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Thursday, 08 March 2012

FRANCO FALSINI - Cold Nose, Spectrum Spools
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FRANCO FALSINI

Cold Nose

Spectrum Spools

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: SP014

Scrolling back to 1975, Spectrum Spools present a reissue of Franco Falsini's debut solo outing; the soundtrack to an obscure and hardly seen film. Franco's probably best known for his innovative and ahead-of-its-time experimental guitar technique as leader of space/prog rock group Sensations' Fix. But according to Spectrum Spools' John Elliott and Peter Rehberg, 'Cold Nose' is his finest moment. Mirroring the intergalactic yen of Krautrock counterparts Cosmic Couriers or Ash Ra Tempel's Manuel Göttsching, he melds synthesizers and guitar in beautiful, fluid synchronicity, painting widescree… Read more
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FRANCO FALSINI - Cold Nose, Spectrum Spools
GOLDFFINCH - EP#2: Tip The Dog / Outer Twigs, Saigon Recordings
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GOLDFFINCH

EP#2: Tip The Dog / Outer Twigs

Saigon Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SAIGON008

Bass-heavy wiggle-Tech House from Goldffinch on their 2nd Saigon 12". Much like their drops for Numbers, Airflex and 877, 'EP#2' is stripped to the bare essentials and built to bump a crowd. A-side 'Tip The Dog' comes with a ruder, swinging attitude thanks to punchy woodblock pivots and pendulous subs peppered with choppy vox. 'Outer Twigs' on the flip is a simmering, up-bulding roller, a cool DJ tool for anyone working the cracks between Julio Bashmore, Deadboy, Joy O.
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PYROLATOR - Inland, Bureau B
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PYROLATOR

Inland

Bureau B

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BB97LP

**Printed inner sleeve and 180g vinyl** Reissue of Pyrolator's earliest solo incision, made shortly after departing the early incarnation of D.A.F. 'Inland' was originally released in 1979 and updates the preceding decade's more overblown synth excursions with a more immediate, raw and scuzzy approach divining stranger and more surreal synth zones. The aesthetic is grey, urban and Industrial, shot through with a narcotic, machine-like psychedelia of ominous, paranoid quality with moments recalling say James Ferraro's 'Citrac' side or Demdike Stare's most recent diversions into decayed industrial atm… Read more
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PYROLATOR - Inland, Bureau B
WHOMADEWHO - Brighter, Kompakt

WHOMADEWHO

Brighter

Kompakt

Format_dot_vinyl2LP + CD // £14.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT254

**Includes free copy of the album on CD** Copenhagen's premier pop trio present their eagerly anticipated follow-up to 'Knee Deep', their first album for Kompakt last year. 'Brighter' finds them refining their art to a knife-throwers intuition and accuracy, masking highly considered composition and arrangement with a slim-fitting and cocksure disco-punk cool. Ever since their 2005 debut on the widely revered Gomma imprint, Whomadewho have been picking up plaudits from diverse, and perhaps unexpected sources, counting QOTSA's Josh Homme as a big fan (he even covered 'Space For Rent' from their de… Read more
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WHOMADEWHO - Brighter, Kompakt
PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL - Clay Class, DFA Records

PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL

Clay Class

DFA Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £20.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DFA2282LP

DFA's British attachés for spiky, stripped-down post-punk present a confidently stark second album. The followup to their eponymous 2007 LP apparently promises a slightly more optimistic outlook "In response to the warmth they'd experienced playing live to responsive crowds all across Europe, Robin Prinz (voice, guitar, drums) and Suzi Horn (voice, bass, drums) were determined "to bring some colour and some tenderness" to their second album. "If you're going to face up to really difficult underlying themes", says Prinz, "sometimes the best way to do that is to let a bit of optimism … Read more
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PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL - Clay Class, DFA Records
EL DOOM & THE BORN ELECTRIC - El Doom & The Born Electric, Rune Grammofon
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** **Axe wielding heavy rock out featuring members of Supersilent and Elephant9** "Superb debut from "young veterans" of the Norwegian heavy and progressive scenes, fronted by singer, guitarist, writer and producer Ole Petter Andreassen. This is classic, heavy, guitar driven and melodic progressive rock in the region of Deep Purple, Rush, Opeth and Mastodon. The playing and production is top notch with a perfect mix of solid riffs, intricate instrumental passages and great hooks. The core of the band, apart … Read more
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EL DOOM & THE BORN ELECTRIC - El Doom & The Born Electric, Rune Grammofon
BUSHMAN'S REVENGE - Never Mind The Botox, Rune Grammofon

