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CD Album Recommendations February 2013

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CD Album Recommendations February 2013
7 Feb 2013
  1. Beglammered
  2. Never There
  3. Skwatch
  4. Another Lonely City
  5. Late Flowering Lust
  6. Late Flowering Dub
  7. We Are The Axis
  8. One Minute's Silence
  9. The Quiet Dignity (Of Unwitnessed Lives)
  10. A Love From Outer Space (version 2)
Review: Ruled by Passion, Destroyed by Lust marks the fine debut of The Asphodells, Andrew Weatherall's latest collaboration with close friend and creative foil Timothy J Fairplay. Their compatibility shines through, taking their shared interests and inspirations and playfully tosses them together to create a stylish, coherent whole. The album displays its dark underbelly proudly, but there are more than enough shards of light to inspire those salivating after the bold melodies of Two Lone Swordsmen or the naive, child-like bagginess of Weatherall's Screamadelica era work. At times reminiscent of New Order and others cripplingly paranoia inducing, this ten track set concludes in sublime fashion with the duo's dreamy, cosmic disco-era cover of A.R. Kane's "A Love From Out Of Space"
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 in stock $13.04
Cat: EOD 219EP. Rel: 04 Feb 13
  1. Matter
  2. Travellax Acid
  3. Zinking
  4. Innsmouth
  5. I Hear 3
  6. Arrow
  7. Return To Star Base Zero
  8. Beyond The Corridors
  9. The Color Out Of Space
  10. Retcho
out of stock $12.46
Cat: KMCD 04. Rel: 04 Feb 13
  1. 303/303/303/606
  2. 303/303/303/303/606
  3. 202/303/303/303/606/606
  4. 202/202/303/303/606
  5. 303/303/303/303/707/808
  6. 303/303/303/303
  7. 303/303/303/303/808
  8. 303/303/303/303
out of stock $15.06
  1. Smokeys Illegitimate Report
  2. The Countdown Has Begun
  3. Auquabahn
  4. Intensified Magnetron
  5. Sea Snake
  6. Flying Fish
  7. The Mutant Gillmen
  8. Unknown Journey IV
  9. Nautilus
  10. Vampire Island
  11. Aqua Worm Hole
  12. The Bubble Chamber
  13. You Don't Know
  14. Red Hills Of Lardossa
Review: Few electronic acts could easily sustain three expansive 'best of' compilations, but then Detroit techno-electro fusionists Drexciya weren't your average electronic artists. In the space of little more than 12 EPs and a handful of albums, released in a ten-year burst between 1992 and 2002, James Stinson and Gerald Donald did more to push electronic music forwards than many of their Motor City peers. This third retrospective in Clone's excellent Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller series expands on the first two volumes, swimming between atmospheric IDM ("Aqua Worm Hole", "Vampire Island"), balls-deep techno workouts ("Nautilus", "Intensified Magnetron") and shimmering future electro (the futuristic Kraftwerk vibes of "Aquabahn").
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out of stock $14.78
Cat: STILLMCD 08. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Across The Room
  2. Breathe
  3. Clouds
  4. Sandipper
  5. All Over Me
  6. This
  7. Backseat Lover
  8. Intersection
  9. Mind Forest
  10. Let Go
  11. Breathe Jerome (Derradji remix)
Review: Motional Response marks the excellent (and long overdue) debut album from Canadian producer Basic Soul Unit which finds a welcome home on the Still Music imprint. In the works for some two years, the album follows an eminently impressive array of releases for the likes of Mathematics, Creme Organization, Dolly, Mule and most recently Nonplus and sees the Toronto based artist otherwise known as Stuart Li craft ten tracks of elaborate techno. Anyone with a firm grasp of the Basic Soul Unit style will know not to expect straight up 4/4 and this truth manifests itself in the opening track "Across The Room" which pairs delicate fluttering melodies with bass heavy broken rhythms and remains pleasantly surprising on the ear throughout.
