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Monday, 16 April 2012

SLOWBURN - The Hustle, AUSTERE RECORDINGS

SLOWBURN

The Hustle

AUSTERE RECORDINGS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AUS004

**Limited edition of 300** Raw but finely crafted Deep House from Dublin-based production duo. Reel classy stuff from start to finish, from the woozy synth chords and Ron Trent-like machine syncopation of the title track, to the hypnotising and Bodycode-like shuffle of 'Do It' and the hip-slipping Toms and Derrick May-on-Mogadon vibes of 'From Another Angle'.
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KING CREOSOTE & JON HOPKINS - The Jubilee EP, Domino Recording Co

KING CREOSOTE & JON HOPKINS

The Jubilee EP

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: DS038TX

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label**
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Friday, 13 April 2012

TALL FIRS - Out Of It And Into It, ATP/Recordings

TALL FIRS

Out Of It And Into It

ATP/Recordings

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ATPRLP43

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 12 April 2012

CONRAD SCHNITZLER - 00/830 Endtime, m=minimal
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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

00/830 Endtime

m=minimal

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £23.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MM010LP

M=Minimal has the honour of posthumously releasing the final work completed by seminal synthesist, pupil of Joseph Beuys and founder of Kluster and Tangerine Dream; Conrad Schnitzler. Finished four days before his death in late summer 2011, 'Endtime' defines a seamless 36-track, 70-minute moire of pulses, blips, arcing tones and fluid synthlines characteristically devoid of simplistic melodic resolutions. Like the rest of his massive body of work, he imposes a stoically functional yet poetic form of grammar upon the cold abstraction of his machine's vocabulary to convey its most hone… Read more
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CONRAD SCHNITZLER - 00/830 Endtime, m=minimal
DYLAN ETTINGER - Lifetime Of Romance, NOT NOT FUN
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DYLAN ETTINGER

Lifetime Of Romance

NOT NOT FUN

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NNF250

Darkwave cyberpunk intrigue from synth-wrangler Dylan Ettinger. Moving on from his kosmiche issues, Dylan deploys his own vocals to authentically grubby, DIY effect on seven leathered-up and shark-eyed experimental Wave songs. Docking in with the Neuromancer-referencing 'Wintermute' he draws us deep into his narrative with the phet-affected dissonance and rusted machine beats of 'Disparager', through to the panoramic cue 'Maude', stalking the depths of the sprawl searching for the cheapest gynoid fun on '18' before crooning the narcotic misery of 'Blue and Blue', leaving the future open to great possibilities with this awesome augmentation of his sound. TIP!
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DYLAN ETTINGER - Lifetime Of Romance, NOT NOT FUN
DATA - Fidelity / Fragment, Blackout Music

DATA

Fidelity / Fragment

Blackout Music

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: BMUSIC010

Data back on a razor-sharp minimal D&B flex for Blackout Music. 'Fidelity' sees him combine sparingly-used vocals with hardstepping drums and a controlled, but raging synthlines. 'Fragment' meanwhile, is more of a tensile, sci-fi-infected Tech-stepper with near-infrasonic subbass movements.
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THE CONGOS - Dub Feast, Jamaican Recordings

THE CONGOS

Dub Feast

Jamaican Recordings

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: JRLP046

Smoked-out version excursion for one of JA's most righteous and long-standing vocal groups. It's the Dub partner to Kingston Sounds' 2006 CD 'Feast', rendering 12 tracks from the original alongside three bonus CD tracks. Unfortunately it appears to be a secret who's on mixing duties, but nevertheless, they've resulted in one fine set of stripped-down and spacious Dub with nuff horns and choice vocal snippets. Check for the steppin' overhaul of 'The River Beng Come Down' here as 'Beng Come Down Dub', the spiritual headiness of 'Citizien Of The World' or 'Citizen Dub', and the heavy, heavy praise of ''Heaven Rejoice' transformed as 'Heaven Dub'.
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THE CONGOS - Dub Feast, Jamaican Recordings
RUN DMT - Dreams, LebensStrasse

RUN DMT

Dreams

LebensStrasse

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KM008LP

Run DMT finally delivers a headful of his exquisite indie-psych dream sounds on vinyl! With his bunch of tapes and digital releases for The Curatorial Club, Culture Dealer and Teenage Riot Records he's comfortably comparable with the washed out sounds of Rangers, Ducktails, or earlier James Ferraro records, only there's also something explicitly - yet peacefully - dosed-up about his music. We say explicit because the tracks are broken with a number of samples from some guy recounting his experiences on dimethyltryptamine (DMT, duh), but thankfully this isn't Ozric Tentacles and you're not bombarded wi… Read more
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RUN DMT - Dreams, LebensStrasse
BUSDRIVER - Beaus$Eros, Fake Four Inc

