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Monday, 26 January

NY*AK - The Truth Will Find You, Intimate Friends

NY*AK

The Truth Will Find You

Intimate Friends

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MATE002

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BJøRN TORSKE - Trøbbel, Smalltown Supersound

BJøRN TORSKE

Trøbbel

Smalltown Supersound

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: STS220D

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HANNI EL KHATIB - Moonlight, INNOVATIVE LEISURE

HANNI EL KHATIB

Moonlight

INNOVATIVE LEISURE

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: IL2025D

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CALEXICO - Cumbia De Donde, City Slang

CALEXICO

Cumbia De Donde

City Slang

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SLANG50072DSUK

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JOHAN AGEBJöRN & YOUNG GALAXY - You Passed Through, Paper Bag
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JOHAN AGEBJöRN & YOUNG GALAXY

You Passed Through

Paper Bag

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PBRD1138

Leading up to his 'Notes' album, Johan Agebjørn meets Paper Bag label-mates Young Galaxy amidst the romantic, Gallic atmospheres of 'You Passed Through'. Canadian dream-pop duo Memoryhouse condense and furnish the same elements with a rustling march rhythm for a more succinct pop effect.
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Sunday, 25 January

EATS EVERYTHING - Fries With That?, Hypercolour

EATS EVERYTHING

Fries With That?

Hypercolour

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HYPECD003D

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Friday, 23 January

APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
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APHEX TWIN

Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP)

Warp Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WAP375CDD

Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of sy… Read more
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APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records

Thursday, 22 January

JON K - Loukanikos' Dance (Reel Torque Volume 8), Reel Torque
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JON K

Loukanikos' Dance (Reel Torque Volume 8)

Reel Torque

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: FAKTION8

**Utterly blinding, 100-minute tape housed in rare clamshell case with risographed artwork illustrated and designed by John Powell-Jones. Edition of 350** Reel Torque Volume 8: 'Loukanikos' Dance' is a labyrinthine lesson in the black art of DJing delivered by a pillar of Manchester dancefloors, Jon K. Arriving two years and two weeks after he dropped Fact Magazine's Best Mix of 2013 online, this is - quite remarkably - Jon's first ever physical mix release. It's the stuff mixtape dreams are made of; crammed with complete obscurities, all-time classics and dusty perci… Read more
JON K - Loukanikos' Dance (Reel Torque Volume 8), Reel Torque
APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of syncopat… Read more
APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
*140g LP in spined sleeve with download code card* Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or … Read more
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APHEX TWIN - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (Pt. 2 EP), Warp Records
PLASTIC PALACE PEOPLE (JIM O'ROURKE & CHRISTOPH HEEMANN) - From The Host of Late-Comers, Streamline
*Jim O’Rourke and Christoph Heemann return with a sublime new album as Plastic Palace People* "Latest album from Plastic Palace People, the duo of Jim O’Rourke and Christoph Heemann, who have been collaborating continuously (even though in a largely unnoticed fashion) since 1989. After two releases in quick succession, it has been a long wait for more and finally here is a recent piece of work from them, recorded at Super Deluxe in Tokyo, Japan, in August 2013. After all these years of contact, friendship and collaboration, the collec… Read more
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PLASTIC PALACE PEOPLE (JIM O'ROURKE & CHRISTOPH HEEMANN) - From The Host of Late-Comers, Streamline
VARIOUS - Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness, Strut
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VARIOUS

Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness

Strut

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: STRUT120LP

*Double 180g vinyl gatefold. Artwork by James Wilson** 'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This vinyl edition creams 13 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to ro… Read more
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VARIOUS - Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness, Strut
VARIOUS - Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness, Strut
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VARIOUS

Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness

Strut

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: STRUT120CD

'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This CD/digital edition creams 15 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to roots with Steve Poindexter's 'Computer Madness' or D… Read more
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VARIOUS - Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness, Strut
JIM O'ROURKE / OREN AMBARCHI / KEIJI HAINO  - Tea Time For Those Determined To Completely Exhaust Every Bit Of This Body They've Been Given, BLACK TRUFFLE
The preternaturally-attuned trio present the 2nd section of their amazing concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo on 17th March, 2013, which already spawned the 'Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen'. Where that set was focussed on new instrumental configurations, this one sees them return to a signature line-up of guitar, bass and drums, documented in unflinching intimacy and entirety. The first sect… Read more
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JIM O'ROURKE / OREN AMBARCHI / KEIJI HAINO  - Tea Time For Those Determined To Completely Exhaust Every Bit Of This Body They've Been Given, BLACK TRUFFLE
BEAT SPACEK - Modern Streets (Album), Ninja Tune
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BEAT SPACEK

Modern Streets (Album)

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENCD206

Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album isn't. Rather than a showcase of studio pressure,… Read more
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BEAT SPACEK - Modern Streets (Album), Ninja Tune
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BEAT SPACEK

Modern Streets (Album)

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZEN206

**Double 180g vinyl with download included** Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album is… Read more
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BEAT SPACEK - Modern Streets (Album), Ninja Tune
JT THE GOON / MURLO - Plume, OIL GANG
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JT THE GOON / MURLO

Plume

OIL GANG

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: OILGANG009

Oil Gang lock and load four big grime instrumentals from Slew Dem OG, JT The Goon, and hyper-tropical specialist, Murlo. Heating up with the sweeping orchestral strings, Sino flutes and whirring trap grime of JT's 'Garden Of Eden', he links with Murlo on the lushly heady, quick-fire tilt of 'Plume', before Murlo takes control with the slick R'n'G orientalism, 'Cold Stroke', and a searing, pointillist rework of JT's 'Twin Warriors'.
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RESTRAINT (VEREKER) - A Time With No Hands, Endangered Species
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RESTRAINT (VEREKER)

A Time With No Hands

Endangered Species

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: ES002

**Must-have** Scalping techno and synth noise session from Vereker in Restraint mode for his Endangered Species label. This is the kinda rancid, roiling sh*t that gets us up in the morning: two glowering, Clive Barker-esque visions of synth music and throttled noise on the front; one of this decade's finest techno tracks so far on the flipside. The A-side's beat-less black holes absorb all light in compelling displays of muscular synth wrangling and vicious reckoning owing as much to the mastering engineer, Hospital Productions' Kris Lapke aka Alberich, as the dysphoric libera… Read more
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RESTRAINT (VEREKER) - A Time With No Hands, Endangered Species
NINOS DU BRASIL - Aromobates NDB, DFA Records
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NINOS DU BRASIL

Aromobates NDB

DFA Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DFA2441LP

*includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Ninos Du Brasil step up to DFA with a pair of virile, snaking batacuda techno riddims following on from their brilliant 'Novos Mistérios' LP for Hospital Productions. The duo, Nico Vascellari and Nicolo Fortuni have at once refined, loosened and expanded their sound here, tilting technoid pulses thru mazy time signatures to resemble the soundtrack for a Sepultura after-party set in "the bushes of Queimada Grande (Snake Island, Brazil.)" Named after a genus of stinky frog found in the Amazon, 'Aromobates NDB' is a viscous re… Read more
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NINOS DU BRASIL - Aromobates NDB, DFA Records
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER - Sinn + Form, raster-noton
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FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER

Sinn + Form

raster-noton

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RN157CD

Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly between al… Read more
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FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER - Sinn + Form, raster-noton
THE BODY & THOU - Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated, Thrill Jockey
**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music… Read more
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THE BODY & THOU - Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated, Thrill Jockey
THE BODY & THOU - You, Whom I Have Always Hated, Thrill Jockey
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THE BODY & THOU

You, Whom I Have Always Hated

Thrill Jockey

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: THRILL383LP

**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music that is emotiona… Read more
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THE BODY & THOU - You, Whom I Have Always Hated, Thrill Jockey
JAN ST. WERNER - Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3), Thrill Jockey
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JAN ST. WERNER

Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3)

Thrill Jockey

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: THRILL385CD

**Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) among others** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributions by Dylan Carlson (Earth), Markus Popp (Oval)… Read more
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JAN ST. WERNER - Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3), Thrill Jockey
JAN ST. WERNER - Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3), Thrill Jockey
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JAN ST. WERNER

Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3)

