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Sight Sound & Space (3xCD in hard-back book sleeve + 50 page booklet)
Cat: AXCD 054. Rel: 14 Oct 19
Techno
  1. Perfecture (CD1: Sight)
  2. Deckard
  3. Le Mer Et C Est Un Caractere
  4. Homing Device
  5. The Never Ending Study
  6. The Drive Home
  7. Parallelism In Fate
  8. Devices
  9. Transformation B (Rotwang S Revenge)
  10. Sleepy Time
  11. Multi-Dimensional
  12. Descending Eiffel Stairs
  13. The Hunter (CD2: Sound)
  14. The Bells
  15. 4Art
  16. The 25th Hour
  17. Growth
  18. Spiral Galaxy
  19. Microbe
  20. Jade
  21. Where The Shadows Have Motives
  22. Flying Machines
  23. Compression-Release
  24. Into The Body
  25. The Resolution
  26. Spiral Therapy
  27. Introduction (Phase 1-3 - CD3: Space)
  28. Mercury (Residue mix)
  29. Unreleased002
  30. Unreleased003
  31. The Industry Of Dreams
  32. Stabilizing The Spin
  33. G-Star
  34. Planet X
  35. The Worker's Party
  36. Daphnis (Keeler S Gap)
  37. Outer Space
  38. Unreleased005
  39. Self-Portrait
  40. Aitken Basin
  41. Deadly Rays (Of A Hot White Sun)
  42. Medians
Review: Given his length of service and the sheer volume of music he's put out, it would be fair to say that a Jeff Mills career retrospective is well overdue. Happily, as "best of" compilations go, "Sight, Sound & Space" is up there with the best. The three discs boast no less than 42 tracks plucked from Mills archives - and those of his Axis Records imprint - with the accompanying 50-page booklet containing detailed commentary on each by the man himself. It's a superb package for both fans and newcomers alike, with the decidedly intergalactic and alien-sounding tracks perfectly summarizing the breadth and depth of his far-sighted work (think Motor City techno anthems, heavy loop jams, sci-fi fuelled electronic soundscapes, neo-classical soundtrack comp, heady ambient works and early morning minimalist club jams).
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Cat: CORMIX 060. Rel: 01 Nov 19
Techno
  1. Angel Of The East
  2. Peru Drift
  3. Engage Now
  4. Whistle Viper
  5. Message From The Drone Sector
  6. Unreleased
  7. Desert Races
  8. Arc
  9. Eyes Themselves
  10. Rip The Cut
  11. Raww
  12. Give It Up
  13. Voodoo
Review: Luke Slater has put out plenty of fine music since first donning the Planetary Assault Systems alias in 1993, but up until now he's never put out a live album. Given how well he's regarded as a live techno performer, that's something of a surprise. Here he finally puts the record straight via a non-stop 80-minute set recorded at Cocoon in Ibiza back in July. From start to finish, it's peak Planetary Assault Systems, with Slater layering sparkling, sci-fi synths, starburst electronics, mind-altering acid lines and - more surprisingly - the saxophone playing of Tim Ower over hypnotic beats that veer from dense hypnotism to intense techno-jack.
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  1. Ice - "Reality"
  2. Cloudburst - "I'm Loving You"
  3. Popsicles - "These Are The Good Times"
  4. Bileo - "You Can Win"
  5. Mahana - "She Really Needs Love"
  6. Jerry Blacksheer - "Defected"
  7. Mr Wigg & Co - "You Got A Lot Of Living To Do"
  8. Benita - "Time For A Change"
  9. Darrell Johnson - "Days Gone Past"
  10. Bordeaux - "Paradise's Love"
  11. Split Decision Band - "Watchin Out"
  12. Sequence - "Disco Thing"
  13. Strivers Show Band - "Love Episode"
  14. Love Company - "Love Tempo"
  15. Gratitude - "We Are Here To Party"
  16. Jax Transit Authority - "Life Is A Miracle"
Review: Many of the finest independent disco 45s that Athens of the North has reissued were licensed by crate digger David Haffner, so it's fitting that AOTN boss Euan Fryer has given him a compilation of his own. "Disco With A Feeling" contains some of those picks, alongside other obscure favourites from Haffner's sizable record collection. It's absolute fire from start to finish, with the little known private press and small-run cuts tending towards the more soulful and jazz-funk influenced end of the disco spectrum. Basically, it's a must-have for anyone who gravitates towards the rare end of the disco spectrum.
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Crush (CD)
Cat: ZENCD 259. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Falaise
  2. Last Bloom
  3. Anasickmodular
  4. Requiem For CS70 & Strings
  5. Karakul
  6. LesAlpx
  7. Bias
  8. Environments
  9. Birth
  10. Sea-watch
  11. Apoptose (part 1)
  12. Apoptose (part 2)
Review: A new album from Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points is always cause for celebration, but even by his standards "Crush" is rather special. Largely eschewing the ambient jazz soundscape shuffle of 2017's "Reflections - Mojave Desert", it sees the Shepherd showcase his musical dexterity in stunning fashion via cuts that wrap shimmering neo-classical strings around what sound like modular electronics and rhythms that variously touch on broken beat, off-kilter experimental D&B and Autechre-style IDM. Of course there are ambient and experimental soundscapes showcased, but it's the fact that the album contains a swathe of formidably dancefloor-focused cuts in the style that first made him standout that pleases us most. Highlights include recent single "LesAlpx", the dreamy "Anasickmodular" and the "People's Potential" style deep house intricacy of "Last Bloom".
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Offworld (CD)
Cat: HTH 115CD. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Techno
  1. 237,000 Miles
  2. Shepperton Moon Landing
  3. Offworld Memory 3
  4. Front Screen Projection
  5. Arse End Of The Moon
  6. Morning Ritual
  7. The Grid: Floatation (SR Offworld mix)
Review: Under the Special Request alias, Paul Woolford has released some stellar music this year. Astonishingly, "Offworld" is his third album of 2019; it could well be the best, too. It explores different sonic territory too, drawing heavily on electro, futurist Detroit techno, Boards of Canada style IDM and the slick 1980s productions of Jam and Lewis. The result is a stunningly beautiful, spacey and far-sighted set that contains some of Woolford's most emotion-rich work to date - and that's saying something. It also finishes in stunning style with an impeccable remix/re-make of the Grid's "Floatation" that sounds like the best early 90s Orb remix you've never heard.
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Cat: BA 042CD. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Pleasure Centre
  2. In Plain Sight (feat IVAR)
  3. Soul Liberator (feat Sanguita)
  4. Don't Want This To Be Over (feat Satchmode)
  5. Sommeron (feat Imugi)
  6. Twilight (feat Izo FitzRoy)
  7. Echo Park
  8. Same Blood (feat The Palms)
  9. Say The Word (feat Nic Hanson)
  10. 24hr Fling (feat Wolfgang Valbrun)
  11. Sweet Time (feat Izo FitzRoy)
  12. Guilty Discomforts (feat Wolfgang Valbrun)
  13. Out In The Daylight (feat Gavin Turek)
  14. I Think (feat Berenice Van Leer)
  15. Naked (feat IVAR & Berenice Van Leer)
Review: Since debuting in the early 2000s, Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak have established themselves as one of Europe's premier purveyors of eclectic, funk-fuelled dancefloor positivity. It's little surprise then to find that their new album "Pleasure Centre" - their sixth studio set in total - is another joyous romp. This time round, they've drawn more influence from West Coast style blue-eyed soul and yacht rock while continuing to offer nods towards boogie, P-funk, synth-pop, '80s soul, jazz-funk and Rotary Connection (see the superb "Twilght", with vocals by rising star Izo FitzRoy). It's a wonderfully warm and attractive blend, with the result being a superb collection of dancefloor cuts and heady downtempo numbers that all adds up to their best album to date.
