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Thursday, 29 September 2011

EMIKA - Emika, Ninja Tune
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EMIKA

Emika

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £13.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ZEN156

The eagerly anticipated first album from Berlin-based, Bristol-hailing Emika, who's impressed over the past two years with singles and EPs that occupy the kohl-eyed space between electronic pop, dubstep, techno and minimal house, meaning she's equally at home with the Ostgut Ton crew (whose Funf comp she provided field recordings for) as with Ninja Tune, who are issuing this fine LP. There's a darkly sultry edge to all the tracks here, perfectly evocative of messed-up wee hours in some Kreuzberg basement, and the best tracks really ramp up and exploit that future-noir vibe. At times there are echoes of E… Read more
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TEETH - Swarm / Shift / Sequence / Spawn part 1, RAMP Recordings
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TEETH

Swarm / Shift / Sequence / Spawn part 1

RAMP Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RAMP046-1

The producer of the crucial 502 drop 'Shawty' - lean, moody and starlit garage-techno at its finest - decamps to Ramp Recordings for this stinging 4-track EP. You never really know what you're going to get from Teeth, except for the fact that it's going to be at once crisp and dubbed-out to all f*ck, and sure enough this 12" is all over the place, in the best possible sense. 'Frequencies' opens the ceremony tentatively, creating a captivating ambience out of little more than jeep-wobbling subs and eldritch vocal moans, one which sets the tone for 'OJ', a thumping garage roller… Read more
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TEETH - Swarm / Shift / Sequence / Spawn part 1, RAMP Recordings
BENJAMIN BRUNN - Dust (Part 1), Ashes
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BENJAMIN BRUNN

Dust (Part 1)

Ashes

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ASHES001.1

Charming couple of Tech-House grooves in typically fresh Benjamin Brunn style. A-side 'I Took Her Out For A 707' works with a palette of raw Roland drum sounds, fat synth bass and breezy lead, all teased out with an effortlessly featherlight touch. Flipside 'Don't Cry For Yesterday' nudges the tempo meter down for another instinctively canny machine groove, part aquatic dub-House and part NWAQ-styled Detroit lushness. Very sweet record, with lovely sleeve art by Franski. Check!
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BENJAMIN BRUNN - Dust (Part 2), Ashes
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BENJAMIN BRUNN

Dust (Part 2)

Ashes

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ASHES001-2

Second part of Benjamin Brunn's optimised 707 sessions deliver two tracks of elegant old skool Chicago tributes housed in lovely jacket. A-side is 'Neonlight Time', a slinky, grooving machine rhythm layered with blushing, late night chords, kinda like a more lushed out, Teutonic Tevo Howard, if you will. Flipside 'Pola' is equally romantical, giving it up to oh-so-deep bassline bumps, super-criss handclaps and phasing chords which will have any 'floor/living room/headspace under their spell.
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY - Wolfroy Goes To Town, Domino Recording Co
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY

Wolfroy Goes To Town

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WIGLP286

Will Oldham gathers Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Shahzad Ismaily, Emmett Kelly, Daniel Kiely and Angel Olson under his Bonnie Prince Billy aegis to spin the yarn of 'Wolfroy Goes To Town'. His 'Slow Fade' audio book with D.V. DeVincentis aside, this is his first musical release this year, quite odd for the usually prolific troubadour, but maybe he's just easing into middle age gracefully and glacially (before you know it we'll only hear from him when he can get to the local telegram station). So, what to expect of this outing? In the best sense, more of the same Bonnie Prince his … Read more
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY - Wolfroy Goes To Town, Domino Recording Co
ROBERTS & LORD - Eponymous, Asthmatic Kitty

ROBERTS & LORD

Eponymous

Asthmatic Kitty

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: AKR086LP

**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label** Asthmatic Kitty regular, Rafter Roberts, and Simon Lord of Black Ghosts & Simian are an odd but evidently well paired duo for this album. As their story goes they met through myspace when Simon contacted Rafter after a good ol' trawl through the Internet looking for new collaborators. A flurry of 4-track recordings were sent from California to London and back again with Simon's vocals, placing digital and analogue recording techniques in seamless juxtaposition in a kind of cross-continental, cross-pollination of styles. "Eponymous is t… Read more
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ROBERTS & LORD - Eponymous, Asthmatic Kitty
ZUN ZUN EGUI - Katang, Bella Union
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ZUN ZUN EGUI

Katang

Bella Union

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £21.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BELLAV297

Explosive, boundlessly energetic afro-pop from Bristol's ZZE. At their worst they sound like a Vampire Weekend jam session gone off their rails, but when it clicks they're truly a force to be reckoned with, coming over like Talking Heads if they'd been raised on Sublime Frequencies releases. This proudly in-yer-face LP impresses either when rocking the hell out, as on 'Transport', or when most abstracted, as on the Tortoise-meets-Konono art-groovery of 'Shogun'; a winning collision of improvisational fire and near-mathematical rigour. You've got to take your hat off, this is all very original stu… Read more
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ZUN ZUN EGUI - Katang, Bella Union
DINOSAUR JR. - You're Living All Over Me, Jagjaguwar
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DINOSAUR JR.

