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Monday, 01 December

MICACHU & THE SHAPES AND THE LONDON SINFONIETTA - Chopped & Screwed, Rough Trade
**Includes download coupon with exclusive bonus material - redeemable from the label** Classical crunk, who'd a thunk it? Michachu, that's who. Her and The Shapes collaborated with London Sinfonietta to create 'Chopped & Screwed' live in front of an audience at Kings Place, London in May 2010, providing Rough Trade with their first ever classical release. The concept itself is pretty far flung, merging the disciplines of codeine-laced cough syrup-drankin' early '90s Houston HipHop legend, DJ Screw, with the rarified sound of one of the world's leading con… Read more
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MICACHU & THE SHAPES AND THE LONDON SINFONIETTA - Chopped & Screwed, Rough Trade
NIGHTMARES ON WAX - Carboot Soul  (Vinyl Reissue), Warp Records

NIGHTMARES ON WAX

Carboot Soul (Vinyl Reissue)

Warp Records

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £17.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WARPLP61R

*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s third album from 1999. Four years on from the critically acclaimed ‘Smokers Delight’, the follow-up is an extension of the dreamy soul and jazz-influenced downtempo hip hop of the former record.

Friday, 28 November

EARTH - Hex : Or Printing In The Infernal Method (Reissue), Southern Lord Recordings
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EARTH

Hex : Or Printing In The Infernal Method (Reissue)

Southern Lord Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £21.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SUNN48LP

*Deluxe double vinyl reissue* Initially seen as something of a curate's egg on Sub Pop, Earth have gone on to be one of the most influential bands of recent years, spawning the entire dronecore / death metal scene (Sunn O))) etc.) as well as helping to mould the likes of Mogwai, Jim O'Rouke and (if their reverential appearance on the recent 'Legacy of Dissolution' LP is anything to go by) even Autechre. Back with their first proper album for 9 years ('Hex; or Printing In The Infernal Method'), Earth seem eager to discard the overly distorted sound that has come t… Read more
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EARTH - Hex : Or Printing In The Infernal Method (Reissue), Southern Lord Recordings
A CERTAIN RATIO - Sextet (Remastered / Expanded Ressue), FACTORY BENELUX
*Deluxe double vinyl Remastered and Expanded edition of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982*. Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha ‘Tili’ Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One),… Read more
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A CERTAIN RATIO - Sextet (Remastered / Expanded Ressue), FACTORY BENELUX
SURGEON - Surgeon EP (2014 Remaster), SRX
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SURGEON

Surgeon EP (2014 Remaster)

SRX

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SRX001

Reissue of Surgeon's debut template for hard-as-f**k Brummie techno, originally issued in 1994. We hardly need to tell any hard techno fans the history of this 12", but for everyone else it was released in 1995 on his pal Regis' Downwards label as Lino 06. It contains the stringent, scowling minimalism of 'Magneze' and the buck-wild Chicagoan styles of 'Move' on the A-side, backed with the slinkier, dub chord-driven 'Atol' and the thunderous attack of 'Argon' on the flip. P-r-o-p-e-r pounders.
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Thursday, 27 November

SUFJAN STEVENS - Seven Swans (2014 Reissue), SOUNDS FAMILYRE

SUFJAN STEVENS

Seven Swans (2014 Reissue)

SOUNDS FAMILYRE

Format_dot_vinylLP + 7" // £16.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: SF18LP

Limited vinyl Reissue - complete with a bonus 7" ("I Went Dancing With My Sister" / "Waste Of What Your Kids Won't Have").. "When thinking about re-issuing the vinyl version of "Seven Swans," Sufjan and I decided to look back at some of the unmixed tracks that didn't make the cut for the record. I went back to the 1/4" 8 track tapes and made rough mixes of these recordings to play for Sufjan. "Seven Swans" was actually recorded before "Michigan", so we had an early version of "Romulus" that Sufjan had decided didn't work with the album. Also we had a song "Borderline" which end… Read more
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SUFJAN STEVENS - Seven Swans (2014 Reissue), SOUNDS FAMILYRE

Tuesday, 25 November

AUTRE NE VEUT / MORDANT MUSIC / EKOPLEKZ - Variables II EP, Mordant Music
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AUTRE NE VEUT / MORDANT MUSIC / EKOPLEKZ

Variables II EP

Mordant Music

Format_dot_vinylLP // £5.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MM048LP