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GOLDIE/VARIOUS
Drum & Bass Life (mixed 4xCD)
Cat: 538702 0. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Goldie - "Inner City Life"
  2. Omni Trio - "Renegade Snares"
  3. Leviticus - "The Burial"
  4. Origin Unknown - "Valley Of The Shadows"
  5. Andy C - "Roll On"
  6. Asylum - "Bass 2 Dark"
  7. Roni Size - "Brown Paper Bag"
  8. Dj Hazard - "Air Guitar"
  9. John B - "Up All Night"
  10. Total Science - "Soul Patrol" (feat Mc Conrad)
  11. Logistics - "Together"
  12. Dj Zinc - "Casino Royale"
  13. Metalheadz - "Terminator"
  14. Renegade - "Terrorist"
  15. Peshay - "Psychosis"
  16. Shy Fx - "Shake Ur Body"
  17. Dj Marky & Xrs - "Lk"
  18. Baron - "Drive In, Drive By"
  19. Dj Hype - "Roll The Beats"
  20. Fresh - "Signal"
  21. Belly L - "Low Blow"
  22. Goldie - "I Adore You"
  23. Little Dragon - "Little Man" (Marcus Intalex remix)
  24. Dj Hazard - "Food Fight"
  25. Conquering Lion - "Code Red" (94 remix)
  26. Adam F - "Circles"
  27. 4 Hero - "Star Chasers"
  28. A Gut Called Gerald - "Like A Drug"
  29. Roni Size - "Watching Windows" (Dj Die Gnarly vocal mix)
  30. Cool Hand Flex - "Melody Madness" (Cool Hand Flex remix)
  31. Da Intelax - "What Ya Gonna Do"
  32. The Brothers Grimm - "Exodus (The Lion Awakes)"
  33. 2 Bad Mice - "Bombscare"
  34. Boogie Times Tribe - "The Dark Stranger" (Origin Unknown mix)
  35. Alex Reece - "Pulp Friction"
  36. Breakage - "Spread Out"
  37. Digital & Spirit - "Phantom Force"
  38. High Contrast - "Everything's Different" (Caliber remix)
  39. Voltage & Nicky Blackmarket - "Jazz Tickles"
  40. Total Science, Digital & Spirit - "Rumble"
  41. Voltage - "Losing"
  42. E Z Rollers - "Weekend World"
  43. Studio Pressure - "Jump"
  44. Doc Scott - "Rage"
  45. Dbridge & Vegas - "True Romance"
  46. Nookie - "Sound Of Music"
  47. Dragonfly - "Visions Of Rage"
  48. Da Intalex - "Nice & Slow"
  49. Q Project - "Champion Sound" (Alliance remix edit)
  50. Deep Blue - "The Helicopter Tune"
  51. Krust - "Soul In Motion"
  52. Doc Scott - "Blue Skies"
  53. Photex - "Minotaur"
  54. Ram Trilogy - "No Reality"
  55. Digital - "Waterhouse Dub"
  56. Dusky - "Yoohoo" (Ltj Bukem remix)
  57. Dj Fresh & Sigma - "Cylon"
  58. Goldie - "Digital"
  59. Photek - "The Hidden Camera"
Review: 2019 has been big for Goldie. The late summer saw the anniversary reissue of his second album "Saturnz Return", and now he's put together a bumper collection of drum & bass gems. Across "60 tracks that smashed it" as the release is sub-titled, the proudly British sound of drum & bass is explored and exposed thanks to music from all the key players including Roni Size, Doc Scott, Photex, Krust, DJ Zinc and many more familiar faces. Of course, the Metalheadz boss' own "Inner City Life" kicks off in triumphant fashion and the vibes keep coming thick and fast from there on in.
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Cat: DE 269CD. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Out Of Body (intro)
  2. Right Here, Right Now
  3. Broken Dishes
  4. Breakdown
  5. Moving Bodies 1
  6. Grisha's Tune
  7. Sensitivity
  8. Shrouds
  9. Lumberjacks In Heat
  10. Mechanical Fantasy Box
  11. Thrill Of The Hunt
  12. Before Original Sin
  13. Sea Of China
Review: Patrick Cowley was one of the most revolutionary and influential figures in the canon of electronic dance music. Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco in 1971 to study electronic music at the City College of San Francisco. By the late '70s, Patrick's synthesizer techniques landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco diva Sylvester, including #1 hit "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)". Cowley created his own brand of peak-time party music known as Hi-NRG, also dubbed "The San Francisco Sound." By 1981 Patrick had released a string of his own dance 12? singles, such as "Menergy" and "Megatron Man". That year, he co-founded Megatone Records to release his debut album Megatron Man. Meanwhile, Patrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with an unknown illness, which would later be named AIDS. Recovering for a spell, in 1982 he composed two more #1 hits, "Do You Wanna Funk" for Sylvester, and "Right On Target" for Paul Parker, as well as a second solo album Mind Warp. His life was cut short on November 12, 1982, when he passed away two weeks after his 32nd birthday from AIDS-related illness.
Mechanical Fantasy Box is a new collection of 13 unreleased songs recorded between 1973-80 released in tandem with Cowley's homoerotic journal of the same title. What you hold in your hand is a collection of Cowley's work from the years preceding his meteoric rise as a pioneer of Hi-NRG dance music. This was before drum machines. Before programmable, polyphonic digital synthesis, this is experimental music in every sense. Sounds flows from funk to kraut to psychedelic ambient electronics inspired by Tomita and Kraftwerk. As David Diebold stated in Tribal Rites, "Patrick Cowley parted the veil and entered a dark world of forbidden forces, wondrous musical panoramas and bold, strident, hopeful possibilities. Patrick brought the future to us and laid it at our feet."
Some songs were mixed from 4-track stems by Joe Tarantino and all songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studio in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a black and white gatefold jacket designed by Gwenael Rattke featuring a photograph by Susan Middleton, liner notes by bandmate Maurice Tani and an 8.5x11 insert with notes.

Proceeds from Mechanical Fantasy Box will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, who have been committed to ending the pandemic and human suffering caused by HIV since 1982.
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Ghosteen (2xCD)
Cat: BS 016CD. Rel: 08 Nov 19
Indie
  1. Spinning Song
  2. Bright Horses
  3. Waiting For You
  4. Night Raid
  5. Sun Forest
  6. Galleon Ship
  7. Ghosteen Speaks
  8. Leviathan
  9. Ghosteen
  10. Fireflies
  11. Hollywood
Review: Now you've stopped shouting "there's a new Nick Cave album" at everyone who walks past, comes near or might possibly be in earshot it's about time we dived into the contents of the legendary troubadour's 17th studio album. Be warned, though, what lies beneath is deep and immersive enough to drown in, and even the most effective divers wouldn't find a body. A suitably morose introduction, we think. Digressions aside, "Ghosteen" is a majestic, powerful, operatic experience that will change nobody's opinion of Cave and his band, The Bad Seeds. The works are just as innovative, poignant, graceful, melancholic, euphoric and inescapable as ever. Too many adjectives? We're making no apologies. Consider the title number, if that's not too obvious a focal point. Sparse yet grandiose, narrative driven but metaphorical, organic and earthy yet making incredible use of a theremin. Almost impossibly good, sit back and let it wash over your mind.
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Cat: BOBSTATE 002CD. Rel: 08 Oct 19
Techno
  1. Tokyo Tokyo
  2. Skylon
  3. Cannonball Waltz
  4. The Ludwig Question
  5. Huronic
  6. Landau
  7. Westland
  8. Trinity
  9. Ujala
  10. Carbonade
  11. Pulcenta
  12. Angol Argol
  13. Bushy Bushy
  14. 13 13
  15. Crab Claw
Review: Mancunian legends Graham Massey and Andy Barker reunite for the first 808 State album in 17 years. They recorded the new opus "Transmission Suite" in the Granada studios (where they once performed live on television 30 years ago) and looked to their hometown's club scene as their main source of influence - along with the timeless aesthetic of Detroit which has always influenced their style. Across this collection of "sonic landscapes" (as described by Massey) you'll hear the booming acid electro of first single "Tokyo Tokyo" and "The Ludwig Question", through to off-kilter jams like "Westland", futurist house grooves of "Ujala" and a modern reboot of classic "Angol Argol".
