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Thursday, 30 October

ITASCA - Unmoored By The Wind, New Images

ITASCA

Unmoored By The Wind

New Images

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: NI27

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FRENCH FOR RABBITS - Spirits, Lefse Records

FRENCH FOR RABBITS

Spirits

Lefse Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LEFSE0701

*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Hailing from New Zealand, haunting dream-pop duo French For Rabbits have been quietly building a reputation around the world for their growing collection of songs clouded in eerie instrumentation and sea-misted lyricism, courtesy of the venerable Lefse Records imprint."
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CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND - Talking Shapes, Chemikal Underground Records

CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND

Talking Shapes

Chemikal Underground Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: CHEM216

*Limited edition 12” Written and recorded at Glasgow's Kinning Park Studio / Community Complex.Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* ‘Talking Shapes’ progresses the electronic and rhythmic ideas explored by the duo throughout their excellent second album (and Chemikal debut) ‘On Floating Bodies’ (2013) and its predecessor, ‘Kammerspiel’ (2011). But it is more open and freer-flowing, revoking traditional verse / chorus structures in favour of letting the duo's music and ideas develop, produce and speak for themselves. The title reflects this ethos – the T… Read more
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CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND - Talking Shapes, Chemikal Underground Records
MIND FAIR - Mind Fair, GOLF CHANNEL

MIND FAIR

Mind Fair

GOLF CHANNEL

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CHANNEL29LP

Chicken Lips' Dean Meredith and fellow UK producer Ben Shenton consolidate their mutual appreciation of krautrock, psych, soul, and dancefloor voodoo as Mind Fair for DJ Milo's Golf Channel. Check for the nonchalant soul stroll of 'Watt's Cookin'', the boogie downstroke of 'U Got The Lovin'' and the slow-mo poise of 'Neon Carnival'.
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MEDICINE - Home Everywhere, Captured Tracks

MEDICINE

Home Everywhere

Captured Tracks

Format_dot_vinylLP // £17.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CT212LP

*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Brad Laner, Elizabeth Thompson and Jim Goodall have eschewed the 1990’s nostalgia touring circuit trod by their peers and instead dug deep to bring you ‘Home Everywhere’. The album is a collection of new songs created with a gaze that is omni-directional"
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UNKNOWN - Wargames 121, Wargames

UNKNOWN

Wargames 121

Wargames

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WAR121

**Hand-stamped jacket** Anonymous shot of broke-down techno and electronica from the Wargames crew outta The Netherlands. Four cuts rag between frazzled and soaced-out proto-house jacks on the A-side landing somewhere between Drvg Cvltvre and Jamal Moss, to body-rattling darkwave pressure and crystallising house grit on the flip.
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SLEEPER - Lander, Chestplate

SLEEPER

Lander

Chestplate

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: CHST034

Sick twist on the classic dubstep template from Sleeper on Distance's label. 'Lander' recoils an electroid take on halfstep at 130bpm, almost bearing more in common with reggaeton or tarraxho than your usual dubstep styles. B-side, 'Crucially Dubbing' rocks up with a proper future rudeboy skank, and 'Stronghold' does that crooked Lurka-style shift with dread finesse.
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LIFE'S TRACK - Velocity, MOS Recordings

LIFE'S TRACK

Velocity

MOS Recordings

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: cos_mos_002

Cos/Mes ramp the energy levels with three unusually brisk and direct techno traxx for their own label. A-side, 'Stone' works at a fair clip with devilish drum edits and Dego-style bass twist buffered by ghoulish drones and raw electronics. B-side, they temper the levels with a gritty loop jacker nodding to Soundhack, and 'Invisible Symphony' gets wild with a pumping Chicago/Parisiabn sound recalling vintage Roulé. Bang bang.
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BALMORHEA - HEIR (Original Mixes), Western Vinyl

BALMORHEA

HEIR (Original Mixes)

Western Vinyl

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £4.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WEST126

*Limited edition peach vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label*
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Thursday, 23 October

GROUPER - Ruins, Kranky
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GROUPER

Ruins

Kranky

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: KRANK189LP

Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed out … Read more
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GROUPER - Ruins, Kranky
SURGEON - Pet 2000 (2014 Remaster), SRX
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SURGEON

