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Hieroglyphic Being
A Synthetic Love Life Vol 1

Hieroglyphic Being aka Jamal Moss has one of the most distinctive style of anyone working in electronic music today. On A Synthetic Love Life Vol 1 (the first of nine) is Moss at his best. Acid techno that's detailed and frenetic in a way that only one Aphex Twin can match. Moss is also a master of polyrhythms, on these four tracks they spiral out like fractals. 
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Jamal Moss
Gherkin Edits

Jamal Moss (aka Hieroglyphic Being) is releasing a single called Gherkin Edits and, if his past work is anything to go by, it's certain to be a club-ready, dirty, funky beast of a tune. His 2017 album '4 This Is Living That Gherkin Life' is a classic techno record that's full of distorted beats and fizzy basslines, hopefully 'Gherkin Edits' is more of the same. For fans of Blawan and Randomer.
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JAI/MAHL (Jamal Moss / Hieroglyphic Being)
#DontjusttalkaboutitbeAboutIt

Sneaky release from Jamal Moss (better known as Hieroglyphic Being) under his JAI/MAHL alias. One of the most dependably interesting artists in electronic music, pretty much everything he does is worth listening to. #DontjusttalkaboutitbeAboutIt is a bit more conventional than what he's known for, but this acid is no less potent.
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Hieroglyphic Being
The Replicant Dream Sequence (Blue PA14 Series)

Following up his loving tribute to all things innovative in the jazz world from classic Blue Note records onwards on 'The Red Notes', Jamal Moss releases The Replicant Dream Sequence (Blue PA14 Series) under his foremost Hieroglyphic Being alias.  Moss visited the late Bob Moog's Sound Lab at the tail end of 2016 and the Chicago house music innovator tested the classic and futuristic machines to their oscillating limits. Prismatic Afro-Futurism never sounded so Moogy, so groovy. Limited edition LP and CD on Moog Recordings Library.

Jamal Moss
Acid Taken Over

The man better known as Hieroglyphic Being presents five tracks from his self-released, silver envelope-encased Acid Attacks tape, plus an extra unreleased cut. This music has all the squelchy hallmarks of acid, but twisted into surprising and exciting new forms. Very hard, uncompromising and avant garde stuff. Double vinyl.
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The Sun God
The Anticipatory Organization

Described in the press release as 'three rousing tracks to stir the attention' (whatever that means), this record is probably one you're going to want to listen to should you need to have your attention stirred (apparently). It's worth noting that amongst the attention related jokes that these three tracks are actually pretty cool...like the album art. The Sun God is, of course, Chicago's finest - explorer of rhythmic cubism Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being.

Hieroglyphic Being
The Red Notes

Prolific producer and DJ Jamal Moss puts out another record under his primary Hieroglyphic Being alias. He expanded his horizons with a collaborative album We Are Not the First in 2015, learning from and working directly with Marshall Allen and JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl. He follows it up with a record orbiting the same world: The Red Notes plugs in to the legend and legacy of Blue Note, in particular its hardest shredders Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane, marrying their innovations with Chicago house.

The Sun God
Same Beings, Same Experiences, Same Worlds

Chicago legend Jamal Moss’s best-known alias is Hieroglyphic Being, but the man just can’t stop sprouting tracks and identities to go with them. As The Sun God, he here presents two cuts of good-time technoish electronics, powered by a deliciously overdriven (to the point of distortion) drum machine. Same Beings, Same Experiences, Same Worlds is out on Bio Rhythm.
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Jamal Moss
Acid Attacks

Chicago legend Jamal Moss (aka the great Hieroglyphic Being himself) just keeps on producing killer tracks, and he must squeeze them out however possible. Acid Attacks is a self-released cassette that's circulating in very limited quantities, packed full of juicy acidic action bounced straight from Moss’s gear. Cassette sealed in silver foil.
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Hieroglyphic Being
This Isn't Your Typical 90's Era Techno / IDM Revisionist View

A the title claims on This Isn't Your Typical 90's Era Techno Hieroglyphic Being brings two storming tracks that aren’t just looking back at the birth and growth of rave culture and appropriating but taking it on and using it’s tremendous freedom of creativity to unleash these free thinking techno slammers. Techno centrists beware.

