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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

SAVAGE SKULLS - Bumps EP, DUBSIDED
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SAVAGE SKULLS

Bumps EP

DUBSIDED

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DSD23

Party guaranteed winners from Savage Skulls with a debut EP on Dubsided. Title cut 'Bumps' is an immediate floor ingiter, laying the smack down with powerfully unruly ragga-house bass spliced with rave samples and plentiful sweaty vibes, while 'Flabanco' on the flip sounds like Major Lazer getting into a dance-off with DJ Mujava before calling an honorable draw. Very effective stuff for fans of Switch, Diplo, Jesse Rose or Sinden. TIP!
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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

HEMATIC SUNSETS - Aroma Club Paradox, DEKORDER

HEMATIC SUNSETS

Aroma Club Paradox

DEKORDER

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DEKORDER032

**Sky Blue Vinyl** The more freakishly perceptive, Countdown-viewing contingent amongst you may have noticed that Hematic Sunsets is an anagram of Asmus Tietchens, and sure enough this new Dekorder LP is the handiwork of the great Hamburg-based sound artist. Dekorder seems like a fairly distant relation to the sort of labels we'd normally find Tietchens gracing: with the likes of Die Stadt, 12k offshoot Line and Mille Plateaux sub-label Ritornell Tietchens has been best known for releasing music within more stringent and earnestly electronic circles, but this new album represent… Read more
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HEMATIC SUNSETS - Aroma Club Paradox, DEKORDER

Thursday, 16 July 2009

FAUST / NURSE WITH WOUND - Disconnected, Dirter

FAUST / NURSE WITH WOUND

Disconnected

Dirter

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £19.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: DPROMLP61

*COLOURED VINYL* Two legendary entities from the experimental hinterlands unite for this challenging collaborative outing. Krautrock icons Faust team up with ferocious British electronics experts Nurse With Wound resulting in a line-up featuring Zappi Diermaier, Steven Stapleton, Jean-Herve Peron, Colin Potter and Amaury Cambuzat. Although the initial psychedelic benevolence of 'Lass Mich' is redolent of the Faust crew, it's not long before the far-flung concrète machinations of NWW take a stranglehold on the album's sonic make-up. The album's title track is an unsettling drone p… Read more
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FAUST / NURSE WITH WOUND - Disconnected, Dirter
HACKMAN - Loophole, STUDIO ROCKERS

HACKMAN

Loophole

STUDIO ROCKERS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: STUDR010

Smart and heavy dubstep rave hits from Tony Thorpe's Studio Rockers imprint. Hackman makes a dance ready sound somewhere between Caspa and Moody Boyz on the Lady Sov sampling 'Loophole', before building a garage styled dubstepper on 'Illusionz' and the big bad rave piece 'Nocturne' on the flip co-produced with Surje.
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Thursday, 09 July 2009

DAVE.I.D - Why Weren't The Messages Sent?, Off The Uncertain Button

DAVE.I.D

Why Weren't The Messages Sent?

Off The Uncertain Button

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £3.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OTUB01

This is the first release on the Off The Uncertain Button label, a new label owned by director / designer Simon Owens, and Paul Mogg (Moon Unit, DFA / Supersoul). Dave I.D. is an emergent talent from South East London whose unusual, leftfield electronic pop is sure to make waves amongst fans of the darker, more industrial end of that spectrum. An intriguing debut to say the least, this seven-inch is the first in a series of double A-side singles that are destined to culminate in a compilation CD set for release in Autumn, but if you want the wax, be wary: it's limited to 450 copies for the world.
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DAVE.I.D - Why Weren't The Messages Sent?, Off The Uncertain Button
DUKE GARWOOD - The Sand That Falls, Fire Records

DUKE GARWOOD

The Sand That Falls

Fire Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £12.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: FIRELP132

Duke Garwood really fits in with the wandering minstrel image. Having spent formative years learning his trade in the beach bars of My Lai in Thailand, Garwood later returned to Blighty playing squat parties, eventually releasing a first album in 2005. Two years later the songwriter pulled a Bon Iver, laying down an album in some "lonely hut" on the North Downs. Along the way, Garwood contributed brass to Archie Bronson Outfit live appearances, but once again he's on his own, recording this album in another deserted residence, applying a coarse, rugged blues sound to great tracks … Read more
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DUKE GARWOOD - The Sand That Falls, Fire Records
MODE - Fight Night / Recall / Regeneration, Z AUDIO

