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APRILE 2018

MAGGIO 2018

DANIEL AVERY
"Song for alpha"

Five years after his critically acclaimed debut Drone Logic, London-based producer Daniel Avery announces his highly anticipated second album, Song For Alpha. In the years since, Avery has helmed a DJ-Kicks mix CD, resided over a monthly radio show for NTS Live, curated an extensive remix compilation and collaborated on a series of side-projects including a recent release with Nine Inch Nails synth specialist Alessandro Cortini. He has also toured relentlessly, cementing a reputation as one of the defining techno DJs of the decade.
[ file under: techno ]

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IDRIS ACKAMOOR & THE PYRAMIDS
"An angel fell"

Strut presents the brand new album from cosmic jazz travellers The Pyramids, led by saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, ’An Angel Fell’. “I wanted to use folklore, fantasy and drama as a warning bell,” explains Ackamoor. Produced by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics, the album was recorded during an intense week at Quatermass studios in London and is one of the deepest, richest works yet from a band reaching their highest creative peak since the early ’70s.
[ file under: cosmic jazz ]

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BRAZILIAN GIRLS
"Let's make love"

Brazilian Girls return in 2018 with Let’s Make Love, their fourth album and first since 2008’s Grammy-nominated New York City. Due April 13 via Six Degrees Records, the album release will be followed by a short U.S. tour in May. It was produced by longtime collaborator Frederik Ruben and came to life over the course of several years. The band brings a woozy romanticism to many tracks. The album gets its title from the frenetic yet ethereal Let’s Make Love, a track that takes a more classically arranged form than the band’s earlier work.
[ file under: indielectro ]

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DJ KOZE
"Knock knock"

Likewise with the voices. Bon Iver's ghostly hymnals on Bonfire are very recognisably Bon Iver. The ever-unique Róisín Murphy, on two stunning tracks, becomes a cyborg funk diva. Speech from Arrested Development delivers luscious and lazy R&B-funk on Colors of Autumn but Koze's warping bass, dubwise echo and alien nature sounds take it to an alternate dimension tropical landscape. Kurt Wagner of Lambchop is a vocoder bohemian, Sophia Kennedy is a sci-fi Weimar cabaret star, José Gonzalez a holographic projection from an old film.
[ file under: trip downtempo hop ]

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CONFIDENCE MAN
"Confident music for confident people"

Confident Music for Confident People sets eleven tales of 21st century ennui to irresistible, irrepressible dance music. The opening lines of Try Your Luck (“I must confess/I’ve been sleeping with your ex/’Cos I heard he was the best/I must confess/I never would have guessed he would get so obsessed… I’m not surprised”) set the tone perfectly for what follows, a collection of perfect pop music.
[ file under: nu-disco ]

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FLUXION
"Ripple effect"

Fluxion's Ripple Effect is the film score for a non-existing motion picture. This 9-track album is the result of experimentation and the combination of the producer's two most cherished art forms: electronic music and score music. The album's production took two years from its original conception for the subliminal story to unfold into the completed product.
[ file under: basic channel ]

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FAR OUT MONSTER DISCO ORCHESTRA
"Black sun"

Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra returns with Black Sun, its second full-length album of 100% original, unadulterated disco sophistication, featuring members of the pioneering Brazilian jazz-funk trio Azymuth; a full orchestra with arrangements split between Arthur Verocai and Azymuth’s late maestro Jose Roberto Bertrami; plus members of the legendary Rio funk group Banda Black Rio.
[ file under: brazillica ]

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GAS
"Rausch"

Rausch is the sixth studio album by Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project. The album was released on 18 May 2018. The album consists of one piece of music that is indexed solely for navigational purposes, and is designed to be listened to in one sitting. Both vinyl and CD pressings contain the full piece.
[ file under: isolationism ]

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GOLDMUND
"Occcasus"

Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniff’s output as Goldmund has established him as one of the preeminent composers of minimal piano-based ambient music alongside peers like Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, and even Ryuichi Sakamoto, who himself once described Kenniff’s work as “so, so, so beautiful”. Hyperbolic as it may sound, Goldmund’s newest collection Occasus may be his most exquisite yet.
[ file under: modern classical ]

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JESSICA LAUREN
"Almeria"

Since the early 1990s, keyboard player Jessica Lauren has been a familiar part of London's alternative music scene. Jessica's keyboard skills have augmented the live performances and studio recordings of world renowned artists such as Jean Carne, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and James Mason, Japan's United Future Organisation, and UK soul diva Juliet Roberts.
[ file under: acid jazz ]

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JULIANA HATFIELD
"Sings Olivia Newton-John"

"I have never not loved Olivia Newton-John. Her music has brought me so much pure joy throughout my life. I loved her when I was a child and I love her still. Her voice and her positive energy and her melodies have stood the test of time and they give me as much pleasure now as they ever did. Listening to her is an escape into a beautiful place. She has inspired me so much personally and I just wanted to give something back; to share some of these tremendous songs, reinterpreted, with love, by me." -Juliana Hatfield
[ file under: covers album ]

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LORDS OF ACID
"Pretty in kink"

