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Flying Lotus - Flamagra [WARP291]
7.8
8.5
4.2/5
8.2

Flying Lotus - Flamagra [WARP291]

Label: Warp
Treck list:
  • 01. Heroes
  • 02. Post Requisite
  • 03. Heroes In A Half Shell
  • 04. More
  • 05. Capillaries
  • 06. Burning Down The House
  • 07. Spontaneous
  • 08. Takashi
  • 09. Pilgrim Side Eye
  • 10. All Spies
  • 11. Yellow Belly
  • 12. Black Balloons Reprise
  • 13. Fire Is Coming
  • 14. Inside Your Home
  • 15. Actually Virtual

27-track LP 'Flamagra' release via Warp Records. The album features a squadron of superstars which includes George Clinton, Little Dragon, Anderson .Paak, David Lynch, Tierra Whack, Denzel Cur...

DJ Nate - Take Off Mode [ZIQ406]
7.6
7.0
3.4/5
7.7

DJ Nate - Take Off Mode [ZIQ406]

Label: Planet Mu
Treck list:
  • 01. Bring Your Best Crack
  • 02. You Aint Ready to Battle
  • 03. Come Back
  • 04. Oh Woooaaah
  • 05. Get Rid of Em
  • 06. Fuck Dat
  • 07. Wat U Wont 2 Do
  • 08. Go Krazy
  • 09. Get Back
  • 10. Get It Right Hoe
  • 11. Just Be Truu
  • 12. Pack Em
  • 13. Aww Baby What U Waitn
  • 14. Talk 2 Me
  • 15. Planet Mu

Planet Mu’s first footwork signing, DJ Nate boomerangs back to the label nearly a decade since his debut EP and album triggered a rush of interest in the hyper Chicago style.

Various Artists - LateNightTales by Floating Points [ALN52]
7.5
7.5
4.3/5
8

Various Artists - LateNightTales by Floating Points [ALN52]

Label: LateNightTales
Treck list:
  • 01. Sarah Davachi - Untitled, Live in Portland
  • 02. The Rationals - Glowin
  • 03. Bobby Wright - Blood of an American
  • 04. Sweet & Innocent - Express Your Love
  • 05. Robert Vanderbilt and the Foundation of Souls - A Message Especially from God
  • 06. The Defaulters - Gentle Man
  • 07. Alain Bellaïche - Sun Blues
  • 08. Alain Bellaïche - Sea Fluorescent
  • 09. Kara-lis Coverdale - Moments In Love
  • 10. Azimuth - The Tunnel
  • 11. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Milk
  • 12. Toshimaru Nakamura - Nimb59
  • 13. Floating Points - The Sweet Time Suite, Part I - Opening
  • 14. Lauren Laverne - Ah Why, Because the Dazzling Sun

Floating Points is such a good fit for Late Night Tales that it's kind of surprising that this album didn't come around sooner. The artist known to his friends as Sam Shepherd doesn't disappoi...

James Blake - Assume Form
5.8
6.5
4.2/5

James Blake - Assume Form

Label: Polydor
Treck list:
  • 01. Assume Form
  • 02. Mile High (feat. Metro Boomin & Travis Scott)
  • 03. Tell Them (feat. Metro Boomin & Moses Sumney)
  • 04. Into the Red
  • 05. Barefoot in the Park (feat. Rosalia)
  • 06. Cant Believe the Way We Flow
  • 07. Are You in Love
  • 08. Wheres the Catch (feat. Andre 3000)
  • 09. I'll Come Too
  • 10. Power On
  • 11. Dont Miss It
  • 12. Lullaby for My Insomniac

The British artist opens up, both personally and sonically, on his fourth album.

