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Staff Picks February w / c 18th

Juno Records Staff Picks

Juno Records Staff Picks

Staff Picks February w/c 18th
21 Feb 2020
Our staff here at Juno Records select their top music picks to hit the shelves this week. Including new vinyl 12” and 7” releases, reissues, represses and limited editions from the late great Andrew Weatherall, Eris Drew, IAO and more...
Unknown Plunderer (1 per customer)
Cat: BYR 0023. Rel: 20 Apr 20
  1. Unknown Plunderer (7:08)
  2. End Times Sound (9:07)
out of stock $12.91
Cat: FABRIC 37. Rel: 15 Nov 04
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Sexual Harassment - "I Need A Freak"
  2. The Egyptian Lover - "Freak-a-holic"
  3. Kango's Stein Massive - "M/S Langara" (Syntax Erik mix)
  4. DJ T - "Time Out" (Acid dub)
  5. Alexkid - "Don't Hide It" (Alexkid's vocal)
  6. Tomboy - "She Hit My Head"
  7. Delon & Dalcan - "Dunufus"
  8. Marc Romboy vs Booka Shade - "Everyday Of My Life"
  9. Jesper Dahlback - "Robot Dance"
  10. Steve Bug - "That Kid" (Hate mix)
  11. Metope - "Second Skin"
  12. Miwon - "Brother Mole" (John Tejada mix)
  13. Black Devil - "Timing, Forget The Timing"
  14. The Emperor Machine - "Bloody Hell"
  15. Richardo Villaboros - "Dexter" (2 Lone Swordsmen mix)
  16. Technova - "Atmosphere"
out of stock $6.03
Cat: ASIPV 022. Rel: 17 Feb 20
  1. Motionless (7:40)
  2. Constant Uncertainty (4:45)
  3. Manifestation Of The Unconscious (3:45)
  4. Metaphors For Things (6:05)
  5. Disconnection From Reality (7:02)
  6. Suffering & Delight (4:13)
  7. Awakening (6:56)
  8. Other Days (5:30)
Review: While you'll find plenty of experienced composers and producers on A Strangely Isolated Place's quietly impressive roster of artists, the Californian label is also excellent at showcasing new talents. They're at it again here, offering up a debut from previously unheard Sardinian artist Blinkar Fran Norr. The eight tracks tend towards the more becalmed, meditative and immersive end of the ambient spectrum, with Norr prioritizing swelling, stretched-out chords, hushed aural textures, atmospheric field recordings, ghostly strings and unearthly instrumental sounds that invite you in for dinner and then persuade you to stay for the weekend. It's beautiful and beguiling, for sure, but also touched with a hint of sadness. As debuts go, it's really rather impressive.
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out of stock $27.81
Cat: 775795 6. Rel: 17 Feb 20
  1. One More Year (5:22)
  2. Instant Destiny (3:13)
  3. Borderline (4:01)
  4. Posthumous Forgiveness (6:05)
  5. Breathe Deeper (6:13)
  6. Tomorrow's Dust (5:28)
  7. On Track (5:02)
  8. Lost In Yesterday (4:10)
  9. Is It True (3:57)
  10. It Might Be Time (4:37)
  11. Glimmer (2:05)
  12. One More Hour (7:06)
Review: Kevin Parker is a real enigma of a musician. The brains behind the rightly celebrated and ever-surprising Tame Impala, he's never one for delivering quite what you expect, while still understanding that one of the most important things in music is striking a balance between the familiarity disciples need, and the expressive exploration that can prick the ears of the previously uninitiated.

Album number four, "The Slow Rush", certainly adopts a different outlook to previous undertakings. It also more than lives up to its name. It's smooth, tripped out (perhaps not so surprising on the latter front) and strikingly void of those highs that seem to offer the aural equivalent to some opiate-amphetamine blend. But we don't miss out. Instead, we're given permutations of soul, prog rock and acid house, perhaps making for the most expansive record this guy has been responsible for.
