May 282010
 

Hello,

We’ve had some crazy formats turn up over the years, but none more so than the hybrid CD/5″Vinyl Jeff Mills albums that have just been pressed in a super limited Japanese edition. Basically its a normal CD on one side and a 5″ vinyl pressing on the other – and apparently if used correctly both vinyl and cd sides won’t get damaged during play (don’t take our word for it though!). Its undoubtedly a bit if a novelty, but nice to see Mills weigh into the analogue/digital debate with a pragmatic approach and a practical solution for those of you endlessly fretting over formats. Not many of these available so if you want one don’t hang about!

Pan Sonic return this week with what is widely believed to be their final album, and what with the last track being called ‘Pan Finale’ you kinda get the feeling that Mika and Ilpo really are waving goodbye in their own typically austere style. Speaking of that last track – jeez – the album itself is immense, but that last track is quite easily one of the best ever recorded by the duo, an unbelievably heavy arrangement of cavernous percussion and that larger than life, almost oppressive production style that eventually ends proceedings with a long, slowly decaying spectral fade that’s the most fitting swansong imaginable. We know that everything Pan Sonic, Vainio or Ilpo get involved with is pretty much always yanked to the top of our lists – but they really are an inimitable force in experimental modern music; ignore this album at your peril.

We’re having a bit of a Kevin Drumm fest here recently, what with last weeks epic 5CD box set and now this amazing vinyl edition that’s just come in on the Thin Wrist imprint. It’s a double vinyl pressing of Drumm’s debut album, including a whole extra side of unreleased material, all beautifully mastered by Rashad at D&M in Berlin and pressed up at Pallas, probably the best pressing plant out there. Anyway, it’s a ridiculously dark and heavy affair, with Drumm compacting more dread and menace into 4 sides and vinyl than is reasonable to expect from one man with a guitar and some effects units. Oh and the packaging is completely amazing – super heavyweight gatefold, super-gloss card stock with some crazy embossed textures, inserts – one of the nicest vinyl editions we’ve seen in time.

Isan deliver their gorgeous ‘Glow In The Dark Safari Set’ album this week – available on CD and Vinyl formats, as well as a super-limited boxed set that comes with the LP, the 7″ and an Isan T-Shirt, housed inside a glow-in-the-dark box! The material itself is predictably lush – all analogue synths and Kosmische lullabies that you will just adore if you’ve enjoyed recent releases by The Advisory Circle, Oneohtrix Point Never and the like.

On the singles front – there’s a huge new twelve from Sandwell District, the first of two 12″ samplers featuring material from Regis, Function and SIlent Servant, and a deep new twelve from Andy Stott – his first of 2010 – with two slow, squashed and sultry House killers.

Also out this week – Ben Frost’s excellent ‘By The Throat’ album on a long awaited (and much delayed) vinyl pressing, a killer Actress-style mongrel dancefloor twelve from newcomer Milyoo, Shake Shakir on another Rush Hour 12″ pressing, plus new releases from A Made Up Sound, Madlib, SRC, Emika, Scuba & Ramadanman, The Simonsound, Rameses III, Efdemin, Kyle Hall and much much more.

One last thing to mention – we’re doing some server upgrades between midnight and around 7am on Monday night/Tuesday morning so the site won’t be accessible at that time.

Have yourselves a fabulous week…..

Peace! Nekkers……xx

Albums of the Week



PAN SONIC
Gravitoni
CLICKS / GLITCH
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £10.99

Calling time on one of the most important electronic acts in existence, Pan Sonic bow out with their immense final album, ‘Gravitoni’. It’s a typical feat of overwhelming sonic physicality from a duo who’ve owned the rights to the ‘Power Electronics’ tag ever since 1994 and the release of the ‘Panasonic EP’. Working together, Ilpo Väisänen and Mika Vainio opened the blackest vortex to a world of unadulterated electronics wrested from homemade and circuit bent hardware, creating an uncompromising vision of techno concrete that built monolithic structures in the shadow of their predecessors Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle and Pierre Henry. ‘Gravitoni’ feels like they’ve abandoned all hope, taunting an oncoming apocalypse with two fingers clutching an exposed 1/2″ jack lead and a granite glazed look that tundra wolves wouldn’t f*ck with. Whereas previous album ‘Katodivaihe’ offered some respite with Hildur Gudnadottir’s arcing bows, here it’s just two Finnish blokes with an arsenal of brutal beats and lucid tones. From the outset of ‘Voltos Bolt’ introductions are dispensed with in order to get down to business, a landslide of skull crushing bass hits and molten silicon slurry to encase your cochlea. Next ‘Wanyugo’ perhaps suggests they’ve spent time in Northern England, picking up the lingo and developing a bellicose attitude to match, swaggering with the darkest synthlines around and bristling with kinetic potential. Meanwhile, a false start in ‘Corona’ trips into a murderous noise and 200bpm gabber assault executed with such intent that you could even imagine them having a wry smirk to each other in the studio. With ‘Radio Qurghonteppa’ fear not, your speakers aren’t about to cave in, they’ve simply managed to create a bass frequency that makes it sound like your cabs are coming apart from the cone. That’s all. In ‘Trepanation’ they bust out the rusty iron and set about doing a Varg Vikernes on your life, sucking up elemental black metal power and stripping away all the camp sh*t, leaving a bloodied pile of still fizzing Euronymous at their feet, scalp (skull tip attached) in hand, still not smiling. The final section of the album presents three sublime visions of tonal darkness, from the pitch black electro-acoustic spaces of ‘Väinämöinen Dreams’ to the deliberate passage of ‘Hades’ where we mix our myths and Thor drops Atomic subbass bombs outside the gates while a choir of droning Gregorian sirens lure us inside. Then, we’re treated to an extreme panning recital on ‘Twinaskew’ before finally being delivered at the death disco with the most astonishing moment on the album – ‘Pan Finale’, stretching a classic 1980 Cure tape loop to Zombiefied Paisley-concrete drum patterns and shuddering in the presence of an almighty buzzsawn synewave. Thankfully, we’re quite certain we’ll hear new material from both instigators in the future, but from now on we’re just gonna have to dig out all our old Pan Sonic records and have a crywank with the X-Bass boost function turned on till kingdom come. Amazing music.



KEVIN DRUMM
Self Titled (Expanded 2010 Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
Thin Wrist
2LP // £22.99

*Super-luxurious gatefold edition of Kevin Drumm’s first album, printed on heavyweight card stock and including an entire fourth side of previously unreleased recordings from Drumm’s personal archive, mastered by Rashad at D&M in Berlin. Also includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Still daunted and dazed from his 5CD boxset, we’re presented with incredible Thin Wrist’s expanded and definitive double LP edition of Kevin Drumm’s groundbreaking debut, including a whole side of previously unreleased material. ‘Kevin Drumm’ originally crept out of Chicago in 1997, featuring some of the most organically abstract and chilling use of prepared guitar ever laid to tape. It practically prefigured the next 10 years of improv/experimentation with an intimate investigation of his instrument’s potential, using amp feedback and various methods of preparation including toenail clippers, magnets and violin bow to elicit a spectrum of sound ranging from jarring, fractured noise to harrowing microtonal drones. In Chicago’s influential avant-garde scene of the late 90s, Drumm was rightly hailed as a maestro, where, as C Spencer Yeh puts it, “They say that every kid who heard this record immediately went out and grabbed a busted guitar with a scratchy selector switch, ready to subject their friends to fuzzy pauses of amp hum. I know of at least four”, such is the weight of this record. Since then Kevin has delivered two of the most crucial despatches from the American underground in the furnace blast of ‘Sheer Hellish Miasma’ and the irrevocably disturbing, yet life affirming, ‘Imperial Distortion’, but this album could be considered as more challenging, explorative and intuitive than either of those, hence this essential reissue. So, in addition to the original album, the extra side of material continues his extraordinary compositional endurance to wrest violently bowed drones, ungodly howls and unpredictable thrusts and parries arriving with a velocity of real-time decision making that can make this improvised music such an exhilarating, visceral experience. The importance of this album is reflected in Peter Kolovos’ attention to detail in the heavily textured gatefold jacket (quite honestly one of the nicest looking vinyl packages we’ve seen this year) and accompanying full colour inserts, while mastering was ably handled by Rashad at Berlin’s D&M. Fans of Derek Bailey, Jim O’Rourke, Phill Niblock, Fennesz or Thomas Köner should invest their time in this without delay. Essential Purchase.



JEFF MILLS
The Occurrence (Hybrid Cd/Vinyl Format)
TECHNO / HOUSE
Third Ear Japan / Axis
CD / 5″ Vinyl // £29.99

*Strictly limited Japanese Import of this new Mills album, pressed up on a special Hybrid CD (the first we’ve ever seen) which has a 5″ vinyl pressing on the flipside of the disc that’ll play on your turntable!* Before you say anything about this album you just can’t get over the totally mental format – basically a CD on one side and a 5″ vinyl pressing on the other (containing the track “Markings”), satisfying vinyl collectors and digital hounds in one fell swoop and making what will no doubt be a collectable edition in years to come. The album itself features new tracks as well as some lifted off ‘Sleeper Wakes’ alongside numerous edits and beatless interludes making for a classic, mixed Mills session. The price is on the typically hefty side for these Japanese editions, but if you want one of these babies act fast as stock is in short supply. Highly Recommended!



