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New in: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Guilty Simpson & Small Professor
Highway Robbery

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Full-length collaborative LP from Guilty Simpson and Small Professor. Highway Robbery, true to its name, gives off the vibe of a threatening Detroit, where risk lies round each corner. Guilty provides the narrative, with supporting MC-work from Boldy James and Elucid. Pressed to coloured vinyl in an edition of 500, on Coalmine Records.…view full details.

Various
Music For Autobahns Vol.2

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Taking its cue from the Kraftwerk classic, Musik For Autobahns Vol.2 is a selection of contemporary electronic music inspired by motorway journeys including contributions from Conga Radio, Leon Vynehall, Joy Orbison, Fort Romeau, Disco Nihilist and Lauer. It's a dreamy, lush selection with a rolling dancefloor pulse pushing the&n…view full details.

Loom
European Heartache EP

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Instrumental grime whizz-kid Loom returns on the excellently title European Heartache EP. Alien, square wave synths and aggro percussion mingle with sad melodies and romantic synth interludes. Never have I got so worked up and so melancholy at the same time. Another great 12” vinyl on Mr Mitch’s impeccable Gobstopper Records.…view full details.

Radiation City
Synesthetica

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Radiation City emerge triumphant from a tricky period (of inter-band couples breaking up and original members leaving), with third album Synesthetica. But they sound all the stronger for it, with tracks that shine and shimmer through bright pop melodies and adventurous production. Released by Polyvinyl.…view full details.

Univers Zero
Univers Zero

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The first album from adventurous 70’s Belgians Univers Zero. It’s a remarkable thing, laden with sinister bassoon, jagged time signatures and all round dissonance. But the band play with great technical skill: you know that this is precisely as strange a listening experience as they wanted it to be. Reissued as a double LP (with a bonus track!) on Sub Rosa.…view full details.

Drive-By Truckers
This Weekend's The Night

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Drive-By Truckers fans of the world rejoice, the band are releasing recordings of their three-night residency at San Fransisco’s Filmore venue. For the shows they reached deep into their Southern rocking back catalogue to present the full span of their music. This Weekend’s The Night takes 13 of the best tracks from the shows.…view full details.

Sunflower Bean
Human Ceremony

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7/10 according to our Robin

Here it is: the record that should be the year’s most unremarkable (Sunflower Bean literally sounds like a band name that was made up by someone parodying the Brooklyn music scene, are they from Brooklyn, turns out yes, they are, how about that), but for which I have many remarks. The record that should probably do the least for me and yet it’s shifted my internal monologue a few ti…view full details.

Josephine Foster
No More Lamps In The Morning

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8/10 according to our Robin

Let’s do an anecdotal review, shall we? I’ve heard ‘No More Lamps In The Morning’ delicately swamping its way through our office speakers three or four times, and not once has it come close to clicking: out in the field, like that, it’s a stagnating record, a Basically Foster record of homogenous strums and trailing lyricism. Now the headphones are on, my …view full details.

The Wave Pictures
A Season In Hull

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On A Season in Hull, the fourteenth studio album from English rockers The Wave Pictures, the group return to their lo-fi roots. Recorded live with a single microphone, this vinyl LP on Wymeswold Records relies on impeccable songwriting and charming grooves. The immediacy of the recording reminds us just how sharp and witty these guys have always been. Lovely stuff.…view full details.

Letherette
Refresh

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Not that I was ever a '90's house guy but this is gorgeous. You can throw all the DJ Sneak comparisons you like at me and I'll not know what you are talking about but caress my ears softly with this and I'm fit to burst.  Letherette have been around awhile making sleek and soulful house from their Wolverhampton hideaway, this fou…view full details.

Various
Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1

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9/10 according to our Ant

Had someone asked me three weeks ago what I thought Gqom was, I probably would have assumed it was the latest internet available legal high the kids are all getting buzzed up on. I would have of course been wrong. Turns out a short distance from the beautiful sandy beaches of Durban --the coastal city in Eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, in the townships and suburbs, you…view full details.

Arthur Russell
The Sleeping Bag Sessions

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9/10 according to our Li'l Biz

Now this is what i call a record!! Block party 1984 style!! Arthur Russell is one of the most notable and respected cut and paste recording talents of the 80's and 'The Sleeping Bag Sessions' is a document of the work he produced for Sleeping bag records from 1981-85, a label he helped establish with Will Socolov. The record is full of early examples of recording artists being given the reel-to-re…view full details.

