The Hope 12”
Soon, Scuba will release his third album through Hotflush. Entitled Personality and featuring 11 brand new tracks, it takes in a wealth of genres across contemporary dance music, proving once again Scuba’s place at the cutting edge of the electronic music scene. Preceding his LP will be The Hope, pushing on from the tense atmospherics of previous Scuba material, the single fizzes with claustrophobic bass pressure and menacing narration. Backed by an exclusive non-album cut Flash Addict, The Hope will proceed the album on the 6th February.
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True Life/In Flames LP
Gatefold LP version. After his self-titled debut of 2009, True Life/In Flames is the second album by Berlin-based Christian Naujoks. Recorded by Tobias Levin at the Laiszhalle Philharmony Hamburg. A dense concert atmosphere sets the tone. Stringent seriality is combined with a romanticism of the minor key which one also finds in a certain corner of modern 20th-century piano music, in the vein of Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens, Arvo Pärt, John Cage and György Kurtág. Deep contemplation and solemn expression paired with intellectual clarity. Each note has weight, and every sound a purpose. Unlike Naujoks' debut, True Life/In Flames completely relinquishes the use of any sort of electronically-generated sound. Instead, there is a consistent stylization of what one might call "organic sound." The figure of the bedroom producer is relieved here by that of the composer and pianist. There's a piano, played by Naujoks; there's the marimba of Martin Krause and then Naujoks' voice. This album could be designated as a suite with various movements, bracketed by the conspicuous reprise of its most song-like piece, "Moments I" and "Moments II," as well as by the economy of the unchanging instrumentation and the black and white cover photograph by Dirk Stewen that references the recording location: the Laeiszhalle of the Hamburg Philharmonic. Piano and marimba stand there on an almost cave-like stage, surrounded by music stands, microphones and stacked Egon Eiermann SE 68 SU chairs -- a company of genuine instruments. Again, Christian Naujoks embraces the world of contemporary music-loving connaisseurs. True Life/In Flames is a gift for all those hunting the unique, the deep, the outstanding. All's quiet at the beginning, as it is at the end.
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New Epoch 3LP + CD
Deep Medi Musik
This Japanese producer known for his dubstep productions is back with an 11 song album for MALA's DEEP MEDI MUSIK label. Going beyond just the dubstep template, with explorations into several different sounds, this is an album for discerning listeners.
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Here are some fireworks to start the house music year with another Various Artists EP on Laid Records, Dial's lovely subdivision. Palisade aka Redshape comes up with an outstanding journey into avant-garde, based on the feedback of Steve Reich's "Pendulum Music." Moomin is back with another lovely tune -- simply on-point, direct to the heart. Lastly, RNDM begs the question: when will the first RNDM album finally be released? These three tracks prove that house music is here to stay.
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Mass X 12”
Two killer dub versions of "MASS X" from his "WHAT WORKS" EP. VAKULA turns the original tropical cut into a brain-melting, dark warehouse soundtrack. JUJU & JORDASH slow things down & get lost in a shimmering bass odyssey on the flip. Limited edition gold & red screen printed sleeves.
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Elemental Part 4: Iris
Part four in this 4-part set. This 12" slots into the Elemental quad-gatefold which came with parts 1 & 2 (LOVE 073_074LP). The 2CD album Elemental features a different tracklisting with alternate versions of some of these vinyl tracks plus extra content. Mastered and cut by Lupo at Dubplates & Mastering, pressed on colored vinyl and limited to 1,000 copies for the world. Featuring specially-commissioned artwork by Andy Votel.
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Les Edits Du Golem #7 12”
GOLEM is back! This time I:CUBE steps up to brings some fresh edits. "HNT" turns an Italo track into a slow pitched house monster while "A BICYCLETTE" follows with a cosmo-romantic trip. "PIANO IN PARADISIO" starts the B-side and "YOU DANCE SO WELL" finishes with a real hypnotic floor filler.
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Edits #7 12”
3 more classic edits claimed from the RON HARDY collection. 1st is the rare "TRAFFIC JAM" from PRINCE - this alone makes the 12" special! Next is TEDDY PENDERGRASS' "THE MORE I GET" which gets the box treatment, & on the flip is another rare piece of music, LEFTURNO. Authentic? Who knows. Bangin?