Jamal Moss
Ginger Snaps

The Hieroglyphic Being just doesn’t stop producing: Jamal Moss aka The Sun God, half of The Angel Race, Africans With Mainframes, Faces of Drums etc. unleashes a 12" of 3 killer cuts in his inimitable style. Chicago house / rugged techno meets free jazz on this mystical EP that will warp minds and move feet.
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The Faces of Drums
Let Go & Release Yourself EP

Cosmic Gherkin Acid from The Faces of Drums, the pairing of the killer producers Steve Poindexter and Jamal Moss (aka Mathematics label boss and the Hieroglyphic Being himself). Of course, these dudes can craft irresistible body-jerkers in their sleep, so all three tracks on the Let Go And Release Yourself EP are crucial. 12” on Mathematics.
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Hieroglyphic Being and The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio
Azimuthal Equidistant

The Hieroglyphic Being returns, apparently backed up by The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio, although whether that is a real outfit or just another bit of tasty pseudonym fun is anyone’s guess. Point is, the three tracks of Azimuthal Equidistant have the direct-line analogue space-house power you want from your Hieroglyphic Being, no problems there. 12” on Mathematics.
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The Faces of Drums
Do U Like The Way It Feels

Old-school Gherkin Acid from The Faces of Drums, the pairing of the veteran producers Steve Poindexter and Jamal Moss (aka Mathematics label boss and the Hieroglyphic Being himself). Of course, these dudes can craft irresistible body-jerkers in their sleep, so Do U Like The Way It Feels is high-grade material. 12” on Mathematics.
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I.B.M
Bill Killed

What can we say about this one? The artist of this track remains firmly anonymous (answers on the back of a postcard?), although if you already know the original ‘Kill Bill’ by I.B.M. you’ll know that this is something to be excited for. Bill Killed is yet more aggressive than the original, can you believe it? Pressed as a one-sided white label 12”.
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Faces of Drums / Steve Poindexter
Faces Drums / Short Circuit

A reissue 12” here that gathers classic old tracks from Steve Poindexter and his Faces of Drums alias. Acidic, staccato percussion punches its way over the top of the tunes, while on the B-side lies a remix from Africans With Mainframes, a duo containing, let’s not forget, Hieroglyphic Being. On Musique.
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The Faces of Drums
Thanks 4 The Tracks U Lost Vol. 2

Fresh from the dusty attics of Steve Pointdexter and Jamal Moss, aka FACE OF DRUMS: some prime 20 year old vintage raw Chicago techno cuts. Thanks 4 the Tracks U Lost Vol. 2, just like its predecessor, is a really tasteful time capsule, with three tracks saved from old cassette tapes. Now you can be both old-school and avant-garde!
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The Sun God
The Sun God and The Myth Lives On Trio

The Sun God, aka Chicago based DJ/producer Jamal Moss (Mathematics recordings) returns to radical musical curiosities label Cejero with ‘The Sun God And The Myth Lives On Trio’. The tracks are punchy but meditative electro compositions built from the warm sounds of classic vintage technology.
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The Faces of Drums
Thanks 4 The Tracks U Lost Vol. 1

Digging for treasure used to be one of our favorite childhood activities, and the people who do that at a later age are inspirational. And we’re not talking about the smelly guy with a metal detector who is combing the beach just a little too close to your girlfriend. FACE OF DRUMS uncovered some 20-year old Chicago techno cuts that have aged remarkably well. With a lucid feel, Thanks 4 the Tracks Vol 1 features some vintage 90s musical frontiersmanship.
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