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Crux Alley
Cat: CPU 01011101. Rel: 10 Dec 20
Electro
  1. Mind Bubbles (5:18)
  2. Polymorphic State (3:10)
  3. Orbital Rendezvous (4:25)
  4. Antagonist (part 6) (3:59)
  5. Dopamine City (5:05)
  6. The Legacy (3:31)
  7. Neutral Current (3:37)
  8. Tower 13 (3:38)
Review: Central Processing Unit welcome cross-genre fusionists Biochip for another spelling bind album that mixes up electro, IDM, brain dance and plenty of in between sounds. At times their style sis as smooth and liquid and Drexcyia, at others more gnarly and dark. 'Mind Bubbles' is the gurgling opener with nimble drum programming, and from there things really take off with the gliding and icy grooves of 'Polymorphic State'. The likes of 'Antagonist (part 6)' spin you out with more complex lectures and frazzled synths and from there the highlights keep on coming.
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 in stock $11.86
Synthase
Synthase (12")
Cat: CPU 01001110. Rel: 08 Aug 19
Electro
  1. MO (5:37)
  2. Simulated Events (4:32)
  3. Frame Shift (2:41)
  4. Doctor Effect (4:05)
  5. Acid Billy (5:01)
  6. Tone Forest (4:02)
  7. Information Superhighway (3:43)
  8. Dusty Dossier (3:27)
Review: Biochip are a new duo making the right start on the mighty CPU. Julian Kochanowski and Melissa Speirs have no previous to speak of, but their deft take on electro speaks to years of research and immersion in the language of sequencers and synthesisers. There's an emotional weight to the music they've charged this debut EP with, where billowing pads and soaring Detroit leads meet with some crafty sound design and canny programming. At times things get intense, as on the rowdy "Acid Billy", not to mention seriously funky on "Tone Forest", but there's always an otherworldly shroud hovering over the music that makes it Biochip's own.
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 in stock $17.51
Cosmic Traveler
Cat: CPU 01100000. Rel: 25 Mar 21
Electro
  1. Electric Engine (5:13)
  2. Night Drive (5:10)
  3. Pleasure Activism (5:55)
  4. The Race (5:08)
Review: Although he never confirmed it when he launched the project in 2006, Blackploid is an electro-fired alternative alias of sometime International Deejay Gigolos artist Martin Mastike - and not, as some speculated all those years ago, a Drexciya side project. You can see why some would have though Blackploid to be a Drexciya product though. This surprise EP for Sheffield's CPU Records is full of Drexciyan tropes, with three out of the four tracks delivering the kind of high-grade, sci-fi-fuelled electro brilliance that we've long associated with the legendary Detroit outfit. Highlights include the thrusting, bleep-heavy brilliance of 'Night Drive', the surging, space disco-influenced heaviness of 'Night Drive' and the raw, angular techno stomp of opener 'Electric Engine'.
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 in stock $9.88
Strange Stars
Strange Stars (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: CPU 01100111. Rel: 04 Nov 21
Electro
  1. Star Patrol (5:00)
  2. The Signal (5:04)
  3. The Unseen (5:05)
  4. Light Corridor (5:02)
Review: Martin Matiske's renaissance continues as he delivers another fresh EP as Blackploid for effervescent Sheffield imprint Central Processing Unit. In keeping with the German producer's other recent material, we can hear echoes of his classic, mid-2000s Blackploid material. Strange Stars also continues his interplanetary theme, delivering a quartet of sci-fi powered cuts full of squelchy acid bass, star-fall electronics, Kraftwerkian melodies and beats so crunchy you could probably eat them for breakfast. Our picks of a very strong bunch are probably pulsating opener 'Star Patrol' and the turn-of-the-80s sci-fi movie feel of 'Unseen', but to be honest all four tracks hit the spot.
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 in stock $12.15
100 Percent Dope
100 Percent Dope (heavyweight vinyl 12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: CPU 01100100. Rel: 26 Aug 21
Electro
  1. Bad RGB Controller (6:24)
  2. CPU Records (4:36)
  3. Float Back To The Surface (5:16)
  4. Throwing Shade (4:38)
Review: Electro stalwarts Central Processing Unit look to Texan electro maestro Phillip Washington aka Cygnus for their latest 12" offering. In return, the studio wizard cooks up the sort of interplanetary sounds you would expect: 'Bad RGB Controller' sounds just like a malfunctioning bit of digital machinery. 'CPU Records' is a cyborg love song with talkbox vocals and crunchy drum hits, then '
Float Back To The Surface' gets even more frosted with its brushed metal drums and synths. Closer 'Throwing Shade' carries on in the same frosty aesthetic but with a nice corrugated bassline bumping down low.