BUSDRIVER

Beaus$Eros

Fake Four Inc

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: FFINC034LP

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Regen Farquhar's 14th album in a twelve year career finds him as ebullient, abstract and urgent as ever. Guests include Cassidy of Cocorosie, Mike Ladd, and Joelle Phuong Minh Le, who all appear on 'Electric Blue', while the production throughout is almost painfully upfront and unrelenting.
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SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO - Seraphim, Wichita Recordings

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO

Seraphim

Wichita Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WEBB339T

Big-room-readied Acid-Disco-Pop heralding SMD's forthcoming album 'Unpatterns', for Wichita. 'Seraphim' sounds like a hit; melancholic vocals cut across slow, twisted acid and purring bass while Deep House chords tingle your pleasure centres. Flipside's 'Your Love Ain't Fair' is a stealthier Motor City Tech-House affair with a lip-smacking climax intoning "Put Your Hands Together".
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

RUSKO - Songs, MAD DECENT

RUSKO

Songs

MAD DECENT

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £24.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MAD158

**Also includes a copy of the album on CD** The most anticipated Dubstep rave album of the last few years arrives on Diplo's Mad Decent imprint. 'Songs' features 14 tracks cutting up elements of old-skool piano rave (Somebody To Love/Roll Da Beats), chart-pop (Pressure), Roots Reggae (Skanker/Love No More), Trance (Opium/Thunder), R&B (Dirty Sexy), and Bassline (Whistle Crew) with straight up Dubstep muck (Asda Car Park / All of the above). Wowzers.
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BOBBY CONN - Macaroni, Fire Records

BOBBY CONN

Macaroni

Fire Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FIRE182LP

"Musician, misfit, culture warrior and bullshitter: Robert "Bobby" Conn. Recorded with his new band The Burglars, this album is the first since 2007’s King for a Day, and his first new release on Fire Records. Bobby has equally delighted and annoyed hipsters since first appearing on the Chicago music scene in the mid '90s. Blending aggressive showmanship with an omnivorous love of musical genres, from Suicide to Streisand or from The Sweet to Stravinsky, Bobby has often irritated and provoked audiences, but never bored them. Bobby Conn's lyrics document the continuing absurdities of contemporary … Read more
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BOBBY CONN - Macaroni, Fire Records

Thursday, 05 April 2012

HUSH ARBORS / ARBOURETUM - Aureola, Thrill Jockey
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HUSH ARBORS / ARBOURETUM

Aureola

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: THRILL299LP

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Hush Arbors and Arboretum have each been exploring for years now the intersection of progressive folk and psychedelic rock, albeit filtered through their own distinct sounds. It was only a matter of time before their paths would cross. Keith Wood and Dave Heumann met at a show in Baltimore and discovered their mutual appreciation for each other's music. The two bands planned a joint European tour, and recorded Aureola to further showcase and celebrate their complimentary sounds... "These new songs... are like a re-awaken… Read more
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HUSH ARBORS / ARBOURETUM - Aureola, Thrill Jockey
BLACK DICE - Mr. Impossible, Ribbon Music
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BLACK DICE

Mr. Impossible

Ribbon Music

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RBN010LP

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** New York's hugely influential Black Dice present their 6th full length album, and 1st for Domino sub-label Ribbon Music - who released that brilliant John Maus LP last year. Now together for 15 years, the sound of Eric Copeland, Bjorn Copeland and Aaron Warren is ever leaner and potently fractured with that signature prismatic vision. On 'Mr. Impossible' they churn through nine tracks of headstrong electronic punk, battering drum machines, noisily "free" leads and feral gremlin vocals on 'Pinball Wizard', to mucky slompy stomps on… Read more
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BLACK DICE - Mr. Impossible, Ribbon Music
PORT SAID - Port Said, Vinyl On Demand
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PORT SAID

Port Said

Vinyl On Demand

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £22.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: VOD97

**Edition of 500 remastered 2LP housed in double gatefold with official, individually numbered certificate of ownership** Vinyl-on-Demand stalk the peripheries of early '80s DIY scene with a compendium of Port Said's oriental, magical minimal synth meditations. Between 1981-84 Stefan Tischler and Keith "Keeler" Walsh produced a string of self-released cassettes and one 7", plus a handful of compilation appearances, heavily inspired by the efficiently kosmic music of Conrad Schnitzler and Cluster. This self-titled collection features half-hour extracts from each of their self-released tapes, makin… Read more
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PORT SAID - Port Said, Vinyl On Demand
SLUGABED - Sex, Ninja Tune
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SLUGABED

