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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels, Numero Group
**Double LP edition from Numero, beautifully presented as always in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve.** "Nickel and Penny are twin sides of the same eccentric coin, and that coin was Chicago's #1 Dusties DJ Richard Pegue. He was writer, arranger, and producer of some of the most beautiful Chicago soul records in the '60s and '70s; too bad they all went out of print weeks after being released. On Order here are rare sides by Jerry Townes, the Voices, the Norvells, Little Ben & The Cheers, South Shore Commission, Joyce Williams, The Hallelujah Chorus, Brothers … Read more
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VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels, Numero Group

Monday, 28 November 2011

GOL ORCHESTRA & TELINGA ENSEMBLE - Improvisations January 1997, PLANAM
"An improvised music acid trip for instruments, voice and electronics by the GOL Orchestra and the now defunct Telinga Ensemble navigating on the darkest waters of psychedelia. Five long tracks recorded 14 years ago in an icy flat in Pigalle, Paris with Ravi Shardja (bass guitar), Olivier Maurel (cello, objects), Emmanuel Quentin (guitar, prepared guitar), Cathy Mai (drums, vocals), Frederic Rebotier (percussions, flutes, objects), Samon Takahashi (real-time mix, electronics). Listening to this record will fulfill the most adventurous and twisted ears engagi… Read more
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GOL ORCHESTRA & TELINGA ENSEMBLE - Improvisations January 1997, PLANAM
GOL & BRUNHILD FERRARI - Exercices d'Improvisation (1977) by Luc Ferrari, PLANAM
*Edition of 350* Luc Ferrari conceived 'Exercises d'improvisation' in 1977 "as a sequence of seven individually or collectively improvised exercises for tape and any instrument or group of instruments." Nearly 35 years later the original tapes have been dusted down by Luc's widow, Brunhild Meyer-Ferrari and the original score interpreted for the first time ever by the GOL collective - Jean-Marcel Busson, Frédéric Rebotier, Ravi Sharda and Samon Takahashi - playing flutes, electric and bass guitars, ocarina, nagara, electric guembri, vocoder and messa… Read more
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GOL & BRUNHILD FERRARI - Exercices d'Improvisation (1977) by Luc Ferrari, PLANAM
MENSTRUATION SISTERS - Puppet Island, PLANAM

MENSTRUATION SISTERS

Puppet Island

PLANAM

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £29.99

EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: PLANAMENSES

*Limited edition of 280 copies in gatefold sleeve* Primal, putrified rock abstractions from Oren Ambarchi and his tribal counterparts, Nick Kamvissis and Brendan Walls ov Marsfield, plus Lisa & Naomi Tocatly. Stranded miles away from convention, the Sisters conduct a pre-historic cacophony of savaged percussion, gristle-spitting vocals and utterly bloodshot madness. From the guttural strains of the opening track you know this is going somewhere you've likely not been before, and simply, they follow through with the promise (puns intended). Way out there. For fans of Chris Corsano a… Read more
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MENSTRUATION SISTERS - Puppet Island, PLANAM
PHILIP CORNER & DANIELE LOMBARDI - Le Son Des Tenebres, PLANAM
*Art edition Issued in an edition of 80 signed and numbered copies* "Art edition including an LP with the recordings at the Istituto della Calcografia Nazionale in Rome of two world premiere compositions by Philip Corner and Daniele Lombardi. Issued in 80 signed and numbered copies and including excerpts form the original scores. Philip Corner Tenebres: Lesson&Light (Studies in Shadow and Light), learning from the dark the grand lesson of music. The darkest sound in music is the tone-cluster. Approximation of the even denser aggregates existent already in nature: ro… Read more
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PHILIP CORNER & DANIELE LOMBARDI - Le Son Des Tenebres, PLANAM
NO NECK BLUES BAND - Languid Red Marchetti, PLANAM
*Edition of 340, full colour inner and jacket. Two sides of challenging improvisations from a prototypical, four-man version of NNCK circa 1994* "Recorded close to the group's inception in 1994, Languid Red Marchetti is the NNCK sound in its empirical form, rhythmically a-linear and fundamentally abstract. while NNCK would go on to become a seven piece performing group, recording and touring extensively, this recording documents a smaller group of four original members engaged in the hermetically sealed sonic exploration which best locates their aesthetic origins. From the gr… Read more
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NO NECK BLUES BAND - Languid Red Marchetti, PLANAM
GOL & CHARLES HAYWARD - GOL & Charles Hayward, PLANAM