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 in stock $22.65
Cat: LOA 003. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Deep House
  1. Adaptor (6:15)
  2. Sunset (6:42)
  3. Weather Report (5:12)
out of stock $14.34
  1. Fluids Of Emotion (5:18)
  2. Transcendental Access Point (6:17)
  3. So Much Love To Give (5:52)
Review: There's much to enjoy on Eris Drew's first EP of 2020, not least the infectious cheekiness and retro-futurist flavour of title track "Fluids Of Emotion". Underpinned by a scratch-happy, hip-house style breakbeat, the cut sees the Chicago-based DJ/producer make great use of fizzing, sunrise-ready electronic motifs, quirky spoken word snippets, and an analogue bassline so fat and sizable it probably has its own postcode. Elsewhere, "Transcendental Access Point" is a warm, loose and undeniably sun-kissed chunk of rush-inducing dancefloor pyschedelia and "So Much Love To Give" is another weighty, funky and crunchy breakbeat excursion.
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out of stock $13.18
Cat: ST 017. Rel: 24 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. Darling - "Sierra" (6:34)
  2. Ben Penn - "Trouble" (7:31)
out of stock $13.47
Cat: JRF 0015. Rel: 17 Feb 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. The Unknown (9:06)
  2. The Purge (8:33)
  3. Stolen Ribs (5:38)
  4. Butterfly (6:58)
  5. Orange Moon (7:51)
Review: Trombonist and producer Rosie Turton is the latest rising star of jazz to be offered a volume in Jazz re:freshed's 5ive series of EPs. Her volume, which like its predecessors boasts a quintet of original compositions, is very different to its predecessors, mixing bustling jazz instrumentation (drums, trombone and sax, piano, double bass) with wild and free violin solos, occasional electronics and the odd bout of spoken word poetry. There's much to enjoy throughout, with highlights including the lolloping, hip-hop influenced swing of "Butterfly", the gentle Latin rhythms, electric piano solos and languid bass of "Orange Moon", and the soundscape ambient jazz bliss of "Stolen Ribs". As solo debuts go, it's a bit of a doozy.

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 in stock $17.49
Cat: GBLP 087. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Flash Of The Spirit (Laughter) (5:46)
  2. Night Moves (Fear) (2:25)
  3. Air Afrique (Wind) (4:00)
  4. Out Pours (Kongo) Blue (Prayer) (7:13)
  5. Kaboo (Play) (2:45)
  6. (Like) Warriors Everywhere (Courage) (4:36)
  7. Dreamworld (Dance) (4:55)
  8. Tales Of The Near Future (Clairvoyance) (4:17)
  9. A Vampire Dances (Symmetry) (4:00)
  10. Masque (Strength) (11:31)
  11. Flash Of The Spirit (Laughter)
  12. Night Moves (Fear)
  13. Air Afrique (Wind)
  14. Out Pours (Kongo) Blue (Prayer)
  15. Kaboo (Play)
  16. (Like) Warriors Everywhere (Courage)
  17. Dreamworld (Dance)
  18. Tales Of The Near Future (Clairvoyance)
  19. A Vampire Dances (Symmetry)
  20. Masque (Strength)
Review: Soon Jon Hassell will release a freshly re-mastered reissue of his groundbreaking debut album, "Vernal Equinox". Before that arrives, there's the small matter of this re-mastered pressing of another classic LP from his expansive discography. "Flash Of The Spirit" was created in collaboration with Farafina, a group of musicians from Burkina Faso whose extensive contributions undoubtedly shaped the outcome. Rich in West African percussion, enlightened horns, alien synthesizer sounds and group vocals, the album is undoubtedly more up-tempo in tone than some of Hassell's "Fourth World" work, despite the presence of a number of sublime ambient cuts. For that reason alone, it's essential listening.
