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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

CHROMATICS - Night Drive (Deluxe Edition), ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
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CHROMATICS

Night Drive (Deluxe Edition)

ITALIANS DO IT BETTER

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £20.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: IDIB028LP

**New deluxe edition of this classic album from Italians Do It Better - includes five previously unreleased tracks!!** IDIB present a well warranted, analogue remastered Deluxe Edition of Chromatics' now-classic '07 LP, 'Night Drive', now including five bonus tracks. The original tracks sound as poignantly cinematic as ever, their cover of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' still striking a tender nerve. The new tracks neatly expand the soundtrack-y feel, from the synth and Piano copulation of 'Shining Violence' to sleeve-rolling yacht disco in 'Circled Sun', through a memorabl… Read more
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CHROMATICS - Night Drive (Deluxe Edition), ITALIANS DO IT BETTER

Friday, 14 June 2013

RAINER WEICHHOLD & NAMITO PRES. HICKHACK - Speicher 74, Kompakt Extra

RAINER WEICHHOLD & NAMITO PRES. HICKHACK

Speicher 74

Kompakt Extra

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKTX74

Cheeky tech-house workouts from Weichold & Namito as Hickhack. It's proper party tackle, this, giving up the freeky bleeps and swinging bass/clap syncopation of 'Hick' on the front and the tuffened disco jack of 'Hack' on the back.
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COMA - In Technicolor, Kompakt

COMA

In Technicolor

Kompakt

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £18.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT279

Review to follow shortly…
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BOBBY BROWSER - Still Browsing, 100% Silk
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BOBBY BROWSER

Still Browsing

100% Silk

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £11.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: SILK043

'Still Browsing', Bobby Browser drops four smooth and glamorous grooves inspired by deep house and Balearic disco. Swinging out with the plush New Jersey garage of 'As Far As I Know', he keeps the groove tucked tight in-the-pocket with 'Airplane Mode' and lets go with the chizzled euphoria strings of 'Theme From Tony's Party'. Sleaziest of all is the early '90s chill out wheeze 'Baby Dre'.
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ACKIN' - Tembezi Feat. M. Akamatsu, Internasjonal
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ACKIN'

Tembezi Feat. M. Akamatsu

Internasjonal

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: INT024

Review to follow shortly…
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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - Living Room Songs (Standard Edition), ERASED TAPES
It may well be the case that the whole modern classical scene suffered from a possibly fatal case of over-familiarity and over-exposure these last few years, but it would be a shame if a genuinely gifted musician and composer like Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds was lumped in with the vast majority of his contemporaries - the guy is just the real deal. And if there were any doubts about his talents, Arnalds created and released a new song a day for one whole week during the month of October this year. The songs were recorded and filmed live in the living room of his Reykjav… Read more
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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - Living Room Songs (Standard Edition), ERASED TAPES
ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - Living Room Songs (Special Edition), ERASED TAPES
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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

Living Room Songs (Special Edition)

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_vinyl10" + DVD // £16.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP037SE

**Special tour edition with bonus DVD with the filming of the recording session - only 250 of these have been made** It may well be the case that the whole modern classical scene suffered from a possibly fatal case of over-familiarity and over-exposure these last few years, but it would be a shame if a genuinely gifted musician and composer like Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds was lumped in with the vast majority of his contemporaries - the guy is just the real deal. And if there were any doubts about his talents, Arnalds created and released a new song a day for one whole w… Read more
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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - Living Room Songs (Special Edition), ERASED TAPES
ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - Dyad 1909, ERASED TAPES
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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

Dyad 1909

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP019

*Limited Reissue - Repressed On Coloured Vinyl* This latest release from Icelandic modern classical luminary Ólafur Arnalds is a score penned for the award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor. This thirty-minute soundtrack follows on from the acclaimed Found Songs project (through which Arnalds produced and distributed one new song per day for a week over Twitter) and continues to chart the young composer's rise to the very top of his field. Consuming soundtrack releases as standalone entities can be a hit-and-miss affair; sometimes these projects simply don't have the same impact … Read more
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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - Dyad 1909, ERASED TAPES
ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - Found Songs, ERASED TAPES
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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

