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Curses
Carcassonne

Named after a fortified city in the south of France - or the cult-favourite strategy board game - Carcassonne is a six-track mini-album from Curses, the recording nom-de-plume of musician Luca Venezia. With vocals more pronounced in the mix for the first time, the collection crosses sci-fi with gothic influences. 
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Al Lover
Dark Matter Discothéque / Mark E. Moon

Brand new 7” single on Höga Nord Rekords for San Francisco producer Al Lover that speaks to an eternally restless creative mind. On ‘Dark Matter Discotheque’ and its flip-side ‘Mark E. Moon’, the genre-melding producer embraces a retro, European continental ‘80s sound. 

Minami Deutsch
Can’t Get There EP

More Motorik delights from Swedish Krautrock fiends Höga Nord here. This one’s come courtesy of Japanese psych-rockers Minami Deutsch and is an EP called Can’t Get There. It’s full of Can-ish slopes, all never-ending basslines and delay-drenched guitars. Remixes of Can’t Get There’s title track come courtesy of Mythologen (psychedelic techno) and Jamie Paton (Balearic freakbeat).

Mythologen
Antisocial Background Music 2017 – 2019

Third album by Mythologen, the recording moniker of Alexander Palmestål. Antisocial Background Music 2017-2019 has a distinctive sense of mischief and joy, borrowing strands from all the myriad sub-genres of dance music and somehow forging a sound that defies description and spans moods and eras. On Hoga Nord.

Pistol Disco
Organs & Drums / Beat Of The Tune

Track one from this 7-inch, Organs & Drums, doesn't actually contain too many organs and drums. Track two, Beat of the Tune, does. It confused me when I first listened to it. I digress. This wonderful 7" from Germany-based Alexander Palmestål and Sweden-based Mikael Enqvist is different from the type of music they usually produce, but is still worthy of any German and/or Swedish music collection*. Released on Hoga Nord.      *not exclusive to German and/or Swedish music collections. 

Rudolf Abramov
Krass Kontrast

Mini album from machine funk duo Rudolf Abramov. There's is a disparate set of influences, from Turkish disco to krautrock, the result being a kind of dubby EBM. The drums exist in acres of space and the bass is unrelenting in its precision. All seen over by deep and enigmatic vocals. Krass Kontrast is on Hoga Nord.

Laughing Eye
Laughing Eye

Laughing Eye is Hanna Östergren, notoriously a player in both Hills and Träd Gräs och Stenar. This self-titled release is a true stunner, ‘nordic raga’ is the ascribed genre, and it's a perfect fit, not focusing on having a specific sense of direction but open and trance-like - while the sounds themselves feel deeply rooted in Europe.

Dark Strands
Unknown Truths

This is the debut album from Dark Strands AKA Tony Beardsley (no relation as far as we can tell to impudent geordie footballing genius Peter). Tony has been inspired by warehouse parties of the late 80s where no particular style or genre dominated. A free for all musical journey where anything goes, varying between rhythmic styles and electronic music strands.  

Jamie Paton
Disk Memories

Jamie Paton’s been all over the place, releasing on a number of labels. But his latest effort, released by the gentle Swedes of Höga Nord, is an almost psychedelic affair. Imagine krauty electro layered with threatening pads on this 4-track 12”. Not unlike a good club, Disk Memories is both a bit intimidating and great for dancing.

Andrew Weatherall
Qualia

Andrew Weatherall is back already for another album, which means the less danceable Andy is out to play. Well, that's how the press release made it sound anyway; the previews tell a different story. Hoga Nord provide hosting duties this time, bringing his latest soothing, major-key opus to wax, complete with its references to such opposing poles as Kraftwerk and the entire European classical tradition. It's a real Moby Dick and Captain Ahab story.

Autarkic
Treble Rebel

Rich, zany club tunes from Tel Aviv’s Autarkic, which looks like what a parrot might say if it heard the word ‘Autechre’ once. It does not, however, sound like anything of the sort. The style going on here is a rather meaty, flexible production filled with cheeky sampling and well-paced workout rhythms.
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Mythologen
Church Music

Swedish producer Mythologen aka Alexander Palmestål is back with second twelve Church Music - probably short for Church-converted-into-a-nightclub Music. We have one of those here in Leeds! Bursting with rather euphoric electro-dance, big smiles all-round, the EP shows Palmestål’s great fondness for London’s myriad club scenes.