ISAN
Glow In The Dark Safari Set
ELECTRONIC
Morr Music
CD // £10.99

After a bit of a pause Isan return with this predictably lovely full-length transmission, their first in 4 years. Once again encapsulating the same elements they have spent more than a decade perfecting (1970’s synth lullabies, percolated Casio rhythms and an unshakeably nostalgic aesthetic), spending 50 minutes in their company here will gently nudge you into a world of pastoral wonder and analogue electronic bliss. On “Device” their weltanschauung is perfectly distilled, painting delicate sound tapestries with quietly spiralling synth cascades and barely audible sound treatments flickering away in the background, while “Merman Sound” does little to disguise the beautifully handmade construction at work, introducing vintage percussive machinery to beguiling effect. There’s something disarmingly childlike and primitive about the whole run of tracks here, by the time you get to the incredible closing track “Eastside V34” you barely even notice that some dislocated vocal samples have penetrated the pure and perfectly formed world Isan inhabit. If you’ve enjoyed the Hauntological fantasies of the Ghost Box label, in particular the Advisory Circle, or the strangely emotive synth works of Onehotrix Point Never, “Glow In The Dark Safari Set” will quickly find a treasured spot in you record collection, it is without question one of the loveliest and most charming releases of the year. Very highly Recommended.



BEN FROST
By The Throat (Limited Vinyl Edition)
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
BEDROOM COMMUNITY
LP // £10.49

*AT LONG LAST – THE VINYL EDITION IS FINALLY AVAILABLE* Ben Frost’s 2007 album Theory Of Machines caused quite a stir within the electronic music community, shattering genre conventions with its deft conflation of intensely dark metal, academic electroacoustics and blissful, drone-weaving modern classical touches. By The Throat takes these same principles and develops them into something altogether grander. This is an album of contradictions: during the opening piece ‘Killshot’, you’ll be exposed to music that’s both viscerally hard on the ears and achingly beautiful, combining gracefully cinematic dulcimer melodies and mesmeric swells of noise that swirl amid a sea of nerve-shredding electronics. The track segues into a dirge of howling wolves with ‘The Carpathians’, a piece of doom-laden menace that competes with the grimmest moments of SunnO))) or KTL in terms of intensity. We’re only a couple of tracks in so far, but already this is shaping up to be pretty special. Despite opening with a tuneful flurry of string plucks, ‘Hibakusja’ soon reveals a darker side, collapsing into a horrifying mess of respiratory unpleasantness, as if soundtracking a drowning man trying to keep afloat – the field recordings of someone desperately drawing breath take on a creepily emotive timbre once immersed in serrated noise signals and melancholy string arpeggios. This is no easy ride, yet despite the disturbing undercurrents and horror soundtrack tactics this album never ceases to sound beautiful. Co-produced by Frost and the dependably excellent Valgeir Sigursson, By The Throat also owes some of its sonic prowess to contributions from Amiina, The Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara and fellow Bedroom Community star Nico Muhly. This formidable and far-reaching body of work might be one of 2009’s most singularly impressive listening experiences, and very likely the only record you’ll hear this year whose repertoire consists of both luscious classical chamber compositions and the hunting calls of killer whales… A very high recommendation.



DOM THOMAS
The Exploding Disco Inevitable
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
BRUTAL MUSIC
CD // £9.99

Building on the unsteady experience of his ‘Miscellaneous Mutant Mishaps’ mix session,  Finders Keepers and B-Music captain Dom Thomas moves into the realm of Denizen Funk, Proto House and Psyche Rock with ‘The Exploding Disco Inevitable’. Adapting its name from a series of cross-media pollinations instigated by Andy Warhol, Dom constructs bridges connecting racy Bollywood disco with ancient psyche and disorientated Anatolian surfbeat, spanning the gulfs of time and place with arcing loops of appropriate funk. We couldn’t name a single track here and unless you’re Dom, i’d wager that you couldn’t either. The mood flits from open-palmed euphoria to ominous psyche via tranced-out bliss seemingly at will, cannily disguising the fact that this is an intense labour of love containing probably twice as many tracks as you actually think you’re hearing. He knows when to just keep the loops running, and equally when to blur the whole thing into catacylsmic moments of ecstasy smudging sounds into the mix like some kind of Lee Perry figure behind his keyboard. Chances are, unless you follow this label or the activities of the Gaslamp Killer, you’ve never heard a mix as deliriously danceworthy before and should be checking it without delay. Highly Recommended!



ANDY VOTEL / VARIOUS
Vintage Voltage
ELECTRONIC
FAT CITY
CD // £11.99

B-Music’s notorious DJ/Digger extraordinaire drops his sixth mix album of “stimulating electro magnetic poly-pop, robotic rock and post war mechanical music. 72 highly charged currents of inhumane b-music and international second class sound mixed by saxonic wax magnet Andy Votel.” The theme this time is ‘Plugged-In-Prog & Concrete Pop’ all analogue killer, and absolutely no recognizable filler. Well, ok, we maybe heard one of the tracks in a Finders Keepers Tafo Bros comp, but aside from that it’s almost a given that every track has been unearthed from a source unbeknownst to 99.9% of mankind. Votel takes us from glam-rocking stompers to squelchy boot striders, stopping at incredible Ghost Box/BoC style headtrips, twiddly synth melodramas, high-camp space prog and the kind of Eastern European oddities found on that excellent ‘Tangerine Traume’ compilation Permanent Vacation dug out recently. You simply need to put your faith in this guy – it comes back tenfold. As Stones Throw’s Egon said “Votel’s mixes make me weep”. Killer.

Singles of the Week



ANDY STOTT
Tell Me Anything / Love Nothing
TECHNO / HOUSE
Modern Love
12″ // £5.99

Andy Stott’s first material of 2010 finds the producer in a hot and sultry mood, delivering two House variants produced with that typically deep and luxurious style. “Tell Me Anything” centres around shuffling snares, a rugged bassline and sparkling keys anchoring the track somewhere between wide open and summery expanses and the compressed warehouse environments of darkest North Manchester. “Love Nothing” on the flipside is the slower of the two tracks, but somehow one of the most important of Stott’s career, unraveling to expose an unfathomably deep arrangement of decomposed vocals and mangled percussion. It sounds like Newworldaquarium, Mount Kimbie and DJ Qu shooting the breeze, evoking the humid spirit and glamour of a hot summer in the city. Lush.



REGIS / FUNCTION / SILENT SERVANT
Sampler Single One
TECHNO / HOUSE
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £5.99

*Part 1 of 2 – limited edition clear vinyl 1st pressing, Hand stamped with custom insert* Preparing for techno-world domination with their debut group LP due this autumn, Regis, Function and Silent Servant present the first of two sampler 12″s. Function and Regis calibrate their visions on the intro with Deathprod or Köner-like post-industrial scapes before Function takes control on a retro-futuristic tribute to the halcyon daze of R&S or Red Planet with timeless synth sweeps and typically optimized machine rhythms. Ringleader Regis is the undoubted highlight of the 12″, remixing the Vainio-esque synth washes of a Silent Servant track with dub-swung undercarriage of offset kicks hinting at dubstep, but is actually techno to its core. A final uncredited statement completes the 12″ with a metallic slice of ominous ambience that just owns it. A must have!



ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR
Happy To Be Here
TECHNO / HOUSE
Rush Hour
12″ // £6.99

Another prime drop from Shake Shakir thanks to the on-form Rush Hour crew who have done the world a favour once again and pressed up the first platter from the 4×12″ retrospective as a standalone release. So that’s the disco-chopped heavy-house of ‘Happy To Be Here’, the psychedelic 313 groove of ‘Breathe Deeper’, the unclassifiably ace ‘March Into Darkness’ and the advanced jit-cut ‘Electron Rider’. This record is a very savvy investment if you didn’t pick up the pricey multipack, dance music rarely gets better than this.



MILYOO
Dasein
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
OPIT
12″ // £5.99

Subeena’s Opit records drops one of the most exciting debuts we’ve heard in 2010, courtesy of Milyoo aka Tommy Wilson. ‘Dasein’ gives the first tangy taste of something exotic, robotic and just mildly neurotic, a boogie grooved, double timed collision of Actress-style compressed swing and fluttering IDM elements Gold Panda would be proud of. Following this, ‘Multitude’ quickly diverts down a side-street of slow/fast rhythm programming and Detroit stalker synths that tail us from the shadows into DBridge’s Autonomic Quadrant. Finally ‘Fayoh’ switches the scene again, enticing us with plaintive Harold Budd-goes-House keys before dropping a payload of clipped brukstep beats and chilling Sci-fi synth strikes. If you like Actress, Instra:mental or Loops Haunt, you really, really should check this.



