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Too Many Voices
LOVE 101
22 Apr 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Waiting For You - (2:41) 70 BPM
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Butterflies - (4:23) 104 BPM
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New Romantic - (5:39) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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First Night - (5:44) 97 BPM
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Forgotten - (5:47) 63 BPM
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Selfish - (4:34) 67 BPM
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On My Mind - (6:16) 98 BPM
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Over - (5:03) 100 BPM
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Too Many Voices - (6:07) 109 BPM
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Played by: Seth Merlo, HomeSick, 3M, HEALTH
New Life EP
LOVE 061
21 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Back In The Day - (7:28) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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New Life - (5:30) 120 BPM
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Played by: Joseph Terruel
Patience
LOVE 018
25 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Patience - (7:09) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Know The Lingo - (6:48) 125 BPM
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Hunter Rocket To The Sky - (5:00) 130 BPM
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Metanarrative
LOVE 038
01 Apr 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Operation - (5:02) 125 BPM
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Harsh Reality - (4:21) 114 BPM
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Innocence - (4:14) 114 BPM
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Before My Eyes - (4:34) 112 BPM
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Gone To The Dogs - (6:13) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nodrex - (3:57) 124 BPM
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Dependant - (8:00) 122 BPM
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Beautiful Death - (3:48)
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Warehouse Sessions
LOVE 052
25 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Thieves - (5:05) 125 BPM
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New Dawn - (6:25) 110 BPM
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Trial & Error - (4:11) 120 BPM
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Signals - (4:30) 125 BPM
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X - (6:39) 120 BPM
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Only Yesterday - (5:06) 120 BPM
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Instinct - (5:31) 120 BPM
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Post - (5:31) 115 BPM
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Hunt You Down - (10:07) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Momento - (7:42) 120 BPM
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W6 - (4:35) 126 BPM
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When The Time Is Right
LOVE 054
23 Mar 11
Techno
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When The Time Is Right - (8:49) 125 BPM
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Round & Round - (10:19) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Paul Mac
Review: Mark Stewart rose to prominence when dub techno enjoyed a resurgence a few years back, but to cast him as merely a by-product of this phenomenon is erroneous. Prior to his Warehouse Session series on Modern Love, Stewart had released an excellent electronic album, "Neurofibro" and the excellent deep techno "Chicago". While the title track sees Stewart deliver an exemplary dubby groove, filled with ponderous chords and a gradually morphing bassline, it's "Round & Round" that's of most interest. Escaping the joys of the echo chamber, the rhythm is stripped back and jacking, with a searing acid line recreating the primal urges of late 80s Chicago producers.
Chadderton EP
LOVE 057
01 Apr 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Chadderton - (6:27) 123 BPM
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Above - (5:39) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Great Day - (2:21) 123 BPM
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Played by: Shiny Chichin
The Coldest Season
LOVE 033
23 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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First Point Of Aries - (6:38) 120 BPM
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Abraxas - (5:04) 120 BPM
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Ocean Of Emptiness - (11:39)
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Aequinoxium - (13:30)
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Celestialis - (8:11) 123 BPM
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Sunset - (10:45) 120 BPM
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Elysian - (12:30) 120 BPM
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Winter In Seney - (6:01)
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Empyrean - (5:25) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Van Bonn
Vibrational Studies (In Echospace)
LOVE 063
23 Mar 11
Techno
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Vibrational Studies (In Echospace) - (6:54) 159 BPM
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Symbolism In Transition - (6:52) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: On Vibrational Studies, Deepchord show that what you leave out is important as what stays in. An understated ambient piece of music, it benefits from not being swathed in layers of doomy Gothic references, as is the habit of so many abstract/ambient producers. Instead, Deepchord sketch out a gentle but nonetheless evocative soundscape that crackles and hisses in all the right places. That said, a more effective use of this approach is audible on "Symbolism In Transition". More of the same hissing, evolving textures are present, but this time, a gentle, dubby rhythm underpins their design - and will probably end up getting more attention.
