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All our recommendations from the past two weeks are below. Get stuck in, these are some classy tunes.

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Triumph And Power
Grand Magus

8/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

Our headbanging friends at Nuclear Blast have sent us this latest album from Swedish metal veterans Grand Magus, who peddle a chunky and theatrical sound full of chugging power chords and squealing vocal harmonies and no apparent sense of irony as they belt out fist-pumping couplets like "As we ride the wind and fly/On hooves of gold we ride" an…view full details.

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    LP £11.59

Emptied Animal
William Ryan Fritch

8/10 according to our Clinton on 24th April 2014

This is a very different beast from the previous William Ryan Fritch material I’ve heard. I had him down as an extremely capable musician veering around in the gentle neo-classical, electro-acoustic area but this is a full on orchestrated opus in the style of Grizzly Bear or latter day …view full details.

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    CD £8.89

Canyons Cars and Crows
Amps For Christ

8/10 according to our Clinton on 24th April 2014

Fresh from their recent split with the mighty Woods here come Shrimper veterans Amps for Christ with a brand new record. You can see why they were paired together, Amps for Christ have the same ramshackle back porch acoustic strumalong stylings as their younger companions but with much more of a nod towards folk inspi…view full details.

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    LP £14.89, CD £12.49

Toxic Cosmopolitanism
Kassel Jaeger

9/10 according to our Ant on 24th April 2014

‘Toxic Cosmopolitanism’ is the fifth album I’ve had the pleasure of hearing from Kassel Jaeger and like the others before it, I find the sound worlds he creates within to be infinitely fascinating. I say this for the simple reason I pretty much can’t clearly identify any particular soun…view full details.

The Omen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Jerry Goldsmith

8/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

Does anybody else think this horror reissue situation is getting a bit out of hand? Not that these recordings aren't welcome back on vinyl, but the limited-edition pay-through-the-nose aspect seems to be ramping up. This week, should you so desire, you can spend £30 on a single LP of Jerry Goldsmith's iconic score to one of the genre-defin…view full details.

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    LP £29.69

Ethernet / Telegraph
Standard Planets

8/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

Here's the debut 12" from Standard Planets, a London trio who have enlisted the services of legendary kosmische trailblazer and former Scorpions drummer Harald Grosskopf. The two tracks on display here aren't bad at all; sweeping, moody synthpop with a sleepy cosmic angle, some lovely synth tones and an underlyi…view full details.

Atomos VII
A Winged Victory For The Sullen

8/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

Super-duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen's self-titled debut was an unmitigated triumph, earning rave reviews across the board and flying off our shelves as quickly as we could restock it. It's exciting to see that Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie are at it again, with this 12" being the first taster …view full details.

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    12" £10.99

Brightly Painted One
Tiny Ruins

8/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

This week's offering from Bella Union is the second album by New Zealand trio Tiny Ruins, who peddle a gentle folk-pop sound led by silky-voiced Hollie Fullbrook. It's beautiful, relaxing fare, with her sleepy but clear delivery and thoughtful lyricism shining through in a collection of delicately structured songs. I've had the rare luxu…view full details.

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    LP £17.39, CD £9.89

Polarlicht
Monolyth & Cobalt

8/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

Those lovely people at Time Released Sound have another offering for us this week with the usual normal/nice packaging dilemma. They've really outdone themselves with the fancy version this time around, combining my twin passions of film canisters and polar exploration into a bespoke listening item that even I am struggling to resist. Th…view full details.

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    CD £40.99, CD £9.49

Crystal Cult 2080
Legowelt

8/10 according to our Ant on 24th April 2014

Danny Wolfers discography seemingly increases by the day, recording under many different names, his Legowelt guise is by far his most well known and loved. As Legowelt he’s produced some cracking albums which I happily part with money to obtain but I had to steal a digital downl…view full details.

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    Double LP £20.29

Mental Space / Human Science
MadderModes

8/10 according to our Clinton on 24th April 2014

Really been enjoying this 12” by Madder Modes. It delves full on into deep house territory with some low end bass rumbles and clattery percussion. Crucially this is married with some eerie synth style noises and dub inflected percussion rattles resulting in a beautifully soulful track, probably more at home in your minimal loft apartment r…view full details.

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    12" £6.59

Livity (Ghost-202 Remix) / Jam01 (Beneath Remix)
Pev / Kowton

8/10 according to our Ant on 24th April 2014

Fresh from a JBLA remix for Desire, Ron Morelli and Svengalisghost show up as Ghost-202 to provide a tasty remix of Pev’s ‘Livity’. Here they tr…view full details.

