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Thursday, 17 April

KELIS - Food, Ninja Tune
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KELIS

Food

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_cd2CD // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ZENCD205B

**Includes bonus CD with remixes from Machinedrum, Will Saul, Breach, Ben Pearce, Mount Kimbie & Actress** Kelis returns with a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences - he first album for Ninja Tune. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme … Read more
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KELIS

Food

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ZEN205

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Kelis switches to a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme relating to her studies as a saucier - she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu c… Read more
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PURLING HISS - Dizzy Polizzy, Drag City
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PURLING HISS

Dizzy Polizzy

Drag City

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DC590

**First time retail reissue of a previously tour-only cassette from the garage-rock troupe** "The Purling Hiss sound is revered by discerning listeners for its devastational waves of guitar rock crashing atop sweet melodies and pile-driving rhythm tunes alike. The effect of these contrasts - in the hands of Mike Polizze - touches buzzing pleasure centres for these listeners with every lick; people who like rock songs and like to sing along and don’t mind a little dirt for their trouble. No matter what the resolution is for Purling Hiss, the devastational waves come on with the same warm, c… Read more
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PURLING HISS - Dizzy Polizzy, Drag City
SMOG - Red Apple Falls, Drag City
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SMOG

Red Apple Falls

Drag City

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: DC116CD

*Now available again after far too long on CD through Drag City* "Over the years Smog records ranged around from several completely selfplayed and recorded efforts, dictated by voices from within, to more collaborative projects involving the people outside Bill Callahan’s head. However, never before was there a Smog album made like this. Produced and co-arranged by Jim O’Rourke, ‘Red Apple Falls’ combs back the passions of ‘Wild Love’ and ‘The Doctor Came At Dawn’ to make an even part, revealing a purer pop sound; all of it pressed into pure 24k gold. Why is it that Smog looks to find beauty in su… Read more
SMOG - Red Apple Falls, Drag City
MAYA JANE COLES - fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles, Fabric Worldwide

MAYA JANE COLES

fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC149

MJC marks the next big step in her flourishing catalogue with a signature mix of deep and techy house for Fabric 75. Since the late naughties, the London-based British-Japanese producer has been at least partly responsible for a sub-mainstream swing towards fresh, raw house music with a classic integrity. This mix showcases where she's at right now, blending mature house grooves with party-time peakers in seamless style. Over 17 tracks she wends a way from Trus'me's 'Somebody' to Fran Von Vie's trancy synth-pop piece 'Lonely Nights' via her own edits of KSKY's 'Madness' and he… Read more
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MAYA JANE COLES - fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles, Fabric Worldwide
VIN SOL & MATRIXXMAN - Never Thought / Love Is Stronger, STAMP
**Hand-stamped white label** Ooooh, this is good. Bay Area's Vin Sol & Matrixxman follow-up last year's very well received Sade edits with another pair of pearlers adapting Clackton's finest for the house 'floors. Up top they make 'Couldn't Love You More' sound like a Larry Heard version with glistening keys and melting square bass groove primed to seduce any room into submission; downtown 'Give It Up' is turned into a sultry, cooing slow jam for the lovers...
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WITCH - Movin' On, INVISIBLE CITY EDITIONS
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WITCH

Movin' On

INVISIBLE CITY EDITIONS

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: ICE005

Invisible City Editions follow-up that much loved Stephen Encinas release with this reissue of a rare, fruity Afro-boogie disco classic from Zambia circa 1980-1984. "Known for their psychedelic fuzz masterpiece Lazy Bones, this is another side of Witch. This time around the band created another masterpiece, but this time with a whole new sound capturing the spirit of the early 80’s, and changing political atmosphere in Africa with a perfect blend of MJ/Jake Solo boogie, and Fleetwood Mac AOR moves. This is an album in the fullest sense capturing a band at their creative peak, with stellar musicianship… Read more
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WITCH - Movin' On, INVISIBLE CITY EDITIONS
KLOKE - Sea Levels, STYLES UPON STYLES
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KLOKE

Sea Levels

STYLES UPON STYLES

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SUS004V

Squashed house and idiosyncratic electronica from Brit-in-Melbourne and RBMA graduate, Andy Donnelly aka Kloke for Brooklyn's Styles Upon Styles. 'Sea Levels' comes across like a hazy recollection of urban UK dancefloor styles and IDM recounted thru a skunk-addled mind, bumping between washed-out jazz-house on 'Deep City' to the BoC-like reverie 'Mayfield' and the blunted 2-step of 'Ritual' to the radar-evading, arpeggiated techno shunt of 'Room With A View' and an Actress/Zomby-like bag of writhing paranoia in 'Unlearning'. Canny moves.
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ITAL TEK - Mega City Industry, CIVIL MUSIC
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ITAL TEK