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Cat: STS 346CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. On A Day Like This I Can See You Forever
  2. Really Deep Snow
  3. Swing Low Sweet LFO
  4. As If No One Is Here
Review: On his 2008 debut album "Where You Go, I Go Too", Hans-Peter Lindstrom offered up a grandiose vision that was almost cinematic in scope. His new album, "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever", opts for a similar approach, delivering a quartet of atmospheric, moody and filmic cuts that slowly rise, fall and unfurl throughout their duration. Whether or not he becomes Norway's answer to Vangelis, that's the kind of vibe we get from stunningly icy and alien ambient opener "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever" and the bubbly, uptempo throb of "Really Deep Snow". It's there, too, on the outer-space bliss of "Swing Low Sweet LFO" (we chuckled, at least) - think Radiophonic Workshop meets Jean-Michel Jarre - and the melancholic, modular-sounding beauty of clicking and echoing closing cut "As If No One Is Here". In a word: stunning.
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Cat: ERATP 126CD. Rel: 24 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. The Roughest Trade
  2. Ringing
  3. To Thomas
  4. The Dane
  5. Harmonium In The Well
  6. Sweet Little Lie
  7. A Walking Embrace
  8. Talisman
  9. Spells
  10. Artificially Intelligent
  11. All Armed
  12. Amirador
Review: Last year, Nils Frahm initiated the "Encores" series: a trilogy of EPs exploring different aspects of his musical world. Here, those sets get gathered together on CD for the very first time. Listened to in sequence, it sees the Berlin-based pianist and composer offer up solo acoustic pieces for piano and harmonium (tracks 1 to 5), before layering up piano, processed field recordings and complimentary instrumentation on a suite of sublime ambient tracks (6 to 9). The final section of the album - originally "Encores 3" - sees him flip the script entirely, working almost exclusively with a combination of modular and analogue synthesizers and electronically processed voices. That the collection hangs together as a coherent album despite these stylistic shifts is testament to Frahm's abilities both as a performer and producer.
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DJ Kicks (mixed CD)
K7
Cat: K7 388CD. Rel: 08 Nov 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Budgie - "Sometimes"
  2. Kamaal Williams - "Snitches Brew" (live In Atlanta)
  3. Karriem Riggins - "Summer Madness SA"
  4. Lord Tusk - "Space Invader" (vocal mix)
  5. Seiji - "Buggin' Out"
  6. Steve Spacek - "Hey There"
  7. Max Graef - "Speed Metal Jesus"
  8. Kaidi Tatham - "Two Tens Madam"
  9. Freeez - "Southern Freeez"
  10. Peven Everett - "Stuck"
  11. Hard House Banton - "Sirens"
  12. Diggs Duke - "Cause I Love You"
  13. DJ Harrison - "MovingUp"
  14. Ratgrave - "Ein Kola Bitte!"
  15. Wbeeza - "He's So Crazy"
  16. Awanto 3 - "Pregnant"
  17. Henry Wu - "117 Careplan"
  18. Lone - "Airglow Fires"
  19. Henry Wu & Earl Jeffers - "Projections"
  20. City People - "It's All In The Groove"
  21. Phil Asher - "Peace & Love's Coming"
  22. Tenderlonious - "Song For My Father"
  23. Yussef Kamaal - "Lowrider"
  24. Steven Julien - "XL"
  25. Kamaal Williams - "Shinjuku (DJ-Kicks)"
  26. Henry Wu - "Wivout U"
  27. Dego - "Nuts"
  28. K15 - "Time Humbles Us All"
  29. Kamaal Williams - "Strings (ATL)"
Review: Whether operating under his own name or the equally familiar Henry Wu alias, Kamaal Williams' next-level musical fusions are always rooted in soul and jazz. Both inspirations come to the fore on his superb contribution to the long running "DJ-Kicks" series, a smooth, atmospheric and ear-catching set that crams 29 scintillating cuts in 80 action-packed minutes. Sprinting between 21st century R&B, jazz-funk, deep house, dancefloor jazz, broken beat, kwaito, dub, drum and bass and off-kilter, impossible to pigeonhole cuts, the musician, producer and DJ manages to both educate and entertain in equal measure. Along the way you'll find plenty of exclusives, including a number of his own previously unreleased productions.
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Cat: HVNLP 166CD. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Disbelief Suspension
  2. Letter Never Sent
  3. Night Fligh To Kabul
  4. Dark Disco Jag
  5. Gazing From The Shore
  6. Stitch It Up
  7. Playing Nero
  8. Penthouse High
  9. Paper Hat
  10. Name & Number
  11. War Hose
  12. Radio Silence
  13. She Loved You
  14. Two Bells Ringing At Once
Review: Heart-on-sleeve isn't always the phrase you'd use to describe Mark Lanegan. Yet here on his 11th studio album the gravelly-voiced rock icon seems intent on making his exact feelings clear, which seem to centre on his appreciation of some of the UK's archetypal post punk and proto-electronic-indie outfits. "Playing Nero" and "Dark Disco Jag" in particular seem to owe much to the likes of New Order and Joy Division. These are no cheap knock-offs, though, and instead cement Lanegan's status as a hugely talented powerhouse of a rocker who's unafraid to call upon influences from psychedelic to New Wave as and when he feels like it, turning the whole thing into a collection of inescapable genius and unarguable talent. Great to have him back, and long may his fine form continue.
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Cry (CD)
Cat: PTKF 21732. Rel: 25 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Don't Let Me Go
  2. Kiss It Off Me
  3. Heavenly
  4. You're The Only Good Thing In My Life
  5. Touch
  6. Hentai
  7. Cry
  8. Falling In Love
  9. Pure
Review: With the combination of band name and album title this one's always going to be a bit of a tearjerker, packed with self-reflection and self-loathing. No regrets, though, as Greg Gonzalez muses on sensuality, the loss of those we care about, the loss of self to another and the endless yearning of the human heart. Shades of Lord Huron and a wealth of gloomy shoegazers can be felt, but even though "Cry" represents a next step for Cigarettes After Sex - edging into more minimalistic territories - it's still immediately identifiable as this band, and so won't fail to instantly resonate with avid fans. Packed with an exquisite, opiate balladry at once heartfelt and heartbroken, it's hard to tell whether this is exactly what you need to hear when living through your blue period or precisely what you shouldn't listen to. Either way, it's quiet impact is immense.