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Lady Blacktronika - Lil Re Re – Fred P 12”
Marcus Mixx/SPECIAL CREME 12”
PITCHBEN: Stand Up 12"
VA: The Beat: Reworks 12”
BURNT FRIEDMAN: Bokoboko 2LP
JOHN TALABOT: Fin LP
GORJE HEWEK & IZHEVSKI: Nomdetemps 12”
Takeshi Kouzuki/NOTHING SUNNY 12”
Mickey Pearce/DON'T ASK, DON'T GET 12"
Ron Trent/KIDS AT PLAY 12”
Genetix/FALLING DOWN 12"
N.O.I.A./STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND 12”
Anthony Mansfield/PANCHO'S REVENGE 12”
Kurt Baggaley/MAGIC OF HUMAN EP 12”
Bwana/OVER AND DONE 12”
Unknown/THE UNDGROUND 12”
Philippe Petit/INVASION EP 12”
Nocturnal Sunshine/CAN'T HIDE THE…12”
Deymare/1990 EP 12”
MADTEO: Bugler Gold Pt. 1 12"
Hiem & Phil Oakey/2 AM 12”
Various/REMAKE MUSIQUE #11 12”
John Gibbs/J'OUVERT 12”
Various/THE EXQUISITE SAMPLER 12”
Radioactive Man/ENGINE EP 12”
MADTEO: Bugler Gold Pt. 1 12"
TADEO: Futurism 12"
FLUXION: Traces EP 1/3 12"
Marc Houle: Undercover The Single 12"
M.E.B., THE: Il Principal/M5-M6 12"
MAXMILLION DUNBAR: Polo (Versions) 12"
SPAM CHOP: The Cuckup EP 12”
POLLYESTER: Concierge d'Amour/Voices Remixes 12"
GUIDO: Micro X/Vessel Dogs 12"
MINILOGUE: Let Life Dance Thru You Remixes 12"
NICOLAS JAAR: Space Is Only Noise LP
MARC SCHNEIDER & AERA: The Taylor & Smith EP 12"
BOYS NOIZE: Adonis Remix EP 12"
THE MOLE: Love Is The Way 12"
UNKNOWN ARTIST: Remixes 2012 12"
PASCUAL, ALBERTO: Vertigo EP 12"
SIMON GARCIA: Cavern EP 12"
STEFAN GOLDMANN: Emptying The Vaults Vol. 3 12"
LONELY C & BABY PRINCE: Not So Lonely Remixes 12"
Killawatt & Ipman/XIBALBA 12”
Nico Purman/FADE AWAY 12”
Amirali/BEAUTIFUL WORLD 12”
Floating Points/SHADOWS D12”
Odd Parents/FAME EP 12”
Grid, The/FLOTATION (PRINS THOMAS) 10”
Pev & Kowton/BENEATH RADAR 12”
Ango/ANOTHER CITY NOW EP 12”
Todd Terje & Son Of Sam/DIGITAL DUB..10”
Freak Seven/WE BRING THE MUSIC 12”
Makoto/DIFFERENT RHYTHM 12”
Digital Mystikz/MARDUK 12”
Reflex/REVISIONS VOLUME 1 12”
Various/HAMILTON DANCE 003 12”
Disgu!se/LISTEN TO ME (L-OW REMIX) 12”
Kraak & Smaak/HOLD BACK LOVE 12”
Chubby Dubz/DIRECT EXPERIENCE 12”
Space Ranger/NOTHING'S WRONG 12”
Machine Drum/SXLND EP 12”
Mikal & Break/LIFTS ME UP 12”
ASC/TMA-1 EP 12”
Epitome/SUBLIFE (DJ MADD REMIX) 12”
Beneath Autumn Sky/RENEWED LP + 7”
Ifan Dafydd/TREEHOUSE 12”
Nina Kraviz/GHETTO KRAVIZ 12”
Brain Machine/ALPHA BETA GAMMA RMX'S 12"