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Jonathan Fitoussi
Diagonals

Hands In The Dark (Cankun, Bitchin Bajas) drop this ambitious LP from Jonathan Fitoussi. Recorded in a London church crypt in the ...view item »

Matthias Puech
Alpestres

Matthias Puech is a builder of modular synths, and also a user of those synths, in this case creating an abstract electronic soundscape that also evokes in some way an Alpine hike. Alpestres actually has a lot o...view item »

Mayerling
Roche

French artist Sylvain Bombled aka Mayerling returns to Hands In The Dark for his second album, coming some five years after debut Mayerling album ‘Cut Up’. The seven tracks that comprise ‘Roche’ are detailed, intricate hallucinatory and psychedelic electronic pieces that takes us on a sweltering journey that begins with t...view item »
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Brian Case
Plays Paradise Artificial

Brian Case from Chicago post-punk bands Disappears and FACS is onto his third solo release with Plays Paradise Artificial. Here he takes the essence of his previous two albums and distills further his work with Disappears and FACS to its bare bones to create a s...view item »

Aaron Moore & Erik K Skodvin
Instead of Rain I Bring a Hat

Volcano the Bear founding member Aaron Moore and Miasmah man Erik K. “Svarte Greiner” Skodvin won’t go down well at the rain party tonight, but at least they’ll be dry. Six years in the making, this long-distance collaboration boasts all the aching, immersive cinematic modern composition ...view item »
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TOMAGA
Memory In Vivo Exposure

Tomaga's new material sees a deepening of their signature rhythmic atmosphere, opening in a chiming hypnosis reminiscent of traditional Balinese gamelan. Stripped back, metallic percussion and subtle musicality follows and makes up the album's bulk, ending in a near ambient, contemplative atmosphere....view item »

Saåad
Présence Absente

Working backwards from their live set up, Toulousians Saåad have been able to capture the special uncertainty of improvisation and captured it as an album full of cosmic drone. Inside are layers and layers of mysteries to uncover. Released by Hands In The Dark and limited to 300 copies. ...view item »
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Egyptology
Sur Les Autres Mondes

In the mid 20th Century French astronomer Lucien Rudaux imagined what the surfaces of our neighbours in the solar system look like. In 2018 Egyptology are drawing on those descriptions to create classic sounding 70s inspired kosmiche. Released on Hands In The Dark and limited to 300 copies.&n...view item »
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Byron Westbrook
Body Consonance

Byron Westbrook’s follows his 2015 debut album on Root Strata with a belter for Hands In The Dark. ‘Body Consonance’ opens with the frantic ‘Dance In Free Fall’ an ecstatic energizer that’s akin to being blasted into hyperspace. ‘W...view item »
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Brian Case
Spirit Design

Just a year on from his first solo works this is the latest slab of concrete dub and electronics from former 90 Day Men chap Brian Case.  However, this is a very different beast from his debut as it features vocals and has a much more beat based feel - perfect for being heard through big sound systems. ...view item »
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Robedoor
New Age Sewage

Los Angeles sons of prehistoric drone rock sludge return to Hands In The Dark some four years after the suffocating dub of their last LP 'Primal Sphere'. 'New Age Sewage' has the brothers tunneling ever darker beneath the shiny exterior of their city touching on themes of poison intoxication, the negative West, heavy breathing, wrai...view item »
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Matt Jencik
Weird Times

Matt Jencik engages with his musical past in an interesting way, by dredging up some of his old unused guitar riffs and applying them to drone-making processes until each is abstracted into a blur of ambient tones. The resulting Weird Times record, limited to 300 vinyl copies, is released by Hands In The Dark....view item »
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Bitchin Bajas
Transporteur

Bitchin Bajas are a trio who make wholesome instrumental music which perfectly meld electronics with acoustic instruments such as woodwinds, flutes and xylophones. Transporteur has a psychedelic hint to it throughout but is ultimately something fun, something which tells many different stories in one song. It&rs...view item »
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TOMAGA
The Shape Of The Dance

Tomaga are always a fierce prospect live, where their combination of percussion, organ and electronics has been blowing audiences away for years. Happily, they can recreate that power on record too: The Shape Of The Dance is their second full-length album, and takes a minimalist approach that sometimes recalls O...view item »
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Brian Case
Tense Nature

