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Monday, 07 April

MADTEO - Insider, MORPHINE
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MADTEO

Insider

MORPHINE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DOSER018

Madteo returns to Morphine Records half a decade after they first introduced him with 'Memoria'. In stark contrast to last year's amazing 'Noi Na' Lp and the 'Strumpetocracy' 12" for Nuearth Kitchen, it sounds like the machines/computer's barely hanging in there long enough to do their thang. A-side, 'Insider' marks a pocked bleep coda countered with wormy bass , evading any kind of easily gratifying "drop" in favour of intricate psychedelic patterning which works a treat. B-side, 'Hiding Hand Principle' feels like an illicit recording of some ritual you weren't meant to be privy to; hushed voices in… Read more
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MADTEO - Insider, MORPHINE

Friday, 04 April

PETE SWANSON - Punk Authority, Software Recording Co.
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PETE SWANSON

Punk Authority

Software Recording Co.

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SFT0331

**Individually numbered edition of 1000 housed in glossy jacket with download code redeemable from the label** Pete Swanson comes out all guns blazing on the monstrous 'Punk Authority' for Software. Following the trajectory set by his Type, Three Lobed and Blackest Ever Black issues, he arrives at his gnarliest sound here, a proper noise-techno bro-down primed for those intrepidly jumping ship into the roiling ocean of post-techno and extreme electronics. Wading through the chemical shower of his title track, the wailing horror of 'C.O.P' manifests guantanamo-like conditions, seceding to … Read more
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PETE SWANSON - Punk Authority, Software Recording Co.
TRIMBAL / JAMES BLAKE - Confidence Boost (Harmonimix), R&S Records
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TRIMBAL / JAMES BLAKE

Confidence Boost (Harmonimix)

R&S Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RS1210

Perhaps inevitably, R&S give James Blake's rerun of Trim's 'Condidence Boost' a proper release, backing it with another Blake-Trim head-to-head, 'Saying'. The Harmonimix version of 'Confidence Boost' has been floating around for a fair old while, and it's still thoroughly compelling - Blake applies serious vocal science to Trim's world-weary flow, looping and re-looping him into a veritable chipmunk choir, before subtly building to a climax at once ecstatic and heartbreaking. 'Saying' is more conventional but no less satisfying: Trim's laconic bars are left largely unt… Read more
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TRIMBAL / JAMES BLAKE - Confidence Boost (Harmonimix), R&S Records
LONE - Crystal Caverns 1991, R&S Records
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LONE

Crystal Caverns 1991

R&S Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RS1203

Awesome, super-calorific rave confections from Matt Cutler, heralding his mind-bending Galaxy Garden album, for R&S. The title of 'Crystal Caverns 1991' tells you exactly where your man's head is at - this is some of the most psychedelic, hectic and idea-heavy music he's ever produced, but its flights of fancy are kept firmly rooted to the dance thanks to wicked edits and percussion hits, the sway and shimmy of the latter giving the whole track a proper carnival swagger. The roller coaster drops are worthy of R&S in its infancy, rude Belgian stabs and whooshing synths working in dynamic tan… Read more
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LONE - Crystal Caverns 1991, R&S Records
JOHN CARPENTER - The Fog , Death Waltz Recording Company
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JOHN CARPENTER

The Fog

Death Waltz Recording Company

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £26.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: DW013.5

Death Waltz sashay forth with this massively anticipated remastered reissue of John Carpenter's seminal soundtrack to his horror classic, 'The Fog' (1980). One disc features the original score composed by John Carpenter, and performed by the director/musician with The Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber Orchestra; a bonus second disc includes all of the original movie cues which have never been made available on vinyl before. Together with Dinos Chapman's chilling cover image - "I decided to do exactly what K.A.B. radio warned me against: I looked deep into the fog on Antonio Bay and this imag… Read more
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JOHN CARPENTER - The Fog , Death Waltz Recording Company
BOARDS OF CANADA - Geogaddi (Reissue), Warp Records
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BOARDS OF CANADA

Geogaddi (Reissue)

Warp Records

Format_dot_vinyl3LP // £19.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPLP101R