BUSHMAN'S REVENGE

Never Mind The Botox

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RLP2125

**Includes free download coupon redeemable from the label** "This is the companion to the Bonanza album, recorded during the same sessions in Athletic Sound. Here they cover some of their personal favourites, fully showing the diversity of artists that is so typical for the listening habits of young Norwegian musicians not subscribing to specific genres. Meaning you will find Black Sabbath and Pixies side by side with Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. And with "Bushman Rock" they also cover themselves. This song was left off the "Jitterbug" album but they recorded a vastly improved v… Read more
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BUSHMAN'S REVENGE - Never Mind The Botox, Rune Grammofon
BEACH FOSSILS - Shallow / Lessons, Captured Tracks

BEACH FOSSILS

Shallow / Lessons

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £6.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT139

First release from Beach Fossils in over a year! They're currently working on a full length follow-up to last year's 'What A Pleasure' EP, which should be a dreamy, jangly, uptempo affair if this one's owt to go by.
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JESSE RUINS - A Bookshelf Sinks Into The Sand / In Icarus, Captured Tracks
**Limited edition of 1000. Sold out at source** Ecstatic, motorik ace from Jesse Ruins, originally released (and sold out) on Double Denim last year, now reissued by Captured Tracks. If you ask us, both sides are winners. 'A Bookshelf Sinks Into The Sand' is an exhilarating piece of Indie-Techno-Grunge powered by the sort of jubilant synths F*ck Buttons do so well, coupled with the headstrong pop nous of, say, Cold Cave or Xiu Xiu. The flipside, 'In Icarus' is a sly take on '80s boogie pop, like a scuzzier, obfuscated version of Nite Jewel or Hype Williams.
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012

ANTHONY PATERAS - Errors Of The Human Body OST, Editions Mego
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Original score by Anthony Pateras for Eron Sheean's Errors Of The Human Being, a curious sci-fi movie shot at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany (it's the new Hollywood apparently) and starring, among others, Rik Mayall of Bottom fame! Bottom and Editions Mego: two worlds we never thought would collide. Melbourne-based Pateras, a regular collaborator with Robin Fox, soundtracked Sheean's previous too films, and it's fair to say that composer and filmmaker are both on the same elevated wavelength, the former demonstrating a… Read more
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ANTHONY PATERAS - Errors Of The Human Body OST, Editions Mego

Monday, 05 March 2012

THE PALACE BROTHERS - There is no one what will take care of you (2012 Reissue), Domino Recording Co
"Domino at long last reissue five crucial Palace albums, featuring new artwork and packaging, with text written by Will Oldham."
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BODY&SOUL AND FOURWARD - Carnage, MAINFRAME RECORDINGS

BODY&SOUL AND FOURWARD

Carnage

MAINFRAME RECORDINGS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MFR018

Full throttle Austrian Drum-Step overload. Frontside Body & Soul fire up a VIP Drumstep (essentially Dubstep at 180bpm) remix of their Virus classic 'Authority' with snares on the halfstep and bass to make your face ache. Flipside is a straight-up Dubstep rave remix of the formerly D&B speed 'Carnage' armed with precipitous drops and mauling sawtooth synthlines to make you feel like you spent the night with a sasquatch. Ugly as sin and kinda fun, in a depraved, toss-off-yer-dog sorta way.
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Thursday, 01 March 2012

SLAVA - Soft Control, Software Recording Co.
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SLAVA

Soft Control

Software Recording Co.

