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CD Album Recommendations April 2014

Juno Recommends CD Albums

Juno Recommends CD Albums

CD Album Recommendations April 2014
1 Apr 2014
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Cat: DIRTCD 06. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Deep House
  1. BYO
  2. 64 Ways (feat Mayer Hawthorne)
  3. Me, Myself & You
  4. Thoughts Of She
  5. Monkey Wrench
  6. Shotgun
  7. Center Of Gravity (feat Sandra Amarie)
  8. For The Love Of
  9. The Fat Rat
  10. He's Just This Guy You Know?
  11. Huh, What!
  12. F6
  13. You, Me, Here, Now
Review: It's been a swift rise for Lars Dales & Maarten Smeets, the Amsterdam-based pair known as Detroit Swindle, since they first appeared together across a clutch of 12"s in 2012. Though Detroit Swindle have graced Tsuba, Heist, Freerange and Murmur over this period, it's Dirt Crew Recordings they are most closely associated with so it makes perfect sense for Dales and Smeets to issue their debut LP on the German label. Boxed Out features some ten tracks deep across two slabs of white vinyl (attn Detroit Swindle fans: CD and Digital editions offer a further three cuts) and features guest spots from Mayer Hawthorne and Sandra Amarie. The horizontal beatdown of "You, Me, Here, Now" and Quantic sampling "Thoughts Of She" are highlights.
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Cat: DIALCD 030. Rel: 31 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Some Kind Of Up & Down Yes
  2. Drop Frame
  3. Transducer
  4. Solaris
  5. Decay
  6. Subatomic
  7. Track 93
  8. The Meadow
  9. Parallaxis
  10. Ohara
Review: Dial regular Efdemin returns with a third album of a respected career, with the autumnal theme of Decay inspired by the German producer's three-month artist residency in Kyoto, Japan. Sollmann immersed himself in the local culture while in Kyoto, attending ceremonies with monks at temples and visiting local instrument makers. This results in a ten track set that canvasses the sort of poignant, introverted house music that's characterised much of Phillip Sollmann's work as Efdemin to date. There are however a few stylistic surprises along the way - the stripped back, jacking "Transducer" or the fusion of jazzy licks and noisy bursts of percussion that makes up the title track - but overall you'd be hard pushed to think of a better label to house Decay than Dial.
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out of stock $7.54
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Cat: ECHOSPACE 313CD. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Luna Petra
  2. Serenity Thru Sorrow
  3. Clouds Beyond
  4. Energies Collide
  5. Durveda
  6. Evocation
  7. Sella Bay
  8. Subtraktive
  9. Subtraktive (The Sight Below mix)
  10. Subtraktive (Reference mix)
  11. Subtraktive (Deepchord Presents Echospace live mix)
  12. Subtraktive (King Midas Sound dub)
  13. Subtraktive (Intrusion's Enchantment edit)
  14. Subtraktive (Bvdub's Journey East Of The Lotus Leaves)
Review: Dub techno fans have been waiting a long time to hear Dimensional Space, which was recorded between 1996 and 2010 but seemingly lost following a flood at Echospace's Detroit studio back in 2011. Miraculously, much of the material has been salvaged and re-mastered from dried out reel-to-reel tapes, giving CV313's already crackly, spaced-out originals an extra crustiness that's extremely appealing. Musically, there's plenty to enjoy, from the clandestine pulse of "Luna Petra" and hypnotic, Rhythm & Sound style "Clouds Beyond", to the clandestine atmospherics of "Durveda". As if that wasn't enough, the second disc also boasts a string of fine remixes from the likes of King Midas Sound and BVDub.
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4
  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
  10. Track 10
  11. Track 11
  12. Track 12
  13. Track 13
  14. Track 14
  15. Track 15
  16. Track 16
  17. Track 17
  18. Track 18
  19. Track 19
  20. Track 20
  21. Track 21
Review: Given his strong faith and decidedly cosmic approach to music, it's perhaps not that surprising that Joe Clausell's latest project is a mix of gospel music. What's perhaps most interesting about Praise 2 (In Praise of The Sun) is the variety of the material on offer. Gospel has long been a cornerstone of black American dance music, and Clausell wisely tries to tell the full story. So, while there are crackly early gospel recordings from the 1930s, gospel-funk from the '60s and all-acapella recordings, he also touches on disco, boogie, soulful house and 80s gospel soul. The result is a riotous mix that's as entertaining as it is righteous.