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out of stock $15.35
Cat: ZENCD 129. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Stay I'm Changed
  2. She Sleeps
  3. Straight & Arrow
  4. Uncea
  5. For Karme
  6. Finally Some Shit / The Rain Stopped
  7. Kenny Rolls One
  8. Korben Dallas
  9. Re Assimilate
  10. Bells
Review: There's always been something a little loved-up about the scattergun, genre-bending productions of New York's Drew Lustman, AKA Falty DL. Yet previously, his desire to fuse cutting-edge rhythms with vintage rave references sometimes got in the way. Hardcourage, his first full-length for independent behemoths Ninja Tune, takes a more 'softly-softly' approach. Whereas his last full-length, 2011's You Stand Uncertain, was a kaleidoscopic invitation to start the dance, Hardcourage gently beckons you towards a loving embrace. While there are still plenty of skittish rhythms present, they're wrapped up in a warm orange glow - all serotonin-soaked chords, cascading melodies, bluesy vocal samples and near-Balearic compositions. In many ways it's a startling about-turn, but one that comes heartily recommended.
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out of stock $11.30
Cat: OMNICD 05. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Soulville (intro)
  2. Reason & Sanity
  3. Brand New Thinking
  4. Front Line Colors
  5. Fellin Like Clay
  6. Saigon Say No
  7. Love Of Self
  8. TV Star Joe
  9. Re-Evaluate
  10. Different Light
  11. That's What It Is
  12. Afro Pride Soldier
  13. Boom Bap Dap
  14. Revisionist (Walk On)
  15. Reflection Time
  16. War Baby Bloods
  17. Keep Your Word
  18. GI Resistance
  19. Fort Bragg Revolution
  20. Soul Transformation
  21. Clean Home
  22. I Am Mr Simple
Review: Former 4Hero producer Marc Mac is getting a dab hand at creating bespoke, mixtape-style albums that blend civil rights-era dialogue with fresh, jazz and soul-flecked hip-hop instrumentals. Following on from the excellent Extend The Knowledge and It's Right To Be Civil sets comes Message From Soulville, a set that focuses on the role black Americans played in the Vietnam War. It's another doozy, mixing luscious, string-laden jams, boom-bap beats and head nodding grooves with considered skits and pointed, sample-based commentary. There are some fantastic individual tracks amongst the 70-minute journey, including a near blissful re-tweak of "Walk On By" that's near anthemic in its execution.
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out of stock $6.66
Cat: PERMVAC 0893CD. Rel: 28 Jan 13
  1. Depak Ine
  2. Destiny (feat Pional)
  3. El Oeste
  4. Oro Y Sangre
  5. Journeys (feat Ekhi)
  6. Missing You
  7. Last Land
  8. Estiu
  9. When The Past Was Present
  10. HORSE
  11. So Will Be Now (feat Pional)
  12. Tragedial
  13. Destiny (feat Pional - Bullion version)
  14. Matilda's Dream (LP version)
  15. Mai Mes
  16. Last Land (Kenton Slash Demon remix)
  17. Zanzibar (80 Tapemix)
  18. I Want Tonite
  19. Journeys (feat Ekhi - Bostro Pesopeo remix)
  20. When The Past Was Present (Pachanga Boys Purple remix)
Review: A year after it first wowed critics, John Talabot's brilliant debut album Fin - an expansive exercise in woozy dark-pop, off-kilter dream house and inventive IDM - gets a deserved reissue. This time round, the album has been padded out using a mix of previously released remixes, unheard versions an unreleased bonus cuts. There are some real gems among the nine additional tracks, from Bullion's breezy, off-kilter pop take on "Destiny" and the shimmering electronica of "Tragedial", to a hitherto unheard 'album version' of Talabot's seminal breakthrough cut, "Matilda's Dream". The droning synth-pop of "I Want Tonight" also impresses, as do the skittering rhythms and bold synths of "Zanzibar (80tapemix)". In truth, it's all pretty hot.
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out of stock $9.84
Cat: WARPCD 225. Rel: 04 Feb 13
  1. Light Body Clock Starter
  2. Timeaway
  3. Armonica
  4. Track 4
  5. A Day's Pay For A Day's Work
  6. Young Heart's
  7. Amplified Ease
  8. You Don't Need A Weatherman
  9. Bed Music - North View
  10. Hold Me Down
Review: Having made their name on Hyperdub with a peculiar but steadfastly atmospheric brand of maudlin electronica, Darkstar seemed to have cheered up no end for their Warp debut, News From Nowhere. A far warmer, dreamier set than debut album North, it bristles with woozy, kaleidoscopic chords, tropical melodies and intoxicating vocals. There are moments of shoegazing blissfulness - the James Blake-does-MDMA vibes of "Track 4" and the wonky, indie-electronica of "A Day's Pay For A Day's Work" (think Harry Nilsson or early Pink Floyd, with synthesizers) - as well as intricate forays into string-laden downtempo pop ("Young Hearts") and poppy melancholia (the dub-fuelled "You Don't Need A Weatherman").
