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CD Album Recommendations February 2015

Juno Recommends CD Albums

Juno Recommends CD Albums

CD Album Recommendations February 2015
5 Feb 2015
Cat: LELEKA 006CD. Rel: 02 Feb 15
  1. The Seance
  2. 19 Hours Prior To Arcturus
  3. Maskull's First Day On Tormance
  4. New Sensations
  5. Joiwind
  6. Oceaxe
  7. Wombflesh Forest
  8. Surtur's Sounds
  9. Maskull's Keyhole
  10. Liquid Opal
  11. Matterplay
  12. Haute
  13. Sullenbode
  14. Crystalman's Empire
  15. Barey
  16. Muspel
Review: Ukranian house mystic Mikhaylo Vityk returns with a suitably epic new Vakula LP, A Voyage To Arcturus, issued through his own Leleka label. Those with a more considered grasp of literary matters will no doubt recognise that Vityk has taken titular inspiration from A Voyage To Arcturus, the 1920 novel penned by Scottish writer David Lindsay with each of the sixteen tracks also named after chapters from the book too. By his own admission, this is more of an imaginary soundtrack than outright album, and as a result there is little here one could call deep house. Spending some time with it does however confirm what a singular talent the Ukrainian is!
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out of stock $17.09
Cat: MFM 003CD. Rel: 26 Jan 15
  1. The Boogie
  2. El Cumpleanos De Jaimito
  3. Valerie
  4. Sobrevivir
  5. El Salto Del Martin
  6. Val, I Vuw Ya
  7. Una Vida Llarga I Tranquila II
  8. Migas
  9. Sa Fosca
  10. La Espanola
  11. Agua Profunda
  12. Mamma
  13. Una Vida Llarga I Tranquilla
  14. Alas De Seda
  15. Nits De La Sultana
Review: Having introduced a whole new generation to the obscure (but brilliant) ambient productions of Gigi Masin, Music From Memory turns its' attention to another overlooked hero of the Balearic scene: Spanish guitarist Joan Biblioni. El Sur is the first attempt at a career retrospective, and predictably it's very good. It includes early forays into disco-tinged jazz-funk, decidedly Balearic mood pieces (see the shimmering "Nits De La Suntana"), immersive ambient and new age ("Sa Fosca", "La Espanola"), and humid, sticky fare laden with complex rhythms and sweet marimba melodies - all accompanied, of course, by Biblioni's immaculate guitar playing.
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out of stock $15.68
Cat: WAP 375CD. Rel: 26 Jan 15
  1. Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed 13
  2. Snar2
  3. Diskhat1
  4. Piano Un1 Arpej
  6. Hat 2b 2012b
  7. Disk Aud1_12
  8. 0035 1-Audio
  9. Disk Prep Calrec2 Barn Dance [Slo]
  11. Diskhat2
  12. Piano Un10 It Happened
  13. Hat5c 0001 Rec-4
 in stock $7.13
Cat: RCA 7505655. Rel: 12 Jan 15
  1. Ain't That Easy
  2. 1000 Deaths
  3. The Charade
  4. Sugah Daddy
  5. Really Love
  6. Back To The Future (part I)
  7. Till It's Done (Tutu)
  8. Prayer
  9. Betray My Heart
  10. The Door
  11. Back To The Future (part II)
  12. Another Life
out of stock $12.11
Cat: MODENACD 7. Rel: 26 Jan 15
Uplifting Trance
  1. Eglise
  2. 38 Week (feat Ferry Corsten)
  3. Oxygen (feat Paul Aiden)
  4. One Thousand Suns (feat Christian Burns)
  5. Tuesdays
  6. Still With Me (feat Bo Bruce)
  7. One More Time (feat Duane Harden)
  8. Fibreglasses
  9. Orleans
  10. Motion
  11. No More I Sleep (feat Senadee)
  12. Photograph
out of stock $13.11
Cat: ANJCD 043. Rel: 19 Jan 15
Uplifting Trance
  1. Quieter Is Louder
  2. We're All We Need
  3. Blue Sky Action
  4. Peace Of Mind
  5. Counting Down The Days
  6. Sticky Fingers
  7. Hello (album mix)
  8. Little Something
  9. All Over The World
  10. Fly To New York
  11. Making Plans
  12. Out Of Time
  13. Excuses
  14. Save Me
  15. Sink The Lighthouse
  16. Treasure
Review: Having changed tack with last year's folksy Acoustic set, progressive trance veterans Above & Beyond return to their trademark style on We Are All What We Need. Since first gate crashing the scene back in 2000, the Anjunabeats founders have become flag-bearers for the more melodious, musically expansive side of trance. There's plenty of that here, of course, from the spine-tingling beauty of "Blue Sky Action" and sparkling "Counting Down The Days", to the gorgeous builds of "Hello". Pleasingly, the album is also peppered with superb downtempo tracks, with yearning vocals smothered in sinewy strings and twinkling pianos.