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out of stock $19.39
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Cat: KOMPAKTCD 114. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Yaiza
  2. Ruckzug
  3. Ubersprung
  4. Sharav
  5. Dynamik
  6. Majestat
  7. Cocos
  8. Elektron
  9. Katzenjammer
  10. Droixhe
  11. Macchina
  12. Ebbe
  13. Lithium
  14. Montag
Review: We've been waiting anxiously for this one and it's finally landed - not only on our shelves but also on our office turntable, where it's spinning around endlessly and hypnotizing us into a state of total folly. Kompakt has always had a knack for signing the right record at the right time and this debut LP from Vermont aka Marcus Worgull and Motor City Drum Ensemble's Danilo Plessow is an absolute winner! The album is basically any synth lover's paradise, where sparse but rhythmic melodies glide in and out of foreboding tunnels and more docile landscapes. We're especially pleased with Plessow's impressive step into more experimental, Krautrocky territories and really putting his synth collection to work here.
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Cat: DFA 2396CD. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Secret (feat Reggie Watts)
  2. Dingbat (feat The Museum Of Love)
  3. Do That Dance (feat Nancy Whang)
  4. Do It (Right) (feat Lidell Townsell)
  5. Feels Real (feat Jenr)
  6. Space Race
  7. Feels Like (feat Holly Backler)
  8. We Got A Love (feat Reggie Watts)
  9. Tempset
Review: Since making his debut back in 2006, Irish producer Marcus Lambkin has become one of DFA's most reliable artists. His style - a tactile, synth-heavy blend of disco, fuzzy rock and quirky house - is perfectly suited to James Murphy's iconic imprint. Here, he delivers his second album, an expansive and upbeat sprint through his many influences in the company of an all-star cast of collaborators (Museum of Love, Nancy Whang, Reggie Watts etc). Highlights include the low-slung dub disco-meets-classic US house groove of "Feels Real" (where Jenr does a passable impression of Sylvester), the strobe light analogue house of "Do It (Right)" and the intoxicating, kaleidoscopic electro-disco of "Space Race".
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out of stock $8.45
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Cat: OSTGUTTONCD 30. Rel: 31 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Entire
  2. Heartbeat
  3. Testcard
  4. Instant
  5. Ya Po
  6. The Scheme Of Things
  7. He Said
  8. Cursor Item Only
  9. If
  10. Fast Null
Review: Given his relatively high productivity, it's something of a surprise to find that A Series of Shocks is Tobias Freund's first solo album since 2011. Happily, this return to longtime home Ostgut Ton is impressive. Beginning with the beatless melodic pulse of the Steve Reich-influenced "Entire", Freund works his way through a range of clandestine techno compositions, touching on claustrophobic acid and intense late night thump ("Testcard", "Ya Po"), scratchy Chicago jack ("Instant"), deeper moods ("The Scheme of Things") and, most thrillingly, early '90s influenced intelligent techno. It's in these moments - "If" and tactile ambient breaks of "Cursor Item Only" - that A Series of Shocks really flies.
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out of stock $9.83
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Cat: RN 154CD. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Serendipity March
  2. The River
  3. Evento
  4. The River (reprise)
  5. Blank Empire
  6. L'envol
  7. Amber Decay
  8. Apogee
  9. History Of Obscurity
  10. Crystal
  11. Transitional Ballistics
  12. Son
Review: This fourth album from experimental techno producer Kangding Ray (real name David Letellier) is based around a loose but intriguing concept. According to the producer, the 12 tracks were arranged to form four distinct musical arcs. This compositional tool gives the album a rising and falling feel, as crunchy, distorted, pulsating dancefloor techno (see "Evento", "Blank Empire" and "Another Decay") gives way to spooky IDM ("Transitional Ballistics"), stargazing electronica ("Apogee", "History of Obscurity") and crystalline ambience ("The River"), before beginning the cycle all over again. The themes can be distilled further, too, with Solens Arc coming on like an extended battle between the contrasting forces of darkness and light.