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In Search Of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 (16xCD + 2xBlu-ray box set + hard-back book in slip case repress)
UMC
Cat: 772711 9. Rel: 06 Nov 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Phaedra (CD1: Phaedra)
  2. Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares
  3. Movements Of A Visionary
  4. Sequent C
  5. Phaedra (bonus track - Steven Wilson remix)
  6. Sequent C (bonus track - Steven Wilson remix)
  7. 2nd Day (CD2: Phaedra Out-Takes)
  8. Flute Organ Piece (Out-take version 2A)
  9. Phaedra (Out-take version 2A)
  10. Phaedra (CD3: Phaedra Out-Takes - Out-take 1)
  11. Phaedra (Out-take 2B)
  12. 2nd Side Piece 1
  13. 2nd Sside Piece 2
  14. Organ Piece
  15. Victoria Palace Concert (CD4: live At The Victoria Palace Theatre - part 1)
  16. Victoria Palace Concert (CD5: live At The Victoria Palace Theatre - part 2)
  17. Victoria Palace Concert (encore)
  18. Overture (CD6: Oedipus Tyrannus)
  19. Act 1
  20. Act 2: Battle
  21. Act 2: Baroque
  22. Act 2: Zeus
  23. Act 3
  24. Introduction By John Peel (CD7: live At The Rainbow)
  25. Rainbow Concert (part 1)
  26. Rainbow Concert (part 2)
  27. Rainbow Concert (CD8: live At The Rainbow - part 3)
  28. Rainbow Concert (encore)
  29. Rubycon (CD9: Rubycon - part 1)
  30. Rubycon (part 2)
  31. Rubycon
  32. Royal Albert Hall Concert (CD10: The Royal Albert Hall - part 1)
  33. Royal Albert Hall Concert (CD11: The Royal Albert Hall - part 2)
  34. Royal Albert Hall Concert (encore)
  35. Ricochet (CD12: Ricochet - part 1)
  36. Ricochet (part 2)
  37. Ricochet (bonus track - part 1 - Steven Wilson remix)
  38. Ricochet (bonus track - part 2 - Steven Wilson remix)
  39. Stratosfear (CD13: Stratosfear)
  40. The Big Sleep In Serach Of Hades
  41. 3am Ayt The Border Of The Marsh From Okefenokee
  42. Invisible Limits
  43. Coventry Cathedral (bonus track)
  44. Stratosfear (bonus track)
  45. The Big Sleep In Search Of Hades (bonus track)
  46. Cherokee Lane (CD14: encore)
  47. Monolight
  48. Coldwater Canyon
  49. Desert Dream
  50. Encore (bonus track)
  51. Hobo March (bonus track)
  52. Bent Cold Sidewalk (CD15: Cyclone)
  53. Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender
  54. Madrigal Meridian
  55. Haunted Heights (bonus track)
  56. Baryll Blue (bonus track)
  57. Force Majeure (CD16: Force Majeure)
  58. Cloudburst Flight
  59. Thru Metamorphic Rocks
  60. Chimes & Chains (bonus track)
  61. Phaedra (Blu-Ray)
  62. Oedipus Tyrannus
  63. Ricochet (Blu-Ray)
  64. Tangerine Dream At Coventry Cathedral
  65. Signale Aus Der Schwabischen Strasse
Review: Given the sheer volume of material made and released by kosmiche and krautrock pioneers Tangerine Dream throughout their career, it's perhaps fitting that this staggeringly epic box contains well over 24 hours of music. It focuses on the synthesizer-wielding German band's pioneering period in the 1970s, combining re-mastered versions of seven studio albums (some with additional 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson) with no less than eight discs of previously unreleased material. This includes outtakes, unheard tracks, alternate versions, multiple recordings of legendary live shows and the band's near-mythical "Oedipus Tyrannus" soundtrack - something that will delight fans if Tangerine Dream forums are anything to go by. If that's not enough to set the pulse racing, the box also boasts a heavy hardback book and two Blu-Ray discs.
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Cat: CDSTUMM 446. Rel: 25 Oct 19
Post Rock/Experimental
  1. Annaline
  2. The Hanging Garden
  3. Amnesia
  4. Leaving Meaning
  5. Sunfucker
  6. Hums
  7. Cathedrals Of Heaven
  8. The Nub
  9. It's Coming It's Real
  10. What Is This?
  11. My Phantom Limb
  12. My Phantom Limb
Review: It's hard not to feel moved by Swans. To quote Wayne's World, it's not just a clever name, but rather a band every bit as graceful yet ferocious, beautiful but strong as the bird borrowed from. Take "Annaline", for example. As the first track-proper of this spellbinding collection it's a stop-you-in-your-tracks masterpiece that could force silence on a stadium despite being softly spoken, subtle and serene. It's a motif the outfit seem focused on for this, their 15th studio album. Even at its loudest, title track "Leaving Meaning" mostly plays out like a deranged sermon in some temple of experimental rock. "Sunfucker", for example, has enough reversed-out refrains to make anyone feel they might be in over their head with forces they can't see, let alone comprehend. "It's Coming It's Real" is a display of dark hypnosis. "The Hanging Garden" paints nervous abstract pictures with psychedelic-leaning guitar hooks and manic vocal cries. Put simply, it's perhaps their tensest, most introverted and spellbinding work to date.
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Cat: STS 360CD. Rel: 25 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Disapperance/Reapperance
  2. Occultation 1
  3. Occultation 2
  4. Occultation 3
  5. Occultation 4
  6. Occultation 5
  7. Occultation 6
  8. Occultation 7
  9. Black Transit Of Jupiter's Third Satelite
  10. Occultation 8
Review: Smalltown Supersound has described Deathprod's "Occulting Disk", the veteran producer's first solo album since 2004, as an "anti-fascist ritual". It was recorded in Oslo, Reykjavik, Cologne, Berlin and Los Angeles between 2012 and 2019 and offers up a distinctly dystopian suite of interconnected pieces that tend towards the dark, intense and evocative. You'll hear plenty of disconcerting drones, razor-sharp aural textures, slowly shifting electronic motifs and the kind of processed noise that simultaneously seems to buzz, throb and pulse aggressively. It feels like the soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic movie scene - legendary 1980s BBC TV movie "Threads", perhaps - with occasionally glimpses of poignant beauty. Not for those seeking fluffy fun, but stunning nevertheless.
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Cat: KALLISTACD 001. Rel: 17 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. No Trace
  2. Hype Sleep
  3. So Much Better
  4. Leaving For Japan
  5. I'm Conscious
  6. Don't Follow Me
  7. Heart Of Hearts
  8. Took A Long Time
  9. Creep Out Of Bed
  10. Push On
Review: Over the course of her three year solo career, London-based Australian Carla Dal Forno has steadily moved from a dark, stylish and bleak all-electronic sound to something a little warmer and more organic in tone. On "Look Up Sharp", her third album, she continues this trend, complimenting her usual lo-fi drum machines and synths with low-slung post-punk bass and the kind of pastoral, traditional instrumentation more often associated with folk music (think flutes, recorders, clarinet etc.). It's a curious blend, but one that works wonderfully well throughout the album, and especially on those songs to which she adds evocative, often melancholic vocals.
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Cat: EAUX 1391CD. Rel: 07 Nov 19
Techno
  1. Mine
  2. Bandage
  3. Columns
  4. Saliva
  5. Dissolve
  6. Horizon
  7. Open Cell
  8. Hymn To Moisture
Review: While Seth Horvitz has kept up a steady stream of singles over the last few years, "Hymn To Moisture" is the producer's first solo album as Rrose for nearly four years. It tends towards the alien and unsettling, with the EAUX founder flitting between weirdly metallic-sounding workouts (creepy opener "Mine"), buzzing modular drug-chug ("Bandage"), pulsating percussive techno oddness ("Columns"), ricocheting beat-free electronic soundscapes ("Saliva"), hypnotic throb-jobs ("Dissolve"), surprisingly melodious kosmiche style ambience ("Horizon", drowsy closing cut "Hymn To Moisture") and spaced-out, bass-heavy dub techno (the razor sharp headiness of "Open Cell").
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Cat: OLE 13792. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Sketch Artist
  2. Air BnB
  3. Paprika Pony
  4. Murdered Out
  5. Don't Play It
  6. Cookie Butter
  7. Hungry Baby
  8. Earthquake
  9. Get Yr Life Back
Review: When you use words like "prickly", "abrasive" and "uncompromising" it's rarely flattering. Consider Kim Gordon's exceptional powerhouse long form one of the exceptions. As far removed from music for the masses as you could hope for, it takes a particular talent to deliver work like "No Record Home". Labels such as punk certainly apply, but it's less about mouths gushing spittle amid the deafening screams of guitars and raucous vocals, and more about overall attitude. No change there for this co-founder of the mighty Sonic Youth then. Loud and intelligent, forthright and yet heartfelt and tender in its own unforgiving way, it's as far removed from wall of sound discordance as it is anything you could describe as remotely over-explored. Marrying the bloody-lipped electro of Peaches and body blow lows of EBM with gritty rock 'n' roll chords, those looking for originality that oozes repeatability should consider their hunt over, for now at least.