Mordant Music present their 2nd 'Variables' compendium, including a striking MMix of Autre Ne Veut's 'Soldier' and original material by Mordant Music, Sii and Ekoplekz. It's gotta be said, we're massive fan of Autre Ne Veut, and the Mordant reMMix injects it with some psychotomimetic substance to see it stagger around like a spiked indie kid at 6am in a dirty warehouse rave. Just the ticket! Meanwhile, Ekoplekz follows his widely acclaimed singles and tape pack with two deep fried electro-dubz: the churning arabesque 'Organite' and the killer Sun Araw-styled, bare… Read more
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AUTRE NE VEUT / MORDANT MUSIC / EKOPLEKZ - Variables II EP, Mordant Music
BASIC CHANNEL - Q 1.1, Basic Channel

BASIC CHANNEL

Q 1.1

Basic Channel

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: BC-04

The fourth installment in the classic Basic Channel series - Features all four versions of the mighty Q1.1.
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JEROME DERRADJI PRESENTS - Kstarke Records: The House That Jackmaster Hater Built (Vol. 2), Still Music
*Volume Two of Two - 6 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
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JEROME DERRADJI PRESENTS - Kstarke Records: The House That Jackmaster Hater Built (Vol. 2), Still Music

Monday, 24 November

SOME TRUTHS - Bliss Abyss, We Can Elude Control
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SOME TRUTHS

Bliss Abyss

We Can Elude Control

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: WCEC011

We Can Elude Control gets the best out of Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef aka Some Truths in the tensile, technoid modular and broken drum-machine deviations of 'Bliss Abyss'. As opposed to his more self-consciously "quirky" gear, there's a taut sense of discipline informed by dancefloor structures in these eight tracks released by Paul Purgas ov Emptyset's label. We can hear ideas filched from Footwork, house, techno and dancehall and wedged into these tracks, along with Cumbers unique feel for melodic arrangement and evolutionary, dub-wise space. Matching the crisp, kinetic aesthetics of recen… Read more
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SOME TRUTHS - Bliss Abyss, We Can Elude Control
DALHOUS - Will To Be Well, BLACKEST EVER BLACK
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DALHOUS

Will To Be Well

BLACKEST EVER BLACK

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £17.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BLACKESTLP007

**Gatefold double vinyl. Includes download** 'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in a… Read more
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DALHOUS - Will To Be Well, BLACKEST EVER BLACK

Thursday, 20 November

WOLF EYES - No Answer : Lower Floors (Vinyl Edition), De Stijl Records
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WOLF EYES

No Answer : Lower Floors (Vinyl Edition)

De Stijl Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: IND164

*Vinyl Finally Available* ahhhh, this is so good. Michigan noise celebs John Olson and Nate Young are joined by new blood James Baljo to coin their new era of mutoid wave music on 'No Answer: Lower Floors'. You freaks will also be pleased to hear that former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly return to the fold for this slab of cold, zombied meat, converging primal visions of regressed futures previously imagined in records by the likes of TG or The German Shepherds. There's a sense that the group's divergent individual interests - Nate Young with Regression, Star… Read more
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WOLF EYES - No Answer : Lower Floors (Vinyl Edition), De Stijl Records

Wednesday, 19 November

EGYPTRIXX - A/B Til Infinity, Night Slugs
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EGYPTRIXX

A/B Til Infinity

Night Slugs

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NSLP003

Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City's Cl… Read more
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EGYPTRIXX - A/B Til Infinity, Night Slugs
KDJ (MOODYMANN) / RICK WADE - Moods & Grooves Classics (v4), Moods & Grooves
Smart reissue combining two sterling KDJ/Moodymann and Rick Wade platters from 1999-2000. KDJ takes pole place with some killer John Carpenter-in-Africa vibes complemented by an uptempo, soul-combing filter disco ace. Rick Wade lowers the lights further on the flip with a slinkier mood setter called 'Thought Process', backed with the rippling, purring jazz house momentum of 'Forever Night'.
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KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / JK FLESH / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER - Violetshaped Remixes (Part Two), Violet Poison
*500 copies pressed on clear vinyl* Violetshaped appoint Keith Fullerton Whitman, JK Flesh and Grischa Lichtenberger for killer remixes of their eponymous debut album trax. The KFW recomposition of 'Anesthesia' is worth the entry fee twice over if you ask us - masticating the original with his hybrid analogue/digital modular system, manifesting a noxious roil of stereo splintered percussion, banking clouds of gaseous metallic tone and plonging globular bass oozing for 13 minutes over the A-side. It's the final word in noise techno c… Read more
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KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / JK FLESH / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER - Violetshaped Remixes (Part Two), Violet Poison
MORDANT MUSIC - SyMptoMs (Version) / I'm Not Your Mate, Mate, Mordant Music
*FEATURES TRACKS NOT ON THE CD ALBUM "SyMptoMs"* The Baron is let loose with with his machines over two sides of Mordant Music branded black plastic. Both cuts aren't featured on this weeks 'SyMptoMs' album, with the title track on the A-sde and the cattily titled 'I'm Not Your Mate, Mate' embedded on the rear. Both tracks revisit 90's/00's rave ghosts of a peculiar kind, not the house type, nor the Hardcore or the techno kind, more the unnamed and unknown weird stuff that fell in between the cracks and still haunts hedgerows and country carparks to this day wit… Read more
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MORDANT MUSIC - SyMptoMs (Version) / I'm Not Your Mate, Mate, Mordant Music
EKOPLEKZ - Rock La Bibliotek, WNCL Recordings
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EKOPLEKZ