Pet 2000 (2014 Remaster)

SRX

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SRX002

**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Stone cold classic Surgeon gear remastered for optimal impact. The 'Pet 2000' 12" was first released in 1995 and ratcheted Surgeon's taste for bittersweet microtonal discord to largely unprecedented levels within the techno scene. The evil 'Badger Bite' attacks from the front with a whirlwind of flying knife synth noise powered by storming drums that have seen more than enough carnage in their 19 years on the 'floor. Flipside, 'Electric Chicken' locks down to a skippier sort of techno brutalism, and 'Reptile Mess' really gets under the skin with its slippery synthlines and coiled groove. Now, pet…
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SURGEON - Pet 2000 (2014 Remaster), SRX
BING & RUTH - Tomorrow Was The Golden Age, RVNG Intl.
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BING & RUTH

Tomorrow Was The Golden Age

RVNG Intl.

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £19.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: RVNGNL027LP

'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and si… Read more
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BING & RUTH - Tomorrow Was The Golden Age, RVNG Intl.
KIASMOS - Kiasmos, ERASED TAPES
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KIASMOS

Kiasmos

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP062LP

**Spot-gloss printed jacket** Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen's Kiamos duo follow their 2012 debut 12" with a fully fledged LP of posh dance music. Both artists approach the project from similar angles, marrying mutual taste for mnml tech-house rhythms with more mannered neo-classical sensibilities. It includes the previous single track, 'Thrown' plus seven new compositions, at best in the elegant swing of 'Swayed' and the melancholic electro-house shuffle of 'Bent'. "“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making… Read more
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KIASMOS - Kiasmos, ERASED TAPES
KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE - Killing Season EP, Hyperdub
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KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE

Killing Season EP

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £5.49

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HYP012

The Hyperdub capo and his dread spar at their best on 'Killing Season' - their first joint release since 2011's 'Otherman'. Strikingly, it reveals The Space Ape at his most honest, both lyrically and aesthetically, with sparing use of effects and pitching sharpening his position over whipsmart drill snares and depth charge subs in 'Chasing A Beast', or eerily panned and centred around the coil groove and drones of 'Devil Is A Liar'. In 'Heart' he's heard lucid amidst recursive echoes and skittish hi-hat patter, whilst the beatless 'Pictures On The Wall' could almost be one of Le… Read more
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KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE - Killing Season EP, Hyperdub
KARENN - SHEWORKS006, WORKS THE LONG NIGHTS
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KARENN

SHEWORKS006

WORKS THE LONG NIGHTS

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SHEWORKS006

**180g wax mastered at Alchemy** Blawan and Pariah back on the banging techno sauce with their 4th Karenn mission for Works The Long Nights. Up top, the party is served with virulent modular synths lashed to quaking kicks under claggiest conditions to suit your drug fug. Flipside, they let the chain off on 'Nelly', a galloping industrial beast that threatens to careen off axis at any point, whereas 'Ballast' resets to a much cannier sort of rolige buoyed by wide, distended subs and stepping drums.
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KATIE GATELY / TLAOTLON - Split Series #23, FatCat Records
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KATIE GATELY / TLAOTLON

Split Series #23

FatCat Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £7.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 12FAT093

What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative from mu… Read more
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KATIE GATELY / TLAOTLON - Split Series #23, FatCat Records
FANTASTIC MR FOX / VISIONIST - You-Turn feat. Kid A (Visionist Mix), Black Acre
Another reminder of Fantastic Mr Fox's dance-pop brilliance with a sterling Visionist refraction. The Visionist mix ain't concerned with pop potential though, flipping Kid A's vocal into wavering, liquid reflections of itself around his signature pads and a re-sequenced bassline right out of the Actress or Zomby textbook.
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POPULATION ONE - Theater Of A Confused Mind, Rush Hour
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POPULATION ONE

Theater Of A Confused Mind

Rush Hour

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £13.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: RHM013

