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Lene Adler Petersen
“Se mor”. Nansensgade 1971 / Sangen om kaffekoppen

Lene Adler Petersen is a Danish artist, though not primarily a sound artist. This release features the two sound works that she has done: intriguing collages of her voice alongside telephone conversations and radio music. Presented to the public for the very first time, on 10” vinyl with bilingual texts for both of the pieces.
  • Vinyl 10" (IDL 09)
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Leon Vynehall
DJ-Kicks

Leon Vynehall has taken us on a bunch of journeys through his ambient house universe. Now the beneficent and mysterious life-force called !K7, responsible for the DJ Kicks series, has invited him to put together a mixtape. The man has risen to the occasion and focused on an interesting selection rather than smooth mix, accelerating from 79 to 169 BPM over the course of 26 tracks from the likes of Tomaga, Primitive, and AFX.

Lowtec
Light Surfing

In the promotion of Lowtec’s new album ‘Light surfing’, there’s talk of “murky bangers” and “sideways beauty”, essential the satisfaction of dance rhythm but achieved in a wayward and unpredictable manner. Lowtec operates with a minimal aesthetic, but it’s one of great economy and precision, with care placed on both caressing and baffling the senses.   

Lungile Masitha
Vuyani

Reissue of the extremely righteous Vuyani by Lungile Masitha. Why righteous? In the 80s Sello 'Chicco' Twala's name was under license to a major label so in an effort to make the music he wanted he released these tracks under a pseudonym. Both tracks are mid-tempo and disco inflected, and sung in  Twala's own Tsongan tongue.

M. Ward
What a Wonderful Industry

What A Wonderful Industry, the latest album by singer/songwriter M Ward, is inspired by the good and bad people he has met during his career - the 'warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals in the zoo', as he puts it.  Jim James from My Morning Jacket makes a guest appearance, popping up on two tracks. He, surely, is one of the good ones. LP and CD on M Ward Records.

Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi
D Ebando

Brian Close, using the moniker Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi (which we’re told means as much as All the Healing Green Leaves of the Forest), imports a crazed soundscape from Gabon, based on the sounds of Fang Bwiti rituals. D Ebando is a cut and pasted collection of Mougongo melodies, esoteric, fragmented, and hypnotizing. A-side Awating has a haunted abstract soundscape feel to it, and b-side Bwicoming lays out a trancy, meditative ambience that slowly developes a pulse. Great stuff for all your ibogaine rituals.
  • Vinyl 12" (GMV01)
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Major Murphy
Lafayette EP

A selection of bedroom recordings made by Major Murphy while they were still figuring what exactly Major Murphy was going to be. The Lafayette EP, named for the house which contained said bedroom, shows a more gentle and less assured side of the band. A fascinating document for anyone who enjoyed their debut No. 1. 
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Makaya McCraven
Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape)

Here we have the distilled results of a happy meeting between new collaborators, including Makaya McCraven, Nubya Garcia, Soweto Kinch, Ben LaMar Gay, Quiet Dawn and more. Lots of live fun was had under the CHICAGO X LONDON banner, and the recordings were then taken home for remixing and rearranging by Makaya. The resultant Mixtape is vibrant indeed.
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Marie Davidson
Nina Kraviz x Afrodeutsche Remixes

Marie Davidson’s latest LP ‘Working Class Woman’ was a brilliant satire of modern club and work culture. On this remix 12”, Nina Kraviz offers two takes of on the track ‘Workaholic Paranoid Bitch - the first with all the might of a sledgehammer - and Afrodeutsche serves two absolutely killer mixes of the track ‘Day Dreaming’.

Marilyn Mazur
Shamania

Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur shows off her new group Shamania, which is made up of high-grade female avant-jazz musicians from around Scandinavia. This is their first album together. It's one of those records were the talent and chops flying around each track could almost overwhelm, if the results weren’t so directly engaging. Out on RareNoise.

Martina Lussi
Diffusion Is A Force

Martina Lussi is a sound artist who currently calls Switzerland home. Diffusion is a Force is inspired by the way in which everything changes so quickly and seems to work differently these days from politics to music consumption. The album is comprised of field recordings, electronically manipulated live instruments and synths. It is the follow up to her Hallow Ground debut Selected Ambient. LP on Latency.

Matt Whitehead & No Data Available present Manor House Boys
Temple Of Set EP

Acid fiend Matt Whitehead teams up with No Data Available for an EP of Detroit-indebted club fodder under the Manor House Boys tag. The best of the Motor City’s techno, house and electro sounds are channelled by the quartet of tracks on Temple Of Set. Opener ‘Full Resonance’ and closer ‘Panic In Flat 13’ are straight 303 wig-outs, while ‘Sahara’ and the title track bulk things out with some big-room beats. Unsurprisingly, this one’s out via Super Rhythm Trax.
  • Vinyl 12" (SRTX025)
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Maximo Park
As Long As We Keep Moving

Maximo Park are still going strong, still wearing the hat, and still nailing it live. As Long As We Keep Moving is a live document, recorded at Vada Studios, with an array of the band’s finest tunes from across their career represented, with all the extra energy of a Maximo Park performance. On Cooking Vinyl.

