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Juno Recommends CD Albums

Juno Recommends CD Albums

CD Album Recommendations January 2012
12 Jan 2012
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1
Cat: LOVE 70CD. Rel: 12 Dec 11
Techno
  1. Signature
  2. New Ground
  3. North To South
  4. Intermittent
  5. Dark Details
  6. Execution
  7. Passed Me By
  8. Stitch House
  9. Love Nothing
  10. Sumission
  11. Posers
  12. Bad Wires
  13. We Stay Together (part one)
  14. Cherry Eye
  15. Cracked
  16. Work Gate
  17. We Stay Together (part two)
out of stock $14.66
2
Cat: EQUALIZED 111/01110. Rel: 12 Dec 11
Techno
  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3
  4. Track 4
  5. Track 5
  6. Track 6
  7. Track 7
  8. Track 8
  9. Track 9
Review: Despite the accolades heaped on techno's top producers, there's always been room in the genre for faceless music. While Equalized is not that faceless - his identity has been revealed as German producer par excellence Shed - the music certainly is. For the last few years, he's gleefully been releasing 12" singles full of untitled dancefloor tracks. While some are little more than extended locked grooves, others pair cold rhythms and icy percussion with sparse melodies and warm, hypnotic chords. This first full length for his Equalized label gathers together the best of those tracks on a bleak but surprisingly entertaining aural manifesto.
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out of stock $14.93
3
  1. Welcome To Drexciya
  2. Wavejumper
  3. Lardossen Funk
  4. Bubble Metropolis
  5. Hydro Theory
  6. Beyond The Abyss
  7. Unknown Journey 1
  8. Aquarazorda
  9. Rubick's Cube
  10. Sea Quake
  11. Take Your Mind
  12. Darthouven Fish Men
  13. Dehydration
out of stock $13.89
4
Cat: SKAM 001CD. Rel: 05 Dec 11
Electro
  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3
  4. Part 4
Review: This is something of a treat for fans of British electronica. Originally released as the first ever Skam 12" in 1991, Lego Feet's eponymous debut was the first glimpse IDM fans had of Sean Booth and Rob Brown, the duo who would later go on to greater success under the Autechre moniker. With original 12" copies changing hands for several hundred pounds online, this expanded 20th anniversary CD issue is a welcome reminder of the original's raw power and glistening finesse. With the album presented as a near seamless musical journey - in parts clanking and industrial, at other times shimmering with melodic intent - Lego Feet is far more grandiose and ambitious than anything Booth and Brown have recorded since. A thrilling blast from the past.
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out of stock $12.05
5
Cat: CYBERDANCE 011CD. Rel: 12 Dec 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Snowdrift
  2. Mont Chaberton
  3. Zombie Raffle
  4. Pagan Run
  5. Fade Away
  6. Dignitas Machine
  7. Smearing The Edges
  8. Flies A'Kungan
Review: You might know Ali Renault from his work as part of Heartbreak, or from many a fine release on the seminal Dissident, or maybe more under the radar releases on Cyber Dance, Future Flash and more. An impressive understanding of the four corners of the electro galaxy in Detroit, Rimini, Den Haag and London has permeated all Renault material and is certainly evident here. On this CD version, Renault squeezes out plenty of bicep rippling moments fit for speaker exposure at World Unknown. Additional nods to Renault's influences come in the shape of a guest vocal spot from the iconic Italo voice that is Fred Ventura, whose delightfully off key tones line "Fade Away". Special mention too for the opening track "Snowdrift", which sees Hotel Motel front woman and best pie maker in London Marika Gauci shine.
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out of stock $12.56
6
Cat: EXITCD 010. Rel: 19 Dec 11
Drum And Bass
  1. Cant Say
  2. Marlo
  3. Slant
  4. Lovershell
  5. Just Water
  6. Magda Trench
  7. Re-Occuring
  8. Soul Sees Spirit
  9. Oden
  10. Of Uncertainty
  11. Untitled Dream
  12. Before I Go
out of stock $10.42
7
Cat: EXITCD 009. Rel: 12 Dec 11
Drum And Bass
  1. Celestial March
  2. Depth Excess
  3. Part Human
  4. Black Hole
  5. Declaration
  6. Conscious
  7. Sin City
  8. Fall
  9. Conqueror X
  10. Inversion
  11. Thin Ice
  12. Vindication
  13. Vertigo Reprisal
Review: This collaborative full-length from Loxy and Resound has been in the works for some time, having been slated for release since 2009. Perhaps we should be grateful for these delays and re-writes. Burning Shadows certainly shows greater ambition than most drum and bass albums, opening with two typically atmospheric, sci-fi tinged electronica cuts before gradually increasing the dancefloor pressure as it progresses. It's spooky and atmospheric, but blessed with a far more interesting aural palette than many similar full-length D&B excursions - not to mention a thrilling variety of rhythms and drum sounds, from tribal dubstep beats to skittering junglisms via eerie downtempo grooves. Epic stuff.