MODE

Fight Night / Recall / Regeneration

Z AUDIO

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ZAUDIO014

Grrrrr. This guy needs to get a massage or something. Mode presents three tracks of purest angry dubstep on Z Audio, designed to connect with those of you whose parents just refused them pocket money or anyone who has to resit year 10 in the new term. That said it may also drive a dubstep rave wild if you're into Caspa or N-Type.
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009

GALAXIE 500 - This Is Our Music, 20-20-20

GALAXIE 500

This Is Our Music

20-20-20

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: 20202009

This 1990 Galaxie 500 album draws its title from the classic Ornette Coleman LP of the same name and transpired to be the group's final studio outing. There seems to be a slight expansion of the Galaxie 500 sound on this outing, expanding upon the dream-pop building blocks of prior outings with a heavier drum sound and more textural guitars. Songs like 'Hearing Voices' and 'Spook' soar magnificently, while elsewhere, the woodwind solos of 'Way Up High' and miniature fanfares in 'King Of Spain Part 2' take the group's aesthetic into fresh directions - there's really not a single momen… Read more
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GALAXIE 500 - This Is Our Music, 20-20-20

Tuesday, 07 July 2009

JACKIE O MOTHERFUCKER - Ballads Of The Revolution, Fire Records
JOMF's tenth studio album, Ballads Of The Revolution is brilliantly poised in its capturing of the band's Americana otherness. So many of the veteran group's finest attributes are condensed here: their ethereal country tendencies, those prolonged Deadhead meanderings and in the sublime closing track 'A Mania' you get to hear them exercising their more traditional songwriting prowess. From the outset Ballads Of The Revolution shows signs of being a fairly special entry into the Jackie O MoFo discography, marking its beginnings with a shimmering, echo-lined arrangement… Read more
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JACKIE O MOTHERFUCKER - Ballads Of The Revolution, Fire Records
WILCO - Wilco (The Album), NONESUCH

WILCO

Wilco (The Album)

NONESUCH

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £24.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 7559798189

Would it be too bold a statement to suggest that Wilco might be the best American band of the past ten years? In Yankee Hotel Foxtrot they've definitely got a realistic contender for album of the noughties (don't you just hate that word? Sorry about that), and since 1999's Summerteeth the Chicago band have been on a creative roll that found sublime songwriting from Jeff Tweedy and sparring partner Jay Bennett (RIP) jostling with an increasingly experimental mindset. After Bennett's departure, A Ghost Is Born infused Neu! influences and even greater depths of electronic exploration (including… Read more
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WILCO - Wilco (The Album), NONESUCH
BUILD AN ARK - Dawn Remixes (Daedelus / Ras G Mixes), Kindred Spirits

BUILD AN ARK

Dawn Remixes (Daedelus / Ras G Mixes)

Kindred Spirits

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: KS021RMX

This EP finds a roster of artists tackling Build An Ark's Dawn LP, which originally surfaced around eighteen months or so back. Daedelus leads the pack, reworking 'In Her Smile' with some glorious cutting and splicing, teetering on a spaced-out lounge-jazz sound that's typical of his production style. Following on directly is an overhaul of 'You Yourself Are The Key To The Universe' from Daedelus' side project The Long Lost. In this instance there's a more pastoral, orchestral folk feel, converging on a Vashti Bunyan-like, haunting presence thanks to smoky female voc… Read more
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BUILD AN ARK - Dawn Remixes (Daedelus / Ras G Mixes), Kindred Spirits

Friday, 03 July 2009

MR76IX - Spirit Of Man, Skam Records
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MR76IX

Spirit Of Man

Skam Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: SKA029

Skam finally pick their moment to emerge from a dark warehouse somewhere in north Manchester with a new release from secret weapon Mr76ix. Firstly we can safely say they've not lost the faith and headed down the dubstep rave route (yet), and secondly this should certainly ease up any itchy fingered cravings you've been suffering for braille stamped darkside electronica. Mr76ix's previous albums seemed like an amalgam of pretty much every artist on the label mashed up and fed through an old atari, flickering from shades of hypercoloured Team Doyobi melodies to Gescom style rhythmic complexity and… Read more
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MR76IX - Spirit Of Man, Skam Records