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Two Hands (CD)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0180CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Rock & Sing
  2. Forgotten Eyes
  3. The Toy
  4. Two Hands
  5. Those Girls
  6. Shoulders
  7. Not
  8. Wolf
  9. Replaced
  10. Cut My Hair
Review: It's not hard to understand why people so often ignore album release blurb. Sales-y, hyperbolic, and on more than the odd occasion rather poorly written, it's hardly required reading in order to get the most out of the record. That is unless it's Big Thief's 'Two Hands', a collection of music that genuinely makes more sense when you know the back story. For one thing this long form offering is arriving just months after its predecessor, which is always either the sign of a band that don't need big ideas to facilitate rapid-fire output, or a band that have so many big ideas they literally can't stop the momentum. This is a case of the latter. Timescale aside, "Two Hands" genuinely feels as though it was born in the Badlands, epic songs that invoke endless vistas across barren settings in a way that makes you feel as small as you actually are in a global context. Like cosying up in a log cabin away from the chilly endless dark of a desert night.
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Cat: ZENCD 255. Rel: 01 Nov 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Our Lord Debussy
  2. Sullen Sonata
  3. The Haunted Victorian Pencil
  4. The Slow Descent Has Begun
  5. Aqualung, Motherfucker
  6. A Minor Fifth Is Made Of Phantoms
  7. Adios, Florida
  8. The Rhythm Of A Dividing Pair
  9. Keep It Dark, Deutschland
Review: Since the dawn of the decade, A Winged Victory For The Sullen has delivered occasional albums for Erased Tapes that effortlessly blur the boundaries between ambient, electronic experimentalism and emotion-stirring neo-classical music. "The Undivided Five" marks their first appearance on mighty British independent Ninja Tune, and seems a little more grandiose in scale and ambition than some of their earlier outings. It was recorded in eight different studios around Europe, with the pair combining atmospheric orchestration and traditional instrumentation with occasional glimpses of modular electronics. It feels like a stunning soundtrack to a movie we've not yet seen - unsurprising given that they have previously composed a number of scores - and genuinely gets better with each successive spin.
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Kiwanuka (Deluxe Edition) (CD in hard-back book sleeve)
Cat: 779528 1. Rel: 01 Nov 19
Soul
  1. You Ain't The Problem
  2. Rolling
  3. I've Been Dazed
  4. Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) (intro)
  5. Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love)
  6. Another Human Being (interlude)
  7. Living In Denial
  8. Hero
  9. Hard To Say Goodbye
  10. Final Days
  11. Loving The People (interlude)
  12. Solid Ground
  13. Light
Review: London singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka builds on the success of his first two albums by drafting in Danger Mouse and Inflo to produce the beats that house his hugely expressive voice. That voice is of course front and centre - and whether delivering tender moments of intimacy or more breezy soul, it is always wrought with tension and emotion, slow burning and buttery smooth. The production feels timeless yet contemporary whether offering gauzy, guitar laden textures "Hero" or soaring pop ("Final Days") and makes this an album that touches on all forms of soul with equal originality.
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Cat: FARO 214CD. Rel: 22 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Macumba Quebrada
  2. A Vicious Circle
  3. Until The End
  4. Biology
  5. Amnesia Haze
  6. Orbitus
  7. Only U
  8. Sombra Do Dragao
  9. Fallen Notes
  10. Dirty Trix
  11. Red Doves
  12. One Nite Stand
  13. Archangel
  14. As Light Fades
Review: Earlier in the year, Far Out welcomed Daniel Maunick - son of Incognito's Jean-Paul Maunick - to the label. Since then he's released two 12" singles, both of which offered dancefloor-friendly fusions of house, broken beat, jazz-funk and Brazilian sounds. He expands on this theme on "Macumba Quebrada", an impressive debut album which highlights various mix-up bass music and samba (the weighty title track), deep house and jazz-funk ("Until The End", the warm and synth-laden "One Nite Stand"), jazz and drum & bass ("Red Doves"), samba and dream house ("Fallen Notes"), jazz and hip-hop ("Amnesia Haze"), and ambient and space jazz ("As Light Fades"). It's a mixed-up stylistic blend, for sure, but one that hangs together admirably despite the producer's musical dexterity.
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2020 (CD)
Cat: WEIRD 120CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Folk/Americana
  1. Civil Servant
  2. The Queen's Head
  3. Two Halves
  4. Jogging
  5. Heart Emoji
  6. Black Triangle
  7. Fulfilment Centre
  8. Fresher's Ball
  9. No-One
  10. Dead Dog in an Alleyway
Review: It's not just in the album title that Newcastle bard Richard Dawson is ahead of his time. His dark sense of humour and sweaty barroom gig sonics break through the noise, identifying, tackling but not seeking to solve the problems currently facing British society. What could be more post-modern than that? The UK right now is a fractured and somewhat broken island struggling to come to terms with its own place in the modern world. It's also filled with people struggling to come to terms with this reality. Focusing on portraits of those lost souls, it's poignant, cutting and lyrically hard-hitting. A bold and mammoth concept for an album, the instrumentation is even bigger, easing up on the blues and folk of his formative years to allow more room for pop to break through. The result is proof that in times of desperation a nation can at least rely on its artists to offer some hope that all is not completely lost.
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VARIOUS
Cat: SJRCD 446. Rel: 18 Oct 19
International
  1. Geraldo Pino - "Shake Hands"
  2. Sonny Okosunds Ozziddi - "Dance Of The Elephants"
  3. The Wings - "We'll Get Home"
  4. Alhaji (Chief) Prof Kollington Ayinla - "E Ye Ika Se"
  5. Colomach - "Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa"
  6. Geraldo Pino - "Heavy Heavy Heavy"
  7. MFB - "Beware"
  8. Tony Grey & The Ozimba Messengers - "You Are The One"
  9. Sonny Okosuns - "Oba Erediauwa I"
  10. The Wings - "Single Boy"
  11. Geraldo Pino - "Power To The People"
  12. Original Wings - "Igba Alusi"
  13. Don Bruce & The Angels - "Sugar Baby"
  14. Geraldo Pino - "Africans Must Unite"
Review: Back in 2017, Soul Jazz offered up a superb box set of seven 7" singles featuring a wealth of 1970s Nigerian afro-rock, afro-funk and afro-disco. Since then the box has been changing hands for significant sums online, so they've bowed to pressure and decided to reissue it as a gatefold double album. It features the same combination of tracks from the likes of Geraldo Pino, Tony Grey, The Wings and MFB, though this time they've been included in a different order. For those interested in raw, raucous and life-affirming Nigerian dance music from the period, it should be an essential purchase (providing, of course, they don't already own the previous box set).
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Cat: AUSCD 011. Rel: 25 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Freya's Theme
  2. Room 9
  3. Visions
  4. Openings
  5. Moorings
  6. Pingalatu
  7. My Left Sock
  8. Submerge
  9. One For Rex
  10. Get Back Up
Review: Given the steady stream of singles he's served up in recent times, it may surprise a few to find that "Open Too Close" is Will Saul's first album release for 14 years, and only his second overall. Given the time that has elapsed, it's perhaps unsurprising that it's a more mature, adventurous and eclectic set than its predecessor, with Saul taking the opportunity to turn his hand to fluid, Floating Points style deep house ("Freya's Theme", "Openings"), dreamy breakbeat driven lusciousness ("Room 9"), NYC freestyle ("My Left Sock", "Visions"), sleazy late night '90s house revivalism ("Moorings", which reminded us of very early Basement Jaxx), synthesizer-driven aural positivity ("Submerge") and hard-to-pigeonhole dancefloor haziness ("Get Back Up").
