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Juno Recommends CD Albums

Juno Recommends CD Albums

CD Album Recommendations August 2011
1 Aug 2011
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1
4AD
Cat: CAD 3119CD. Rel: 11 Jul 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
  1. Witch Hunt
  2. Natalias Song
  3. Alothea
  4. Black Orchid
  5. Riding With Death
  6. Vortex
  7. Things Fall Apart
  8. Salamander
  9. Adagio For Lucifer
  10. Digital Rain
  11. Jimmy Best
  12. A Devil Lay Here
  13. Florence
  14. Resolve
  15. Basquiat
  16. Mozaik
Review: If the first single from this album, "Natalia's Song", left you worried that Zomby may have toned down his sound to fit the current zeitgeist in bass music, then don't. Dedication is a long way removed from Where Were U In '92?, but the influence of jungle and hardcore remains, albeit in a more spectral form, where skeletal beats play off against organic tones, his characteristic purple arpeggios drenched in reverb. The progression in his sound is just enough to add an element of introspection to his productions, while retaining the essence of what made his earlier material so irresistible; it's an album where air horns can co-exist happily with string sections and it doesn't seem jarring .With several tracks that are at times almost baroque in their execution, Dedication is an album that, whatever your preconceived notions of Zomby's sound, or bass music as a whole, must be heard.
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out of stock $14.03
2
Cat: AMA 0018. Rel: 18 Jul 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. People
  2. Be On
  3. The Lookout
  4. For The
  5. Next Jam
  6. Maybe In LA
  7. Possibly In NYC
  8. No Matter Where
  9. It Will
  10. Be Legendary
Review: Back in the day, it was common practice for ravers to pass around tapes of top DJs (often accompanied by irritating, shouty MCs) live in the mix at legendary venues. More often than not, these tapes were of dubious quality audio-wise, but captured a genuine sense of excitement. It's this that makes Rub 'N' Tug Live In Los Angeles such a fascinating beast. It actually sounds like one of those hardcore-era tapes - replete with aforementioned excitable MC - but with relentless acid jackers, twisted disco, gospel soul and weirdo Balearica in place of silly rave tackle. Sure it's raw, rough-and-ready and the sound quality is not perfect, but it brilliantly captures a moment in time - and a near-legendary set from a New York duo at the top of their game.
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out of stock $15.11
3
ECM
Cat: 275 8681. Rel: 11 Jul 11
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Reblop
  2. Recat
  3. Resvete
  4. Retimeless
  5. Reemergence
  6. Reblazhenstva
  7. Reannounce
  8. Recurrence
  9. Requote
  10. Replob
  11. Reshadub
  12. Rebird
  13. Retikhiy
  14. Rekondakion
  15. Rensenada
  16. Resole
  17. Redetach
 in stock $19.44
4
Cat: BLACKCD 007. Rel: 04 Jul 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Start A New (feat Sharlene Hector)
  2. Sparkling Minds (feat Georgina Anne Muldrow)
  3. Da Fuzz (feat Lord Amercy)
  4. All That She Knows (feat Obenwa)
  5. We Are Virgo (feat Kaidi Tatham)
  6. They Never Know (feat Sarina Leah)
  7. Until It's Done (feat Nia Andrews)
  8. Whatever (instrumental)
  9. Interlude (feat Taylor Mcferrin)
  10. Love & Hate You (feat Obenewa)
  11. Monday Blues
  12. It's Nothing (feat Nadine Charles)
  13. Pushing You To Begin (feat Ferraz)
  14. Wispa Bar
  15. No Bother Talk It
  16. Right From Wrong (feat Tosin Tao)
  17. Not In My Disco
  18. Dego's Dancehall Cry
  19. Late Night Fright
  20. The Monach
out of stock $9.71
5
Cat: APOENA. Rel: 18 Jul 11
Deep House
  1. Let's Face It
  2. Afternoon Wisky
  3. Cavala
  4. Dourada
  5. Misterioso
  6. Movimento
  7. O Mergulho
  8. Paradigma
  9. Peso
  10. Sentimentos
  11. Swingado
Review: There's not much information to be found about this mysterious album from Underground Quality. Here's the basics: it's a first full-length from little-known Brazilian house producer Apoena. That's pretty much it in terms of details. Musically, it largely focuses on a sunshine-soaked brand of deep house that simply bristles with warming pads, darting melodies and beach-friendly electronics - all underpinned by rock-solid grooves that are crying out to be tested over a soundsystem. There are brief sojourns into techier territory and occasional moments of murky late night darkness, but for the most part Apoena is effortlessly summery. That is never descends into 'beach house by numbers' is testament to the quality of Apoena's production.