Sex

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ZEN12311

Despite the title, Slugabed returns with quite a melancholy, slightly introspective slice of post G-funk. The real stand out is a phenomenally spacious rework from West Coast eccentric Daedelus, who makes the track even woozier and more introspective, then drapes it in reverb and sickly female vocals. The end result could rightly be called Lynchian - when the doo-wop break drops in the middle you know you're being treated to something pretty darn special indeed.
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ARCLIGHT - Holographic, VASE

ARCLIGHT

Holographic

VASE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: VSE002

The second release on Jacques Greene's new Vase label comes courtesy of the mysterious Arclight, proffering a 3-track EP of nocturnal pop manoeuvres. 'Vitamin D' is an arresting opener, its vocal layers suspended in leagues of dub-space and drone, the intensity building exponentially, the anticipated release of a beat drop infinitely deferred. Silvery synth arpeggios and a washed-out house pulse drive 'Holographic', while 'Purple City' is blue-eyed soul riding a steppers' riddim. An impressive debut from an outfit we can imagine enjoying some crossover success if they continue on in this vein.
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ARCLIGHT - Holographic, VASE
SLEEPY SUN - Spine Hits, ATP/Recordings

SLEEPY SUN

Spine Hits

ATP/Recordings

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ATPRLP45

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Sleepy Sun's miles, months, and days in the van are a tangible presence in Spine Hits, an LP of whimsy, restlessness, and urgency that leaps nimbly from landscape to landscape with ease, irreverence, and a catch-em-before-they-ain't changeling nature. For the most part, the sprawling Zeppelin-esque epics that defined much of Embrace and Fever have been traded in for a potent pop-compact framework. But never at the expense of the dodging, juking, and downshifting instincts that set their older long form pieces apart from a thousan… Read more
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SLEEPY SUN - Spine Hits, ATP/Recordings
WILLIS EARL BEAL - Acousmatic Sorcery, XL Recordings

WILLIS EARL BEAL

Acousmatic Sorcery

XL Recordings

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: XLLP564

**"The album comes with a book written and illustrated by Willis, titled Principles of a Protagonist (A Novel Actually About Something)."**
SOFT HEALER - Monofonus Press One-Sider, MONOFONUS PRESS

SOFT HEALER

Monofonus Press One-Sider

MONOFONUS PRESS

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MF028

**One-sided 10 inch with hand-silkscreened print on the b-side. Limited to 300 copies** "Soft Healer lays down one of their longer, more mournful tracks with Grand Isle, followed by a grooved-up take on the Zero Boys' Civilization's Dying. "It's easy to hear the influence of scented oils in the Soft Healer track "Movie Light", which was posted today over at Gorilla vs. Bear, but it's just as easy to discern the effect that vinyl r&b, early rock n' roll, and lo-fi has also had on the Texan quartet's sonic puberty. This track is certified gold. Soft Healer appears to specialize i… Read more
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SOFT HEALER - Monofonus Press One-Sider, MONOFONUS PRESS
DATA - Intrusion / Knives From Heaven, BLACK BOX

DATA

Intrusion / Knives From Heaven

BLACK BOX

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: BLACKBOX24

Data on a heavyweight Dubstep flex for Black Box. No mucking about here: 'Intrusion' is a proper, stripped-down darkside missile carved from tensile 2-step drums and strafing cyber-bass; 'Knives From Heaven' steps off kevlar-coated drums and bass with a reserved sense of dread drama. Both are killers.
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Wednesday, 04 April 2012

M.WARD - A Wasteland Companion, Bella Union

M.WARD

A Wasteland Companion

Bella Union

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £21.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BELLAV330

**Also includes a copy of the full album on CD** "In the three years since Portland, OR-based troubadour M Ward released his last solo album - the universally lauded Hold Time - he’s toured the globe, released two albums as one half of Grammy-nominated duo She & Him as well as one with the talented group of friends collectively know as Monsters Of Folk. Inspired by his increasingly itinerant lifestyle Ward set forth to create something of a musical travelogue. He explains, “Between now and when I made Hold Time there has been a lot of travelling which requires a lot of reckoning with wh… Read more
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M.WARD - A Wasteland Companion, Bella Union
LA BIG VIC - Dub The World! Actually Revisited, Underwater Peoples Records

LA BIG VIC

Dub The World! Actually Revisited

Underwater Peoples Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: UPLP008.5