Thom Yorke - Suspiria (Music For the Luca Guadagnino Film) [XL936]
8.0
8.0

Thom Yorke - Suspiria (Music For the Luca Guadagnino Film) [XL936]

Label: XL
Treck list:
  • 01. A Storm That Took Everything
  • 02. The Hooks
  • 03. Suspirium
  • 04. Belongings Thrown in a River
  • 05. Has Ended
  • 06. Klemperer Walks
  • 07. Open Again
  • 08. Sabbath Incantation
  • 09. The Inevitable Pull
  • 10. Olgas Destruction (Volk Tape)
  • 11. The Conjuring of Anke
  • 12. A Light Green
  • 13. Unmade
  • 14. The Jumps

Following the fleeting reveal of instrumental passages in two trailers and the release of the track 'Suspirium' - Thom Yorke’s Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) will be released Oc...

Lawrence - Illusion [DIALLP041]
8.0

Lawrence - Illusion [DIALLP041]

Label: Dial
Treck list:
  • 01. Crystal
  • 02. Treasure Box
  • 03. Illusion
  • 04. Yu Yu
  • 05. Flaunting High
  • 06. Transitions
  • 07. Dark Swirl
  • 08. Montreux
  • 09. Creepers

Dial label boss Lawrence presents his eighth LP on the Hamburg based imprint which he runs with Carsten Jost. Across nine tracks, the Illusion LP combines field recordings and acoustic instrum...

Burial, Kode9 - FabricLive 100 [FABRIC200]
7.4
5.0
3.1/5

Burial, Kode9 - FabricLive 100 [FABRIC200]

Label: Fabric
Treck list:
  • 01. Untitled
  • 02. Hurry
  • 03. Magnetic
  • 04. Deaths Effect
  • 05. Triple Beat
  • 06. Skim Skam (dbn dance)
  • 07. Konvoy
  • 08. Agua y Puerta
  • 09. Black Pepper (Tzusing Remix)
  • 10. I Can Complete You
  • 11. B9
  • 12. Underwater Fireworks
  • 13. Rainbow Voice
  • 14. Drug Me
  • 15. Black Acid

Who better to inter Fabric’s long-running series than the demon DJ Kode 9 and his accomplice, Burial? Yeh, nobody’s shouting Craig Richards, so this will have to do.

So it’s bas...

Pariah - Here From Where We Are [HTH096]
7.2
7.0
7.9

Pariah - Here From Where We Are [HTH096]

Label: Houndstooth
Treck list:
  • 01. Log Jam
  • 02. Pith
  • 03. Seed Bank
  • 04. Linnaea
  • 05. At The Edge
  • 06. Conifer
  • 07. Rain Soup
  • 08. Drug The Lake
  • 09. Here From Where We Are

Nach drei EPs auf dem belgischen Kultlabel R&S Anfang der 2010er Jahre und diversen Releases mit seinem Partner Blawan als Karenn, veröffentlicht der britische Produzent Pariah nun ein atember...

Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still [ZEN249]
8.2
6.5
4.4/5
8.2

Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still [ZEN249]

Label: Ninja Tune
Treck list:
  • 01. From The Sea, It Looms (Chapters I & II)
  • 02. Movements (Chapter III)
  • 03. Birds On The Tarmac (Footnote III)
  • 04. Julia (Footnote IV)
  • 05. Drinking It In Again (Chapter IV)
  • 06. Trouble - Parts I, II, & III (Chapter V)
  • 07. Envelopes (Chapter VI)
  • 08. English Oak (Chapter VII)
  • 09. Ice Cream (Chapter VIII)
  • 10. It Breaks (Chapter IX)

Following his recent signing to Ninja Tune, Leon Vynehall announces his debut album Nothing Is Still - a record that sees him digging deeper into the family history that has always inspired hi...