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out of stock $11.07
6
Cat: ECHOSPACELIVE 1. Rel: 04 Jul 11
Techno
  1. Subtraktive (live mix)
  2. CV313 (dub)
  3. Space (live mix)
  4. Midst Of Something Beautiful (live mix)
  5. A World Apart (unreleased)
  6. Evening Sky (CV313 mix)
  7. CV313 (edit)
  8. Lost Sequence (unreleased)
  9. Spatial (feat The Howard Street Rhythm Section - live mix)
out of stock $15.11
7
Cat: WEIRD 003CDS. Rel: 11 Jul 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Eyes Be Closed
  2. Echoes
  3. Amor Fati
  4. Soft
  5. Far Away
  6. Before
  7. You & I
  8. Within & Without
  9. A Dedication
Review: Chill wave explorer Washed Out (aka musician Ernest Greene) has long been regarded as "one to watch". Ever since he debut single dropped in 2009, hype has been steadily growing. This short-but-sweet debut album delivers on that early promising, showcasing a delicate, drifting take on leftfield pop that rewards repeat listens. Opening with early Washed Out favourite Eyes Be Closed, Greene works his way through a variety of moods and tempos, lacing his distinct, world-weary vocals over shimmering synth wave grooves, upbeat MDMA-pop soundscapes, piano-laden laments (brilliant closer "A Lament") and slowly shifting lo-fi indie moments ("Far Away").
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out of stock $10.75
8
Cat: 060252 770419. Rel: 18 Jul 11
Deep House
  1. First Track (live from Berlin)
  2. Dreaming
  3. Leave My Head Alone Brain
  4. Dudelange (live from Luxemburg)
  5. See You Tomorrow
  6. Kammermusik
  7. Where Is The Edge?
  8. One One (live from Cologne)
Review: Norwegian jazz veteran Bugge Wesseltoft has a long history of embracing electronic music, and has in the past collaborated with some of Oslo's finest (most notably DJ Strangefruit, the madman behind Mungolian Jet Set) and Laurent Garnier. Here, he joins forces with another man prone to open-minded experimentation, German house producer Henrik Schwartz. In truth, the album is a far more traditional jazz set than many would have expected, and Wesseltoft's contributions - his immaculate piano playing in particular - take centre stage. Listen carefully, though, and Schwartz's delicate electronics, mood-setting ambience and intricate grooves come over loud and clear.
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out of stock $12.95
9
Cat: PERL 86CD. Rel: 11 Jul 11
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Missing You Less
  2. Soon
  3. Pressed For Time
  4. Country Way Of Life
  5. 41
  6. Ocbinh's Groove
Review: For their 86th release the mighty, mighty Perlon bring on board Margaret Dygas with a self titled not EP not album. Working her way through sparse and cosmic minimal spirals as we expect, "Missing You Less" shows her delicate edge with light piano keys and muffled strings giving a feminine touch to her otherwise driving style. "Soon" reverts to Dygas as we know her, with hitting drum patterns and reverbed tech goodness from the start. "Country Way Of Life" on the second disk is meandering and spooky, with indecipherable vocals popping up intermittently as a heavy kick and syncopated drums rise from below. "Ocbinh's Groove" meanwhile is dark and moody, as pads swoop and samples howl. Diverse, quality, pure minimal techno... Perlon live on.
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out of stock $12.95
10
Cat: NUCD 007. Rel: 25 Jul 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
  1. True
  2. Faster Daddy
  3. Slumber
  4. Short Bus
  5. Relentless
  6. Rampant Behaviour
  7. So Far Away
  8. Cold Tenderness (remix)
  9. Short Bus (Jus Wan remix)
  10. True (Jack Dixon remix)
  11. Slumber (ASC remix)
Review: Edinburgh-based DJ, producer, blogger and Echodub label owner DFRNT (aka Alex Cowles) has chosen an apt title for his second full-length. Perhaps more than any other dubstep or dub techno producer, Cowles makes music designed to provoke an emotional response. In parts deep and melancholic, in others bright and breezy, Cowles' tracks are influenced as much by classic IDM and electronica as Basic Channel or the mellow junglisms of LTJ Bukem and the Good Looking label. As a result, Emotional Response is an easy, rewarding and highly enjoyable listen, flitting effortlessly between sturdy dancefloor grooves and satin-lined headphone fodder.
