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Monday, 17 November

JAMES "JACK RABBIT" MARTIN - There Are Dreams And There Is Acid, Still Music
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JAMES "JACK RABBIT" MARTIN

There Are Dreams And There Is Acid

Still Music

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: STILLM038

My word - this is the real deal. Two massively hunted-after Chicago underground acid classics from 1988 that have NEVER been re-issued. Maximum damage is inflicted by wigged out 303 lines and pounding 909 beats. Total acid bedlam that was so totally ahead of its time - the real sicknes. Buy!!
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ARIEL PINK - pom pom, 4AD
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ARIEL PINK

pom pom

4AD

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INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: EAD3440A

The freak pop genius returns sans Haunted Graffiti with the amazing 'Pom Pom', his first "solo" album proper. Aided by collaboration with legendary psych pop producer Kim Fowley, among other as-yet-uncredited contributors, it's a 17-song reminder of Pink's inimitable slant on '70s/'80s pop, applying a magpies eye and vultures beak to the bones of bubblegum garage, glam power pop and sun-kissed indie. We daresay this is Mr. Pink at his very, very charming best, doing ludicrous prog jams such as 'Exile On Frog Street' just as well as jinglistic psych with 'Jell-o' and timeless beachside harmon… Read more
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ARIEL PINK - pom pom, 4AD
DJ QU / PIXEL MUSIC / NICURI - Semesters (III), Strength Music Recordings
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DJ QU / PIXEL MUSIC / NICURI

Semesters (III)

Strength Music Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: Smr-013

Exceptional house music on DJ Qu's Strength Music Recordings. Italy's Massimiliano Vianello aka Pixel Music steals the scene with the deeply infectious bassline, sprung drums and trancing sytnh progressions of 'M-Theory' on the A-side - worth the entry twice over - whilst newcomer Nicuri makes good with the latinate shuffle, thrumming subs and Wolfgang Voigt-like strings of 'Thoughts Of You', and DJ Qu cleans up with an ear-worming, body-tucking wiggler named 'Undescribed (Believer)'. Dancers, DJs; fill yer boots!
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TOMAGA - Futura Grotesk, Negative Days
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TOMAGA

Futura Grotesk

Negative Days

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NEG01

Raw, visceral psych-dub killers by a wicked new duo featuring Valentina Magaletti, who drummed on Raime's 'Quarter Turns Over A Living Line' LP. Hailing from London and releasing on Hands In The Dark - which released albums from Co La and Ensemble Economique, a.o. - their 'Futura Grotesque' side weaves and frays the lines between Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza's jazzy avant-garde incursions, the possessed communal percussions of Cannibal Movie, and the wavey, dubbed-out post-punk of Gray or Not Waving. Mark our words: this one will travel. TIP!
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ANDY STOTT - Faith In Strangers, Modern Love
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ANDY STOTT

Faith In Strangers

Modern Love

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LOVE098

Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’s occasional vocal collaborator Alison Skidmore who also a… Read more
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ANDY STOTT - Faith In Strangers, Modern Love
THE CYCLIST - Flourish, All City
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THE CYCLIST

Flourish

All City

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ACCYCLPx1

The Cyclist pedals to All City Records, who released his killer 12" as Buz Ludzha, with a wonderfully warped and gritty boogie-techno session in 'Flourish'. Saturated to the point of near-destruction, seven tracks ride the red line hard for a fogged-up yet surprisingly tactile, sensitive sound. Grooving somewhere in the shade of BoC and Lone et al, 'Flourish' dispenses some real dancefloor treats with the smudged rave bliss of the title track and the super gauzy 'Tape Grunge Rave' alongside the singed-synapse responses of 'Breathless' and the disintegrating disco of 'Ripples Through Ice' for those who like it raw and deeply bittersweet.
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THE CYCLIST - Flourish, All City
BRACKLES - Skank, Swing Ting
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BRACKLES

Skank

Swing Ting

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SWINGTING001

Massive riddims from Brackles, Fox and Famous Eno, sparking up the new label wing of Manchester best dance, Swing Ting. Brackles is a long-time pal and semi-resident of the club-night/DJ-team run by Samrai, Platt, and Joey B with MC Fox, and makes the perfect opening play with 'Skank', a signature mash of Fox's bashment flavour and up-to-the-second UK Street Rave that sums up everything Swing Ting is about - proper roots and future dance music with an all-inclusive outlook. On the remix, Mixpak's Famous Eno gives 'Skank' a sleeker, technoid finish galvanised with a sorta robotic Afro-futurism and… Read more
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BRACKLES - Skank, Swing Ting
MARCO ZENKER - 2626, Ilian Tape
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MARCO ZENKER