A MADE UP SOUND
Alarm / Crisis
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
A Made Up Sound
12″ // £7.99

Funky, post-Detroit rhythm trips from man like Dave Huismans aka 2562. He’s reserved these cuts for his own AMUS imprint and with good reason. The clipped dip ‘n swing effect of ‘Alarm’ is given a curiously off-key melody making for one of his oddest but most intriguing DJ tools for those times when you need to take it loose and fonky. ‘Crisis’ on the flip finds a tighter groove, driven by uniquely timed acid bass refluxes and spun out with cottony synthlines to keep your head balanced. Dutty house for the rudest players. Solid.



SRC
Gold Coinz
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

SRC is one of the brightest young producers in the pool of modern grime. Fact Magazine hailed him as one of their top 10 for 2010 and his beats are a regular feature in the sets of Elijah & Skilliam, Jackmaster and Spyro. His Numbers debut ‘Gold Coinz’ fits neatly with their technoid funk aesthetic from the Newcleus-meets Terror Danjah style synth jam of the title track to the Dexplicit-meets-Jonzun Crew fun of ‘Brakedance’. ‘Fantasy Mix’ hews up up sticky hypercoloured bleeps with all the E-numbers to fire up dances from Glasgow to Guatemala and ‘Lemsip’ runs out Mario-skanking bonus points for the Zomby heads. Joker, Gemmy or Swindle heads need this.

This week’s releases in full!
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APPAREL
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NEU!
Limited Edition T-Shirt (Size Large)
Gronland
T-Shirt // £18.99

The first ever official Neu! tees, the classic Neu! logo printed in fluorescent Orange on a white T-shirt. This is a size LARGE.
BEATS / DOWNTEMPO / BOOGIE
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MADLIB
Medicine Show No.5: The History of the Loop Digga
MMS
CD // £12.99

Episode 5 of Madlib’s Medicine Show series is a essentially a “best of” his superrare beat tapes made during his formative years 1990-2000. ‘Lib made a stack of tapes in the period between producing the Alkaholiks debut and really getting it together on the seminal Quasimoto album, showcasing whatever archetypal sample jams he was working on at the time. These tapes would be circulated among friends and prospective MCs, with…
CLICKS / GLITCH
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PAN SONIC
Gravitoni
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £10.99

Calling time on one of the most important electronic acts in existence, Pan Sonic bow out with their immense final album, ‘Gravitoni’. It’s a typical feat of overwhelming sonic physicality from a duo who’ve owned the rights to the ‘Power Electronics’ tag ever since 1994 and the release of the ‘Panasonic EP’. Working together, Ilpo Väisänen and Mika Vainio opened the blackest vortex to a world of unadulterated electronics wrested…
DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL
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KEVIN DRUMM
Self Titled (Expanded 2010 Edition)
Thin Wrist
2LP // £22.99

*Super-luxurious gatefold edition of Kevin Drumm’s first album, printed on heavyweight card stock and including an entire fourth side of previously unreleased recordings from Drumm’s personal archive, mastered by Rashad at D&M in Berlin. Also includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Still daunted and dazed from his 5CD boxset, we’re presented with incredible Thin Wrist’s expanded and definitive double LP edition of Kevin Drumm’s groundbreaking debut, including…
BEN FROST
By The Throat (Limited Vinyl Edition)
BEDROOM COMMUNITY
LP // £10.49

*AT LONG LAST – THE VINYL EDITION IS FINALLY AVAILABLE* Ben Frost’s 2007 album Theory Of Machines caused quite a stir within the electronic music community, shattering genre conventions with its deft conflation of intensely dark metal, academic electroacoustics and blissful, drone-weaving modern classical touches. By The Throat takes these same principles and develops them into something altogether grander. This is an album of contradictions: during the opening piece ‘Killshot’,…
LAND OF KUSH’S EGYPTIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Monogamy
Constellation
CD // £11.49

Sam Shalabi returns to his Land Of Kush project with this new concept album tackling notions of shame and sexuality. Monogamy follows on from Shalabi’s excellent Thomas Pynchon-inspired Against The Day LP expanding the title of his ensemble with the Egyptian Light Orchestra suffix especially for this release. There are some twenty-four musicians and sound artists gathered for Monogamy, and you can certainly hear the scale of the endeavour; tapping…
LAND OF KUSH’S EGYPTIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Monogamy
Constellation
2LP + CD // £19.99

Sam Shalabi returns to his Land Of Kush project with this new concept album tackling notions of shame and sexuality. Monogamy follows on from Shalabi’s excellent Thomas Pynchon-inspired Against The Day LP expanding the title of his ensemble with the Egyptian Light Orchestra suffix especially for this release. There are some twenty-four musicians and sound artists gathered for Monogamy, and you can certainly hear the scale of the endeavour; tapping…
HORSEBACK
The Invisible Mountain
AURORA BOREALIS
LP // £15.99

**Clear Vinyl** Crushing stoner/doom metal from Jenks Miller’s Horseback solo project. ‘The Invisible Mountain’ originally emerged in 2009 on Utech records but has been given a splendid vinyl reissue by Aurora Borealis on clear wax with insert illustration by Dennis Kostromitin. The first side is offered up to three loping heavy stoner jams taking influence from the touchstones of Earth and Sleep. ‘Invokation’ hangs heavy lidded with plunging downtuned riffage…
CONON
Horseback Battle Hammer
AURORA BOREALIS
CD // £11.99

Just in case you didn’t immediately get the message from this band calling themselves Conan, they’ve gone and titled their first track ‘Krull’. If you were thinking these guys took their name from their favourite American talk show host, chances are you’re quite wrong. Billed as a “caveman battle doom” trio from the “grim” North of England, this bunch have pooled together four immense tracks of harrowing, pulverised metal recorded…
DISCO / EDITS / FUNK
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SALMA & SABINA
Salma & Sabina Agha Sing the Hits of Abba in Hindi
UNKNOWN LABEL
LP // £11.99

Like it says on the tin… “This album contains the Hindi versions of the melodies of the World’s Number One Pop group – ABBA. Their melodies are magic and their reproduction in any other language is a challenge which only the most talented and versatile musicians and singers can accept. With their stunning personalities, looks and voices, the Agha sisters are sure to become a phenomenon on the musical scene.”…
ICHISAN & NAKOVA
Pionir Remixes
NANG
12″ // £5.99

From the Balkan disco nu-skool of Slovenia, Nang present remixes of Ichisan & Nakova’s ‘Pionir’ from Lusty Zanzibar and Discodromo. Their original track is inspired by the Yugoslavian equivalent of Scouts, the red-neckerchiefed ‘Pionir’s of the title. Lusty Zanzibar gives a mid-tempo groover sent skywards with naughtily heroic synth arpeggiations and a shimmering guitar in the closing strokes. Discodromo goes for a sparser but no less effective space groove with…
DUB / REGGAE
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LEE SCRATCH PERRY
Mad Alien Dub
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC
CD // £10.99

Lee Perry offers a brand new album of dub experiments for 2010. It follows his higher-profiled ‘Dub Setter’ album with Adrian Sherwood last year with a set of typically unhinged and satisfyingly off-the-wall riddims. Capturing unusual vinyl surface noise and a hazy just-out-of-reach touch that could really only come from this fella, It feels like Perry’s really been left to his own devices here, giving perhaps the truest representation of…
DUBSTEP / GRIME / FUNKY
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MILYOO
Dasein
OPIT
12″ // £5.99

Subeena’s Opit records drops one of the most exciting debuts we’ve heard in 2010, courtesy of Milyoo aka Tommy Wilson. ‘Dasein’ gives the first tangy taste of something exotic, robotic and just mildly neurotic, a boogie grooved, double timed collision of Actress-style compressed swing and fluttering IDM elements Gold Panda would be proud of. Following this, ‘Multitude’ quickly diverts down a side-street of slow/fast rhythm programming and Detroit stalker synths…
A MADE UP SOUND
Alarm / Crisis
A Made Up Sound
12″ // £7.99

Funky, post-Detroit rhythm trips from man like Dave Huismans aka 2562. He’s reserved these cuts for his own AMUS imprint and with good reason. The clipped dip ‘n swing effect of ‘Alarm’ is given a curiously off-key melody making for one of his oddest but most intriguing DJ tools for those times when you need to take it loose and fonky. ‘Crisis’ on the flip finds a tighter groove, driven…
SRC
Gold Coinz
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

SRC is one of the brightest young producers in the pool of modern grime. Fact Magazine hailed him as one of their top 10 for 2010 and his beats are a regular feature in the sets of Elijah & Skilliam, Jackmaster and Spyro. His Numbers debut ‘Gold Coinz’ fits neatly with their technoid funk aesthetic from the Newcleus-meets Terror Danjah style synth jam of the title track to the Dexplicit-meets-Jonzun…
UNKNOWN
Blackout / SOS / Boogie Kitchen
BLACKOUT
12″ // £7.99