Methyl Ethel
Triage

Australian art-rock combo Methyl Ethel enjoyed some success with their second album, Everything Is Forgotten. They matched dark lyrics with sparkling melodies and songs such as ‘No.28’ and ‘Ubu’ were among some of 2017’s best moments. Now they’re back with a follow-up, Triage. It finds the band in a more contemplative mood than usual.

Micachu
Taz and May Vids

Micachu, aka Mica Levi, follows up 2015’s album with The Shapes and the stunning Under The Skin soundtrack with a return to playful experimentation. Taz and May Vids compiles a handful of tunes made with regular accomplice Tirzah and Brother May and is a weird and joyful electronic odyssey. How can something so abstract be so fun?
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Michael Hoenig
The Blob (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Although it’s essentially about an animate piece of strawberry jam, the 1958 original gave me quite the nightmares as a child. Here’s the soundtrack to the even-creepier 1988 remake of The Blob by Michael Hoenig. Hoenig went for something a little more sober than the original’s bouncy theme song, whose lyrics included: “Beware of the Blob - it creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor, right through the door…”. Hoenig chose wisely.
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Mix Mup
Clear Drive EP

Here we find The Trilogy Tapes (Anthony Naples, Bullion) inna Mix Mup style. Back on Will Bankhead’s label for the first time since 2015, the latest release from Lorenz Lindner’s long-running project is a typically idiosyncratic collection of deep house/techno experiments. Cuts like the title track bring to mind a more glitchy rendering of Young Marco’s woozy Balearia, while the grunting anti-groove of ‘Flair 2’ nods to the recent TTT drop from Parris.
  • Vinyl 12" (TTT072)
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Modeselektor
Who Else

German absurdist electronic production team Modeselektor have a new album, Who Else. It’s brimming with solutions to boredom and, as usual, is defiantly unobvious. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary have kept things fresh by tailoring each sound for each track. Grime artist, Flohio, Otto von Schirach and Estonian rapper, Tommy Cash guest. 

Modeselektor
I Am Your God / Bronko

In the run up to their next album Modeselektor have given the DJs a head start with the release of I Am Your God / Bronko on 12". The press release describes them as "abysmal" but I'm guessing they don't mean in the bad way. This is tough industrial techno built from the sort of crisp sounds we've all come to expect from the German duo.
  • Vinyl 12" (MTR95)
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Molly Nilsson
Imaginations

Swedish-born, Berlin-dwelling, world-travelling singer Molly Nilsson is deep into her career now, and she is still feeling melancholy. Imaginations puts her feelings into sweet synth-pop songs that swoon moodily in the way only Molly Nilsson songs can: cool, catchy, nostalgic and distant-eyed. Imaginations is released by Night School.

Montevideo
Temperplane

Indie-poppers Montevideo (not from Uruguay, but from Belgium) delivering their third full-length album after a six year silence. Expect maybe a touch of Vampire Weekend and a whiff of dEUS, or a more introverted Goose. Temperplane refers to the flying machines, by the way, not the geometric figures. Just so you know.

Myriam Bleau
Lumens & Profits

Myriam Bleau brings the approaches of an experimental artist to bear on the materials of bass music electronics, spinning these elements together into hypnotising structures on Lumens & Profits. Lots of delicious moments where different crystalline synth lines or rhythmic stutter-planes fall in and out of overlap. Stimulating stuff on Where To Now?
  • Vinyl LP (WTNLP10)
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N.O.R.E.
5E

TV show host and podcaster N.O.R.E. (aka Noreaga of Capone-N-Noreaga) is also a musician who's been releasing music for over two decades. 5E feels like a celebration of N.O.R.E.'s career. Twenty years ago he's worked with The Neptunes on 'Superthug', and he's still working with Pharrell Williams to this day.
  • Vinyl LP (MSAP0060LP)
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Nate Young
Volume One: Dilemmas Of Identity

New one from Wolf Eye’s very own Nate Young, who in his solo releases thus far has burrowed down a peculiar and mucky brand of experimental electronics. ‘Volume One: Dilemmas of Identity’ - which comes out via Young’s own Lower Floor Music - is a collection of material which Young made during the time of his Regression series, but wasn’t quite the fit for that project. Needless to say it’s as essential as anything with Young’s name attached.
  • Vinyl LP (LFLP004)
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NONN
XVII

Second album of brooding post-punk and gnarled electronics from Scandinavian artist Christian Eldefors, also known as NONN. Following his debut record last year, Eldefors has now roped in a full band - one member being his brother Alexander - in doing so creating a denser and more claustrophobic sound. It's a cohesive but varied record, switching from taught menace to goth inflected 80s style pop.

