mind- bending complexities to perfectly capture the essence of his sound."
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DJ W!LD - When You Feel Me (Album), W
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DJ W!LD

When You Feel Me (Album)

W

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WCD02

Nearly three hours of well tanned, shades-on house from Guillaume Duchastel De Montrouge aka DJ W!ld.
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LAUER - Hands and Feet / Stigma, Beats In Space
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LAUER

Hands and Feet / Stigma

Beats In Space

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BIS017

Tuff City Kids' Phillip Lauer does it for Beats In Space with two EBM-infected house sure-shots. 'Hands & Feet' balances piano house chords with sharp and sticky electronic drums in a poised Frankfurt fashion. 'Stigma' scrolls back to mid-late '80s styles with uplifting disco/house keys and cantering wave groove softened by lush arpeggios and breathy synth voices.
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FUTURE 3 - With & Without, Morr Music
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FUTURE 3

With & Without

Morr Music

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MORR131

**Electronic pop and ambient electronica from a trio of Denmark's most trusted producers, Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor), Jesper Skaaning (Acustic), Thomas Knak (Opiate) aka Future 3, joined by vocalists Benoit Pioulard and Anja T. Lahrmann** "Future 3 return with an album of airy, ethereal-yet-epic compositions that both nod to the trio's nineties roots but also take in all the various musical experiments, ventures, and releases that have seen the light of day since 2001. The band's first album in 13 years, With and Without inhabits, as the title indicates, two different kinds of sonic realm… Read more
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FUTURE 3 - With & Without, Morr Music
I.N.T - Percy La Rock EP, Rwina Records
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I.N.T

Percy La Rock EP

Rwina Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: RWINA025

**Diverse, classy beat suite by Dutch DJ/producer, from neck-snappers to softer soul styles including an ace with Detroit's Guilty Simpson** "Percy Samidjono, better known by his stage name I.N.T. is a Dutch producer, DJ and performing artist originally from Amsterdam and Rwina's newest addition to its artist roster. "Percy La Rock" was the name given to I.N.T. by Charlie Ahearn, the director of Wildstyle. This seven-track EP is a diverse and unique record in the hip-hop/soul spectrum, with dreamy vocals from singers like Steve Hartley and Sasha Vee and some proper brag n' boast raps from… Read more
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I.N.T - Percy La Rock EP, Rwina Records
BATIDA - Dois, Soundway Records

BATIDA

Dois

Soundway Records

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WORLD

Cat. Number: SNDWD059

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BILLIE RAY MARTIN & AEREA NEGROT - Off the Rails, Disco Activisto

BILLIE RAY MARTIN & AEREA NEGROT

Off the Rails

Disco Activisto

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DAREC1403

Review to follow shortly…
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