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Bavaria | We'll Take a Dive | £ 10.99

Bavaria is John Tejada and Kimi Recor. While We'll Take a Dive is the first for the duo's newly cemented partnership they have appeared as guests on each other's releases for nearly a decade. The duo decided to exclude any extraneous instrumentation so that Tejada could focus solely on his modular synth programming while Recor took on the role to provide that all-too-vital human element by way of her silky vocal delivery. In theory We'll Take a Dive might sound like an exercise in minimalism, which couldn't be further from the truth. The album highlights the duo's deftness in getting maximal use from their instruments of choice while creating a superb darkly-hued electronic pop album that showcases its own unique strain of affecting tension and restraint.


Mark Harris | The Angry Child | £ 10.99

I usually put a project "to bed' for a few months and not listen to it and come back to it fresh (I've always feel there's a danger of getting too close to your work). Listening back I was stuck by how all of the pieces were evocative of the landscape of rural Norfolk in the UK where I spent a lot of time when I was a boy, an endless flat landscape where the tide would take the sea out from miles and at times the sea / the sky / and the weather all gradually merge together. I remember how as a boy I would spend hours sitting on a small hill looking out to sea watching the light / clouds and weather gradually change... I hope the listener catches something of the feeling of that place and time by listening to this work, so please, enjoy. - Mark Harris


Elise Mélinand | Gray Hoodie | £ 10.99

Gray Hoodie is the debut album from french musician / composer Elise Mélinand.  Her newly adapted recording and composition tool, the laptop, is undeniably the norm today. However, it allowed Mélinand to better visualize her compositions while experimenting with techniques that Gray Hoodie so skillfully showcases. Crafted by Mélinand to tell a story of a friend who gave her a gray hoodie one cold evening. This gray hoodie was a symbol of their friendship and this album is said by Mélinand to be "A way to thank him for everything he gave me". Gray Hoodie showcases Mélinand's childlike voice and legato string work juxtaposed over frenetic experimental beat-work all injected into ten cinematic vignettes that exude the comfort and warmth of a sweatshirt on a cold day.


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r.roo | innerheaven | £9.29

One of the IDM genre’s more prolific young talents returns with his 7th album in two years, titled ‘innerheaven‘. Plunging into dense, undulating atmospheres beneath expertly crafted polyrhythms, glitchy beats add a visceral quality to an otherwise cerebral listening experience, creating a cohesive and relevant soundscape with many destinations. Lamenting vocals and poignant cello movements are woven into the fabric of harsh sonic artefacts while addictive beats punctuate the brooding sonic landscape. Like a cold and bright winter morning, r.oo‘s ‘innerheaven‘ clings and soothes with a radiant glow, swelling with optimism as it guides the listener into endless passages of introspection.

Zinovia | The Gift Of Affliction | £9.29

Place yourself in a futuristic lounge hidden away in the depth of some distant unnamed city. The atmosphere inside swirls with a smokey, yet airy charm, as random glasses clink in the darkness and a smattering of enigmatic characters sit and absorb the sounds emerging from within. On the unpretentious stage, a sultry woman stands behind a control panel of various machines, their indicators and displays splashing colors of light across her face, illuminating a gentle sadness in her eyes as she controls and manipulates her sounds. Her name is ZinoviaShe is from Athens. Her work is titled ‘The Gift Of Affliction‘ and it seems to have the entire audience entranced. No doubt, there is a deeply personal connection here.


Autoclav1.1 | Portents Call | £9.29

With Autoclav1.1's 7th album ‘Portents Call‘, proliferant Tony Young offers his listeners a cross-pollination of genres that pushes the envelope of his signature sound by stepping confidently forward with another engaging new collection of songs.

Airy atmospheres, evocative vocals, subtle orchestral movements, and symmetrical synthlines blend together over gritty and addictive broken beatwork to create a dense and engaging listening experience. ‘Portents Call‘ deploys a contrasting blend of organic and mechanical overtures along with a seamless integration of punchy polyrhythms, inter-spliced with roomy atmospheres and strong piano melodies.