Lords of Acid returns with Pretty In Kink. The new album features all the best of Lords of Acid, the raw techno-carnality of the debut Lust, to the experiments & electro-thrash later albums like Voodoo-U & Farstucker. On Pretty In Kink, stunning new singer Marieke Bresseleers, the legendary Lords mastermind Praga Khan & longtime collaborator Erhan Kurkun create a electro-industrial-techno classic!
[ file under: rave4u ]

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MOUSE ON MARS
"Dimensional people"

Mouse on Mars’ Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner return with their most inventive album to date, Dimensional People. The new album finds the Berlin-based duo reunited with Thrill Jockey, a powerful aesthetic partnership marked by such seminal albums as Radical Connector (2004), Idiology (2001), and Niun Niggung (2000).
[ file under: electronica ]

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TOSHIO MATSUURA GROUP
"Loveplaydance: 8 scenes from the floor"

A co-founder of Japan’s United Future Organisation (aka U.F.O.), on this new record sees Matsuura reconnect with longstanding friend and collaborator Gilles Peterson. Releasing the album via Brownswood Recordings in the UK, it’s a continuation of a relationship which started as a bridge between London’s then-blossoming jazz scene and Tokyo’s new musical vanguard of the early ‘90s. This album continues that two-way dialogue between Japan and the UK.
[ file under: united future organization ]

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MARK PETERS
"Innerland"

‘Innerland is the first ever solo album by Engineers co-founder/songwriter and Ulrich Schnauss collaborator Mark Peters. A collection of instrumentals, with nods to Brian Eno, Talk Talk, Richard Thompson, Vini Reilly and Felt’s Maurice Deebank, Innerland highlights Mark’s incredible musicianship, positioning his guitar rather than his voice as the focal point of the music.
[ file under: ambient ]

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SHORELIGHTS
"Ancient lights"

Shorelights is a collaborative ambient techno project feat. Rod Modell (Deepchord, Echospace, Waveform Transmission, Transformations), and Walter Wasacz and Christopher McNamara of the Detroit-based audio visual collective nospectacle. "Ancient Lights expands the vision and the range of the Shorelights aesthetic, heading into deeper territories of inner and outer space. It's ambient for body and spirit, sound designed to make the human heart dance."
[ file under: electronica ]

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RUSH WEEK
"Feels"

The duo from Philadelphia was formed in 2016 by Rachel K. Haines and the producer James Benjamin Thomas, who update the NU Disco, Soul and R&B sounds from the end of the seventies and beginning of the eighties. Their first album, Feels, sounds like the elegance and melancholy of Roxy Music and Talk Talk, modernized with Étienne de Crécy and Justice, with an irresistible pop filter that also feeds the dance floor.
[ file under: indie pop ]

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STIMULATOR JONES
"Exotic worlds and masterful treasures"

Stimulator Jones is the latest signing to Stones Throw. His music never draws on just one place or time, instead dipping into a range of styles and periods from the 1970s and '80s to the present day. "I was raised in a household where soul, rock, folk, country, jazz, blues, funk, reggae, rap, opera and classical music were all played side by side", he says.
[ file under: stones throw ]

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PAUL SCHUTZE
"Sky torn apart"

Paul Schütze has worked for over thirty years as an artist in the fields of, photography, video, sound and installation. He has collaborated with major international artists including James Turrell, Josiah McElheny & Isaac Julien and musicians including Bill Laswell, Lol Coxhill, Toshinori Kondo, Raoul Björkenheim, Clive Bell, Dirk Wachtaeler, Max Eastley, Jah Wobble, Robert Hamson and David Toop.
[ file under: indielectro ]

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KALI UCHIS
"Isolation"

Isolation (stylized as isola†ion) is the debut studio album by Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis. The album was supported by three singles; "Tyrant" featuring Jorja Smith, "Nuestro Planeta" featuring Reykon, and "After the Storm" featuring Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins. Isolation received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 87, based on 15 reviews.
[ file under: neo soul ]

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SLOAN
"12"

Sloan 12 is indeed the 12th album from Canadian power-pop perennials Sloan, which means it’s as good as Led Zeppelin IV, Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4, and Chicago 4 all put together. But seriously: not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record, and not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record with all four original members, and not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th album with four original members who are equally prolific songwriters, they’re arguably the only band to make it to their 12th album with four original members who are both equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the top of their respective games, sounding utterly ageless in the process.
[ file under: power pop ]

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RYLEY WALKER
"Deafman glance"

Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the true American guitar player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop. Swap out rural juke joints for rotted DIY spaces and the archetype is solidly intact.
[ file under: neofolk ]

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ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
"Dead magic"

Anna Von Hausswolff’s discography is an intense collection by anyone’s standards, but on her fourth album, Dead Magic, she ramps up the intensity even more. 5 tracks over 47 minutes gives her time to suck you into her world and feel every second, every note and every word. Hausswolf uses the organ from Marmorkirken church in Copenhagen which only adds to the mystery and intensity. Swans, Nils Frahm, Gyorgi Ligeti and Yma Sumac have influenced the making of the album.
[ file under: neoclassical ]

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WOODEN SHJIPS
"V"

Wooden Shjips, long-time leaders of the contemporary psychedelic movement, expand their sound with V. The quartet of Omar Ahsanuddin, Dusty Jermier, Nash Whalen and Ripley Johnson augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs. The songs were written during the summer of 2017 by singer and guitarist Ripley Johnson as an antidote to the pervasive anxiety both political and natural.
[ file under: psychedelia ]

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