Various
Convenanza 2018

Are you ready to get really, really psyche-d? In various ways? Well, the artists on the latest compilation from Swedish label Höga Nord hope so. It's Convenanza 2018, after the festival of the same name. It's a pretty varied collection of artists to reflect the fun times; they include: electro supremos Woodleigh Research Facility (Weatherall & Walsh); Glasgow's Komodo Kollektif; the garage psych of The Limiñanas, and more! 
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Ved
Omikron

Ved is a vast, ever changing musical collective which began as a solo project for Mattias Nihlén. As you probably guessed from ‘collective’, on Omikron the group make a varied prog rock that borrows from electronic music, German kosmische sounds and the stranger reference points of Surf and Looney Tunes cartoons.

Ultra Satan
Freedom Rock / Anti-Clock

Gothenburg’s Höga Nord Rekords (Andrew Weatherall, Dungeon Acid) drop their second 7” by Ultra Satan. The follow-up to ‘USA’/‘USB’ sees the maverick artist streamline his approach without losing any of his potency. It’s still cosmic, psychedelic post-Kraut, but this is more kinetic and propulsive. It’s thrilling for it, too - ‘Anti-Clock’ sounds like the very best bits of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.
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Vox Low
Loving Hell EP

Vox Low are a versatile sounding band that fuse together so many different styles of music. At first these sounds may seem daunting, hostile almost, but what makes Loving Hell so dynamic is the way it gives you the opportunity to restart your thoughts and open your mind. A charismatic mix of psychedelic rock and electronica presented in snazzy printed disco sleeves. Available on Vinyl 12”.
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Rickard Jäverling
Album 3

Rickard Jäverling is a Swedish musician working in and around psych, prog, and Swedish folk. Album 3 is... wait for it.. his third solo album and released on Höga Nord. The album is more of a compilation than a conventional album, each track containing its own beginning, middle and end, making for a particularly rich listen. 

Tross
The Overview Effect

Swedish astral travellers Hoga Nord Rekords have put out some neat wax over the past few years. Their journey into the cosmic groove continues with this full-length from Tross. The ten tracks on The Overview Effect are cut from the same cloth as recent HN releases by Mythologen and Andrew Weatherall. Merging kosmische, Krautrock, bongo beats and psychedelic disco, it proves a fine record to lose yourself in.
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The Exorcist GBG
The Exorcist GBG

Not, in actual fact, the soundtrack to the classic horror, but a Swedish trio. Exorcist GBG play a giallo-tinged kind of techno. And they are a real band too, using bass guitar, drums and synths to make floor-fillers, though they are floor-fillers with a bit of a psych-rock flair. Self-titled debut LP on Hoga Nord.

Västlänken
Moebel / Autobaba

By day, he’s just an ordinary Swede like anyone else named Jerker Jarold. By night, he’s Västlänken, the underground psychedelicist Gothenburg deserves. Associated with Uran GBG and Lava among others, this moniker is Jarold’s first foray into ambient/minimal techno. He can’t resist letting the psych - and even a little kraut - leak through though, giving this 7” an unusual and superb flavour.
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Bird Of Paradise
Smoking Holiday EP

UK producer Jo Howard's latest EP contains for varied tracks from the retro-tech diaspora. Opening with a paranoid, down tempo number before moving onto the 80s futura of 'Joy-Rides', side A is all atmosphere. Side B brings in a steady hypnosis on the title track, before the pummelling 'Breather Resist' closes things on a faster tip. 

Jesse
Fluids

This lovely disc of sketchy paints comes from Finnish band Jesse, whose recent collaboration with DJ Sotofett came right out of nowhere. The cosmic crew continue to play with disco and psychedelia by laying down simple ideas and then positing a more developed galaxy they could live in. Pretty enough to buy without another thought.

The Exorcist GBG
II

Swedish dark funk trio return to Höga Nord Rekords for their second full length album, aptly named II. Take yur favourite funk licks and add in a bit of OvO madness, some John Carpenter and David Lynch darkness and some metal heaviness and you get these guess. Weird and unique take on funk, and yes it is funky, just not how you would normally find it.

Mythologen
Mythologen

Continuing a creative channel forged by the band Pistol Disco, Alexander Palmestål’s solo moniker is a lesson in solid groove, lush swirling atmospheres and plenty of momentary chaos and magic to lift the whole thing above our heads. This vinyl LP contains tracks that would be at home at the Haçienda in the late 80s, played to smash the dreamy veil of Sueño Latino perhaps, though included in a set of resurgent tribal house music they’d also feel right. Their energy is one of numerous levels, up front and very much in your face, yet leaning into the hypnotism of mantras and rhythmically charged drones.

Dungeon Acid
Dog Acid / Sex Beat

Dungeon Acid is Jean-Louis Huhta, who has been at the core of some of the most interesting music made in the Swedish scene over the years, from Cortex to The Skull Defekts. This 7” is titled Dog Acid b/w Sex Beat, and it delivers on its dirty dancefloor promises by being straight-up potent slices of acidic beat electronics. 7” single from Hoga Nord.