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out of stock $14.26
Cat: KOMPAKTCD 119. Rel: 02 Feb 15
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Two 0 One
  2. Y 0 Why
  3. Beacht
  4. RUR
  5. Vaalbara
  6. Cryptochrome
  7. Rubric
  8. Penumbra
  9. Endorphins
  10. Meadow
  11. Heave In Sight
Review: Signs Under Test is the 12th album released by John Tejada since his emergence in the late '90s, putting aside the various other projects he's been involved with, this alone is the kind of fact you have to applaud. Arriving some 2 and a bit years on from The Predicting Machine, this new album naturally surfaces via Kompakt and it's 11 tracks suggest Tejada's creative powers remain undimmed despite his vintage. Apparently built from the ground up using hardware synths, Signs Under Test succeeds as Tejada doesn't feel the need to cater to any particular musical trend, instead relying on his tools and his talent to deliver a rich and rewarding listen.
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out of stock $7.13
Cat: MDL 03CD. Rel: 02 Feb 15
Deep House
  1. Quiet Life
  2. Keep Up Appearances
  3. We Search For Answers
  4. Worship (feat Qzen)
  5. Psychedelic Underground
  6. Shadow Theory
  7. Seraphim
  8. Make It True (feat JoJo De Freq)
  9. Feel Free
  10. Logan Five
Review: Having built their reputation through 12" singles for the likes of Crosstown Rebels and Poker Flat, Dan Berkson and James What deliver their debut album, on their freshly minted imprint Modelmaker. Interestingly, Keep Up Appearances is an altogether warmer, melodious and more evocative set than you'd perhaps expect, with a smattering of rich downtempo cuts joining a solid selection of dancefloor-friendly deep house. You can hear a classic dub techno influence in cuts such as "Keep Up Appearances" and "Shadow Theory", while the acid-flecked, soul-soaked "Make It True" sounds like classic Osunlade. Best of all, though, are the more forthright efforts, with the ragged "Seraphim" standing out.
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 in stock $1.14
Cat: PLE 65370-2. Rel: 19 Jan 15
  1. Es 30
  2. Televised Green Smoke
  3. Goodbye World
  4. Alien Talk
  5. Red Lights
  6. Dreamland
  7. Butterfly
  8. Act 2
  9. Dominas
  10. At Les
  11. Susperia
  12. As Time Goes By (Sitting Under A Tree)
  13. Attitude
  14. Frustration
  15. Food & Art (In The Spirit Of Revolution)
  16. Track 16 (bonus track)
Review: Carl Craig's More Songs About Food & Revolutionary Art was first released back in 1997, sandwiched between two other acclaimed albums - Paperclip People's The Secret Tapes of Doctor Eich (1996), and 1999's Innerzone Orchestra set, Programmed. It remains one of Craig's most alluring sets, as this re-mastered reissue so adeptly proves. Warm, rich and evocative, it sits somewhere between the stargazing ambience of Larry Heard's Alien set (released a year earlier) and the pulsating, dancefloor-focused thump of Craig's own work as Paperclip people. As a result, it's packed with both imaginative, colourful downtempo gear, and classic Motor City techno grooves.