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Lotus 48
Lotus 48 (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: CPU 01101000. Rel: 16 Dec 21
Electro
  1. Almond Blossom (4:56)
  2. Ciliae (4:19)
  3. Lotus 48 (4:30)
  4. Moneres (6:14)
 in stock $12.15
Fum
Fum (12")
Cat: CPU 01010101. Rel: 26 Mar 20
Electro
  1. Verd Mar (4:41)
  2. D'Un Altre Planeta (5:41)
  3. Fum (5:31)
  4. Promeses De Fusta (5:00)
Review: Sheffield's Central Processing Unit's good work continues with a return to the label for Annie Hall. It comes four years after her last and is another sleek electro offering from the future. "Verd Mar" is an edgy affair with glass melodies that keep you in suspense as heavy bass trudges below, but the pace picks up with the superb Detroit electro funk of "D'Un Altre Planeta". The title track gets more into it with its razor edge synths and hall of mirrors effects, before "Promeses De Fusta" closes out with a serene atmosphere that has you gazing far off into the distance.
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Tourbillon
Cat: CPU 01011111. Rel: 25 Feb 21
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Estranger (6:43)
  2. Disfugue (5:02)
  3. Dreitark (6:23)
  4. Hankert (6:12)
 in stock $9.60
Terminus
Terminus (limited 12")
Cat: CPU 01100011. Rel: 29 Jul 21
Electro
  1. Connected (4:36)
  2. Mesospheric Cruise (4:35)
  3. Syndicate (5:02)
  4. Terminus (5:48)
Review: The faultless Central Processing Unit label welcomes back Eddie Symons aka Nullptr with this slick new EP. It comes only a year after his last double gatefold on the label and five after he made an immediate mark with his debut album in 2016. His sounds are still as fresh and futuristic as ever, with plenty of otherworld motifs making them so. 'Connected' kicks this one off with a bumping bassline and far-sighted pads while 'Mesospheric Cruise' sooth the soul as it journeys through the cosmos. There's more tension in the restless beats and bass of 'Syndicate' and 'Terminus' that make for a nice yin to the a-side's yang.
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Played by: CPSmith
 in stock $9.88
Pagartais: People Are Giving & Receiving Things At Incredible Speeds
  1. Pagartais I (9:43)
  2. Pagartais II (8:41)
  3. Pagartais III (7:05)
  4. Pagartais IV (4:53)
  5. Pagartais V (4:27)
Review: Proswell is Joseph Misra, a 20 year IDM veteran and one of the most original artists in the game. He'sknown for his own Merck label as well as his electric beats and now People Are Giving And Receiving Things At Incredible Speeds is a fine debut on a modern day cult label, CPU. It brims with ideas and energy, fizzes with melody and has widescreen electro grooves that take you into another dimension. The array of pixelated pads, playful synth sounds and deft drumming is all hugely playful and characterful but these are tracks that will also do serious damage.
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 in stock $9.60
Index Hole
Cat: CPU 01001010. Rel: 06 Jun 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Arc Rail (8:36)
  2. BX16 (4:27)
  3. Mitherer (5:41)
  4. 6448 (5:19)
Played by: London Modular
 in stock $5.94
Dormant
Dormant (12")
Cat: CPU 01011011. Rel: 08 Oct 20
Electro
  1. V Electro (6:00)
  2. Bode (6:28)
  3. Proximity Sensor (6:56)
  4. Dormant (5:49)
Review: Sheffield's Central Processing Unit has become a key home for Silcion Scally, the most prolific of all the aliases of Carl Finlow. This is his third outing on the label and another high class affair that ploughs fresh electro ground. Opener 'V Electro' has a dark bassline and super crisp drums. There is a much more unhinged mood to 'Bode,' a jam with ADHD and multiple personalities. 'Proximity Sensor' is the sound of the computers taking over, with squelchy bass and jittery grooves, while 'Dormant' closes with a dystopian atmosphere and layer upon layer of intergalactic energy all vying for attention.
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 in stock $9.03
Revelations
Cat: CPU 01100010. Rel: 27 May 21
Electro
  1. Revelations (5:51)
  2. Walk Over (4:53)
  3. Walk Over (Carl Finlow remix) (6:04)
  4. Revelations (Fleck ESC remix) (5:36)
Review: Is there any label that has had more say in the direction of contemporary electro than Sheffiled's nearly 10 year old Central Processing Unit? This latest missive comes from the France based UK veteran Carl Finlow under his Silicon Scally alias. It comes three years after his debut on the label and features his usual twisted mix of rugged arps, mangled bass and glistening electro pads. He even remixes one of his own tracks to give it a different spin, while Fleck ESC remixes the other original into a dark and deep classic.
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