DJ Koze - Knock Knock [PAMPACD013X]
8.8
8.5
4.4/5
8.5

DJ Koze - Knock Knock [PAMPACD013X]

Label: Pampa
Treck list:
  • 01. Club Der Ewigkeiten
  • 02. Bonfire
  • 03. Moving In A Liquid (feat. Eddie Fummler)
  • 04. Colors Of Autumn (feat. Speech)
  • 05. Music On My Teeth (feat. Jose Gonzalez)
  • 06. This Is My Rock (feat. Sophia Kennedy)
  • 07. Illumination (feat. Roisin Murphy)
  • 08. Pick Up
  • 09. Planet Hase
  • 10. Scratch That (feat. Roisin Murphy)
  • 11. Muddy Funster (feat. Kurt Wagner)
  • 12. Baby (How Much I Lfo You)
  • 13. Jesus
  • 14. Lord Knows
  • 15. Seeing Aliens

Like all DJ Koze records, knock knock exists outside of trend and influence. In fact, it's a step further beyond: absolutely every single thing here, from grooves to voices to handclaps, is ot...

Aisha Devi - DNA Feelings [HTH094D]
7.4
7.0
3.7/5

Aisha Devi - DNA Feelings [HTH094D]

Label: Houndstooth
Treck list:
  • 01. DNA 8
  • 02. Dislocation of the Alpha
  • 03. Intentional Dreams
  • 04. Aetherave
  • 05. Hyperlands
  • 06. Inner State of Alchemy
  • 07. Light Luxury
  • 08. Genesis of Ohm
  • 09. Time (Tool)
  • 10. Time Is The Illusion of Solidity
  • 11. Cell Stems Spa

Fresh from being profiled in an extensive feature for The Wire magazine, Aisha Devi presents her DNA Feelings for Houndstooth. Mixing in the sound of rave stabs, thumping beats, seraphic and g...

Lucrecia Dalt - Anticlines [RVNGNL47]
8.0
8.3
4.1/5
8.3

Lucrecia Dalt - Anticlines [RVNGNL47]

Label: RVNG Intl.
Treck list:
  • 01. Edge
  • 02. Altra
  • 03. Tar
  • 04. Atmospheres Touch
  • 05. Errors of Skin
  • 06. Analogue Mountains
  • 07. Axis Excess
  • 08. Indifferent Universe
  • 09. Concentric Nothings
  • 10. Helio Tanz
  • 11. Glass Brain
  • 12. Liminalidad
  • 13. Eclipsed Subject
  • 14. Antiform
  • 15. Shergotite Rain (Bonus Track)

Lucrecia Dalt's Anticlines is a volume of bodily and geological substrates within poetic theory and sound. It is a place where skins and minerals dissolve and commingle, where gaseous subterra...

Jon Hopkins - Singularity [WIG352D]
8.3
8.5
3.8/5
8.4

Jon Hopkins - Singularity [WIG352D]

Label: Domino
Treck list:
  • 01. Singularity
  • 02. Emerald Rush
  • 03. Neon Pattern Drum
  • 04. Everything Connected
  • 05. Feel First Life
  • 06. C O S M
  • 07. Echo Dissolve
  • 08. Luminous Beings
  • 09. Recovery

Starting in the same way as all his best records do; the first moments of the LP are mapped out around a slowly evolving arpeggio, one that from the word go instantly makes it clear that Singu...

µ-Ziq - Challenge Me Foolish [ZIQ400]
5.8
8.5
3.2/5
7.6

µ-Ziq - Challenge Me Foolish [ZIQ400]

Label: Planet Mu
Treck list:
  • 01. Inclement
  • 02. Undone
  • 03. Challenge Me Foolish
  • 04. Bassbins
  • 05. Robin Hood Gate
  • 06. Perhaps
  • 07. Durian
  • 08. Ceiling
  • 09. Lexicon
  • 10. Perfame
  • 11. Playbox
  • 12. Sad Inlay
  • 13. Peek Freans
  • 14. DoDaDu

‘Challenge Me Foolish’ is an almost lost album of µ-Ziq material circa 1998-99, an era that saw Mike Paradinas release ‘Royal Astronomy’ on the now defunct Virgin subsidiary Hut records, and a...