GOL & CHARLES HAYWARD

GOL & Charles Hayward

PLANAM

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PLANAM14

"For this new 'gollaboration' the French combo GOL confronts the British drums legend Charles Hayward for a rough/delicate and intense/mellow paradoxical music delight. The studio side compiles four improvised sessions exploring some possible oblique acceptations of the word 'rock', while the live side recorded at 104, Paris, in Dec 2008 during the Sonic protest festival, takes the encounters into the realm of psychedelia. The apparently chaotic home-made electronics of GOL find a perfect counterpoint in Hayward's 'This Heat-ish' incomparable kickass-snare-cymbals style machin… Read more
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GOL & CHARLES HAYWARD - GOL & Charles Hayward, PLANAM

Thursday, 24 November 2011

FULGEANCE - To All Of You, MELTING POT MUSIC
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FULGEANCE

To All Of You

MELTING POT MUSIC

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: MPM118LP

**Includes digital download card for the full album plus bonus remixes - redeemable from the label** *Includes download coupon for full album and bonus remixes redeemable from the label* Debut album business from one of France's premier neck-snappers! 'To All Of You' arrives after an impeccable series of releases over the last four years, at once distilling and expanding on the ideas of his three aces for Musique Large and the idiosyncratic beatcraft of his All City and One-Handed Music 12"s. Kinda like a stoned Mr. Oizo or a dafter Dorian Concept, his debut album feels like a coherent body… Read more
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FULGEANCE - To All Of You, MELTING POT MUSIC
SIMON/OFF - Planetary Communication EP, Phutureshock Musik

SIMON/OFF

Planetary Communication EP

Phutureshock Musik

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PSM005

After transmissions from Mr Mageeka and Roof Light, Phuture Shock's fifth release comes from Austrian talent, Simon/off. The 'Planetary Communication EP' leans into crisp, taut Techno/Breakbeats rhythms with the Carl Craig-esque title track, while 'About To See You' hits a Techy Afro angle akin to recent Kode 9 riddims, and 'New Basics' shakes out a Maddslinky-style wriggler. One to watch, this!
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

DCULT / KRYTIKAL / FUSED FORCES / VARIOUS - Area Music Volume 1, Area Recordings

DCULT / KRYTIKAL / FUSED FORCES / VARIOUS

Area Music Volume 1

Area Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl2x12" // £11.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ARE005-12

"The fifth release on Area Music introduces six new artists to the roster. Essex’s DCult travels a narrow path between light and dark while Australia's 3rdeye entwine sweet ethereal beauty with hard pulsating beats. Aeon is a Croation bass music producer who makes use of sweet vocals, lush pads, stuttering percussion, weighty drums and a pulsing bassline, while Safire is an Australian producer lurking at the deep end of tech-funk DnB and dubstep. Krytikal is a Birmingham based dubstep producer whose productions have a sense of calm hidden amidst deep tribal rhythms while Fused Forces showcase a mellower side to their production style."
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DCULT / KRYTIKAL / FUSED FORCES / VARIOUS - Area Music Volume 1, Area Recordings
DOLDRUMS - Empire Sound, NO PAIN IN POP

DOLDRUMS

Empire Sound

NO PAIN IN POP

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NPIP026

Doldrums is the moniker of Canadian bedroom producer Eric Woodhead, and somehow he makes slippery experimental pop without falling into the 'chillwave' genre at all. Maybe it's down to his choice of samples (often sounding like they've been hovered up from a collection of charity shop LPs) or the discordant nature of the songs themselves; these are not your chirpy Washed Out pastiches, rather 'Empire Sound' showcases a more melancholy sound than you might be expecting. The usual comparisons to Animal Collective and Atlas Sound ring true, to a point - but I can also hear Dum Dum Girls in there s… Read more
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DOLDRUMS - Empire Sound, NO PAIN IN POP
KATE WAX - Dust Collision, Border Community

