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Monday, 27 February

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS - Ghostory, Full Time Hobby

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS

Ghostory

Full Time Hobby

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: FTH140D

"Third album from the New Yorkers whose line-up, like their music, has developed (now a duo; Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza). ‘Ghostory’ finds the band in story-telling mode, for this is a concept album, based around a young girl called Lafaye and the ghosts that surround her life. A hybrid of shoegaze, 80s pop and electronica, above which Alejandra’s swirling vocals are truly haunting."
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MEMORYHOUSE - The Slideshow Effect, SUB POP

MEMORYHOUSE

The Slideshow Effect

SUB POP

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SPD925

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HARVEY MCKAY - Want You, Soma

HARVEY MCKAY

Want You

Soma

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MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR

Cat. Number: SOMA330D

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SHEARWATER - Animal Joy, SUB POP

SHEARWATER

Animal Joy

SUB POP

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SPD957

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MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO - Satyricon, PIAS Recordings

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO

Satyricon

PIAS Recordings

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BIAS202DA1

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FRIENDLY FIRES - Hurting (Remixes), XL

FRIENDLY FIRES

Hurting (Remixes)

XL

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SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: XLDS553RMX3

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Monday, 20 February

MY BEST FIEND - In Ghostlike Fading, Warp Records

MY BEST FIEND

In Ghostlike Fading

Warp Records

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WARPCDD224

Debut album from My Best Fiend, the latest guitar-wielders to sign with Warp. The band deal in lush, wall-of-sound orch-pop, hugely indebted to Jason Pierce's Spiritualized in terms of both songwriting and arrangement, but with shades too of Phil Spector, Neil Young, Mercury Rev, Tom Petty, Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips and all those other cosmic cowboys. Created in a Brooklyn garage, it sounds more like it was crafted on the right side of a peyote comedown in the Mojave desert, and will go down well with Americana-inclined pop-pickers and fans of unreconstructed, rousing, redemptive rock music.
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MY BEST FIEND - In Ghostlike Fading, Warp Records
SBTRKT - Hold On, Young Turks
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SBTRKT

Hold On

Young Turks

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DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

Cat. Number: YT078DS2

Simmering soul and tricky electro for the dance from SBTRKT and his trusty vocal spar, Sampha. 'Hold On' is a gingerly stepping House groove with yearning vox and glassy-eyed melody, sharing a sensitive pop soul with Jamie xx's best. 'Ride To Freedom' is a skilled exercise in twirling, swinging Electro with a nod to Chicago Footwork, and the mysterious Sisi Bak Bak (if rumours are to be believed - a new alias for non other than Thom Yorke) offers the most interesting moment with a brittle, heady re-groove of 'Hold On'.
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BATTLES - Dross Glop 2, Warp Records
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BATTLES

Dross Glop 2

Warp Records

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WAP328D

Kode9, Shabazz Palaces and The Alchemist remixes of Battles for the second in this series.
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DJ SNEAK - fabric 62: DJ Sneak, Fabric Worldwide

DJ SNEAK

fabric 62: DJ Sneak

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC123D

The originator of the "boompty", jackin' Chicago sound steps to the decks for Fabric's 62nd mix. It's a pure big room selection, intended to drive your ass with a proper Latin shake. Apparently no computers were used, and in just under 75 minute he wends his way thru 18 tracks from the likes of Darius Syrossian, DJ W!ld, Willie Graff & Tuccillo, Mike Jules and Basti Grub.
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PERFUME GENIUS - Put Your Back N 2 It, Matador

PERFUME GENIUS

Put Your Back N 2 It

Matador

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE9646

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GANG COLOURS - Fancy Restaurant, Brownswood Recordings
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GANG COLOURS

Fancy Restaurant

Brownswood Recordings

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE

Cat. Number: BWOOD081D

A choice cut from Gang Colours' forthcoming debut album suite, backed with Machinedrum, Deft, and Ifan Dayfydd remixes. 'Fancy Restaurant' gives a fine taste of what to expect from Gang Colours' deeply refined, debonaire long player, setting a twilight tone of sparse keys, supple electronic soul beats and largely unadorned vocals which pretty much defines his sound. The remixes divert and expand on this sound, from Machinedrum's hyperkinetic jungle-jazz-IDM rework thru the far Eastern refractions of Ifan Dafydd's midnight boogie version, and an impressively meticulous rearrangement by newcomer, Deft.
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GANG COLOURS - Fancy Restaurant, Brownswood Recordings
GRIMES - Genesis, 4AD
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GRIMES

