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Monday, 11 October 2010

NADJA - Sky Burial, LATITUDES
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NADJA

Sky Burial

LATITUDES

Format_dot_vinylLP // £10.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: GMT022V

Canadian doomgazers Nadja make an outstanding contribution to Southern's ongoing Latitudes series with this immense album, divided into two long-form compositions. The first, 'Jaguar' is a slow-building droner, stirring up a grim collage of processed bell tolls, guitar scrapes and difficult to decipher field recordings that builds up into a booming low-end dominated soundscape that exudes abstract sludge-maetal gravitas. 'Sky Burial' is quicker to assert itself, cranking up the Nadja drum machine to a curmudgeonly BPM count and wailing through fizzy, colourful walls of electronics bass that lurch … Read more
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NADJA - Sky Burial, LATITUDES
ERLAND & THE CARNIVAL - Erland & the Carnival, Static Caravan

ERLAND & THE CARNIVAL

Erland & the Carnival

Static Caravan

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: VAN217LP

**Now available on vinyl** Here at last is the debut album from curious psych-folk supergroup Erland And The Carnival, whose line-up features the titular Erland Cooper alongside former Verve guitarist (and The Good, The Bad & The Queen member) Simon Tong and drummer/engineer David Nock, who's best known for his work alongside Sir Paul McCartney on his Fireman project. Previous single 'Trouble In Mind' seems to get better with every listen, and you'll no doubt be glad to have its melody lodged in your skull for a while The band are similarly adept at rendering traditional Sc… Read more
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ERLAND & THE CARNIVAL - Erland & the Carnival, Static Caravan
THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION - Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit, Temporary Residence Ltd.

THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION

Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit

Temporary Residence Ltd.

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TRR170LP

Featuring remixes by Eluvium and none other than Lee 'Scratch' Perry, this eight-track mini-album arrives the same week as the new album from band member Pall Jenkins' other project, Three Mile Pilot. There are three originals on the Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit tracklist, starting with the pulsating, motorik opener 'Blank Page' and follow-on 'The Orchid' which strips away the krautrock influence in favour of some ghoulish strings and piano work with plenty of dissolving echo on the vocals. Jenkins assumes his Mr. Tube guise for a couple of remixes on the album ('Sil… Read more
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THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION - Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit, Temporary Residence Ltd.

Thursday, 07 October 2010

CHICO MELLO - Agua, m=minimal
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CHICO MELLO

Agua

m=minimal

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: MM002

Second release from M=Minimal Records is an unearthed gem previously only available in Brazil, following the label's issue of a privately pressed Conrad Schnitzler wonder. It's quite fair to say that in 1984 there weren't many albums that sounded like Chico Mello's 'Água' in the field of minimal music. It combines elements of Chico's Brazilian heritage with rooted minimalist principles gleaned from his time studying in Berlin under Dieter Schnebel and W. Szalonek, and is described by the label as an imaginary meeting between Caetano Veloso and Jim O'Rourke. The titular opener gives a dramatic, almos… Read more
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CHICO MELLO - Agua, m=minimal
CIGNOL / SEPHIROT / T-WOC - Tumnal / Tsur Men, ALPHABET SET
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CIGNOL / SEPHIROT / T-WOC

Tumnal / Tsur Men

ALPHABET SET

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £5.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ABCSP011R

"Another excellent broadcast from the left of the dial by Dublin's Alphabet Set team. Electronic lushness is the order of the day on this limited split AA . First up is 'Tumnal', a thing of melancholic beauty taken from Cignol's debut CD 'Switching For A Living' released earlier in the summer. 'Tumnal' marries fragile acoustic guitar lines to skittering machine rhythms, while a backdrop of minor chords rise and fall to replicate the sound of heartbreak's tears as they creep down your cheek. On the flip, the T-woc remix of Sephirot's 'Tzur Men' is a dreaming head-nodder slight touches of rhythmic wonkiness."
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CIGNOL / SEPHIROT / T-WOC - Tumnal / Tsur Men, ALPHABET SET
PARLOUR - Simulacrenfield, Temporary Residence Ltd.
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PARLOUR

Simulacrenfield

Temporary Residence Ltd.

