Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Smallfish Recent Items - Tuesday 06/02/07

In a bid to keep everyone up to date, I'll be posting
the days releases on a daily basis.

To kick things off, here are the most recent releases at Smallfish.

SHED - "REMIXES IN FOUR PARTS - 2" 12"

techno / electro, soa1210, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=SOA1210

** RECOMMENDED! Shed can't do a thing wrong.
Simple as that. These remixes are great and come
from Echoplex, Shawn Rudiman and MBC...

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SVEN WEISEMANN - "VIVID MOMENTO" 12"
techno / electro, styraxleaves008, 02/02/2007 --
£7.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=STYRAXLEAVES008

** RECOMMENDED! Sven Weisemann has put together a
lovely 4-track EP here for the brilliant Styrax
label. Concnetrating on deep, flowing, lightly dubby
Techno sounds, this has the flavour that you just
know you're going to love. It's all about
the hypnotic sounds and gentle chord structures as
well as classic Detroit-laced percussion...

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REDSHAPE - "ALONE ON MARS? / SPECIES" 12"
techno / electro, present02, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=PRESENT02

** RECOMMENDED! Redshape puts in another brilliant
release, this time on a green vinyl slab on Present
records. 2 cuts of wonderfully produced, gritty, yet
flowing Techno of the variety that I think we all
know that I love to bits! One side has a more
heads-down, tracky feel whilst the flip ups the
melodic content with some lush Detroit chords and
pads. You know the deal with this.....

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CHRIST - "BLUE SHIFT EMISSIONS" CD
electronica, ben031-cd, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=BEN031-CD

** RECOMMENDED! Christ has garnered something of a
reputation for himself. Apart from the fact that
he's got quite a musical pedigree (and I think
we all know why that is!) he produces fine quality
Electronica of the variety that makes for soothing,
mellow, occasionally strange listening. With Blue
Shift you get a full length album for a real bargain
price and it's full of beautiful, detailed, warm
and friendly tracks that will charm even the most
jaded punter...

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ARNE WEINBERG - "PATH OF THE GODS" 2xLP
techno / electro, aw006, 02/02/2007 -- £13.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=AW006

** RECOMMENDED! The one-man producing machine that
is Arne Weinberg gives us his first long-player on
his own AW label. Not only is he very, very good at
delivering Detroit influenced, machine-funk Techno
but he also gets his hands on some deliciously put
together interlude tracks that take the form of
ambient Electronica and fresh beats. They serve to
punctuate the more upbeat Techno and Electro tracks
beautifully and really give it a personality of its
own...

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DAVID NEWLYN - "ANCIENT LIGHTS" CD
electronica, bolt036, 05/02/2007 -- £5.49
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=BOLT036

David Newlyn's full-length CD for Boltfish is a
splendid adventure through the sound of melodic
Electronica. There's not a moment here that
doesn't capture a superbly melancholic feeling
of genuine blissfulness. Sunny afternoons and warm,
hazy days spent with friends spring to mind and the
mellow, downbeat flavour of the beats perfectly
compliments the sparkling showers of melodic
sound...

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ZAINETICA - "REDIRECTION" CD
electronica, bolt035, 05/02/2007 -- £5.49
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=BOLT035

Back in stock. Boltfish kick off in 2007 with a
superb long-player from Rednetic boss and prolific
musician Zainetica. A seriously fine collection of
tracks that blur the boundaries between Electronica,
Electro and Techno with a great deal of ease and
skill...

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LAWRENCE ENGLISH - "FOR VARYING DEGREES OF WINTER"
CD
electronica, karu7, 05/02/2007 -- £10.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=KARU7

Back in stock... One of my favourite releases of the
moment! Room40 head honcho Lawrence English has
really produced quite a sublime piece of work here
for French label Baskaru. Featuring additional
elements from the likes of Janek Schaefer, Aki Onda
and Mike Cooper, he's blended his sound sources
to create a soothing, deeply textural and amazingly
warm collection of tracks...

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LUOMO - "REALLY DON'T MIND" 12"
techno / electro, huume11, 05/02/2007 -- £4.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=HUUME11

Luomo really does have a unique sound and it shines
through, as ever, on this 12" taken from the CD
album. Not sure why it's taken so long for us to
get it, mind you, but that's another issue
altogether. Anyway, musically it's a cunning
blend of sweet vocals, House elements and an overall
minimal Techno flavour that all blend together to
make a compelling, instantly accessible vibe...

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KNIGHT ACTION - "SINGLE GIRL" 12"
house, c-cc04, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=C-CC04

Funky, old-School, proper sounding Electro-House
that has a definite charm (and some wonderfully out
of tune synth sounds as well!), perky vocals and
chunky old rhythms. Flip for the key track
'D'Rail' which is a classic slab of
Acid House with a springy bassline and splendid 303
tweak. ...

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BENJAMIN FEHR / FFWD - "TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES
VILLALOBOS REMIX" 12"
techno / electro, catenaccio06, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=CATENACCIO06

Can't remember the original of this track to be
honest, but what I can tell you is that Ricardo
Villalobos has turned in a smashing remix in his
trademark style. Bumpy, stripped-down beats and a
fat bass texture mixed with cunning edits that make
you want to dance. High class...