Bremen
Eclipsed

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Bremen are a duo from Sweden. Despite releasing on Blackest Ever Black, they aren’t techno boys: wow! Instead, they play a blackened form of minimal psychedelia, forging a direct link to some foresty nether regions of the mind. Eclipsed is their second for the label, and stretches out over 2 LPs.…view full details.

Flowers
Everybody’s Dying To Meet You

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5/10 according to our Clinton

Flowers are that most popular breed - an average indie pop band. They have neither great tunes, a great sound, a great singer, originality or good musicianship. Instead they do just enough to get by.   They are the now version of the Parachute Men. They make the sort of fuzzy indie that was popular in 1986 and…view full details.

The Pheromoans
I’m On Nights

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The Pheromoans have been around for nine years now and have a comprehensive back catalogue of guitar-based indie rock. On their new album I’m On Nights, guitars take a back seat as analogue synths, drum machines and keyboards create the backdrop for vocalist Russell Walker’s frosty poems. …view full details.

Ghostface Killah
Death's Invitation / Let The Record Spin

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Jazzy, boom-bap hip-hop from Ghostface Killah. This vinyl 7” single was recorded to tape and pressed to wax by Linear Labs. Heavy bass and squealing Rhodes keyboards, borrowed from Ennio Morricone, match the fantastic 1970s giallo-inspired artwork. Death's Invitation/Let The Record Spin is the sound of New York rap’s golden age updated with live instruments and lush arrangements.…view full details.

Ghostface Killah
Blackout / Resurrection Morning / Life's A Rebirth

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Ghostface Killah aka Ghostdini aka Iron Man aka the Wu Tang Clan’s finest, returns on vinyl 7”. With multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge, Killah produced 12 Reasons to Die II, one of the albums of 2015. Now Linear Labs are pressing the toughest and most soulful singles from that record to wax. These singles are full of live instrumentation, raw rhymes and they have incredible artwork too.…view full details.

Pete Aves
See How

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See How is the first album by ex-High Llama’s guitarist Pete Aves since 2007’s You, Me & Bill WIthers which garnered favourable reviews from Uncut magazine. Pete’s ability as a songwriter have been shaped and informed by life-changing experiences of the past decade: Getting divorced, being homeless, hitting the big 5-0 and being a father of two. He flirts with folk, country and pop and has drawn comparisons to S…view full details.

Lamont feat. Grim Sickers and Nico Lindsay
Missed Calls EP

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Influential dubstep/bass music/whatever-you-call-it label, Keysound Recordings release the debut EP from Lamont. On the Missed Calls EP the producer collaborates with hotly tipped MCs Nico Lindsay and Grim Sickers for a surreal slice of grime and house influenced electronica. The eerie and angry productions on this vinyl 12” pay homage, but still manage to not sound much like either genre.…view full details.

Mohammad
Roto Vildblomma

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This debut work from Mohammed was first released in 2009. Roto Vildblomma is a powerful sound-mass of strings and electronics, merging impressively into a compelling harmonic whole. This reissue, courtesy of Antifrost, presents the album in brand new artwork, and is narrowly limited to just 111 copies.…view full details.

WOO
Awaawaa

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8/10 according to our Clinton

I’m now struggling to remember the time Woo weren’t in my life. The London experimentalists have such a magnificent sound that it is a whole genre in itself and their ‘Into the Heart of Love‘ has (ironically) singlehandedly soothed me through a recent relationship shambles. It sits there on the stereo and it plays and then I instantly feel better. What more could one a…view full details.

Winkie
Come to My Party

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Winkie are a New York based shoegaze-pop group, but with a twist: they don’t use any guitars! Nevertheless, the fuzz haze is strong with this one, cloaking the innocent vocals to just the right degree. Come To My Party is their second full-length, and is released in a screen-printed sleeve by America Primitive.…view full details.

NZCA Lines
Infinite Summer

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6/10 according to our Clinton

“The album is based around the idea of a far-future Earth, where the sun has expanded to the size of a red giant and our extinction is imminent,” says leader Michael Lovett about his second album as NCZA Lines. Batten down the hatches ladies and gentlemen we’re in concept album territory. Opener ‘Approach’ has beautiful strings kinda ruined by French spoken word …view full details.

Bert Jansch
Avocet

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Earth Recordings have gone above and beyond on this phenomenal reissue of Bert Jansch’s Avocet. Not only do you get Jansch’s gorgeous and varied folk songs, but newly remastered recordings and stunning packaging. The CD is a unique ‘bookback’ design and the vinyl LP comes in a die-cut card sleeve with 6 lithographs of the birds Jansch’s delicate acoustic songs are about. Both versions have extensive sleeve-notes and newly commiss…view full details.