Stellar 2nd album of Detroit techno sci-fi from Terrence Dixon's Population One avatar. Arriving a mere 20 years since his Population One debut, 'Unknown Black Shapes' - whose 1995 follow-up EP, 'Hippnotic Culture' coincidentally inspired Rush Hour's moniker - we're made privy to Dixon's most intimate, noirish portrayal of a 313 psyche in eight tracks traversing hi-tech jazz and cryptic electro along mesmerising minimalist patterns. It's a proper Afro-futurist document, taking flight from desolate 313 interzones with the introspective opener 'Out Of Control'. propelled via … Read more
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POPULATION ONE - Theater Of A Confused Mind, Rush Hour
ROBERTO GERHARD - Electronic Explorations From His Studio, Sub Rosa
Sub Rosa present a revelatory collection of painstakingly restored early tape works by Roberto Gerhard, a prior pupil of Arnold Schoenberg and central figure of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, who's regarded as the first person to seriously engage with electronic music in Britain. Ironically enough, Gerhard was actually Spanish: a central figure of the Catalan avant-garde, he arrived in Cambridge via France after fleeing Spain in 1939. Once settled in England, he composed a series of orchestra and stage works which established his international reputation whilst… Read more
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ROBERTO GERHARD - Electronic Explorations From His Studio, Sub Rosa
COOLY G - Wait 'Til Night, Hyperdub
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COOLY G

Wait 'Til Night

Hyperdub

Format_dot_vinylLP // £9.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: HDBLP023

Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infatuati… Read more
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COOLY G - Wait 'Til Night, Hyperdub
SWANS - Filth (Remastered Reissue), Mute
*Swans’ debut album re-mastered and reissued on vinyl for the first time in 30 years, including two reproduction live posters and download code* The first in a series of re-mastered catalogue reissues from Swans, ‘Filth’ was originally released in 1983 and has been unavailable on vinyl ever since. Here’s what Michael Gira himself has to say about it: "This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were somehow necess… Read more
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SWANS - Filth (Remastered Reissue), Mute
ZENNOR - Never In Doubt, The Trilogy Tapes
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ZENNOR

Never In Doubt

The Trilogy Tapes

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £9.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TTT028

Peverelist meets Andy Mac as Zennor with three deeper UK house trax, new on TTT. 'Never In Doubt' is the straight-playing A-side pushing plump kicks and jiggy hi-hats with blue bassline and chord washes to subtly insistent impact. B-side, 'Storms' brings a more rugged take on NYC garage house and Teutonic mnmlsm with haughty bass heft and dancing synth motifs nodding Ben Cenac and STL, leaving 'Tin' on some halfstepping R&Bizzle.
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BRUCE - Not Stochastic, HESSLE AUDIO
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BRUCE

Not Stochastic

HESSLE AUDIO

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HES027

Bruce rolls off an ace 12" for Livity Sound into a trio of murky, mongrel techno trax for Hessle Audio. The lop-sided wamp of 'Not Stochastic' is a refreshing, exemplary take on the noisy, abstract techno nexus; yoking minimal, thrumming techno from the brink of psychedelic chaos to tensely gritted effect. By turns, 'Trip' takes the opportunity to investigate niche ambient zones between Burial, Inga Copeland and Dynamo, before 'My Legs Wouldn't Go Quick Enough' delivers a sort of dream-state return to the dancefloor with tetchy drums and morphing atmospheric pressure. It's a bewt. Tip!
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BRUCE - Not Stochastic, HESSLE AUDIO
ORA CLEMENTI - Cover You Will Softer Me, Penultimate Press
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ORA CLEMENTI