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out of stock $5.76
8
Cat: OM 467. Rel: 05 Dec 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. No Bossy Girl (feat Odille Lima)
  2. Feel So Good (feat Odille Lima)
  3. Won't You Please (feat Ladis Site)
  4. Music Is Not Far (feat Odille Lima)
  5. Nicest Aligned (feat Melina Jones)
  6. Sao Paulo
  7. Amazu (interlude)
  8. Forever
  9. Dance Dance
  10. All The Things You Are (interlude)
  11. Love Fever (feat Ricky Husbands)
  12. Come Into The Light (feat Roberto Q Ingram)
  13. Feel So Good (feat Odille Lima - bonus track)
Review: The Madrid-based twosome Wagon Cookin' have enjoyed a long and varied career, thanks in no small part to their ability to reinvent themselves. Having previously touched on broken beat, nu-jazz, deep house and the kind of organic, wholesome fodder that would once have been classed as "spiritual", this fourth long-player finds them in full-on synth-disco mode. The result is an album that draws from both classic NYC synth boogie and mid '80s soul, recreating the ubiquitous synth-pop and disco futurism of the era through a series of hooky creations. Along the way there are enough diversions to keep things interesting, including a synth-heavy hip-hop collab with San Fran rapper Melina Jones.
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out of stock $10.21
9
  1. Oasis Three
  2. Oasis Two
  3. Oasis One
  4. Oasis Four
  5. Oasis Five
  6. Oasis Six
  7. Oasis Seven
  8. Oasis Eight
  9. Oasis Nine
  10. Oasis Ten
  11. Oasis Eleven
  12. Oasis Twelve (Short Circuit)
  13. Oasis Thirteen (2011 mix)
  14. Oasis Thirteen (1/2 Fabrik mix)
  15. Oasis Fourteen (2011 Loud mix)
Review: Before Omar-S became a global cult hero amongst the underground house and techno community, there was Oasis - a collaborative project with fellow Detroit producer Shadow Ray that spawned two full-length albums of deep, stripped-back Motor City grooves. This timely reissue offers an expanded version of their 2004 debut set, Oasis Collaborating. Given that it was Alex "Omar" Smith's first attempt at an album it's pretty impressive, offering a hypnotic, otherworldly mix of cuts that icily flits between stone-cold drum tracks, droning ambience, mildly aloof club workouts and glistening, space age techno. This edition also includes three previously unreleased cuts, including two 2011 remakes that bring the originals bang up to date.
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 in stock $21.22
10
Cat: 90DSR/CFC-CD 1. Rel: 12 Dec 11
Techno
  1. Revolt Dx
  2. Escapism
  3. Elude
  4. Lonely Run
  5. Shadows Of The Invisible
  6. Timelapse
  7. Within
  8. Aquinas Control
  9. Ominous
  10. Diversion
Review: At a time when classic-sounding techno is at a premium, Boris Bunnik aka Conforce is one of its main proponents, right? Wrong. It would be too easy and simplistic to dismiss the Dutch producer as merely revisiting the sounds that were current during the mid-90s, and Escapism, like his other releases for Clone, Rush Hour and Delsin, does much to dispel any pre-conceived notions about him. One of the common themes and sources of inspiration on the album is Bunnik's love of swirling, ambient textures. Spacey melodies unfold all the way through "Aquinas Control" as a dubby, rippling bass takes hold, while on the title track; glassy percussion and shuffling 808s provide the electro backing to Bunnik's atmospheric chords. There are times too when it sounds like Conforce has completely immersed himself in electronic music's reflective, esoteric side and the evocative, shimmering synths of "Timelapse" could have been part of a long lost sci-fi soundtrack. On other occasions, Escapism sounds earthy, grainy and twitchy, especially on the detuned textures of "Diversion" or "Revolt DX", which sees Bunnik drop a gained, jarring rhythm track. However, the real highlights occur when Bunnik occupies a place where all of these sounds meet, like the ghostly pads and forceful bass of "Elude" or the hushed tones and uplifting synths of "Ominous". It's also where you'll find this year's most eloquent articulation of techno escapism.
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out of stock $13.61
11
  1. What About The Child
  2. If You Can Dance
  3. Ain't That Funky Enough
  4. Plastic Lady
  5. People Will Be People
  6. Gimme Some Love
  7. You Are So Wonderful
  8. Without You
  9. Now I Know
  10. What About The Child (instrumental)
out of stock $12.56
12
Cat: FOKUZCD 008. Rel: 26 Dec 11
Drum And Bass
  1. True Love
  2. Sweet Nightmare
  3. Dreams
  4. Miracles
  5. Carnival
  6. Warm Eyes
  7. Just Relax & Look At The Sky
  8. Untitled
  9. Song For You
  10. Lets Fall In Love
  11. Give It To Me
  12. Days Are Cold
  13. Throne
  14. Minutes To Midnight
Review: Despite being only 20 years of age, Kazakhstani liquid funk maestro Command Strange has already built up a discography of well over 50 releases - including 12s on Hospital, Fokuz and Influenza. Say what you like, but the kid's got some work rate. Of course, this would mean nothing without skills and musical talent, but Command Strange has both in bundles. As a result, this second full-length - a follow-up to 2010's impressive debut album Soul Booster - is something of a delight. It mixes typically deep and cosmic concoctions (see the brilliant "Just Relax & Look At The Sky") with serious liquid rollers and occasional forays into straightforward downtempo territory ("Untitled"). If you like your D&B deep, liquid and musical, you should be all over it.