Liumin
LOVE 064
23 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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In Echospace - (5:42)
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Summer Haze - (7:33) 123 BPM
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Sub-Marine - (9:24) 123 BPM
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Burnt Stage - (10:22) 123 BPM
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BCN Dub - (12:04) 123 BPM
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Firefly - (6:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Maglev - (10:27) 123 BPM
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Float - (10:12) 123 BPM
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Warm - (6:59) 121 BPM
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Played by: Van Bonn
Elemental
LOVE 077
12 Mar 12
Experimental/Electronic
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New Use For Old Circuits - (5:04)
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Mephisto's Lament - (5:23)
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Kommunion (alternate version) - (8:28)
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Unction (alternate version) - (5:04)
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Mnemosyne - (5:24)
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Shade - (3:20)
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In The Wake Of Chronos (alternate version) - (5:52)
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Floor Stairwell - (3:47)
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Violetta - (6:40)
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Metamorphosis - (6:50)
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All This Is Ours (Sunrise) - (7:16)
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Erosion of Mediocrity - (7:09)
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Nuance - (7:41)
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Falling Off The Edge (alternate version) - (10:24)
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Dauerlinie - (5:37)
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Dasein - (6:24)
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We Have Already Died - (7:04) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ishmael's Intent - (7:23)
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Played by: Celestial Trax
Review: Since first emerging under the name Demdike Stare on Modern Love back in 2009, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker's project has provided listeners with a series of self-consciously dark and mysterious albums inspired by the occult (Demdike was a notorious 17th century witch). This fifth full-length - a double CD, no less - is as formidably creepy, intense and bloodthirsty as their previous outings and provides alternate takes -along with bonus material - of the tracks that appeared previously on a series of equally collectable twelve inches. While there are moments of fleeting beauty - see the gentle "Shades", bubbling echo-techno of "Metamorphasis" or sleepy ambience of "All This Is Ours (Sunrise)" - these merely serve to highlight the horror-fixated darkness and gothic soundscapes that abound throughout. Genuinely chilling, all told.
Testpressing#003
LOVE 087
26 Aug 13
Deep House
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Eulogy - (7:09) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dyslogy - (10:24) 126 BPM
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Review: The Test Pressing series has seen the Mancunian duo of Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty continue to move away from the meditative, dark, sample based collages of previous Demdike Stare material. Whereas the previous two Test Pressing releases were attempts to combine noise and industrial elements with the rhythmic framework of jungle, much in the vein 2562 or T++, Number #003 in the series shows a slight change in sonic direction. Described as a "devotional to the soul of deep Chicago and Detroit house", "Eulogy" takes its cues from the classic square wave basslines of Mr Fingers and Terrence Dixon, with swelling synths anchored by weighty kick drums. A return to significantly darker pastures can be found on the figurative flip where crunchy breakbeats, monolithic, dystopian chords and drill bit synth pulses hide the relatively modest tempo of "Dyslogy".
Testpressing#001
LOVE 085
26 Aug 13
Industrial/Noise
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Collision - (8:12) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Misappropriation - (7:56)
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Played by: Jaws
Review: Initially released on highly limited replica test pressing vinyl, Demdike Stare's excellent Testpressing series arrives at Juno Download and offers a chance for digital enthusiasts to bask in some truly excellent music. The Testpressing series is described by Modern Love as an outlet for Demdike Stare's most "untamed" creations, and both tracks on this debut release set the tone accordingly. There have been plenty of words spilled about the electronic music and noise music spheres drawing ever closer lately, but the appropriately titled "Collision" seems to capture these two forces in perfect unison as vintage jungle breaks are mangled cacophonously with Pansonic-esque harsh white noise. "Misappropriation" meanwhile sounds reminiscent of the eeriest, skin crawling moments from their Tryptych trilogy of imaginary horror soundtracks.
Testpressing#002
LOVE 086
26 Aug 13
Industrial/Noise
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Grows Without Bound - (6:22)
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Primitive Equations - (8:27) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Demdike Stare inaugurated the Testpressing series on Modern Love as a means of showcasing the duo's most "untamed" creations, though the two tracks on the first release could equally have been classified as "unhinged". The second Testpressing continues in this manner; for example "Grows Without Bound" combines what sounds like a supercharged organ with rumbling sub bass and scratchy, stumbling beats in the distance. But it's "Primitive Equation" that offers the standout track. Once again revisiting the jungle template present on the last Testpressing record, the duo construct something that could be mistaken for a track from 2562 or T++.
Testpressing#004
LOVE 089
10 Feb 14
Industrial/Noise
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Fail - (8:20)
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Null Results - (7:46) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Dva Damas
Review: When we thought it was all over, Demdike Stare come through with one last serving for the year of their ongoing Test Pressing series . Like the three previous TPs, TP004 continues the theme of one track dance, one track noise. The noise-side this time features the horror intensified steel hum and pressured hiss of "Fail" which sounds like a piston-fuelled (and filled) factory that at any moment is about to burst from too much heat. The Dance-side, "Null Results", sees the pair venture away from the housier rendition they provided on TP03, looking to jungle loops for inspiration this time - which they slice, dice, silence, and warp into a new-school banger - which in a way is like a minimalists reduction of Miles' "Lebensform".