**3LP Gatefold Vinyl - 140g pressing recut by Noel Summerville from original DAT master. Includes etching on side F. Includes sticker sheet with hexagon die cut stickers** Here's what we said when Geogaddi was first released: "An album as highly anticipated as this (four years in the making) is always going to come under intense scrutiny. Geogaddi doesn't necessarily break any new ground for Boards, but succeeds in bringing together more of the BOC magic that's reached so deeply into our collective psyche's since 'Music Has The Right...' was first released in 1998. The blueprint is … Read more
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BOARDS OF CANADA - Geogaddi (Reissue), Warp Records
TYCHO - Awake (Album), Ghostly International
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TYCHO

Awake (Album)

Ghostly International

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: GI208LP

On his 3rd album proper, Scott Hansen aka Tycho connects greater than ever with his wistful post-rock ambient spirit. 'Awake' is apparently inspired by the energy of Scott's live shows with drummer Rory O'Connor and guitarist Zac Brown, with whom he toured extensively following 2011's well received 'Dive' LP. In an attempt to re-capture that vibe, he took to a cabin in Tahoe last winter to record with Zac Brown, before eventually completing the album in the Santa Cruz hills to realise what, according to Hansen himself, is "in many ways, the first true Tycho record." It's a lush affair, driven towar… Read more
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TYCHO - Awake (Album), Ghostly International
JOHN CARPENTER - Assault On Precinct 13 (Original Score), Death Waltz Recording Company

JOHN CARPENTER

Assault On Precinct 13 (Original Score)

Death Waltz Recording Company

Format_dot_vinylLP // £19.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: DW18

**Deluxe, spot UV varnished tip on-style gatefold, plus 8-page booklet and poster** The definitive synth soundtrack receives the Death Waltz treatment ten years since it was last available on wax. 'Assault On Precinct 13' remains the best known and most influential of all John Carpenter's inspired oeuvre, widely credited as one of the base roots of techno and electro, and sampled widely by everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to Tricky. This super-plush reissue is possibly the best it's ever looked, and now comes prepped with exclusive liner notes by Carpenter himself, Clint Mansell, Austin Stoker, and Chris Alexander.
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JOHN CARPENTER - Assault On Precinct 13 (Original Score), Death Waltz Recording Company

Thursday, 03 April

POWELL - Fizz, Liberation Technologies
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POWELL

Fizz

Liberation Technologies

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: LTECH004

Following a trio of acclaimed, genre-confounding 12" drops - for his own Diagonal imprint and most recently The Death of Rave - London's Powell reports for duty at Mute's dance R&D department, Liberation Technologies. 'Fizz' picks up where the mighty 'A Band' left off, being an anachronistic party-starter that splits the difference between rockabilly shuffle and gear-grinding industrial stomp, spiced with aromatic no wave samples and squirts of acrid electronic noise - techno for teddy boys. 'Wharton Tiers On Drums' revives the jerry-built, tunnelistic groove of early Powell ace 'The Ongoing Significance… Read more
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POWELL - Fizz, Liberation Technologies
PROSTITUTES - Shatter And Lose, DIAGONAL
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PROSTITUTES

Shatter And Lose

DIAGONAL

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £8.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DIAG005

James Donadio pricked up our ears a year or so ago with his excellent 'Psychedelic Black' debut for his own StabUdown label, followed by an album for Digitalis and a split tape with Basic House co-released by Opal Tapes and Blowing Up The Workshop. Of everything we've heard from him so far "Shaking Single Engined Planes" on his debut stands out as his finest - we likened it to one of Powell's productions at the time, and funnily enough Donadio now finds himself with a Diagonal catalogue number all his own. This strong 4-track EP once again showcases Donadio's knack for imbuing dry rhyth… Read more
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PROSTITUTES - Shatter And Lose, DIAGONAL
BURMA CAMP (THE KVB) - Repulsion, Mira
The KVB unveil their gloaming industro-goth alias, Burma Camp on Avian's Mira sublabel. Three tracks home in and expand on the more coruscating, abrasive side of The KVB's sound, isolating and tempering its most esoteric side. The noxious cloud of tortured vocals and jagged pulses in 'Repulsion' falls somewhere between the desolate black metal of Wold and Silent Servant's most blown-out post-punk techno, full of evil, pregnant suspense and 'marish intent. 'Isa' reminds more of Zhark Record's bleakest, thundering techno, but alloyed with stentorian, dystopian dungeon vocals, and 'Attracti… Read more
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BURMA CAMP (THE KVB) - Repulsion, Mira
FIS - Preparations, Tri Angle Records
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FIS