Thursday, 02 July 2009

LEGION OF TWO - Riffs, Planet Mu
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LEGION OF TWO

Riffs

Planet Mu

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £14.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZIQ234LP

"Legion Of Two is a new project from Dubliners Alan O'Boyle and David Lacey. It pits electronics against live drums and percussion for a very dark, dense and noisy dirge. Huge basslines, slow pounding drums and feedback dominate. Industrial, dub and metal influences are shredded through old guitar pedals and cheap reverbs and re-assembled into a driving and melodic force. Alan O'Boyle is best known for his work in electronic music as Decal with a catalogue of EPs and albums on labels like Satamile, Planet Mu and Rotters Golf Club covering electro, techno and experimental music. He has also been i… Read more
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LEGION OF TWO - Riffs, Planet Mu

Wednesday, 01 July 2009

BJORK - Voltaic (Ultimate Package), One Little Indian
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BJORK

Voltaic (Ultimate Package)

One Little Indian

Format_dot_vinyl3LP + 2xDVD + 2xCD // £29.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TPLP916

Comes with 3xLP's, 2xCD and 2xDVD!!!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

VARIOUS / URCK - West Coast Post-Asiatic, URCK
*MARBLE VINYL LIMITED TO 500 COPIES FOR THE WORLD* Featuring artists like Amps For Christ, Refrigerator Mothers, Sikara and the colourfully titled Hop-Frog's Drum Jester Devotional, this Urck LP is another excursion into the label's very own "Post-Asiatic" genre, in which Western artists confront non-Western and avant-garde Asian musics. It transpires to be pretty extraordinary stuff, with highlights including the hammered zither and marimba infusions of Auto Da Fe's 'Into The White Forest' and the inventive scrap metal kabuki of Nequaquam Vacuum's 'Orichi'. Recommended.
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Thursday, 18 June 2009

HUPSYDOWN - 4X4 Lovers, KIOSK

HUPSYDOWN

4X4 Lovers

KIOSK

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: KIOSK14

Dubstep hybrid gear outta France on the new Kiosk Electric imprint. Hupsydown is related to the Dest Pub crew of producers and brings a similarly unbridled party vibe to the plate with two variants mixing 4x4 niche Bassline with halfstep on 'Born To Be Bass', and Tekno styled Bassline on '4x4 Lovers' to unload all over your rave. In ya face!
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COTTI - Warrior Charge, STUDIO ROCKERS

COTTI

Warrior Charge

STUDIO ROCKERS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: STUDR009

It's become fully apparent now that Cotti only makes lethal Sound System weapons, unfortunately those looking for jazzy interludes and trancing breakdowns will have to look elsewhere. Following from his quaking Soul Jazz drops of late 'Warrior Charge' for Studio Rockers is no less deadly or effective, featuring vocals from 2Nice over waves of mammoth subbass pressure bound to bowl weak knees over. 'Lost & Found' on the flip is a much scarier beast, with an electro-shocked dub-rave riddim haunted by freaky synthline poltergeists wreaking havoc in the dance. Big tracks!
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FEW NOLDER - New Folder, Planet Mu
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FEW NOLDER

New Folder

Planet Mu

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £13.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: ZIQ238LP

Few Nolder first made an impression with the crossmatched micro house, disco and electronica styles of his debut 12" on Mu last year. 'New Folder' is his debut album and explores these styles with a considered musical talent drawn from his past as a professional piano player in Lithuania and a range of local vocal talent. Few's sound is achingly clean and manicured but manages to evade the pitfalls of much minimal and micro house with an expanded imagination and simple but crafty melodic developments. It's a slight departure for Planet Mu, but once you're tucked into the set you'll realise ther… Read more
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FEW NOLDER - New Folder, Planet Mu
TIM AND SAM'S TIM AND THE SAM BAND WITH TIM AND SAM - Summer Solstice, Static Caravan
Sporting a name that's of the Dananananakyroyd ilk, Tim and Sam's Tim and The Sam Band with Tim and Sam arrive at Static Caravan with a new 7" filled with instrumental post-folk loveliness. After the building acoustic pseudo-epic 'Summer Solstice (replete with banjos and glockenspiels) the B-side opens with a waltzing, breezy affair titled 'Rolling Hills', but the final track on this three-song EP is a lo-fi instrumental cover of Elbow's 'One Day Like This', aptly rounding off an incredibly optimistic, sunshine dappled single.
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Monday, 15 June 2009