New in: Monday 8th February 2016

Frak / Heatsick
Live at Club 4 Reel, OCCII, Amsterdam

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Both Frak’s synth weirdness and Heatsick’s off-kilter house experiments are best experienced live. The rough and loose arrangements, lurching drones and freeform percussion blend into a fantastically bizarre electronic soup. To capture that sound C4 Reels are releasing this recording of a 2012 live show in Amsterdam. This is limited to 100 coloured double cassettes, with handmade artwork, and there won’t be a repress of this…view full details.

Not Waving
Animals

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Alessio Natalizia’s project Not Waving submits a full-length album to Diagonal, blasting listeners along the way. Animals slides through body music, firm techno and industrially-informed synth-pop, fitting right into each style. Mighty stuff from a master of electronics. This CD release includes 2 bonus tracks.…view full details.

Noam
Overdramatic

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Noam is a new project from a certain Kentaro Togawa, who you might know from Hopeless Marching Band or The Retail Sectors. Overdramatic features ten tracks of explorative sonics. This is a very affordable CD release: and you even get a postcard thrown in too! Courtesy of the Symbolic Interaction label.…view full details.

Marissa Nadler
Ballads of Living and Dying

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Reissue of Marissa Nadler’s debut album from 2004. Now on the massive Sacred Bones imprint it’s good to look back at what brought Nadler to the point she is now. Darkened ballads of acoustic folk gently lull you in with carefully plucked guitars and ominous soundscapes filling in the gaps. Imagine Grouper with more structure and clarity. …view full details.

Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto
Leaves Of Grass

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An unusual release here: Iggy Pop gruffly intones 7 poems from American old master Walt Whitman, while the duo of Tarwater and prime digital minimalist alva noto provide energetic and abstracted soundscapes in the background. A strange trip, unlike much that any of these artists have done before: nice! 12” in an embossed sleeve, on Morr Music.…view full details.

Dressy Bessy
Kingsized

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Dressy Bessy move in the same axis as the famed Elephant 6 Collective, and have the same open approach to collaboration: noted guests on Kingsized include members of The Apples In Stereo, Polyphonic Spree and, most impressively, R.E.M.! Well who wouldn&r…view full details.

Good Willsmith
Things Our Bodies Used To Have

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As might be clear from their name (and the excellent track titles), Good Willsmith have a sense of humour. But on Things Our Bodies Used to Have they also show their serious side, with an extended suite of dense and hypnotic improvisation. They draw on noise, drone and free improv, blending loose synths, prog guitar solos and plenty of electronic bleeps and arpeggios. Pressed to limited clear vinyl LP by Umor Rex.…view full details.

The Donkeys
Midnight Palm

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The Donkeys make thick nostalgic easy-listening, head-swinging indie. The San Diego four piece went into the studio with Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart) to produce this mini LP. 5 tracks of unabashed looking back on fond memories. Cue old videos of bloody good friends having fun in the sun.…view full details.

Lance Neptune
Animal Eclipse

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Big warm shufflers here from Lance Neptune, a US producer with an aesthetic derived, in part, from 90’s skate videos. So his dance-friendly tracks have a hazy tone to them, the bright melodies given lush production treatment. Comfortable stuff. 6-track 12” EP, released by Lone’s Magicwire label.…view full details.

Kerridge
Fatal Light Attraction

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Ling
Attachment EP

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The latest release on the Pan sublabel Codes chronicles the warped, schmarped and screwed samples of Liverpool's Ling, assembled from recordings of journeys into the fields and e-fields. With Attachment, he attempts to explore how habitual behaviours can loosen our grip on reality, like when a phone buzzes and everyone in earshot checks their own. We're an odd bunch, us 21st century humans, aren't we?…view full details.

SØS Gunver Ryberg
AFTRYK

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There’s only 500 copies of this limited 12” from SØS Gunver Ryberg, and it’s a banger. AFTRYK pumps-up the artist’s interest in sound art until it becomes techno. Harsh textures are turned into snares and basslines, industrial-quality synth riffs are sped-up over pummelling drum machines. This is outsider noise-techno done properly.…view full details.

Palms Trax
High Point On Low Ground

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‘High Point On Low Ground’ is comprised of a trio of futuristic, retro, contemporary house tracks from Berlin based dance floor heavyweights Palms Tracks. This is the 30th release brought to you from the impressive fledgeling Dekmantel imprint. Expect heavy bass, broken beats and blissed out synths.…view full details.

