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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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BRITISH MURDER BOYS - All The Saints Have Been Hung, Counterbalance

BRITISH MURDER BOYS

All The Saints Have Been Hung

Counterbalance

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CBX012

Demented, Brutal, astonishingly heavy collaboration between Surgeon and Regis finally available again.
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LAPALUX - Nostalchic, Brainfeeder
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LAPALUX

Nostalchic

Brainfeeder

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £18.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BF037

*Limited Vinyl Edition pressed on 180gm wax and including a download code redeemable from the label* Highly impressive debut album from Brainfeeder's British ambassador. Proceeding the course of his celebrated singles for Pictures Music and remixes for everyone from AlunaGeorge to Bonobo, 'Nostalchic' casts trusted vocalists Jenna Andrews, Kerry Leatham and Astrid Williamson in a pop/R&B complex of refracted electronics and digital stumble crafted with the finickiest attention to details. We can hear the ghosts of UK 'nuum music jostling with bewitched R&B songstresses and keening cinematic synths… Read more
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LAPALUX - Nostalchic, Brainfeeder

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

AUTRE NE VEUT - Anxiety, Software Recording Co.
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AUTRE NE VEUT

Anxiety

Software Recording Co.

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SFT0131

Finally!!! Autre Ne Veut births a sensational 2nd album, twisting the emotionally fraught template of his self-titled debut - one of THE records of 2010 - on ten tracks of 'Anxiety'. In the most classic pop sense, Autre Ne Veut expresses those feelings that people struggle to deal with, isolating and rendering an ultra-fine audio frequency spectrum of bio-chemical triggers that leave us blessed and baffled in equal measure every time we submit to these emotional experiments. As a combination of that heart-clawing voice, intense vortices of arpeggiated trance escalation, body-slamming industrial… Read more
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AUTRE NE VEUT - Anxiety, Software Recording Co.

Friday, 19 April 2013

OLD APPARATUS - Harem, Sullen Tone
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OLD APPARATUS

Harem

Sullen Tone

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ST004

Old Apparatus resolve the 2012 cycle of compelling singles on their Sullen Tone imprint with the haunting sonic witchcraft of 'Harem'. Rich with industrial atmospherics, shoegazing harmonic emotion and ambient spectrality, we'd daresay this is their best yet. From the breathtaking, windswept drama of 'Sunday Service' to the creaking ritualistic intrigue of 'Mernom', in the purposeful tribalism of 'Dourado' and the imposing sepulchral weight of 'Octafish' they've refined their sound for potently affective and downright scary impact.
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Thursday, 18 April 2013

VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE - Jazz Noire: Darktown Sleaze from the Mean Streets of 1940s L.A., FANTASTIC VOYAGE
*Cinematically themed 50-track selection of late '40s jazz and blues with full colour booklet of sleevenotes and artwork. Includes music by Ella Fitgerald, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk Quartet, King Cole Trio, Baron Mingus and His Octet, Charlie Parker, Cab Calloway and many more* "Jazz Noire is your soundtrack to the mean streets of Los Angeles in the post-war 1940s. Bookended by classic film noir themes of the period, this selection presents studio recordings by the era's most famous musicians, many of whom were based in, or … Read more
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VARIOUS / FANTASTIC VOYAGE - Jazz Noire: Darktown Sleaze from the Mean Streets of 1940s L.A., FANTASTIC VOYAGE
YOUNGSTAR - Pulse X (Visionist / Blackwax Mixes), Liminal Sounds
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YOUNGSTAR

Pulse X (Visionist / Blackwax Mixes)

Liminal Sounds

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LMNL001

Visionist and Blackwax remix the foundational grime instrumental 'Pulse X' (regarded by many as the first ever Grime track) on its tenth anniversary. As part of a wider project including further remixes from Slackk, Pedro 123 and Elsewhere, this plate features Visionist's rugged, almost psychedelic refit on the front; a vortex of snakestyle syncopation, gully baroque strings and febrile bass work. Better yet, Blackwax traverses the 'nuum to retrofit slicing jungle breaks against the original bass motif and kinetic dubbing with deadly effect.
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VESSEL - Standard EP, LEFT BLANK
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VESSEL