Norman Westberg
The All Most Quiet

Having been in numerous, yet short lived, projects Norman Westberg is undoubtedly most known for his work in Swans. Alongside, his solo work has been constant. Putting most of it out himself, he has now turned to Hallow Ground for this two track album. Opposing his rhythmic power in Swans, his solo work is far more abstract and consists of blending tonal and atonal guitar swells.. The Swans terror and tension is still very much in there.

Obituary
Slowly We Rot

Death metal pioneers, Obituary, hail from Florida. Their debut album, Slowly We Rot, was originally released in 1989. The band brought a number of aspects together to create the death metal sound - down tuning, a growling vocalist and tempo changes with the songs slowing down to give off a distinctly doomy vibe. 180g solid yellow and transparent green vinyl, limited to 2000 copies on Music On Vinyl.

Okyerema Asante
Sabi (Get Down)

The first you need to know that this track is fourteen minutes long. Ghanaian musician Okyerema Asante's Sabi (Get Down) is an entire disco all on its own. Released in the early 80s it has been long sought after and has featured in sets by Giles Peterson, Hunee and Lakuti. The b-side, 'That's My Girl' is just as mighty. Reissued by Kalita Records.

Osbourne
Fools

Spectral Sound, sister label of Ghostly International (Mark E, Matthew Dear), bring Osbourne back into the fold for their latest drop. Fools is the first thing that the one born Todd Osbourn has dropped on Ghostly since 2013’s Joe Goddard collaboration ‘Hold Up'. However, it’s clear from these tunes that the intervening years haven’t robbed him of his knack for crafting buoyant, funky leftfield house jams.
  • Vinyl 12" (SPC-142)
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Ot To, Not To
It Loved To Happen (Remixes)

Back in 2016 Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint released Goshen, an album of experimental r ‘n’ b from Ot To, Not To. In preparation for the follow-up It Loved To Happen the Virginia duo have handed remix duties to four other artists operating somewhere between mainstream and leftfield sonics. Xiu Xiu, Ben Chatwin, Machinefabriek and Carlos Nino each turn in something lovely on It Loved To Happen (Remixes).
  • Vinyl 12" (NIOT 12X1R)
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Passarani
W.O.W.

Italian legend DJ/Producer Marco Passarani (Nature, Peacefrog, Generator, Skam, Numbers etc.) drops his first full-length in six years on Dusseldorf imprint Offen Music. Nothing to upset the apple-cart across the eight tracks of W.O.W., just eight cuts of perky club fare replete with pattering 808s and swaying melodies. ‘Get Down’ has a bit of an acid flare to it, but other than that this LP is the soundtrack to the last beach party of the summer.

Perfect Son
Cast

My mum tells me that I’m the Perfect Son, so I’m not really sure what this fella’s playing at. Get off my turf, Perfect Son! Anyway, the artist born Tobiasz Biliński and known for a few years as Coldair has come out swinging on Cast, his first LP for Sub Pop. Cast is a record of brash, confident electro-pop of the Gary Numan/Depeche Mode school.

Phillipe Maté / Daniel Vallancien
Maté / Vallancien

You can see from the cover art that this will be an exciting album: equal prominence given to saxophone and mixing desk, with focus on the busy hands rather than on the faces (all about the music baby). Philippe Mate’s saxophone is live-treated and tweaked by Daniel Vallancien, with cool and direct results. Reissue on Souffle Continu Records.
  • Vinyl LP (FFL047)
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Pieces Of A Pensive State Of Mind
Missin' You EP

Many of you will have been waiting on this one for some time. Back in 1994 the Dutch producer Frank de Groodt released Missin’ You as Pieces Of A Pensive State Of Mind. The U-Trax release has become something of a connoisseur's piece in the intervening years, and the distinctive electro-techno style of the tunes here is what keeps it in the bag of DJs such as Hunee. A quarter-century on from its first issue (pretty much to the day) Missin’ You has now been remastered and given a new lease of life.
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Planetary
Origins EP

Dan Curtin’s Planetary project made a couple of EPs of astral techno in the early ‘90s. The second of these, 1993’s Origins, combined keening synths and plenty of psychedelic production tricks with clattering breaks. It's deep-space stuff. With the current trend for revivalist rave sounds bringing this sort of thing very much back into vogue of late, now feels like a good time for Origins to be given the reissue treatment. Metamorphic Recordings oblige.

