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Juno Recommends Leftfield: June 2023

Juno Recommends Leftfield

Juno Recommends Leftfield

Juno Recommends Leftfield: June 2023
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Just Off The M56 (J13) (3:02)
Rocksavage (5:34)
Daresbury Laboratory (4:45)
London's Moving Our Way (7:04)
Thelwall Viaduct (4:35)
Europa Boulevard (6:58)
Busway (3:13)
A Brighter & More Prosperous Future (4:13)
Review: Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan is the musical project of Gordon Chapman-Fox, who creates electronic music inspired by the history and architecture of the New Town (capital N, capital T) he grew up in, Warrington-Runcorn. The Nation's Most Central Location is his fourth album, and explores the theme of the north-south divide in the UK and the broken promises of regional town development - brutal concrete expressed in musical form. Its eight tracks mix ambient, synthpop and industrial, with samples from documentaries, speeches and adverts making up its vocal parts. The album is a nostalgic and critical reflection on the past and present of his hometown, exclusively reflecting on its place in the nation.
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out of stock $33.96
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Cat: TEXT 055. Rel: 15 May 23
 
Ambient/Drone
I Saw You (4:25)
Secret (5:04)
Radio (4:04)
Follow (1:39)
Enough (5:22)
Pause (2:23)
Safety (2:43)
Cmon (5:20)
Trying (3:41)
Chest (4:55)
Come On Home (5:12)
Review: If you don't know the backstory then Fred Again and Brian Eno being on the same record might seem rather unlikely. One is an ambient innovator and long-time musical wizard who has worked with the like of David Bowie on his most seminal albums, and the other is a dance music powerhouse who has turned out plenty of pop hits under his own name and worked on even bigger ones with stars like Ed Sheehan. But as a youth, Fred was mentored by Eno, so there you go. Together they fuse their respective sounds perfectly - Fred's diary-like vocal musings over Eno's painterly synth sequences, the whole thing an immersive and escapist masterclass.
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 in stock $22.83
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Cat: DOAR XII. Rel: 29 May 23
 
Experimental/Electronic
Track 1 (19:35)
Track 2 (22:58)
Review: Several new reissues of Current 93's music come via Cashen's Gap, the home imprint of said industrial supergroup - which infamously includes musical iconoclast David Tibet among its ranks. Night At The Four Winds Bar Maldoror is one of their albums, released in 2023 - it's a complete reworking of their 1986 album Live At Bar Maldoror, with the original album playing forwards in the right-hand channel and backwards in the left-hand channel. Its 15 tracks explore themes of death, apocalypse and transcendence, using a mix of industrial, folk and ambient sounds. Don't miss it, as it's one of the band's many curiosities, and is a star example of what made the band so lauded as among Britain's weirdest acts in the 80s and 90s.
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out of stock $30.26
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Cat: DOAR X. Rel: 29 May 23
 
Experimental/Electronic
Track 1 (12:57)
Track 2 (10:40)
Track 3 (15:58)
Track 4 (5:45)
Review: Anyone who has watched the documentary 'The Sound Of Progress' will know how truly bonkers Current 93 were, and presumably still are. The British experimental group are currently in the process of either reissuing or reinterpreting several of their former LPs and live shows - one of these being Great Aleph Lies Dreaming. This LP is a so-called "ReDreaming" of their 2009 album Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain, and by and large contains an increasingly weird and effected sound compared to the more straightforward original - in turn drew on tropes ranging from the apocalypse to doom metal and stoner rock.
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out of stock $24.94
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Cat: GONDLP 059. Rel: 22 May 23
 
Modern Classical
Allegra
Spring
Stampa
Struggle
Morning
In Between
Knots
Dreamy
Storm
Time
Mountains
Annette
Alberto
Review: The product of an extended residency in the Swiss mountains, 'On Giacometti' is the Hania Rani's latest album, which focuses on the life and art of Swiss national treasure and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Moving piano suites tempered by synth backings and ruinous ambiences are the names of Rani's game, all conveying the sense of peace exuded by the same Swiss mountains that struck Giacometti with divine inspiration. This is a black vinyl version with clear also available.
out of stock $22.28
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Cat: MIND 838. Rel: 15 May 23
 