Timothy J. Fairplay
Mindfighter EP

Sounds to match a dystopian Europe or a European Dystopia: it's Timothy J Fairplay. His latest four-tracker, the Mindfighter EP, as ever picks up on many contrasts and colours. The sounds and grooves within follow a natural trajectory through house and techno but are also informed by krautrock and even psychedelia. Hypnotic stuff, sometimes indebted to John Carpenter or Fabio Frizzi. On Hoga Nord.

Fontän
Fontän

After taking a break in 2009, Swedish duo Jesper Jarold and Johan Melin’s Fontän returned in 2016 with two EPs for Höga Nord Rekords and have already got a full length coming in self-titled form. Follow their artwork and you’re in the right place, they make colourful, sometime verging on poppy psych that plays near Kåre João territory.
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Al Lover meets Cairo Liberation Front
Nymphaea Caerulea EP

In which psychedelic DJ DJ Al Lover gets Egypt-by-way-of-Amsterdam collective Cairo Liberation Front on board for a very sweet six tracks of musical exploration. Nymphaea Caerulea sizzles with colour and energy, pushing together a proper melting pot of styles into a compelling brew. All pressed to picture disc and released by Hoga Nord.

High Boys
World Numbination EP

You might know Joachim Nordwall and Jean-Louis Huhta from their work in the intense experimental group Skull Defekts, but their first project as a duo, High Boys, moves in very different territory. World Numbination is a four track power-pack of acidic electro-acoustic techno, ready to wreck the more experimental dancefloors out there. Yummy. 12” EP on Hoga Nord.

Tentakel
Impulse / Inversion

Tentakel is Pontus Torstensson, who plays in acts like The Exorcist GBG. As a drummer, Torstensson is percussion mad, and this recorded debut for the Tentakel project is packed to the brim with rhythms and counter-rhythms: enough to drive dancers to happy madness. The Impulse / Inversion 7” is out on Hoga Nord, in a limited edition of 300.

Dark Strands
The Last Ride EP

Leeds’ own Antony Beardsley is Dark Strands, and after releasing his first EP way back in 2013, he has been filling our ears with cleverly crafted slow paced dance music ever since. The Last Ride is no different, and combines slow rhythms with catchy and repetitive electronic harmonies. Available on Vinyl 12”.

Fontän
Polar Star EP

Fontan are a neo-psych band from Sweden. On Polar Star EP they begin in the vein of Barrett-era Pink Floyd before taking us on a journey through Philip Glass-style polyrhythms, assured guitar work, breakbeat disco and haunting harmonies and organ. Elsewhere the EP is has melancholy with global influence from California to Bhutan and life-affirming sounds fused in outer-space. The EP respectfully takes its influences and breaks new ground with them.
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SPR!
Mental Health

Albert Sjöstam and Christoffer Fransson are a duo based in Gothenburg who call themselves SPR, which is an abbreviation of Skills for Psychological Recovery, which is sort of a type of therapy or something. So it would make sense that this record is called Mental Health then. Psychotic episode inducing limited white vinyl. 
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Tross
The Walrus EP

Tross is a project of former Spacemen 3 bassist Pete Bain, who has also gone under the name of Pete Bassman. True to his personal heritage, The Walrus EP is a on tripped-out, spaced-up psychedelic vibe, chugging onwards into the rainbow infinity. Pressed to picture disc (yes, with that image) on Hoga Nord.
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Timothy J. Fairplay
The Cat Prowls Again / A Strange Servant

Timothy J Fairplay is an erstwhile Andrew Weatherall collaborator, in various combinations including their group The Asphodells. Some of the Weatherall penchant for pleasant psychedelic electronics is clearly shared by Fairplay, whose The Cat Prowls Again / A Strange Servant is a spacey groove-ride and no mistake. 7” on Hoga Nord.

Al Lover
Zodiak Versions

Al Lover is a San Francisco-based producer. In recent times he has been exploring the links between psychedelic music. On Zodiak Versions he combines what he believes to be the two defining styles of underground music: Jamaican dub reggae and ‘70s krautrock. What we have here then, is rumbling dub bass lines and motorik beats awash with analogue synths. LA band Burnt Ones added some guitar and drone textures to the album. There are elements of Lover’s previous work here, but it also sees him embracing drone as a potential future direction.
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Robert Leiner
Melomania

Robert Leiner has been producing highly acclaimed techno / house / acid more or less since the birth of all three of those genres, and Melomenia represents the first we’ve heard from him in quite a while: and this time, he’s also working with a band! Nine tracks spanning multiple electronic genres, and the little interesting crannies in between them.