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PETAR DUNDOV - "RUNNING MAN" 12"
techno / electro, mm130, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=MM130

Cracking slab of Techno wax from Petar Dundov. Has a
slightly vintage sound on the A-side with a driving,
punchy piece of looped up pleasure. Using a 303 to
punctuate the track, it has a bit of an old school
tone...

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CLAUDE VONSTROKE - "WHO'S AFRAID OF DETROIT?
REMIXES" 12"
techno / electro, db008, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=DB008

It's the big one! Audion and Kevin Saunderson
have provided remixes of this perky old Techno track
and, by gum, they've done it proud.
Audion's version is stripped, funky and full of
his flavour. Bumpy percussion and a full-bodied
dancefloor feel...

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PORTABLE - "SPEAK OUT" 12"
techno / electro, sud009, 02/02/2007 -- £4.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=SUD009

Sud Electronic's releases are always deep,
always funky and always worth checking out and now
label honcho Portable has delivered a very fine
2-tracker. I must admit I wasn't that sure
about the vocal element to begin with, but the more
I listen to it the more I'm convinced that they
really do work! Beautifull production and a hypnotic,
underground feel all combine to give you a tracky
slice of minimal dancefloor action that really
stands out. Quality....

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MOONDOG - "RARE MATERIAL" 2xCD
guitar based, rd263372, 02/02/2007 -- £15.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=RD263372

Moondog's sound is so unique, so oddball and
yet so utterly engaging and this double CD of rare
recordings is just fascinating from beginning to
end. Spanning 5 decades the compositions on offer
here range from his earlier, traditional, yet
classical sounding pieces with lyrics right through
to his more percussive, abstract work towards the
end of his life. Often quoted as a major influence
on a host of musicians.....

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VARIOUS - "JUKEBOX BUDDHA" CD
electronica, staubgold72cd, 02/02/2007 -- £12.49
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=STAUBGOLD72CD

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before
the Buddha Machine was the subject of a compilation
of reworks. What's surprising is just how damn
this is. Featuring tracks by Robert Henke, Thomas
Fehlmann, Mapstation, Minit, SunnO))), Alog, Adrian
Sherwood, Blixa Bargeld, Kammerflimmer Kollektief,
ES, Gudrun Gut and more it's a real voyage
through the compositional possibilites of this
humble looking machine...

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LUKE EARGOGGLE - "PAWNS OF THE FIELD" 2xLP
techno / electro, kust001, 02/02/2007 -- £13.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=KUST001

The master of analogue Electro is back, and this
time he's brought a whole double pack with him.
Every track here is put together with a retro,
underground feel and features his trademark synth
sounds and wicked beats. From Drexciyan style
aquatic grooves to upbeat, slightly more
Dopplereffekt-ish sounds this album really covers
the whole gamut of styles...

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JTC (JAMES COTTON) - "PUMP THE PLANET" 12"
techno / electro, cr12-31, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=CR12-31

Rough and ready sounds from the one and only James
Cotton under his JTC guise. There's a menacing,
deep and dark feel here that gives a healthy nod to
Chicago and Detroit and you also get some wicked
clattering percussion. Minimal in style, full of
flavour and, generally, just a solid slice of
dancefloor action...

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SYNCOM DATA - "BEYOND THE STARS" 12"
techno / electro, sd04, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=SD04

Freshly squeezed goods from the SD imprint. Syncom
Data provides 3 wicked cuts of Techno / Electro that
will seriously fill some floors. The beats version is
tracky, groovy and full of synthed out bass sounds
that make you want to dance...

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CLATTERBOX - "STORMDRAIN" 12"
techno / electro, trust13, 02/02/2007 -- £6.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=TRUST13

Dave Kempston's Clatterbox project has been
delving into the field of sci-fi Electro for many
years. First on the legendary Clear label, then on
his own Z-Bop imprint and now for the most excellent
Austrian Electro label, Trust. This EP features 4
future funk tracks that rock it out
consistently.....

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RAPOON - "FROM SHADOWS SLEEP" CD
electronica, ess006cd, 02/02/2007 -- £13.49
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=ESS006CD

Rapoon's 'From Shadows Sleep' is a
masterful series of ambient, drone-based excursions,
evocatie of lonely places and dense, otherworldly
experiences. Drifting flutes and intensely heavy
layering give you just the right level of immersion
to really let yourself go and coupled with the wall
of sound (yet still subtle) guitar textures
you've got a truly majestic work. Stunning,
quite frankly....

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MEN-AN-TOL - "MEN-AN-TOL" CD
guitar based, van128, 01/02/2007 -- £4.99
www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=VAN128

A beautifully presented limited edition CD from the
marvellous Static Caravan label. 100 copies
available and well worth snaffling if you're a
fan of Joanna Newsom (vocally) or Tunng (musically).
Deep, folky sounds with lively percussion and guitar
playing combined with quirky vocal elements and a
footstomping tempo...


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