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TRR162LP

After an eight year hiatus, post-rockers Parlour return with a brand new album. Featuring members of Papa M, The For Carnation, Tortoise, Pelican and Do Make Say Think, Parlour is the brainchild of founding member, guitarist and synth player Tim Furnish. The band's instrumental setup expands on the genre's norm, making excellent use of wind instruments (in the form of Steve Good's clarinet and bass clarinet, and Craig McClurkin's tenor saxophone) within their complex arrangements, with highlights like 'Camus', 'Wedder' and opening cut 'Destruction Paper' really showing off the band's range … Read more
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PARLOUR - Simulacrenfield, Temporary Residence Ltd.
TELEKINESIS - Dirty Thing, Sound Of A Handshake

TELEKINESIS

Dirty Thing

Sound Of A Handshake

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SHAKE009LP

A brand new EP from Michael Lerner's Telekinesis project, the first new batch of material since his well-received eponymous debut album released last year by Morr Music. Impressively, this entire five-piece release was self-recorded using only a microphone and a Macbook, yet with these expertly crafted pop songs Lerner proves that this whole lo-fi craze is far more of a stylistic choice than it is a necessity. The production here is every bit as neatly put together as the music itself. Opening with 'Dirty Thing' Telekinesis revels in ageless, indie-rock classicism - something only reinforc… Read more
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TELEKINESIS - Dirty Thing, Sound Of A Handshake
ROYAL BATHS - Litanies, WOODSIST
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ROYAL BATHS

Litanies

WOODSIST

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WOODSIST044

San Francisco band Royal Baths are the latest garage rock troupe out of the Woodsist camp, releasing a debut album coated in gloomy, cellar-dwelling fuzz and hollowed out 'verb. As with all the finer bands of this ilk, Royal Baths are substantially more than the sum of their fashionable production traits: 'After Death' has a clear Velvet Underground-indebted darkness about it which carries over into the equally addictive 'Nikki Don't' and the faintly swampy, 'Venus In Furs'-alike 'Sitting In My Room'. In other highlights, 'Sinister Sunrise' stirs up a druggy '60s stomp and 'I Detest' cuts loose with layered vocal riffing and droves of piercing lead guitar.
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ROYAL BATHS - Litanies, WOODSIST

Monday, 04 October 2010

LES SAVY FAV - Root For Ruin, Wichita Recordings

LES SAVY FAV

Root For Ruin

Wichita Recordings

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WEBB265LP

**Now available on vinyl** Three years on from their previous album, Let's Stay Friends, Les Savy Fav return with a blistering and lean new record in Root For Ruin. Leading with 'Appetites' the band reassert their position as one of the most vital punk-influenced indie rock bands on the circuit. Since their earliest output in the late-nineties, this has been a band whose angular and wonderfully disjointed guitar assault has cast quite an influence on the artier end of the indie spectrum during the 2000s, with the likes of Bloc Party citing Les Savy Fav's lean, jolting guitars as a major… Read more
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LES SAVY FAV - Root For Ruin, Wichita Recordings
VARIOUS / BBE - G.I. Disco compiled and mixed by Kalle Kuts and Daniel W. Best, BBE
Cold War-era club sounds harking back to 1980s West Germany. "Berlin local DJ heroes Kalle Kuts and Daniel W. Best a.k.a. G.I.DISCO have compiled an excellent 80s Soul, Funk, R & B and Disco selection. It combines representative music of that time with informative liner notes about the German historical background (which also is an important part of 20th century´s world history), international artist quotes and worldwide renowned art by Berlin based photographer Frank Thiel to an unique history lesson and listening experience. Soul, Funk and R… Read more
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VARIOUS / BBE - G.I. Disco compiled and mixed by Kalle Kuts and Daniel W. Best, BBE

Thursday, 30 September 2010

DAKOTA SUITE / DAVID DARLING / QUENTIN SIRJACQ - Vallisa, GLITTERHOUSE
Sumptuous neo-classical offering from Dakota Suite, joined by the Cello of David Darling and Quentin Sirjacq's Piano, recorded at Vallisa Auditorium, a small chapel in Bari, Italy. The trio conjure a wide range of moods and emotions with their intuitive arrangements, gracefully sweeping us between sombre, melancholic solo piano and graceful chamber pieces with an elegantly solemn atmosphere. This album will nourish the spirit of those in need of a secluded, intimate experience. Lovely.
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THE MALADIES OF BELLAFONTAINE - Black Biro, Static Caravan

