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Oba Enka (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: MNQ 124. Rel: 06 Sep 18
Techno
  1. DEF (7:39)
  2. Ham (9:07)
  3. Oba Enka (7:20)
Review: Given he's previously released some seriously creepy, atmospheric techno on Berceuse Heroique and Pinkman, you'd expect Black Merlin's Mannequin Records debut to be similarly unsettling. That's certainly the case with A-side "DEF", a hypnotic and feverish affair where raw and restless, industrial-inspired riffs rise above paranoid, held-note chords and a locked-in drum track. You'll find more brain-melting, razor-sharp modular motifs on the arguably even more intense and wayward "Oba Enka", while closer "Ham" wraps undulating, acid-style electronic motifs around an altogether fuzzier, looser groove. It sounds like it would be capable of inducing vivid hallucinations in early morning dancers, which in our book is no bad thing.
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Kode (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: ORKL 12. Rel: 30 Jan 19
Techno
  1. DE 2.1 (6:57)
  2. PKL 7 (4:35)
  3. MM5 (8:59)
Review: Over the past couple of years, George Thompson AKA Black Merlin has made some of the most intoxicating, otherworldly electronic music around. The genius of his music lies in the way Thompson fixes creepy, paranoid aural textures and faintly haunting lead lines with rhythmic and instrumental elements inspired by trips to South East Asia and Oceania. He's at it again here, too, wrapping chugging polyrhythms and uncomfortable electronics in chiming, Steve Reich style melodic cycles on brilliant opener "DE 2.1". The track that follows, "PKL", is arguably even more unsettling in its hypnotic melodic approach, twinkling sound palette and mind-bending electronic shifts. Arguably best of all, though, is epic B-side "MM5", a sparse and loopy affair that could well be capable of inducing hallucinations in even the most sober of listeners.
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Cat: PBD 14. Rel: 04 Apr 19
Techno
  1. Psych 73 (6:21)
  2. Strip (7:42)
Played by: Honey Soundsystem
 in stock $10.57
Noi (12")
Cat: SLK 005. Rel: 15 Oct 18
Industrial/Noise
  1. Noi 1 (7:01)
  2. Noi 2 (6:57)
  3. Noi 3 (6:04)
  4. Noi 4 (5:49)
Review: Following up some great tracks on Pinkman, Mannequin and Malka Tuti in recent times, British synth wizard George Thompson returns under the Black Merlin alias - delivering some bold EBM and electro-noir antics for Berlin imprint She's Lost Kontrol. The rusty grind of analogue arpeggios, with minimal rhythms awash in icy trails of reverb plus guttural howls through walls of distortion shall taunt you throughout the sonic contents of the Noi EP. While Thompson sure has a knack for nailing all the hallmarks of early industrial music, he still finds time for the same tribal meditative minimalism found on his Karamika project as heard on the riveting "Noi 2" - one of the EP's highlights.
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Void EP (heavyweight vinyl double 12")
Cat: BH 055. Rel: 12 Dec 18
Techno
  1. Void (8:49)
  2. Machine (9:15)
  3. R24 (8:02)
  4. Voice (2:50)
  5. Mechanic (6:51)
  6. Mod (7:52)
Review: While George Thompson AKA Black Merlin has released rather a lot of fine material in recent times, we still think that he saves his best for Berceuse Heroique - or at least his darkest and most clandestine aural explorations. For proof, check this inspired double-pack of creepy, pitch-black workouts, which we think contains some of his most potent work to date. There's the triple-time, paranoid deep techno throb of "Void", the faintly threatening dystopian dancefloor shuffle of "Machine", and the clanking, industrial-fired hypnotism of "R24" and "Mechanic". While it tends towards the paranoid and unsettling, Thompson has included one sun-bright shard of light: the blissful, beat-free, intertwined synthesizer lines of closing cut "Mod".
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 in stock $16.91
Kosua (2xLP)
Cat: IOTG 005. Rel: 07 Nov 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Self Heat (6:17)
  2. Feeling Colour (2:57)
  3. Seane Falls Womens Kulumba (7:05)
  4. New Guinea (feat Dr Lawrence Blair) (3:18)
  5. Cloud (8:33)
  6. Standing At The Summit Of Bosavi (5:53)
  7. Fogomay'Iu Village (8:46)
  8. Kundu (4:44)
  9. Stalking The Canopy (4:31)
  10. Talisu (4:41)
  11. Sibi (4:35)
  12. First Light (4:44)
  13. Chief Sigalo Balo Dance (5:42)
  14. Madmen, Missionaries, Prospectors & Weirdos (6:57)
  15. Big Haus (4:44)
 in stock $26.18
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