Thrill Jockey

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: THRILL385LP

**Deluxe 2LP version includes 3 tracks not found on the CD. Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) ** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributi… Read more
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JAN ST. WERNER - Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3), Thrill Jockey
VIRGINIA - My Fantasy, OSTGUT TON
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VIRGINIA

My Fantasy

OSTGUT TON

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OstgutTon83

Sleek and supple late night house from Virginia for Berlin's Ostgut Ton, with additional production by Steffi Doms. Firm kicks and floating chords drive 'Fictional' for the 5am swingers; 'My Fantasy' heats up a vintage late '80s Chicago/Detroit sound with her pleading vocals'; 'Never Enough' lends a dash of lissom electro funk to proceedings with elastic bassline and skidding synth stabs.
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DARQ E FREAKER - Minger, NUMBERS
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DARQ E FREAKER

Minger

NUMBERS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: NMBRS35

**Red paper sleeve and Eye of Horus artwork insert. Edition of 200 copies* Lazer-etched instrumental electro-grime-D&B missiles from London's one-n-only Darq E Freaker for the mighty Numbers crew. After cutting his teeth with Channel U faves Nu Brand Flexx, Darq E Freaker defined modern grime with blazing, bilious production on Tempa T's 'Next Hype' and his killer solo 12"s, the 'Horus' and 'Cherryade' EPs. More recently he's been busied with hits like 'Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)' for Danny Brown and 'Mardi Gras' for Gita, and arrives at the Numbers hyperplex with suitably colourful impact. … Read more
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DARQ E FREAKER - Minger, NUMBERS
ROGER WEST - Wasted House, In Paradisum
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ROGER WEST

Wasted House

In Paradisum

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: IP017

Rabid, mongrel deconstructions of '90s dance classics by Roger West aka Somaticae. With nods to V/Vm and Actress, and analogs in the mutant creations of Basic House or The Automatics Group's 'Summer Mix', West's 'Wasted House' is an exercise in collapsing the putative timeline of dance music and re-imagining it as a "twisted uchronia" - a sort of impressionistic, alternate history open to more ambiguous interpretation. To be honest we can't pick out the original material, which is a great thing, leaving us grasping at and dancing to an array of refracted '90-s disco shrapnel and lurching, le… Read more
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ROGER WEST - Wasted House, In Paradisum
D'MARC CANTU - Decay, Drone
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D'MARC CANTU

Decay

Drone

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DRONE003

Alternately melodic and dry jakbeat aces from Ann Arbor's D'Marc Cantu on Richard Fearless' Drone label. 'Rival' is the sweeter of the two, approximating Depeche Mode lost in the Muzic Box, with Dave Gahan presumably doing something naughty in the WC leaving the others to an instrumental jam conducted by Armando. B-side is better yet, parsing the twin helix of Chicago house and Detroit techno to reveal a visceral, snakelike warehouse killer with chattering Volca drum accents - apparently recorded the same day he bought the machine, no edits, one take.
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THE WIRE - Issue 372: February 2015, Wire
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THE WIRE

Issue 372: February 2015

Wire

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MAGAZINE

Cat. Number: WIRE372

A gleeful Mica Levi appears on the cover of this month's edition (about time too) and gives her most in-depth interview to date inside. John Carpenter is tested by The Invisible Jukebox; Novelist is covered alongside the updated Javanese traditions of Senyawa and Heather Phillipson's "waywards narratives" in the Bites section; Red Bull receive some great advertising from Derek Walmsley in Tokyo; Hiphop mixtapes in The Primer spotlight. All the usual news, reviews and listings, too.
DOUG PAISLEY & BONNIE PRINCE BILLY - Until I Find You, NO QUARTER
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DOUG PAISLEY & BONNIE PRINCE BILLY

Until I Find You

NO QUARTER

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £4.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: NOQ044LP

Two new songs from Doug Paisley. The A-side is a gorgeous duet with Bonnie “Prince” Billy recorded in Louisville and also featuring Emmett Kelly (of The Cairo Gang) on guitar. The B-side was recorded in Toronto and has the feel of an old spiritual. The artwork features watercolor paintings by Heather Goodchild.
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