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Monday, 07 January

BROADCAST - Berberian Sound Studio, Warp Records
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Berberian Sound Studio

Warp Records

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SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPCDD233

The Broadcast soundtrack to Peter Strickland's award-winning 'Berberian Sound Studio' has finally been given a release via Warp and credited to both James Cargill and the much missed Trish Keenan. Working closely with the film's supervising sound editor, Joakim Sundstrom, James Cargill started work on the material with Trish prior to her untimely passing in 2011, realising some of the uneasiest, phantasmagoric themes and atmospheres in their immaculate oeuvre. In so many ways it's the perfect vehicle for Broadcast to explore their nefarious influences and interests intersecting I… Read more
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BROADCAST - Berberian Sound Studio, Warp Records
MOGWAI - Les Revenants EP, Rock Action Records
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Les Revenants EP

Rock Action Records

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SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ROCKACT73D

Released to coincide with the final episode of French TV thriller 'Les Revenants', Mogwai issue the first EP from their "calmly unsettling" soundtrack to the Canal+ series. We're not familiar with the show but it's producers or synch advisors evidently have top taste when it comes to moody post rock. The group rein in their heavier tendencies for the most, expending all their serious looks and towering riffage in the opening 'Wizard Motor' before trying out more subtle ideas in the tense serenity of 'Soup' or coming across like a Gallic Bohren and Der Club Of Gore on 'The Huts', whilst 'This Messiah Needs Watching' captures them at their most succinctly sublime.
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MOGWAI - Les Revenants EP, Rock Action Records
SZJERDENE - Patchwork EP, Ninja Tune

SZJERDENE

Patchwork EP

Ninja Tune

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS351

Szjerdene follows up her appearance on Slugabed's 'Wake Up' 7" with a fully fledged future soul session on Ninja Tune. Born and raised in London but currently residing in Amsterdam, this 23-year old singer/songwriter proves some impressive chops on 'Patchwork', combining seductively strong soul vocals with dynamically tempered electronica and lavish instrumentation hinting at folk and neo-classical inspirations. Results range from the Slugabed-like hypeR&B simulacra of '4th Stranger' to the digitally-creased and rendered symphonics of 'Blue Lullaby', through to lavish blue soul and pop on 'Go' and 'Turn'. RIYL The Weeknd, Drake, Alicia Keys, Various Prouction, Slugabed.
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SZJERDENE - Patchwork EP, Ninja Tune
THE OVATIONS - Goldwax Recordings, ACE RECORDS

THE OVATIONS

Goldwax Recordings

ACE RECORDS

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DISCO / EDITS / FUNK

Cat. Number: DVAKEND246

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Monday, 17 December

ROSES GABOR - Stars, Girls Music

ROSES GABOR

Stars

Girls Music

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DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

Cat. Number: GIRLS009

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Monday, 10 December

LUKE ABBOTT - Object Is A Navigator, Notown
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Object Is A Navigator

Notown

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NOTOWN012PDL

Hefty five-track EP from Luke Abbott, courtesy of Gold Panda's Notown label. The Border Community graduate is in fine form, the title track being a circuit-fried, pastoralist trance-out very much in the Fake/Hebden tradition, but with a presence, and a gradually disclosed toughness, all its own. From there we take in the dainty, pointillistic electro-pop of 'New Buildings', the chiming, autumnal, Dial-esque house minimalism of 'A Short Distance' and, in 'Silent Fall', a gorgeous, beatless display of sustained string-pads melting imperceptibly into one another. Spatially aware sy… Read more
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LUKE ABBOTT - Object Is A Navigator, Notown
GEMMY - Warrior / The Dome, TECTONIC
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GEMMY

Warrior / The Dome

TECTONIC

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DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

Cat. Number: TEC067

Guardian of the purple legacy Gemmy arrives on Tectonic (his first release on the label, though he did knock out 2010's 'Maroon Chant' on Pinch's other imprint, Earwax) with one of his best releases in a fair while. 'Warrior' is a back to basics affair, and one to be applauded: it's a lithe dubstep roller punctuated with snippets of corny martial arts movie dialogue and, of course, those signature Gemmy synths, and you can see it slotting neatly into many a respectable modern dance. 'The Dome' is classic Gemmy, or Gemmy-by-numbers, depending on which way you look at it: all low-riding 808 drums, garish rave vamps and Megadrive FX.
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GEMMY - Warrior / The Dome, TECTONIC
TWO FINGERS - Vengeance Rhythm, Big Dada
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Vengeance Rhythm

