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MICHAEL RANTA - Yuen Shan, Metaphon
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MICHAEL RANTA

Yuen Shan

Metaphon

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £22.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 006

**2LP gatefold sleeve with insert and detailed liner notes, edition of 300 copies** 'Yuen Shan' (Round Mountain in Chinese) is a fascinating and deeply meditative percussive suite first conceived in Taiwan, 1973 and realised in 2014 using pre-recorded tape sound and live percussion recorded over the interim. It's the first new Ranta release in 25 years, and just reminded us the hypnotic brilliance of his 1970 'Mu' collaboration with Conny Plank and Mike Lewis, which was reissued in 2010 by Metaphon (who're also behind those excellent IPEM collections). We're dealing with highly esoteric and… Read more
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AFX - orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008, Warp Records
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AFX

orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008

Warp Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £10.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WAP384

**Die-cut and spot glossed sleeve, initial orders come with an AFX sticker!*Your favourite analog radge-packet puts the 'floor thru its paces on his 1st AFX outing since 2005. Housed in a homage to Warp's debut 12" from Forgemasters, the 'Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08' session returns to a twysty, funked-up sound last heard in the 'Analord' series - bending the lines of acid, electro and hardcore techno to his will. From the first whizz throughs a few jump out at us, especially the hi-velocity acid chicanery of 'Serge Fenix Rendered 2', or the agitated warehouse accelerations of … Read more
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AFX - orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008, Warp Records
AFX - orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008, Warp Records
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AFX

orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008

Warp Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WAP384CD

**Die-cut and spot glossed sleeve** Your favourite analog radge-packet puts the 'floor thru its paces on his 1st AFX outing since 2005. Housed in a homage to Warp's debut 12" from Forgemasters, the 'Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08' session returns to a twysty, funked-up sound last heard in the 'Analord' series - bending the lines of acid, electro and hardcore techno to his will. From the first whizz throughs a few jump out at us, especially the hi-velocity acid chicanery of 'Serge Fenix Rendered 2', or the agitated warehouse accelerations of 'Bonus EMT Beats' on the A-side, whilst th… Read more
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AFX - orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008, Warp Records
VARIOUS - Total 15, Kompakt
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VARIOUS

Total 15

Kompakt

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT340

*8 Track Vinyl Edition of Kompakt's 15th annual round-up* Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in with exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder with 'Humm', while the Voigt brothers return to collaborate on the excellent "Akira".
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VARIOUS - Total 15, Kompakt
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VARIOUS

Total 15

Kompakt

Format_dot_cd2CD // £8.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKTCD125

Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in 24 exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder, grittier with the cranky tribal drums and buzzing bass synth of 'The Stickler' betraying noisier influences, and Rex The Dog jacks up a treat in 'Sicko'. From the realtively newer skool, there are highligh… Read more
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VARIOUS - Total 15, Kompakt
STEFFI - JBW25, OSTGUT TON
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STEFFI

JBW25

OSTGUT TON

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OSTGUTTON90

Steffi's electro-techno burner, 'JBW25' for Ostgut Ton comes backed with pop and rolling techno remixes from Further Reductions and Answer Code Request. The original executes Drexciyan functions in fluid form, but matters get more interesting in the remixes, where Further Reductions make Steffi sound like Inga Copeland, and Answer Code Request's Vision remix takes it to an early '90s UK AI style.
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BJöRK - Lionsong (Choral Mix & Untold), One Little Indian Records
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BJöRK

Lionsong (Choral Mix & Untold)

One Little Indian Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 1305TP12

*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Untold applies his patented technogrime drum funk cadence to Björk's 'Lionsong'. The ecstatic, wrenching, vaulted vocal is diffused thru a coiled lattice of pitching, tribalist drums primed to be detonated in the mix with some hard-ass ruckus.
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BJöRK - Notget (Lotic Fromdeath Version), One Little Indian Records
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BJöRK

Notget (Lotic Fromdeath Version)

One Little Indian Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 1304TP12

*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Lotic flips Björk & Arca's 'Notget' in a vinyl-only 'Fromdeath' version, foloowing his digital-only 'Keptsafe' version. This mix is more scrambled, alien and diffuse, refracting Ms. Guðmundsdóttir's vocal into spidery syllables and prismatic DMT formations that sound like a petri dish of bacteria squabbling about Rashad Becker and Holly Herndon.