Experimental/Electronic
Intro (2:01)
Numbers (1:13)
Computer World (4:56)
Computer Love (5:40)
Home Computer (4:50)
Showroom Dummies (5:43)
Neon Lights (8:04)
Trans-Europe Express (10:23)
The Robots (6:08)
Review: Recorded in 1981, Turning Japanese captures Kraftwerk at the absolute height of their creative dominance, but sometime before their true induction into the household name superstar category of artists. Still representing a very forward thinking, boundary pushing and - as a result - specialist sound, this nine-track live recording feels like yesterday's tomorrow.
Opening with a stunning neo-classical synth overture, we're then taken on a journey through the mind of the man machine, an industrial yet somehow strangely human proto-electro world that is defined by order and structure, while still allowing for enough funk and groove to make sure feet, hips and more move seemingly of their own volition. Perhaps not the most insightful take on the pioneering German band - nothing here that hasn't been said before - nevertheless we hope it goes someway to describing how precise, refined and overwhelmingly infectious they can be on stage.
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out of stock $14.06
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Cat: DFA 2699LP/MMJ009. Rel: 05 Jun 23
 
Post Rock/Experimental
Poison Tree (3:04)
Oga For Oga (5:09)
Skammen (3:47)
Sorgen (4:00)
I En Skogg (3:13)
Time Machine (3:53)
Det VI Inte Far (4:04)
Spit Three Times (3:42)
Tiden (4:33)
Review: Oga For Oga is the second solo album by Swedish musician Elin Engstrom, who records as Loopsel, and is also one half of Monokultur. The album is a collection of atmospheric and experimental songs that blend guitar, vocals, synths and field recordings, owing something to the recently popularised sensibility of "gothic folk", with the lines between acoustic and synthetic heard on standout pieces like 'Svart' and 'Hjarta' thoroughly blurred. A formerly DIY-centric project from Engstrom, she's now turned the tide to worldwide distribution, coming to New York's finest DFA Records for the first time.
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out of stock $23.89
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Cat: SSRLP 002. Rel: 29 May 23
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Pullin' Back The Curtain (intro) (0:37)
Dues & Don'ts (3:21)
The Wait (Part1) (0:53)
Fraud Fades (0:52)
Suit Up (4:49)
Mood Swings (0:43)
Mono Pro Bono (2:17)
The Oath (1:21)
Taking The Stand (5:02)
All Rise (1:04)
Sinkhole (0:34)
The Appeal (2:20)
Loyalty Over Royalty (3:18)
The Wait (part 2) (2:07)
No Clouds On A Sunny Day (0:44)
The Wait (part 3) (3:56)
I Rest My Case (0:27)
Review: Three years ago, Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Noam Offir unveiled his debut album as Soul Supreme, a vividly realised fusion of jazz-funk, jazz-fusion, hip-hop, soul and electrofunk flavours that boasted impeccable musicianship. Poetic Justice, the rising star's hotly anticipated follow-up, continues in a similar vein whilst aiming higher. The musicianship is, if anything, even better, with liberal use of horns, P-funk synth sounds, Clavinet, warming electric piano motifs, loose limbed drums (blessed with the swing of live drums, but - we think - MPC-powered). It's basically the same old super Soul Supreme sound, taken to the next level. As a result, Poetic Justice is even better than its lauded predecessor. Don't sleep on this one!
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 in stock $21.22
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Rock On (3:04)
Gotta Be (3:07)
True Colors (3:39)
The Sound Of Us (2:41)
Have A Little Faith In Me (3:08)
Join Together (2:31)
We Are One (3:37)
Can You Picture That? (2:45)
God Only Knows (2:52)
On Our Way (2:26)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (3:46)
Rock & Roll All Nite (3:01)
Gonna Get There (3:18)
Believe In Us (3:47)
out of stock $30.78
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Signaling (7:22)
Fernweh (7:14)
Wanderlust (0:39)
Knowledge Rooms (part I & II) (5:24)
Lament For Strings I (2:16)
Alpha (2:50)
Hearken (4:32)
Lament For Strings III (1:37)
Review: Back in February, the prolific Past Inside The Present label boss Zake hooked up with Marc Ertel, James Bernard, and From Overseas at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis for a very intimate live show in a historic Gothic Chapel. A vast array of instruments were used including a Fender Telecaster, Meris Mercury 7, Eurorack modular synthesizer, Stingray bass guitar and literally tens more tools and toys and the resulting eight tunes of absorbing ambient are all presented here. It is another mystic and mystifying release from this label that reaches sublime new emotional highs.
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out of stock $24.94
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Cat: N 0582. Rel: 29 May 23
 