Testpressing#007
LOVE 099
29 Jun 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Rathe - (6:27) 62 BPM
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Patchwork - (6:39) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Is this the end? It seems like this seventh edition of Demdike Stare's dancefloor brutalising Testpressing series is the final installment "for the time being", bringing to a close a rather vicious succession of rugged club killers and noisy experimental tracks dating back to 2013. If this is indeed the final one, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker end Testpressing proceedings on a high note with another two track single that's up there with the best in the series. Up top "Rathe" begins in heavenly fashion before a sea of white noise brings about a left turn into AFX style distorted half step jungle - wait for the break at the 3 minute mark! It's matched by "Patchwork" which sees a deftly sliced vocal sample from a Wookie classic bounced around the channels as Canty and Whittaker draw vicious lines in the ground with a razor sharp 2 step pattern.
Wonderland
LOVE 105
02 Dec 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Curzon - (5:21) 62 BPM
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Animal Style - (7:09) 70 BPM
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Hardnoise - (10:36) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blue - (0:58) 60 BPM
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FullEdge (eMpty-40 mix) - (5:29) 64 BPM
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Sourcer - (5:28) 101 BPM
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Airborne Latency - (7:03) 62 BPM
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Fridge Challenge - (3:29) 77 BPM
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Overstaying - (5:44) 83 BPM
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Review: The new album Wonderland is Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty's first LP as Demdike Stare since 2012's Elemental and arrives a year on after the completion of their Testpressing EP series for Modern Love. Starting out with the demonic and guttural body basher "Curzon" where you know right away that this album will be one wild ride. "Hardnoise" goes from industrial noise to sub bass heavy techno to blissful IDM over its epic 10-minute duration. Elsewhere, "Sourcer" tackles a mangled form of late '90s techstep while the beautiful closer "Overstaying" is a glorious exercise in hypnotism that sits somewhere between minimal techno and deconstructed electro.
Symbiosis
LOVE 059
21 Mar 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Suspicious Drone - (6:34) 72 BPM
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Haxan Dub - (5:13) 92 BPM
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Regressor - (5:04) 80 BPM
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All Hallows Eve (feat Danny Norbury) - (3:53) 64 BPM
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Jannisary - (6:09) 91 BPM
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Haxan - (6:18) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Extwistle Hall - (3:24) 66 BPM
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Trapped Dervish - (1:11) 75 BPM
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Nothing But The Night - (6:10) 85 BPM
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Conjoined - (4:07) 100 BPM
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Ghostly Hardware - (6:35) 62 BPM
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Played by: JT86
Tryptych
LOVE 067
21 Mar 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Forest Of Evil (Dusk) - (14:29) 60 BPM
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Forest Of Evil (Dawn) - (9:22) 68 BPM
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Quiet Sky (bonus track) - (3:37) 74 BPM
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Caged In Stammheim - (5:18) 66 BPM
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Eurydice - (8:07) 61 BPM
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Regolith - (5:59) 80 BPM
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The Stars Are Moving - (8:36) 66 BPM
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Bardo Thodol - (5:35) 112 BPM
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Matilda's Dream - (11:12) 63 BPM
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Nothing But The Night 2 (bonus track) - (4:53) 85 BPM
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Library Of Solomon Book 1 (bonus track) - (4:38) 102 BPM
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Library Of Solomon Book 2 (bonus track) - (9:39) 58 BPM
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Black Sun - (2:28) 92 BPM
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Hashshashin Chant - (6:20) 72 BPM
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Repository Of Light - (11:21) 62 BPM
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Of Decay & Shadows - (2:36) 66 BPM
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Rain & Shame - (4:15) 68 BPM
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Desert Ascetic - (4:34) 91 BPM
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Viento De Levante - (7:15) 112 BPM
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Leptonic Matter - (4:33) 60 BPM
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A Tale Of Sand - (4:53) 57 BPM
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Filtered Through Prejudice (bonus track) - (10:40) 50 BPM
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Past Is Past (bonus track) - (9:06) 77 BPM
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Played by: Mondkopf, Rough Fields
Testpressing#006
LOVE 097
26 Aug 14
Bass
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40 Years Under The Cosh - (6:09) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Frontin' - (6:10) 157 BPM
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Review: Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker make a swift return to the Testpressing series with a sixth installment arriving just a month after the excellent TP#5. The superbly titled "40 Years Under The Cosh" finds the Demdike pair wedged in the punishing crawlspace between detroit techno and vintage grime for six thrilling mind bending minutes, with the track gradually falling apart at the seams as the middle of the track draws close. Fans of both Pharrell Williams and Demdike Stare (there must be one or two) will probably express disappointment that "Frontin" isn't a cover of the big hatted fella's noughties hit; instead it's a brutal exercise in lurching industrial wave that will fry the brain cells of unsuspecting individuals.