Mega City Industry

CIVIL MUSIC

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: CIV061

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ital Tek liquifies the bind between Footwork and IDM/electronica in the super-structured 'Mega City Industry'. The Brighton-based producer continues to build on the theme of his 'Hyper Real' and 'Control' EPs for Civil Music and Planet Mu with an elastic muscularity and dramatic appeal over these four glistening new cuts. The title tune renders a brutalist arrangement of face-melting synthline rushes meshed to teetering, filigree slow-fast programming like some futurist Michael Mann soundtrack, and 'Shinra' heads far east in … Read more
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ITAL TEK - Mega City Industry, CIVIL MUSIC
SAM SHALABI - Music For Arabs, MAJMUA
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SAM SHALABI

Music For Arabs

MAJMUA

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: MAJMUA021CD

Absolutely off-the-chain explorations of Arabic tropes and wayward improvisation from a core member of the Montreal scene, recorded in Cairo, Egypt and starring Sun City Girls' Alan Bishop on two tracks. From effected vocal cut-ups to psychedelic electronics via humid ambient collage and extended oud meditation, it sounds like very little else we can think of. "Music For Arabs is like Music For Airports for taxi drivers: mood music of a mood of a time as a space and vice versa to maybe while the time away in a Cairo traffic jam when all else fails. Its ambient hope is meant to conjure up so… Read more
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SAM SHALABI - Music For Arabs, MAJMUA
THE WIRE - Issue 363: May 2014, Wire

THE WIRE

Issue 363: May 2014

Wire

Format_dot_stuffMag // £4.50

MAGAZINE

Cat. Number: WIRE363

The Wire praises "Game-Changing Compilations, Anthologies, A-Chronologies & Lists" with 22 pages of their writers reflecting on what, for many of us, were and are portals to brave and exciting new worlds in May's edition. Beside that, Okkyung Lee undertakes the Invisible Jukebox and former Hype Williams, now solo, provocateur Inga Copeland talks about her upcoming, John T. Gast-produced album with Joseph Stannard, and there's fascinating articles on '70s New Yorker, Jack Ruby, Officer!'s avant garde indie, and a Global Ear on Delhi. All the usual news, reviews and listings you need to know, too.
THE WIRE - Issue 363: May 2014, Wire
DRESVN / SOTOFETT - Acido 016, ACIDO
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DRESVN / SOTOFETT

Acido 016

ACIDO

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ACIDO016

Delectable deep house excursion from Acido regular Dresvn, backed with a super fly Sotofett jungle remix. The A-side is one of those pearls that could happily work at 33 or 45 rpm, although it's probably supposed to be at 45rpm - alloying a nimble disco bass riff with stray analogue dust mites and wheezing dub electronics to genuinely psychoactive effect. Flipside Sotofett gets his flex on with a proper display of breakbeat chicanery harking back to the infectiously loose torsion and accelerated culture of classic AGCG and Remarc styles, but with an up-to-the-minute canniness. So dope.
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DRESVN / SOTOFETT - Acido 016, ACIDO
LARRY HEARD - Alien, Alleviated Records
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LARRY HEARD

Alien

Alleviated Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ML-9009CD

Reissue of Larry Heard's 1996 album. Openly inspired by Ridley Scott's visionary sci-fi classic of the same name, 'Alien' is a plush artefact of Chicagoan Afro-futurism ranking among the jazziest, deepest in his catalogue.
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CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER - Interlude Music, DEEP DISTANCE
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CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER

Interlude Music

DEEP DISTANCE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DD19

**Edition of 500** Stereolab's Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth meet Holger Zapf to plot a winding pathway to the kosmos as Cavern Of Anti-Matter. Their 'Interlude Music' breaks down in two parts - each 22 minutes - yielding a stereo-processed version of their monophonic, three-way synth jam recorded on two-track half inch tape in Berlin 2014. RIYL the previous excursions from Colin Potter, JD Emmanuel and Expo 70 on The Great Pop Supplement's Deep Distance sublabel. 
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MICHELE MININNI - Tupolev Love, Optimo Trax
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MICHELE MININNI

Tupolev Love

Optimo Trax

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: OT007

Sub-100bpm cosmic disco drug chug from Southern Italy via Glasgow with love. Michele Mininni's debut release yields four buoyant electronic grooves distilling elements of kraut, post rock, new wave and disco with a romantic vision of the dancefloor. 'Tupelo Love' is a sub 100bpm cosmic trancer while Telekomdisko raises the tempo and heads off into sun drenched space territory. The EP is completed by Michele's fellow countrymen, Boot & Tax's great acid inflected remix of 'Tupolev Love'.
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JONAS REINHARDT / VARIOUS - Viare, Voltaire Records
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JONAS REINHARDT / VARIOUS