Standard EP

LEFT BLANK

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: LB005

Throwing Snow and Patrick Hanrahan's Left_Blank greenhouse bears another delicious fruit from Vessel, dropping his 2nd solo EP proper ahead of a keenly anticipated debut album for Tri Angle. Operating somewhere between the cloudy headspaces of Andy Stott, Hype Williams and Actress, the 'Standard' EP coolly zig-zags between blunted House haunted with Drexciyan echoes on the downslow butt-thumper 'Standard', to uptempo Detroit techniques with eyes-down appeal on 'Merge', before the dislocated, destabilized patterns of 'Zero' fray into Radiophonic ether with a raw hypnotic intuition. Next to Samoyed,… Read more
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VESSEL - Standard EP, LEFT BLANK
X RAY POP - Pirate! The Dark Side Of The X, Finders Keepers Records
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X RAY POP

Pirate! The Dark Side Of The X

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: CACHE09LP

**Finders Keepers Say: "Micro-kosmic domestic-synth-pop, pocket punk, French funk ultra rarity. Originally released in 1985 as a limited edition of 100 black cassette tapes"** Finders Keepers' Cache Cache sister label come up trumps again with this cute Gallic rarity by the prolific X-Ray Pop pair. Specially dug out by Andy Votel, 'Pirate' ranks as one of their freakiest episodes, 15 tidy, jerky, jabbin' synth-pop nuggets kissed with Zouka Dzaza's ever-endearing vocals over short, sharp shocks of cheap synth and tinny, rapid-fire drum machine patter bound for budget kicks in your bedsit/squat. 
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X RAY POP - Pirate! The Dark Side Of The X, Finders Keepers Records

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

BENOIT PIOULARD - Hymnal, Kranky

BENOIT PIOULARD

Hymnal

Kranky

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KRANK178LP

"Hymnal is the fourth kranky album by Thomas Meluch under his musical alias Benoit Pioulard, following Précis (2006), Temper (2008) and Lasted (2010). It was written and recorded throughout a year spent in southeastern England and on the European mainland, during which the ubiquity of religious iconography and grandiose cathedrals became an unexpected muse. Raised as a Catholic but never especially pious, Meluch drew on this aspect of social history as the basis for Hymnal's 12 chapters. He notes a particular preoccupation with the ways that faith offers a sense of solace and belonging in an e… Read more
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BENOIT PIOULARD - Hymnal, Kranky
ELOQ - C'Mon, ACTIVIA BENZ

ELOQ

C'Mon

ACTIVIA BENZ

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BNZ003

Heat-seeking hypercoloured crunq funq from the Danish producer for fans of Rustie and Hud Mo, replete with trance-bounce remix by Slugabed. The fun starts with the bubblin' 808s and siren of the title tune and works hard for your sweat with sub-loaded talkbox jam 'Freaky' alongside the brass-shotting badass 'Klonux' and the lip-smacking lazer grabber 'Stadium', setting the scene for Slugabed's mephy synapse triggering remix of 'C'Mon'.
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Monday, 15 April 2013

ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - 1612 Underture (Limited Vinyl Edition), Bird Records
**Marvellous concept album commenting on and commemorating the Pendle Witch trials of 1612 in the midst of undue patriotism in the jubilee year. Features the unmistakably Lancastrian enunciation of actress Maxine Peak** "1612 Underture is a 12 chapter sound poem based of the mistreatment and memory of the Pendle Witches who were executed in Lancashire, England, on 20 August 1612; Elizabeth Device, James Device, Alizon Device, Anne Whittle (aka Chattox), Anne Redferne. Jane Bulcock, John Bulcock, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt and Jennet Preston, as we… Read more
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ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - 1612 Underture (Limited Vinyl Edition), Bird Records

Tuesday, 09 April 2013

EYELESS IN GAZA - Butterfly Attitude, DOWNWARDS
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EYELESS IN GAZA

Butterfly Attitude

DOWNWARDS

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DNEIG01

*Includes a copy of the CD album (with two extra tracks) free inside* **Downwards' DO series makes its boldest statement yet, an album of new material by arch-Industrial Folkies Eyeless In Gaza. The Techno crowd might feel Downwards are taking liberties, but even the most ardent disciples of bosh are encouraged to give it a chance, at least. 5-track LP includes full 7-track CD release** Fact Mag sez it best: "Regis and Eyeless's Martyn Bates go back a long way. Almost twenty years later, Eyeless In Gaza are ready to release their first record on Downwards, one which will doubtless … Read more
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EYELESS IN GAZA - Butterfly Attitude, DOWNWARDS
BAUHAUS - In The Flat Field, 4AD
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BAUHAUS

In The Flat Field

4AD

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £16.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CAD2901