Genesis

4AD

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SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: EAD3209S

Heralding her very hotly anticipated album for 4AD, Grimes offers the sparkling 'Genesis'. Flush with kosmiche intent, pop-spirited and sensually groovesome, it's an absolute treat and bodes exceedingly well for what's to come. Tip!
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DIE & BREAK - Grand Funk Hustle EP, Digital Soundboy Recordings Ltd

DIE & BREAK

Grand Funk Hustle EP

Digital Soundboy Recordings Ltd

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JUNGLE / DRUM & BASS

Cat. Number: DSB042

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VARIOUS / BOYSNOIZE - BNR TRAX 01–10, Boysnoize Records

VARIOUS / BOYSNOIZE

BNR TRAX 01–10

Boysnoize Records

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SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: BNR073D

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SPEECH DEBELLE - I'm With It, Big Dada

SPEECH DEBELLE

I'm With It

Big Dada

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HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BDDNL194

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THIS MANY BOYFRIENDS - Starling, Angular Recording Corporation

THIS MANY BOYFRIENDS

Starling

Angular Recording Corporation

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ARC091

Perky Indie-pop charms from the acceptably twee This Many Boyfriends. They're named after a Beat Happening song and have garnered favourable comparisons with Orang Juice, The Smiths and The Cribs in their relatively short lifespan. The title track is sure to moisten to mood down your local indie disco, and it'd take a heart of stone not to tap a toe to 'Just Sayin'.
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Monday, 13 February

DISTANCE - Reboot / Bazurk, TECTONIC
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DISTANCE

Reboot / Bazurk

TECTONIC

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DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

Cat. Number: TEC054

Coshing Dubstep heavyweights from the OG halfstep soldier. Returning to Tectonic for the first time since 2009, he's as radge ever. A-side 'Reboot' keeps his style minimal and fresh, working with a squirming, uncomfortable synth distortion and neurotic rave stabs on a pistoning piece of hardcore Dubstep rollidge. Flipside 'Bazurk' is perhaps more typical, slicing up slathering riffage around guillotine snares and skin-flailing hi-hats.
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SUZANNE CIANI - Lixiviation, Finders Keepers Records
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SUZANNE CIANI

Lixiviation

Finders Keepers Records

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SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: FKR053DL

**Absolutely astonishing, revelatory collection of commercial and "secret" synth music by "the American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation". Includes booklet with intro by Andy Votel and track notes by the artist** Suzanne Ciani is a foundational electronic explorer who created a wealth of experimental synth music traversing academic and commercial boundaries. After completing an MA in music composition, Ciani was introduced to synth designer Don Buchla, whose Buchla 200 synthesizer would come to define much of her work for the next two decades. She counted the likes of synth mave… Read more
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SUZANNE CIANI - Lixiviation, Finders Keepers Records
EMIKA - 3 Hours, Ninja Tune
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EMIKA

3 Hours

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS308

4th (and we'd imagine final) single from Emika's eponymous debut album, including a special new Jimmy Edgar version and Kilon TeK remix. Besides being the opening track to her album, '3 Hours' was also the demo track which clinched Emika's deal with Ninja Tune. It was apparently inspired by a sunday afternoon spent dancing to Dettmann at Berghain and you can certainly feel that vibe reflected in its dark sensuality and bruising/bruised Techno intentions. Collaborating with Jimmy Edgar, she also provides 'Hit Me', a more sleazy, funked-up New Jack version, beside Kilon TeK's kinda cheesy electro remix.
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EMIKA - 3 Hours, Ninja Tune
HANDBRAEKES - #1, Boysnoize Records

HANDBRAEKES

#1

Boysnoize Records

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SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: BNR072D

BIG BONED rave tools from the unholy alliance of Quentin Dupieux (Mr Oizo) & Alex Ridha (Boys Noize) aka Handbraekes! Pulling no punches, A-side we get the jagged electro-jax of 'Callgurls' and the freaky splice and dice, drum-heavy madness of 'Riho', both armed to gills with spannered party vibes. Flipside they kick it up a notch with the dotty noise stabs and marching funk of 'The Qat', before the boggle-eyed, vodka-soaked lairyness of 'Milc' is primed to incite the wallbangers.
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BONOBO - Black Sands Remixed, Ninja Tune
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BONOBO