We nearly got our wires crossed and thought Bolton’s finest had been necking WKD’s at plastic people, but alas, this is just a really good broken flexer from operators unknown. This unlabelled a-side hits a hybrid of brukken beats in A Made Up Sound style, warped with synths reminding of Kode 9’s ‘Black Sun’, while ‘S.O.S’ warms up late night limbs with convective chords and a stepping flex recalling Seji…
ELEVEN TIGERS
Clouds Are Mountains
SOUL MOTIVE
CD // £10.99

Soul Motive’s very first CD album release comes from London’s Eleven Tigers. He’s only got a thumbfull of releases to his name but that doesn’t restrict him from displaying a confidently crafty sound over fourteen full-blooded tracks incorporating shoegazy post-rock moments and expansive dubtech with an IDM-informed clarity. ‘Clouds Are Mountains’ is sequenced much like a mixtape, blurring track boundaries in a way that probaby connects best with a post-dubstep…
VENOM & DAMAGE / DOC DANEEKA
Deeper (Doc Daneeka Mix)
TEN THOUSAND YEN
10″ // £7.99

Rolling off the back of much love from Modeselektor, Jackmaster, TRG and many more, Venom & Damage drop the massive ‘Deeper’ backed with a truly rude Doc Daneeka mix. The original mix simmers escalating chords and plump subs inna deeper Funky style, while Doc Daneeka cracks open a big can o’ drums for the tribalist dancers special on the flip. Comes pressed on green vinyl, housed in screen-printed sleeves and…
EMIKA
Double Edge (Pinch Mix)
Ninja Tune
12″ // £5.99

All the hype around Ninja Tune’s new darling, Emika, is clearly justified with this dark treat featuring a crushing remix from Pinch. ‘Double Edge’ is probably the most forward thinking pop track we’ve heard all year, that is if you like your pop dark like a Berlin backstreet at 4am in the middle of December. Quite remarkably, the track is also credited with additional production from Rashad Becker, aka one…
SCUBA / RAMADANMAN
Eclipse / Tense (Ramadanman Mix)
ABUCS
12″ // £5.99

Latest drop from the Hotflush sublabel moving into Autonomic terrain with two forward D’n’B joints from Scuba and Ramadanman. ‘Eclipse’ is the latest in a string of alternate tempo explorations from Scuba, albeit with a heavily swung halfstep stride constantly threatening to lunge into action. On the flip Ramadanman follows in DBridge’s footsteps to remix ‘Tense’, clearly relishing the opportnity with Metal Gear Solid-style clip-loading edits and a submerged D’n’B…
JACKAL YOUTH
Let Me Be
REDUCTION
12″ // £6.49

VERY impressive debut release from Jackal Youth. Lead track ‘Let Me Be’ sounds like Hot City just got spiked with a handful of valium which strangely made him sound like Untold. Check out the samples and feel free to disagree?! On the other side ‘Bruk’ carves up a jauntier riddim with parping post-carnival horns and more of that dazzlingly punchy production finish while ‘Broken’ ends on a melted party vibe,…
ORSON
Madness / 808 Dub
Version
12″ // £6.49

Nope, it’s not the doyle in the hat, it’s Berlin’s dubstep souljah dropping a debut pair of productions for his own Version imprint. Orson has been Berlin’s dubstep ambassador pretty much since day dot, heavily influencing the city’s tastes with the Version club nights. ‘Madness’ sums up the Version vibe with a bass-meditating roller very much in the classic Loefah or Pinch style, all plummeting subs and congas shaped for…
GRIEVOUS ANGEL
Move Down Low
Soul Jazz
12″ // £4.49

Grievous Angel drops his biggest release to date with the ruff-house anthem ‘Move Down Low’ in Funky and VIP mixes for Soul Jazz. The choice tune is the VIP mix on the flip, picking up where his Bubblez production ‘Ice Rink (Drum Ritual)’ left off and running with bigger, bolder Afro-Latin drums in an Altered Natives style. That said, the ‘Funky Remix’ ain’t shabby, connecting the dots between Kwaito, Socafied…
BAOBINGA / GINZ / COSMIN TRG
The Good Stank / I Get Ruff
Build
12″ // £5.99

Baobinga is the common factor in these two Brizzle-rooted romps also featuring Ginz and Cosmin TRG. ‘The Good Stank’ pairs him up with Ginz on a reinforced purple halfstepper sagging under the weight of ten-tonne drums and bass. ‘I Get Ruff’ pairs up with Cosmin TRG to work out a harder Funky variant with drums bordering on Breaks and chopped divavox to bring it back from the edge and onto…
ASUSU / FURESSHU
Togetherness / Horizons (Asusu Mix)
IMMERSE
12″ // £6.49

Following a smart drop for Project Squared, Bath-based Asusu appears on Immerse with two deep rollers. ‘Togetherness’ keeps matters to the bare essentials with clipped post-breakstep percussion, warm subs and late-night chord structures while on the flip he remixes Furreshu’s ‘Horizons’ as a concatenated space rave track sounding like Marco Bernardi’s ‘Junkie Bastard’ redone for the future garage crew.
BADNESS
Lava Continues 2
UNKNOWN LABEL
CD // £5.99

If the naughtiness of your artwork equates to the quality of your Grime, Badness’ ‘Lava Continues 2’ is one of the best Grime CDs you’ll hear this year. The last 12 months have seen a slew of sick releases from the Brummie badman, featuring on Starkey’s ‘OK Luv’ 12″ for Planet Mu, a cataclysmic ‘Bullet A’ Go Fly’ for DVA and more recently the NHNH smasher ‘Nightmare’. On this here…
CNN
Be My…
UNKNOWN LABEL
10″ // £6.99

Classy dubstep refit of a Nina Simone vocal from the undercover CNN label/producer. As with practically any Nina vocal, people are gonna pay attention no matter what the music is like, but thankfully she’s got a cool-out halfstepping riddim to back her up. Already spun out by Geiom and SBTRKT among others. Check!
DIZZEE RASCAL
Tongue N’ Cheek (Dirtee Deluxe Edition)
DIRTEE STANK
2CD // £8.99

*SPECIAL 2CD EDITION WITH 10 EXTRA TRACKS* The astronomic rise of Dizzee Rascal in the last 18 months can largely be put down to a combination of two factors; a resolute streetwise character, and his very fruitful relationship with Calvin Harris. His fourth album ‘Tongue ‘n Cheek’ cements this success with his poppiest effort to date, continuing an upward thrust into the international public consciousness with the aforementioned pop tracks…
DJ HATCHA
Dirtee Tek / Dark Claps
Black Acre
12″ // £5.99

Original Dubstep don Hatcha would appear to be getting harder with every release as he fires off two rounds for Special Branch. ‘Dirtee Tek’ launches a barrage of pneumatic bass jacking rhythms and evil stabs to sound like an angrier version of Untold, while ‘Dark Chops’ rearranges the pistoning bass into a hard 4/4 rhythm kinked with darker garage signatures. Aggy.
DJ MADD / IKONIKA
Flex’d (Ikonika Mix) / Detroit Skank
BOKA
12″ // £5.99

DJ Madd mixes his turbo-charged dub with flitting techno chords and atmospheres on ‘Detroit Skank’ while Ikonika submerges DJ Madd in deep blue digital seas with her remix of ‘Flexd’. We’d draw straight for the ace Ikonika mix where she balances a galloping dubstep rhythm with fluid arrangements and a layered melancholy. Recommended.
DJ MADD / MATT-U & HEADHUNTER
The Running Man EP
BLACK BOX
2×12″ // £11.99

Madd, Matt-U and Headhunter get involved in a three way 2×12″ face-off for Black Box. On his own, DJ Madd gives the reinforced 140bpm hardstep of ‘Dub Marine’, followed by the noirish sci-fi stepper ‘Running Man’ in collaboration with Matt U. On the second plate Matt U whips out ‘Void’ with a heavy hit of techy twists and warped metal synthlines. Headhunter and Matt U go toe-to-toe on ‘The Chosen…
MRK1 / VARIOUS
Sound Of Contagious
Contagious
CD // £5.99

MRK1’s label serves a current roundup of singles and exclusive cuts on ‘Sound Of Contagious’ featuring Chimpo, Virus Syndicate, Jack Sparrow, Marlow, MRK1 and a Skream remix. MRK1 gives his nod to Funky inna Rossi B & Luca style on ‘Killzone’, besides a haul of his dubstepped productions like ‘Feel Loved’, ‘Talk To Frank’ and ‘The Electrician’. Virus Syndicate roll deep on ‘Golden Kid’, ‘Caged In’ and the stylishly dark…
PLANAS
Look Into My Eyes / Roots Music
IMMERSE
12″ // £6.49