You're Living All Over Me

Jagjaguwar

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: JAG197LP

"The first three classic Dinosaur Jr. albums get a timely reissue, available on vinyl on Jagjaguwar for the first time. A must buy for those who have worn their original copies out...."
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DINOSAUR JR. - BUG, Jagjaguwar
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DINOSAUR JR.

BUG

Jagjaguwar

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: JAG198LP

"The first three classic Dinosaur Jr. albums get a timely reissue, available on vinyl on Jagjaguwar for the first time. A must buy for those who have worn their original copies out...."
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THE MAGICIAN - I Don't Know What To Do feat. Jeppe, Kitsune
Piano House. It's massively in vogue right now and who other than Kitsuné would pick up on that. The Magician's contribution to the resurrection of air-keys and the fun of exposing your armpits is 'I Don't Know What To Do', a chunky, poppified number featuring a pleading vocal from Jeppe, bound to be heard at indie discos everywhere. The Fabian remix amps the dancefloor intent with razored electro-house panache while Plastic Plates give a modern disco makeover.
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TOMMY MCCOOK - Dubbing With Horns, Jamaican Recordings
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TOMMY MCCOOK

Dubbing With Horns

Jamaican Recordings

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.49

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: JRC043LP

Fine selection of vintage cuts from the vaults of founding Skatalite, Tommy McCook. Includes 14 versions of classic rhythms lead by Tommy's Tenor Saxophone and featuring an allstar line-up of The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate and Sly And Robbie, all dubbed-up by Bunny Lee.
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NEED FOR MIRRORS - Zercon / Smack, ZOLTAR

NEED FOR MIRRORS

Zercon / Smack

ZOLTAR

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: ZOLTAR002

*Die-cut, reflective jacket and printed inner-sleeve* The Need For Mirrors duo rolls out two tougher-edged hardsteppers. There's shades of old-skool Krust to both sides, but the devil is in their unique, slyly shifting rhythm programming and those snarling neuro-funk synth licks.
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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

THE BENT MOUSTACHE - Pastures New Seasons Turn, WORMER BROS

THE BENT MOUSTACHE

Pastures New Seasons Turn

WORMER BROS

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WORM018LP

**Includes MP3 download coupon redeemable from the label** "3 boys and a girl who combine an inclination for for melodic post-punk pop with an art rock aesthetic borrowed from The Fall and Can mixed with the melodious pop sense of My Bloody Valentine. The Bent Moustache's second full length recording after 2007's 'Forst' is a socio-politically sharp and well articulated mix of art rock, shoegaze and electronica that engages both brain and booty. The live shows are an explosion of energy that have seen them create an expanding fanbase around Europe and the USA (Sebadoh in… Read more
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THE BENT MOUSTACHE - Pastures New Seasons Turn, WORMER BROS
DINOSAUR JR. - Dinosaur, Jagjaguwar

DINOSAUR JR.

Dinosaur

Jagjaguwar

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: JAG196LP

"The first three classic Dinosaur Jr. albums get a timely reissue, available on vinyl on Jagjaguwar for the first time. A must buy for those who have worn their original copies out...."
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LAAK - The Fourth Space, AUSTERE RECORDINGS

LAAK

The Fourth Space

AUSTERE RECORDINGS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: AUS003

Warm Deep House moods from Austere Records' Laak. Shades of vintage Larry Heard and the smoothest Chicago vibes are evoked through four tracks for the heads. Highlights happen on the floating, square-bass driven title cut and the soft, soul-vocal gentility of 'Love Control'. One for fans of Keith Worthy, Steven Tang, Tevo Howard, Deep Space Orchestra.
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

LUTAN FYAH / CORNELL CAMPBELL - I'm Leaving / I'll Never Leave, Red Earth Music
The Red Earth Collective replay the rhythm to Soothsayers' 'We're Not Leaving' ballad, topped with sweet vocals. A-side features the "raw but vulnerable" tones of Spanish Town Deejay Lutan Fyah on 'I'm Leaving', and the flipside it's the legendary falsetto of Cornell Campbell on 'I'll Never Leave', both articulating the series' departure theme.
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KLIC - Dachshund Skank Remixes, Hit And Hope Records