2626

Ilian Tape

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: IT026

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CHEVEL - Tank / Beaviane, Mistry
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CHEVEL

Tank / Beaviane

Mistry

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MISTY003

Third and quite possibly strongest release yet from Beneath's Mistry label canters back to the 'floor with two deft, blocky riddims by Enklav. boss Chevel. Working a stripped framework of percolating bleeps and woody, splintered percussion greased with oily Reese and 808 bass, the Italian producer unfurls two lean and mean productions every bit as shark-eyed and skunked-out as his recent remixes for Webstarr's 'Agreus' (Misty002) and Downliners Sekt. A-side, the icy countenance of 'Tank' is primed at a 115bpm swagger for early doors in dark, claustrophobic bass pockets and cold warehouses a… Read more
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CHEVEL - Tank / Beaviane, Mistry
SPATIAL - Primitives Interpretations, Broken20
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SPATIAL

Primitives Interpretations

Broken20

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: B20_14

The results of Spatial's opti-sonic installation, 'Primitives' reinterpreted by the man himself, Broken20's TVO, Bass Clef, and Sculpture. The light-controlled software at the core of the installation generates unique tones which are subsequently re-shaped into hulking UK techno patterns crawling with strange electronic figures in Spatial's own version; the TVO|SPL mix is more freakish, shot thru with piercing oscillations and slow slamming beats; Bass Clef twists it into a quirky robo-boogie; while Sculpture render a dynamic diorama of radiophonic blips and scrambled rhythms.
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SPATIAL - Primitives Interpretations, Broken20
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER & STEVE RODEN - Suite Nuit, Line
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FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER & STEVE RODEN

Suite Nuit

Line

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LINE068

Two radically contrasting composers work out their differences in this 2004 collaboration commissioned for Singhur's Suite in Parochial festival, now released by Line and Volume. The results manifest two extended pieces consolidating Roden's signature, scuttling small sounds with Bretscheider's super crisp, crackling tones and pulses.
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MR. OIZO - The Church, Brainfeeder
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MR. OIZO

The Church

Brainfeeder

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BFDNL053

Mr. Oizo cuts loose on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label in his first solo LP since 2011's 'Stade 2'. Now an LA resident, Oizo seems perfectly placed to show America how EDM should really be done, contextualising current production palettes with strong elements of old skool electro alloyed to fierce saw-tooth synthlines and screwed rave stabs. It all dovetails very neatly with Brainfeeder's hectic aesthetics, too, applying a freeform, jazz-funked approach that plays at odds with the surgical precision of his edits, resulting in a delirious yet disciplined party sound that straight-up kills in t… Read more
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MR. OIZO - The Church, Brainfeeder
VARIOUS - Ten Cities, Soundway Records
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VARIOUS

Ten Cities

Soundway Records

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SNDWD069

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER - Grün, Bureau B
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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

Grün

Bureau B

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: BB195

Grün appeared in 1981, but contained recordings from the years 1976 to 1980. Schnitzler's tracks in the 1970s were lengthy and shared a musical pattern which varied only minimally. Hence the green album has just one track on each side and any changes in melodic structure are subtle in nature. Both pieces are very much typical of Schnitzler in style, but less so tonally. An analogue rhythm machine ploughs almost brutally through the astoundingly delicate electronic veil of "Der Riese und seine Frau" ("The giant and his wife"), bearing little resemblance to Schnitzler's usual sequencer casc… Read more
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CONRAD SCHNITZLER - Grün, Bureau B
VARIOUS - Multiply: Duppy Gun Productions (Vol. 1), Duppy Gun

VARIOUS

Multiply: Duppy Gun Productions (Vol. 1)

Duppy Gun

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DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: DPY005

Seeriously maaad bag of smoked-out dancehall riddims and vocals produced and rounded up by Cameron Stallones aka Sun Araw's Duppy Gun Productions.
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ILLUM SPHERE - FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere, Fabric Worldwide
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ILLUM SPHERE

FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC156D

llum Sphere makes moves with a Fabric selection repping for his quarterly Hoya:Hoya events at the London club. Ticking off stacks of vintage box-ticklers beside their modern analogs, these 24 tracks perhaps better represent Ryan Hunn's more recent and personal tastes, rather than the wonky hip hop and colourful electronica that his Manchester-based Hoya:Hoya club night is putatively known for. Starting up with the cold, Kölnisch ambience of E.M.A.K.'s 'Sein Und Schein', he leads a calculated tour between industrial, post punk, acid and dub touchstones, sparking runs of ac… Read more
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ILLUM SPHERE - FABRICLIVE 78: Illum Sphere, Fabric Worldwide
ZEITGEBER / L.B. DUB CORP - V - Five Years Of Artefacts (Chapter Two), STROBOSCOPIC ARTEFACTS
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ZEITGEBER / L.B. DUB CORP

V - Five Years Of Artefacts (Chapter Two)

STROBOSCOPIC ARTEFACTS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SA5YEARS02

Supersolid techno reductions marking Stroboscopic Artefacts' fifth anniversary. Speedy J & Lucy's Zeitgeber duo roll out eleven minutes of billowing dub techno bass and chiming, phasing Reichian minimalism; in L.B. Dub Corp mode Luke Slater drops the dry, heaving swing of 'Take It Down Again (In Dub)'.
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BAMBOUNOU - Feel Like This / Onto This, 50 WEAPONS
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BAMBOUNOU

Feel Like This / Onto This

50 WEAPONS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 50WEAPONSXTR03

Fruitiy, stripped-down garage-house riddims from Bambounou for 50 Weapons. 'Feel Like This' gets down with proper pneumatic hi-hat and bass swing tucked to a filtered French coda; 'Onto This' ramps the energy levels with a powerful, metallic take on Todd Edwards-style organ motifs and super skippy groove. It's infectious to say the least.
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CRISTIAN VOGEL - Polyphonic Beings, Shitkatapult
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CRISTIAN VOGEL

Polyphonic Beings

Shitkatapult

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: STRIKE151

**Cristian Vogel gets down like few others on his dub-wise, cerebral follow-up to 'The Inertials' for Shitkatapult** "‘Polyphonic Beings’ begins with a surprisingly dub track which twists and turns, the sounds growing darker and more unexpected from track to track, minute by minute. An eerie and unbelievable sound, with all as it should be: every reverb tail, every movement of the fader, every composed note takes the listener piece by piece into Vogel’s own cosmos. He foregoes interwoven elements for swaying towers of rhythm, powerful sound passages, spaces, roads, mirrors and p… Read more
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CRISTIAN VOGEL - Polyphonic Beings, Shitkatapult
MARK MCGUIRE - Noctilucence, Dead Oceans
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MARK MCGUIRE

Noctilucence

Dead Oceans

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DOC091LP

**5 new instrumental songs dialled in from the former Emeralds man's space pod above LA and Cleveland, Ohio. Includes download code** "'Noctilucence' is a new 12" recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of th… Read more
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MARK MCGUIRE - Noctilucence, Dead Oceans
VARIOUS - Soul Jazz Records Presents Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1978-82, Soul Jazz Records
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ARIEL KALMA - An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979), RVNG Intl.
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ARIEL KALMA

An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979)

RVNG Intl.

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RERVNG05CD

**Stellar collection of worldly new age and spiritual composition. RIYL Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Charlemagne Palestine** "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) compiles unreleased recordings from the archives of multiversal artist Ariel Kalma. Concerned as much with musicality as spiritual facility, Kalma’s work vibrates aside fellow travelers along the great rainbow in curved air of the 1970s avant-garde. Ariel Kalma’s boundary-blurring electronic music is heard here in radiant detail across a selection of work spanning … Read more
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ARIEL KALMA - An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979), RVNG Intl.
FORMA - Cool Haptics, The Bunker New York
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FORMA

Cool Haptics

The Bunker New York

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BK-009

Forma follow on from their Spectrum Spools LPs with two extended, expansive kosmic techno rollers for The Bunker New York. Since those early LPs they've reshuffled the line-up to include the swirling synthlines of John Also Bennett in these two 15 minute burners, the radiant new age techno panorama of 'Cool Haptics' and the sublime chromatic washes of 'Cloud Pillar'.
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THEO PARRISH - Baby Steps EP, Sound Signature
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THEO PARRISH