Testpressing#005
LOVE 096
14 Jul 14
Techno
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Procrastination - (6:42) 129 BPM
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Past Majesty - (5:48) 152 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ground EP
LOVE 071
28 Nov 11
Techno
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Ground - (8:21) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Albedo - (5:20)
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Earth - (5:41)
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Housebound Demigod
LOVE 103
16 Sep 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Screamin Demon Pickups - (5:56) 60 BPM
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Mickey Cosmos - (5:55) 54 BPM
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Packhorse - (5:48) 68 BPM
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Angels & Doormen - (2:36) 65 BPM
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Yorkshire Fog - (6:30) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bikini - (1:25) 112 BPM
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Devils Bit Scabious - (6:18) 70 BPM
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Housebound Demigod - (15:53) 68 BPM
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Review: Gary Howell, otherwise known simply as the enigmatic GH figure, features on several different labels under several different aliases, but this particular material for the might Modern Love imprint is arguably his best and most intriguing. This is his first album under the GH moniker, but already we can hear that his thoughts neatly shaped into one single-minded vision of noise and industrial music. For much of Housebound Demigod, the producer only uses beats to add to his abstract shapes; freeform sounds that manage to create enough movement with the simple and minimalistic components that they're constrained to. Drones and distortions sound full of life and direction, with little attention devoted to making them as full a possible, and instead on how to make them sound as interesting as possible. A wonderfully executed piece of experimentalism.
Block Motel
LOVE 082
10 Dec 12
Bass
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Mister Frosty - (3:56)
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Murdered Out - (4:01)
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Sangre Grande - (4:38)
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Radiant City - (4:35) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lighthouse Stories
LOVE 102
01 Apr 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Saab Prelude (radio) - (1:28) 60 BPM
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Six In The Morning - (5:34) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thin Platforms - (2:40) 78 BPM
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Coquelin Cloarec (Steps) - (2:49) 77 BPM
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Coquelin Cloarec (Emotions) - (3:02) 78 BPM
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Judo Coaster - (2:50) 78 BPM
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Solidor Joint - (2:18) 68 BPM
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An Other Swim (Skit) - (1:09) 90 BPM
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Feigned Confidence - (2:27) 73 BPM
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Blinking Lights Sheep - (3:56) 64 BPM
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Review: Along with pal Black Zone Myth Chant, Low Jack has been responsible for some of the most intense, interesting and downright odd electronic music of recent times. Given this impressive record, it's unsurprising that Modern Love has snapped up Lighthouse Stories, his third full-length. Interestingly, it sees him move away from the dystopian, post-apocalyptic techno sound he's become famous for, instead delivering a set that mirrors the dark-and-light, slow-and-fast hybrid frequently showcased on Black Zone Myth Chant releases. Like that project, the music on Lighthouse Stories is damn near impossible to pigeonhole, sitting somewhere between uncomfortable intensity and exotic beauty.
Facets
LOVE 068
08 Aug 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Flawed - (7:39) 108 BPM
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Lustre - (6:40) 90 BPM
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Primer - (8:12) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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On The Fly - (5:40) 74 BPM
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Review: This latest release on Modern Love is the work of Miles Whittaker, aka MLZ and one half of both Pendle Coven and Demdike Stare. Despite the fact that he has reverted to his first name, there is no mistaking the UK producer's production style. Leaning more towards Demdike Stare than his other dance floor material Facets teems with life, each track a veritable treasure trove of sounds, ideas and moods. Of course given that it draws inspiration from and in some place directly invokes the spirit of Whittaker and Canty's witch-loving Demdike project, it is no surprise that the prevailing mood is dark, eerie and even sometimes downright menacing. "Flawed" sets the tone with splintered break beats scattered across an ambient soundtrack that flickers in a half-light before darkness envelopes it. Like the Demdike releases, "Lustre" suggests that the mood may be about to change and offers some concessions towards a lighter mood, as a warm bass and more plaintive chords echo and ebb across its spacious arrangement. It's followed by "Primer", where the kind of unquantized tribal drums that underscored Whittaker and partner Canty's ode to the hashassins, "Hashshashin Chant", roll in like thunder. Finally, "On the Fly" sees Whittaker focus on shifting tonal frequencies, underpinned by a rhtyhm that starts at a dead pace and speeds up to infinity. It's a fittingly offbeat finale in this latest compelling release from one of the UK's great techno eccentrics.
Unsecured
LOVE 084
03 Jun 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Blatant Statement - (6:38) 59 BPM
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Technocracy - (6:58) 73 BPM
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Infinite Jest - (7:34) 56 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Plutocracy - (7:28) 52 BPM
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Review: After the heavyweight impact of his Faint Hearted long player, Miles Whittaker is back on Modern Love with more claustrophobic excursions into industrial techno with soul. "Blatant Statement" surges forth on a broken kick pattern while thick scrapes of white noise interfere overhead, but it's the vaporous melodies that win out in the end, reaching to a melancholic but hopeful future beyond the clamour of the track. "Technocracy" spits and snarls with a whisper of electro and a pulse of dub techno, while "Infinite Jest" goes all out on the industrial clangs and rasps even as a cheeky sub bass line wobbles out underneath. "Plutocracy" ends the EP in stunning fashion with a slow stalking, dread-fuelled beast of a cut.