Viare

Voltaire Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £11.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: VR009

""Virgo Cluster" by Jonas Reinhardt fuses elements of cosmic disco and krautrock into a live transcendental package, with amazing guitar work by Phil Manley (Trans Am/Life Coach), and a bonus remix by the Beat Broker (digital only). "Seven Miles Down" from London's Timothy J. Fairplay (The Asphodells) is a testament to Zombie Horror Cinema, featuring a pulsing dub-house beat that dives into cavernous sonic territory. "Guave" by PLAzA is a playful dancefloor workout, that evokes a slow acidic line and classic Chicago house elements. Lastly, "Back Outside" from Roche is druggy outsider ho… Read more
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JONAS REINHARDT / VARIOUS - Viare, Voltaire Records
BLACK BANANAS - Physical Emotions / TV Trouble (Hot Chip Remix), Drag City
Daft boogie glam pisstake from RTX (fka Royal Trux) for Drag City backed with Hot Chip remix. A-side they drops a silly bump 'n grind groove reminiscent of that mad 'Danse Pop' 7" from OESB, but not half as sly; B-side Hot Chip amp the Glam swagger with a low slung groove that eventually turns into a weird disco turn.
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STURQEN - Praga, Kvitnu

STURQEN

Praga

Kvitnu

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KVITNU21

Review to follow shortly…
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PLASTER - Zyprex 500, Kvitnu

PLASTER

Zyprex 500

Kvitnu

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KVITNU15

Review to follow shortly…
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KOTRA - Reset, Kvitnu

KOTRA

Reset

Kvitnu

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KVITNU6

**CD mounted on spotgloss-printed and embossed card sleeve** 'Reset' (2008) is a fine showcase of solo work by Kotra, owner of Ukraine's Kvitnu label. It inhabits a space between the clinical glitch output of Raster-Noton and a rawer, wayward experimental sound relishing in strange, dissonant tones and clashing organic textured samples with sharp electronics over 16 pieces ranging from CoH-like decimation to blown out experiments in distortion and clipped glitch acrobatics.
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STURQEN - Peste, Kvitnu

STURQEN

Peste

Kvitnu

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KVITNU10

Review to follow shortly…
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MATTER - Biorhexistasy, Kvitnu

MATTER

Biorhexistasy

Kvitnu

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: KVITNU29

Crushing, doomy power electronics from Bologna, Italy's Fabrizio Matrone aka Matter, via Ukraine's Kvitnu label. Clearly influenced to some extent by Pan Sonic - who recently delivered live LP 'Oksastus' on Kvitnu - Matter's 'Biorhexistasy' can be taken as sonic metaphor for geological change and mutation. Nine compositions follow this theme closely, resulting in slow, heaving and amorphous shapes hingeing on brutalist rhythms and unstable noise.
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ADULTROCK - Chants, Bodytonic Music

ADULTROCK

Chants

Bodytonic Music

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BTONIC003

Trancing electro-disco from Gavin Elsted aka Adultrock, backed with stronger remixes from Naum Gabo and Ghost 202 aka Ron Morelli and Marquis Cooper. The originals opt for a cheesily gratifying dancefloor sound flush with over-egged synthlines, ambient motifs and boogie flourishes, before JG Wilkes and James Savage's Naum Gabo straighten 'Chants' to more rugged, sexy effect, and Ghost 202 head in the opposite direction with a slow, moody Industro Dub version.
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CLOUD BECOMES YOUR HAND - Rocks or Cakes, FEEDING TUBE RECORDS

CLOUD BECOMES YOUR HAND

Rocks or Cakes

FEEDING TUBE RECORDS

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FTR148LP

"First vinyl (the CDs on New York's Northern Spy) by this willfully eclectic Brooklyn quintet. It's never clear if they're aware of it or not, but much of CBYH's sound swings with the same way-off-center lope that marks the most enjoyable (as opposed to brittle) work of the Canterbury/RIO continuum. There are even textural similarities to some of the post-Zeuhl French chamber-prog bands of the last century, especially when the violin and synthesizer combine to set the scene. But there's a humorous (or loopily surreal) edge to the material that could never be comprehended by tha… Read more
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CLOUD BECOMES YOUR HAND - Rocks or Cakes, FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
NAT BALDWIN - In The Hollows, Western Vinyl