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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS & NILS FRAHM - Life Story Love And Glory, ERASED TAPES
*Suprise new 7" from Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, packaged in a heavyweight brown card sleeve crafted by Torsten Posselt at FELD, Berlin. Includes download code* Willowing solo piano pieces from the Erased Tapes ladz. Both songs are exclusive to this 7" and capture the duo blowing kisses and winks over the ivories at each other. Includes digital download code and insert...
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BJöRK - Family (Katie Gately Remix), One Little Indian Records
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BJöRK

Family (Katie Gately Remix)

One Little Indian Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 1306TP12

*One-sided etched clear vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve* Björk's famously wide-reaching tastes come into play here as she hands 'Family' to West Coast American avant-garde sound designer, Katie Gately. Last spotted on FatCat's split series, Katie executes a thorough abstraction and revision on 'Family', boldly tweaking Björk's already unique timbre into queered, curdled reflections of itself around a crushed bottom end and a swarm of diaphanous, ghoulish synth spectres.
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ROMARE - Rainbow, Ninja Tune
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ROMARE

Rainbow

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZEN12418

Second single siphoned from Romare's debut album, 'Projections'. A-side catches the relatively straight-playing, bluesy house move of 'Rainbow (Club)' and a strung-out 'Bedroom' mix hingeing on spare claps, keys and guitar. Flip it for a return to the outernationally-minded Romare that we first fell for with 'Love Songs' building on his Afrocentric meditations for Black Acre.
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SINGERS & PLAYERS - War Of Words, On-U Sound
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SINGERS & PLAYERS

War Of Words

On-U Sound

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: ONULP5

**Includes poster and free download code redeemable from the label** "Originally released on legendary imprint 99 Records in 1981, ‘War Of Words’ is the classic debut album by Singers & Players, a loose collective featuring top Jamaican deejays Prince Far I and Jah Woosh, plus members of The Arabs and Roots Radics. The mic is dominated on this record by the sweet vocals of cover star Bim Sherman. Whilst very much based on a dub reggae blueprint, the record also features Keith Levene from Public Image Limited on guitar and Ari Up from The Slits on backing vocals. Kingston sound system cu… Read more

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VIBRACATHEDRAL ORCHESTRA - Rec Blast Motorbike, VHF
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Classic Vibracathedral Orchestra line-up - Michael Flower, Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport and Julian Bradley, plus John Godbert - firing on all psychedelic cylinders for their first proper label releases, recorded binaurally between Leeds and London 2013-2014. Includes download.
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ANN PEEBLES - Straight From the Heart (Reissue), Fat Possum / Hi Records

ANN PEEBLES

Straight From the Heart (Reissue)

Fat Possum / Hi Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: FPH14101

**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** “If Al Green is ‘heads’ on the Hi Records coin, Ann Peebles is ‘tails’. The signature female artist on the legendary Memphis soul and R&B label, Ann Peebles rocked the pre-disco 1970s with songs of love, lost love and love straight up taken. Released in 1972 and preceding Peebles’ uber classic ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ by just two years, ‘Straight From The Heart’ proved the young soon-to- be American R&B icon didn’t need worldwide fame and record sales for a license to be fierce and provocative (see ‘I Feel Like Br… Read more
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ANN PEEBLES - Straight From the Heart (Reissue), Fat Possum / Hi Records
THE FALL - Dragnet (Reissue), Sanctuary
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THE FALL

Dragnet (Reissue)

Sanctuary

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BMGRM067LP

**180 gram vinyl LP** "The Fall’s second album, ‘Dragnet’, was recorded between the 2nd and 4th of August 1979, less than eight months after its predecessor, ‘Live At The Witch Trials’, establishing at an early stage two key patterns of the group’s work - high productivity and a regular turnover of group members. Only Mark E Smith and Marc Riley remained from the debut album and Riley had changed his role from bass guitar to guitar. ‘Dragnet’ is most notable for the arrivals of guitarist Craig Scanlon and bassist Steve Hanley. Both were just 19 when they joined the group and would form The… Read more
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THE FALL - Dragnet (Reissue), Sanctuary
THE FALL - Live At The Witch Trials (Reissue), Sanctuary
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THE FALL

Live At The Witch Trials (Reissue)