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out of stock $16.71
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Cat: GI 208CD. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Awake
  2. Montana
  3. L
  4. Dye
  5. See
  6. Apogee
  7. Spectre
  8. Plains
Review: It's been some three years since the release of Dive, the most recent full length from Scott Hansen's decidedly Balearic Tycho project. Here he returns to regular home Ghostly International with Awake, his fourth full-length. It sees him in fine form, delivering a sun-bright set that melds blissful guitars and shoegaze textures with hazy electronics, warm grooves and orange-hued atmospherics. Hansen is a master at creating unashamedly positive, evocative music, and Awake is full of these kind of smile-inducing moments. Aside from being impeccably well made, it is also pleasingly cheery. If you've yet to succumb to his charms, Awake is a great place to start.
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out of stock $10.02
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Cat: MMS 022CD. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Supplier
  2. Scarface
  3. Deeper
  4. High
  5. Harold's
  6. Bomb
  7. Shitsville
  8. Thuggin'
  9. Real
  10. Uno
  11. Robes
  12. Broken
  13. Lakers
  14. Knicks
  15. Shame
  16. Watts
  17. Pinata
out of stock $11.32
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Cat: AICD 02. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Capstan
  2. Anti-Jupiter
  3. Second Uniform Estimate
  4. Fringe Morals
  5. A Smaller Divide
  6. Triptiek
  7. Sequential Convex
  8. Self-Adjoint
  9. Kanton3
  10. Norms Of True Behavior
  11. Tetras Part
Review: Sendai duo Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey do not make fluffy, comfortable music. Their 2012 debut album, Geotope, was a veritable feast of dystopian rhythms, glitchy electronics, brain-melting noises and twitching computer glitches. This belated follow-up sticks to the formula, delivering a set of raw tracks that veers wildly between skuzzy, starburst electro ("Second Uniform Estimate"), iron-clad uneasy techno futurism ("A Smaller Divide"), Autechre-ish computerized crustiness ("Tripitek"), experimental ambience (the clanking, modem symphony "Self Adjoint") and becalmed electronic fuzziness (the decidedly spooky "Norms of True Behavior"). Even at its most unorthodox, there's an unusual beauty and picturesque quality amongst the electronic chaos.
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Cat: CDV 3123. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. First Song
  2. Love Sublime (feat Nile Rodgers)
  3. Pressure (feat Thabo)
  4. Feel Of Love (feat Jamie Lidell)
  5. No Colour
  6. Ten Minutes
  7. Kill The Time (feat Fiora)
  8. Selfish (feat Jeremy Glenn)
  9. Good Enough To Keep (feat Nile Rodgers)
  10. Holla
  11. Listen Everybody
  12. See Right Through (feat Fiora)
  13. No Relief (feat Fiora)
  14. Things Left To Say
  15. 58 BPM (feat Fiora)
  16. Last Song
Review: There's no doubt that Glow, the long-awaited debut full-length from chart-bothering nu-disco/deep house/synth-Balearica fusionist Marco "Tensnake" Niemerski, feels like an "event" release. Released on major label Virgin EMI, and featuring an impressive all-star cast of collaborators - Chic's Nile Rodgers, Jamie Lidell and Stuart Price amongst them - it perfectly captures Niemerski's floor-focused, radio-friendly sound (think chiming synth melodies, baggy grooves, addictive vocals and kaleidoscopic compositions). As befits an album of this nature, there are plenty of musical shifts (from the boss-influenced, piano-laden Balearica of "Listen Everybody", to the deep nu-disco shuffle of previous single "See Right Through", via the skittering, saucer-eyed, dubstep-influenced future R&B of "Holla"), and enough sing-along moments to impress even the most cynical of critics.
