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Emma-Jean Thackray
Ley Lines

Another week, another great record from the exciting new London jazz scene. This time it’s the turn of polymath Emma-Jean Thackray. Though primarily a trumpeter, she recorded every part on Ley Lines herself. While this method of production will inevitably invoke comparisons with Madlib’s ...view item »

Marine
Fable Electric

Ah.....ah. Got you. The press release days 'all female' so if anyone wants to get upset then the band presumably endorse that characterisation. Anyway they play a kind of blend of grunge, dream pop and folk which has led to tours across Europe and even support from the paragons of taste at 6 Music.   ...view item »

Kjartan Sveinsson
Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen

Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen is a grand operatic work by Kjartan Sveinsson, who you might know from his time in Sigur Ros. This, however, is a full-blown orchestral suite, with romantic themes dominating both music and libretto. This recording of the piece is released as a double 10&rdq...view item »

These New Puritans
Expanded (Live At The Barbican)

When I reviewed These New Puritans groundbreaking album ‘Field of Reeds’ a year or so back I had a feeling I had not gone far enough in my praise. My hunch was proved correct as over the following months, the album seemed to get better and better, revealing more and more layers to their complex, classically-influenced sound. To drone...view item »

Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra
Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra

Composed classical-electronic music from Kate Simko and her all-female string ensemble London Electronic Orchestra have released an album! ‘Finally!’, I hear you cry. Well, the first track in is a cracker: ‘Shikoku’ has beautifully balanced strings with electronic rhythm, piano and subtle rainforest sounds and exotic bird...view item »

Darkstar & Gwilym Gold
Rope / Folk

Darkstar have fully succeeded in that interesting transformation they’ve been pulling off for a while now, going from dubstep producers to electronic pop performers. Rope / Folk pairs them with composer Gwilym Gold, tasked with accompanying Holly Blakey’s contemporary dance ...view item »

Abstrakto
S/T / Remex

A distinctive fusion of Latin American music and the LA electronic beats scene. Abstrakto is Astrud Sierra and producer DJ Balthazaar Getty and on S/T/Remex they mash together global musical scenes and raw rap and R&B. This 180 gram black and white double LP also comes with a remix album that pushes the orig...view item »


So-Low

JD Twitch, the maestro behind the Optimo label, has compiled an impressive collection of his favourite cold wave / industrial tracks. So Low has the familiar likes of Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey, but also delves deeper, with some crucial tracks likely to be new to many liste...view item »

Gwilym Gold
Greener World (Alt Version)

Two prime tracks from Gwilym Gold’s recent record A Paradise get the acoustic treatment here on Greener World (Alt Version). Stripping away numerous sonic layers leaves the intimate core of these compositions fully visible: gorgeous. Limited edition of 300 12” copies, released by The Vinyl Factory....view item »

Rodney Graham
Good Hand Bad Hand

Rodney Graham is well-known within the art world for his self-portrait focused photographic and film artworks, but music has always been crucial to his practice. Good Hand Bad Hand proves it, demonstrating his lyrical singer-songwriting. The LP sleeve, naturally, contains a self-portrait. On The Vinyl Factory....view item »

Dinos Chapman
Luftbobler

Here’s something interesting - the debut album from famed artist and Chapman brother Dinos Chapman! Best known of course for their prints, sculptures and installation art, this album is the culmination of years of experimentation creating electronic “Schlampige Musik” (literally sloppy music) inspired by “insomnia, horror...view item »