Preparations

Tri Angle Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TRIANGLE21

After a pair of real killer EP's last year (both of them making it to our top 100 singles of 2012), Tri Angle present the label debut from FIS on his 'Preparations' EP. FIS has evolved a unique mutation of core D&B electronics with a shocking sense of rhythm structure and abstract texturing resulting in those mind-blowing records for Exit and close Kiwi pals, Samurai Horo, in the last few years. For Tri Angle, he offers up a necessary reissue of his aerobic-mystic modern classic, 'DMT Usher' - which now fetches mad money 2nd hand - backed with three exclusive new forms: the crushing/crushed geometri… Read more
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FIS - Preparations, Tri Angle Records
ZOMBY - Dedication, 4AD
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ZOMBY

Dedication

4AD

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CAD3119

*Limited Copies available again* It's not like it's his first full-length offering, but nonetheless there's a weight and a composure to this release, right down to its sequencing, presentation and home on 4AD, which screams "debut LP proper". Fair play to the geez, he's done himself proud here: the eldritch, tranced-out double-punch of opening tracks 'Witch Hunt' and 'Natalia's Song' sets the tone for an album that delivers unabashed emotion, narcotic drift and rudeboy grit in equal and complementary measure. The absolutely boss 'Riding With Death' is like grime from outer space, smacked-up and dubb… Read more
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ZOMBY - Dedication, 4AD

Wednesday, 02 April

APHEX TWIN - Windowlicker, Warp Records

APHEX TWIN

Windowlicker

Warp Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WAP105

Finally re-pressed!
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DJ RASHAD - Rollin EP, Hyperdub
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DJ RASHAD

Rollin EP

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinyl2x12" // £11.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: HDB070

Four future-facing but rootsy footwork constructions from Rashad, including collaborations with DJ Manny and DJ Spinn. You can see why Hyperdub snapped this one up for release, it's a really focussed and (UK) dancefloor-aware EP: 'Let It Go' jumps out: all tremulous strings, limpid keys and the titular vocal refrain at once yearning and hectoring, but 'Rollin' is the A1 for a reason, delivering nuff juke flavour but nonetheless low-riding and R&B-juiced enough to fit into, say, a Hud Mo or Rustie set. Breathtakingly minimal Manny hook-up 'Drums Please' is a classic-in-the-making, a squealing boo… Read more
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DJ RASHAD - Rollin EP, Hyperdub

Tuesday, 01 April

THEO PARRISH & TONY ALLEN - Day Like This / Feel Loved, Wildheart Recordings
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THEO PARRISH & TONY ALLEN

Day Like This / Feel Loved

Wildheart Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.49

DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: WHR001

A dream meeting of legendary Lagosian drummer Tony Allen and Detroit/Chicago maverick, Theo Parrish for Theo's own new imprint - Wildheart Recordings. After meeting up at RBMA sessions in Toronto and London, and later at the Honest Jon's Chop Up shows, the celebrated artists forged a bond which extended to the studio and resulted in these two soul-nourishing grooves vocalled by Sound Signature celeb Andrew Ashong and Eska Mtungwazi (Matthew Herbert Big Band/New Sector Movements) and anchored by The Invisible's bass player David Okumu. On A-side Theo's soft keys and Es… Read more
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THEO PARRISH & TONY ALLEN - Day Like This / Feel Loved, Wildheart Recordings
ACTRESS - Actress Meets Shangaan Electro, Honest Jon's Records
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ACTRESS

Actress Meets Shangaan Electro

Honest Jon's Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HJP62

Deeply unhinged, potent revisions of the Shangaan sound from the inimitable Actress. Let's not beat around the bush here; these are two of the most out-there productions in his catalogue, venturing further between worlds than any of his peers dare, and at once resetting the consensual allowance for noise and psychoactive madness in what could still be called a "dance" track. A-side sounds like a stray radio transmission picked up by alien receivers, buffering the groove with malleable white noise and psychedelic filter flux. B-side, the manic intensity of Shangaan Electro is fu… Read more
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ACTRESS - Actress Meets Shangaan Electro, Honest Jon's Records
ACTRESS - Ghettoville, Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune
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ACTRESS

Ghettoville

Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinyl3LP // £20.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WDNT006