THE MALADIES OF BELLAFONTAINE

Black Biro

Static Caravan

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £3.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: VAN219-7

**Clear Purple Vinyl** This Wigan-based septet serve up a great two-tracker for Static Caravan, serving some slightly surreal folktronica on 'Black Biro, simultaneously bringing to mind early Tunng, Broadcast and perhaps even a touch of The Sugarcubes. Though perhaps not. B-side 'Longsocks' doesn't disappoint adding a snake-charming clarinet line, a little cello dissonance and sparkling glockenspiel to this busy, but ultimately very charming jazzy jumble.
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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

T-WOC - Delayed Responses Vol. 3, ALPHABET SET

T-WOC

Delayed Responses Vol. 3

ALPHABET SET

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ABCEP012R-12

Three unruly dubstep mutations from Dublin's T-Woc. On the A-side 'Meccano' meshes skittering post-dubstep patterns with colourfully acidic melody inna Zomby style, while 'the Window' works out Shackleton-esque drum swerves and warped Mid-Eastern drones. 'Dirt Digger' closes out on a melancholy halfstep tip with moody swirling lead synth.
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TNT SUBHEAD - Deep Shit Show (Neurotic Drum Band Mix), GROOVEMENT
**RED VINYL** 'Deep Sh*t Show' is apparently the work of a well known producer acting incognito. It's a fine and deep House pumper etched with jazzy motifs and driven by crisp percussion. New York's Neurotic Drum Band step in on remix detail, taking the pace down and bringing out a laidback Latin shuffle element. The 'Niagara 'Boogaloo' edit jacks the tempo up again for another heads-down and heavy groove. Fans of DJ Qu or Jus-Ed, check!
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Monday, 27 September 2010

FOPS - Yeth Yeth Yeth, Monotreme Records

FOPS

Yeth Yeth Yeth

Monotreme Records

Format_dot_vinylLP+CD // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MONO47VNL

Fops is a project started by Dee Kesler of Thee More Shallows and Chadwick Donald Bidwell of Ral Partha Vogelbacher. Together they adopt a propulsive and pleasingly accessible approach to remodelling krautrock, avoiding the trap of merely recreating the sounds of 1970s Germany and instead working the well-loved motorik aesthetic into a set of enthralling experimental pop songs featuring some hair-raisingly weird lyrics. The likes of 'Black Boar' and 'Scandinavian Preppy' gel together nicely, early on, combining some great instrumentation with warm, electronically reinforced production (the latt… Read more
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FOPS - Yeth Yeth Yeth, Monotreme Records
MORGAN CANEY & KAMAL JOORY - Magic Radios, City Centre Offices

MORGAN CANEY & KAMAL JOORY

Magic Radios

City Centre Offices

Format_dot_vinylLP // £12.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: TOWERBLOCKLP008

We greet the release of this fabulous record with a big sigh of relief here at CCO, having been in the making for a good two years and worked on with a ruthless attention to detail and insistance on perfection, it is quite easily the longest in-the making project we have crossed paths with since our inception, and the label's most ambitious album release to date. Kamal Joory (aka Geiom) distracted himself momentarily from his work for Skam, Nature, Neo Ouija and friends way back in early 2000 and hooked up with multi-instrumentalist and all-round sound doctor Morgan Caney, an init… Read more
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MORGAN CANEY & KAMAL JOORY - Magic Radios, City Centre Offices

Thursday, 23 September 2010

OPTIMUM - Max Power, Planet Mu
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OPTIMUM

Max Power

Planet Mu

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: ZIQ283-12

Fresh from a remix of American Men with Ikonika, Optimum launches a debut solo attack with the screwy soca rush of 'Max Power'. Images of lairy Essex boys in fluoro-green Cosworths aside, that title track is fierce, like a more vicious LD cut made for warehouse deployment. Following this, the gangster carousel of 'Crash Riddim' is equally narsty, a proper sh*tter's riddim with an evil, demented glint in its eye while 'Lily' eases up on a melancholy, atmospheric roller built with cascading arpeggios and riding 20" subbass rims. Fans of Bok Bok, Girl Unit or Ikonika, don't miss this.
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OPTIMUM - Max Power, Planet Mu
KULTURE - Spooky, REDUCTION
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KULTURE