KATE WAX

Dust Collision

Border Community

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: 33BCLP

Enigmatic, arresting new album from Swiss electronic sorceress, Kate Wax. Kate first came to prominence in the mid '00s with a handful of well received releases for Mental Groove and Output, while lending her unique vocal talents to records by Felix Da Housecat and Kalabrese. After a break to give birth and bring up her first child, she's now arrived at a crystalline blend of dark and modern post-pop, blacklit Disco and Electronica, bearing comparisons with the likes of Fever Ray, Planningtorock and Emika. Her free-ranging and versatile soprano confidently complements her productions, taking … Read more
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KATE WAX - Dust Collision, Border Community
FAKE LEFT - The Future That Never Was, iS Records

FAKE LEFT

The Future That Never Was

iS Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: IS002

Debut single of rolling, leftfield Electronic Tech-House from iS Records. Frontside 'The Future That Never Was' feels like a heavier, aquatic version of say Caribou or Four Tet productions, while flipside 'Fake The Feeling' simulates a similar sort of Sci-Fi Electro-scapes to Space Dimension Controller and Out Of Orbit makes clear an allegiance to vintage, Detroit-inspired UK Electronic like The Black Dog.
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Monday, 21 November 2011

KORALLREVEN - An Album By Korallreven, Acephale
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KORALLREVEN

An Album By Korallreven

Acephale

Format_dot_vinylLP // £17.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ACE019LP

**White vinyl - Includes digital download card redeemable from the label** Radio Dept's Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder make good on the promise of their much-loved singles with this unmistakably lush debut album. In finest Scandinavian style, 'An Album...' is Korallreven's beautifully realised attempt to escape the harsh Swedish winter by means of simulated pop bliss, referencing all manner of sun-soaked styles from Southern Rap to Balearic pop with wonderfully immersive production values. But the biggest single influence is a trip taken to Samoa by Marcus Joons where he found ins… Read more
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KORALLREVEN - An Album By Korallreven, Acephale

Thursday, 17 November 2011

SCRATCHA DVA - Madness / Polyphonic Dreams, Hyperdub
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SCRATCHA DVA

Madness / Polyphonic Dreams

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDB057

Re-calibrated Broken Beat/Funky transporters from Rinse FM's much loved morning radio jock and Hyperdub's most eccentric producer. Like the very recent effort from ally Cooly G, Hyperdub's latest sees Scratcha at work with a more experienced hands, namely Gilles Peterson favourite and beat scene legend, Vikter Duplaix. Vikter contributes sweet, breathy soul vocals to a crookedly resolved triplet rhythm on 'Madness', a balance of ultra-sticky, synthetic acid melody and lushest vybz, but in case that's too sugary for you, 'Polyphonic Dreams' will push all your buttons at once with a heavily tripped-out and craftily funked-up tribal 4/4.
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SCRATCHA DVA - Madness / Polyphonic Dreams, Hyperdub
EARN - A Following Shadow, Post Present Medium
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EARN

A Following Shadow

Post Present Medium

Format_dot_vinylLP // £10.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: PPM051LP

*Edition of 500* Ten years into their ever-evolving imprint, LA's big-eared Post Present Medium offer a sublime side of personalised ambient noise and shoegaze on the first vinyl by Matthew Sullivan (Privy Seals, Deep Jew) as Earn. To date most of the Earn output has appeared on his own Ekhein label, with a few on Agents Of Chaos and Young Tapes for measure, but this the first we've heard from him as Earn and it's making a heavy impression. 'A Following Shadow' is a great example of how fine the line is between drooling wallpaper ambience and genuinely evocative beatless spaces. Falling firml… Read more
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EARN - A Following Shadow, Post Present Medium
GOLDFFINCH - Red Mask / Ovale, NUMBERS
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GOLDFFINCH

Red Mask / Ovale

NUMBERS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: NMBRS18

Funked-up ElectroTech from Belgian duo, Goldffinch, rolling right off their 'Dirtybird' drop for Airflex Labs. 'Red Mask' is an intensely taut and locked-on piece of dancefloor science, carving a fluid, frictionless groove from rolling, inter-locking synthlines and robust bass synced for bodily gratification. 'Ovale' is more reserved, working a jacked-up Electrobass sound powered by metronomic subbass throbs and stickier percussion. Test these on a big rig for optimal satisfaction.
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DIEB13 / GUSTAFSSON / SIEWERT - (Fake) The Facts, Editions Mego
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DIEB13 / GUSTAFSSON / SIEWERT