Planetary Assault Systems
The Light Years Reworks

Luke Slater assembles a bunch of his favourite producers/artists on his Mote Evolver label roster to re-work a bunch of Planetary Assault Systems stone cold classics. Doing the business are Marcel Fengler, Psyk, Lucy, Slam, Steve Bicknell, Octave One, Function, James Ruskin, Kamikaze Space Programme and Slater himself. Cut across six sides of wax for maximum DJ impact.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (MOTELP03)
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Praed
Doomsday Survival Kit

Thrilling and unique take on chaabi from the Lebanese duo Praed. ‘Doomsday Survival Kit’ takes familiar cues from the hyperactive form of music, but the way in which they fuse the clarinet into the sound concocts something truly distinct. It's the way the clarinet interweaves and reacts against the restless rhythms and vibrant synths, an inspired synthesis.

Purple Image
Purple Image

*Extremely John Lydon voice* Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Of course, this LP actually has nothing to do with The Artist Formerly Known As Johnny. It’s actually a rare 1970 funk-rock record from Cleveland, Ohio band Purple Image. As one could probably guess from the title there’s more than a bit of Hendrix to this one. This reissue comes courtesy of Tidal Waves Music.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM23)
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Quaker City Night Hawks
QCNH

Quaker City Night Hawks hail from Texas. Their music is imbued with all the hallmarks of ‘70s southern rock you’d expect to hear, plus a certain amount of Joe Walsh-era Eagles. QCNH is their fourth studio album and follow-up to their Lightning Rod debut, El Astronauta. LP and CD on Lightning Rod.

Quentin Sirjacq
COMPANION

French composer Quentin Sirjacq plies his trade writing film scores in his homeland. He’s also released a few albums unrelated to films too. Companion is his latest beautifully delicate mix of plinks and plonks and electronica. It follows up 2016’s Far Islands And Near Places. Companion has a similar feel to its predecessor but the songs and orchestrations develop in new way, adding another interesting layer to Sirjacq’s music. CD on Schole.
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R.H.G.T.
Depersonalisation

R.H.G.T. - Red Hook Grain Terminal to you, Jordan Edge to his mum - drops a cassette of brutalised electronica through the always excellent Opal Tapes (D.U.D.S., Gondwana). Depersonalisation has three modes: abrasive deconstructed club fare that sits at the limit of what Yves Tumor could come up with; hissing lo-fi beats that sound like a really beaten-up Madlib record being played on a really beaten-up turntable; and forays into pure industrial noise ala Prurient. Depersonalisation is not exactly easy on the ears, but it’s very good stuff.
  • Tape (OPAL137)
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Rachel Zeffira
Elizabeth Harvest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Rachel Zeffira is primarily an oboe player, however, she’s also a soprano and can turn her hand to a number of other instruments. What's more, she was in Cats Eyes with Faris Badwan of The Horrors. Her classical background made her an ideal candidate to take on the score for the Sebastian Gutierrez film, Elizabeth Harvest. Using Erik Satie’s Sarabande as a thematic base, the score becomes less conventional and more experimental as it progresses. Clear vinyl LP on Invada.

Regno Maggiore
Astroveliero

Regno Maggiore kicks off his recorded career with Astroveliero, a six track EP that layers up lots of very enjoyable sounds. Field recordings, unidentifiable samples, percussion and instruments: all are brought together and placed in fine balance with one another for compelling and original tracks. 12” EP.
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Richard Einhorn
The Prowler (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Horror movie soundtrack fans, how are you doing? It's been a long time since October so maybe you've felt slightly neglected? Well, here's one for you, the soundtrack for Joseph Zito's slasher The Prowler. The soundtrack by Richard Einhorn combines the electronic with the orchestral to provide a suitably unsettling backdrop to the film. On Waxwork.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WW060)
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Robert Hood
Internal Empire

When truly groundbreaking records are made, they sound as fresh 25 years after their initial release as they did back in the day. This is most-certainly true of Robert Hood’s minimal techno masterpiece Internal Empire. The album has been remastered and re-cut on CD and 180g vinyl and will be released through its original label, Tresor.

Robert Pollard
EAT 15: (Dislodge) The Immortal Orangemen

Not only does Robert Pollard produce a lot of music, he makes a lot of art as well. Here for the first time he combines both practices into a lovingly prepared 240 full colour page book which goes with a six song vinyl 7" of tunes exclusive to this release. Limited to 1000 copies and part of a series of art based releases from the Guided By Voices frontman. 