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out of stock $15.68
Cat: EXCDM 50. Rel: 26 Jan 15
  1. My Number One Need
  2. I'm About Lovin' You
  3. When You're Gone
  4. We Must Make It Happen
  5. I've Been Loving You Too Long
  6. Love Is
  7. Almost Ain't Good Enough
  8. When I'm Loving You
Review: Before finding success in the disco/boogie era under the One Way alias, Al Hudson & The Soul Partners produced a string of brilliant soul jams for Atco Records. While these have long been popular amongst soul collectors, they've remained strangely under-celebrated in the dance music world at large. This collection from Expansion attempts to change that by gathering together every track from the seven singles they released for Atco between 1975 and 1976. Featuring a mix of sensual floor fillers, seductive slow jams and grandiose, horn-heavy, Philadelphia International style anthems, The Atco Years is packed with A-grade material, including underground soul anthems "I'm About Loving You" and "When You're Gone".
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out of stock $12.83
Cat: 888750 53292. Rel: 19 Jan 15
Funky/Club House
  1. Night (Cut The Crap)
  2. You (feat Madeline Follin)
  3. WTF (feat Pos & Dave)
  4. Hashtag My Ass
  5. Smile (feat Alex Gopher)
  6. Sunset (feat Tom Burke)
  7. Amazing (feat Julien Delfaud)
  8. Follow (feat Kilo Kish)
  9. Love
  10. Family (feat Baxter Dury)
Review: Given the strong links between the Super Discount series and the undulating fortunes of the French house scene, it could be argued that this third volume - appearing 11 years after the second edition - is long overdue. Whereas the first edition showcased the "French touch" style at the height of its pomp, and the second had a noisy, Ed Banger-ish approach, this third installment is an altogether smoother and more radio-friendly effort. With the assistance of friends and guest vocalists, De Crecy lays down ten tracks that offer a cheery, synth-heavy approach to dance-pop, with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek disco and electrofunk influences to keep Daft Punk fans happy.
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out of stock $11.55
Cat: BPC 304CD. Rel: 19 Jan 15
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Who Am I?
  2. Scratches
  3. Without Me
  4. Bones
  5. Deep Found Vibe
  6. Niche
  7. Staring At The Wall
  8. Recluse
  9. This Is Your Beat
  10. Kill For My Treats
  11. Dirty Stop Out
out of stock $13.39
Cat: PHASEONE. Rel: 02 Feb 15
  1. Infinitati
  2. Ango
  3. Dolor
  4. Terram
  5. Vincis
  6. Targum
  7. Passus
  8. Quam
Review: Stephen Hitchell is something of a veteran when it comes to creating spacious, occasionally claustrophobic dub techno soundscapes, having begun his career at the turn of the millennium. Here, the Eschospace and CV313 member dons the underused Phase90 guise - last seen remixing one of his own Intrusion productions - for a first full-length under the pseudonym. Those familiar with Hitchell's work should know what to expect, namely the sort of hypnotic, gently pulsing dub techno that makes great use of fuzzy textures, spooky field recordings, white noise and disconnected melodies. Typically, it's a hugely evocative and spaced-out set, with tracks like "Ango", "Dolor" and "Passus" - the heaviest track on the album - recalling Echospace's most blissful moments.