ESA | Themes Of Carnal Empowerment | £9.29

ESA returns with part two of his conceptual album series ‘Themes of Carnal Empowerment‘. Continuing where ‘Pt. 1: Lust’ left off, ESA once again offers a powerful rhythmic noise assault spanning 11 hard-hitting new industrial tracks. The album sparks off with the slow-burn intro “Let The Sinful Sparrow Sing” as a harmony between piano, soulful female vocals, marching beats, and distant synthlines build a gradual tension, ultimately detonating into the energetic beat-driven stomper “I Know Your Wounds“. From there the album charges forward with one breathless sonic cavalcade after another from the throbbing basslines and guttural vocals of “The Heart Is Marked” to the feverish pounding beats and glitch accented powerhouse of “The Shape Of Hate To Come“. 


bvdub | A Careful Ecstasy | £10.99

A Careful Ecstasy, the sequel to Serenity, sees bvdub tread a notably more autobiographical and thus, perhaps unsurprisingly, melancholic path than its predecessor while still holding fast to the promise of hope.

Perhaps the clearest melding of his ambient, chillout, and deep house roots to date, A Careful Ecstasy tells a story of love found and lost, the life we live in and out of its throes, and the beauty that is its eternal, yet often tragic pursuit… for without that pursuit, life would have no meaning – and without sorrow, there would be no ecstasy.

A Careful Ecstasy tells the story of a heart broken, but a heart that still remembers love – and a heart that while never forgetting its past, never stops dreaming of tomorrow.

bvdub | Born In Tokyo | £10.99

For those keeping track 'Born In Tokyo' is album number twenty from Brock Van Wey's bvdub alias. As Its title suggests the album's amorous core was born upon a return from a brief trip to Tokyo in early 2013.

The music's feel and flow highly suggest that this trip had a positive impact on Van Wey.
The longing in the piano work that highlights the album sets the stage for Van Wey's various songstress' to weave through the near deep house rhythmic passages that come and go throughout the album's 70 plus minute runtime.

Those familiar with Van Wey's output know he is a master at painting emotive tapestries of sound and Born In Tokyo may be his most wistful tapestry yet...


bvdub & Loscil | Erebus | £10.99

This collaboration between Bvdub (Brock Van Wey) and Vancouver’s Loscil (Scott Morgan) does just that, but with a rich sound that is packed full of harmony and sounds absolutely beautiful on headphones. These are studies in true ambience, achieving a sense of weightlessness with a complete lack of drums, and only a brief sense of pulse in the middle of ‘Aether’.

‘Hypnos’ has a softly shifting vocal pattern that works really well, while the longer tracks – ‘Aether’ and ‘Moirai’ especially – give time for the listener to completely immerse themselves in the gorgeous sounds. Everything that Loscil in particular touches seems to turn to ice cold purity – and this rather special piece of work is no exception. 5 out of 5. Reviewed By Ben Hogwood.
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(ghost) | Departure | £10.99

Departure is the debut album from Connecticut based producer (ghost). Rooted firmly at electronic music's crossroads where electronic pop, early artificial intelligence era 'Warpisms' and experimental electro intersect Departure follows a thinly structured concept in which a protagonist, possibly (ghost) himself(?), escapes a type of confinement in search of freedom or immunity.

Wholly optimistic but not without it's moods of trepidation that such flight might yield, (ghost) greets the listener with engaging melodies, swabs of skittering electro backbeats and the occasional soulful guitar phrase all to great effect. Maybe it is truly the listener who (ghost) creates such an escape for...  