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Cat: LSINV 223CD. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Soundtracks
  1. Becoming
  2. Shimmer
  3. The Sandman (feat Gillian Anderson)
  4. Waltz
  5. Descending
  6. Lieben
  7. Ascending
  8. Cadenza
  9. The Moth (feat Lily James)
  10. Traume
  11. Arpeggio Waltz
  12. Change In C
  13. The Sandman (demo)
  14. The Moth (demo)
Review: Earlier this year, PJ Harvey wrote the score to director Ivan van Hove's theatrical adaptation of award winning 1950 film "All About Eve". Like the play itself, the score won praise, with critics acclaiming its' combination of emotion-stirring new musical motifs and the creative way in which Harvey used elements of Franz Liszt's "Liebestraum", a piece of music that featured heavily in the original movie. You can now judge it for yourselves thanks to this recording by Harvey, two fellow musicians and play stars Gillian Anderson and Lily James (each sings one song). We were spellbound, and we think you probably will be too.
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Cat: TO 114. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Living Space
  2. Lo, Fr Ega
  3. Collect Yourself/Well Arranged
  4. Overt Too
  5. Lighter Touch
Review: When it comes to slow-burn electronic minimalism, few can match Eleh, an "analogue and modular synthesis" enthusiast who has released a wealth of inspired music on Touch and Important Records over the last two decades. The artist's latest album, "Living Space", was written over a period of seven years and sees Eleh deliver five sparse, alien and ear catching soundscapes. Some of these sound sparse and almost skeletal - see the elongated melodic tones of the opening track, or the bassbin-bothering pulsating sub weight of "Lo, Fr Ega" - while others are more layered and intricate despite their minimalist design. In the latter category you'll find standout cut "Lighter Touch", an epic journey into kosmiche-style ambient music reminiscent of some of Terry Riley's synthesizer-based works.
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Cat: FTS 14CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Saturday Morning Doze
  2. At The Store
  3. August Haze
  4. The Secret Place
  5. After School
  6. Gloaming
  7. From The Bluff
  8. Night Games
Review: It would be fair to say that Ernest "Ernie" Hood was ahead of his time. During the early 1970s, he was one of the few musicians in Portland, Oregon to embrace synthesizers. He was also a keen zither player and in his spare time made nostalgic field recordings of suburban neighbourhoods that matched those he grew up in. All of these things came together on his sole solo album, "Neighborhoods", an obscure - but rather brilliant - set that still sounds miles ahead of its time. It has a nostalgic tone, but is as evocative and atmospheric as you'd expect given the sonic ingredients Hood spooned into the mix. First time on CD too, now you can appreciate a louder, clearer reproduction of Hood's far-sighted sounds.
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Cat: SUICIDECD 020. Rel: 24 Oct 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Broadside
  2. Centre Of The Crystal
  3. Flesh Eaters
  4. Feeding To 5000
  5. It's Enough To Make You Lose Your Mind
  6. Parasomniac
  7. Cerulean Blue
  8. Pop Will Eat You
  9. Highly Addictive
  10. Ghost Writer
  11. Handosme Boy Business School
  12. ORD/BWI
  13. Endless Seduction
  14. Have A Wonderful Life
Review: Since releasing his debut single in 1994, Tom Withers AKA Klute has been one of the most prolific and reliable artists in drum and bass, releasing well over half a century of single releases in the process. "Whatever It Takes" is his ninth LP in total and lands 21 years after his first. There's much to enjoy throughout, with the Ipswich-based artist giddily skipping between elastic, funk-fuelled workouts, soaring liquid anthems, marginally darker and moodier fare, acid-fired rollers and, as the album progresses, tech-house and techno-influenced four-to-the-floor cuts. Throw in a handful of melodious, IDM-flecked downtempo numbers and you have an ear-pleasing set of expertly produced electronic gems.
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BBE
Cat: BBE 587ACD. Rel: 15 Oct 19
International
  1. Kokosi
  2. I'm Ready
  3. Feed My Body
  4. It's What's Happening
  5. Hard Times
  6. Born With Music
  7. African Hustle
  8. Kinyi Ai Kawali
  9. Adesa A
  10. Minyo
  11. Games We Used To Play
Review: BBE continue to explore the little-known catalogue of Ghanaian athlete-turned-musician Sidiku Buari, whose West African style takes on disco and boogie made him a surprise star on the New York underground in the late 1970s. Here they offer up a fresh pressing of "Disco Soccer", a brilliantly vibrant and over-the-top set of NYC disco floor-fillers that's been stretched out across two slabs of wax (the original album was a single LP) to ensure a more dancefloor-friendly cut. Highlights include the bass-heavy, Moog-laden hustle of "I'm Ready", the Patrick Adams-esque brilliance of "Hard Times", the intoxicating, high-octane thrills of "African Hustle" and the pitched-down sweetness of "Games We Used To Play".
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Cat: BEWITH 061CD. Rel: 15 Oct 19
Rock
  1. Blue Beach - Welcome To Your Beach
  2. Never Find A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)
  3. By The Pool
  4. Roll Over, Beethoven - Out Of The Beach
  5. In The Shade
  6. Looking Across The Street
  7. Long Distance Look
  8. Hot Afternoon
  9. Crying In The Sun
  10. The Next Time
  11. Miss BB Walks Away
  12. Sleep Walk
  13. Standing There
Review: While he enjoyed a brief career as a musician in the 1960s, by the time he recorded debut album "Down On The Road By The Beach" in 1983 Steve Hiett was better known as one of the world's leading fashion photographers. In fact, it was at the suggestion of a Japanese gallery owner that he got back in the studio to record what has long been regarded as an impossible-to-find Balearic gem. Hiett's reverb and delay-laden Peter Green style guitar passages take centre stage throughout, winding in and out of languid grooves and ambient electronics to create what some have called "the ultimate desert island disc" - a record of such lazy, sun-kissed beauty that it sounds tailor made for drowsy days waking up on the beach.
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Cat: GONDCD 003SE. Rel: 07 Nov 19
Jazz
  1. Colour Yes
  2. Together
  3. I've Found Joy
  4. Mudita
  5. I've Been Here Before
  6. Me & You
  7. It's What We Do (bonus track)
  8. Ai (bonus track)
Review: As part of his Gondwana label's 10th anniversary, masterful Manchester trumpeter and contemporary jazz trendsetter Matthew Halsall has put together a special deluxe edition of his beautiful "Colour Yes" album with thick reverse board sleeves, silver block letter foiling and two printed inner sleeves. First released in 2009, the album showcases Halsall's deeply emotive style across the 8 achingly good, supremely spiritual tracks that glow with gorgeous piano playing, gently lilting drums and his own fantastic leads.
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Um Dada (CD)
Cat: DAIS 141CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Working (You Are)
  2. Prefix Repeat Rewind
  3. It's Not Me
  4. Um Dada
  5. Satellite
  6. Colour
  7. Flashback
  8. Robber
  9. Hollow
Review: Since leaving Cabaret Voltaire in the early '90s, Stephen Mallinder has kept himself busy, first by starting a new career as an academic, and latterly by stints in bands including Wrangler, Hey! Rube and Creep Show. There was always one thing missing from his CV, though: a new solo album. With "Um Dada", he's finally ticked that box, delivering a set that smartly channels four decades of electronic music influences into nine vocal and instrumental mutant pop cuts. It's heavy, trippy, mind-altering and thoroughly absorbing, with Mallinder offering plenty of nods towards the Cabs' 1980s and '90s work, as well as more contemporary influences such as German techno/electro and the sub-heavy rush of fellow Sheffielder Crooked Man.