Ambient/Drone
Kinder Der Sonne (intro) (3:53)
Verlauf (3:35)
Die Untergrundigen (8:02)
Sehnsuchtsvoll (4:28)
Ungewissheit Im Sinus (6:01)
Kinder Der Sonne (reprise) (4:31)
Unwohl (2:56)
Sehnsuchtsvoll (6:43)
Ungewiss (6:30)
Aufstand (3:34)
Virus (4:35)
Son (1:00)
Nie Anhaltender Strom (5:37)
Review: Carsten Nicolai returns to his NOTON label with a new album of Alva Noto work, exercising his trademark minimalist glitch through the prism of a soundtrack to a theatre piece developed in 2021 for Swiss writer Simon Stone's Komplizen. As well as his usual fusion of stark, clinical soundscapes and pointillist digital impulses, Nicolai folds in delicate piano and compositional elements which invoke more tangible emotions than you might often associate with his solo work, perhaps taking some cues from his collaborations with the late, great Ryuicihi Sakamoto. Presented as a double LP release, this is a freshly romantic slant on the Alva Noto story encased within his unmistakable soundworld.
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 in stock $28.13
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Cat: 405053 8877496. Rel: 29 May 23
 
Indie/Alternative
Wild In Blue (4:32)
Surrender (3:45)
Jukebox Baby 96 (3:22)
Rain Of Ruin (4:01)
Sufferin' In Vain (4:44)
Dominic Christ (6:30)
Love So Lovely (4:09)
Devastation (4:04)
Heat Beat (bonus track) (4:12)
Born In The USA (single edit - live In Paris 1988 - bonus track) (4:26)
Review: Heads will know Suicide as the pioneering duo of electronic music and proto-punk from New York City, consisting of vocalist Alan Vega and instrumentalist Martin Rev. Fewer will know anything more beyond the pale of their debut album, though. 'A Way of Life', their third studio album released in 1988 via Wax Trax!, heard them escape the noise - exploring a more hypnotic, minimalistic synthpop sound. That being said, stonkers like 'Surrender', 'Jukebox Baby 96', and 'Dominic Christ' all still captured the doomy New York zeitgeist. This remastered edition contains a full remaster from its original tapes, as well as a brand new, never-heard-before live Bruce Springseen cover no less.
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 in stock $21.42
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Cat: TRR 406LPC2. Rel: 05 Jun 23
 
Modern Classical
Escapement (1:28)
Swift Automatons (2:37)
Vibration Consensus Reality (For Spectral Multiband Resonator) (7:35)
Scatterbrains (3:33)
Phantasia Telephonics (5:35)
The Violet Light (2:27)
Void Manifest (4:02)
Clockwork Fables (2:12)
Mass Lossless Interbeing (3:18)
A Floating World Of Demons (2:31)
Endless Flower (3:34)
Review: If postmodernity is what really rivets the minds and hearts of music listeners today, then longtime music-maker Eluvium (Matthew Robert Cooper) certainly has his finger firmly on the pulse. His latest album is a musical weigh-up of the concept of ontological relativism, a way of thinking that has seen an uptick in recent years thanks to the oncoming tide of new intelligence-mimicking (or, shall we say, cloning?) technologies such as AI and psyche-predictive algorithms. Through dour string movements, rattling soundscapes and neoclassical tropes, a sense of inevitability is put forth by the likes of 'Swift Automations' and 'Scatterbrains'. Whether the overarching conclusion of '(Whirring Marvels In) Consensus Reality' means we'll be overtaken by robots is really up to you.
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 in stock $27.88
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Cat: PITPZDLOOP 2LP. Rel: 29 May 23
 