Asonat | Love In Times Of Repetition | £10.99

"Love In Times Of Repetition" is the debut album from Icelandic duo Asonat. While a new project, its members are already veterans in post millennial electronic music. Fannar Ásgrímsson (one half of Plastik Joy) and Jónas Thór Guðmundsson (Ruxpin) with a little help from co-patriot Kjartan Ólafsson (Ampop & Kjarr), Japanese singer Chihiro and the French singer Olèna Simon have made an album that sounds less like a paint-by-numbers Plastik Joy / Ruxpin team up but a fresh take on vocal-centric experimental downtempo. As one might expect Ruxpin's soothing IDM electronics are present as is Ásgrímsson's metered, programming and guitar but both artists elements are now shrouded in a new warmer blanket of timbre, style and emotion.

Diamat | Being Is The Sum Of Appearing | £10.99

Founded by Attilio Bruzzone (co-founder and composer of port-royal) and Andrea Zangrandi in the Fall of 2011 during port-royal's Russian tour. The duo later added long time friend Christos Garmpidakis (dergar). As one might suspect the album features Bruzzone's brand of lush melancholic electronic music with Garmpidakis and Zangrandi providing some extra (and all important) texture to the songs which give the track a certain shimmer that represents the harmonic fusion of these three individuals. At times the proceedings can get quite cavernous yet shimmering at the same time, atmospherically structured and chaotically fused, while remaining firmly in the four-on-the-floor ambient-techno realm when things do get moving can induce some much liberated hip shaking. Add in an abundance of delayed guitars and synths of all sorts, plenty of layers of sound to drown in, powerful yet polished electronic beats and some undeniably sophisticated structures you'll be able to envision the essence of this record. 

Dreissk | Edge_Horizon | £10.99

'edge_horizon' is the sophomore album from Seattle based electronic musician dreissk. The album flows through a series of interwoven themes that have a strong cinematic spine where futuristic-post-industrial vistas are forever in the hazy distance.

There is an undeniable weight to such post-apocalyptic ambiance, quite often in passages with no discernible percussion. This shows dreissk mastermind Kevin Patzelt's adeptness at using restraint to create tension without resorting to the all-out bombast of his peers. Highly recommend for fans of Gridlock, Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack, and Stendeck.

To Destroy A City | Rebuild | Ltd Edition | £10.99

Rebuild is the remix companion of To Destroy A City's debut self titled album. With band curated reinterpretations by Solar Fields, Dalot, Lights Out Asia, Boy Is Fiction, Winterlight, Connectedness Locus, and M.Szaejko. Limited to 260 copies worldwide. 

Winterlight | Hope Dies Last | £10.99

"Hope Dies Last" is the debut album from Tim Ingham's sun-kissed instrumental project Winterlight. Including new and previously unreleased material, the album also features a few reworked tracks from a limited edition album by Ingham's now absorbed Lightsway moniker, originally released in mid 2008 by Distant Noise.

Ingham's brand of electronically shadowed shoegaze lays somewhere between the chime-y ethereal pop of Ulrich Schnauss and wide screen ambient of label-mates port-royal all done with some of the best delay and reverb adorned guitar work since Slowdive's shoegazer classic "Souvlaki". A great debut from an artist to watch...  

To Destroy A City | To Destroy A City | £10.99

The debut self-titled album from Chicago-based trio To Destroy A City is an album ripe with slow-burning ambience, pulsating rhythms, and soaring guitars. Often building on a theme, the band weaves together pleasing melodic passages, creating compositions that are trance-inducing in their simplicity, yet layered with significance. The uninitiated may find To Destroy A City analogous to label mates Lights Out Asia and port-royal, and, due to some periodic drifting into similar spaces, the wide-screen ambient guitar duo Hammock. Such comparisons stem from the tools To Destroy A City use to convey their message; reverb drenched guitars rub against lofty synths and live drumming entangles itself into deliberate and palpitating electronic beats. This is highly emotive stuff not without its epic moments that can bring a chill to the listener. A debut this seemingly thought out is a rarity and To Destroy A City make it sound as effortless as it is beautiful.


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