Rock La Bibliotek

WNCL Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WNCL021

More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
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THROBBING GRISTLE - The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle (Reissue), Industrial Records Ltd
"For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions include painstakingly restored cover artworks, using original source material from the Industrial Recor… Read more
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THROBBING GRISTLE - The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle (Reissue), Industrial Records Ltd
THROBBING GRISTLE - D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle (Reissue Edition), Industrial Records Ltd
*2011 issue - restored and remastered by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' transfers of the original tapes* "For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut … Read more
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THROBBING GRISTLE - D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle (Reissue Edition), Industrial Records Ltd
THROBBING GRISTLE - Heathen Earth - The Live Sound of T.G. (Reissue), Industrial Records Ltd
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THROBBING GRISTLE

Heathen Earth - The Live Sound of T.G. (Reissue)

Industrial Records Ltd

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: IRL004

2011 issue - restored and remastered by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' transfers of the original tapes. "For the first time in 30 years Throbbing Gristle are now back on their own original Industrial Records label. To mark the occasion we are pleased to announce the rerelease of TG's first five albums on vinyl & CD. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24bit 'baked tape' digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. Vinyl - The newly cut 180-gram vinyl editions in… Read more
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THROBBING GRISTLE - Heathen Earth - The Live Sound of T.G. (Reissue), Industrial Records Ltd

Tuesday, 18 November

LUCIANO CILIO - Dell'Universo Assente, DIE SCHACHTEL
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LUCIANO CILIO

Dell'Universo Assente

DIE SCHACHTEL

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £25.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: DS26/2LP

**First time on vinyl - spotgloss gatefold jacket with metallic-printed liner notes insert. Edition of 500** A label like Die Schachtel can easily overwhelm any listener with its vast catalogue, dividing its attentions between showcasing new experimental music (predominantly from Italy) and reissuing lost classics. In both cases you'll often find yourself confronted with works and artists you'll have had no prior knowledge of, and frankly, it can all seem a little bit disorientating, even overwhelming at times. This release is one that really shines out though - it's surely one … Read more
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LUCIANO CILIO - Dell'Universo Assente, DIE SCHACHTEL
EKRANOPLAN - Wing-In-Surface-Effect, ALL CAPS
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EKRANOPLAN

Wing-In-Surface-Effect

ALL CAPS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AC006

Kowton and Julio Bashmore present four heady hardware constructions on Glasgow's All Caps label. Paying tribute to those massive old Soviet hovercraft, Ekranoplan, the 'Wing In Surface Effect' EP glides from filtered ambient chords in 'One Meter Up', to one deep-but-punchy muffukka called 'Coil' doing Chi house boogie via Bristol/London bass styles on the A-side. Turn her over and 'Star Frog' sustains a sublime tension with raw, ticking percussion and piquant arpeggios awash with purple hued chords - perfect for breaking up a set full of heavy bass/kicks - before they fade out to Ground Effect Vehicle'.
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EKRANOPLAN - Wing-In-Surface-Effect, ALL CAPS

Monday, 17 November

KILLING SOUND - Killing Sound, BLACKEST EVER BLACK
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KILLING SOUND

Killing Sound

BLACKEST EVER BLACK

Format_dot_vinyl2x12" // £10.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BLACKEST028

**Re-Press** Bristol's Vessel, El Kid and Jabu, part of the Young Echo collective, follow 2012's excellent Killing Sound tape for No Corners with this heavy doublepack for Blackest Ever Black. Described by the label as containing "four oblique soundsystem murderers", the EP is in some respects a bit of a side-step for BEB, edging away from their largely post-industrial and archival leanings in favour of something much more contemporary. Young Echo have had an incredible amount of press and attention over the last 18 months, testament perhaps to the rich and diverse number of projects its … Read more
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KILLING SOUND - Killing Sound, BLACKEST EVER BLACK

Friday, 14 November

NPLGNN - Sigma / Tau, WHERE TO NOW
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NPLGNN