Sanctuary

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BMGRM066LP

**180 gram vinyl LP** "Finally available again on vinyl, ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ offers a fascinating insight into The Fall at a very early stage of their career and also the nascent alternative scene which was pulling away from the ‘rama-lama’ punk of 1976 / 77. ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ (not a live album) was recorded at London’s Camden Sound Suite on 15th December 1978 and mixed by producer Bob Sargeant the next day. The album was released on 16th March 1979 through one of Britain’s most noteworthy punk labels, Step-Forward. No singles were taken from the album, a pr… Read more
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THE FALL - Live At The Witch Trials (Reissue), Sanctuary
EFTERKLANG - Tripper (Reissue), The Leaf Label
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EFTERKLANG

Tripper (Reissue)

The Leaf Label

Format_dot_vinyl2LP + CD // £16.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: BAY40V

*Efterklang’s classic 2004 debut album gets the vinyl reissue treatment. Includes bonus CD.** "This Danish band boasts a remarkable lineup, a ten piece outfit that includes amongst its ranks the amazing Amina quartet (Amina provide all the strings for Sigur Ros) plus a breathtaking arrangement of brass, piano, percussion, electronics and even a choir from Greenland. Their sound is very much rooted in the ethereal instrumental landscapes that Sigur Ros and Mum have delighted us with over the last few years, but the sound of "Efterklang" is considerably more organic and reverential. The open… Read more
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EFTERKLANG - Tripper (Reissue), The Leaf Label
OLIMPIA SPLENDID - Olimpia Splendid, Fonal Records
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OLIMPIA SPLENDID

Olimpia Splendid

Fonal Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FR99

"The long awaited debut album by Olimpia Splendid is finally here, returning to that familiar, hypnotic and noisy electric guitar music that we first heard in 2013 when Fonal released the 7" EP 'Nuttu Nurin'. The album has six brand new compositions that are sure to sweep along the listener right from the beginning as the magical and rough sound pierces consciousness. Olimpia Splendid was founded in the summer of 2010 in Finland's capital, Helsinki. Out-of-tune guitar- and vocal music with drum machine loops is composed and performed by Heta Bilaletdin, Jonna Karanka and Katri Sipila… Read more
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OLIMPIA SPLENDID - Olimpia Splendid, Fonal Records
OLIMPIA SPLENDID - Olimpia Splendid, Fonal Records
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OLIMPIA SPLENDID

Olimpia Splendid

Fonal Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FR99LP

"The long awaited debut album by Olimpia Splendid is finally here, returning to that familiar, hypnotic and noisy electric guitar music that we first heard in 2013 when Fonal released the 7" EP 'Nuttu Nurin'. The album has six brand new compositions that are sure to sweep along the listener right from the beginning as the magical and rough sound pierces consciousness. Olimpia Splendid was founded in the summer of 2010 in Finland's capital, Helsinki. Out-of-tune guitar- and vocal music with drum machine loops is composed and performed by Heta Bilaletdin, Jonna Karanka and Katri Sipi… Read more
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OLIMPIA SPLENDID - Olimpia Splendid, Fonal Records
LAU NAU - HEM. Någonstans, Fonal Records
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LAU NAU

HEM. Någonstans

Fonal Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: FR101

'Hem. Någonstans' is the fourth album from Lau Nau. This time she takes us to the fleeting borderline between contemporary classical and experimental music, true to her idiosyncratic style. The electroacoustic orchestrations pilot the listener through an archipelago of cloud constellations to rest on massive pillows of sound. Pekko Käppi, the emperor of jouhikko, a Finnish traditional string instrument, has left his mark on the album by playing all the string arrangements .'Hem. Någonstans' is an instrumental album and rare of it’s kind: it’s a soundtrack album to a similarly named documentary … Read more

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THE LAST HURRAH!! - Mudflowers, Rune Grammofon
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THE LAST HURRAH!!