Faint Hearted
LOVE 081
08 Apr 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Lebensform - (4:25)
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Irreligious - (6:53)
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Status Narcissism - (7:07) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sense Data - (6:52)
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Rejoice - (7:05)
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Archaic Thought Pattern 1 - (6:08)
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Queuing - (1:56)
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Loran Dreams - (8:37)
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Review: Whittaker has played an integral role in Modern Love's rise over the past decade, initially as part of Pendle Coven, Whittaker has moved on to produce solo as MLZ and HATE before working with Andy Stott as Millie & Andrea; in recent years he's been most notable for more experimental fare with his work as one half of hauntological duo Demdike Stare with Sean Canty. His debut solo album, entitled Faint Hearted - released simply under his first name, Miles - looks to be an encapsulation of his wide ranging tastes as a DJ and producer, and is described by the label as "an exposition of Miles' love of electronic music in all its shapes, harnessing his fidgety production style into one expansive, restless set of tracks". "Lebensform" is described as a "looped jungle mutation" while "Sense Data" supposedly comes across like "a lost Move D production from the classic Studio Pankow era"; some decidedly avant-garde material also features in the form of "Archaic Thought Pattern I" which apparently sounds like "Aphex Twin's Donkey Rhubarb EP rebuilt by Mika Vainio". A bracing encapsulation of one the UK's most interesting electronic artists.
Drop The Vowels
LOVE 094
31 Mar 14
Techno
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GIF RIFF - (5:07) 140 BPM
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Stay Ugly - (6:21) 129 BPM
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Temper Tantrum - (5:01) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spectral Source - (6:45)
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Corrosive - (6:09) 159 BPM
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Drop The Vowels - (4:12) 142 BPM
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Back Down - (7:31)
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Quay - (5:08) 137 BPM
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Review: Although now better known for their respective solo work, and the latter's involvement with Sean Canty as Demdike Stare, Andy Stott (pictured above) and Miles Whittaker's Millie & Andrea project stands as one of Modern Love's more unique projects. Releasing a string of 12? singles on Modern Love sub-label Daphne from 2008-2010, the duo's music under the name experimented with various combinations of 2-step, jungle, grime, dub techno and footwork across five 12" singles. Now they return with Drop the Vowels, which makes complete sense given underground music's renewed fascination with all things revolving around the hardcore continuum. Just as wide ranging as previous material, with the LP covering the kind of tectonic mood pieces and wiry noise techno as Stott and Whittaker's recent solo material whilst delivering some of the most straight-up dancefloor material Modern Love has put out in years. Without doubt one of the albums of the year.
An American Hero
LOVE 106
09 Jun 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Theme - (5:06) 73 BPM
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Ready - (1:37) 68 BPM
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Angela - (2:34) 70 BPM
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Everything - (5:26) 74 BPM
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Skin - (4:53) 72 BPM
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Fantasy - (4:52) 78 BPM
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Feel - (4:43) 86 BPM
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Fall - (3:31)
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Garrys - (4:49) 93 BPM
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Lately (acoustic) - (6:09) 71 BPM
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Hero - (2:33) 106 BPM
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Review: When he's not busy producing ear-shaking industrial techno or corrupted house bangers, Paris' Low Jack appears under his birth name, Philippe Hallais. While this is technically a debut under his real name, we've already gotten a taste of what the talented producer can offer beyond the dancefloor. This album, An American Hero, comes through on Andy Stott's sublime Modern Love and we feel that there couldn't be a better match on our charts this week. Although the large part of these tunes would scare most normal people off any dance piste, there is something unmistakably club-minded about it; the choice of sonics and atmospherics is most certainly on the experimental side of the spectrum, but there is a noticeable movement and pulse-like beat at its foundations. For instance, the likes of "Everything (Good)" or "Angela (Square)" burst out of the speakers with a mind-bending vortex of sounds that somehow find their own kinetic energy and pull you in to a subtle groove. Compared to most left field or ambient albums out there, Hallais has made sure to keep you locked and excited for the whole damn thing. Recommended. Warmly.