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out of stock $15.95
Cat: AIRCDLE 2. Rel: 02 Feb 15
  1. Chromesthesia (prelude)
  2. Chromesthesia (postlude)
out of stock $15.95
Cat: LNDBLP 003. Rel: 12 Jan 15
Drum And Bass
  1. Impossible (feat Robert Dallas)
  2. Kill The Whole A Dem (feat Mr Lexx)
  3. Bass Hater (feat Dub FX)
  4. Informers 2014 (feat KG Man & Mellow Mood)
  5. Control (feat MC Kwality)
  6. Warmonger (feat Echo Ranks - remix)
  7. Crusade
  8. Shotta Dem (feat MC Ninjaz)
  9. BMX
  10. Sweet Aroma Dub (feat KG Man)
Review: It's been 10 years since Italian junglist collective Numa Crew first got together. This debut album, then, is long overdue. Those who've followed their progress will know what to expect - a heavily dub and reggae influenced fusion of classic jungle, jump-up and Ganja Kru style dancefloor anthems, often with plenty of references to 'erb. Of course, it's not all vintage drum & bass riddims and ital vocals, and there are a few tracks that doff a snapback cap to trap, dubstep and grime. Interestingly, there are also a handful of straight-up dub and reggae cuts. Making New Underground Music Alliance a pleasingly varied and entertaining debut.
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out of stock $16.53
Cat: LANT 016. Rel: 12 Jan 15
  1. After Summer Storm
  2. Aqua
  3. Atmo
  4. Dreamliner
  5. Electrical
  6. New Moon
  7. Night Waves
  8. Pontos
  9. Walk On Pavement
  10. Waterfall
out of stock $24.23
Cat: 888750 53102. Rel: 19 Jan 15
  1. Uptown's First Finale
  2. Summer Breaking
  3. Feel Right
  4. Uptown Funk
  5. I Can't Lose
  6. Daffodils
  7. Crack In The Pearl
  8. In Case Of Fire
  9. Leaving Los Feliz
  10. Heavy & Rolling
  11. Crack In The Pearl (part II)
out of stock $13.97
Cat: RN 157CD. Rel: 26 Jan 15
  1. Pattern Recognition
  2. Crisis? What Crisis?
  3. Fehlfunktion
  4. Free Market
  5. Funkstille
  6. Data Mining
  7. Wave Of The Week
  8. The Machinery Of Freedom
out of stock $19.95
Cat: OLE 10562. Rel: 19 Jan 15
  1. Nobody's Empire
  2. Allie
  3. The Party Line
  4. The Power Of Three
  5. The Cat With The Cream
  6. Enter Sylvia Plath
  7. The Everlasting Muse
  8. Perfect Couples
  9. Ever Had A Little Faith?
  10. Play For Today
  11. The Book Of You
  12. Today (This Army's For Peace)
out of stock $11.40
Cat: MPM 25CD. Rel: 15 Dec 14
  1. The Grey Area
  2. Untitled 1
  3. The Rhythm Of Vision
  4. Protein Valve 1
  5. Stereotype
  6. Realm
  7. The Pace
  8. Untitled Scetch
  9. Unix
  10. Minus
  11. The Greatest Dancer
  12. Dancer (remix)
  13. Power To The Prophet
  14. We Magnify His Name
  15. Superman
  16. Alpha
  17. Eleven
  18. Baby, Baby
  19. The Family
  20. Range
  21. Never Grow Old
  22. Exturnus Oblique (re-plant)
  23. Am Track
  24. Arrows (edit)
  25. Untitled 4
  26. Monkey
  27. The Family (re-plant)
  28. Minus (edit)
  29. Analog Track (Ghost)
  30. Who Taught You Math (alternate mix)
  31. Protein Valve 1 (re-plant)
  32. Full Armor
  33. Minimal Minded
Review: Thirty three seminal Robert Hood productions all in the one download: The M-Plant Mother lode has landed. Even if you're well up to date on the Detroit legend's storied career there's no stopping the joy at what material has been included here - including - the best minimal techno production of all time: Monobox's "Realm". For something funkier there's the "The Pace", "The Greatest Dancer", the all praising "We Magnify His Name" and "Monkey". But wait: there's more! "Alpha" and "The Family" from his Omega Man LP makes the cut as do the epic James Brown and Aretha Franklin samples from newer school Floorplan material "Baby Baby" and "Never Grow Old". There's also the legendary stuff like "Who Taught You Math" and "Minus" to "Protein Valve" and much, much more. Dig in.