JONO EL GRANDE - Neo Dada, Rune Grammofon

JONO EL GRANDE

Neo Dada

Rune Grammofon

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: RLP3084

This is the kind of album you could stow away in a time capsule only for the generations to come to be baffled that it ever existed. Neo Dada is an aptly titled piece of modern compositional fusion that chops and changes between heavy duty prog-jazz, chamber music for strings and Frank Zappa-esque mutant pop. Jono El Grande follows his nearly-as-deranged Fevergreens album of 2003 with this impressively scaled-up sequel. Jono takes the role of composer, band leader, arranger and producer on Neo Dada, leaving much of the playing to an orchestra of followers faced with the daunting prospect o… Read more
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JONO EL GRANDE - Neo Dada, Rune Grammofon

Thursday, 11 June 2009

THE TOWER - ExhuMMed, Mordant Music
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THE TOWER

ExhuMMed

Mordant Music

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MM032

Lest we forget, Mordant Music's 'The Tower' releases are some of the finest dark ambient records of the last decade. We've dropped off on many nights bricking ourselves to the maudlin tones and arcane drones of the first album, so we're equally intrigued and suspicious of how these tracks will work with beat driven refixes from Baron Mordant and Lord Klattr. Thankfully the beats do work, once you've readjusted yourself to their new dancefloor context, perhaps with the exception of the 'Compos Mentis' mix which errs too close to claggy breaks for us. Their 'ExhuMMed' mix summons a sick voodoo synco… Read more
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THE TOWER - ExhuMMed, Mordant Music
MASHA QRELLA - Speak Low (Loewe & Weill In Exile), Morr Music
Having crafted two enduring cult pop albums under comparatively humble circumstances, Masha Qrella has embarked upon a more ambitious project for her latest full-length. For one thing the songs were arranged for a full band line-up and then recorded live in a proper recording studio over a number of sessions, but perhaps more striking than that, all these compositions are reinterpretations of Broadway classics penned by Kurt Weill and Frederick Loewe. Qrella was approached by Berlin's Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, charged with the undertaking of assembling a themed evening… Read more
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MILANESE - Lockout, Planet Mu
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MILANESE

Lockout

Planet Mu

Format_dot_vinyl2x12" // £14.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ZIQ243LP

Dubstep electronix hero Milanese steps back into the fray with his second album for Planet Mu. His grimy-electro influenced take on Dubstep has been much imitated since the release of his '1Up' album for Warp and Mu's 'Extend' so he's found himself a crew of vocal collaborators and like minded producers to shape up the next evolution in the Milanese sound with 'Lockout'. Now working seperately to his previous collaborators Various Production, he still shares a healthy love of vocals, represented with contributions from Ben Sharpa, RQM & Oliver Grimball added to whatever urban dance style Milanese de… Read more
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MILANESE - Lockout, Planet Mu

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

O-DESSA - Deeper, Lodubs

O-DESSA

Deeper

Lodubs

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: LODUBS1209013

Atmospheric dubstep rollers from Odessa on premier dubstep outlet LoDubs. 'Deeper' holds the A-side spot with a neatly spaced cut floating lush synthlines over sticky electro percussion and rolling subliminal subs, while 'Million Dollarz' adds pitched-up vocals and smart shots of junglist pressure to the formula. fans of 6Blocc should apply!
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Thursday, 04 June 2009