Mustafa Ozkent
Genclik Ile Elele

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Music so funky that it is almost unseemly. Mustafa Ozkent and his band recorded Genclik Ile Elele in 1972: since then the record has become famed as one of the finest (and rarest) examples of Turkish psych-rock out there. This reissue LP on Jackpot brings this wild, hard-funk release back into the eager paws of fans at last.…view full details.

Theo Parrish
Roots Revisited

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Theo Parrish is a man with a mission. A producer who needs to push boundaries with every release; a musician with the spirit of jazz, soul music and African rhythms flowing through every vein. Each release is different, every record pushes a different set of buttons and this quirky 12" on his prolific Sound Signature label takes the listener on a deep and pumping percussive workout with smatterings of old school Detroit, hammond organ and analogue synth stabs and loads of cymbal rides. A great t…view full details.

Gesloten Cirkel
M011

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9/10 according to our Ant

Gesloten Cirkel first emerged in 2009 with a 12” on The Hague’s Viewlexx sister label; the  awesome Murder Capital ran by none other than I-F, a man with impeccably fine taste. Also, it should be known; the man I believe to be single handedly responsible for the resurgence of Italo Di…view full details.

Effetto Joule
Robespierre

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This is a bit of a coup for Mannequin Records - Robespierre is rare 12” by Effetto Joule, an italo wave trio from Modena. It was originally released in 1989 by Top Sound Records. This reissue comes with extra demo material. Effetto Joule mix what Italians see as electronic dark wave and mix it with sounds influenced by ‘80s synth pioneers Tubeway Army and Depeche Mode.…view full details.

George Adams
Finest

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George Adams was a jazz saxophonist, flautist, bass clarinetist and occasional singer, and Finest is a great introduction to his work. Originally appearing on the Timeless Recordings label in the 70’s and '80s, these energetic jazz blasts also feature bassist Cameron Brown, pianist Don Pullen and drummer Danny Richmond. On Dopeness Galore.…view full details.

Toresch
Essen Fur Alle

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Toresch are an international trio sculpting neo-industrial electronic jams out of stern drum machines, cold vocals and plenty of who-knows-what noises. With experience DJ-ing in Düsseldorf and in a band with Klaus Dinger spread among the group, it’s no surprise that debut release Essen Fur Alle is rhythmically super-capable. LP release on Offen Music.…view full details.

Electric Eye
Different Sun

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This sophomore effort from Electric Eye picks up where their 2013 debut Pick-up, Lift-up, Space, Time started. Different Sun is a raucous album of psychedelic hard rock which updates the prog they love. Sitar solos? Check. Reversed guitars? Check. Distorted organs? Check. Jansen Plateproduksjon have pressed the album on double vinyl LP.…view full details.

Various
Le Sampler Des Copains

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To celebrate their diverse roster of house and techno artists, FACES Records are releasing this label sampler. Le Sampler Des Copains, or The Friends Sampler, features upbeat grooves, heavy bass and deep melodies. All the producers on this double vinyl 12” set are friends of the label, and each of their unique approaches to soulful dance music is united by the label’s distinctive aesthetic. …view full details.

Theo Parrish
Pieces of a Paradox

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2016 repress for the Detroit don’s Pieces of a Paradox vinyl 12”. The singular Theo Parrish sound is in full effect here, and both tunes are slow and deep house cuts bathed in Motor City musical history. Parrish takes his time to slowly build up rhythmic elements to create something ecstatic. These tracks are hypnotic jams back by popular demand.…view full details.

Maoupa Mazzocchetti
Laugh Tool

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Laugh Tool may be the debut full length from producer Maoupa Mazzocchetti, but his harsh blend of noise, techno and cut-up samples is already well-developed. This release on Mannequin calls back to the glory days of nasty, DIY industrial music, but it also taps into the analogue house put out by labels like L.I.E.S. as well as sound design and drone.…view full details.

Sun Ra
Space Is The Place

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9/10 according to S.Westwood (customer) on

This is a great reissue of an incredible release by Sun Ra. The track "Space Is The Place" is an incredible track. It features some amazing instrumentation and great playing by Sun Ra. The album also shows how Sun Ra's sound has evolved and how it changed since his beginning and how it way so ahead of its time. The album also shows how Sun Ra is still an important artist now and how his work has inspired artists now. Overall an incredible release by an incredible musical figure and musical ge…view full details.

John Coltrane
Ascension

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Impulse! and Back To Black reissue one of the founding texts of free jazz: John Coltrane’s Ascension. John leads a large ensemble (including Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner…) into ecstatic group improvisations. Each soloist gets a section to flow freely on, and when they all come together again, minds are blown. A crucial classic.…view full details.


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