Found Songs

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP017

With brilliant recent works from the likes of Danny Norbury, Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm and Richard Skelton's Clouwbeck still ringing in our ears, along comes another achingly beautiful contribution to the modern classical canon. Olafur Arnalds has shown great promise in previous releases Eulogy For Evolution and Variations Of Static, and this latest outing continues to chart the young Icelandic composer's ascendance. The circumstances behind Found Songs' genesis are novel to say the least: Arnalds made and released one track per day, distributing the individual pieces via Twitter - he … Read more
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ÓLAFUR ARNALDS - Found Songs, ERASED TAPES

Monday, 10 June 2013

ALEX COULTON - War Games / Pointe Noire, Dnuos Ytivil
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ALEX COULTON

War Games / Pointe Noire

Dnuos Ytivil

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 899YTIVIL

Manchester's Alex Coulton swaggers onto Bristol's Livity Sound with two rugged, tribalist rollers. With 'War Games' he rides martial snares, stentorian claps and gut-punch bass into dank dub chamber vibes. On 'Pointe Noire' he switches to a woodier palette of blocky rimshots and padded subs carved up with a ruder junglist feel reminding of Beneath riddims.
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Wednesday, 05 June 2013

SAMPS - Plans, GLORIETTE
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SAMPS

Plans

GLORIETTE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: GL006

**Die-cut, tip on-style jacket** Enigmatic US imprint Gloriette Records - home to Nite Jewel's debut album - proffer a smashing new 12" by H Burkhart, J. Darrah and Cole MGN's potent pop trio, Samps. Both tracks massage and dice fragments of what could be MOR boogie classics within a framework of salty glitch and fractal electronics. We'd almost imagine this is what Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford were aiming for with their pet project but never quite achieved. Proper psycho radio burners for the FM freeks!!!
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JULIA HOLTER - Ekstasis (Domino Records Edition), Domino Recording Co
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JULIA HOLTER

Ekstasis (Domino Records Edition)

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £17.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WIGLP297

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** How do you follow a near-perfect album? By edging even closer to perfection. Julia Holter hasn't allowed herself to be cowed by the success of her acclaimed 2011 album Tragedy, instead producing another pellucid, beautifully composed and sequenced LP for head and heart. On Ekstasis, her first album for New York's RVNG Intl., Holter's vocals are given a central role throughout. The arrangements are more open and "pop" than those of Tragedy, but not at the expense of musical complexity or eccentricity. By now you'… Read more
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JULIA HOLTER - Ekstasis (Domino Records Edition), Domino Recording Co

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

ANDREA BELFI - Dubbing & Doubling, ROOM 40
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ANDREA BELFI

Dubbing & Doubling

ROOM 40

Format_dot_vinylLP // £17.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RMV402

**Single sided LP with deluxe silkscreen print on the flipside** 'Dubbing & Doubling' is a very intriguing and impressionistic homage to the sound dynamics of skateboarding. The piece was conceived as an installation by Berlin-based sound artist and composer Andrea Belfi, using two speakers with cabs made from an old halfpipe to play back his re-scoring of a two minute skate video. It results a slow moving mass of rolling, vulcanized rubber-on-cement drones punctuated by wood-on-metal coping scrapes, clanks, and claps from sideline bro's which takes on a sort of wending, abstract narra… Read more
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ANDREA BELFI - Dubbing & Doubling, ROOM 40
JOHN CHANTLER - The Luminous Ground, ROOM 40
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JOHN CHANTLER

The Luminous Ground

ROOM 40

Format_dot_vinylLP // £12.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: rm442v