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out of stock $9.45
11
Cat: SINO 105CD. Rel: 11 Jul 11
Techno
  1. Look What You Did (intro)
  2. Silent Drop (album mix)
  3. Dabasics
  4. Diagonal
  5. Analog (interlude)
  6. True Elements (feat Louder Bays)
  7. Esnite
  8. Tannhauser Gate
  9. Same Process
  10. Origins (interlude)
  11. 146
  12. Beyond You
  13. Beach Kisses (album mix)
  14. Secret Place (interlude)
  15. Not Afraid To Jump
  16. Costa Brava
  17. Eclipso (interlude)
  18. Parallel Fate
  19. Too Much Cyberpunk
  20. Broken Cities (interlude)
  21. Together
  22. All That Wasted Love (outro)
  23. 146
  24. From Girona
  25. Six Hours
  26. After The Drop
  27. Distant Playgrounds
  28. Children Of Yesterday
  29. Your Skin
  30. Changes
  31. I Will Let
  32. Questions
  33. Maulenia
  34. Vertex
  35. My Secret
  36. Early Reflections
  37. Track 37
out of stock $14.03
12
Cat: NOPPACD 001. Rel: 11 Jul 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
  1. Invasion
  2. Earth
  3. Them
  4. Murda
  5. Virus
  6. You & I
  7. Secrets
  8. Malfunction
  9. Tribal Ting
  10. Spiritual Ting
  11. What
  12. Turn It Up
  13. From The Shadows
Review: Finnish producer Tes La Rok is a good example of dubstep's growing global appeal. Despite living thousands of miles away from dubstep's twin hubs of Croydon and Bristol, Jari Niiranen has managed to elbow his way into the scene's top table - thanks in no small part to his prolific output and a signature sound that's intensely atmospheric. Them, his debut full-length, features 13 club-friendly explorations of dubstep's more sinister fringes. At times it's unashamedly paranoid (see the title track or creeping dub of "Murda"), at others icy, aloof and otherworldly. Throughout, Niiranen maintains a strong focus on dubstep's most crucial elements: strong beats and bass.
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out of stock $9.45
13
Cat: BINE 022CD. Rel: 04 Jul 11
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Monosubstituted
  2. Back Into The Here & Now
  3. Future Life
  4. Altostratus Translucidus
  5. Sound Signals For Other Planets
  6. Night Over Mojave Desert
  7. Being Immersed In Another World
  8. Shimmering Dreams
  9. When Night Meets Day
  10. Heliacal Risings Of Aldebaran
  11. Biological Clock (outro)
out of stock $16.47
14
Cat: BU-M 018CD. Rel: 18 Jul 11
Deep House
  1. Do You See
  2. The Mask
  3. In The Midst Of A Good Thing
  4. It Happened To Me
  5. Woman Walking In The Shadows
  6. All Things Being Equal
  7. Fresh Ground
  8. Thinkin About It
  9. Time To Be Movin On
  10. Rising Out Of The Ashes
  11. But I'm Here
  12. Center The Earth
Review: For the last half-decade, Connecticut-based Jenifa Mayanja has quietly been developing a deeply personal take on house music that offers a feminine twist on the global grooves of Joe Claussel and Osunlade. This second full-length offers a chance to revel in that sound, a pleasingly soft focus mix of broken and 4/4 rhythms, emotion-rich jazz pianos, subtle African percussion and dewy-eyed electronics. Woman Walking In The Shadows also highlights Mayanja's other great strength: ideas. From the sleazy sax grooves of "All Things Being Equal" to the impeccable downtempo jazz of "Rising Out of the Ashes" via sleepy deep house and afro-leaning broken beat, Mayanja barely pauses for breath.
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out of stock $10.26
15
Cat: KICD 01. Rel: 04 Jul 11
Techno
  1. Barracuda
  2. Subsurfing
  3. Dead Rider
  4. Reminder
  5. Subsistence
  6. This One 17
  7. Palmskin
  8. Massive Central
  9. Ismic Sky
  10. Reisegefaehrte
out of stock $14.03
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