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out of stock $10.72
Cat: C705 9802. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. It's All Over Your Body
  2. Sword & Gun (feat Hindi Zahra)
  3. Trouble
  4. Vanguard
  5. Come To My Door
  6. Heaven On The Ground (feat Emily King)
  7. Do You Feel
  8. Make It Right
  9. Bird Of Space
  10. No Beginning No End
  11. Tomorrow
  12. Come To My Door (acoustic version)
Review: Former Brownswood staple and Gilles Peterson fave Jose James enjoyed something of a breakthrough in 2010, with an album that looked to Moodymann and Flying Lotus for inspiration. Here, he returns to his jazz roots with an album for Blue Note that pits his gorgeous baritone vocals against a musical mix that's as slick, warm and soulful as you'd expect. The 12 tracks flit between neo-soul, cosy jazz-funk, acoustic soul, hip-hop soul and trad jazz, with hissing beats, flowing pianos and shuffling grooves at every turn. James is a class act who rarely disappoints, and No Beginning No End should impress familiar fans and excited newcomers alike.
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out of stock $15.94
Cat: RTRAD 654CD. Rel: 14 Jan 13
  1. Wave
  2. Particle
  3. Photon
  4. Spectral Split
  5. Quantum
out of stock $10.14
Cat: AR 027CD. Rel: 04 Feb 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Our World Our Style
  2. Baby Gone
  3. Ballroom Breakers
  4. Tequila Man
  5. En La Orilla Del Danuvio
  6. Black Cat Jive
  7. Do The Chicken Rag
  8. Kali's Kiss
  9. Or Ve Hoshech
  10. An-Nil Al-Azraq
  11. Theme From The Desert Thieves
  12. Barna
out of stock $13.04
Cat: KCD 275. Rel: 28 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. I Was A Seed That Became A Flower
  2. A Second (feat Kai Martin)
  3. Beautiful Searching (feat Marta Gazman - 2012 mix)
  4. Love Like This (feat Sepsenahki)
  5. Hanging On (feat Terrance Downs - 2012 mix)
  6. Exquisite Taste Of Sorrow (interlude)
  7. Truth Comes Shining Through (feat Kai Martin)
  8. Heaven Is Right Here (feat AK - alternate)
  9. In The Light Of Evening (interlude)
  10. Awareness (feat Mia Tuttavilla - 2012 mix)
  11. Menage A Trois
  12. Where Do You Come From (feat Terrance Downs)
  13. Come Back To Me (feat Kai Martin)
  14. Fight The War (outro)
out of stock $11.53
Cat: MBE 100. Rel: 04 Feb 13
  1. Grolzham
  2. The Black Crow
  3. The Falcon
  4. The Fox
  5. The Owl
  6. The Snake
  7. Cash
  8. Funk That Groove
  9. Summer Madness
  10. Horny Tiger
  11. The Airport Lounge
  12. She Leaves
Review: Although often robust and wide-eyed, Marco Bailey's particular brand of techno-inspired electronic music owes as much to classic progressive house, ambient and modern tech-house as it does to Dave Clarke or Detroit futurism. This musical melting pot - born, we can only assume, from nearly two decades of music-making, gives High Volume, his latest full length, a vibrancy sometimes missing on previous exercises. There's much to admire, from the bongo-laden assault of "Summer Madness" and early Black Dog-ish "Grolzham", to the shuffling trip-hop sweetness of "The Airport Lounge" and classical sweep of "She Leaves".
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out of stock $15.06
Cat: CAK 77CD. Rel: 21 Jan 13
  1. Harm In Change
  2. Say That
  3. So Many Details
  4. Rose Quartz
  5. Touch
  6. Cola
  7. Studies
  8. High Living
  9. Grown Up Calls
  10. Cake
  11. Day One
  12. Never Matter
  13. How's It Wrong
out of stock $13.89
Cat: PSY 054. Rel: 28 Jan 13
  1. Substatntial Drift (feat Tlon)
  2. Bienenkorb
  3. Mamor (dedub)
  4. Von Angesicht Zu Angescht
  5. Kalypso
  6. Kronen Dab
  7. Unter Druck
  8. Montreal > Dortmund (with Nuthre)
  9. Monddiode
  10. Serpentine
  11. Nachtigal
  12. Timbre
Review: It's ten years since Dortmund-based sound explorer Krill Minima (aka producer Martin Juhls) delivered his first full-length. In the decade since, he's proved to be a reliable source of warm, click-heavy, dub-flecked electronica (or, as he describes it, "exotic ambient"). Sekundeschla, his fourth album, continues this theme, offering dubbed-out tracks dripping with tumbling melodies, delay-laden fireside chords and the slightest hint of glitchy rhythm. Unlike much similarly-minded material, there's a huggable positivity about Juhls' productions. Even the most horizontal of tracks - such as the becalmed "Unter Druck" and "Kronen Dab" - seem to come from a happy place, far, far away. It's an impressive trait.