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13
Cat: OBIRCD 001. Rel: 05 Dec 11
Uplifting Trance
  1. Found A Way (feat Fisher)
  2. Let Go (feat Sonic Element)
  3. Dream State
  4. Perfect As You Are (feat Julie Harrington)
  5. Never Enough (feat Julie Harrington)
  6. I Am Yours (feat Fisher)
  7. Porn Star Martini (feat Ben Gold)
  8. Something To Me (feat Julie Harrington)
  9. Where Are You Now (feat Solar Movement)
  10. Music Database
  11. Back For More
  12. Track 12
out of stock $9.69
14
Cat: TONE 46. Rel: 05 Dec 11
Experimental/Electronic
  1. 0318
  2. 0319
  3. 0320
  4. 0322
  5. 0324
  6. 0325
  7. 0327
  8. 0328
  9. 0330
  10. 0401
  11. 0402
  12. 0404
  13. 0405
  14. 0407
  15. 0409
  16. 0411
  17. 0415
  18. 0417
  19. 0419
  20. 0423
  21. 0424
  22. 0425
  23. 0428
  24. 0429
out of stock $15.19
15
Cat: LRN 0108CD. Rel: 05 Dec 11
  1. This Train
  2. Right Down To You
  3. I Die
  4. Swing WIth Me
  5. Angle Star
  6. Friday Night Fly
  7. Down By Babylon
  8. Real Love
  9. Bird Of Flames
  10. Polish Poem
  11. The Truth Is
out of stock $12.56
16
Cat: ELIMCD 001. Rel: 12 Dec 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
  1. Jade Mountain
  2. Falling Low
  3. Aisle Seat
  4. Dolven
  5. Duration Of Light
  6. Retreated
  7. Traverse
  8. Across The Sea
  9. Among The Whispers
  10. Stuck Between
  11. Under Control
  12. All That We've Been Through
out of stock $12.56
17
Cat: 2790436. Rel: 05 Dec 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Our Day Will Come
  2. Between The Cheats
  3. Tears Dry (original version)
  4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (2011)
  5. Like Smoke (feat Nas)
  6. Valerie ('68 version)
  7. The Girl From Ipanema
  8. Half Time
  9. Wake Up Alone (original recording)
  10. Best Friends, Right?
  11. Body & Soul (with Tony Bennett)
  12. A Song For You
out of stock $14.66
18
  1. Welcome Aboard
  2. Interplanetary Music
  3. This Son Is Coming Up (feat George Lewis Jr)
  4. Pelu Tolo (dub)
  5. Close To Everything (feat George Lewis Jr)
  6. Changalaxy
  7. A Big Ship Passing
  8. Music For Responsible Reprogenetics Public Service Broadcast (feat Bishi Bhattacharya)
  9. We'll Meet Again (feat Marina Gasolina)
  10. Music For Love Drone Advert (feat Sandro Perri)
  11. Simulation Crocodile Skin Handbag
  12. The Curse Of Greyface
  13. Diamonds In The Mind Of Talula
  14. Anywhere
  15. Buckaroo Banzai
  16. Come On Humans!
out of stock $12.31
19
Cat: BEC 5161060. Rel: 05 Dec 11
Electro House
  1. Intro
  2. Lose Yourself (feat Ann Saunderson)
  3. Love Shot
  4. INYN
  5. Fireworks Hotmix
  6. Silver Island
  7. White Knight Two
  8. Rock It
  9. Harry (feat Bobmo)
  10. Never Let Go (feat Kevin Irving)
  11. Fan Out
  12. Gold Island
  13. Ultra Light
  14. Quattro (feat Bobmo)
  15. Silver Spring Anthem
  16. End Morning
out of stock $12.31
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GAISER presents VOID
Cat: MINUS 115CD. Rel: 19 Dec 11
Experimental/Electronic
  1. FNG
  2. FRZ
  3. SNW
  4. MLT
  5. PLB
  6. BSM
  7. FLN
  8. TST
  9. UTL
Review: Having previously excelled with a series of dancefloor-shaking techno 12s for Ritchie Hawtin's M_nus imprint, Jon Gasier shifts focus for an album of sparse, icy and occasionally otherworldly ambience. Feeling at times a little like Siberia-cold minimalism stripped down to the bare bones, No Sudden Movement is initially a hard record to warm to. Listen again, though, and you'll soon find yourself beguiled by its drifting melodies, glacial soundscapes and Biosphere-ish compositions. At times it recalls classic early 90s ambient moments such as Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works series - an accolade rarely given to contemporary downbeat electronica.
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out of stock $13.88
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