Spooky

REDUCTION

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RDCTN006

Kulture rolls on from his Disfigured Dubs transmissions with two atmospheric movers for Reduction. With 'Spooky' he unloads a Mala-esque roller driven by bottomless subs and infectious congas, and tinted with ethereal, theremin-alike synths. 'Bittersweet' is more minimal still, but nods to early Shackleton-style drum and bass arrangements with his own brand of sinister melodic character.
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1UP - Kommando / Game Over, 1UP

1UP

Kommando / Game Over

1UP

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: 1UP001

Glitched-up, hardcore dubstep rave from 1UP, one for the fiercest bassbin warriors. 'Kommando' is the brutally rugged A-side built from dynamic neurofunk bassline swipes, crisp 8-bit stabs and waves of lurching halfstep drums. On the flip, 'Game Over' rocks out another bellicose chunk of darkness, but it' no match for the might flip. Tipped for fans of Excision, Eddie K, or Jakes.
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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

CLOUDLAND CANYON - Fin Eaves, Holy Mountain
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CLOUDLAND CANYON

Fin Eaves

Holy Mountain

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: HOLY072822LP

Kip and Kelly Ulhorn's mystic, kosmische-inspired Cloudland Canyon project returns for a third long-player, this time taking emphasis away from the krautrock-isms explored on prior works and creating a kind of psych-drone friendly strain of dream-pop. This new approach takes Cloudland Canyon to a whole other level. From the get-go you can hear something special brewing: 'No One Else Around' serves up a wall-of-noise production that could be a collaboration between Kevin Shields and Jesu, while 'Gracious Hearts' strips away some of the distortion for a spell of zinging analogue synths, pe… Read more
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CLOUDLAND CANYON - Fin Eaves, Holy Mountain
DNTEL - Early Works, Later Versions, Phthalo
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DNTEL

Early Works, Later Versions

Phthalo

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: PH56-12

Four lovely revisions of tracks from Dntel's 'Early Works For Me If It Works For You' album, featuring a stunning Robrt Lippok rework, plus more from Somatic Responses, Chessie, and the mysterious Thaddeus Volk. That version of 'Serious' by To Rococo Rot's Robert Lippok is simply worth the admission alone, offering a sumptuously glossy, widescreen account of broken post-dubstep drums 'n bass within a 3D soundworld of open-hearted synths arranged with sophisticated precision. Chessie's mix of 'New Name' is quite the dancefloor gem, a tranced-out propulsion of indie rock drums and la… Read more
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DNTEL - Early Works, Later Versions, Phthalo
VARIOUS / STRUT - Salsa Explosion! The New York Salsa Revolution 1968-1985, Strut
Strut and Fania recordings present a charming reissue of the 'New York Salsa Revolution 1968-1985' compilation. Fifteen prime picks from Tito Puente & Celia Cruz to Wilie Colon, Mongo Santamaria, ralfi Pagan, Eddie Palmieri, Louie Ramirez and the other architects of an infectious sound whose influence has irreversibly charged New York's dance music scene for the last 30 years.
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THE BEETS - God, Captured Tracks

THE BEETS

God

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £5.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT044

Insane dismantled acoustic no-wave jams from Captured Tracks weirdos The Beets, featuring punky blues number 'God' and a slowed down, unplugged garage take on 'The Locomotion'. The great sleeve art (both front and back) makes the release all the more charming, playing out like a two-cell micro-comicbook featuring The Silver Surfer and Galactacus.
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NO KIDS - Cherry Trees, Aagoo

NO KIDS

Cherry Trees

Aagoo

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £6.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: AGO028-7

**Picture Disc** A new picture disc from the No Kids camp, produced by Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie. 'Cherry Trees' finds the Vancouver trio in good voice, padding through electronic beats and melodies that (as has been the case in the past) bring to mind Vampire Weekend's brand of eloquent indie-pop. On the other side, 'An Afternoon At The Pendleton's' is a gentler affair that locks into a quiet, simmering bass-heavy groove and embraces a touch of harmonised reed soloing. Lovely stuff.
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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

FAUST - So Far, PLAY LOUD
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FAUST