New Brutalism
LOVE 092
10 Feb 14
Experimental/Electronic
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UK Will Not Survive - (5:42) 70 BPM
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Negative Space - (5:25) 61 BPM
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Three Day Jag - (7:54) 63 BPM
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Strangers - (5:48) 61 BPM
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Run Out - (6:49) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: After their debut release last year, emergent Mancunian duo Rainer Veil return with another in-depth EP for Modern Love that sees them postulating on creative possibilities at the juncture of techno, dub and industrial, with an immersive swell that is all their own. "Three Day Jag" has a lot to unravel, from the surface drones to the sunken breaks to the haunted echoes of melodic chord progressions choking somewhere behind the monochromatic fog. "Strangers" is a little sweeter in nature, letting the chords lead the way in to a magnificent tumbling beat that kicks in at the midway point. At every turn the production is magnificent on this EP, dense and highly detailed but beautifully rendered to give the most evocative kind of end result.
Passed Me By
LOVE 069
23 May 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Signature - (0:37) 87 BPM
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New Ground - (6:21) 51 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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North To South - (4:50) 50 BPM
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Intermittent - (3:26) 51 BPM
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Dark Details - (6:04) 68 BPM
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Execution - (5:15) 90 BPM
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Passed Me By - (6:53) 82 BPM
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Review: British dub-techno producer Andy Stott returns to the production fold with this excellent doublepack entitled Passed Me By. Although strictly a double EP rather than an album, there's enough here to fill the void left since the last Stott long player, Merciless. Stott opens with the disturbed paranoia of "Signature" and the brilliant "New Ground", which utilises a drowned-out vocal snippet that immediately brings to mind the work of Actress. The grumbling dub of "North To South" contrasts neatly with "Intermittent", in which rasping drum hits form the rhythmic pulse, allowing another ethereal vocal to float over the top. The second half of the release takes on an even darker hue; with the raw drum hits of "Dark Details", terrifying drone of "Execution" and ghostly atmospherics of the title track rounding off this most stunning release.
We Stay Together
LOVE 072
24 Oct 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Submission - (4:50) 62 BPM
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Posers - (5:07) 53 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad Wires - (7:21) 96 BPM
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We Stay Together (part one) - (6:36) 95 BPM
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Cherry Eye - (7:32) 99 BPM
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Cracked - (5:36) 95 BPM
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Played by: Scott
Review: Andy Stott follows up the incredible reinvention that was Passed Me By with another EP of dark, slowed down techno that takes his style further down his bleak rabbithole, concentrating on the micro level detail within its expansive scale. Opening with the beatless "Submission", a Fennesz style wash of recorded waves subjected to crushing compression, he moves into the 100bpm territory of "Posers" which concentrates on a roughly treated, barely there vocal sample, and "Bad Wires", which slowly disorientates the listener with its sludgy bass loop and fizzing atmosphere. Meanwhile "We Stay Together" opts for a cleaner atmosphere with demonic undertones, whilst "Cherry Eye" offers the faintest sceptre of melody in a cavernous backdrop. Finally "Cracked" hypnotises with its metallic textures and undercurrent of acid which gurgles beneath. For anyone who considers themselves even remotely adventurous in their techno tastes, We Stay Together is essential.
Faith In Strangers
LOVE 098
17 Nov 14
Experimental/Electronic
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Time Away - (6:24) 59 BPM
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Violence - (6:37) 70 BPM
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On Oath - (8:08) 57 BPM
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Science & Industry - (5:32) 95 BPM
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No Surrender - (4:58) 50 BPM
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How It Was - (6:09) 55 BPM
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Damage - (4:35) 75 BPM
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Faith In Strangers - (6:29) 68 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Missing - (4:55)
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Review: On 2012's Luxury Problems, Andy Stott delivered his most rewarding work yet - an impeccable exploration of the twin attractions of lightness and darkness that was near impossible to pigeonhole. Faith In Strangers, that album's belated follow-up, is similarly minded. Peppered with audible references to his many inspirations - field recordings, found sounds, dub techno, IDM, ambient, post-dubstep and trip-hop, in particular - it's a set that quietly drifts between sludgy dreaminess and pin-sharp late night horror. As such, it's an inspired set, with Stott's use of odd instrumentation and the evocative vocals of Alison Skidmore significantly enhancing the experience.