**Limited edition of 320 copies, mastered and cut by LUPO at D&M. Includes free download code for FLAC or MP3 redeemable from the label** John Chantler offers his most substantial solo recordings in over seven years. Housed in lustrous, silk-screened sleeve, 'The Luminous Ground' glows with a deeply instinctive feel for bewildering, alien harmonics and psychoactivated tunings arising from processes of modular synthesis. A pulsing and glimmering collision of oscillated tone, filtered textures and syncopated rhythm, John guides his captivating patterns with a playful but sincere inte… Read more
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JOHN CHANTLER - The Luminous Ground, ROOM 40

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

TUCKER MARTINE - Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia, Sublime Frequencies
**First vinyl issue, housed in tip on-style thick card jacket** This otherworldly disc is comprised of unprocessed field recordings of an assortment of insects – mostly cicadas and dragonflies. Apparently it’s these latter beasties that make up the most distinctive element of these truly surreal soundscapes: according to Alan Bishop’s liner notes, there’s a folk tale behind the so-called Broken-Hearted Dragonflies, indigenous to Burma. These creatures emit a bizarre screeching sound upon finishing mating, only to drop dead to the ground … Read more
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TUCKER MARTINE - Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia, Sublime Frequencies

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

EDDIE C - Remixed Vol. 1, ENDLESS FLIGHT

EDDIE C

Remixed Vol. 1

ENDLESS FLIGHT

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: EF54

Marvin & Guy and Tornado Wallace remix chugging posh disco-tech tracks from Eddie C's 'Country City Country' album. Italian disco edit maestro Master&Guy gives a svelte, simmering take on 'La Palette' replete with hovering synth alarm and well measured Italo pacing. By comparison Tornado Wallace's remix of 'Under The Invisible Hands' is much more spaced out and primed to seep in and tweak the dancefloor's collective consciousness.
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MARK ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI - Casamance (Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri), Ndagga
**Superb Senegalese Mbalax produced and dubbed out by Mark Ernestus. Drum nuts need to check this out!** "The opener is a traditional Jola rhythm, typically fast and energetic, with tuned, talking and kit drums swarming over a kind of skeletal downhome guitar, somewhere between blues and disco. The Mboup brothers make a soaring, impassioned plea for an end to division and bloodshed in their Casamance homeland. Then a more deeply dug-in, spaced-out funk, edgily spun from a Serer rhythm, underpinning Mbene's reflective song about parental sacrifice. 'Sama Yaye', 'My Mother'. Both with full instrumental versions."
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MARK ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI - Casamance (Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri), Ndagga
ADRIAN SHERWOOD - Survival & Resistance, On-U Sound
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ADRIAN SHERWOOD

Survival & Resistance

On-U Sound

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: ONULP1022

UK Dub pioneer and On-U-Sound agitator Adrian Sherwood delivers his first album since his 2006 set with Lee "Scratch" Perry. We hardly need to expand on Sherwood's contributions to the musical landscape over the last 30 years - but for the bairns, he's lent his mixing desk sorcery to everyone from Ministry and NIN to Depeche Mode and Sinead O'Connor. 'Survival & Resistance' is typically plush and dread, flipping rich pattern of instrumentation into expansive, diffuse dubscapes with a sense of experimentation that's not waned in all that time. Fans of vintage Nightmares On Wax, Dennis Bovell, The Pop Group, Kode 9 should check it.
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ADRIAN SHERWOOD - Survival & Resistance, On-U Sound

Thursday, 16 May 2013

MARK ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI - Gawlo, Ndagga
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MARK ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI

Gawlo

Ndagga

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: ND05

Mark Ernestus' fruitful relationship with Senegalese group Jeri-Jeri rolls out a fifth 12" of infectious "talking drum" rhythms, this one voiced by the legendary Baaba Maal, and starring famous griot, chief drum major, Doudou Ndiaye Rose. A-side features the fluid hip slink of lathered drums on 'Gawlo' featuring emotive vocal from Baaba Maal knit with tidiest guitar licks, plus Ernestus' sensitively dubbed version. B-side barrels out with the hi-tempo bounce of 'Lignou Mome', and dazzles with the flurried percussions of 'Ndeye Gueye' featuring master drummer, Doudou Ndiaye Rose - total gold for any drum fetishists.
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MARK ERNESTUS PRESENTS JERI-JERI - Gawlo, Ndagga
éL-G - Mil Pluton, Alter / Hundebiss
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éL-G

Mil Pluton

Alter / Hundebiss

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ALT06.5 / H017

*This is an all new edition featuring revised artwork on reverse board jackets* Milan's brilliant Hundebiss Records link with Luke Younger's London-based Alter to present an otherworldly side by Élg - a member of Reines D'Angleterre with Ghedalia Tazartes. He's got some of his mates on board, too. The likes of PAN boss Bill Kouligas, TG Gondard (NNF), and Jan Anderzen (Tomutonttu/Kemialliset Ystavat) all contribute to a kaleidoscopic episode of micro-fine concrète, avant-garde electronics and dynamic EBM rhythms adding up to one of the maddest records we've heard this year. the likes of Throbbing Gri… Read more
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éL-G - Mil Pluton, Alter / Hundebiss

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

JOKER - The Face Off, KAPSIZE

JOKER

The Face Off

KAPSIZE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: KAP010

Mixed bag of grimy dubstep instrumentals by the Purple one. 'Zim Zimma' wields some axe licks on a Terror Danjah-style, sprung electro-grime bass and martial drums 'Gully Side' is ruggedly squashed futurist rave swagger laced with Belgian mentasms; 'Handz Up' is hypercoloured hardbag trance; 'Newham Generals' does what he does best, lazer-synth'ed dubstep swagger.
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ILAIYARAAJA - Ilectro, Finders Keepers Records
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ILAIYARAAJA

Ilectro

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: FKR058LP

**LP with extensive sleevenotes by Andy Votel** Finders Keepers' 3rd volume of Ilaiyaraaja tunes offers a bounty of south subcontinental '80s electro-disco-pop. While their previous collections have homed in on his work with the "Tamil Nightingale", K.S. Chitra, and "The Electronic Pop Sound Of Kollywood 1977-1983", this one follows in the same groove as Bombay Connection's excellent 'Fire Star: Synth Pop & Electro-Funk From Tamil Films 1984-1989' or Cartilage Records' amazing 'Play That Bat Mr. Raja' compilations with 17 songs selected for their dancefloor potential. Drawn from a collection of o… Read more
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ILAIYARAAJA - Ilectro, Finders Keepers Records
FACTORY FLOOR & PETER GORDON - Beachcombing / C Side (2nd Edition), Optimo Music
Excellent hook-up between two generations of influential and explorative post-punks. The meeting was originally catalysed by an email from Factory Floor's Nik Colk Void espousing her appreciation for Gordon's 1982 classic 'Condo' as Love Life Orchestra (who variously counted Arthur Russell, Rhys Chatham and Laurie Anderson in their number at one time or another) which soon enough lead to demo swaps and these two aces for Optimo Music. The A-side, 'Beachcombing' is a beauty, some 14 minutes of plush, globular bass pulses and flighty sax lines feathered with N… Read more
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FACTORY FLOOR & PETER GORDON - Beachcombing / C Side (2nd Edition), Optimo Music

Friday, 10 May 2013

SECRET CIRCUIT - Tactile Galactics, Beats In Space
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SECRET CIRCUIT

Tactile Galactics

Beats In Space

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £18.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BIS006LP