So Far

PLAY LOUD

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: PL-20-7

Re-released for the first time since 1972, So Far / It's A Bit Of A Pain is the one and only 7" vinyl single from avant-rock legends Faust. This reissue arrives with the original artwork reproduced and remastering from the original recordings overseen by the band's own Hans-Joachim Irmler. Both these tracks are non-album recordings and the 7" is a downright essential acquisition for all you fans of the band.
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Thursday, 16 September 2010

ISLAJA - Keraaminen Paa, Fonal Records
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ISLAJA

Keraaminen Paa

Fonal Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: FR72LP

Islaja (aka Merja Kokkonen) returns for a long-overdue new studio album for Fonal, following up on the groundwork laid down by Ulual Yyy and her Ecstatic Peace release, Blaze Mountain Recordings. Gone are the old lo-fi aesthetics and all those sounds that conjured up images of woodland frolicking and Moomins, and in their place are newfound electronic production/writing techniques and a far higher fidelity sheen. Among the highlights, expect dark, organic synth grooves, horn blasts and lurching beats on opener 'Joku Toi Radion', almost Bat For Lashes-like piano-led introspection during 'Pimey… Read more
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ISLAJA - Keraaminen Paa, Fonal Records
NOCHEXXX - Ritalin Love / Timepiece, RAMP Recordings
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NOCHEXXX

Ritalin Love / Timepiece

RAMP Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RAMP039

Another compelling release from beat anomaly Nochexxx, following up his vinyl debut on Actress's Werk Discs label earlier this year. Much in the style of that 12", there's no easy category for these tracks, instead providing a plateful of masticated reference points circuit-bent into unique forms. On the A-side 'Ritalin Love' is a knutty collision of warped garage bass with '80s soul samples and abstracted lo-fi Chicago jack. On the flip, 'Timepiece' obviously nods to Chicago House, but the juxtaposition of odd samples and crooked arrangement mean it's gotta be reserved for the more a… Read more
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NOCHEXXX - Ritalin Love / Timepiece, RAMP Recordings
BATHCRONES - Psychorama, NO PAIN IN POP
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BATHCRONES

Psychorama

NO PAIN IN POP

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: NPIP014

Hailing from the home of Southern HipHop aka Atlanta, Bathcrones has hatched a stoned-but-sprightly style of electro-Drag with 'Psychorama' (that is if we're playing it at the right speed). Like Balam Acab and Salem, Bathcrones does that pitched-down thing wickedly well, keeping all his beats hazy and more sluggish than they ought to be, while cannily countering the effect with ultra-bright and dreamy melodies. It makes for a sublimly lucid tension, like being trapped in sleep paralysis with a warm sunrise bleeding through the curtains. There's 12 tracks in total and they're all really lovely, … Read more
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BATHCRONES - Psychorama, NO PAIN IN POP
PEEPHOLES / APATT - Kingdom / Paul The Record, UPSET THE RHYTHM

PEEPHOLES / APATT

Kingdom / Paul The Record

UPSET THE RHYTHM

Format_dot_vinylLP // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: UTR014

**Red Vinyl** This new split release from Upset The Rhythm features DIY pop duo Peepholes and Liverpudlian collective Apatt. The lo-fi ruckus created by Peepholes is instantly lovable. Katia Barrett and Nick Carlisle switch between synth and drums, sharing the vocal duties as they go. The six tracks collected here are tons of fun too, sailing through fourtrack-recorded, beaten-up tunes like 'Airforce Trainer' and the Animal Collective-worthy 'Alpine Song'. After all this Apatt sound truly insane. The label suggests "the missing link between The Locust, Danielson Famile a… Read more
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PEEPHOLES / APATT - Kingdom / Paul The Record, UPSET THE RHYTHM
SYNKRO / STRAY / VARIOUS - More Blood 010, Medschool

SYNKRO / STRAY / VARIOUS

More Blood 010

Medschool

Format_dot_vinyl2x12" // £11.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MEDIC20

Ace followup to Med School's 'New Blood' compilation, offering four hi-end, nu-skool D'n'B cuts from Stray, Synkro, Royalston, and Circa. Each producer is on sparkling form, from the laidback flex of Stray's 'Frost' and the filigree styes of Synkro's DBridge-alike 'In Transit', to the ultra-techy IDM-ish aesthetic of Royalston's 'Glitchbitch' and a cinematic moment from Circa's 'Kabal'.
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