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 in stock $21.78
  1. Natan H - "Horizon" (5:59)
  2. Jing - "A Special You" (5:25)
  3. Damon Eliza Palermo - "Uplands" (5:48)
  4. Richard Holhburn - "Better Not Look Too Close"
  5. Richard Holhburn - "Better Not Look Too Close" (7:58)
  6. Shingo Suwa - "The Third Plant" (6:15)
  7. Shingo Suwa - "The Third Plant"
out of stock $8.28
Cat: DMT 09. Rel: 24 Feb 20
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Rock It (4:49)
  2. Lock N' Load (4:57)
  3. Cut I (5:42)
  4. Cut II (5:09)
  5. Cut III (5:20)
Review: The grooves are heavy and dubby but still resolutely house-oriented as William Caycedo steps up to Dungeon Meat with his first EP in a couple of years. "Rock It" perfects the lean and mean groove - just a nasty drum jack and a big subby bassline, and utterly infectious with it. "Lock N' Load" follows a similar trajectory, although functions more as a tool than a standalone track. "Cut I" is a little more bubbly in its demeanour while still following the formula of drums, bass and little else. "Cut II" has a sweet bassline that will hook the dancers in, while "Cut III" keeps the pressure up with its nagging hats and subtle rhythmic fills. This is one for the DJs, but don't be fooled - there's bags of attitude tucked within these stripped back jams.
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out of stock $11.46
Cat: LER 1023. Rel: 27 Jan 20
  1. Gospel IV (5:08)
  2. Absublim XX (4:06)
  3. Massiv XIV (3:55)
  4. All Is Bliss (6:05)
  5. Places Of Soul (5:38)
  6. Green Earth (6:17)
  7. Feel The Forgotten Sense (5:10)
  8. Marshmallow Girls (4:36)
  9. Topless & Shaved (2:51)
  10. Drangendes Gleiten (5:30)
  11. Love (instrumental) (4:20)
  12. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (instrumental) (4:57)
  13. X Meets U (5:57)
  14. Je Vais Bien IV (4:44)
  15. Hang On (4:37)
  16. Ferns (6:14)
Review: Elusive Berlin outfit IAO were pioneering electronic artists who explored a wide sphere of sounds from techno to ambiance. This new collection spans recordings made between 1988 and 1995 at a time when the German city was undergoing great change. Achim Kohlberger (who went on to co-found Berlin Atonal Festival and UFO, now known as Tresor - Ralf Ostereich and Carsten Zielske were the final three members of the band at that time and here they were layering up sombre synths, drawing out nagging basslines and laying down uplifting percussive patterns that get you in a trance while you dance.
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out of stock $31.25
Cat: ETB 060. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Dangerous (6:24)
  2. High Gravity (5:59)
  3. End Of Time (5:56)
  4. Acidulous (6:08)
out of stock $10.61
Cat: BYTIME 005. Rel: 30 Dec 19
Deep House
  1. We Are The Future (instrumental - 2019 Rebuild) (6:29)
  2. 20 000 Leagues (2019 Rebuild) (5:44)
out of stock $15.77
Cat: PITPV 008. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Unsaid (3:57)
  2. Bruised World (5:01)
  3. Leap Of Faith (5:46)
  4. Reflection (4:40)
  5. Rise Again (5:57)
  6. Still Yours (5:11)
Review: Formerly known as The Greatest Hoax, there's nothing remotely fake about Washington D.C.'s T.R. Jordan. The work of some serious talent, both in terms of its arrangements and those working behind the scenes (Rafael Anton Irissari, of legendary Ann Arbour imprint Ghostly International is on mixing and production duties), the results of efforts to create this album are truly gripping, albeit in a gentle and heartbreakingly tender way. Whoever the "You" in the title is needs to count themselves very lucky indeed. The six tracks presented here are spellbinding contemporary classical overtures of such spectacular beauty they seem destined to score the most humanistic moments of sci fi. From the redemptive mood of "Leap Of Faith", to the fairytale piano stunner that is "Bruised World", here's proof that storytelling needs no words.