Black Sands Remixed

Ninja Tune

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZENDNL178

**Features remixes by Lapalux, Floating Points, ARP 101, Falty DL, Mark Pritchard, Machine Drum, Blue Daisy, Cosmin TRG and more** Ninja Tune round up a who's who of the current dancefloor spectrum to remix Bonobo's 2010 album 'Black Sands'. Some have already appeared on vinyl - Cosmin TRG's uplifting 'Kiara' version, Floating Points' poised 2-step mix and Machine Drum's deft, Footwurkin' rebuild of 'Eyesdown', for example - but the rest are totally fresh to any format. Some stay relatively faithful to the original material - Banks' brooding Hip Hop revision of 'The Keeper', Falty DL's… Read more
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BONOBO - Black Sands Remixed, Ninja Tune
FRESH TOUCH - The Ethiopian EP, Angular Recording Corporation
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FRESH TOUCH

The Ethiopian EP

Angular Recording Corporation

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BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE

Cat. Number: ARC085D

London's Angular Recordings present a curious project conceived and recorded in Ethiopia in 2010 by XL Records boss Richard Russell and his pal Rodaidh McDonald. It was created roughly before Russell was producing Gil Scott-Heron's much loved 'I'm New Here' LP and Rodaidh was recording and mixing The xx's debut album, but it's safe to say it sounds nowt like either. It's more a canny exercise is field recording and electronic fusion, using sounds and inspirations soaked up inside the walled medieval city Harar, to make four slow, humid and experimental grooves. They're also joined by… Read more
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FRESH TOUCH - The Ethiopian EP, Angular Recording Corporation
SPEECH DEBELLE - Freedom Of Speech, Big Dada

SPEECH DEBELLE

Freedom Of Speech

Big Dada

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HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BDDNL193

With the weight of expectation thrust upon her, Mercury prize winner Speech Debelle deals a confident sophomore album in 'Freedom Of Speech'. Blessed by guest spots from Roots Manuva and Realism and set to reserved, mature instrumentals by in-demand beat-maker Kwes (DELS, Warp Records, DRC project), Speech confronts the world in her deceptively gentle voice, spitting themes of revolution and love. It all really comes together on the pensive, moody soul of her state-of-affairs tune 'Blaze Up A Fire', Kwes on point with a brooding beat and Speech trading bars with Roots Manuva in o… Read more
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SPEECH DEBELLE - Freedom Of Speech, Big Dada
ALEX UNDER - El Alma del Tiempo, Soma

ALEX UNDER

El Alma del Tiempo

Soma

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MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR

Cat. Number: SOMA328D

Driving big room Techno from Alex Under and Slam. Under's 'El Alma del Tiempo' forms a swarm of attacking killer triplet bleeps before the flood gates open to pounding bass and spacey breakdown. Slam's Paragraph remix is straighter, kicks-driven and precisely functional.
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ZITA SWOON GROUP - Wait for Me, Crammed Discs

ZITA SWOON GROUP

Wait for Me

Crammed Discs

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WORLD

Cat. Number: CRAW792

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ST. VINCENT - Cheerleader, 4AD

ST. VINCENT

Cheerleader

4AD

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INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: EAD3207S

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Monday, 06 February

RAFFERTIE - Mass Appeal, Ninja Tune
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RAFFERTIE

Mass Appeal

Ninja Tune

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DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY

Cat. Number: ZENDNLS306

Increasingly dextrous producer Raffertie drops his 2nd EP for Ninja Tune, following the excellent 'Visual Acuity' session. In our books he's one of the label's brightest electronic talents, consistently forging his own identity with a keen sense of soul and broad scope. We can hear this from the off in the title track, a frayed and knotted piece of futurist electro-soul with crisp yet elastic contours and appreciation of spatial dynamics. However, the ten minute 'One Track Mind' takes a more epic route, tripping on transfixing kosmische vectors and technoid bass tipped for any fans of the B… Read more
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RAFFERTIE - Mass Appeal, Ninja Tune