Baby Steps EP

Sound Signature

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ELV001

*The record that started it all for Theo Parrish, available on digital formats for the first time* Originally released on Theo's first short-lived label, Elevate Recording's, The Baby Steps EP became a legendary release in the world of Detroit House, as it showcased the delicious talents of our man Theo whose dubbed out and lo-fi tracks have changed the face of House Music as we know it. The opening track, 'Early Byrd' loops up Donald Byrd's horn and a cut vocal, add the crunchy percussion and solid sub bass kick drums and some superbly subtle filtering and the raw early sound of Theo… Read more
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THEO PARRISH - Baby Steps EP, Sound Signature
THEO PARRISH - Children Of The Drum, Sound Signature
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THEO PARRISH

Children Of The Drum

Sound Signature

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: COD1

*Classic Theo circa 1997, available on download formats for the first time* 'Children Of The Drum' has been poached from Apricot records by the Sound Signature folk and is here given a re-release as a 'Predecessor Mix', whilst on the back Jerry the Cat makes another appearance for the previously unreleased 'I Am These Roots'. As ever, the quality assured Theo stamp is in full and reliably deep effect - with the top side offering up a nice and sparse production that embeds Jerry the Cat's languid vocals to devastating effect and sees Theo presenting the kind of spaciously harmo… Read more
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THEO PARRISH - Children Of The Drum, Sound Signature
AFRICANS WITH MAINFRAMES - Nubian Rainbows, BIO RHYTHM
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AFRICANS WITH MAINFRAMES

Nubian Rainbows

BIO RHYTHM

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RHYTHM012

Jamal Moss and Noleian Reusse jack up a pair of electric stormers for Biorhythm. Some mad sh*t always happens when these two record together as Africans With Mainframes and these trax are no exception. 'Nubian Rainbows' sublimates electrical current to a vapourous light show of keening harmonic kaos and nagging bass motif tussling with metallic buck beat; 'Tonkolili' comes off like a Green Velvet or DJ Rush rhythm run ragged, proper psychosexuadelic Chicago styles for the headstrong.
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MARK E - Avion EP, SPECTRAL SOUND
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MARK E

Avion EP

SPECTRAL SOUND

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SPC-127

Following his 'Product Of Industry' album, West Midlands man Mark E continues to pay dues to The Black Country with the sterling 'Avion' EP, also for Spectral Sound. The chugging mid-tempo wobble of 'Molyneaux' is perhaps the 2nd tribute to Wolverhampton Wanderers we've had on this site after Actress's 'Rainy Dub' 12" artwork, whilst the others references a bit too local for us, just leaving some lissom electro house in 'Avion Central' and the bouncing acid chug of 'Clares Gate'. White Material associate Alvin Aronson gives a sylvan house remix of 'Bog Dance' and Leon Vynhall teams up with Christian Piers as Laszlo Dancehall to give a buttery version of 'Being Hiding'.
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MARK E - Avion EP, SPECTRAL SOUND
DJ HAUS (UTTU) - Feel the Change Comin' On, Unknown To The Unknown
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DJ HAUS (UTTU)

Feel the Change Comin' On

Unknown To The Unknown

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: UTTU_049

Politicised party house bangers from Essex's garage answer to Russell Brand, aka DJ Haus ov UTTU. 'Feel The Change Comin' On' burns up the titular vocal phrase over positivist flute parps and rugged garage skip laced with natty acid lines to make 'em dance like it's '94 and the plod are watching; 'When U Look At' goes a shade deeper with teasing filter treatments applied to a darker, contemporary jackin' sound designed for cuttin' shapes.
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NATAN H - Glen Park, ManMakeMusic
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NATAN H

Glen Park

ManMakeMusic

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: MMAKEM016

Sullen, strident tech-house from London's Natan H and ManMakeMusic label. 'Glen park' sets the standard with a trim and shifty London take on deeper dub house aesthetics; the deft shimmy of 'Civic Centre' picks up the pace with effortlessly swing; 'Never Been To Detroit' gets off on a glum beat down tip.
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CONFORCE - Machine Conspiracy, Delsin Records
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CONFORCE

Machine Conspiracy

Delsin Records

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BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: DSR-X7

Reissue of the lush and melodic Detroit/Dutch techno album by Conforce. Ever since the release of his 'Our Concern EP' in late 2007, Boris Brunnik has forged a celebrated catalogue of heart-warming techno for labels like Rush Hour and Curle. His sound takes the most florid elements of Detroit operators like Carl Craig or Derrick May and fuses them with a European dub-techno sensibility to place him in the recent tradition of Convextion. From the rumbling, bass-driven lowland topography of 'Subtraction' to the synth coralled aquatic scapes of 'Sonar Conversations' to the exquisite 'Ra… Read more
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CONFORCE - Machine Conspiracy, Delsin Records