**Full album on CD included inside**
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BAND OF HOLY JOY - Wyrd Beautiful Thyme, Exotic Pylon Records

BAND OF HOLY JOY

Wyrd Beautiful Thyme

Exotic Pylon Records

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £5.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: EP08-7

"Band of Holy Joy's first new songs since their How to Kill a Butterfly album was released to universal acclaim at the close of 2011 (including album of the year at Beat Surrender)! And whilst that album moved through some dark places, Wyrd Beautiful Thyme finds love and life in chaos embracing the pockets of joy that can still be found even as the world spirals into hell. This beautifully illustrated 7" (their first since 1992) finds Johny and the band in ebullient mind and body - the title track is energised and gleeful with loose percussion, fuzzy synth, woody wah wah and enc… Read more
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BAND OF HOLY JOY - Wyrd Beautiful Thyme, Exotic Pylon Records

Monday, 08 April 2013

THE KNIFE - Deep Cuts (Vinyl Reissue), Brille Records Ltd

THE KNIFE

Deep Cuts (Vinyl Reissue)

Brille Records Ltd

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: BRILLP105

*Vinyl Reissue* You've all heard 'Heartbeats' by now, okay so chances are you won't have heard Swedish bro and sis duo The Knife's original, but you know the track. It appeared as if from nowhere last year on Sony's successful Bravia advertisement as covered by fellow Swedish sort Jose Gonzalez, a move which shot Gonzalez to fame and no doubt collected Olof and Karin Dreijer a wad of cash from MCPS, but it has taken a little longer for this duo to achieve any sort of mainstream success. Although championed by Pitchfork and other internet magazines and blogs, their leftfield and cred… Read more
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THE KNIFE - Deep Cuts (Vinyl Reissue), Brille Records Ltd
JANE WEAVER / DEMDIKE STARE / THE FOCUS GROUP - The Watchbird Alluminate, Bird Records
Demdike Stare, The Focus Group, Anworth Kirk, Susan Christie and Samandtheplants, among others, rework songs from Jane Weaver's 'Fallen By The Watch Bird' LP, pressed up on this beautiful vinyl edition for the Finders Keepers affiliated Bird imprint. Taking influences from Eastern European children's cinema, Germanic kunstmärchen, 70s television music and early murmurs of 80s synth-pop, the album is described by the label as a "new conceptual pop project featuring cosmic aquatic folklore" - and the source material is here handed over to a suitably co… Read more
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JANE WEAVER / DEMDIKE STARE / THE FOCUS GROUP - The Watchbird Alluminate, Bird Records

Tuesday, 02 April 2013

FENNESZ / DAFELDECKER / BRANDLMAYR - Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created, m=minimal
**Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** 'Till The World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created' is the name of the new group project created by Austrian musicians Christian Fennesz, Martin Brandlmayr and Werner Dafeldecker. These three are certainly no strangers to one another's work, having all collaborated together under various improvisational formats, most notably as Polwechsel. This album began life with each member of the trio composing their own short piece of music, edited from a number of improvised sessions. O… Read more
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FENNESZ / DAFELDECKER / BRANDLMAYR - Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created, m=minimal

Monday, 25 March 2013

SOHRAB - Between Strangers, Touch
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SOHRAB

Between Strangers

Touch

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £6.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TS15

'Between Strangers' is Sohrab's first physical follow-up to his widely received debut LP, 'A Hidden Place' (2010), and burrows further into that same lonely, displaced headspace. There is a dramatic melancholy and underlying rage to both pieces which can't be ignored, making for deeply compelling listening. The A-side in particular uses lo-fi recording of "Voice of a burnt generation" attributed enigmatically to "Hani", recorded in the Eissenhutenstadt refugee camp, Germany to great effect, placing her warbling plead against shadowy drones, sehtar-like licks and stentorian voices ricocheting… Read more
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SOHRAB - Between Strangers, Touch

Friday, 22 March 2013

FUSIOON - Absolute Fusioon, Finders Keepers Records
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FUSIOON

Absolute Fusioon

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: FKR046LP

**Now re-pressed on Green Vinyl* **Uniquely complex Catalan prog-rock fusions and nascent Ibizan psychedelia from early '70s - tipped for fans of Soft Machine or Egg or the preceding Absolute Belter compilation.** " Who can ignore a band with a name this blatant? An epic soundtrack when Spain was adjusting to a new political era, with it's own Catalan swagger." - Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73). "Imagine a merging of Soft Machine and Egg... A catalan Canterbury rather than many who reside in Can't-erbury". " From the foundations of the Catalan Rock Laietà movement. An uber-legendary expo… Read more
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FUSIOON - Absolute Fusioon, Finders Keepers Records