Unknown Exception
LOVE 050
01 Apr 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Fear Of Heights - (6:19) 128 BPM
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Bad Landing - (6:10) 122 BPM
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Handle With Care - (4:49) 125 BPM
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Long Drive - (5:27) 122 BPM
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Credit - (7:07) 120 BPM
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Massacre - (6:56) 130 BPM
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See In Me - (6:06) 113 BPM
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Made Your Point - (6:03) 113 BPM
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She's Gone Wrong - (5:31) 126 BPM
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Fine Metallic Dollar - (6:53) 123 BPM
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Hostile - (6:39) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Replace - (4:42) 124 BPM
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Night Jewel
LOVE 058
21 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Night Jewel - (6:49) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Merciless
LOVE 024
25 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Florence - (4:25) 120 BPM
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Edyocat - (4:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Choke - (5:19) 115 BPM
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Hi-Rise - (3:55) 134 BPM
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Merciless - (2:51)
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Come To Me - (4:07) 120 BPM
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Hertzog - (6:43) 126 BPM
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Boutique - (4:48) 121 BPM
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Blocked - (3:15) 138 BPM
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Peace Of Mind - (2:27)
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Luxury Problems
LOVE 079
30 Oct 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Numb - (6:30) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lost & Found - (6:06)
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Sleepless - (5:49)
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Hatch The Plan - (8:39)
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Expecting - (7:55)
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Luxury Problems - (5:03)
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Up The Box - (5:00)
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Leaving - (3:42)
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Review: On Luxury Problems, Mancunian producer Andy Stott builds on the knackered house and techno sound showcased in last year's brace of brilliance, Passed Me By and We Stay Together. The album will contain eight tracks recorded in the last 12 months, with five of the songs featuring vocals from his old piano teacher who Stott hadn't seen since he was a teenager in 1996, with the opening track "Numb" seeing her looped and layered vocals exuding a cinematic quality. The paranoid, dense, slow-moving qualities that Stott has made his signature remain, but they've been toyed with and manipulated, and the vocal elements feel like a calculated gamble - one that has truly paid off. Highly recommended.
Watching Dead Empires In Decay
LOVE 088
28 Oct 13
Experimental/Electronic
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We Are Enemies But Not Here - (2:34) 70 BPM
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So Pale It Shone In The Night - (6:20) 80 BPM
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Spiral Of Decline - (4:28) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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We Scarcely See Sunlight - (5:14) 80 BPM
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Providence Or Fate - (5:25) 60 BPM
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Where Are Our Monsters Now, Where Are Our Friends? - (7:14) 85 BPM
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Grey Day Drift - (5:41) 80 BPM
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Ill Fares The Land - (3:03) 53 BPM
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About To Enter A Strange New Period - (5:23) 69 BPM
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Review: Man of many pseudonyms (15 and counting) James Leyland Kirby returns to one of his lesser known projects, The Stranger, for a typically unsettling trip into drone territory on Modern Love. Built around strange samples, field recordings and curious use of clattering live percussion (see the blacksmith ambient jazz of "We Scarcely See Sunlight"), Watching Dead Empires in Decay is like the unofficial soundtrack to Britain's continued decline. Certainly, its woozy electronics and unsettling melodies evoke mental images of late night walks through desolate urban wasterlands. Though bleak in outlook, there are some particularly emotion-rich moments, not least the superb, mournful "Providence or Fate".
Ascetic Ideals
LOVE 078
11 Jun 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Strohtopf - (3:27)
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Kuiper Anomaly - (4:59)
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Atlas Levels - (5:36) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Core Value - (7:50)
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Intonation - (8:43)
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Deus Ex Machina - (5:14)
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Proton Aesthetic - (4:16)
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Dionysus Decay - (5:10)
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Played by: JT86
Review: Otherwise known as Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, Suum Cuique is a moniker in which he has free reign to create warped, noisy analogue shapes. Opening with the searing, white hot metal of "Strohtopf", you'd be forgiven for thinking that the album moves away from the quiet reverence of the Demdike Stare project, but "Kuiper Anomaly", grit-caked as it is, is soothing stuff. Elsewhere, he lets minimal sounds take free reign, exploring the simple pleasures of echo and reverb - "Atlas Levels" and "Core Value" especially are reminiscent of Bristolian radiophonic knob-twiddler Ekoplekz, whilst "Intonation" has echoes of the lumbering soundscapes of labelmate Andy Stott. But despite the parallels that can be drawn with his contemporaries, Ascetic Ideals is a singularly bleak, yet undeniably beautiful record - one that only Miles Whittaker could have made.
18 1/2 Minute Gaps
LOVE 104
17 Feb 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Ovum - (3:48) 80 BPM
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Frank White - (6:07) 64 BPM
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Elba - (5:11) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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1625 - (4:45) 65 BPM
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Parratactico - (4:35) 86 BPM
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18 1/2 Minute Gaps - (7:36) 80 BPM
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ESO - (6:38) 64 BPM
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Spawn - (4:39) 85 BPM
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Petrichor - (4:56) 59 BPM
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Ondine - (6:59) 106 BPM
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Review: Manchester's Alex Lewis has been seen on a few local event posters over the last few years, but this is very much the man's debut release. The striking part of it all is that it comes through courtesy of one of the UK's most respected labels, the Boomkat-associated Modern Love. Turinn is the moniker he's riding under, and this new album, 18 1/2 Minute Gasps, the exactly the sort of raucous, off-the-wall material that the imprint specialize in. "Ovum" sets the scene perfectly with its jittery succession of roughed-up drums and sporadic bass shots, a raw and improvisational technique that's carried through on other dope joints like "Elba" or "1625" - the latter of which even tests the deep house waters with a little menace. It's a prototypical dance-not-dance album; a masterful 10-track affair that'll appeal to both the more gifted DJs, and the straight-up leftfield fiends. Excellent.