For Bristol’s Immerse imprint, Planas provides his most impressively mature release to date. ‘Look Into My Eyes’ uses tucked Indian percussion and silky late-night garage diva vox to create a luscious atmosphere while ‘Roots Music’ comes over all Synkro styled with a shimmering production sheen and well clipped breakstep percussion to incite the flex.
PROPATINGZ
Poor Man Style / Wickedist Sound
OFF ROAD
12″ // £5.99

Ruff dubstep rave from the freakish Propatingz. ‘Poor Man Style’ false starts with genuine dub samples before subsiding into tearout madness and ‘Wickedist Sound’ masticates acid-house, electro and ragga rave for a nasty dubstep wounder.
RANDOMER & FIFE
This Slum City
FAT! RECORDS
12″ // £5.99

Two sides of bashy Dubstep-meets-Funky mutations from Randomer & Fife. ‘Too Many Times’ should be peeped by anyone after something to stick between their Joy Orbison, Hackman and Ramadanman records, while ‘Slum City’ on the flip gets busy with Night Slugs-ish ruff house with nods to Cosmin TRG’s beefy sound.
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ISAN
Glow In The Dark Safari Set
Morr Music
CD // £10.99

After a bit of a pause Isan return with this predictably lovely full-length transmission, their first in 4 years. Once again encapsulating the same elements they have spent more than a decade perfecting (1970’s synth lullabies, percolated Casio rhythms and an unshakeably nostalgic aesthetic), spending 50 minutes in their company here will gently nudge you into a world of pastoral wonder and analogue electronic bliss. On “Device” their weltanschauung is…
ISAN
Glow In The Dark Safari Set
Morr Music
LP + 7″ // £14.99

After a bit of a pause Isan return with this predictably lovely full-length transmission, their first in 4 years. Once again encapsulating the same elements they have spent more than a decade perfecting (1970’s synth lullabies, percolated Casio rhythms and an unshakeably nostalgic aesthetic), spending 50 minutes in their company here will gently nudge you into a world of pastoral wonder and analogue electronic bliss. On “Device” their weltanschauung is…
ISAN
Glow In The Dark Safari Set (Glow In The Dark Box Set)
Morr Music
Box Set (LP+7″+T-Shirt) // £44.99

*Strictly Limited Edition Glow In The Dark Boxed Set, includes the LP, 7″ and an Isan T-Shirt (in size Medium – only 150 of these have been made)!* After a bit of a pause Isan return with this predictably lovely full-length transmission, their first in 4 years. Once again encapsulating the same elements they have spent more than a decade perfecting (1970’s synth lullabies, percolated Casio rhythms and an unshakeably…
ANDY VOTEL / VARIOUS
Vintage Voltage
FAT CITY
CD // £11.99

B-Music’s notorious DJ/Digger extraordinaire drops his sixth mix album of “stimulating electro magnetic poly-pop, robotic rock and post war mechanical music. 72 highly charged currents of inhumane b-music and international second class sound mixed by saxonic wax magnet Andy Votel.” The theme this time is ‘Plugged-In-Prog & Concrete Pop’ all analogue killer, and absolutely no recognizable filler. Well, ok, we maybe heard one of the tracks in a Finders Keepers…
KEN IKEDA
Kosame
SPEKK
CD // £13.99

For his latest album Ken Ikeda sets aside what he terms as “techno-ish sine waves” instead favouring the more organically wrought timbres associated with close and attentive listening to everyday domestic sounds. What makes Ikeda’s music so unique is the manner of his relationship with these sorts of sounds: he uses a handmade instrument made from wood and rubber to engage with the naturally occurring sounds all around him, and…
RENE HELL
Porcelain Opera
Type
CD // £7.99

The newest addition to the Type roster is one Rene Hell, a cult underground noisenik better known as Jeff Witscher. His numerous releases and pseudonyms for labels including Arbor, Not Not Fun and Chronditic Sound (among a tonne of others) have given space for his untamed imagination to roam various disparate styles and ideas. For Rene Hell Witscher sort of places himself alongside Emeralds or Oneohtrix Point Never with alter-dimensional…
THE SIMONSOUND
Reverse Engineering
First Word
CD // £12.99

The Simonsound is a sonic collaboration between Simon James and Matt Ford aka DJ Format. ‘Reverse Engineering’ is their tribute to 50s and 60s “space music” (the sort of Moog and theremin saturated music espoused by Raymond Scott, The Radiophonic Workshop et al) mixed with a mature B-Boy’s sense of intrepid exploration beyond the annals of funk and soul. We can find analogs for this style in the madcap mixes…
ELITE BARBARIAN
It’s Only When You Get To The End That It All Makes Sense
Front and Follow
CD // £12.99

Bold electronica from Elite Barbarian for fans of Ben Frost and Pan Sonic. It’s the first release from the design-orientated Front & Follow label, coming housed in an impressive arrangement of embossed card, woven badge and elastic band, we’ll leave the specifics for you to discover. ‘It’s Only When You Get To The End That It All Makes Sense’ is alternately brash and tender. Like our comparisons above suggest, Elite…
TRENTEMOLLER
Into The Great Wide Yonder
HFN Music
CD // £9.99

Danish producer Anders Trentemoller completes a fairly major crossover move with Into The Great Wide Yonder, transitioning from his roots as a dancefloor-focussed producer and in-demand remixer all the way into mainstream pop. Don’t be too alarmed by such a notion though, this move has been on its way for a while, with his first mix CD, Harbour Boat Trips dropping plenty of hints towards a predilection for more indie-ish,…
TRENTEMOLLER
Into The Great Wide Yonder
HFN Music
2LP // £12.99

Danish producer Anders Trentemoller completes a fairly major crossover move with Into The Great Wide Yonder, transitioning from his roots as a dancefloor-focussed producer and in-demand remixer all the way into mainstream pop. Don’t be too alarmed by such a notion though, this move has been on its way for a while, with his first mix CD, Harbour Boat Trips dropping plenty of hints towards a predilection for more indie-ish,…
TRENTEMOLLER
Into The Great Wide Yonder (Limited Edition)
HFN Music
CD + DVD // £11.99

*SPECIAL EDITION INCLUDES DVD FEATURING ‘SYCAMORE FEELING’ VIDEO PLUS A LIVE VIDEO FROM THE ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, PACKAGED IN DVD-SIZED FOLD-OUT DIGIPAK* Danish producer Anders Trentemoller completes a fairly major crossover move with Into The Great Wide Yonder, transitioning from his roots as a dancefloor-focussed producer and in-demand remixer all the way into mainstream pop. Don’t be too alarmed by such a notion though, this move has been on its way…
EXTREME / NOISE
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THE HAT CITY INTUITIVE
A Ticket For Decay!
Ecstatic Peace
LP // £14.99

Apparently, the Hat City Intuitive are regulars on the Danbury, Connecticut free improv circuit, although the ramifications of such a statement are probably largely unknown to anyone who doesn’t live in Danbury, Connecticut. Here’s a (Wikipedia derived) fact for you: this Danbury place used to produce one quarter of all America’s hat supply (seriously), hence it acquiring the nickname, Hat City. The band, as is featured on this album, includes…
FOLK / AMERICANA
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ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS
Angola Prisoners’ Blues
DOXY
LP // £14.99

“In 1959, a young folklorist and musicologist, Harry Oster, traveled to the State Prison in Angola, Louisiana to collect folksongs. He made a number of field recordings while at the prison, but his biggest discovery was undoubtedly the Louisiana Blues Hall of Famer, Robert Pete Williams, a truly gifted musician and blues writer, who was serving a life sentence. Of the 9 songs on this album, four are by Williams,…
ELISA RANDAZZO
Bruises And Butterflies
Drag City
LP // £12.99

Although eloquent folk singer-songwriting is seldom in short supply, any particularly good contributions to the genre are always guaranteed a warm reception. Elisa Randazzo arrives with a Drag City debut via a role in the ranks of label favourite The Red Krayola, contributing not only to numerous live tours but four albums, for which she supplied violin and vocals. Randazzo seems to have gone into the family business, having followed…
ALEXANDER TUCKER & DECOMPOSED ORCHESTRA
Grey Onion
LATITUDES
LP // £10.99

**Translucent Green Vinyl – Limited Edition of 1000 copies** For this new Latitudes release All Tomorrow’s Parties mainstay Alexander Tucker joins forces with Dean Garwood, resulting in three terrific stretched out jams. Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fusion of prog influences with jazz and psychedelia, but stretches of this bring to mind the Canterbury scene of the ’60s and ’70s from which Robert Wyatt and Soft Machine…
TUNNG
Sushimi / Hustle (Surehand Mix)
Full Time Hobby
7″ // £3.99

A fine ambassador for the band’s much-evolved sound, ‘Sashimi’ captures Tunng at their most absorbing and angular, breaking free of their folksy heritage with an almost Dirty Projectors-like approach to rhythmically peculiar, rather experimental song construction. The band fuse interlocking, math-pop guitars with fanciful vocal interludes and bleeping synths in an abundantly tuneful fashion, sounding like a reinvented and rejuvenated prospect by comparison with their pre-And Then We Saw The…
JAMES BLACKSHAW
Sunshrine
TOMPKINS SQUARE
CD // £12.99