Rolando Simmons
Summer Diary One EP

Ok, so it’s the depths of winter here and in Rolando Simmons native Sweden, but that’s not put him off trying to remind us that the sun does occasionally shine. Summer Diary One EP is the producer’s first recording for Analogical Force and is equipped with enough melody and punchy bass grooves to make us feel like it’s summer once again. 5-track 12” EP on Analogical Force.
  • Vinyl 12" (AF0191)
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Roy Montgomery
Last Year's Man

New Zealand outsider dude Roy Montgomery takes on a Leonard Cohen song, the early 1971 morose-masterpiece ‘Last Year’s Man’. Roy tackles it in lovely droney style, using the particular sounds of the Omnichord, along with the assistance of Jessica Moss. Add in a second track, ‘After Vermeer’, and you’ve got a very fine little 10” release.

Ruins
Occasional Visits

Happy Valentine’s Day from Belgium’s excellent Stroom Records (Pablo’s Eye, DJ Bert & Eagle). The label’s latest drop is a superb collection of early minimal wave/synth-pop from Venetian group Ruins. Active between 1978 and 1985, the group turned out a run of highly evocative Italo LPs during their time together. Occasional Visit collects eight of the best tunes they set to tape between 1981 and 1984. You can imagine a young David Lynch getting lost in these when they first came out.
  • Vinyl LP (STREP-023)
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Russell E. L. Butler
Petty

Four tracks on twelve inches of wax, from Bermuda artist Russell E.L. Butler. Petty is probably the closest that Butler has yet come to real floor-filling techno, though don’t worry, there are still plenty of sonic and conceptual details to revel in from this experimental producer. 12” EP on Spectral.
  • Vinyl 12" (SPC-141)
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RYD
RYD

RYD is the recording moniker of Ryan Downie, a producer and songwriter from North London. He takes inspiration from Bon Iver, Missy Elliott and Timbaland to create his songs that blend the crystalline sound of electronics with some heart-wrenching themes and ethereal production. Self-titled debut LP and CD on 37 Adventures.

Saele
The Serpents Eggs

JSMЁ Records swiftly follow up on their release of a HTRK live LP with the debut full length from label head Saele Valese. The artists bleak, claustrophobic black drones feel as though they're infecting or possessing the listener. This is potent stuff - at times almost suffocating in its eerie intensity. Sounds like the sort of dark ritual music Aleister Crowley might have on his iPod. Killer sleeve too.
  • Vinyl LP (JSE06)
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Sebastian Plano
Verve

Sebastian Plano’s is so very close to being called Sebastian Piano. If Sebastian Piano was actually this guy’s name then it would have been both a more amusing and more fitting moniker for the Argentine. Verve is an LP of plink-plonk keyboard niceness in the vein of all those other men with earnest gazes - Einaudi, Arnalds and so on.

Shabazz Palaces
Of Light

They are big big deals now, but when the EP now compiled as Of Light was first released in 2009, Shabazz Palaces were all fresh and unknown, and suitably impressive. Here it is released again on vinyl by Templar Label Group, containing the genesis of the group’s jazzy and unusual hip-hop style.

Shahid Wheeler
Just One Dance Before You Go

Melodies International are a nifty little label. Their line is that they track down rare-ass, expensive-ass old club killers and reissue them at a fraction of the cost you’d pay for an original copy. The latest Melodies coup is Shahid Wheeler’s 1978 number ‘Just One Dance Before You Go’. A righteous disco joint of the Off The Wall school, this is the sort of dancefloor gold that never goes out of fashion. Here it is presented remastered and backed with the instrumental.

Shankar Jaikishan
Raga Jazz Style

Released in 1968 and never previously reissued until now, this is a rare wonder of a recording from the little-documented Indian jazz scene. Shankar Jaikishan and his ensemble do a masterful job of merging the traditional ragas of Indian classical music with Western swing jazz, and it comes out sounding frankly gorgeous. Raga Jazz Style is reissued by Outernational Sounds.

Shigeto
Weighted

As the snow flies on a cold and grey Chicago mornin', a poor little baby child is born - in Shigeto. That’s pretty much where the similarities with Elvis end for the Detroit artist, mind. On Weighted, Shigeto comes through with a selection of classic Midwest club tackle. ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Ooh Ooh’ are terse 808 techno, while the Ian Fink-featuring ‘The Line Up’ is closer to Moodymann’s Mahogani Music. Motor city royalty Andres rounds the EP out with a remix.
  • Vinyl 12" (GI328LPC1)
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Short-Term Memory
Plus or Minus Two

Seance Centre tend towards re-releases of new age/ambient recordings, but as they showed with 2018’s A-Team reissue they also have a penchant for melody-rich dancefloor jams. Their latest drop, Short-Term Memory’s Plus Or Minus Two, falls somewhere between the two camps. Plus Or Minus Two collects four tracks from the Kansas City techno act’s 1983 LP Every Head Needs Cleaning as well as throwing in a couple of unreleased cuts. While numbers like ‘Twitch & Jerk’ and ‘The Words’ are very Devo-ish, ‘City In Mind’ is a spiritualized bit of electronic pop that nods to Pablo’s Eye and My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.
  • Vinyl 12" (12SC)
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Silk Road Assassins
State Of Ruin

Silk Road Assassins drop their debut LP via the notorious Planet Mu. Given how lush State Of Ruin sounds, it’s no surprise to find out that the trio of Tom E Vercetti, Chemist and Lovedr0id all make electronic library music for their day jobs. This album is full of the sort of sombre, muted takes on trap, dancehall, grime etc. that Mr. Mitch has become so good at over the past couple of years.