Mudflowers

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: RCD2171

"In young Maesa Pullman The Last Hurrah!! mastermind HP Gundersen has found the perfect singer for this ever developing project that is so dear to his heart. After exploring the possibilites of the drone guitar on their debut "Spiritual Non-Believers" and the slightly more song-oriented follow-up "The Beauty Of Fake", HP is back with a third album that dives straight into the heart of classical song traditions and vintage production values, blending elements from country and Americana, classic British pop, psychedelia, blues and a pinch of soul. HP Gundersen has been a central figure on Ber… Read more
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DETBOI - Scatter EP, Keysound
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DETBOI

Scatter EP

Keysound

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN055

Detboi comes thru on Keysound with a quartet of squashed and nasty jungle-tekno plays. It's a signature sound for the label, augmenting the ghosts of garage and jungle with a warped and up-to-the-second cyber-spacious quality. 'Scatter' leans in first, swallowing amens and super-wide bass at 130bpm, before 'Give Love' deals in diva-lead 'ardcore garage drama and we catch him at his ruggedest , most effective with the unshackled, mid-air amen 'ardcore geometries of 'Shots' and 'Pin Point'. Motion sickness.

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SECOND LAYER (DELUXE EDITION) - World of Rubber, Dark Entries
A stone-cold post-punk classic, 'World of Rubber' was the sole LP produced by Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey as 2nd Layer. They would also make music alongside others in other cultishly appreciated units, The Outsiders and subsequently The Sound. Like a sullen Suicide or skrawnier, stripped down Dome, they made the most of basic set-ups, recording ten tracks including some sheer highlights in 'Distortion', which sounds like Muslimgauze recording with Martin Hannett; with the low-slung, grubbing swagger of 'Underneath The Glass'; in the scowling, gothic cruiser, 'Zero' -… Read more

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SECOND LAYER (DELUXE EDITION) - World of Rubber, Dark Entries
C418 - Minecraft Volume Alpha, Ghostly International
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C418

Minecraft Volume Alpha

Ghostly International

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI243CD

**Includes postcard of the album artwork** "Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate pi… Read more
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C418 - Minecraft Volume Alpha, Ghostly International
C418 - Minecraft Volume Alpha, Ghostly International
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C418

Minecraft Volume Alpha

Ghostly International

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI245LP

**Includes postcard of the album artwork** "Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate … Read more
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C418 - Minecraft Volume Alpha, Ghostly International
C418 - Minecraft Volume Alpha (Limited Edition), Ghostly International
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C418

Minecraft Volume Alpha (Limited Edition)

Ghostly International

Format_dot_vinylLP // £17.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI243LPC2

**Limited coloured vinyl LP includes postcard of the album artwork. Includes digital download and postcard of the album artwork** "Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Musi… Read more

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C418 - Minecraft Volume Alpha (Limited Edition), Ghostly International
DERADOORIAN - The Expanding Flower Planet, Anticon
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DERADOORIAN

The Expanding Flower Planet

Anticon

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ABR0152CD

Dead charming debut album of haunting pop by the erstwhile Dirty Projector.
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PERE UBU - The Modern Dance (Reissue), Fire Records
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PERE UBU

The Modern Dance (Reissue)

Fire Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FIRECD360

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PERE UBU - Dub Housing (Reissue), Fire Records
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PERE UBU

Dub Housing (Reissue)

Fire Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FIRELP362

"Pere Ubu reissue their second album ‘Dub Housing’ on Fire Records. Originally released in 1978, the same year as their debut ‘The Modern Dance’, Pere Ubu continue to tear up the rule book, chew it up and spit it out with glorious splendour. Mesmerising critics, fans and musicians along the way, their follow up has been repeatedly regarded as one of their best and captures Pere Ubu in one of their earliest incarnations. ‘Dub Housing’s assaultive noises and melodic rock still annihilates the senses setting Pere Ubu apart from their peers with vision and an inimitable ability to push boun… Read more
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PERE UBU - Dub Housing (Reissue), Fire Records
PERE UBU - Dub Housing (Reissue), Fire Records
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PERE UBU

Dub Housing (Reissue)

Fire Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FIRECD362

"Pere Ubu reissue their second album ‘Dub Housing’ on Fire Records. Originally released in 1978, the same year as their debut ‘The Modern Dance’, Pere Ubu continue to tear up the rule book, chew it up and spit it out with glorious splendour. Mesmerising critics, fans and musicians along the way, their follow up has been repeatedly regarded as one of their best and captures Pere Ubu in one of their earliest incarnations. ‘Dub Housing’s assaultive noises and melodic rock still annihilates the senses setting Pere Ubu apart from their peers with vision and an inimitable ability to push bounda… Read more
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PERE UBU - Dub Housing (Reissue), Fire Records