(Fake) The Facts

Editions Mego

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: DEMEGO023

Fiery avant-noise business, new in on Mego. Picking up where he left off with this year's Akita and Jim O'Rourke hook-up One Bird Two Bird, Swedish sax dynamo Mats Gustafsson collaborates here with dieb13 (turntables, cigar box) and Martin Siewert (guitars, ring stinger, electronics). Stitched together from live and studio sessions, (Fake) The Facts is a glorious assault on the ears, and on everything else: a dense wall of noise and power electronics so full-on it that it becomes almost meditative; repeat listens reveal the trio to be exploring deeper, more complex internal … Read more
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DIEB13 / GUSTAFSSON / SIEWERT - (Fake) The Facts, Editions Mego
HORSEPOWER PRODUCTIONS - Good Ole Dayz / Justify, Tempa

HORSEPOWER PRODUCTIONS

Good Ole Dayz / Justify

Tempa

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TEMPA059

Tempa's most enduring outfit follow up the 'Lost Tapes' EP and last year's 'Quest For The Sonic Bounty' LP with two rare-grooving, cinematic steppers. 'Justify' deploys dusted jazz percussion with film dialogue and moody atmospheres for something like a take on Peshay's mid-period stabs at jazzy D&B. Flipside is moodier yet, with the loose jazz drums and tense, noirish vibes of 'Good Ole Dayz'.
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LE VOLUME COURBE - Theodaurus Rex EP, PICKPOCKET RECORDS
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LE VOLUME COURBE

Theodaurus Rex EP

PICKPOCKET RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £6.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: FREE001

Le Volume Courbe's petit but perfectly formed catalogue welcomes a sterling new edition, issued on hers and Kevin Shields' new imprint, Pickpocket Records. Kevin is credited with appearing on one track, but all the production and writing credits belong to the woman in charge Charlotte Marionneau, making for an entirely coherent and beautifully beguiling record. There's the odd, shape-shifting folk-pop of 'Born To Lie' and the more tender, naked 'I Love The Living You' on the A-side, while the flipside features naif music box melodies and splattered synth interjections of 'Lazy' and an elegant cover of Nico's 'Le Petit Chevalier'.
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LE VOLUME COURBE - Theodaurus Rex EP, PICKPOCKET RECORDS
DRIVE ME HOME - Fast Life, CITINITE

DRIVE ME HOME

Fast Life

CITINITE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: NITE-18

Deeply sophisticated R&B for the connoisseurs, including dubs and remixes from Machinedrum and Computer Jay. 'Fast Life' is the sun-blessed debut from Drive Me Home, gelling with Oliver Daysoul on the title cut for a heat-seeking Boogie bomb and bumping with South Africans Spoek Mathambo & Riky Rick for a slicker mid-tempo swing, while 'Don't Play Around With That' and 'Hook It Up' display a more contemporary awareness of slowfast instrumental dynamics and synthed-out romance. Remixing, Machinedrum turns Spoek and Riky's 'Blah Blah Blah' into a slick but twitchy slyde, and L.A. lynchpin Computer Jay twysts 'Fast Life' into a gloopy but piquant 8-bit grind.
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DRIVE ME HOME - Fast Life, CITINITE
ETHER / PINCH - Prejanka EP (w/Pinch Mix), LIL PITCH

ETHER / PINCH

Prejanka EP (w/Pinch Mix)

LIL PITCH

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: LP01

*Hand-numbered edition of 320* Debut 12" of dope Italian Skweee from Andrea Bracali and Francesco Bigazzi, backed with a powerful Pinch remix. The original tracks cycle thru crushed, neck-snapping beats and colourful synth dissonance on 'M Rian' to Mortal & Chemist-style beat shredding on 'Lo So' and dusted, crystalline 8-bit moves reminding of Samiyam on 'Beghe'. Flipping the script, Bristol styles, Pinch's rebuilds the latter with a quick-stepping, forward-leaning Dubstep motion for the forward heads.
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VARIOUS / KITSUNE - Kitsuné Maison Compilation 12: The Good Fun Issue, Kitsune
"12th edition of the Kitsuné Maison compilations, subtitled 'The Good Fun Issue'. These tunes don't beat around the bush and never fail to provoke emotion or make you want to jump with joy. Featuring rare and exclusive tracks by Citizens!, The Magician, Theme Park, Heartsrevolution and Mark Ronson, amongst others."
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CLAUDE YOUNG & TAKASI NAKAJIMA - Rapture EP2, Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)