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out of stock $20.24
Cat: JBH 055CD. Rel: 22 Dec 14
  1. Imbarabao
  2. Imbae-Sofa
  3. Nana Imboro
  4. Fa-eu-a
  5. Onika
  6. Ogum Olojo
  7. Maracatu Da D Santa
  8. De Luanda-o
  9. Maracatu Elegante
  10. Nega Zefinha
  11. Tem Brabo No Samba
out of stock $9.41
Cat: BK 010CD. Rel: 22 Dec 14
Deep House
  1. Si
  2. Tc
  3. Au
  4. Ge
  5. Co
  6. Db
Review: Move D and Jonah "Spacetime Continuum" Sharp's Reagenz project has proved a popular draw on the underground festival circuit since they decided to give it a reboot in 2009, 15 years after delivering their first album. While their comeback album for Workshop, Playtime, was a fine set, it's the live shows - extended, club-friendly affairs that join the dots between Sharp's stargazing ambient work, Detroit-influenced techno and Moufang's immersive deep house rhythms - that really resonate. Happily, The Periodic Table was edited down to a six-track CD from a 180-minute live performance at The Bunker in New York back in 2013. With the duo utilizing the same equipment as they used back in 1994, it's a woozy, intergalactic and thoroughly involving blast from the past.
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out of stock $18.81
Cat: MIR 100734. Rel: 15 Dec 14
  1. Stars Are Burning
  2. The Nightingale's Complaint
  3. Tell Me Where All Past Years Are
  4. There Shall Be Sung Another Golden Age
out of stock $22.79
Cat: CRITCD 07. Rel: 15 Dec 14
Drum And Bass
  1. Change Of Mind (feat Maksim)
  2. Suicide Bassline
  3. Continuous
  4. Emulation
  5. Taking (feat Zoe Klinck)
  6. Saturate
  7. Impuls (feat Phace)
  8. Hybrid
  9. Godzilla (feat Dope D O D)
  10. Brainwork
  11. Stutter (feat Misanthrop)
  12. Surrounded
  13. Blame U (feat Zoe Klinck)
  14. Expedition
out of stock $7.70
Cat: DIAG 018. Rel: 15 Dec 14
  1. A Band
  2. Search
  3. Wharton Tiers On Drums
  4. Beat
  5. No U Turn
  6. Rider
  7. 09
  8. Grand Street
  9. The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh
  10. Acid
  11. So We Went Electric
  12. Robotics
  13. Have It
  14. Fizz
  15. Nude
  16. Oh No New York
  17. Maniac (feat Russell Haswell)
  18. Body Music
Review: Diagonal has been one of 2014's standout labels, bringing innovation and most importantly a sense of humour to techno across a series of releases from the Russell Haswell, Bronze Teeth and more. It is however label founder Powell's own music that set the tone for the label, and on this retrospective collection the producer collects all of his music from the past three years released on labels including Diagonal, Liberation Technologies and The Death Of Rave. If you're yet to indulge in the gristly, skewed, off-centre brand of techno Powell has been blessing us with recently, this is the ideal place to get involved with one of techno's most exciting producers.
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out of stock $11.12
Cat: HWARELP 07CD. Rel: 15 Dec 14
Drum And Bass
  1. From The Shadows (feat Dope DOD)
  2. Badlicious
  3. Sprocket
  4. Anunnaki (Audio remix)
  5. Stompin'
  6. Maztek & InsideInfo - "Aphanite"
  7. Interlude (feat Stonic)
  8. Three Point Zero
  9. Maztek & BTK - "Wraith"
  10. Tokiwa
  11. Time Gap
  12. Memory Leak
  13. Like A Boss (feat Coppa)
  14. M Theory (Audio remix)
  15. Maztek & Disprove - "Bad Body"
Review: Six years after making his debut with the blistering "Electric Rain" single on Subculture Recordings, Maztek has finally got round to producing his debut album. Those who've followed the Italian producer's career will feel right at home, for Three Point Zero touches on many of his usual themes. So, while the bulk of the album is made up winding, twisted, techno-influenced D&B, the Rome-based studio don also doffs his cap to dubstep, half-step hip-hop/D&B hybrids, and experimental, hard-to-define dancefloor rinse-outs. Occasionally intense and regularly dark, Three Point Zero's greatest calling card is Maztek's impeccable beat programming. Even the straight-up D&B rollers feature an imaginative variety of rhythms.