Format_dot_vinylMini LP // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SFT008

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The latest oddball to be welcome into Joel Ford and Dan Lopatin's Software stable is Moscow-born, Brooklyn-based Slava Balsanov. Slava actually established his credentials in Chicago, where he co-founded the Moment Sound label, and released on Jamal Moss's Mathematics, Future Times, !K7, among others. For Soft Control, he's attempted to synthesize techno with "interloping, chrome-dipped footwork themes" - and he's done a damned good job of it, resulting in the most compelling thing that Software have released this side of Oneohtrix's Re… Read more
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SLAVA - Soft Control, Software Recording Co.
DAM MANTLE / BECOMING REAL - Her Woes / Paramnesia, GET ME!
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Dead smart dancefloor electronics from the UK underground. Glasgow's Dam Mantle command the frontside with a lush take on Chicago juke slowed to a UK-friendly 140bpm and with more emphasis on swirling, synthesized head-pressure systems. We'd struggle to name another cut from this scene which hits the vibe so squarely, fluidly, or instinctively. It's an A grade winner. Meanwhile downtown, London's Becoming Real slips into hypnotic Funky/Techno mode on a similar, lushed-out vibe, finding a sweet tension between piquant, hyperventilating R&B synths and samples and a motorised Techno drive that doesn't sound formulaic or hackneyed like so many in this scene.
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DAM MANTLE / BECOMING REAL - Her Woes / Paramnesia, GET ME!
DISTAL & HXDB - Booyant / Amphibian, TECTONIC
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DISTAL & HXDB

Booyant / Amphibian

TECTONIC

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEC055

Two of North America's finest go toe-to-toe on a pair of aqua-themed swingjackers. Their A-side ace 'Booyant' is the best thing on Tectonic since the Author album; a crooked, deftly creased and deadly dancefloor tool matching nEuropean Dub Tech modes with a Jukin' US club swerve to mighty effect. Flipside Distal goes dolo with 'Amphibian', applying his intricate swagger to a more minimal, holo-ed-out template reminding of recent aces from Fade To Mind crew's Nguzunguzu, Massacooraman, or Total Freedom. Tip dat!
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VARIOUS / DJ KICKS - DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives 2012, !K7 Records

VARIOUS / DJ KICKS

DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives 2012

!K7 Records

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: K7300LP

DJ-Kicks have made a virtue of collecting at least one original track from each artist who contributes to their long-running and well-informed mix series. 'The Exclsuives' captures the best of these, taking in bespoke productions from Four Tet, Henrik Schwarz, Kode 9, MCDE, Holden, Hot Chip and more. Best among these are Four Tet's Krautrock-Techno number 'Pockets', Apparat's divine exaltation 'Sayulita', and Gold Panda's twinkling slow House groove 'An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds', but collected together they all make for a fine cross-section of pedigree con… Read more
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VARIOUS / DJ KICKS - DJ-Kicks: The Exclusives 2012, !K7 Records
MUX MOOL - Planet High School, Ghostly International

MUX MOOL

Planet High School

Ghostly International

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: GI-149LP

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Diverse electronic Hip Hop instrumentals from Ghostly International's Mux Mool. His follow-up to 2010's 'Skulltaste' is more confident, crafty and funked-up, cycling between blunted, Dilla-esque head-nods on 'Brothers', to switch-flickin' Footwork soul on 'Live At 7-11', and Dabrye-like Electro-Hop bangs with 'Raw Gore'. Each cut is evidently constructed with an awareness and emphasis on nuance and subtlety, as with the loose-but-complex intricacies of 'The Butterfly Technique' and the tender arrangement of 'Ruin Everything', bu… Read more
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MUX MOOL - Planet High School, Ghostly International
CEREMONY - Hysteria, Matador

CEREMONY

Hysteria

Matador

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £4.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE9827

Much-hyped Californian progressive HxC band lopp off a handy single from their fourth and debut LP 'Zoo'. The production is very polished for a band of this nature, but then again so are their songs. 'Hysteria' packs a real percussive punch and crunching guitars in ferocious fashion, while the B-side 'I'm A bug' is a short and neat cover of a song by The Urinals.
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CARLOS GIFFONI - Evidence (ft. Laurel Halo), Software Recording Co.
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CARLOS GIFFONI

Evidence (ft. Laurel Halo)

Software Recording Co.