Big Dada

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DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

Cat. Number: BDDNL220X

Amon Tobin's meaty beats manifest on the razing 'Vengeance Rhythm' backed with KOAN Sound's neo-D&B remix. The original sounds something like Jon Bonham in an Optimus Prime suit playing a construction site at a Skrillex show; the KOAN Sound mix replaces the rock drums with slicing D&B/dubstep dynamics, all neuro-tweaking synths and controlled ferocity.
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X RAY POP - Xmas Pop Cassette, Finders Keepers Records
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X RAY POP

Xmas Pop Cassette

Finders Keepers Records

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SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CACHETTE003DL

**Proper wave-riding seasonal recommendation for all the family, crack your nuts to this!** Finders Keepers sister label Cache Cache and X-Ray Pop's Doc Pilot inaugurate an ongoing collaboration to plunder the hidden depths of one of the most original and productive independent groups of the French DIY domestic synth pop/pocket punk funk/homemade tape scene with this cut AND paste Christmas cartridge of well loved and unknown festive interference spanning the first 20 years of the groups self-propelled anti-career. With a consistent omnipresence on European tape co-ops through the 80s… Read more
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X RAY POP - Xmas Pop Cassette, Finders Keepers Records
PADDED CELL - Guardians of The Night, Different Recordings

PADDED CELL

Guardians of The Night

Different Recordings

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SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DIFU259DS2

Alternately fruity and dark disco drops from Richard Sen (Bronx Dogs) and Neil Higgins (Dirty Beatniks) aka Padded Cell. Makoto Kanehara aka Free Disco sings in a fey falsetto on the wiggly bass, honking sax and bustling drums of 'Guardians Of The Night' - also included as an instrumental - whereas B-side 'Deviancy Amp' locks into an extended disco chug peppered with percussions by Johnny Machin and some darkly-tinted, jagged synth work by Sen and Higgins.
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FOOTSIE - Spookfest, DIRTEE STANK
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FOOTSIE

Spookfest

DIRTEE STANK

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DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

Cat. Number: STANK018DB

US-flavoured UK grime ace produced by Newham Generals' Footsie and starring some of the biggest MCs on road. The original's built from pneumatic 808 subs and trill hi-hats licked with iciest synthline; Australian producer Filth Collins gives Starkey a run for his P's with a searing grimeXdubstep rave remix.
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MARK REEVE - Phobia / Fear, Soma

MARK REEVE

Phobia / Fear

Soma

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MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR

Cat. Number: SOMA354D

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JESSE BOYKINS III & MELO-X - I'm New Here, Ninja Tune

JESSE BOYKINS III & MELO-X

I'm New Here

Ninja Tune

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS345

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LUMERIANS - Horizon Structures, Knitting Factory Records

LUMERIANS

Horizon Structures

Knitting Factory Records

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: KFR11270

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TWIN SHADOW - The One (Live on KCRW), 4AD

TWIN SHADOW

The One (Live on KCRW)

4AD

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SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: EAD3238S

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THE HORRORS - Higher, XL

THE HORRORS

Higher

XL

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: XLDA587BX

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Monday, 03 December

SCOTT WALKER - Bish Bosch, 4AD
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Bish Bosch

4AD

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: EAD3220A

It can’t be easy following a record as beguiling as 2008’s genre-defying ‘The Drift’, but pounding to life with the incessant woodpecker percussion of album opener ‘See You Don’t Bump His Head’, it’s clear that 69-year-old Scott Walker has shock and awe in mind. He’s never been an artist who’s struggled with originality, and ‘Bish Bosch’ takes his aural cubism even further than ever before with confusing instrumentation and some of his finest vocal work to date. Where its predecessor profited from a hoarse, growling electronic backdrop, ‘Bish Bosch’ is almost circus-like in its approach, … Read more
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NATHAN FAKE - Paean, Border Community
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NATHAN FAKE