Death Is Unity With God (Complete Version)
LOVE 100
29 Jun 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Al Qaeda (Branch Davidian) - (25:59) 78 BPM
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Desert Storm (Waco) - (7:57) 78 BPM
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It's To Come - (13:13) 78 BPM
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ATF Sinful Messiah - (14:02) 68 BPM
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FBI God - (8:35) 78 BPM
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Koresh Babylon - (5:09) 76 BPM
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Fort Hood Again - (0:47) 110 BPM
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Koresh Lamb - (3:56) 76 BPM
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Machine-Gunning Of The Davidians - (0:17) 67 BPM
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Texarkana Resistance - (5:25) 73 BPM
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Theology Is Life & Death (Pakistan) - (5:31) 77 BPM
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Descended On Guayanilla (CNN) - (3:56) 66 BPM
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Arms Of Yahweh - (5:16) 74 BPM
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Manufactured Silencers Under Direct Orders - (4:16) 78 BPM
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Living On & Off At The Shadows Motel - (6:50) 65 BPM
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Small Explosives & Blasting Caps In The Pages Of A Phonebook - (7:06) 59 BPM
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McVeigh Figure - (13:37) 59 BPM
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Shadows On The Courthouse Wall - (9:48) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Waco Postmortem (Murrah) - (9:12) 88 BPM
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Review: Dominick Fernow doesn't do things by halves. When he unleashed his sixth solo album under the Vatican Shadow pseudonym, Death Is Unity With God, it came on no less than six cassettes. Oh, and only a hundred of these six-tape packs were manufactured. Naturally, an online scramble for copies ensued. Happily, Modern Love has decided to reissue it, stretching the 20 tracks across three CDs. For those in love with his typically dark, murky and intense take on electronic music - think droning textures, foreboding electronics, glitch-influenced rhythms and bombastic post-dancefloor workouts - it should be essential listening. Given the sheer scale of Fernow's ambition, it's undoubtedly his most remarkable work.
Ornamented Walls
LOVE 080
13 Nov 12
Experimental/Electronic
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Operation Neptune Spea (part 1 live mix Rehearsal) - (5:47)
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Operation Neptune Spear (part 2 live mix Rehearsal) - (4:02)
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Operation Neptune Spear (part 3 live mix Rehearsal) - (11:57)
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Cairo Is A Haunted City (Mythic Chords) - (7:58)
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Nightforce Scopes - (3:46)
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Yemeni Telephone Number - (1:07)
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India Has Just Tested A Nuclear Device - (2:42)
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Church Of All Images (Church Of The NSA) - (5:42) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boxes Were Wired To Batteries Then Loaded Into A Brown Toyota Cargo Truck - (2:30)
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Struck EP
LOVE 083
18 Feb 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Struck - (4:25)
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Slow Beaming - (2:38)
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Bala - (6:59) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wade In - (6:29)
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Yield - (4:33)
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Played by: JT86
Mercury's Rainbow
LOVE 107
01 Dec 17
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Mercury's Rainbow - (2:05) 138 BPM
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Choke - (2:05) 92 BPM
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Poison - (1:51) 138 BPM
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Static - (1:40) 134 BPM
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Delvaux - (3:28) 92 BPM
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Silver Ocean - (2:19) 139 BPM
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Immersion - (1:52) 137 BPM
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Waterfall Of Ice - (3:01) 92 BPM
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Rigamortis - (2:06) 136 BPM
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Whirlpool - (2:14) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tet5uo - (2:48) 137 BPM
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Solar Ashes - (3:44) 137 BPM
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Horizon - (3:02) 137 BPM
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Patina - (1:31) 91 BPM
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X Ray - (3:06) 134 BPM
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Atoms - (1:24) 92 BPM
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Review: As one of the most innovative names in electronic dance music, Zomby returns to the front lines with his brand new album 'Mercury's Rainbow'. A fitting title we believe, as Zomby proceeds to weave electronic weirdness to all corners of the spectrum, incorporating a range of classic 8bit sounds, squarewave driven bass synths and unpredictable industrialized percussion. We hear serious grime influences throughout the whole project, especially in the bubbly synth melodies and percussive patterns on 'Whirlpool' and the devil-mix like sounds of 'Solar Ashes'. As a project in its entirety, it is truly mesmerizing, showing once again why Zomby is a name that needs to be held in seriously high esteem within electronic music.
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