**CD and Vinyl contain different track listing - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** LA mainstay Eddie Ruscha makes blissful disco psychedelia with his esteemed pals for RVNG Intl on 'Tactile Galactics'. As a former shoegazer and core member of Medicine - the first American band signed to Creation - he's certainly got a way with melody, but his focus has long since shifted from moody rock to intergalactic dance music, bringing him into contact with the likes of Rub n' Tug's Thomas Bullock as Laughing Light Of Plenty and again with Ariel Pink's Huanted Graffiti… Read more
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SECRET CIRCUIT - Tactile Galactics, Beats In Space
SWINDLE - Airmiles (20,000 Miles Later Remix), BUTTERZ
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SWINDLE

Airmiles (20,000 Miles Later Remix)

BUTTERZ

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: AIRMILES001

Butterz land a special, one-sided '20,000 Miles Later Mix' of Swindle's 'Air Miles' ruckus. Built for instant effect, it dangerously swings between signature sweet boogie and almost Bad Company-style madness with a wild-eyed and deranged effect. Hyper-boogie grime madness!
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Wednesday, 08 May 2013

VARIOUS - Midnight Thunder EP, Hobbes Music
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VARIOUS

Midnight Thunder EP

Hobbes Music

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HM001

**Edition of 300 copies** 'Midnight Thunder' is the first in a series of EP featuring up and coming Scottish artists remixed by wiser elders and emerging talent from the international pool. We're rather taken with iO Sounds' industro-dancehall overhaul of Conquering Animal Sound's 'Treehouses' and a cool JD Twitch remix of HRH's 'Pink Ring; there's also an energetic Neil Landstrumm remix of Auntie Flo's 'Sun Ritual' and Nightwave's ravin' rebuild of Leonidas & Hobbes' 'Heavy Weather' is proper...
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Thursday, 25 April 2013

SURGEON / AUTECHRE - Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 1), Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON / AUTECHRE

Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 1)

Dynamic Tension

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DTR008

Back in stock! Operating at the bleeding edge of current techno, the latest package from Surgeon is the first of two remix selections featuring some of the most forward thinking techno constructions in recent times. Surgeon draws first blood with the original mix of the bone hard 'bad hands break', first heard by these ears in the perfect setting/state of the Ae headlined Sequence rave in Manchester last year, and belying Surgeon's current fixation with the darker end of the dubstep/breakstep spectrum. Also played that same night was the headf*cking 'DisinVectant Dislo… Read more
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SURGEON / AUTECHRE - Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 1), Dynamic Tension
SURGEON - Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 2), Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 2)

Dynamic Tension

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DTR009

Back in stock! The second of two specially selected reworks of sections from Surgeons recent operations, the remixes come from the esteemed hands of Monolake, Vex'd and Surgeon himself with two versions of bad hands break. The Monolake remix is possibly their toughest industrial techno workout to date, reinforcing the original samples with precise beat engineering evidently inspired by T++, and Robert Henke's super-structured pad arrangements. Roly Vex'd takes a less direct approach and diverts the energy of the original breakbeat techno into an industrial subbass stepper fallin… Read more
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SURGEON - Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 2), Dynamic Tension
SURGEON - Breaking The Frame, Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

Breaking The Frame

Dynamic Tension

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £13.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DTRLP2

Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on 'Breaking The Frame'. A decade is a relatively long time in musical terms, and while his (increasingly uncommon) singles over that period have remained resolutely 4/4 and heavy, his DJ sets have incorporated a wealth of influence from Dubstep and Bass music in general. This album absorbs those influences and refracts them into an impressive spectrum of styles. His taste for Scorn-like halfstep manifests on opener 'Dark Matter', finding that dynamic tension between turbulent flow and hunchback lurch. Next 'Transpa… Read more
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SURGEON - Breaking The Frame, Dynamic Tension
BRITISH MURDER BOYS - Learn Your Lesson, Counterbalance

BRITISH MURDER BOYS

Learn Your Lesson

Counterbalance

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CBX009

Demented, Brutal, astonishingly heavy collaboration between Surgeon and Regis finally available again.
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