A reissue of James Blackshaw’s Sunshrine, backed with the shorter piece ‘Skylark Herald’s Dawn’, this is one of several planned re-releases of Blackshaw’s out of print material to be overseen by the Tompkins Square imprint, who published the guitarist’s acclaimed “Cloud Of Unknowing” album last year. Originally, this music appeared on a Digitalis CD release and a highly limited Bo Weavil vinyl edition, backed with the beautiful ‘Celeste’, which presumably…
LONE WOLF
Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Bella Union
7″ // £4.99

The first single lifted from Paul Marshall’s new album The Devil And I finds the Leeds-based songwriter arranging his work around an electrified, full-band setup, recalling some of Mark Kozelek’s more full-bodied, brooding output. On the B-side you get album opener ‘This Is War’, a stirring, brass laden affair that’s arguably more of a standout than the single itself. In any case, this fine 7″ is a great ambassador for…
THE CLIMBERS
The Good Ship
WILLKOMMEN
CD // £8.99

Billed by the label as “the Department Of Eagles to The Leisure Society’s Grizzly Bear”. The Climbers are a two-dozen-strong band comprising various musicians from the Willkommen Collective. The project is centred on the songwriting of Tim West, who after penning a song passes it on to the swelling ranks of Willkommen players for interpretation. The result is an album that can only be loosely bracketed within the folk-rock genre;…
HIP HOP
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OPEN MIKE EAGLE
Unapologetic Art Rap
Mush
CD // £11.99

‘Unapologetic Art Rap’ is a bold debut entry to the leftfield rap scene from LA’s Open Mike Eagle. As part of the Swim Team collective and Thirsty Fish, Open Mike has contributed to a handful of underground hiphop records but this is his dash for solo success, albeit a highly considered and confident dash. With a droll and sardonic style he at once celebrates and lampoons the scene that bore…
HOME LISTENING / MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT
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RAMESES III
For Jose Maria
Under The Spire
CD // £6.99

Following up their previous album on Type, last year’s I Could Not Love You More, London trio Rameses III deliver a exceedingly lovely seventeen-and-a-half minute composition for Under The Spire – a label that’s really starting to become a major force these days. This disc is a tribute to pianist (and athlete, to boot) Jose Maria Bellido, who was struck down by crippling diabetes, and the music takes on a…
TERRY RILEY
Lisbon Concert
VINYL LOVERS
2LP // £23.99

The highly influential composer and improviser recorded live in Lisbon at the Festival Dos Capuchos, 16th July 1995. “This gorgeous set of piano improvisations reflects minimalist composer Terry Riley’s lifelong study of Indian music. It is an outstanding recording which captures Terry Riley at an inspired peak. Performances of such spontaneous and beautiful music are scarce and even less-frequently performed by the composer himself at such a late stage in…
WREATHS
Like Sparks From Throats Falling
Under The Spire
CD // £7.99

In terms of the particular strand of pastoral, ambient electroacoustic music doing the rounds on labels like Home Normal, Hibernate and of course, Under The Spire, this album might be viewed as some sort of miniature watershed moment, or a tipping point if you will. That’s not only because it excels in the various departments such an album is required to excel in, but also because it’s possible that this…
INDIE / ROCK / ALTERNATIVE
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RANGDA
False Flag
Drag City
LP // £13.99

Rangda is a mighty new project from the all-star coalition of Richard Bishop (here listed sans knighthood), Ben Chasny (best known as the Six Organs Of Admittance leader) and improv drumming legend, Chris Corsano. Notably, while Chasny and Bishop are most closely associated with virtuosic acoustic guitaring, False Flag finds the two wielding electric instruments, taking every opportunity to shred mercilessly through fuzzball workouts like opener ‘Waldorf Hysteria’ and ‘Serrated…
JOY DIVISION
In The Studio With Martin Hannett (Limited Blue Vinyl Edition)
INTERSTATE
2LP // £21.99

*Limited edition of just 500 hand-numbered copies for the world* There’s probably a reasonably good case to be made that the billing of this album should be Martin Hannett – In The Studio With Joy Division, such is the dominance of the producer’s presence on these recordings. In truth, this is less an album and more like a series of indispensible studio offcuts and engineering experiments by Hannett, using Joy…
KEVIN DUNN
No Great Lost: Songs, 1979-1985
CASA NUEVA
CD // £12.99

Underground post-punk hero Kevin Dunn was a major figure on the Athens and Atlanta, Georgia scenes of the late seventies and early eighties, operating as both a songwriter and a producer. You can really hear the influence of Roxy Music on Dunn’s music and he scales down their art-rock sound to a more stripped-down, solitary format – often in a fashion that brings to mind Of Montreal. This is a…
65DAYSOFSTATIC
Crash Tactics
Hassle Records
7″ // £1.99

Lifting this off their new album, We Were Exploding Anyway, Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic are at their most rampant here, positioning their electronic post-rock stylings in the vicinity of Prodigy-esque, festival dance tent fodder. At one point they unleash a beat that seems to directly owe something to Howlett and co.’s Fat Of The Land missive. Hmm. The flapping acid basslines prove more interesting and the interlocking guitars certainly improve the situation,…
BORN RUFFIANS
Say It
Warp
CD // £9.99

Returning to Warp for a second long-player, Canadian trio Born Ruffians present their sophomore long-player. Their debut album, Red, Yellow & Blue birthed single ‘Hummingbird’, which managed to catapult the band to some sort of fame and notoriety, chiefly because of its high profile use in TV licensing. The band’s no frills knack for upbeat guitar pop gained them comparisons to the likes of Vampire Weekend and Clap Your Hands…
BORN RUFFIANS
Say It
Warp
LP // £12.99

Returning to Warp for a second long-player, Canadian trio Born Ruffians present their sophomore long-player. Their debut album, Red, Yellow & Blue birthed single ‘Hummingbird’, which managed to catapult the band to some sort of fame and notoriety, chiefly because of its high profile use in TV licensing. The band’s no frills knack for upbeat guitar pop gained them comparisons to the likes of Vampire Weekend and Clap Your Hands…
BUILT TO SPILL
There Is No Enemy
ATP
LP // £12.99

There Is No Enemy is the seventh studio album from alt-rock veterans Built To Spill and finds them regaining some of their acclaimed ’90s form. In terms of straight-ahead, intelligent indie rock, these relative old-timers sound incredibly fresh, putting a good many current generation bands to shame on the likes of opening track ‘Aisle 13’ with its effortless college rock classicism and concise hookiness. More connoisseur riffing arrives on simple,…
DOSH
Tommy
Anticon
LP // £13.99

Tommy represents a major step up for Anticon stalwart Martin Dosh. The producer has authored a succession of highly praised instrumental albums, beginning with 2003’s eponymous long-player consisting chiefly of songs based around rhodes piano and drumming. The sounds captured for Tommy just go to prove how far Dosh has come since those early days. The debut remains an enjoyably scratchy old thing, and it’s held up well over the…
DOSH
Tommy
Anticon
CD // £8.99

Tommy represents a major step up for Anticon stalwart Martin Dosh. The producer has authored a succession of highly praised instrumental albums, beginning with 2003’s eponymous long-player consisting chiefly of songs based around rhodes piano and drumming. The sounds captured for Tommy just go to prove how far Dosh has come since those early days. The debut remains an enjoyably scratchy old thing, and it’s held up well over the…
EFFI BRIEST
Rhizomes
BLAST FIRST PETITE
CD // £10.99

Rhizomes is the debut long-player from wave-making all-girl group, Effi Briest, a band well-versed in the language of experimental, guitar-driven krautrock (Can in particular, you might deduce) and the first pulsations of post-punk. The title track is a great ambassador for the band’s sound, pooling angular, dramtic guitar strokes with an intricate, highly ordered rhythm section. Vocalist Kelsey Barrett makes for a compelling frontwoman, shifting between soft, almost ghostly falsetto…
MANATEE
Indecision
Slumberland
7″ // £4.99

**Pale Blue Translucent Vinyl** Some great power-pop action from Manatee, the new band featuring Black Tambourine’s Mike Schulman. Keith Neal’s lead vocal evokes the unlikely presence of Ian Curtis while the rest of the band romp through a full-throttle, upbeat jangle. Comparisons have been made to the likes of The Replacements and The Ramones, although you’d have to say that ‘Indecision’ is far more playful than that – something confirmed…
OPERATOR PLEASE
Gloves
BRILLE
CD // £7.99

The sophomore album from Operator Please finds the Queensland band switching their sound to a slightly updated, synth-enhanced aesthetic, thanks in part to No Doubt collaborator/writer, Jimmy Harry. Everything’s been tightened up for this outing, and the twee tendencies of debut Yes Yes Vindictive are on their way out while punchy, bright, mercilessly loud mixing and heavily manicured drums are very much on their way in. As with single ‘Back…
SEAHAWKS
High Tides / Astral Winds
Static Caravan
7″ // £4.99