KLIC

Dachshund Skank Remixes

Hit And Hope Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HNH004

Diverse remixes of KLIC's debut EP from Greymatter, Pixelord and Gerry Read. Taking A-side duties, Greymatter turns 'Forwards' into a kinda squashed Hip-House jacker where down-pitched vocals play it cool over a rhythm which can't decide if it's breakbeats or bleep 'n bass, and all the better for it. Flipside, fresh from kicking off Berlin's Leisure System label, Pixelord (aka Gultskra Artikler) gives a a dynamic, atom-colliding 2-step/IDM remix of 'Article 0.1', contrasting with Gerry Read's clipped and reserved version for the Future Bass steppers.
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Thursday, 22 September 2011

ZOLA JESUS - Conatus, Souterrain Transmissions
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ZOLA JESUS

Conatus

Souterrain Transmissions

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: SOU27LP

*Gatefold 180 Gram vinyl edition - limited copies on a white marbled pressing. Includes download code redeemable from the label* Nika Roza Danilova returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Stridulum II, and finds her in especially accessible but uncompromising form. Certainly she's not jettisoned the weirdness that makes her so striking: tracks like 'Swords' and 'Ixode' fall somewhere captivating between haunted Grouper-esque drone-folk and minimal techno, while 'Avalanches''s 90s MTV power-balladeering becomes something altogether more eldritch with the deployment of chilly reverb and impertine… Read more
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ZOLA JESUS - Conatus, Souterrain Transmissions
APPARAT - Song Of Los (Mogwai Mix), Mute
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APPARAT

Song Of Los (Mogwai Mix)

Mute

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £4.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 12MUTE460

A standout cut from Apparat's majestic new album, backed with an outstanding Mogwai remix and a slithering, percussive overhaul by Park Frequency. One for the lovers, 'Song Of Los' features Sascha Ring crooning to the stars over beautifully euphoric, creamy Techno-Pop synths and heart-pulsing bass with measured glimmers of New Order-esque guitar. Flipside, Mogwai give a big nod to Salem and the kind of epic pop substance coming from the Tri Angle camp right now, slowing the whole thing to a quasi-speed drag with druggy dubstep bass licks blanketed by twinkling starburst synths. Park Fr… Read more
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APPARAT - Song Of Los (Mogwai Mix), Mute
WALLS - Coracle, Kompakt
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WALLS

Coracle

Kompakt

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT245

*Initial copies on White vinyl - Includes free CD version of the album* Walls waste no time in following up their widely acclaimed debut album (MOJO's #1 Electronic LP of 2010) with a glorious set of eight swooning slow trance tinglers for Kompakt. 'Coracle' is as cute as the name suggests, yet perhaps with a keener dancefloor edge than we've previously perceived from their music. The sleek Techno engine which drove this album's predecessor is fine tuned to a Balearic tempo, but with a trustingly Teutonic dancefloor efficiency. From the top of 'In The Midst' the groove steadily purrs at a chugging 110… Read more
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WALLS - Coracle, Kompakt
LULA CORTES E ZE RAMALHO - Throwing Snow / Illum Sphere Mixes, Mr Bongo
**Clear Vinyl** Crazy piece of wax, this, pairing men-of-the-moment Throwing Snow and Illum Sphere against vintage Brazilian psyche-jazz from Lula Cortes and Ze Ramalho. A-side Throwing Snow plays it slow and cool with a rework of 'Omm/Louvação a Iemanjá', keeping the pressure on the downstroke with throbbing slow House beat surrounded by spacious, swirling elements of flute and strings before rolling out with some super tight drum programming and spookily dissonant organ. It's an impressive effort, but we gotta say the Illum Sphere remix of 'Nao Existe Molh… Read more
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LULA CORTES E ZE RAMALHO - Throwing Snow / Illum Sphere Mixes, Mr Bongo
ROMAN FLüGEL - Fatty Folders, Dial
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ROMAN FLüGEL

Fatty Folders

Dial

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DIALLP023

The German Techno legend also known as Soylent Green, Eight Miles High and Alter Ego presents the very first album under his own name. It's surprising considering he's been doing this for over 15 years now, but the finely stripped rhythms and emotive clarity throughout 'Fatty Folders' perhaps best represent his personal conception of House and Techno most accurately, and befitting of his birth name. It includes tracks form both of last years slick singles for Dial, opening with the elegant glide of 'How To Spread Lies' and closing to gorgeous melancholy of 'Piano Piano' and also touching o… Read more
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ROMAN FLüGEL - Fatty Folders, Dial
DIZZ1 - Decay / Gone Soon, Black Acre
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DIZZ1

