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Telas
Telas (limited gatefold black & clear vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: MANA 11. Rel: 24 Sep 20
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Telahora (16:09)
  2. Telencima (15:07)
  3. Telahumo (14:23)
  4. Telallas (12:44)
Review: Having kept his silence for much of the past four years, Nicolas Jaar has finally broken cover to release not one but two new albums under his given name. Telas, which follows the highly personal and critically acclaimed Cenizas, was recorded largely in isolation and consists of four lengthy aural tracts strewn across four sides of wax. Almost entirely beat-free and ambient, it sees Jaar make use of all manner of custom-made instruments, squally jazz horns, unusual instrumentation (a bass clarinet features heavily on one cut) and his usual evocative electronics to create slowly-shifting epics that variously doff a cap to Reich/Riley/Glass style minimalism, Stockhausen-esque sound collage, the ambient works of Brian Eno and, most impressively, the 'Fourth World' sounds of Jon Hassell.
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Telas
Telas (limited cassette)
Cat: OP 054CS. Rel: 11 Feb 21
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Telahora
  2. Telencima
  3. Telahumo
  4. Telallas
 in stock $15.71
Pretty Sneaky
Pretty Sneaky (limited 2xLP)
Cat: MANA 10. Rel: 24 Jun 20
Techno
  1. Track 1 (14:37)
  2. Track 2 (14:44)
  3. Track 3 (14:12)
  4. Track 4 (15:02)
Review: When it comes to interesting, inventive, off-kilter sounds, few labels can claim quite a strong a discography as Andrea Zarza and Matthew Kent's Mana imprint. Should you require further proof, we'd recommend checking out this superb debut album from hotly tipped "mystery artist" Pretty Sneaky. Like the shadowy producer/producer's previous, self-released work, the album offers up a take on dub techno that's loose, melodious and undeniably more fluid than most records in the style, with clear nods towards the likes of Pole, Burnt Friedman and spaced-put ambient dub. The rhythms are often thrillingly off-kilter, too, while the artist's extensive use of atmospheric field recordings makes each of the 15-minute tracks a calming, mood-enhancing event. Recommended.
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In A Landscape
In A Landscape (2xLP + MP3 download code in embossed sleeve)
Cat: MANA 8. Rel: 22 Oct 19
Techno
  1. Ripsketch (6:59)
  2. Gokotto (4:07)
  3. Melody Hop (4:53)
  4. Recovery (9:58)
  5. Rose Bay (4:22)
  6. Slow Walk (0:53)
  7. Room With A View (8:54)
  8. Futurist Meets Cubist (6:55)
  9. Fireworks (6:23)
  10. Hallucingentic (3:57)
  11. Feerie (3:20)
  12. Deepwater Reprise (3:57)
Review: "In A Landscape" marks a welcome return to action for Sa Pa, a publicity-shy (correction: deliberately anonymous) artist renowned for his mutations of ambient and dub techno on Forum and Giegling. This is his first release of any sort for three years, but it's like he's never been away. Crafting dense, mind-altering soundscapes and hypnotic dancefloor excursions from a combination of field recordings, effects-laden/processed sounds, slipped machine beats, drowsy, deep space electronics and barely audible snippets of spoken word samples. It's pretty far-out in parts, but also very, very good: a superb example of the potential of sound layering and manipulation that never loses its inherent early morning groove.
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Malar
Malar (LP in embossed sleeve)
Cat: MANA 14. Rel: 07 Jan 22
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Guram (1:54)
  2. Majuh (4:51)
  3. Belit (3:56)
  4. Rantas (5:05)
  5. Caruk (2:54)
  6. Putung (3:58)
  7. Karnal (3:09)
  8. Tilik (4:12)
  9. Sembahyang (1:30)
Review: RECOMMENDED
If you've ever heard Tom Waites' 1999 attempt at freaking the shit out of anyone in earshot - 'What's He Building in There?', the closest a song has ever come to parodying a David Lynch movie scene - then the opener here, 'Guram', might sound familiar. In fact, there are enough nuanced noises floating about Malar to ensure the whole album feels like it's suggesting things to you.

Ultimately, Uwalmassa has delivered what you might call a percussive, atmospheric masterpiece. Even at the most ambient-drone end, for example 'Caruk', the sounds involved have enough patterned purpose to ensure you're never going to wander too far into the abyss. Meanwhile, a good chunk of what's here - 'Putung', 'Rantas', 'Belit', to name but three - are resolutely drum tracks, dipping toes into subtle effects, waves and delays to help engineer distinct moods.
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The Clouds Know
The Clouds Know (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: MANA 009. Rel: 06 Dec 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Ohnesarg (8:08)
  2. Jazzversuch (5:38)
  3. Flump (6:16)
  4. Clop (6:17)
  5. Wassernova (4:26)
  6. Scheiss On Your Diamond (4:00)
  7. Schalen Geschmack (9:10)
  8. Rahmstar (5:08)
  9. Mosaic (5:10)
  10. Jungsstuck (6:40)
  11. Pfaul (6:21)
Review: As time passes, the increasingly prolific partnership of Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer moves farther into the wilderness, both artists emboldened by their shared sense of adventure and peerless skill. Here, on this LP for Mana, they're shrugging off all shackles in an exploration of synthesis on a molecular level. What's so thrilling is that patterns and rhythms do emerge from within this primordial soup, winding up in some of the most gorgeous and beguiling works we've tripped on for some time. Otherworldly, but somehow grounded with an earthly instinctive-ness, "The Clouds Know" will take time to wrap your head around, but therein lies the beauty.
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