Brian Case decided to have fun with loops while creating this record, cutting up mostly electronic recordings of his and reassembling them at random. Of course, a tape loop quickly makes anything sound like a pattern, and Tense Nature’s tracks form themselves into intri...view item »
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The Oscillation
Monographic

The Oscillation do have oscillating synths embedded in their sound, but for the most part they mine a more space-rocky seam. Their fourth album, Monographic, follows on from successful remixes for Fat White Family and Simian Mobile Disco. Released as a CD and in 2 vinyl editions: the re...view item »
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Housewives
Work

Housewives present their debut full-length album, Work. The band’s style is post-punky, with an experimental bent: they used some unusual recording techniques (e.g. drums in a silo) and some field recordings in the making of this album. The record is released by a consortium of some of the freshest labels on the s...view item »
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TOMAGA
Familiar Obstacles

The consistently strong Blank Tapes cassette label releases a new slice of Tomaga, a London-based duo playing on drums, synthesisers and a delicious array of various acoustic and electronic objects. Familiar Obstacles has 2 side-long tracks running to 52 minutes, and there only 100 copies out there, so move fast!...view item »
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Lee Noble/ Ensemble Economique
Motion Forever

I’ve been waiting for this baby for a while now as I loved that last Lee Noble LP which sold out in a flash! There’s even less of this release (only 300) so I don’t reckon this one’s gonna hang around for too long either. If you didn’t get around to hearing his last album then he makes very drifty soundin...view item »
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Cankun
Only The Sun Is Full Of Gold

Great LP name alert - Only the Sun is Full of Gold comes from psychedelic, electronic geezer Cankun. The instrumental music on this LP is ever changing throughout the one track, taking you from dark landscapes of fuzzy guitar reverb, and into the bright and wonderful land of happy beats and laughing windchimes. ...view item »
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Mind Over Mirrors
Check Your Swing

Cosmic harmonium dronesmith Jaime “Mind Over Mirrors” Fennelly (also of Peeesseye and Acid Birds) is back with his third LP in two years, ‘Check You...view item »

TOMAGA
Futura Grotesk

London duo TOMAGA create darkly experimental music on their debut LP, Futura Groteska. It sounds like the soundtrack to some 1970s Italian horror film full of strange psychedelic scenes of lizards eating pigs or something of the like. It’s disconcerting but with a really solid percussive feel which keeps t...view item »
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Saaad
Deep / Float

Saaad. That's the name of a drone band if I ever did hear one. And yes, that's what's on this record. Drones of the deep space variety. I'm assuming the two sides have been titled 'Deep' and 'Float', although each is split into three fairly distinct tracks. I don't think I've ever come across a record with such a self-explanatory title in my lif...view item »
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Death And Vanilla
EP

Oh kind people at Fire Records, fresh from issuing Death and Vanilla's much loved second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' have now embarked on a re-issue programme of the bands earlier work including this now impossi-find debut EP. This was the record that first informed us that there could indeed be life after Broadcast. ...view item »
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Johnny Hawaii
Southern Lights

One of our team here at Norman says that they actually played on the same bill as this guy at his first ever gig while they were on tour in Europe and that he was good and they’re glad he’s got his act together and put an album out. Listening to it now, I’m glad too. This album is a fascinating blend of queasy tropical ambience...view item »
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Various
Travel Expop Series #2 Great Britain

Some time ago we received a ‘Travel Expop’ LP highlighting some artists from over the pond in France, and now it’s the turn of our very own Great Britain, an island which makes up a large portion of the United Kingdom and is in fact the third most populous island on earth after Java (Indonesia...view item »
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Lumerians
Transmissions From Telos: Vol IV

This is very cool. Here we’ve got an LP of upbeat psych jamming from Californian freak quintet Lumerians, which seems to be split into two distinct sides according to the press release. Side A contains “fragments of raw ...view item »
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Robedoor
Primal Sphere

This might just be the record Forest Swords would have made had he been on a really bad trip while the prince of darkness was pushing his face into a meat grinder. 'Primal Spheres' kicks off with 'Stagnant Venom' sounding like a RZA production caked in mud and dripping...view item »
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Cankun
Culture Of Pink

The good records all seem to come in waves. Some weeks it’s a disheartening trudge through a reviews pile of mostly chaff, but then there’s weeks like these where everything I pick up seems to be marvellous. I don’t know if it’s the unseasonal (and unexpected) sunshine we’re getting here in Leeds today but all today...view item »
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Saaad
Orbs & Channels

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