"With Dub The World!: Actually Revisited, a conceptual sequel to LBV's debut, Underwater Peoples would like to invite you underneath the great city of Actually. Down here, things may sound familiar to you, but certainly not the same. Reverberations cast long, evolving shadows across the tunnel walls. Flickers of light are extinguished by sirens. Dubbed and Re-imagined at Aki Road Studios by LBV's own Toshio Masuda, Dub The World! contorts, subverts, and expands upon La Big Vic's debut. "
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DALAI LAMA RENAISSANCE - I Know You Will, DANDELION LOTUS RECORDS

DALAI LAMA RENAISSANCE

I Know You Will

DANDELION LOTUS RECORDS

Format_dot_vinylLP // £12.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DLR001

**Blue Vinyl - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label**
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Monday, 02 April 2012

DAOJIA - Riego Street (Scan7 Mix), Awkward Movements

DAOJIA

Riego Street (Scan7 Mix)

Awkward Movements

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AWK005

UK/US-based producer's flighty garage f*turism backed with a remix from Detroit veterans, Scan 7. Daoija's deft, dippin' original pivots off tight Dub chords and fruity synth squirts while Scan 7 shackle down to a stepping Electro-Techno rhythm accented with a bubbling electro bassline.
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Thursday, 29 March 2012

ROY BROOKS AND THE ARTISTIC HERITAGE - Black Survival, Universal Sound

ROY BROOKS AND THE ARTISTIC HERITAGE

Black Survival

Universal Sound

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: USLP45

**Digitally remastered reissue of this spiritual jazz holy grail...** Originally released on Harlem's small independent Im-Hotep Records in 1974, 'Black Survival' is a rare recording of charity concert held in aid of the ongoing Sahel drought in Africa. It features legendary, Detroit-born drummer Roy leading his Artistic Truth ensemble on a half hour concert of supremely deep, vibing musicianship layered with Brooks' hollered history lesson on the region which covers Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Chad, Darfur, Sudan and Ethiopia. Poigant and powerful.
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AU - Both Lights, The Leaf Label

AU

Both Lights

The Leaf Label

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BAY82V

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** 'Both Lights' is the third LP of chest-bursting rock ecstasy from Portland, Oregon's Au, and features no less than two appearances from Colin Stetson and his big f**koff saxophone. Now a two piece since 2008's 'Verbs', Dana Valatka handles the tightly controlled and impressive percussion while Luke Wyland claims credit for practically everything else - vocals, keyboard, sampler, lap steel, banjo and melodica. With scant regard for almost anything other than the most bombastic, epic arrangements and feats of musicianship, this is a furiou… Read more
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AU - Both Lights, The Leaf Label
BEN CHASNY - Broda, GALA DROP RECORDS
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BEN CHASNY

Broda

GALA DROP RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: GDR03

Lush Balearic psyche trip from Portuguese quintet featuring Six Organs of Admittance/Comets On Fire guitarist Ben Chasny, and Detroit's master percussionist Jerry The Cat. 'Positano' sounds like a Talk Talk groove taken to warmer climes, Chasny drifting sanguine over lounging drums and sun-blushed synth pads with a wonderful half-way switch into late night psyche-rock bliss. 'Broda' features a leaner, driving mix of funked-up Suadade rhythms and fiery guitars. 'Brain' checks a spiralling fusion groove with Jerry's intricate congas to the fore. Production from Tiago Miranda (a member of the brilliant… Read more
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BEN CHASNY - Broda, GALA DROP RECORDS
YOUNG PRISMS - In Between, KANINE
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YOUNG PRISMS

In Between

KANINE

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: KR821

**White vinyl. Includes insert and download code redeemable from the label** Immense Shoegaze side from recent San Francisco transplants, Young Prisms, on the always intriguing Kanine Records. Stoingly recalling the likes of New Order, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive or Sonic Youth, 'In Between' features five tracks of impeccably melodic and noisy jangles, almost-aggressive rhythms, and slacker vocals with a nonchalant yet impassioned delivery. It deserves to be massive.
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MILYOO - Classic EP, Night Audio

MILYOO

Classic EP

Night Audio

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: NA004

For their 4th release, Night Audio introduce the shapeshifting electronics of Milyoo to their fold. A fave of Mary Anne Hobbs, his 'Classic' cut adorns brittle swingers' rhythm with murky bass undulations and unstable electronic surfaces deflecting dark-lit melodies in all directions. The VVV remix retunes the rhythm to a coarse 2-step schematic. Flipside Milyoo slips into a stranger fusion of yearning indie/art-pop  vox and offbeat Acidic Boogie grooves with crystal clear melodies, while 'Down To Love' jams on a taut yet fragmented beat collage. 
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