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out of stock $10.33
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Cat: FFD 004. Rel: 31 Mar 14
Deep House
  1. An Artists Struggle (intro)
  2. Episode Of Love
  3. I'm Still
  4. I'm Still Here
  5. Got No Time To Waste
  6. Be Free
  7. What Can I Be
  8. The Blackness
  9. Over You
  10. Heart Strings (outro)
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14
Cat: EFCD 12. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Vous Dansez
  2. Schritte
  3. Computerstimme
  4. Taking It
  5. Let's Go
  6. Want No Other
  7. The Beginning
  8. Two More
  9. Fallin'
  10. Le Troublant Acid
Review: A self-professed vinyl junkie and one half of Force of Nature alongside DJ Kent, KZA has a strong affiliation with the Endless Flight offshoot of Mule Musiq. Four years ago saw the release of his debut album Dig & Edit on the label, and he's also been responsible for a raft of 12?s on Endless Flight - including the classic Le Troublant Acid - as well as mixing two volumes of their showcase compilation series I'm Starting To Feel Okay. Now Dig & Edit 2 has arrived, and it's a continuation of the approach the producer took with his debut set. Some ten tracks long, Dig & Edit Vol. 2 largely consists of new material that KZA sampled from his extensive record collection and subsequently arranged with the assistance of Mule Musiq boss Kuniyuki, though it does end on the aforementioned, previously released Paul Martin-sampling stunner "Le Troublant Acid". All in all, essential.
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Cat: LOVE 094CD. Rel: 31 Mar 14
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Giff Riff
  2. Stay Ugly
  3. Temper Tantrum
  4. Spectral Source
  5. Corrosive
  6. Drop The Vowels
  7. Black Down
  8. Quay
Review: Although now better known for their respective solo work, and the latter's involvement with Sean Canty as Demdike Stare, Andy Stott (pictured above) and Miles Whittaker's Millie & Andrea project stands as one of Modern Love's more unique projects. Releasing a string of 12? singles on Modern Love sub-label Daphne from 2008-2010, the duo's music under the name experimented with various combinations of 2-step, jungle, grime, dub techno and footwork across five 12? singles. Now they return with Drop the Vowels, which makes complete sense given underground music's renewed fascination with all things revolving around the hardcore continuum. Just as wide ranging as previous material, with the LP covers the kind of tectonic mood pieces and wiry noise techno as Stott and Whittaker's recent solo material whilst delivering some of the most straight-up dancefloor material Modern Love has put out in years. Without doubt one of the albums of the year.
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out of stock $14.82
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Cat: SUBSCD 005. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Drum And Bass
  1. Tentacles
  2. Drag Me
  3. Others
  4. Insomnia
  5. Drunken Master
  6. Ready
  7. Velocity
  8. Scanner
  9. The Mod
  10. Tekkers
  11. Reptile (Mindscape remix)
  12. Earth (The Sect remix)
out of stock $10.52
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Cat: FIREC 012CD. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Serenity Cosmos
  2. Awake Walk
  3. Navelintdor
  4. Alone In Hawaii
  5. Harmony Study
  6. Foxana
  7. A Replica Of Yourself
  8. 12121212
  9. The Pacific Command
  10. Toluka Lake View
  11. Tiny Little Faces
  12. Bad Request
Review: Rome-based Panoram is something of a mystery. Very little is known about him, and he's hardly prolific - in fact, this debut album is only his second release, after 2012's acclaimed (and now devilishly hard to find) Accents 12" on Scenario. The mystery is heightened by his scattergun approach to music-making; Everyone is a Door's 10 tracks variously take in warm, jazz-flecked analogue pop, Eric Satie style piano movements, quirky ambience, Boards of Canada-ish IDM and decidedly cosmic synth wig-outs. Throughout, there's an off-kilter, soft focus feel to proceedings that's never less than thrillingly atmospheric. Everyone is a Door, then, is an impressive debut album; expect to hear more from the mysterious Roman in coming years.