Paean

Border Community

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 38BCD

Single release for Steam Days opener and stand-out 'Paean', backed with smart remixes from Lone and Lukid. The original is vintage Fake: lambent synths and chimes fleshing out a contrapuntal melody somewhere between the dancefloor heartbreak of Four Tet and the pastoral sci-fi twee of Belbury Poly, plus intricate drum programming, a real sense of forward momentum; also included here is a 'coda' of the same track, a short ambient spin on the theme. The remixes are excellent: Lone teases out the psychedelic potential of the track, accentuating the plaintive synth lines and introducing sighing cho… Read more
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NATHAN FAKE - Paean, Border Community
ZIP - fabric 67: Zip, Fabric Worldwide
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ZIP

fabric 67: Zip

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC133D

We can't believe it's taken this long for Fabric to mobilise Zip into delivering a mix for their banner series. Here it is, anyway, and the Perlon co-founder's forensically detailed, keenly swung house sound is coming over as fresh and effective as ever. He was one of the true architects of noughties minimal, but to his credit, and wisely, he's always shied away from the limelight, happy to be known as the DJ's DJ; as such he's never really grown tiresome in the way that some of his peers and proteges have. Fabric67 starts out tougher than you might expect, with the stripped EBM-lite of Vedomir… Read more
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ZIP - fabric 67: Zip, Fabric Worldwide
DOBIE - ...But Fear Itself, Big Dada
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...But Fear Itself

Big Dada

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE

Cat. Number: BDDNL217

**2nd part of Dobie's refreshing beat escapades on Big Dada ahead of incoming album 'We Will Not Harm You'** ""I-Anomaly" leads things out - fast, aggressive and catchy-as-fuck, Dobie threads bleep back through crate culture and reminds us once again that he likes a b-line - and why we do, too. "Prozac" is more of a straight hip hip hop shuffle, with enough bottom for any drunk brosteppa, but half way through the berimbau explodes out of the gates and the whole thing ends like Thelonious Monk going latin at an end of the world party. "Sectioned", which follows, is hard as nails, all punish… Read more
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DOBIE - ...But Fear Itself, Big Dada
STICKY - Pedal Riddim, Big Dada
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STICKY

Pedal Riddim

Big Dada

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DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

Cat. Number: BDDNL223X

Sticky serves the shufflers with some ammo. 'Pedal Riddim' appears as a wigglin', electroid original and ruder, fruitier roll out liftin' the juiciest bits of Grime, Funky and proper London dancefloor futurism.
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INC. - 5 Days, 4AD
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INC.

5 Days

4AD

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: EADD3237S

4AD herald LA sibling duo inc.'s debut album with '5 Days'. Imagine D'eon necking prescription pills with D'Angelo at LTJ Bukem's place.
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ADRIAN CROWLEY - At The Starlight Hotel, Chemikal Underground Records

ADRIAN CROWLEY

At The Starlight Hotel

Chemikal Underground Records

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FOLK / AMERICANA

Cat. Number: CHEM194DD

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BO NINGEN - Nichijyou, Stolen Recordings

BO NINGEN

Nichijyou

Stolen Recordings

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SR065

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THE JIM JONES REVUE - Where Da Money Go?, Play It Again Sam

THE JIM JONES REVUE

Where Da Money Go?

Play It Again Sam

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: PIASR589DB

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DJ KENTARO - Step In / North South East West Remixes, Ninja Tune

DJ KENTARO

Step In / North South East West Remixes

Ninja Tune

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS356

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VARIOUS / NATION - Atomic Fireballs, NATION

VARIOUS / NATION

Atomic Fireballs

NATION

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WORLD

Cat. Number: NRD2018

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T.W.I.C.E - Round & Brown, Metroline Limited

T.W.I.C.E

Round & Brown

Metroline Limited

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MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR

Cat. Number: MLTD059D

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FABERYAYO - Coco, Magnetron Music

FABERYAYO

Coco

Magnetron Music

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SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MAG035

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SKINNY LISTER - Forge & Flagon (Deluxe Edition), SUNDAY BEST

SKINNY LISTER

Forge & Flagon (Deluxe Edition)

SUNDAY BEST

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FOLK / AMERICANA

Cat. Number: SBESTCD49DX

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