Mark Pritchard - The Four Worlds [WARPCD296]
7.6
8.0
3.3/5
7.4

Mark Pritchard - The Four Worlds [WARPCD296]

Label: Warp
Treck list:
  • 01. Glasspops
  • 02. Circle of Fear
  • 03. Come Let Us (feat. Gregory Whitehead)
  • 04. The Arched Window
  • 05. S.O.S. (feat. The Space Lady)
  • 06. Parkstone Melody II
  • 07. Men-an-Tol
  • 08. The Four Worlds

A new 8-track collection from Mark Pritchard. Otherworldly and experimental audio that weaves digital and analogue techniques together with a cross discipline approach, making for a unique bod...

Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
7.6
7.0

Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo

Label: LateNightTales
Treck list:
  • 01. Como Me Quieres
  • 02. Lady and Man
  • 03. Maria Tambien
  • 04. August 10
  • 05. Como Te Quiero
  • 06. Shades of Man
  • 07. Evan Finds the Third Room
  • 08. A Hymn
  • 09. Rules
  • 10. Friday Morning

Formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums; globetrotting Texan trio Khruangbin present their second album ‘Con Todo El Mundo’, set for release on 26th...

Nils Frahm - All Melody [ERATP106DL]
7.8
8.5
4.0/5
8.3

Nils Frahm - All Melody [ERATP106DL]

Label: Erased Tapes
Treck list:
  • 01. The Whole Universe Wants to Be Touched
  • 02. Sunson
  • 03. A Place
  • 04. My Friend the Forest
  • 05. Human Range
  • 06. Forever Changeless
  • 07. All Melody
  • 08. 2
  • 09. Momentum
  • 10. Fundamental Values
  • 11. Kaleidoscope
  • 12. Harm Hymn

Recorded in the storied Funkhaus studio in Germany, All Melody is pianist Nils Frahm’s grandest statement yet, yet it maintains the inquisitive, exploratory spirit of his most playful recordin...

Nabihah Iqbal - Weighing Of The Heart [ZEN247]
7.7
6.0
3.1/5
7.7

Nabihah Iqbal - Weighing Of The Heart [ZEN247]

Label: Ninja Tune
Treck list:
  • 01. Eden Piece
  • 02. Something More
  • 03. Saw U Twice
  • 04. In Visions
  • 05. Alone Together
  • 06. Zone 1 to 6000
  • 07. Feels So Right
  • 08. New New Eyes
  • 09. Slowly
  • 10. Eternal Passion
  • 11. Untitled Friday

Announcing her debut album on Ninja Tune, Nabihah Iqbal leaves her old moniker behind and embraces the name she was born with. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a bi...

Call Super - Arpo [HTH080]
8.0
8.5
3.7/5
8.3

Call Super - Arpo [HTH080]

Label: Houndstooth
Treck list:
  • 01. Arpo
  • 02. Korals
  • 03. OK Werkmeister
  • 04. Music Stand
  • 05. Any Pill
  • 06. Arpo Sunk
  • 07. Ekko Ink
  • 08. No Wonder We Go Under
  • 09. I Look Like I Look in a Tinfoil Mirror
  • 10. Trokel
  • 11. Out To Rust

Call Super will release his second album on Fabric’s Houndstooth label in November.

Arpo is the follow-up to 2014’s Suzi Ecto album, and is described by the label as a “mesmeriz...

Bibio - Phantom Brickworks [WARPCDD290]
8.2
7.9
7.8

Bibio - Phantom Brickworks [WARPCDD290]

Label: Warp
Treck list:
  • 01. 899-12-30
  • 02. PHANTOM BRICKWORKS
  • 03. PANTGLAS
  • 04. PHANTOM BRICKWORKS II
  • 05. CAPEL CELYN
  • 06. PHANTOM BRICKWORKS III
  • 07. IVY CHARCOAL
  • 08. BRANCH LINE
  • 09. CAPEL BETHANIA

Bibio makes his most affective move in a while with the wistful, nostalgic reflections of Phantom Brickworks; an elegant ambient meditation on the intangible aura or spirit that people imbue p...