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out of stock $11.53
Cat: PLD 0332. Rel: 28 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Tale Of The Big City (intro)
  2. Swing Mode
  3. I Got You
  4. Bring Me Up (feat All Dom)
  5. Kids Play
  6. Get It On (part 1)
  7. What I Do
  8. CompuRhythm
  9. 1983 (feat Hogni Egiltsson)
  10. What U Love
  11. Tale Of The Big City
  12. Get It On (part 2)
  13. I Should Be Sleeping
  14. Over
  15. Get Back
out of stock $16.21
Cat: K 7305LCD. Rel: 04 Feb 13
  1. Zur Guten Ambience
  2. What If
  3. Heatwave
  4. Jayjay
  5. Soda
  6. Meixner
  7. Stuttgart
  8. In My Brain Prinz Eugen
  9. Cavallo
  10. Bonjour
Review: It's been a while since we last heard from Tosca (three years, in fact), and even longer since they released a record that pricked the consciousness of downtempo dub connoisseurs. Thankfully, Odeon is something of an unlikely return to form. Opening with the atmospheric ambience of "Zur Guten Ambience", Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber move through their entire repertoire of spine-tingling, horizontal sounds. Along the way, they touch on folksy iciness ("What If"), alien dub-house ("Heatwave"), Roxy Music-ish art-pop ("Jayjay"), bluesy dub ("Mexiner") and, most notably at all, post-punk funk-pop ("In My Brain Prinz Eugen"). It is, of course, pretty smooth, but that's all part of their stoned charm.
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out of stock $14.78
Cat: SCREAL 001CD. Rel: 21 Jan 13
  1. Her & The Sea
  2. Broken Homes
  3. Like A Ghost In Your Life
  4. A Long Way To Fall
  5. I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance
  6. A Forgotten Birthday
  7. The Weight Of Darkening Skies
  8. Borrowed Time
  9. Ten Years
  10. A Ritual In Time & Death
Review: There's something strangely excitable about the material showcased on this latest full-length offering from German electronics boffin Ulrich Schnauss. Rather than being downbeat but beautiful, full of shoegazing chords and mouse-quiet melodies, much of the material is bold, bubbly and surprisingly rhythmic - like he's necked a load of happy pills and let all his inhibitions drift away. Of course, the glistening electronics still shimmer, but the melodies are bolder and there's a lightness to proceedings that belies his snowy, icy past. "A Forgotten Birthday", for example, is near rush inducing in its breathless positivity. It's certainly a positive change in direction, and one that should win him plenty of new admirers.
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out of stock $14.49
Cat: BFKCD 028. Rel: 21 Jan 13
  1. Back From Mystery City (Subterranean version)
  2. Beautiful Addiction (Self Destruction version)
  3. Witches Crew (Mater Suspiriorum version)
  4. Blood Supreme (Prague Symphony orchestra version)
  5. A Darker Shade Of Noir (Bad Mojo version)
  6. Surrender To The Shadows (Orchestra From Nowhere version)
  7. Permanent Midnight (Noir Swing version)
  8. The Weight Of Darkness (Nocturno version)
  9. Miss Morgue (Deep Red version)
  10. Vampire State Building (White Light-White Heat-White Noise version)
Review: Having previously dabbled with horror soundtracks on their acclaimed albums Permanent Midnight and Back From Mystery City, Italian duo Blakula have decided to go the whole hog and release an album containing library music-inspired horror reworks of previously-released cuts. It's a simple idea, executed brilliantly. There's a sinister Hammer feel to the jagged strings and fuzzy atmospherics of "Blood Supreme" (re-recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra) and "A Darker Shade of Noir (Bad Mojo Version)", while the borderline psychedelic "The Weight of Darkness (Nocturno Version)" and chugging, church organ-laden "Miss Morgue (Deep Red Version)" bristle with ghoulish, nightmarish intent.
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out of stock $10.72
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