**Picture Disc** Brilliantly labelled as “psychedelic deck shoe gaze” by Static Caravan, Seahawks brand of synthy, slightly knowing kosmische material arrives on this great Pete Fowler designed picture disc. Marooned somewhere between deep space the deep ocean, the band’s sound immerses itself in classic ’70s psych staples and mind-alteringly lurid, zinging synthesizers. The tone is judged perfectly, balancing the music between an accurate harnessing of the genre’s spirit and letting…
TEENAGE FANCLUB
Shadows
Pema
CD // £9.99

The first new batch of Teenage Fanclub material to be released since 2005’s Man Made, Shadows finds the veteran Scottish power-pop band to be still very much on top of their game. Ever dependable, the band coax out hook and harmony-laden fare across tracks like ‘Dark Clouds’, the Neil Young-ish ‘Shock And Awe’ and the outstanding ‘Baby Lee’. You get the impression that Teenage Fanclub could go on making exemplary…
THE FRESH & ONLYS / GOLDEN TRIANGLE
Split
Hardly Art
7″ // £3.99

East coast meets West on this new Hardly Art split release, teaming Brooklyn’s Golden Triangle with San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys. Big name indie-rock producer maven Chris Coady oversees the Golden Triangle side, which kicks off in brilliant style with the slightly Throwing Muses-like ‘Cold Bones’ before the ‘Jungle Jim’ serves up more of a scrappy punk-rock romp, involving a breakdown in which the band make (alarmingly believable) animal…
JAZZ / RELATED
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BUSHMAN’S REVENGE
Jitterbug
Rune Grammofon
LP // £14.99

This talented trio return to Rune Grammofon with another intimidatingly proficient line in wailing guitars and vaguely jazz-fusion influenced missives, opening with a great ten-minute Yoda-referencing blues-rock improv, ‘Always In Motion The Future Is’. From here onwards the wailing guitar stylings of Shining member Even Helte Hermansen continue to lead the charge, doling out memorable riff constructions on ‘Kill Your Jitterbug Darlings’, while special guest organist, Supersilent’s Stale Storlokken lays…
BUSHMAN’S REVENGE
Jitterbug
Rune Grammofon
CD // £12.99

This talented trio return to Rune Grammofon with another intimidatingly proficient line in wailing guitars and vaguely jazz-fusion influenced missives, opening with a great ten-minute Yoda-referencing blues-rock improv, ‘Always In Motion The Future Is’. From here onwards the wailing guitar stylings of Shining member Even Helte Hermansen continue to lead the charge, doling out memorable riff constructions on ‘Kill Your Jitterbug Darlings’, while special guest organist, Supersilent’s Stale Storlokken lays…
THE EX GUITARS MEET NILSSEN-LOVE/VANDERMARK DUO
Lean Left Volume 1
Smalltown Superjazzz
CD // £12.99

The billing of this album really tells you everything you need to know about it: the guitarists from Dutch experimental rock band The Ex join up with the regular free-jazz pairing of Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and renowned American sax player Ken Vandermark. Oh, and it’s the first volume in what might be inferred to be a proposed series. Fans of the artists involved will know exactly what sort of…
BUILD AN ARK
Love Part 2
Kindred Spirits
LP // £14.99

Carlos Niño and his Build An Ark ensemble have more affections to share with an addendum to 2009’s astral beauty ‘Love Part 1’. Regrouping some of LA’s finest musicians, including Fly Lo harpist Rebekah Raff, multi instrumentalist and arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, plus vocalists Mia Doi Todd, Gaby Hernandez and Dwight Trible (among many, many others), we’re elevated to a more spiritual plain, learning from the Astral jazz of Alice Coltrane…
MINIMAL / DANCEFLOOR
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EFDEMIN
Chicago
Dial
LP // £10.49

Dial maintain a very respectable run of releases with the second album from one of Berlin’s more interesting house heads, Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin. Whether solo or as Pigon with Oliver Kargl, he’s always ensured a richly detailed and classically informed take on house music, incorporating a DJ/producer’s innate sense of groove with a listener’s ear for filigree intricacies. It’s these twin factors that lend ‘Chicago’ such a gracefully mature…
JAMES TEEJ
Evening Harvest
REKIDS
CD // £8.99

‘Evening Harvest’ is the debut album from Montreal-based minimal tech-house producer James Teej. With the album format he afford himself more time to play around with form and structure leading to the folktronica effort ‘All We Have Is Time’ and a handful of vocal tunes including the dOP collab ‘Greenback’ and ‘Left Believing’ slotted in between his tech-house standards. Fans of Ripperton, Trentemøller and Adam Marshall should peep this.
SOUNDTRACKS / LIBRARY / EARLY ELECTRONIC
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DOM THOMAS
The Exploding Disco Inevitable
BRUTAL MUSIC
CD // £9.99

Building on the unsteady experience of his ‘Miscellaneous Mutant Mishaps’ mix session,  Finders Keepers and B-Music captain Dom Thomas moves into the realm of Denizen Funk, Proto House and Psyche Rock with ‘The Exploding Disco Inevitable’. Adapting its name from a series of cross-media pollinations instigated by Andy Warhol, Dom constructs bridges connecting racy Bollywood disco with ancient psyche and disorientated Anatolian surfbeat, spanning the gulfs of time and place…
SYNTHWAVE / ELECTRO
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VARIOUS / YEAR ZERO
Bustin’ Out 1982 – New Wave To New Beat Volume 2
Year Zero
CD // £9.99

Cleverly picking up on the zeitgeist undercurrent, Year Zero music present a second compilation of hugely influential New Wave to New Beat including music from ESG, Klein & MBO, Front 242, Chris & Cosey, Portion Control and many more. I don’t think i’m mistaken in saying there’s a revival of interest in this music right now, as more youngers are exploring the pleasures of jerky jack dancing and singing along…
VON SPAR
Foreigner
Italic
LP // £13.99

Cologne’s Von Spar make good with some serious early 80s synthpop referencing the likes of Utravox, Prefab Sprout and the studio of Conny Plank. With the exception of ‘trOOps’ this is a really enjoyable album, shaping luxurious synthesizer sounds into a well studied, soft-focus tribute to the pop glory of 1984. ‘Scotch & Chablis’ lets the slow drums flutter with acres of delay while angelically purred vocals make love with…
VON SPAR
Foreigner
Italic
CD // £12.99

Cologne’s Von Spar make good with some serious early 80s synthpop referencing the likes of Utravox, Prefab Sprout and the studio of Conny Plank. With the exception of ‘trOOps’ this is a really enjoyable album, shaping luxurious synthesizer sounds into a well studied, soft-focus tribute to the pop glory of 1984. ‘Scotch & Chablis’ lets the slow drums flutter with acres of delay while angelically purred vocals make love with…
SILVER COLUMNS
Yes And Dance
Moshi Moshi Records
CD // £10.99

The latest electronically oriented popsters to emerge from the Moshi Moshi camp are Silver Columns, a UK duo comprised of none other than Johnny Lynch (of the Pictish Trail) and Adem Ilhan (of, er… Adem). These confirmed folkists have taken something of an unexpected turn in putting together such an unashamedly poppy, plugged-in album together, but undoubtedly it’s a move that pays dividends. Both parties have been known to dabble…
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JEFF MILLS
The Occurrence (Hybrid Cd/Vinyl Format)
Third Ear Japan / Axis
CD / 5″ Vinyl // £29.99

*Strictly limited Japanese Import of this new Mills album, pressed up on a special Hybrid CD (the first we’ve ever seen) which has a 5″ vinyl pressing on the flipside of the disc that’ll play on your turntable!* Before you say anything about this album you just can’t get over the totally mental format – basically a CD on one side and a 5″ vinyl pressing on the other (containing…
ANDY STOTT
Tell Me Anything / Love Nothing
Modern Love
12″ // £5.99

Andy Stott’s first material of 2010 finds the producer in a hot and sultry mood, delivering two House variants produced with that typically deep and luxurious style. “Tell Me Anything” centres around shuffling snares, a rugged bassline and sparkling keys anchoring the track somewhere between wide open and summery expanses and the compressed warehouse environments of darkest North Manchester. “Love Nothing” on the flipside is the slower of the two…
REGIS / FUNCTION / SILENT SERVANT
Sampler Single One
SANDWELL DISTRICT
12″ // £5.99

*Part 1 of 2 – limited edition clear vinyl 1st pressing, Hand stamped with custom insert* Preparing for techno-world domination with their debut group LP due this autumn, Regis, Function and Silent Servant present the first of two sampler 12″s. Function and Regis calibrate their visions on the intro with Deathprod or Köner-like post-industrial scapes before Function takes control on a retro-futuristic tribute to the halcyon daze of R&S or…
ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR
Happy To Be Here
Rush Hour
12″ // £6.99