Ambient/Drone
Mute Faces Remained Transfixed In Perpetuity (8:21)
And The Smoke Of Torment (6:08)
Ascendeth Up Forever (7:15)
Untitled (9:36)
Deep Into The Unknown (2:34)
We Shall Endlessly Roam (3:33)
And Quietly Fade Away (2:49)
Review: The ever inventive and always prolific zake is back on his own label Past Inside The Present with yet another new album. Deep Into The Unknown We Shall Endlessly Roam has already arrived with us on cassette tape and now it comes as a limited edition album on white and brown vinyl with just 200 copies pressed. It has been made from archaic tape machines such as a Sony M-570V microcassette voice recorder and obsolete VSC Soundpacer and then recorded to analogue tape for that levelly lo-fi and misty aesthetic. The artist himself says this record is "is dedicated to those who continue to yearn for greater understanding" and it is another sublime listen.
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 in stock $19.38
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Cat: 405053 8883756. Rel: 15 May 23
 
Coldwave/Synth
Neverstop (4:34)
Love Invention (4:18)
Digging Deeper Now (4:17)
In Electric Blue (3:17)
The Beat Divine (5:07)
Fever (4:40)
Hotel (Suite 23) (4:30)
Subterfuge (3:12)
Gatto Gelato (4:37)
So Hard So Hot (4:28)
Sloflo (3:30)
Review: Alison Goldfrapp has infamously broken away from her involvement with the longtime synth duo Goldfrapp to explore new solo outings. Finally, we hear the extent of her efforts in this arena: The Love Invention, her newest album, is a dazzling dance-centric vision of electropop in technicolour, aiming to put across Goldfrapp's vocal range and stylistic versatility (not least through various collaborations across the dance music spectrum, from Richard X to Claptone and Paul Woolford). Love, lust, desire, amour... just about every variation on the feeling is conveyed on this stonker of an LP.
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 in stock $19.91
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Cat: WW 161. Rel: 15 May 23
 
Soundtracks
Haywood Ranch (2:35)
The Muybridge Clip (3:12)
La Vie C'est Chouette (2:43)
Jupiter's Claim (1:43)
Brother Sister Walk (1:12)
Walk On By (2:45)
Growing Up Haywood (1:17)
This Is The Lost Generation (3:23)
Not Good (1:35)
What's A Bad Miracle (1:23)
The Oprah Shot (1:24)
Ancient Aliens (1:46)
Park Kids Prank Haywood (0:52)
It's In The Cloud (2:30)
Holy Sh*t It's Real (2:01)
Progressive Anxiety (2:47)
The Star Lasso Expeeerrriii (0:35)
Arena Attack (1:22)
Sunglasses At Night (Jean Jacket mix) (4:39)
Blood Rain (1:55)
The Unaccounted For (2:35)
Preparing The Trap (2:40)
Purple People Reader (1:37)
Exuma, The Obeah Man (6:14)
Man Down (6:08)
The Run (Urban Legends) (2:39)
WTF Is That (1:42)
Abduction (2:09)
Havoc (1:03)
Em & Angel Fly (3:03)
A Hero Falls (2:55)
Pursuit (1:43)
Winkin' Well (3:42)
Nope (2:33)
Review: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Nope by Micael Abels accompanied the Oscarr winner Jordan Peele's famously expansive horror epic and helped take it to the next level. This is their third project together and maybe the most ambitious score of the lot. It draws influence from sci-fi, horror, action and westerns and there is a real blend between original score and source music. It is at times a terrifying listen and at others full of grand adventure, awe and wonder. The sounds scale up when needed to match the pictures and totters they make for a superb experience, but the soundtrack alone is one hell of a ride.
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 in stock $40.08
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Cat: AX 114. Rel: 05 Jun 23
 
Experimental/Electronic
The Dance Rebellion Starts (8:46)
The Other Maria (5:35)
Freder's Reality Switch (5:35)
Review: As Jeff Mills returns to his third deepest obsession after 909s and UFOs, he presents an addendum to his renewed Metropolis Metropolis soundtrack which doubles down on three of the themes and gives them a different framework through the lens of a 12". This is still the more cinematic end of the Millsian spectrum, but there's some intensity which may well be of use to the more dramatic or daring techno DJ. 'The Dance Rebellion Starts' is plenty loopy and disorienting, full of interwoven, clangorous patterns which should stay nicely in time if you get them locked in the mix. 'The Other Maria' might well be the star of the show though, a nightmarish, ever-building drone piece with some half-time percussion stalking around the edges for guidance. 'Freder's Reality Switch' completes the picture with a slightly more stable synths n' strings piece, but there's still that innate sense of otherness Mills always threads into his work.
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 in stock $15.91
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