NAT BALDWIN

In The Hollows

Western Vinyl

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WEST115LP

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "In The Hollows is Nat Baldwin's followup to 2011's People Changes. Despite his busy schedule recording and touring as the bass player for Dirty Projectors, Nat found time to write and record his most soulful and ambitious collection of songs to date. After recording the initial tracks at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI, Nat recruited Otto Hauser for drums and percussion, and Rob Moose and Clarice Jensen to write string arrangements. Discussing the album's production, Nat says "I wanted to achieve a consistency throug… Read more
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NAT BALDWIN - In The Hollows, Western Vinyl
HURRICANES OF LOVE - Quintorian Blues, FEEDING TUBE RECORDS

HURRICANES OF LOVE

Quintorian Blues

FEEDING TUBE RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £25.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: FTR139LP

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "When Frank Hurricane comes into a room it’s really something. As his name implies, he is impossible ignore. He has built an alarmingly nuanced lexicon out of an amazingly limited number of phrases. “Psychedelic.” “Spiritual.” “Holy.” “Gangsta.” “Pimp.” “Bro.” “Homie.” In the hands of the culture-at-large, these terms have long lost whatever literal or subcultural meaning they may have once had and are now so incredibly overused as to be stripped of any meaning whatsoever. In Frank’s hands, though, each of these words… Read more
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HURRICANES OF LOVE - Quintorian Blues, FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
DEVIN GARY & ROSS - Honeycomb of Chakras, FEEDING TUBE RECORDS

DEVIN GARY & ROSS

Honeycomb of Chakras

FEEDING TUBE RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £25.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FTR134LP

**Dreamlike psychedelic pop and indie. Housed in colour gatefold designed by Gary Panter. Includes download code redeemable from the label** "This trio - Devin Flynn, Gary Panter and Ross Goldstein - has delivered one of the most blinding psychedelic listening experiences of the last several anna. Only one of these darlings -- Ross Goldstein - is known primarily as a musician. Gary Panter is one of our era's premier visual artists, and Devin Flynn is among the age's most berserk animation stars. But they have nonetheless managed to blast their way into the very center of a psych-… Read more
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DEVIN GARY & ROSS - Honeycomb of Chakras, FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
OFFICER! - Ossification, MEGAPHONE
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OFFICER!

Ossification

MEGAPHONE

Format_dot_vinylLP // £19.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MEGA025LP

**180g vinyl reissue. Edition of 700 copies with insert** "Officer! is either Mick Hobbs (The Work, Family Fodder, Half Japanese) alone or Mick Hobbs with friends. Ossification is like an amazing party held at This Heat's Cold Storage Studio, with friends like Felix Fiedorowicz, Tom Cora, Tim Hodgkinson, Bill Gilonis, Zeena Parkins, Patrick Q, and Catherine Jauniaux. The output of this party is one of the most unusual, pleasurable, and character-filled "pop" records anyone has heard. Fourteen songs that contain the spirit of pop, rock, classical, medieval, avant garde, R.I.O., The Work, Family F… Read more
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OFFICER! - Ossification, MEGAPHONE
HARRY MOSCO - For You Specially, Secret Stash Records
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HARRY MOSCO

For You Specially

Secret Stash Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SSR-LP-32

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Secret Stash Records present the first ever reissue of this rare Nigerian funk gem from one of the most influential musicians in the genre. Co-produced by Uchenna Ikonne (Brand New Wayo, Who Is William Onyebar?), this reissue has been lovingly remastered and meticulously restored. In the early 1970s, Harry Mosco formed the now legendry funk-rock band, The Funkees. In search of greater opportunity and a wider audience, the group moved to London in 1973. Four years and two albums later they disbanded. Meanwhile, back in Ni… Read more
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HARRY MOSCO - For You Specially, Secret Stash Records

Tuesday, 15 April

VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS - 14 tracks: Digital Diaspora, Boomkat / 14 Tracks

VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS

14 tracks: Digital Diaspora

Boomkat / 14 Tracks

Format_dot_downloadMP3 Download // £6.86

14 TRACKS COMPILATIONS

Cat. Number: bundle_293

This week we peer into the crenellated realms of contemporary computer music and digital extremes derived from digital-based techniques and processes. All the music in this selection was created more or less over the past decade - the earliest piece is taken from Florian Hecker's Prix Ars Electronica Award-winning 'Sun Pandämonium' (2003) - but we've particularly focussed on more recent, bleeding-edge iterations of the sound thru outstanding works by the likes of Lorenzo Senni, Gábor Lázár, EVOL, Opéra Mort, and Rene Hell, among others. Collected, they span a unique s… Read more
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VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS - 14 tracks: Digital Diaspora, Boomkat / 14 Tracks