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Cat: WWSCD 24. Rel: 06 Nov 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Thousand Knives
  2. Island Of Woods
  3. Grasshoppers
  4. Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied
  5. Plastic Bamboo
  6. The End Of Asia
Review: Ryuichi Sakamoto was still in the early days of his career when second solo album, "Thousand Knives Of", appeared in 1978. It was recorded around the same time as the formation of the band that made him famous, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and contains a similar reliance on cutting-edge electronic instrumentation. Of course, there are still pieces that doff a cap to his classical roots - see the piano-heavy "Grasshoppers" - as well as workouts that join the dots between jazz-funk and German style "kosmiche" ("Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied"), but for the most part it's the entirely electronic tracks that hit home hardest. For proof, check the jaunty genius of "Plastic Bamboo", the prototype YMO electrofunk of "The End Of Asia" and the doom-laden weirdness of "Island Of Woods".
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Cat: LO 166CD. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Techno
  1. Spectrum Of Love
  2. Implications Of Karma
  3. The Reality Of Reincarnation
  4. Ama & The Mountain
  5. The Future Of Ecstasy
  6. The Seven Secret Sayings Of God
  7. Flowing With The Tao
  8. Incantation Of The Stars
  9. The Art Of Contemplation
  10. Direct Transmission
Review: Almost five years has passed since now legendary Japanese producer Susumu Yokota passed away. Lo Recordings, who worked with the experimental electronica, techno and ambient artist over a number of years, have decided to mark the occasion by releasing a posthumous album made up of recently discovered - and previously unreleased - Yokota recordings made around the same time as 2002 set "The Boy and the Tree". While there has been a little post-production work by label founder Jon Tye, those familiar with Yokota's work wouldn't be able to tell. Otherworldly, imaginative and hugely emotional in tone, the ten included tracks flit between neo-classical inspired Japanese minimalism, pastoral soundscapes, gentle new age aural dreams and the kind of hushed, life-affirming ambient works that were once Yokota's trademark.
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Cat: NUDE12 CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Motion
  2. Electric
  3. Country Girl
  4. February
  5. Underwater
  6. Send Me A Vision
  7. Westeners
  8. Swing
Review: Self-styled "minimal synth duo" Boy Harsher has released some fine music over the last few years, though little quite as on-point and majestic as 2018's "Country Girl" EP. Here they offer up a new-look "uncut" edition of the stylish set, which expands the original four-track set via a quartet of previously unreleased recordings from the same period. You'll find the original EP - complete with the throbbing but picturesque "Motion" and dreamy "Country Girl" - on side A, with the bonus material on the flip. Of these, we're particularly enjoying the gentle pulse of "Underwater", and the "Please" era Pet Shop Boys flex of "Send Me A Vision" and "Westerners".
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  1. Linval Thompson - "I Love Marijuana"
  2. Linval Thompson - "Dread Are The Controller"
  3. Linval Thompson - "The Children Of The Ghetto"
  4. Linval Thompson - "Don't Push Your Brother"
  5. Linval Thompson - "Begging For Apology"
  6. Linval Thompson - "Not Follow Fashion"
  7. Linval Thompson - "Roots Lady"
  8. Linval Thompson - "Big Big Girl"
  9. Linval Thompson - "Just Another Girl"
  10. Linval Thompson - "Starlight"
  11. Linval Thompson - "Jamaican Calley" (version)
  12. Big Joe - "African Princess"
  13. Big Joe - "Solomon Agunda"
  14. Big Joe - "Don't Fuss & Fight"
  15. Big Joe - "Smoke Marijuana"
  16. Big Joe - "Merry Go Round"
  17. Big Joe - "Tubby At The Controls"
  18. Big Joe - "Judy"
  19. Big Joe - "Big Disgrace"
  20. Big Joe - "Love Can Conquer"
  21. Big Joe - "Pauline Love The Natty"
  22. Big Joe - "Follow My Heart"
  23. Big Joe - "Pope Paul Dead & Gone"
  24. Trinity - "Easy Does It"
  25. Trinity - "Life Is Not Easy"
  26. Trinity - "Tell It To Me Mother"
  27. Trinity - "Have A Little Faith"
  28. Trinity - "Dangerous Rockers & Ting"
  29. Trinity - "Don't Lose Me"
  30. Trinity - "Every Trick In The Book"
  31. Trinity - "Rock In The Ghetto"
  32. Trinity - "Pope Paul Dead & Gone"
  33. Trinity - "Freedom Style"
  34. Trinity - "Follow My Heart"
  35. Barry Brown - "Mr CID" (bonus track)
  36. Scientist & The Roots Radics - "King Tubby's Rockers" (bonus track)
  37. Pat Kelly - "There's A Song" (bonus track)
  38. The Roots Radics - "Lover's Style" (bonus track)
  39. Linval Thompson - "Here With Me" (bonus track)
  40. The Roots Radics - "Come On Baby, Dub Style" (bonus track)
  41. Linval Thompson - "Pop No Style" (bonus track)
  42. Scientist & The Roots Radics - "Second Hand Girl" (bonus track)
Review: This double CD set draws together some of the most lauded, late 1970s productions from Linval Thompson, a roots, dub and dancehall stalwart whose music - and the artists he worked for - was championed by Trojan Records. On CD one you'll find two key albums: fine 1977 solo set "I Love Marijuana", whose dub-wise roots rhythms were laid down by a backing band including Wailers member Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Sly & Robbie, and the much more dubbed-out and intoxicatingly heavy "African Princess" (1978) by leading Jamaican toaster Big Joe. Disc two boasts the dub/early dancehall fusion of Trinity's similarly inclined 1979 classic "Rock In The Ghetto" as well as eight rare (and exceptionally good) extended mixes plucked from various Thompson-produced releases.
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Birds (CD)
Cat: DLM 004CD. Rel: 30 Oct 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Mentality (feat Diabel Cissokho)
  2. Dakar
  3. Sway (feat Vanessa Freeman)
  4. Memory Man (feat Syren Rivers)
  5. To B (feat Adriana Vasques)
  6. Lunar View (feat Rick Collins)
  7. Thunder Of Silence (feat Bembe Segue)
  8. Oba Lata
  9. Hollickwood Park
  10. Birds (feat Luiz Gabriel Lopes)
Review: Long before it became fashionable to blend Brazilian music with elements of contemporary dance music, Da Lata (AKA Chris Franck and long-serving London DJ Patrick Forge) were offering up singles and albums doing just that. They've been rather quiet of late, though, with "Birds" marking their return to action after a six-year break. It's as vibrant, colourful and well produced as you'd expect, with the duo and their assembled musicians blending elements of South American and West African music with jazz, jazz-funk, electronica, soul, nu-jazz, broken beat and ambient. It's a little ray of summer sunshine on a cold, dark autumnal day.
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Cat: WARPCD 301. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Post Rock/Experimental
  1. Juice B Crypts
  2. A Loop So Nice
  3. They Played It Twice (feat Xenia Rubinos)
  4. Sugar Foot (feat Jon Anderson & Prairie WWWW)
  5. Fort Greene Park
  6. Titanium 2 Step (feat Sal Principato)
  7. Hiro 3
  8. IZM (feat Shabazz Palaces)
  9. Juice B Crypts
  10. The Last Supper On Shasta (feat Tune Yards)
Review: Plenty has changed since Battles exploded onto the scene as one of the freshest bands of that moment. Not least within the outfit itself, with departures and instability seeming to run through the very DNA of this troupe. Nevertheless, some things have certainly stayed the same - in particular the complexity and detail in their sound. Synth math prog rock, without wanting to put too fine a point on it. At times it's almost over-facing, that is until you cut through the chaos and start to truly appreciate how good the nuances and intricacies actually are. Highlights come thick and fast, from opener "Ambulance" which nods to playful classical; re-read through chip music before exploding into hypnotic mania. "IZM", which benefits from the appearance of hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces, nods to turn-of-the-century Beasties Boys or Chemical Brothers. And "Sugar Foot" which takes things down a more organic, vocal-driven route. Intelligent and intellectual, not that we expected anything less.