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out of stock $16.15
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Cat: 50WEAPONCD 16. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Footwork/Juke
  1. Intro
  2. Just You (feat Josefina)
  3. Warped
  4. 11th (feat Sam Binga)
  5. Space Apples
  6. Malus
  7. One Fall (feat Josefina)
  8. The Splirit Level
  9. Bad Seed
  10. Abandon (feat Josefina)
  11. 167 Blast (feat DJ Die)
  12. Cultivate
  13. Rzor (feat Sam Binga & MC DRS)
  14. Ain't It Love
Review: Stepping up with his second album for 50 Weapons, Addison Groove is once again mining the rhythmic excitement of juke and footwork and working it into his blue-hued melodic headspace. Standout vocal cut '"Just You" is a prime example of the upbeat flavour across the album, while "11th" matches the plush harmonies with moodier switch-ups, and "The Spirit Level" drops the tempo into a house bump that lends itself to the illustrious synth sweeps. Typically though the beats are in that twitchy middle ground between dubstep and footwork, leaving plenty of space for razor-sharp constructions and dazzling edits as best demonstrated on the dynamic acid roll of "Space Apples". Chaos abounds on the B Side where Developer's frantic side is shown via "Promiscuous" whilst the tightly wound "Pulstar" is quite hypnotic.
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out of stock $11.59
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Cat: FLDSCD 001. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Woven Ancestry
  2. Adrift (feat Kathrin Deboer)
  3. Automaton (feat Braids)
  4. Supine
  5. Seething
  6. Numb (feat Kathrin Deboer)
  7. Impacts
  8. Empyrean
  9. Apparitions
  10. Potency
  11. Awakening
out of stock $10.52
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Cat: GONDCD 009. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Murmuration
  2. Garden Dog Barbecue
  3. Kamaloka
  4. Fort
  5. One Percent
  6. Home
  7. The Letter
  8. To Drown In You
  9. Shock & Awe
  10. Hopopono
out of stock $5.38
21
Cat: MRBCD 110. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Classics/Ska
  1. Mungo's Hi-Fi - "Herbalist" (feat Top Cat - P[rince Fatty mix)
  2. Mungo's Hi-Fi - "Scrub A Dub Style" (feat Sugar Minott - Prince Fatty mix)
  3. Mungo's Hi-Fi - "Did You Really Know" (feat Soom T - Prince Fatty mix)
  4. Mungo's Hi-Fi - "Under Arrest" (Prince Fatty mix)
  5. Mungo's Hi-Fi - "Divorce A L'Italienne" (feat Mirna P - Prince Fatty mix)
  6. Prince Fatty & Hollie Cook - "Sugar Water" (Mungo's Hi-Fi mix)
  7. Prince Fatty - "Dry Your Tears" (feat Winston Francis - Mungo's Hi-Fi mix)
  8. Prince Fatty & Horseman - "Horsemove" (Mungo's Hi-Fi mix)
  9. Prince Fatty - "Say What You're Saying" (feat George Dekker - Mungo's Hi-Fi mix)
  10. Prince Fatty - "For Me You Are" (feat Hollie Cook - Mungo's Hi-Fi mix)
out of stock $8.83
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Cat: LAR 045. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Deep House
  1. Creative Power (The Album)
  2. Sleepless Nights
  3. Hope Music (feat Mr V)
  4. Toybox
  5. Guiding Star
  6. Deeper Like This (feat Marie Tweak)
  7. With Me
  8. Pitch Commotion
  9. I Love You (feat Kenny Bobien)
  10. Money Value
  11. Endless Game
  12. Soupspoon
  13. Blue Screen - "Move Me Up" (feat Jennifer Hall - Harley & Muscle deep remix - Early Years)
  14. Shauna Davis - "Try My Love" (Harley & Muscle deep remix)
  15. El Cubano - "Esta Es La Vida" (Harley & Muscle deep remix)
  16. Bob Manning - "Shine On You" (Harley & Muscle deep remix)
  17. Harley & Muscle - "Tonight" (Harley & Muscle deep remix)
  18. J Martin Jr - "Is Going To Be" (Harley & Muscle deep remix)
  19. Martina Hall - "Got To Get It" (Harley & Muscle deep remix)
  20. Harley & Muscle - "Feel The Groove"
  21. Harley & Muscle - "You Cannot Leave Me No More"
out of stock $23.98
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