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    12" £7.29

Raven Yr
Bass Clef

8/10 according to our Ant on 24th April 2014

Bass Clef aka Ralph Cumbers has had a reasonably busy beginning to the year with a coupla self released tapes on his MAGIC + DREAMS label and vinyl appearing on Alter, Public Information and Mordant Music as …view full details.

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    LP £9.89

Tracks From The Tapes
D. Wilson & L. Carson

9/10 according to our Ant on 24th April 2014

Theo Parrish has unearthed a pair of previously unreleased vintage Chicago, late 80’s acid house gems and given them a well deserved vinyl issue via his Sound Signature label. I adore this golden era of house music. You can hear how stuff like this booming out…view full details.

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    12" £9.09

Euplexia
Isnaj Dui

9/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

We've got a lovely treat from the Rural Colours lot this week in the shape of the new album by Katie "Isnaj Dui" English, which comes housed in a beautiful three-panel card sleeve which I believe has been lino- and letterpress-printed by the artist herself. I do like a nice hand-printed sleeve. Sonically it's an ambitious affair, with fi…view full details.

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    CD £8.99

Refractory Obdurate
Wovenhand

8/10 according to our Clinton on 24th April 2014

Not what I was expecting at all but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. Wovenhand emerged out of 16 Horsepower who I remember straddling a woozy alt-country territory. This, however, is a raucous affair, completely at odds with what I expected. That’ll teach me for being ignorant. Its a windswept …view full details.

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    CD £13.09, LP £19.69

The Good Egg
Led Bib

8/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

I have not one but three live albums on my review stack this week, and the first one I'm going to tackle is this lively bit of Scandi-style jazz fusion from Led Bib, recorded live at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. It's a bubbly and energetic brew ably led by percussionist Mark Holub, whose highly kinetic style contains more than a trace of clas…view full details.

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    LP £18.89

You're An Art Soul
Cavern of Anti-Matter

8/10 according to our Clinton on 24th April 2014

Its the third Cavern of At Matter record in a week so I won’t drone on and on. As you perhaps know by now this is Tim Gane (Stereolab) with another Stereolab pal Joe Dilworth and a German lad. This is a limited edition (to just 320) 3 tracker that you’ll want if you like…view full details.

Blood Drums
Cavern of Anti-Matter

9/10 according to our Mike on 24th April 2014

One of my review highlights of last week was the bargain-priced Cavern of Anti-Matter 12" on Deep Distance which features 45 minutes of freeform kosmische synth jamming from the Stereolab-related trio. Fast forward to this week and they've got two more records out on two entirely separate labels, the most exciti…view full details.

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    Double LP £19.99

Two
Owls

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

There’s a post-it on this one saying “‘97 math rock/twiddly post rock”, but thankfully an explanation is not needed today, for this is the long-awaited second album from post-Cap’n Jazz twinkledaddy pioneers Owls, aka Mike and Tim Kinsella with guitarist Victor Villareal and bassist Sam Zurick. I fo…view full details.

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    CD £11.69, LP £14.09

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins
Vikesh Kapoor

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Say hello to the new contender for the Great American Songwriter crown, Vikesh Kapoor. His debut LP ‘The Ballad of Willy Robbins’ follows in the traditions of songwriters like Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen, a series of portraits of hardworking Americans and the…view full details.

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    CD £8.89, LP £13.29

In The Hollows
Nat Baldwin

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

If you were to tell me that someone played low-key indie rock with falsetto vocals and understated violins it’d probably be enough to keep me from checking them out, but Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin’s latest effort is actually something a bit special. It has the clarity and purity of focus that ma…view full details.

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    LP £14.09, CD £8.79

Blood Forest
Dead Fader

8/10 according to our Ian on 17th April 2014

Electronic producer Dead Fader comes at us with a double release this month, here we have ‘Blood Forest’ on the excellent Robot Elephant label which throws both warped electronica and neoclassical melodies together, what you get is an interesting melting pot of sonic ambience and dancefloor rhythms much like …view full details.

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    LP £14.09

Loom
Fear Of Men

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Brighton’s Fear of Men drop their debut LP this week, an ambitious and sprawling piece which takes in elements of dreampop, coldwave and minimal indie rock for a delicately formed pop aesthetic which will appeal to fans of Broadcast and the Cocteau Twins and …view full details.

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    CD £10.39, LP £14.79

Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina
Various

8/10 according to our Mike on 17th April 2014

Listen. I feel very heavy-hearted on reaching this 2CD set in my review pile, which pays tribute to the late, great Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. fame, who passed away last March at the age of 39 after a long …view full details.

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    CD £13.39

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