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 in stock $22.92
Cat: MFM 046. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Luar (3:19)
  2. Martim Pescador (5:38)
  3. Campo De Sonhos (6:31)
  4. Origens Da Luz (2:38)
  5. Meditacao (3:20)
  6. Americua (4:05)
  7. Cine Mato Grafico (3:40)
  8. Cristal De Fogo (8:38)
  9. Sete Quedas (2:17)
  10. Corpo Do Vento (15:49)
  11. Meia Noite (4:02)
  12. Sonho De Cacador (2:06)
  13. Folia Do Divino (7:07)
  14. Floresta (5:18)
  15. Mensageiro (6:18)
Review: While most records invite you to listen, this retrospective celebration of Brazilian songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Priscilla Ermel feels more like something that's inviting you into its own universe. A strange, exotic place to most western ears, if World Music wasn't such a generic and painfully sweeping term we'd apply it here. Sounds of the Amazon, sounds of the other, sounds of traditional emigre folk and a load of stuff that defies accurate description, this collection is impossible not to fall in love with. Having spent time learning the sonic ways of indigenous tribes in her homeland, then taking those instruments (among others) and re-appropriating them via field records and electronic synthesisers, she manages to create things of sombre beauty ("Meditacao"), work of percussive seduction ("Americua") and tracks packing mysterious, fantastical, futurist experimentation ("Mensageiro").
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out of stock $25.51
Cat: MALKATUTILP 008. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Wires In The Outback (3:42)
  2. The Island (Back To Me) (6:18)
  3. Desert Metallika (4:59)
  4. Severed Did I? (feat Alex Akers) (4:44)
  5. Sonne (9:16)
  6. Myrmecia Hill (5:09)
  7. Cape Grim (3:16)
  8. Deep Chrome Red (6:32)
  9. Zwei (feat Hayley Morgan) (5:32)
  10. Der Krautback (7:28)
  11. Fur Alle (feat Jono Ma) (5:14)
Review: The label prog is often applied pretty loosely to anything that we struggle to throw into other piles. In the case of the latest LP from Australians Dreems and Kris Baha, it's more a case of record defining term rather than the other way round. Produced with their vast and culturally fascinating homeland very much at the forefront of their minds, it's hard not to feel captivated by the air of surrealism and compelled by the grooves on offer. Opener "Wires In The Outback" sets the scene well. Waves of weird synth work gradually immerse the listener before huge drums rolls begin crashing in. From there it's adventure abound, calling off at the head-nodding alt-pop of "The Island (Back To Me)" and the slo-mo chug of "Desert Metallika", seemingly without pausing for breath. Psychedelic, shimmering harmonies deliver a trippy conclusion, here entitled "Fur Alle", a modus that's also employed, albeit with darker undertones, on "Cape Grim", while "Deep Chrome Red" brings things closer to deep, weird club beats.
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 in stock $28.66
Cat: KER 001LP. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Swimming Angels (4:41)
  2. Page Table Isolation (3:59)
  3. Meltdown (1:53)
  4. Dainstah (2:44)
  5. Unexpected Store Exception (4:13)
  6. Ariverb (5:01)
  7. Ricominciare Dalla Fine (4:20)
Review: It's pretty easy to see where Train To Eltanin were coming from with the album title here. The moment the staccato, off-beat proto-electro opener "Swimming Angels" reveals itself, shades of Transparent Sound abound, this is clearly the work of people who enjoy realising what the future may sound like by combining the vision of humans with the effects of digital instrumentation. From that glittering, starry-eyed introduction, through the tougher and far more mechanical factory floor breaks of "Page Table Isolation", the erratic, wasp-in-jar tension of "Unexpected Store Exception", and soaring arpeggiation of "Ricominciare Dalla Fine", the whole affair feels dreamlike - unpredictable, far reaching, a truly wild ride through the outer rings of electronic music, touching on IDM, industrial and jungle, without succumbing to the pressure of conforming to any genre in particular.
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 in stock $22.92
Cat: PS 004LPX. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. I Wanna Be Your Girl (3:33)
  2. In Dreams (4:27)
  3. Vices (3:30)
  4. Motorcade (3:28)
  5. Souvenirs (4:06)
  6. Better Days (3:53)
  7. Validate Me (2:37)
  8. Slow Fade (3:40)
  9. Remainder Blues (3:24)
  10. In The Shallows (5:09)
Review: Four years - or thereabouts - is a long time to wait for any band to follow up an album. It's particularly long when the band are Peggy Sue, and the preceding LP was "Choir Of Echoes"; for us one of 2014's most startlingly engaging efforts, at the time positioning them in the upper echelons of alternative rock. "Vices" leads by the example of its title. At times the sound here is filthier than any bad habit, and twice as compelling. Matching swooning harmonies with sparse guitar work, it grows, grooves and chugs into your conscious like a slow juggernaut, eerie yet hopeful, deeply atmospheric but also immediate and inescapable. There are lashings of 1960s pop, with the unapologetic noisiness of anthem-heavy Gen X guitar bands careering through any sweet imagery conjured by more delicate moments. Excellent work.