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £10.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: SFT0071

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** What's this, Carlos Giffoni making acid-powered EBM ??? On Ford & Lopatin's label??? We'll have some of that. The No Fun head honcho and noise figurehead's ongoing exploration of analogue and digital synthesis has yielded some diverse results in recent years - from the punitive minimalism of his Severance set for Hospital Productions, to the deconstructed psych-techno of his No Fun Acid project. This new single for Software builds on the promise of the latter: 'Evidence' is a surprisingly affecting song, arranged out… Read more
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CARLOS GIFFONI - Evidence (ft. Laurel Halo), Software Recording Co.
MOEBIUS & RENZIEHAUSEN - Ersatz II, Bureau B
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MOEBIUS & RENZIEHAUSEN

Ersatz II

Bureau B

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BB92LP

'Ersatz II' is the 2nd LP collaboration between former Cluster and Harmonia component, Dieter Moebius and his sound artist/painter pal in the Forst/Weser Uplands collective, Karl Renziehausen. Originally released in 1992, two years post their first 'Ersatz' collaboration, it's defined by a surreal, pop-friendly charm, while still brimming with the creative quirks associated with Dieter's best work. There's a strong rhythmic backbone running through the album, almost dance-ably so, but the melodies and harmonies are, you might say, not so conventional, and laced with that queered, artsy… Read more
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MOEBIUS & RENZIEHAUSEN - Ersatz II, Bureau B
A WHISPER IN THE NOISE - To Forget, Exile On Mainstream
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A WHISPER IN THE NOISE

To Forget

Exile On Mainstream

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: EOM57V

Fourth full-length outing from West Thordson's A Whisper In The Noise, and what a lush affair it is. It's vocal-heavy for the most part, led by Thordson's gentle, Sufjan-style croon, but the monumental title track, which opens the album, is an instrumental (save for some ethereal choral layers), reminding us of the unbridled emotional swell of Morricone, This Mortal Coil and Max Richter. Similarly epic orchestral arrangements recur throughout the album, but are more subordinate to song structure - this tension results in some absolute beauties, 'Black Shroud' among them. There are al… Read more
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A WHISPER IN THE NOISE - To Forget, Exile On Mainstream
CEREMONY - Zoo, Matador

CEREMONY

Zoo

Matador

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE9651

Hailing from Ronhert Park, California, just outside of San Francisco, Ceremony deliver a buff fourth album issued via Matador Records. Their first album for the label sees them working with producer John Goodmanson (Blood Brothers, Girls, Sleater-Kinney, Weezer) to optimise their ruffcut sound and accentuate their themes of suburban alienation and confinement with a rather posh, conservative sound. "The music of 'Zoo' explores punk and post-punk traditions: the rhythm section remains as tense and propulsive as ever, while guitarist Anthony Anzaldo moves with ease from ringing power chords to stealthy le… Read more
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CEREMONY - Zoo, Matador
JENNIFER CASTLE - Castlemusic, NO QUARTER

JENNIFER CASTLE

Castlemusic

NO QUARTER

Format_dot_vinylLP // £12.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: NOQ029LP

After numerous guest appearances singing for F*cked Up, The Constantines and Doug Paisley, amongst others, Toronto's Jennifer Castle takes centre stage on her solo debut 'Castlemagic'. "It's full of rambles, waltzes and ballads, wandering with equal parts feedback and quiet, through dark melodies; wistful, and straight out of a hzed dream or some offbeat 70s AM station. The songs have a kind of familiarity, as if they were always there. Castle is backed by an assortment of musicians - pedal steel, percussion, vibraphone. She handles guitar and piano herself, but it's her voice which is ultimately the guide."
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JENNIFER CASTLE - Castlemusic, NO QUARTER
JONQUIL - Point Of Go, BLESSINGFORCE