Sir Shina Peters
Sewele

Juju master Sir Shina Peters dropping a bomb of high-energy joy straight from 1986 Lagos. Sewele is being reissued on vinyl for the first time, and features Shina in a transitional period into what would become the hallmark style with His Famous Allstars. Join him on his journey from old school Juju to inventing the classic Afro Juju.

Sister John
Sister John

You can more-or-less guess what this Sister John album will sound like from the cover, although the general advice is that you should never do such a thing. Their music draws comparisons to The Velvet Underground, Cowboy Junkies and Marianne Faithful with slow, sparse and fragile arrangements. This eponymous effort is their second album and follows on from 2017’s Returned From The Sea. 140g LP on Last Night From Glasgow.

Smoke DZA x Pete Rock
Don't Smoke Rock

Pete Rock still has a special place in our heart where T.R.O.Y. is playing on repeat. Back in 2016 he teamed up with “don’t call him a weed-rapper” Smoke Dza to create Don’t Smoke Rock, a throwback to Golden Age beats and verses. Smoke's story-telling skills combine very nicely with Rock's jazzy beats. The album is a great window to another era and is itself being reissued on vinyl.

Softman
500ms

Singaporeans Evening Chants seem to be ever on the lookout for beautiful gems to spread to the rest of the world. Brit Softman coded his own music world, fed it samples from records, and tweaked his parameters to create a wondrous tape-hiss soundscape. 500ms is out on 120 beautifully packaged cassette tapes only and you will love it if you’re into the Pop Ambient series, GAS, and Fennesz.

Sole
Destituent

Another round of rhyme-spittin’ polemics from Anticon co-founder Sole. Focused on the lyrical theme of anarchism, this one for Fake Four Inc is a bit unusual as it draws in a gritty, self-produced No Wave environment for the MC’s disgruntled lines. Recorded half in central Denver, half in the Maine hinterlands.
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Sonar Base
Sonar Bases 4-10

Vintage Dutch electro from Sonar Base, one of Frank de Groodts many aliases (and possibly the best). This is a double LP set that gathers up numbers 4 to 10 of the original Sonar Base releases, which should be enough information to convince you already if you know anything about classic spacey electro. From U-Trax.

Sourakata Koite
En Hollande

Awesome Tapes From Africa by name, awesome tapes from Africa by nature. For the label’s latest trick they pull a reissue of Senegalese musician Sourakata Koite’s 1985 LP En Hollande out the bag. A master of the kora - a 21-string West African harp - Koite lays down a selection of ebullient, trilling tracks here. The frequent kora overdubs give the record a great feeling of motion. It’s no surprise to find out that Manu Dibango and Jacques Higelin are fans of Koite’s work.

Specimens
In The Dust Of Idols

Let the existential malaise of winter well and truly set in, and do it to the new Specimens record. The boss of the excellent emerging label First Terrace, Alex Ives' solo work is marked by a keen ear for the various modes of ambient music, from Lawrence English's potent and fuzzy drone to the loops of William Basinski. In the Dust of Idols contemplates death and what comes after it, but sounds beautiful in the process.

StabUdown Productions
Strange Rabbits

On this Strange Rabbits LP we find James Donadio - he of Prostitutes fame - resurrecting an old alias. The recent reboot of his excellently-monikered StabUdown Productions allows Donadio to explore a space in which techno, electro, braindance and ambient intersect. The stargazing vistas Strange Rabbits recall classic Detroit styles, but the wacky aesthetic and leftfield production choices veer more towards labels like bbbbb and Trip.
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Stats
Other People's Lives

Stats are new to the Memphis Industries stable. They are a DIY art pop band who are led by Ed Steed. He once played in LA Roux’s backing band, this along with, surprisingly, the countless mundane office jobs he’s had have inspired the rather upbeat new album, Other People’s Lives. LP and CD on Memphis Industries.