Decay / Gone Soon

Black Acre

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ACRE028

Head-nod navigator Dizz1 and D&B producer Royalston meet in the middle for two broken, rolling and stepping variations for Black Acre. Together they tuck-up some Techy vibes on 'Decay', kinda like older Martyn styles, with detailed drumwork and shifty bass, but a moodier, heads-down vibe. Flipside it's Dizz1 dolo on 'Gone Soon', a blue sci-fi stepper with well studied old-skool Mala vibes.
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KID KOALA - Space Cadet: Original Still Picture Score, Ninja Tune
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**Includes free download code redeemable form the label** Lovely, imaginative and incredibly mature soundtrack work from the ever-unpredictable KK, with cut 'n paste hip-hop dispensed in favour of serene, cinematic chamber classical pieces that summon Max Richter and Johann Johansson. There's a real sense of optimism and wonder to these pieces, a bit of a relief from the by-numbers melancholy pastures usually occupied by neo-classical gear; and while the weight is carried largely by strings, horns and marimba, what makes it truly special is the discreet turntablism… Read more
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KID KOALA - Space Cadet: Original Still Picture Score, Ninja Tune
GUELEWAR - Halleli N'Dakarou, TERANGA BEAT
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GUELEWAR

Halleli N'Dakarou

TERANGA BEAT

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: TBLP014

**Heavyweight double gatefold with liner notes** Revelatory reissue of prototypical Mbalax-Psych from legendary Gambian group, Guelewar. 'Diamonoye Tiopité' documents their last performance, live at the Canari Club de Kaolack in Senegal, 1982, mixing traditional compositions influenced by indigenous MBalax and Kora rhythms with Congolese drumming and the crucial, modern addition of a Mini-MOOG. Up until the time of this gig, the group were essentially the main group in The Gambia, alongside the equally renowned Ifang Bondi, originally playing a blend of traditional music and imported forei… Read more
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GUELEWAR - Halleli N'Dakarou, TERANGA BEAT
GUI BORATTO - III, Kompakt
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GUI BORATTO

III

Kompakt

Format_dot_vinyl2LP + CD // £15.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKT242

**Includes free CD version of the album** Gui Boratto's snappily titled 'III' is, unsurprisingly, his third album, and finds him balancing his sophisticated Trance-Techno formula with a sleek, but grittily EBM/Wave-informed tilt. He starts out purposefully slow and sensually synthy, like John Carpenter for 2011, before the tempo builds with the brooding Big-room tension of 'Stems From Hell'. 'Striker' is where the EBM influence really bleeds through, driving out darkly sexy Bass guitar licks under cold and mechanical drums like Gatekeeper gone Techno, and finding sombre moments on the lonely pop dri… Read more
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MEG BAIRD - Seasons On Earth, Wichita Recordings

MEG BAIRD

Seasons On Earth

Wichita Recordings

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: WEBB306LP

**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Second album from Meg Baird, best known for her songwriting, guitar work and vocal contributions to the US folk band Espers. Follow up to her solo debut, the highly acclaimed 'Dear Companion' - Includes covers of songs by British bands The House Of Love and Mark-Almond. For fans of Espers, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Sharon Van Etten."
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TWIN SISTER - In Heaven, Domino Recording Co

TWIN SISTER

In Heaven

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGLP276

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Highly accomplished synth-pop album marrying exquisitely fragile vocals with robust drum machines and fragile melodies in shades of Little Dragon and Prefab Sprout. Includes fold-out poster. "To the core, Twin Sister is a capital "p" Pop band. The songs on their debut album In Heaven radiate and glow, a firework show set against a broad black canvas; youthful exuberance echoes throughout. Taken as a whole, In Heaven proves itself a document of endless preparation and excited execution, the fulfilled promise of bliss."
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TWIN SISTER - In Heaven, Domino Recording Co

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

PUFFY AREOLAS - Gentleman's Grip, Hozac

PUFFY AREOLAS

Gentleman's Grip

Hozac

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £5.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HZR-092

Cacophonous, punky blues noise from Ohio's best titled band, ever. The title track zings straight to the pleasure centre with an oblique wall of psychedlic distortion shielding shrieked and dubbed-out vocals, wheeling axe work and steaming drums. B-side 'Psychomania' is equally f*cked-up and raucously sexy, and 'By The Hand' tips out on a juiced instrumental jam.
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ILYA MONOSOV - Sailor Man, Holy Mountain

ILYA MONOSOV

Sailor Man

Holy Mountain

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HOLY1982

**Includes free digital download redeemable from the label** Ilya of the Monosov Swirnoff duo and Shining Paths presents his first solo LP for Holy Mountain. Low key, almost whispered vocals play with noirish, spooked western signatures in nine tales accented with hints of flamenco and subtly psychedelic blues, like the "fumblings of a detective attempting to resolve his own crimes." Fans of Scott Walker and Nick Cave should try this.
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