Kllo - Backwater [GI-308]
6.3
7.0
7.6

Kllo - Backwater [GI-308]

Label: Ghostly International
Treck list:
  • 01. Downfall
  • 02. Still Motion
  • 03. Virtue
  • 04. Predicament
  • 05. Last Yearn
  • 06. Backwater
  • 07. Dissolve
  • 08. By Your Side
  • 09. Making Distractions
  • 10. Too Fast
  • 11. Nylon
  • 12. Not Like Them

The album’s lead track, “Downfall,” sets the tone for much of what follows. Skipping breakbeats, looped synth patterns and clipped vocals set the tempo; quietly majestic orchestration and a me...

Rodhad - Anxious [DYSTOPIANCD02]
7.5

Rodhad - Anxious [DYSTOPIANCD02]

Label: Dystopian
Treck list:
  • 01. Unleash
  • 02. Withheld Walk
  • 03. Escape
  • 04. Brief Respite
  • 05. Awash
  • 06. Glimmer Of Light
  • 07. Target Line Feat Vril
  • 08. Burst
  • 09. Left Behind
  • 10. Cast A Shadow

Rødhåd’s debut album ‘Anxious’ sees the artist step away from the dancefloor and further develop the narrative qualities of his beautiful soundscapes. It was the natural next step to present t...

Levon Vincent - (For Paris)
7.7
6.5

Levon Vincent - (For Paris)

Label: Novel Sound
Treck list:
  • 01. Kissing
  • 02. Baseball
  • 03. Late Reflections
  • 04. Hope For New Global Peace - In 3 Parts
  • 05. If We Choose War
  • 06. Slander Is Terrible
  • 07. Only Good Things
  • 08. If We Choose Peace
  • 09. The Candlelight
  • 10. Dancing With Machiavelli

Vincent announced the album last month, making reference to the "horrible comments" he made online following the 2015 Paris attacks—this in turn inspired him to "try to aim for something meani...

Errorsmith - Superlative Fatigue [PAN81]
7.9
8.0

Errorsmith - Superlative Fatigue [PAN81]

Label: PAN
Treck list:
  • 01. Lightspeed
  • 02. Who-is
  • 03. Im Interesting, Cheerful & Sociable
  • 04. Centroid
  • 05. Superlative Fatigue
  • 06. Retired Low-level Internal Server
  • 07. Internet of Screws
  • 08. My Party

Returning with his first album in 13 years, Errorsmith’s ‘Superlative Fatigue’ long-awaited release on PAN arrives as his perhaps most optimistic record yet. It’s guaranteed all-killer, nay fi...

Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives
8.0

Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives

Label: WARP
Treck list:
  • 01. Four Years and One Day
  • 02. Blue Train Lines
  • 03. Audition
  • 04. Marilyn
  • 05. SP12 Beat
  • 06. You Look Certain (I am Not So Sure)
  • 07. Poison
  • 08. We Go Home Together
  • 09. Delta
  • 10. T.A.M.E.D
  • 11. How We Got By

Hear the King Krule-featuring single from the duo’s first album in four years.
Mount Kimbie have announced their third album Love What Survives will be out this summer on Warp.
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Manni Dee - Throbs Of Discontent [TPT073]
7.0

Manni Dee - Throbs Of Discontent [TPT073]

Label: Perc Trax
Treck list:
  • 01. London Isnt England feat. Ewa Justka
  • 02. Mephi
  • 03. Adorable Disorder

Manni Dee lays down the law at a ruthless 144bpm with the pelting hardcore techno of London Isn’t England feat. Ewa Justka, and again like DJ Rush’s hyperactive sibling with Mekhi, leaving the...

Redshape - Red Pack II [101DSR_RDS6]
8.5

Redshape - Red Pack II [101DSR_RDS6]

Label: Delsin
Treck list:
  • 01. Disco Marauder
  • 02. Path
  • 03. The Source
  • 04. Daft Mode
  • 05. Bulp Head
  • 06. Path (dub mix)

Conspicuous by his paucity of recent releases (never mind the bloody mask), Redshape returns with his most substantial issue since the 'Square' LP. These six tracks are as carefully constructe...

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