Another prime drop from Shake Shakir thanks to the on-form Rush Hour crew who have done the world a favour once again and pressed up the first platter from the 4×12″ retrospective as a standalone release. So that’s the disco-chopped heavy-house of ‘Happy To Be Here’, the psychedelic 313 groove of ‘Breathe Deeper’, the unclassifiably ace ‘March Into Darkness’ and the advanced jit-cut ‘Electron Rider’. This record is a very…
DJ YOAV B
Love Dubs EP
Delsin
12″ // £6.99

With his productions on Delsin and a remix for Aaron Carl Yoav B has defined a distinctive style of techno/house music. For his first release in over 4 years he does what he does best, making three strangely affective grooves. ‘Higher Love’ revolves around an incessantly ace earworm hook played up and down the scale over ruff cut slow techno beats. ‘Love Dub’ takes us closer to Chicago with lo-fi…
KYLE HALL
Must See EP
Third Ear Recordings
12″ // £8.99

Vinyl finally in! Fresh-off-tha-block house music from Kyle Hall. We catch him in a mostly blue and jazzy mood here, from the sensuous, slow moving chords of ‘Ghosten’ to the distant melodies on ‘Body Of Water’ and the abandoned warehouse abstraction of ‘Osc_2’. His beats are more reserved than his Hyperdub outing, opting more for a tracky 313 shufflers feel a la Omar-S, but ‘Body Of Water’ has heavy percolating…
MAD MIKE / UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE
Somewhere In Japan EP
Underground Resistance
12″ // £8.99

“Mad” Mike Banks is at the controls for the latest UR transmission, this time transmitted via Japan. The catalogue number tells us this is the fourth in the World Power Alliance series, and the title obviously infers which neck of the woods it’s devoted to. ‘GoodTime’ is a killer bit of bucking Detroit techno, kicking on the 4 with twisted acid sequences and the expert nudges of a master craftsman….
MALVOEAUX
Targets EP
ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
12″ // £10.99

Heavy filtered house edits from Malvoeaux aka Clone contributor Steve Summers. ‘Targets’ initiates the Long Island Electrical Systems label with a meaty chunk of Members Only discohouse swamped in hazy compression and propelled by an over-driven bassline learnt from the Theo Parrish/Jamal Moss finishing skool. ‘Shivers’ goes a notch deeper with swirling loop edits and a wash of shimmering disco strings and keys. Meanwhile, ‘Weeknight Warriors’ gets on it with…
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MAHSSA / VARIOUS
Oyun Havasi! Volume 1
Dublab
CD // £14.99

Oyun Havasi! Volume 1 is a celebration of music and culture from the Bosphorus of Turkey to the Bandar shores of Iran, and into the streets of Beirut… and beyond. It’s the work of one Mahssa Taghinia, Finders Keepers’ US ambassador and a regular contributor to dublab.com (this is the fourth in their ‘Future Roots’ series) who also had a hand in the excellent ‘Pomegranates’ compilation. Mahssa selects a run…
JEFF MAGNUM / ORANGE TWIN
Field Works Volume 1
ORANGE TWIN
CD // £10.99

Jeff Mangum is something of a musical legend thanks to his involvement with critical darlings The Neutral Milk Hotel. Here was a band which would polarise music lovers the world over, but whose influence would spread far and wide. Take Beirut for instance – would they really exist without the influence of Neutral Milk Hotel? Hell, even members of the band play with Zach Condon live and on record. Mangum…
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Acting Crazy

ROUND THREE W/TIKIMAN
Acting Crazy
Main Street
12″ // £7.49

Aidy's Girl  Is A Computer

DARKSTAR
Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.99

All I Have Is  Memories / Suburbia

MARTYN
All I Have Is Memories / Suburbia
APPLE PIPS
12″ // £5.99

Autumn Rot

DEAD FADER
Autumn Rot
3BY3
12″ // £6.99

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Blen

AFRICA HITECH
Blen
Warp
12″ // £5.99

Broken /  Shadowcasting

MARTYN
Broken / Shadowcasting
Revolve:r
12″ // £5.99

Chiastic  Slide

AUTECHRE
Chiastic Slide
Warp
2LP // £14.99

Compass /  Zahonda

L-VIS 1990
Compass / Zahonda
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

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DAT Music II

MARCUS INTALEX / VARIOUS
DAT Music II
SOUL:R
2CD // £12.99

Digidesign /  You Don't Know What Love Is

JOKER / 2000F & J KAMATA
Digidesign / You Don’t Know What Love Is
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

Envane - Part  One

AUTECHRE
Envane – Part One
Warp
12″ // £5.99

Find A Way

ROUND FOUR W/TIKIMAN
Find A Way
Main Street
12″ // £7.49

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Flexible

UNTOLD
Flexible
Brain Math
12″ // £6.99

Fugue

TAPE & BILL WELLS
Fugue
IMMUNE
LP // £11.99

Gantz_Graf

AUTECHRE
Gantz_Graf
Warp
12″ // £5.99

Gonna Work  Out Fine EP

UNTOLD
Gonna Work Out Fine EP
HEMLOCK
2×12″ // £11.99

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Great  Lengths

MARTYN
Great Lengths
3024
CD // £8.99

If U Want Me

DEADBOY
If U Want Me
NUMBERS
12″ // £5.99

Jarvik  Mindstate

PEVERELIST
Jarvik Mindstate
PUNCH DRUNK
CD // £8.99

King of the  Delta Blues

ROBERT JOHNSON
King of the Delta Blues
DOXY
3LP Deluxe Box // £39.99

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Long  Distance

ONRA
Long Distance
All City
2LP // £14.99

Los Angeles

FLYING LOTUS
Los Angeles
Warp
2LP // £14.99

Luminarium  (Limited Vinyl Edition)

TAPE
Luminarium (Limited Vinyl Edition)
IMMUNE
LP // £12.99

Machine and  Voice

ACTRESS
Machine and Voice
NonPlus
12″ // £6.99

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Minimal  Nation (Special Edition)

ROBERT HOOD
Minimal Nation (Special Edition)
M-Plant
2CD // £14.99

Mush / Spliff  Dub [Rustie Remix]

ZOMBY / RUSTIE
Mush / Spliff Dub [Rustie Remix]
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.99

Na Fe Throw  it

ROUND FIVE
Na Fe Throw it
Main Street
12″ // £7.49

New Day

ROUND TWO
New Day
Main Street
12″ // £7.49

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Peace And  Love

DADAWAH
Peace And Love
Dug Out
CD // £10.99

Penetration

REGIS
Penetration
DOWNWARDS
2LP // £9.99

plus forty  seven degrees 56' 37

FENNESZ
plus forty seven degrees 56′ 37
Touch
CD // £12.99

Queen In My  Empire

RHYTHM AND SOUND W/ JENNIFER LARA
Queen In My Empire
Burial Mix
10″ // £7.49

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Rain (Upfront  Whitelabel)

XXXY
Rain (Upfront Whitelabel)
Pollen
12″ // £5.99

Remixes 1/2

MARTYN / ZOMBY / REDSHAPE
Remixes 1/2
3024
12″ // £5.99

Remixes from  the Periphery

MATT O’BRIEN
Remixes from the Periphery
Off-Key Industries
12″ // £5.99

Return EP

SAMIYAM
Return EP
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.49

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Reworks

JS
Reworks
Styrax Leaves
12″ // £5.99

See Mi Yah

RHYTHM AND SOUND
See Mi Yah
Burial Mix
CD // £13.49

See Other  People

COSMIN TRG
See Other People
Rush Hour
12″ // £5.99

Silence

MONOLAKE
Silence
Imbalance
CD // £8.99

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Skeng / Skeng  (Kode9 remix)

THE BUG FT KILLA P & FLOW DAN
Skeng / Skeng (Kode9 remix)
Hyperdub
12″ // £5.99

Songs From  Before (DMM REMASTERED EDITION)

MAX RICHTER
Songs From Before (DMM REMASTERED EDITION)
Fat Cat
LP // £15.99

The Blue  Notebooks (LIMITED VINYL EDITION)

MAX RICHTER
The Blue Notebooks (LIMITED VINYL EDITION)
Fat Cat
LP // £16.99

The Only Way  Up

EGYPTRIXX
The Only Way Up
Night Slugs
12″ // £5.99

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Theory Of  Machines

BEN FROST
Theory Of Machines
BEDROOM COMMUNITY
CD // £8.99

Thought  Processes

ANTHONY ‘SHAKE’ SHAKIR
Thought Processes
Frictional
12″ // £4.99

Time Examined  (Limited Edition 94 page book and double CD)

MIKA VAINIO
Time Examined (Limited Edition 94 page book and double CD)
Raster Noton
HARDCOVER BOOK + 2CD // £34.99

Velvet /  Twenty Four

MARTYN
Velvet / Twenty Four
3024
12″ // £5.99

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Vertical  Ascent

MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO
Vertical Ascent
Honest Jon’s Records
CD // £10.99

Worried About  The Fire

AARON MARTIN
Worried About The Fire
EXPERIMEDIA
CD // £13.99

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