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Kiwanuka (CD)
Cat: 779527 5. Rel: 01 Nov 19
Soul
  1. You Ain't The Problem
  2. Rolling
  3. I've Been Dazed
  4. Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) (intro)
  5. Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love)
  6. Another Human Being (interlude)
  7. Living In Denial
  8. Hero
  9. Hard To Say Goodbye
  10. Final Days
  11. Loving The People (interlude)
  12. Solid Ground
  13. Light
Review: London singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka builds on the success of his first two albums by drafting in Danger Mouse and Inflo to produce the beats that house his hugely expressive voice. That voice is of course front and centre - and whether delivering tender moments of intimacy or more breezy soul, it is always wrought with tension and emotion, slow burning and buttery smooth. The production feels timeless yet contemporary whether offering gauzy, guitar laden textures "Hero" or soaring pop ("Final Days") and makes this an album that touches on all forms of soul with equal originality.
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Colorado (CD)
Cat: 009362 4898900. Rel: 25 Oct 19
Rock
  1. Think Of Me
  2. She Showed Me Love
  3. Olden Days
  4. Help Me Lose My Mind
  5. Green Is Blue
  6. Shut It Down
  7. Milky Way
  8. Eternity
  9. Rainbow Of Colors
  10. I Do
Review: Where do you start with a new album from Neil Young? One of the great rock artists of the 1970s hasn't stopped since - much to the joy of many and the derision of others - and here presents his staggering 39th studio album. Recorded in the mountains of Colorado, as those who watch the accompanying film will know only too well, in many ways it's his most significant work since "Le Noise", and certainly has the power you'd hope from reunification with backing band Crazy Horse. "Colorado" is incredibly personal and intimate, and yet also focused on subjects that are much farther reaching than you or I. It's politically charged and socially motivated, while never forgetting it's the small stories that often resonate most with listeners. A true master here closer to the top of his game than he has been in a very long time, if there's justice in the world it will win over new fans by the bucketload.
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Cat: STRUT 210CD. Rel: 08 Nov 19
Jazz
  1. Wide & Blue
  2. Freddie's Groove
  3. Juba
  4. Ode To Black Mothers
  5. Conjure Man
  6. Libra Ahora
  7. Hometown
  8. He The One We All Knew
  9. Marcus Garvey
  10. The Slave Ship Enterprise
Review: Politically charged Motor City jazz collective Tribe has undergone something of a career rebirth in the last few years. The releases they played, produced and put out on their Tribe Records imprint in the '70s are rightly revered, but the truth is that they've made equally as good music since getting back into the studio in 1990 - as this brilliant retrospective from Strut proves. The ten-track set contains both released material and previously unheard recordings, with highlights including a fantastic new version of "Juba" featuring Harold McKinney and his "McKinfolk" musicians, a daring new version of Tribe member Phil Ranelin's "He The One We All Knew" and the spiritual rallying cry that is "Marcus Garvey".
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Cat: MRBCD 214. Rel: 08 Nov 19
Jazz
  1. Kokiriku Bushi
  2. Sado Okesa
  3. Tairyo Utaikomi
  4. Soma Bon-Uta
  5. Komoro Mago-Uta
  6. Nanbu Ushio-Uta
  7. Itsuki No Komori-Uta
  8. Hietsuki-Bushi
  9. Yasuki-Bushi
  10. Yosakoi-Bushi
  11. Kuroda-Bushi
Review: In 2002, the Japanese government recognized bamboo flute maestro Hozan Yamamoto as a "living national treasure". It was in honor of his lengthy career in music, and in particular the way he championed a traditional Japanese instrument even when he was turning his hand to Western music. "Beautiful Bamboo Flute", an album first released in 1971 and almost impossible to find since, is a superb example of this. It sees him deliver haunting, emotional and life-affirming solos over funky jazz, big band and fusion backing tracks that tend towards the fresh and funky. It's an unusual blend, but also an invigorating and exciting one.
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Athena (CD)
Cat: STH 2412CD. Rel: 01 Nov 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Did You Know?
  2. Confessions
  3. Black Vivaldi Sonata
  4. Down On Me
  5. Ballet Of The Unhatched Twins
  6. Green Eyes
  7. Iceland Moss
  8. Coming Up
  9. House Of Open Tuning II
  10. Glorious
  11. Stuck
  12. Limitless
  13. Honey
  14. Pelicans In The Summer
Review: Brittney Denise Parks aka Sudan Archives has released some of the most fascinating music of the last couple of years. What makes it so unique is Parks' voice, which tumbles down to melancholic depths or soars to uplifting highs. On this new album, though, she makes more of her own virtuoso violin playing, stretching the sounds in all manner of wonderful directions, couching her voice in lush sonic layers. There is an orchestral, chamber music feel to this most grandiose of works, and it is one that feels rich, poignant and moving from start to finish. Smart, inventive, but soulful, it might be one of the albums of the year.
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Cat: SBR 234CD. Rel: 25 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Never Tell
  2. One Eye Open
  3. Daily Driver
  4. Feels
  5. The Usual
  6. Grey Eyeliner
  7. Bigger Than Life
  8. Private Show
  9. Shoulder
  10. Hit Show
  11. Call
Review: Put simply, there's so much to like about Black Marble's sugar-coated electronic pop record "Bigger Than Life". Which isn't to say it's all sickly sweet niceness, but rather Chris Stewart's third LP invokes the great synth chart toppers of the 20th Century. An air of A-Ha, a dash of Depeche Mode in their quieter hours and more than a hint of Metronomy. Tracks like "Feels" are as delicate and compressed as they are pacy and expansive, glittering keys shining above a crushed percussive section. Opening number "Never Tell" is a plodding pop anthem. "Private Show" drives its way through contemplative guitar chords and a soaring chorus that's almost guaranteed to get anyone in earshot singing. At times coming over somewhat melancholic, in other moments fist-in-air euphoric, all emotionally-charged, it's well conceived and catchy to the point of infectious.
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Blossoms (CD)
Cat: THRILL 507CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Petal
  2. Blossom
  3. Bloom
  4. Pollen
  5. Blade
  6. Axil
  7. Filament
  8. Bulb
  9. Stem
  10. Clone
Review: Emptyset have been innovating in the world of electronic music for over a decade now. James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas' music is challenging yet poignant, artful yet immersive and fuses sound design with raw audio synthesis. "Blossoms", the new record for Thrill Jockey was developed by a process of "seeding a software model with a sonic knowledge base of material to learn and predict from". That base material was then embellished with 10 hours of improvised recordings using sources such as wood, drum skins and metal, giving rise to this bleakly beguiling album of drone, industrial and audio experimentation.
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The Heat Equation (CD + 100 page hard-back book + postcard)
Cat: CODEX 2. Rel: 31 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Track 1 (live)
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3
  4. Track 4
  5. Track 5
Review: This is something of a treat for fans of the late, great Mika Vainio. It's a book and CD combination that was first discussed by Vainio and photographer Josephine Michel in 2017. The book contains 100 pages of artful, close-up photos of "quasi-scientific imagery" that Michel took following discussions with Vainio before he passed away. The accompanying CD is icy, pulsing and abstract and provides a surprisingly fitting accompaniment. It's a recording of a particularly potent set that Vainio performed at ContraPop in Ramsgate in 2016. The label claims it's as good as anything the Finnish experimentalist released during his lifetime. While that's a bold claim, it's certainly very impressive.
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