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out of stock $16.62
Cat: 721420 2. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Different Light (3:12)
  2. Everything Has Changed (3:34)
  3. For The First Time (3:34)
  4. Graceless Kids (3:10)
  5. Wreckage (3:24)
  6. Rollercoaster (3:49)
  7. Master Of My Own Mind (3:20)
  8. True (3:19)
  9. Seeing Red (3:50)
  10. Make It Last (3:49)
  11. Used To Be (4:28)
Review: If this is your first encounter with Best Coast since the dreamy, sun-kissed rock 'n' roll of debut "Crazy For You", be prepared for a surprise. Loyal fans, meanwhile, are likely to see this latest offering as a logical progression for the talented lot, launching from the starting blocks with enviable propulsion and refusing to hold anything back until the record reaches its conclusion. There's so much muscle involved at moments you could be forgiven for thinking the Pixies were at work - "Everything Has Changed" could well have scored a grungy 1990s flick. In other moments, their pop sensibilities come to the fore, perhaps more than at any moment in the past, "For the First Time" recalling the likes of Fleetwood Mac or Blondie's most electronic moments. An altogether proud and confident record, if this is where Best Coast have got themselves we implore everyone to catch up as soon as possible.
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 in stock $24.95
Cat: MA 0239LP. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Depreston (5:23)
  2. Sunday Roast (6:04)
  3. Charcoal Lane (feat Paul Kelly) (5:06)
  4. Avant Gardener (5:40)
  5. Nameless Faceless (feat Evelyn Ida Morris) (5:08)
  6. Untitled (Play It On Repeat) (5:36)
  7. Not Only I (feat Marlon Williams) (4:01)
  8. So Long Marianne (7:01)
Review: If you're even close to 35-years-old, the initialisation "MTV" and the word "Unplugged" likely conjures images of peak-hype Nirvana, arguably the most defining and revered of all this format's many moments. Nevertheless, Courtney Barnett's electric-free contribution to the series, recorded live in Melbourne, may well be the best conceived in the episodic series. Rather than going down the usual "Unplugged" route - hits, covers of classics and a few from the new album, sans power chords, - Barnett confirms what those paying close attention have always known to be true. Yes, she's an inspiring and inspired artist, as work like "Nameless, Faceless" shows (here turned into a duet even more resonant and chilling than the original). But she's also a community leader, a gifted collaborator who has nurtured peers - and with half this album reimagining others, she's clearly still determined to let them shine.
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out of stock $20.63
Cat: 483717 8. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Camera's Rolling (4:44)
  2. Broken Sleep (4:55)
  3. Island Of Doom (5:26)
  4. Roscian (2:15)
  5. Myopia (5:13)
  6. Drosera (2:27)
  7. Can't Be (3:26)
  8. Promise Keeper (2:28)
  9. Parliament Of Owls (4:28)
  10. Won't You Call Me (4:06)
Review: You can't help but be impressed by the trajectory evident in Agnes Obel's work since she first stopped us dead in tracks on 2010's debut, "Philharmonics". Instrumentally, she's still a maestro capable of grabbing you by the tear ducts with stunning, graceful melodies. But lyrically, she might be on course to becoming one of the most expressive we've got. And that's something to treasure. "Myopia" doesn't feel celebratory, mind. In fact anything but. It's an atmospherically dark, nocturnal journey into equally dark themes, told with nighttime language. From asking corpses what the other side is like, ahead of their physical bodies being lowered into the lightless ground ("Island Of Doom"), to the pain and frustrations of insomnia (the appropriately-named "Broken Sleep"), it's not an album that will ready you for the arrival of spring, but it's easy to find yourself falling for its understated melancholia.