*Triple LP housed in a gorgeous die-cut sleeve* The bleary-eared swagger of 'Ghettoville' concludes Actress' album cycle begun with his debut 'Hazyville' back in 2008. As we're sure you're well aware, in the meantime he's released a pair of modern classics, 'Splazsh' and 'R.I.P.', two radically rugged, sophisticated abstractions of electronic music alternately rendered in crystal clear and far-more-murky resolution. With 'Ghettoville' it would appear he's wearing his black-tinted glasses again, the ones which don't show up his bloodshot eyes and give him license to prowl the most fugged-up interz… Read more
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ACTRESS - Ghettoville, Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune
JAMES FERRARO - Far Side Virtual, Hippos In Tanks
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JAMES FERRARO

Far Side Virtual

Hippos In Tanks

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: HIT013

For the past seven years or more James Ferraro has been mapping out the MTV-reared, internet-scrambled parapsychology of an entire f*cked up generation, releasing countless tapes, CD-Rs and LPs to expound and expand his pungently postmodern vision. Recently that slew has abated a little while he's been preparing this full-length for Hippos In Tanks, and now we can see why: Far Side Virtual is by far the most evolved, immersive, accessible and acute Ferraro offering to date, at once a major departure from his previous work and a perfect distillation of his long-standing themes. On first… Read more
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JAMES FERRARO - Far Side Virtual, Hippos In Tanks
F*CK BUTTONS - Street Horrrsing (Re-Press), ATP/Recordings

F*CK BUTTONS

Street Horrrsing (Re-Press)

ATP/Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ATPRLP28

*Limited Repressing Of Long-Out-Of-Print Debut 2LP on 180gm Vinyl* Despite sounding like some gnarled American psychedelic group who've been going for years, Bristol's F*ck Buttons are a fresh-faced young duo, experimenting somewhere within the cracks between noise music and melodic, electronic post-rock to quite electrifying effect. 'Sweet Love For Planet Earth' contrasts twinkling, multitapped music box ditties against a dense, pulsating bassline, slowly escalating and carving out an insistent riff framework over the course of ten minutes or so. It probably wouldn't be too g… Read more
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F*CK BUTTONS - Street Horrrsing (Re-Press), ATP/Recordings

Monday, 31 March

WEN - Commotion EP (Repress), Keysound
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WEN

Commotion EP (Repress)

Keysound

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LDN035

**Repress!!** Pure dread at 130 on Keysound from newcomer Wen, approaching the gulliest grime riddims with a cinematic lens and razor-sharp production. Fans of Beneath's fiendishly engineered rollers will be feeling 'Commotion' and 'Nightcrawler' but the truth is they're even icier and more minimal than that, the sound design more precise and punishing. It's no fluke either: the whole EP cuts like a freshly whetted blade: 'Spark It' turns on flightier, UKF-informed drum programming, but evokes the kind of widescreen rudeboy paranoia the likes of which we haven't felt since Loefah's earliest … Read more
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WEN - Commotion EP (Repress), Keysound

Friday, 28 March

SLINT - Untitled, Touch & Go
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SLINT

Untitled

Touch & Go

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TG132

Two-Track 10" originally released in 1994, now available once again on vinyl.
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VOICES FROM THE LAKE - Velo di Maya, The Bunker New York
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VOICES FROM THE LAKE

Velo di Maya

The Bunker New York

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: BK003

Donato Dozzy and Neel's Voices From The Lake drop the best release yet on The Bunker New York. Befitting of the club/label's dark, purist techno aesthetic, their three cuts chart unfathomably deep, fluid minimal techno zones, swimming between the womb-like systolic sub pulses, siren chorales and silty pads of 'Velo di Maya' to the turbulent, stormy roil of 'Sentiero' and concluding with a prime example of their live practice - the best showcase of their attunted style - with an eight minute live edit of 'Respiro' unfolding patiently hypnotic bass modulations and rising crests of harmonic noise with a lushly meditative poise.
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VOICES FROM THE LAKE - Velo di Maya, The Bunker New York
APHEX TWIN - Selected Ambient Works 85-92, R&S Records
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APHEX TWIN

Selected Ambient Works 85-92

R&S Records

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AMBLP3922LP

*2013 Re-Press* at long last the remastered edition is back in, pressed up on glorious double vinyl and housed in the original artwork...
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Thursday, 27 March

WANDA GROUP - Outer Alsatian EP, Notown Records
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WANDA GROUP

