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The Twilight Sad - It Wont Be Like This All The Time
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Introspection Is Overrated Anyway: New Album Reviews

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Now that we have moved to a monthly format I have had lots of time on my hands. Rather than trying to listen to numerous albums a day I have been able to take my time and get to know the nuances of some hand-picked gems. This month I will be dissecting some of the the best LPs to hit the shops so far this year. We have the haunted electronica of Pye Corner Audio, the emotion rich indie rock of Twilight Sad, the fuzz-filled psychedelica of Toy, Deerhunter’s immaculate return, and lots more. By JOHN BITTLES

Red Pig Flower
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Thought Crimes and 4/4 Beats: An Interview With Red Pig Flower

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Every so often a record will come along which makes you sit up and take notice. Right from the very first bars you know this is the one for you. One such 12” entered my life a few weeks ago in the form of Thought Crime, the sumptuous new EP by Red Pig Flower. Containing a generous helping of deep, melodic house, lush ambiance and smooth techno beats, each of the record’s four tracks are rich with personality and soul. By JOHN BITTLES

Long Arm Darkly
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A Love I Can’t Explain: New Album Reviews

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With a cruel arctic chill threatening to overwhelm the country, it’s time for any sane person, or maybe just me, to consider giving up on the outside world and indulging in an extended duvet break. This week’s selection of albums will make the perfect soundtrack to cosying up in a home-made blanket fort with either your loved one or yourself. By JOHN BITTLES

Slam
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Post Dænce Floor Grooves: An Interview With Slam

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Slam are a band who need no introduction. With a name inspired by a legendary Phuture track the DJ/production duo of Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle have, over the years, been responsible for some of the most vital techno and house to find its way to these ears. Their DJ sets in clubs such as Glasgow institutions Sub Club and The Arches have become the stuff of legend, while tracks like Positive Education, Stepback, Azure and Vapour are the highlight of any night spent on the dance floor. BY JOHN BITTLES

Neneh Cherry
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Broken Politics And Trivial Occupations: Album Reviews

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After a short break, were I sailed around the world in an inflatable dingy, taught myself seven different languages, wrote the next great Irish novel (again), and shut Mr. Trump up for a while by giving him a piece of very sticky gum, it’s back to the day job, namely writing music reviews. BY JOHN BITTLES

MANOID. by Marlena Matuszak
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The Search For A Positive Truth: An Interview With MANOID

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Every so often a record comes along which makes you stop what you are doing, prick up your ears, and pay rapt attention. One such album is the thoroughly excellent Truth by fast rising Polish producer MANOID. Out now on the always fresh Hafendisko imprint, Truth is a record which only needs a few moments to convince you that you and it are going to be good friends. By JOHN BITTLES

Thomas Ragsdale
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Delving Into the Honley Civic Archives: An Interview With Thomas Ragsdale.

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Thomas Ragsdale is an artist whose work bristles with personality and emotion. As anyone who has been won over by releases such as Bait, Dear Araucaria or Under Dwellers will attest, he is a rare breed of producer who creates music which disregards genres or easy pigeonholing. Atmospheric soundscapes, dub drenched nightmares, delicate melodies and more can be found within his meticulously crafted grooves. By JOHN BITTLES.

Jazuelle
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A Time For Rebirth: An Interview With Jazzuelle

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Sometimes it feels like I am alone in thinking that house music should be sexy, sultry, and appeal to the heart and head as much as the feet. Recently I have become bored of clubs where you get accosted by drunken assholes, the dance floor is too jammed to permit the concept of personal space, while the night’s soundtrack is a limited palette of frantic, functional techno beats. Now, maybe it’s because I am getting a little older, but when I go out I want to hear music which doesn’t need to be played at ear-screeching volume to make a clued-up crowd move. By JOHN BITTLES

Breese
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More Balearic Than Most: An Interview With Breese

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In the noisy, hectic, dog eat dog world in which we find ourselves these days I have come to value moments of quiet reflection like little else. Those times when I can close my eyes and pretend that my cat Mr. Fingers and I are the only ones around can be every bit as special as a night out with friends. As any other urban dwelling dreamer will undoubtedly attest, the soundtrack for these precious moments is a vital component in the quest for peace. By JOHN BITTLES

Conforce aka Boris Bunnik
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A Trip To The Silent Harbour

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Dutch producer Boris Bunnik is a man of many aliases. Over the years he has been responsible for a series of stunning genre defying tracks as Conforce, Versalife, Hexagon, Vernon Felicity and Silent Harbour. Someone who understands the importance of patience and space, releases on labels such as Delsin, Clone, Rush Hour, Frustrated Funk and Echocord have cemented his reputation as a producer able to inject a vivid sense of personality into the music he creates.  Disregarding the restrictions of BPM count or style, all of his productions are masterfully constructed, precise and shockingly good. By JOHN BITTLES

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