Thursday, 21 March 2013

PEVERELIST - Erstwhile Rhythm / The Grind, Punch Drunk Records

PEVERELIST

Erstwhile Rhythm / The Grind

Punch Drunk Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DRUNK002

Back in stock. Bristol comes correct in innovative fashion this week with an absolute winner from the man Peveralist. Notable for holding down down the excellent Rooted records dubstep specialist shop in Bristol and curating the inreasingly on point Punch Drunk records, Tom Peveralist drops his debut 12" with precision timing. Operating at the crux of the dubstep/techno crossover 'erstwhile rhythm' succinctly bridges the gap between the hypnotic minimal techno patterns of Ricardo Villalobos and the heavyweight polyrhthmic machinations of dubstep magician Mala. Running at a 140bpm… Read more
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PEVERELIST - Erstwhile Rhythm / The Grind, Punch Drunk Records

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

TONY ALLEN - Moyege (Mark Ernestus Mix), Honest Jon's Records

TONY ALLEN

Moyege (Mark Ernestus Mix)

Honest Jon's Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: HJP32

Finally back in stock. Basic Channel heads will be creaming themselves about this, two pristine Mark Ernestus mixes of legendary drummer Tony Allen, the first with a subtle BC undertone to the brilliantly joyous African rhythms of "Moyege", the second a rediculously deep "Disco Dub" instrumental that will destroy you, we promise. Totally immense record - snap 'em up!
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Friday, 15 March 2013

JOKER - Holly Brook Park / 80's, KAPSIZE
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JOKER

Holly Brook Park / 80's

KAPSIZE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: KAP001

You can't hold this kid down at the moment, Joker lunges out again following from the success of his 'Gully Brook Lane' 12" and the ubiquitous 'Snake Charmer', with another P-f*cked synthline trip on 'Holly Brook Park', but it's the B-side '80's' that makes this one a dead cert, rolling in on some gangsta leaning tip with snapping 808's and rumbling sub pressure providing an anchor for his bobbing 8-bit melodies and crafty keywork. Proper badass blunt rolling gear. Sick.
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DUSK + BLACKDOWN - Dasaflex, Keysound
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DUSK + BLACKDOWN

Dasaflex

Keysound

Format_dot_vinylLP // £10.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN033LP

Some four years since their debut, Martin Clark aka pivotal blogger/DJ/broadcaster Blackdown, and Dan Frampton aka production spar Dusk drop a wicked 2nd LP 'pon ya. In the time since their debut the scene has changed considerably and they've matched developments in their very own way, dallying with variations of 4/4 House and broken garage, eski and R&G, while pretty much leaving the halfstep thing for dead. And compared with their previous, they've largely eschewed guest collaborations in favour of really honing their own style to a hard-bodied dasaflex. However, those who do appear are int… Read more
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DUSK + BLACKDOWN - Dasaflex, Keysound
IKONIKA - Sahara Michael / Fish, Hyperdub
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IKONIKA

Sahara Michael / Fish

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDB029

Hyperdub's gradual re-configuration and re-contextualisation of synthfunk continues apace with this blinding twelve from Sara Abdel-Hamid's Ikonika project, bringing forward 8-bit machinations, overdriven synth arrangements and heavy heavy bass pads. "Sahara Michael" spans the a-side with its sharpened synth layers edging forward with a staggered kind of self restraint, sort of like a sped-up 8-bit death march intertwined with an alien p-funk alignment of broken keys and frayed synths dominating the mix. It's strangely propulsive and unfathomably heavy when played loud - something to do, … Read more
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IKONIKA - Sahara Michael / Fish, Hyperdub

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

THROWING SNOW - Clamor EP, Snowfall
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THROWING SNOW

Clamor EP

Snowfall

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: SNFL001

Throwing Snow makes his first mark on 2012 with a forward brace of highly individual productions backed with a club-ready Gold Panda remix. It's now nine months since his last release, the 'Too Polite' wrecker on Local Action, and it was evidently time well spent refining and working deeper into his unique style. A-side he presents the roiling ruckus of 'Clamor', a shock of 3D-rendered post-footwork drum patterns, schizoid darkside stabs and swarming, abstract electronics unified by his melancholic musicianship, contrasting with the initially cool grooving composure of 'Brook', which soon giv… Read more
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THROWING SNOW - Clamor EP, Snowfall