Sigma / Tau

WHERE TO NOW

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WIID02

Tracky ballroom techno bangers from a feverish new talent, NPLGNN on the consistently brilliant Where To Now? label. We'd argue this is one of their strongest releases to date; a fearlessly stripped down and effective set of 'floor tools mixing a rugged old skool sensibility and romance with an uncompromisingly upfront sense of efficiency. 'Acid UFO' deploys bouncing kicks and splashing acid with a murderous swerve, whilst the two parts of 'Variance' tessellate the drum patterns of grime, jersey and ballroom beats with OG, brute Chicago class, whereas 'K' consolidates the essence of early Detroit, Belgian and UK hardcore with the canniest nerve. Highly recommended!
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NPLGNN - Sigma / Tau, WHERE TO NOW
VARIOUS - Bosporus Bridges: A Wide Selection Of Turkish Jazz And Funk, TWIMO RECORDS
'Bosporus Bridges' collects eleven heavy jazz and funk grooves from Turkey circa 1968-1978. Like Baris K's killer edit selection, 'Istanbul 70', this LP reveals a hitherto largely unknown world meeting east and west in unique fashion. However, this one's less psych and disco, more jazz and funk, covering the uptempo burn of Fikret Kizilok's 'Aybatti (edit)' along with the crazed electronics and deadly funk downstroke of 'Aksu Orkestrasi's 'Bermuda Seytan Ücgeni', the Brazilian-infected jazz of Erol Peckan's 'Senlik' and the awesome, snake-charming slink of 'Denizalti Rüzgarlari'. Recommended!
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VARIOUS - Bosporus Bridges: A Wide Selection Of Turkish Jazz And Funk, TWIMO RECORDS
CHEMOTEX - Schrade Knives, The Trilogy Tapes
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CHEMOTEX

Schrade Knives

The Trilogy Tapes

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £12.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TTT020

Oblique, uncompromising bangers from some freak called Chemotex on Trilogy Tapes. Fairly insane stuff here, from the wall-crumbling buck of 'Schrade Knives' to the incessant dial tone samples chopped into 'Payphone Player' and some absolutely brutal noise jackers on the flipside. Cuckin' frackers.
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BRUCE LACEY - The Spacey Bruce Lacey (Vol. Two) (Vinyl Edition), Trunk Records
**From proto-techno/electro to alien monophonic synth scapes: an incredible collection of eldritch DIY synth and electro-acoustic music circa 1970s by a little-known collaborator with The Beatles, Ivor Cutler, Ken Russell, the Goons… Don't sleep on this one!!!** Jonny Trunk speaks: "Welcome to the most excellent strange and unique world of Bruce Lacey. Aretist, musician, sage, shaman, inventor, film maker and all round British eccentric, Bruce has always followed his own mind, walking an instinctive path through life. Here, and for the first time, his improvi… Read more
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BRUCE LACEY - The Spacey Bruce Lacey (Vol. Two) (Vinyl Edition), Trunk Records

Thursday, 13 November

UENO MASAAKI - Ununseptium / Vortices, raster-noton
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UENO MASAAKI

Ununseptium / Vortices

raster-noton

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £12.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RN117

Fiercely disciplined debut from Japan's Ueno Masaaki, presenting the 7th edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. In four concise pieces, Masaaki articulates a unique style of techno apparently taking "his musical cue from natural phenomena and the laws of nature", and manifest in a chain reaction of hyper-ventilating rhythm and shifting percussive tone. In some respects, his minimalist efficiency and the evolution of his rhythms strongly remind of productions by Hungary's Gábor Lázár and Rotherham's Mark Fell, but the difference lies in his taste for saltier, scuffed drum hits and m… Read more
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UENO MASAAKI - Ununseptium / Vortices, raster-noton
HOOKWORMS - Hookworms, Faux Discx
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HOOKWORMS

Hookworms

Faux Discx

Format_dot_vinylMini LP // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FAUX015WAAT046

**Repress edition of 500 copies on 180g vinyl with insert and download code for bonus tracks redeemable from the label** Due to popular demand, a repress of the debut by hotly-tipped, Leeds-based psych unit Hookworms. Fans of Hawkwind, The Fall, Spacemen 3 need apply.
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Wednesday, 12 November

LAKKER - Mountain Divide EP, R&S Records
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LAKKER

Mountain Divide EP

R&S Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RS1409

Lakker back for seconds on R&S with two of their craftiest, noisiest cuts to date. This 12" feels like Lakker have fully realised their potential, confident enough to bullishly pursue darkest, dramatic techno themes in their unique style. A-side 'Mountain Divide' opens a widescreen vortex of howling harmonics and surging slowfast steppers rhythms rising to a dome-blowing breakdown and back out into full-on symphonic noise assault with a throttling, roiling climax. B-side, Math Fall' embarks more cautiously with strobing synth voices and shuddering white noise shocks scudding around like so… Read more
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LAKKER - Mountain Divide EP, R&S Records