Strange Birds (Willie Burns & Ron Morelli)
Bird Shit

William Burnett and Ron Morelli, respective bosses of W.T. Records and L.I.E.S., have come together on Verge of Tears to explore the nuanced subject of bird droppings. It’s pretty filthy stuff, let me tell you. Gritty, dirty, gloopy, smearing and splattering all over everything. And as for bird droppings...
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Super Wings
My Love Is For You

‘70s Nigerian rock band, Super Wings, have a history that is blessed by the wonderful names of band members and scarred by tragedy. They were led by Spud Nathan who was killed in car crash in 1974. The car was driven by guitarist Manford Best, who the fans blamed as his previous actions had caused the car to have ‘bad juju’. Their second album, My Love Is For You, is one of those records that time has turned into a classic.  Good Find have lovingly reissued this relatively obscure album for it to evaluated once again. LP, limited to 250 copies.
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Sylvain Chauveau
Pianisme

Pianisme collects together piano pieces by French-born, Belgium-based musician, Sylvain Chauveau. Many of the pieces were written for films by director Sebastien Betbeder and there one minimal piece written for choreographer Christian Rizzo. Chauveau also plays in 0, avant rock band, Arca and On. LP on Sub Rosa.

TEEN
Good Fruit

Good Fruit is the fourth album by TEEN. The band have trimmed down to a core three-piece of sisters Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine Lieberson for the release, with Boshra AlSaadi contributing to songs before leaving to pursue a solo career. It’s a harmony and hook-laden synthpop album that deals with loss, specifically the death of the sisters’ father, capitalism and womanhood. Limited coloured vinyl and CD on Car Park.

Telekinesis
Effluxion

For his fifth album, Michael Benjamin Lerner wanted to do it alone. Though previous Telekinesis albums have seen Lerner playing everything, Effluxion is the first where he has handled everything up to the production. A power-pop record with a spectacular sense of intent, and is filled with the catchy hooks and uplifting choruses we expect.

Tender
Fear Of Falling Asleep

Tender are James Cullen (don’t worry, I said Cullen, not Corden) and Dan Cobb, a London duo who make mid-fi R&B. Their new album, Fear Of Falling Asleep, is being hailed as a career high for them If tracks as such as the title track and Closer Still are anything to go by then they could just be about to turn a lot of heads. LP and CD on Partisan.

The Dandelion Set & Alan Moore
A Thousand Strands

The Dandelion Set are a weird psychedelic pop duo comprising of Glyn ‘Bigga’ Bush and PK Chown. The pair have been in bands such as Lightning Head, Rockers Hi-Fi, Mr. Liquorice and James Beige. A Thousand Strands is their debut album but contains material recorded between 1975 and 2015. Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore contributes vocals, lyrics and sleeve notes.

The Future Sound Of London
Environments 4

A salad of ambient and drone-like variations from The Future Sound Of London. Environments 4 is another passage through time and space, featuring sonic examinations, forest and urban excursions and eastern drones, percussion and strings. Is it dance music? Is it really the future sound of London? I'll get back to you on that. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Jumpin & Pumpin.

The Green Kingdom
Expanses Remixes

The Green Kingdom’s somewhat classic Expanses album reissued five years later in Expanded form. The original material is, to begin with, utterly gorgeous: lushly-textured ambience with unhurried techno beats fading in and out. The ten tracks are matched here by ten remixes, by artists like Tobias Hellkvist and Hotel Neon. Double CD reissue on Dronarivm.
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The Japanese House
Good At Falling

Got a few ‘Japanese’ bands knocking around at the moment, haven’t we. Not as in bands from Japan, as in bands called things like Japanese Breakfast and The Japanese House. The latter is the solo project of Amber Bain, who has released this here debut LP on Dirty Hit - a label set up by, among others, the late Ugo Ehiogu. Good At Falling is a collection of synth-ified indie-pop tunes in the vein of mid-period Bon Iver.

The Morning Echoes Of Detroit
Echoes Of The Gospel

The Morning Echoes Of Detroit are gospel group. They formed way back in the pre-back-in-the-day days of the 1940s. Echoes Of The Gospel was originally released in 1967. Singer/songwriter Kelley Stoltz sent a copy of this album to Third Man Records as a thank you gift. The label were so pleased they decided to reissue it. LP on Third Man Records, remastered from original 1967 master tapes by Warren Defever.
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The Mover
Final Sickness

The Mover apparently survived his Final Sickness in 1993, as the music is still here with us in 2019. Planet Phuture are doing us all a favour here with a reissue with this heavy classic, which is crammed with drum machines and synth details as far as you can here. Techno with industrial and electro leanings, you’ll surely want to hear Final Sickness again. The Mover is, of course, Marc Arcardipane real name Marc Trauner - legendary German techno producer and founder of Planet Core Productions, Dance Ecstasy 2001 etc.
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The Paper Kites
On The Corner Where You Live

On The Corner Where You Live is the fourth album by Aussie mainstream indie outfit The Paper Kites. Their melancholy, emotive pop has brought them great success in their native Australia with their second album, Twelvefour, making number one in their national chart. On The Corner Where You Live was produced by Peter Katis who has also worked with Interpol and The National. LP on Nettwerk.
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The Phantom Band
Checkmate Savage