CLAUDE YOUNG & TAKASI NAKAJIMA

Rapture EP2

Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ART11.2

Kirk Degiorgio and TJ Kong deliver stylishly driven remixes of 'Rapture'. Aimed squarely for peak-time deployment, Degiorgio's builds and builds with a timeless grace, while Kong's is more romantic, grooving and lushed-out in classic Detroit-via-Lowlands style.
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VARIOUS / MNX - Demon Uprising, MNX

VARIOUS / MNX

Demon Uprising

MNX

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MNX006.66

**Orange Translucent Vinyl- edition of 200 copies** Glasgow's dancefloor terrorisers return with six exclusive tracks from Adam X, Faustian Pact, Manasyt, Cestrian (Ali Renault), Microdot and Cymbol. Highlights have to be Microdot's dank Industrial jacker 'Flesh', Cestrian's synth-seared hell-raiser 'Remains' and the shifty, triplet-driven Techno of Cymbol's 'Sisyphean Task'. The label says "This record had been due for release in October 2010, but at the time we didn't think the world was a dark enough place. We could still sense there was a glimmer of hope... But now, just one year on, w… Read more
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VARIOUS / MNX - Demon Uprising, MNX
SILICONE SOUL - Alive From The Opium Den, DARKROOM DUBS

SILICONE SOUL

Alive From The Opium Den

DARKROOM DUBS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DARKROOMDUBS50

Two sleazier jacks from Glasgow's Silicone Soul, backed with Kiki's funked-up remix. A-side the title track features blunted vox over kinky, perpetually bass-driven Techno-House motion, while flipside features the more exotic darkly tribal flow of 'Time Mariner's Mirrour' and Kiki's leaner, reshuffled remix.
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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

ULTRAMARINE - Acid, WNCL Recordings

ULTRAMARINE

Acid

WNCL Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £8.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WNCL008

Pedigree '90s UK electronica duo, Paul Hammond and Ian Cooper aka Ultramarine follow-up their "comeback" 7" on Real Soon with two deft, bubbling acid steppers for West Norwood Cassette Library. A-side comes with the wriggly 303 sequences and Vibert-esque funky drum programming of 'Acid', hauling their vintage style into the '10s with a subtly spatialized finish. Flipside 'Butch' is ruder, cheekier, swinging with jazzy acid flourishes and dynamic syncopation shades off the likes of Plaid or Funckarma.
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MINKS - Araby, Captured Tracks

MINKS

Araby

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £5.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT121

A pair of right charms from The Minks. A-side lands on vinyl after appearing on a dead limited cassette, making clear their allegiance to the shuffly jangle of early The Cure and co. B-side 'Little Fawn' is more stripped, setting Beach Boys-like vocal harmonies to panned, swirling organ loop and strummed mandolin. Almost guaranteed to melt the ice on your window...
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LANGER - Elements, Uncharted Audio

LANGER

Elements

Uncharted Audio

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: UNCH034

Ten years since making his debut on Uncharted Audio, Langer returns with four pristine electronic House and Techno productions. There's a genuine pedigree to the placid Dub House groover 'Entity', while 'Athena' conducts warmer, jazzier vibes with authentic hints of Detroit flavour. Flipside 'System' arrives at a tidy fusion of the two vibes meeting at transforming into a quality club groove while 'Sensitive' exercises his more experimental side on a darker electro winner.
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Monday, 14 November 2011

BLUES CONTROL & LARAAJI - FRKWYS Vol. 8, RVNG Intl.

BLUES CONTROL & LARAAJI

FRKWYS Vol. 8

RVNG Intl.

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: FRKWYS8LP

**Includes digital download voucher for the full album plus bonus material - redeemable from the label. Limited edition LP version packaged in thick black jacket with a two-color adhesive wrap, both printed on post-consumer goods papers at Stumptown Printers** The latest in RVNG Intl's commendable Frkwys series pairs Brian Eno's favourite zither-tinkler Laraaji with his "musical friend" Arji Cakouros and Philadelphian duo Blues Control in a blissed out session. Laaraji will be best known to many for his sublime 1979 LP 'Celestial Vibration' reissued on Soul Jazz a few years ago, a … Read more
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BLUES CONTROL & LARAAJI - FRKWYS Vol. 8, RVNG Intl.