JONQUIL

Point Of Go

BLESSINGFORCE

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £21.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ZENSHITLP3

*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* **Includes bonus CD copy** "Recorded over a six-week period at the farmhouse studio of Andrew Halford - guitarist with Trophy Wife's live band - it [Point Of Go] takes the band's summery, afro-beat flourishes and delicately intricate guitars and strips them back to a set of immediate, direct pop songs. From 'History of Headaches' - a low-slung slow-builder with a celebratory pay off for which Hugo's solo project Chad Valley - whose two EPs to date garnered widespread critical acclaim and radio support - provided the blueprint, to the guitar-led, nostalgic v… Read more
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JONQUIL - Point Of Go, BLESSINGFORCE

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

BOWERBIRDS - The Clearing, Dead Oceans

BOWERBIRDS

The Clearing

Dead Oceans

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: DOC033LP

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "The Clearing is Bowerbirds' third album - a much bigger, bolder and broader record than its predecessors. Recorded with Brian Joseph (Bon Iver) in Wisconsin, from the first song onwards, this is a band willing to make a statement and develop all the finest moments heard on the previous two records."
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THE MAGNETIC FIELDS - Love At The Bottom Of The Sea, Domino Recording Co

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS

Love At The Bottom Of The Sea

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGLP285

"The band's tenth full length album is their first release of new material for Domino, who have previously reissued some of the band's classic period albums and Stephin Merritt's recent 'Obscurities' collection. After putting out three synthesizer-free albums, The Magnetic Fields are returning to their signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds they established in the 90s with releases such as 'The Charm Of The Highway Strip' and 'Get Lost'. Stephin Merritt has come back to synths with a fresh approach: "Most of the synthesizers on the record didn't exist when we wer… Read more
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THE MAGNETIC FIELDS - Love At The Bottom Of The Sea, Domino Recording Co
THE THIRD MAN - Future Tense EP, Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)

THE THIRD MAN

Future Tense EP

Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ARTDD56

Toby Leeming aka The Third Man returns with his 3rd EP for ART, aiming for the dancefloor whilst retaining a melodic and harmonic sophistication.
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ELKAT & MOLESKIN - Hurt, Hit And Hope Records

ELKAT & MOLESKIN

Hurt

Hit And Hope Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: HNH006

Leeds-based duo Elkat & Moleskin make their debut bassbin incision with 'Hurt', backed by Optimum and Donga & Blake remixes. The first move 'Hurt' summons the sampled spirit of Aaliyah into a coolly reserved groove cut from crisp drums and rolling half-speed bass for the R&B steppers. Remixing on the flipside, Ikonika's pal Optimum isolates and runs with the more roadwise elements, resulting in what could be a smart UK Rap instrumental, while Donga & Blake's Ruff Dub takes it back to '96 for a fruitier House romp. Support from Hackman, WNCL, and LHF.
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DIE JUNGEN - At Breath's End, LebensStrasse

DIE JUNGEN

At Breath's End

LebensStrasse

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: KM006LP

**Superb, subtly realised side of ghostly fifties/sixties hypno-pop with a real Lynchian charm. A must check for fans of Dirty Beaches or Tropic Of Cancer** "At Breath's End is the debut album from Die Jungen, a project that Klaus Von Barrel maintains alongside to The KVB. This is the soundtrack that David Lynch would have ordered from Phil Spector is Twin Peaks had been filmed by the beach and even the despondency could not be filmed without charm. It is therefore hypnotic retro pop, echoing the fifties and sixties, lo-fi vibrating mainly from the differences that we find between Dirty Be… Read more
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DIE JUNGEN - At Breath's End, LebensStrasse
NEED FOR MIRRORS - Donuts / Badfellaz, Dispatch Recordings

NEED FOR MIRRORS

Donuts / Badfellaz

Dispatch Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: DIS054

Raving D&B from the Need For Mirrors duo and Kiat. A-side NFM deliver the robotic roll of 'Donuts', revolving around hard snare punctuations and neuro-funky synthlines, before linking with Kiat for the moodier atmospheric stepper 'Badfellaz'.
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