Outer Alsatian EP

Notown Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NOTOWN022T

More intriguing moves from Louis Johnstone's WANDA GROUP, this time presented on Gold Panda's Notown label. Something of an increasingly cult figure whose music follows few known vectors or conventions, WANDA GROUP's inner space sound beguiles and gratifies in equal measures on 'Outer Alsation EP'. Unlike so much music that sounds like you've heard it all before, there's a real sense of temporal dislocation and downright oddness at play here that feels genuinely otherworldly, undefined and new. Following a morbid theme throughout his oeuvre, both pieces were conceived as elegies to his … Read more
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WANDA GROUP - Outer Alsatian EP, Notown Records
HAUSCHKA - Abandoned City, City Slang
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HAUSCHKA

Abandoned City

City Slang

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: SLANG50060LP

*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "'The Prepared Piano', Hauschka's first recording using prepared piano, was a solo album of spontaneous improvisations. The sounds he generated changed the course of his musical journey and he's since used prepared piano in a variety of settings. On 'Ferndorf', pieces composed in honor of his childhood home in Germany, he balanced improvisation with compositions that featured cellists, trombonists and violinists playing his inventive arrangements. The 'acoustic techno' of 'Salon des Amateurs' featured drummers Samuli Kosminen (Múm), and Joey … Read more
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HAUSCHKA - Abandoned City, City Slang
THEO PARRISH / BURNT FRIEDMAN - Meet Mancingelani and Zinja Hlungwani, Honest Jon's Records
Theo Parrish and Burnt Friedman make good on the fourth edition of this inspired Shangaan remix series. Frontside is a shocker from Chicago/Detroit's Theo P, folding, looping, kneading and spiking elements of 'Vana Vasesi' by Mancingelani for a proper psyched-out and jazzed-up revision which simply couldn't have come from anyone else. Down under, nu-dub player Burnt Friedman meets Zinja Hlungwani's 'Ntombi Ya Mugaza' in a much slower, heavier version, teasing out the drums and melody into achingly tidy yet off-kilter patterns with his cryptic touch. The Theo's a beauty, well recommended!
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THEO PARRISH / BURNT FRIEDMAN - Meet Mancingelani and Zinja Hlungwani, Honest Jon's Records

Tuesday, 25 March

VARIOUS - Bombay Disco, CULTURES OF SOUL
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VARIOUS

Bombay Disco

CULTURES OF SOUL

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £20.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: COS008LP

**Gatefold double vinyl with extensive liner notes** Incredible set of "Filmi" disco hits from Bombay circa 1979-1985, starring some of the biggest names in Bollywood music and including *that* version of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'! As you might imagine from a Bollywood soundtrack compilation, it's all super camp and decadent, but if you've been checking the Finders Keepers, Bombay Connection or Cartilage Records reissues, you'll realise that aesthetic dovetailed perfectly with Bombay's taste for devilishly effective disco bangers. Selected by DJ Brother Cleve from the dustiest bazaars in I… Read more
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VARIOUS - Bombay Disco, CULTURES OF SOUL
VARIOUS / RECOLLECTION GRM - Traces Two, RECOLLECTION GRM
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VARIOUS / RECOLLECTION GRM

Traces Two

RECOLLECTION GRM

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: REGRM008

**Debossed, silver-inked jacket and printed inner designed by Stephen O'Malley** Recollections GRM presents four "forgotten" and compelling electro-acoustic pieces from the institute's world famous archive. These are "early" works, created before 1976 by four composers who each went on to mark distinguished paths. Now, digitally transferred and cut to vinyl (at Berlin's D&M), these sounds are given a 2nd life, or even a first as some were previously unissued. Lovers of electronic music with a pioneering and uncompromising spirit will find much to engage with. "Dominique Guiot «L'o… Read more
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VARIOUS / RECOLLECTION GRM - Traces Two, RECOLLECTION GRM
MAXMILLION DUNBAR - Girls Dream, Ramp Recordings
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MAXMILLION DUNBAR

Girls Dream

Ramp Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: RAMP035

Choice slow-house and boogie hallucinations from Maxmillion Dunbar. We were suitably impressed with his 'Bare Feet' EP for Ramp last year and this one is looking set to do the same. 'Girls Dream' spins out on the A-side at a nonchalant 100bpm drowsily editing a soft-focus disco cut with a similar intent to the Thriller series or like a more smudged Firecracker production. 'Bells Dream' on the flipside is like a hazily recollected proto-house track where the machine rhythms have been eroded to a skeletal sketch and the melodic surfaces seem about to evaporate into the recesses of memory.… Read more
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MAXMILLION DUNBAR - Girls Dream, Ramp Recordings