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 in stock $22.92
Cat: 194397 23751. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Straight To Hell (3:46)
  2. All My Life (4:18)
  3. Goodbye (5:28)
  4. Ordinary Man (feat Elton John) (5:02)
  5. Under The Graveyard (4:59)
  6. Eat Me (4:20)
  7. Today Is The End (4:07)
  8. Scary Little Green Men (4:18)
  9. Holy For Tonight (4:53)
  10. It's A Raid (feat Post Malone) (4:22)
Review: Eating bats, drinking his own pee (while teaching the Motley Crue what's meant by eccentric British debauchery), and, err, co-starring in a reality TV show. Life has been a colourful one for Ozzy Osbourne, and we've not touched upon Black Sabbath. Impossible not to love, in spite of all the Satan summoning (albeit tongue in cheek), it would have been an awkward moment if this return wasn't exceptionally good. Of course it won't be for everyone. Those who aren't fond of dirty metal guts and dark, macabre riffs might want to look elsewhere for their kicks - it's not just "Goodbye" and "Today Is The End" respectively offering those. It's a record filled with plenty of foreboding menace, and we'd expect nothing less. Even so, there's still time for razor wit to shine ("Eat Me") and borderline madness to prevail (the extra-terrestrial themed "Scary Little Green Men"), making for a journey into the mind of a rock genius.
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 in stock $28.39
Cat: 4AD 0211LPE. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth (3:52)
  2. Darkseid (feat Pan Wei-Ju) (3:43)
  3. Delete Forever (3:59)
  4. Violence (feat I_o) (3:38)
  5. 4AEM (4:35)
  6. New Gods (3:14)
  7. My Name Is Dark (4:03)
  8. You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around (2:42)
  9. Before The Fever (3:31)
  10. IDORU (4:47)
Review: It's hard not to be impressed by everything Grimes touches. From the moment this album's trippy downtempo titular opener emerges from submerged depths of sound you know the latest from the Canadian is going to be a special moment in pop. As if to accentuate our point, "Delete Forever", two tracks later, introduces acoustic guitar tips while still retaining deep timbre and utilising effects to hypnotic ends on those hummed vocal loops. "IDORU", which closes out the record, feels far more playful, simple keyboard and whispered choral lyricism introduced with a backing track of bird song, before broken club beats fall in. It might be most fitting to finish a write up on the aptly-titled "You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around", its guttural bass guitars and EDM-leaning vocal stabs not the only things reminding us the world would be weaker without this one.
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out of stock $25.02
Cat: XL 1009LPXE. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Cellular (2:56)
  2. Supermarche (2:39)
  3. Stoned Again (3:24)
  4. Comet Face (3:12)
  5. The Dream (1:37)
  6. Perfecto Miserable (3:19)
  7. Alone, Omen 3 (2:44)
  8. Slinky (2:42)
  9. Airport Antenatal Airplane (2:20)
  10. (Don't Let The Dragon) Draag On (2:27)
  11. Theme For The Cross (4:04)
  12. Underclass (3:32)
  13. Energy Fleets (2:33)
  14. Please Complete Thee (4:07)
  15. Perfecto Miserable (Hey World! version)
Review: Scuzzy, sludgy, creeping, muscular and delicate-enough to feel there could be a break in its bones at any moment. King Krule returns with a third album that once again tears skin open to reveal the heartfelt emotions within its lo-fi, muttered, pseudo-rock tones. Referencing Sleaford Mods on heavy opiates wouldn't be too far from the mark at times, although we're not here to simply use touchstones - Archy Marshall deserves better than that. Despite almost everything on "Man Alive!" being so quiet, it packs an incredible level of noise. Subtle licks, strange details and a deceptive depth would be one way to describe the whole package. Grunge tones ("Supermarche"), lo-fi blues pop (""Don't Let The Dragon) Draag On") are just some of the nuances it's possible to pick upon, making for a wholly original work that captivates, relaxes and uneases in equal measure.