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The Saxophones
Singing Desperately Suite

When their recent album, Songs Of The Saxophones was in the can, The Saxophones, Alex Erenkov and Alison Alderdice, kept hold of the musicians that helped them to record some more songs. Singing Desperately Suite is the result. It recalls the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the recent output of Low. 4-track 7” EP on Full Time Hobby.
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The Sensory Illusions
The Sensory Illusions

The Sensory Illusions are Bill Wells and tuba genius Danielle Price. Both the songs, which vary from jazz to folk and  more, and the name came to Wells in a dream. Wells has had a long and illustrious career, never content to settle. Price meanwhile has played with Mats Gustafson, Ntshuks Bonga and more.

The Space Lady
The Space Lady's Greatest Hits

“Ethereal street musician who plays space music wearing a winged helmet”, says the website. It’s pretty bang on. The Space Lady has been playing her strange electronic music for some thirty to forty years, and now has the Greatest Hits she deserves. Weird, spacey and fun. The vinyl has a download code and the CD comes with a bonus CD.

This Is The Kit
Live at Third Man Records

This Is The Kit find the sublime in the humdrum on this new live 7”. Masterminded by Kate Stables, This Is The Kit have been recording since 2003, with records coming out on labels like Rough Trade and Brassland. Recorded live, ‘Cold and Got Colder’ comes out via Third Man Records, and sees Stables further explore her niche of shuffling, disjointed songwriting, pairing subdued soloing with stellar brass interplay.    

Thomas Fehlmann
1929 – Das Jahr Babylon

Thomas Fehlmann may have turned 60 last year, but despite his advancing years the part-time member of The Orb shows no signs of slowing down. In fact he’s increased his output recently - 1929 - Das Jahr Babylon is Fehlmann’s third full-length release of 2018. It might be his best, too. The music here was made as a soundtrack for a documentary/podcast series. The murky anti-techno rhythms, foggy reverbs and eerie choral samples here make for an evocative and melancholy listen.

Thomas Mahmoud
Univorm

Thomas Mahmoud is the latest artiste to appear on the ever-intriguing Tapeworm tape label. Univorm is a suite built up out of sonic detritus: the ‘mistakes’ and offcuts that you might usually expect producers to be trying to eliminate. But by deftly assembling and processing such sounds, Mahmoud has produced a tape that is compelling indeed.
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Tim Linghaus
About B. (Memory Sketches B-Sides Recordings)

If you enjoyed Tim Linghaus’s Memory Sketches album, than you are bound to enjoy About B. (Memory Sketches B-Sides Recordings) as well. This collection is a mixture of ambientish reworkings of tracks from that album, along with plenty more small tracks, full of small sounds adrift in a sea of warm crackle and electronics. CDr release on the Sound In Silence label.

U2
No Line On The Horizon

This is the one by redundant stadium rockers U2 about the fictional characters of a drug addict, a soldier and a traffic police officer. Eno, Lanois and Lillywhite did the rather good production. It also got Taylor Deupree all in a flap because it has the same cover as an album he did with Richard Chartier. Bono, didn’t you know that photos expire after one use?

Various
Displaced Soundtracks Vol. 2

DJ Tennis aka Manfredi Romano, assembles some stellar club producers to make the soundtrack to an imaginary film on Displaced Soundtracks Vol. 2, released on Romano's label, Life and Death. With tracks from Vatican Shadow, Scuba, DJ Nobu and Ninos du Brasil among others, it's a deeply layered album which shifts in tone from track to track. 
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Various
Moodsetters: From The Amphonic & Soundstage Library

A very fine suite of library music, curated by Moodsetters from Syd Dale’s Amphonic & Sound Stage library. Whether you are filled with a thrill by the sight of names like Paddy Kingsland and Anne Dudley, or whether you don’t care who any of these people are, you will love the cool, weird, atmospheric library tracks gathered here on this Buried Treasure LP.
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Various
Italo Funk

Where Italo Disco and Funk music mix, great things can come to pass. Soul Clap set out to prove this with their new compilation Italo Funk, and they achieved it with ease: just listen to these ten joyous cuts. Boot & Tax, Jolly Mare and Deep88 are all here, throwing out juicy basslines every which way. Double LP compilation.

Various
This Is Frafra Power: New Music From Bongo, Bolgatanga, Ghana — Upper East Region

This Is Frafra is a collection of music sourced and recorded by Francis Ayamga (that’s King Ayisoba’s drummer) in his studio in northern Ghana. It is therefore a snapshot of a group of artists that few outside the region will have heard before, so what a fine resource this is. Vivid and exciting and intimate music. Released on Makkum with the assistance of The Ex’s Arnold de Boer.
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