VICTOR OLAIYA - Victor Olaiya's All Stars Soul International, VAMPISOUL

VICTOR OLAIYA

Victor Olaiya's All Stars Soul International

VAMPISOUL

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: VAMPI107

Originally released in 1970, this album is lifted from Nigerian innovator (and so-called "evil genius of highlife") Victor Olaiya's funk fusion period. "Victor Olaiya is certainly one of the legendary foundation stones of modern Nigerian music, yet he has never received much acknowlegement or really had his albums released or promoted in any quantity outside of Nigeria. So this Vampisoul release is a step in the right direction and not before time, for a 77 years old who was probably Nigeria's leading star of 50's and early 60's, his golden years. Dr. Victo… Read more
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VICTOR OLAIYA - Victor Olaiya's All Stars Soul International, VAMPISOUL
YEARS - Years, ARTS & CRAFTS

YEARS

Years

ARTS & CRAFTS

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: AC042LP

Though it may sound like the work of a sizable ensemble cast, this eponymous debut from Years can all be traced back to one man: Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene. The guitarist and producer has made an outstanding instrumental album, mixing together orchestral expanses, electronically embellished recording techniques and some great six-string picking. The press release is keen to make comparisons to the likes of Jim O'Rourke or even Squarepusher, and sure enough Benechetrit could certainly argue the case for being lumped in with such esteemed company; as a musical polymath… Read more
YEARS - Years, ARTS & CRAFTS
RUBIK - Carrion EP, Domestic

RUBIK

Carrion EP

Domestic

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DOM004

Arcane baffle-beats from London's Rubik, releasing two tracks of style and fashion defying Black Metal and techno on his own Domestic imprint. 'Carrion' is the 140bpm+ techno meets atmospheric metal (con)fusion on the A-side, which we think sounds far better at 33rpm, while 'Substance/The Shadow' on the flip mutates from a Bach homage played on acoustic guitar to a double-kickdrum driven metal noise assault. Limited to 300 copies for this world only.
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Wednesday, 03 June 2009

VARIOUS / HONEST JON'S RECORDS - Marvellous Boy, Honest Jon's Records

VARIOUS / HONEST JON'S RECORDS

Marvellous Boy

Honest Jon's Records

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £13.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: HJRLP038

There are few labels that can offer compilations as thorough and consistent as those released by Honest Jons. From their EMI Archive-delving Sprigs Of Time set to the Living Is Hard selection, capturing West African music in Britain during the 1920s, the label never fails to deliver a convincing portrait of a particular movement or moment in musical history. This album once again see the label visiting the sound world of West Africa, depicting the calypso songs of the 1950s via some truly joyous, uplifting recordings, taking in jazzy ensemble pieces, highlife-inspired compositions and brass band stomps. Another insightful, enjoyable playlist from Honest Jons...
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VARIOUS / HONEST JON'S RECORDS - Marvellous Boy, Honest Jon's Records

Monday, 01 June 2009

NIOBE - Blackbird's Echo, Tomlab

NIOBE

Blackbird's Echo

Tomlab

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TOMLAB125L

Black Bird's Echo was conceived with help from David Grubbs and Melvins bassist Trevor Dunn, but Niobe brings her own unique voice to the album, populating her songs with elaborate, often very noisy electronic production techniques that shatter conventional song structure. On 'Time Is Kindling' her voice and jazzy approach to writing and delivery slips into the avant-garde thanks to a clever integration of sound collage and unorthodox minimalist instrumentation. Far from sounding like a regular song that's merely been doused in effects or additional noise, the whole piece seems to be tilted … Read more
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NIOBE - Blackbird's Echo, Tomlab

Friday, 29 May 2009

DIRTY PROJECTORS - Bitte Orca, Domino Recording Co
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DIRTY PROJECTORS

Bitte Orca

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGLP229

I was beginning to lose hope, I really was. 2009 wasn't shaping up to be a great year for pop music; sure there have been good albums but there weren't many really 'defining' records. Animal Collective had hit us square in the chops with 'Merriweather Post Pavillion' but nobody else had raised their game to meet it - the world was lacking the run of albums it needed to make 2009 'great' rather than simply 'good'. That brings us to 'Bitte Orca', an album which might lack the fanfare of its Black Flag-influenced predecessor 'Rise Above' but delivers sonically on every imaginable level. The … Read more
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DIRTY PROJECTORS - Bitte Orca, Domino Recording Co