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 in stock $28.39
Cat: GB 1558. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Village Of The Sun (6:48)
  2. Ted (4:13)
Review: Hands up all of those who thought Basement Jaxx's Simon Ratcliffe would end up making slowly unfurling spiritual jazz with famed London improvisers Binker Golding (saxophone) and Moses Boyd (drums)? Us neither. To give Ratcliffe credit, this debut single from his new jazz-wise project is simply stunning. Golding's wild sax solos and Boyd's brilliant drumming catch the ear and provide an air of authenticity, but it's Ratcliffe's contributions - drowsy sunrise electronics and meditative synthesizer motifs on A-side "Village Of The Sun", sparkling piano motifs on "Ted" and warm bass on both - that tie everything together and ensure that both tracks are worth far more than the sum of their parts. A surprise, yes, but the results are both thrilling and spellbinding.
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 in stock $10.90
Boogie For Life (1 per customer)
Cat: SC 1223. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Boogie For Life (3:57)
  2. Sunny Side Up (4:45)
  3. Shimmering Waters (4:52)
  4. Rollin' Steady (4:45)
  5. Case Of The Shakes (4:36)
  6. Brazao (4:27)
Review: When it comes to authentically colourful, synthesizer-heavy revivalist electrofunk, few have a better track record than either E. Live or Star Creature, a label whose releases sound like long lost relics of the 1980s. For this reason you'd expect "Boogie For Life" to be superb... and it is. Those with an expansive knowledge of boogie will hear nods towards all sorts of original era artists and tracks throughout the mini-album's original compositions, from Fonda Rae ("Boogie For Life") and Herbie Hancock (the effortlessly brilliant "Sunny Side Up"), to D-Train (the jazz guitar-laden excellence of "Rollin' Steady") and Zapp/Roger Troutman ("Case Of The Shakes"). In a word: stunning.
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out of stock $17.49
Cat: SKELR 19. Rel: 24 Feb 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Jem One - "Network" (6:04)
  2. Section - "Dark Phrases" (4:56)
  3. Future - "Daffy's Secret Project" (5:15)
  4. Sicknote, Sweetpea & Dissect - "Jahlocia" (6:08)
Review: This is how you kick off a new decade. Skeleton have been consistent with their brutalist dispatches since re-rising in 2014 and this new V/A levels things up once again. Jem One lights the fire with darkcore grit as layers of distorted breaks and strange alien rave textures twist in and out of the mix. Section follows with nasty rave stabs and a two-step so well chiselled you could trim your whiskers on it before Future flips things for an entirely different vibe on the minimal, subby and loose-limbed "Daffy's Secret Project". Finally Sicknote, Sweetpea and Dissect bring the funk on "Jahlocia". Once again the breaks are the focus but there's more than enough groove in the bassline to put on meat on everyone's table. Bad to the bones!
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out of stock $14.90
  1. (Having A Sick Time) In The Mansions Of Bliss (4:32)
  2. Random Lab (5:05)
  3. Shimmer (4:18)
  4. Venus (3:15)
Review: Witness the sickness. Kahn & Neek reunite for their first release in over four years on Boofy's Sector 7 and the wait's been more than worth it. Still full of tension, still unbounded, still heavy as elephants, "(Having A Sick Time) In The Mansions Of Bliss" takes the lead and it's classic K&N business with its grime elements and big downpitched string riff. It's backed by three more disarming messages: Both "Random Lab" and "Shimmer" take things down to 130 creating more space between the drum hits and heavy chords before "Venus" bids the last farewell with dense atmospheres, big clouds of harmonics and some unique drum sounds. Let's hope they don't leave it another four years.
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 in stock $12.60
Cat: IT 043. Rel: 29 Mar 21
  1. The Golden Sea (4:55)
  2. Aqua Marina (5:23)
  3. Hostages Of The Deep (5:17)
Review: Ilian Tape overlords the Zenker Brothers have long been fans of Surgeon's brand of no-holds-barred, industrial-strength techno. While the Birmingham-born producer has previously played live at label events, this blistering three-tracker marks his first outing for the Munich based imprint. Interestingly, opener "The Golden Sea" is arguably a little dreamier and warmer than much of his output, with melancholic chords and bubbly electronic motifs riding a forthright and intergalactic techno groove. Elsewhere, "Aqua Marina" wraps more alien-sounding lead lines and shimmering chords around a more stripped-back, redlined rhythm track and "Hostages Of The Deep" sounds like a far-sighted fusion of classic Surgeon, Drexciya and Livity Sound.
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out of stock $12.33
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