Cover You Will Softer Me

Penultimate Press

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: PP11

'Cover You Will Softer Me' is a subtly mesmerising suite of lower case sound-scapes rustled together by Canadian sound artist crys cole and Australian performer/composer James Rushford. Arriving on the Kye-related Penultimate Press, it marks crys' 2nd collaboration with an Australian artist released in 2014 after the uncannily intimate 'Sonja Henies Vei 31' LP with Oren Ambarchi for Planam, and also marks Rushford's follow-up to the deeply involved 'Manhunter' LP with Joe Talia. Working together as Ora Clementi, they conduct a serene yet blue drift across two sides patching and… Read more
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ORA CLEMENTI - Cover You Will Softer Me, Penultimate Press
WILLIAM S BURROUGHS - Break Through In Grey Room, Sub Rosa
**Gatefold LP reissue. Available again for first time in years** 'Break Through In Grey Room' is an historic collection of cut-up tape works by William S. Burroughs aided and abetted by Ian Sommerville and Brion Gysin. First compiled and released in 1986, but documenting recordings made and cut-up during the mid-'60s in hotel rooms of Paris, New York, London, Tangiers, it stands as testament to Burroughs pioneering work striving to "cut the pre-recorded time line of present time, and let the future leak through", by splicing and dicing recordings of monologues, radio wa… Read more
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WILLIAM S BURROUGHS - Break Through In Grey Room, Sub Rosa
DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT - Deutsche Wertarbeit, Bureau B
**180g wax** Remastered reissue of a gorgeous 1981 solo flight by Dorothea Raukes, then member of Düsseldorf's Streetmark. The melodic and gently rhythmic appeal of 'Deutsche Wertarbeit' plays acutely at odds with the album's rather stern-looking typographic sleeve art and even the project's moniker itself. Emerging from a member of a fairly well-known prog/krautrock group at the time, it's actually quite poppy, especially in the burbling rhythms, hooks and vocoder vocals of 'Guten Abend, Leute', the beaming sequencer joy of 'Deutscher Wald' and the perfectly uplifting groove… Read more
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DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT - Deutsche Wertarbeit, Bureau B
KIRLIAN CAMERA - Uno, Dark Entries Records
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KIRLIAN CAMERA

Uno

Dark Entries Records

Format_dot_vinylLP + Flexi // £18.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DE073LP

**Dark Entries present an remastered and expanded reissue of Kirlian Camera's 1981 debut, including seven pre-'UNO' demo songs. Includes bonus flexi disc and insert** "Keyboardist/vocalist Angelo Bergamini founded the project in Parma in 1979, initially naming it Suicide Commando, before discovering another project using the same name. By 1980, Angelo had recruited singer Simona Buja, keyboardist Fabrizio Chiari and bassist Mauro Montacchini. Their demo cassette, “Dawn”, attracted the attention of Italian Records, a popular independent label. The following year, Mauro left the band and was replac… Read more
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KIRLIAN CAMERA - Uno, Dark Entries Records
IMPLOG - Holland Tunnel Dive, Dark Entries Records
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IMPLOG

Holland Tunnel Dive

Dark Entries Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £11.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: DE074LP

**Remastered reissue with insert** impLOG's 'Holland Tunnel Drive' is a bona fide No Wave/Post Punk disco classic. The work of Don Christensen and Jody Harris ov The Contortions, originally released on Infidelity in 1980, it remains one of the most enduring, mutant dance 12"s of that era. Kitting a motorik bassline swagger to dry penetrating drums and, quite importantly, what sounds like a jet engine taking off (or coming to land) on the dancefloor. Shocking 12". Recommended!
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HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS - Kollektion 02 - Roedelius (Electronic Music), Bureau B
'Kollektion 02' is the official release to celebrate the 80th anniversary of august German krautrock pioneer, Hans-Joachim Roedelius. It includes 15 songs selected by British songwriter and lifelong Roedelius fanatic, Lloyd Cole, from Hans-Joachim's unparalleled archives, spanning the creamy ambience of 'Étoiles' from the 'Jardin Au Fou' (1979) LP thru the pastoral bliss of 'Schöner Abend' via the airborne waltz of 'Café Central' and life-affirmingly sweet breeze of 'Wenn der Südwind weht', among many other cherry-picked charms.
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SLEAFORD MODS - Fizzy, 'a' Records
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SLEAFORD MODS

Fizzy

'a' Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: AUK115LP

**Single-side edition with etching by Travis Millward on the flipside** Fxxcking well aye Mods on the razz again with a cracking live version of 'Fizzy' from 'Austerity Dogs' plus their ode to Notts, 'Urine Mate (Welcome to the Club)'. Famously known as the song that got interrupted during their show at RSD '14, 'Fizzy' was inspired "by the many thousands of psychopathic managers and supervisors that terrorise low paid workers throughout the world on a daily basis" and features Jason thorough dismantling some poor cxxt who obviously got his goat. And the bile continues to spill with B-side 'Urin… Read more
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SLEAFORD MODS - Fizzy, 'a' Records