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out of stock $12.26
Cat: NHS 265CD. Rel: 22 Dec 14
Drum And Bass
  1. 'Till Dawn
  2. Say That You'll
  3. Bay Of Islands (feat Logistics)
  4. Tides (feat Lea Lea)
  5. Cannibals (feat Dynamite MC)
  6. Change
  7. Back 2 U
  8. Oneroa
  9. Deep Inside
  10. Roundabout
  11. Metaphor 6000 (feat Kool Keith)
  12. Lightning
  13. Holocomm
out of stock $12.26
Cat: CADCD 14. Rel: 15 Dec 14
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Still Waiting
  2. Dr Moon
  3. Cristal Clear
  4. Dirty Minds
  5. Astral
  6. Copina II
  7. Underwater Lies
  8. Forever Loop
  9. The Friend I've Lost
  10. Hide No More
  11. Beluga Dance
Review: Four years ago, globetrotting Argentine producer Ernesto Ferreya impressed with his debut album, El Paraiso De Las Tortugas, a vibrant shimmy through lucid minimal techno territory that made great use of his South American influences. This belated follow-up is similarly fluid, with tactile grooves and tumbling melodies taking centre stage. While there are occasional nods to his roots - so the tango-flecked "Copina II" and "Beluga Dance" - and some muted celebrations (see "Forever Loop"), for the most part it's a melancholic affair tinged with just the right amount of sadness. It's these moments that really stand out, from the string-laden beauty of opener "Still Waiting" and enveloping chords of "Underwater Lies", to the heart-aching pianos and tear-jerking strings of "The Friend I've Lost".
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out of stock $13.67
Cat: PAN 54CD. Rel: 22 Dec 14
  1. Two In The Chamber
  2. Reddin Off
  3. Transient Authority
  4. Evolved In Twists
  5. Circuitous
  6. Kae
  7. Feel
  8. Swash
  9. The Image
  10. Group Home Reality
  11. Alibi II
  12. DBC
  13. I'm Asking You KB
  14. Tell Me Who Like That (Bedside Manner)
Review: Prior to its' release, many critics were talking about Afrikan Sciences' Circuitous set - Eric Douglas Porter's third solo effort, following a brilliant collaborative effort with Aybee earlier this year - as one of the best albums of 2014. It's certainly a magical concoction - a uniquely mesmerising, otherworldly affair that joins the dots between Sun Ra, ambient, African rhythms, off-kilter glitch-hop, lo-fi IDM and the stargazing depth of the greatest Detroit techno. It's offbeat and - at times - off-key, but that only adds to the album's wonky, off-this-planet charms. One day, we may speak of Porter in hushed tones; certainly, there are few producers around able to conjure this kind of inventive, impossible-to-pigeonhole magic.
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out of stock $15.68
Cat: SALV 501CD. Rel: 22 Dec 14
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. The Battlefield
  2. Love Don't Live Here No More
  3. Here I Go Again
  4. Loyalty
  5. It's A Thin Line Between Love & Hate
  6. The Dogs Of War
  7. Emergency Procedure
  8. Double Cross
  9. Bamboo's Lament
  10. Pieces To The Puzzle
  11. Homicide
  12. Blood In The Streets
  13. Call My Name
  14. I Love You For All Seasons
  15. Track 15 (bonus track - instrumental)
  16. Track 16
  17. Track 17
  18. Track 18
  19. Track 19
  20. Track 20
  21. Track 21
  22. Track 22
  23. Track 23
  24. Track 24
  25. Track 25
out of stock $18.81
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