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Rustie - Glass Swords (2011) [Japanese Edition]

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Rustie - Glass Swords (2011) [Japanese Edition]

Rustie - Glass Swords (2011) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 341 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 105 MB | Covers - 267 MB
Genre: Dubstep, Electronic | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-306)

Since his 2007 debut, this young Glaswegian producer’s peak-time club spin on mainstream R&B and rap has, in an intrepid fashion, grown increasingly hyperactive, thrill-oriented, and indulgent. On Glass Swords, Rustie continues to integrate the currently hip and terminally unhip - garish probes of ‘80s synth rock, beaten-to-a-pulp dance-pop, ‘90s rave, and bass music, to name four of several drawing points - all for the sake of a rush. Integrate is a light way of putting it, though; the method is more like slathering, layer after layer, with no concern for restraint or tastefulness, though each track is shaped into a songlike structure…

Jamie Lidell - Compass (2010) [Japanese Edition]

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Jamie Lidell - Compass (2010) [Japanese Edition]

Jamie Lidell - Compass (2010) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 356 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 124 MB | Covers - 294 MB
Genre: Soul, Pop, Electronic | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-259)

The early reports on Compass trumpeted the fact that Beck was involved (his credit is additional production), but Jamie Lidell is hardly a musician who needs the expertise - he has a voice that's soulful and spirited like few in contemporary music, and his production skills were knocking out fans and critics before they even knew he could sing. If anything, the magic that Lidell & co. create on Compass is a more varied trip through music-making than on 2008's Jim. If that record could be criticized (and it wasn't, not much), it could be said that Lidell and co-conspirator Mocky created an excellent soul record - and just that. Compass is not a neo-soul record by any means…

!!! - As If (2015) [Japanese Edition]

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!!! - As If (2015) [Japanese Edition]

!!! - As If (2015) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 373 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 130 MB | Covers - 191 MB
Genre: Indie Electronic, Dance-Punk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-481)

The funky, post-punky, always danceable !!! show no signs of slowing down on their sixth album, As If. Their last record, Thr!!!er, lived up to its title and this record is all-thriller, no-filler too, jammed with songs that almost dare the listener not to dance. Recorded and produced by the band with help from James Ford, Jim Eno, Ewan Pearson, Chris Coady, and Chris Woodhouse, and culled from an intense session of songwriting done by driving force Nic Offer and bassist Rafael Cohen, the album was recorded in studios around America. Despite the various locales and collaborators involved, the album is focused and tight as it deals out pounding grooves and thundering basslines. Add in wire-tight guitar, wobbling old synths, and Offer's unhinged vocals and it's vintage !!! with a little extra energy added…

The Bamboos - Side Stepper (2008) [Japanese Edition]

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The Bamboos - Side Stepper (2008) [Japanese Edition]

The Bamboos - Side Stepper (2008) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 276 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 111 MB | Covers - 198 MB
Genre: Funk, Soul | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-209)

On their third album, Australian kings of Funk, The Bamboos, take the beat-laden deep party Funk of their previous LPs and push the boundaries of their sound with an injection of Northern Soul and '60s Mod Soul style. An amazing selection of guest vocalists (Kylie Auldist, MC Ty, Megan Washington and Swedish Soul sensation Paul MacInnes) add their own unique flavors to the brew.

Prefuse 73 - Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian (2009) [Japanese Edition]

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Prefuse 73 - Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian (2009) [Japanese Edition]

Prefuse 73 - Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian (2009) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 334 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 121 MB | Covers - 64 MB
Genre: IDM, Experimental, Electro | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-222)

Spinning through 29 tracks (+ Bonus track for Japan) in just under 50 minutes, Scott Herren's sixth proper LP as Prefuse 73 offers more of the same musical madness for fans of his no-attention-span cut-ups - and that's a good thing. With remarkably few guests and remarkably few samples (at least recognizable ones), it's basic Prefuse material, but with dozens of ideas and delicious dead ends. Anyone looking for a differentiator between this and recent Prefuse material may look in vain, but there's slightly more electro than hip-hop going on here. Also, as in the past, there are occasional glimpses of his other projects bleeding through…

Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower (2010) [Japanese Edition]

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Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower (2010) [Japanese Edition]

Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower (2010) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 396 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 143 MB | Covers - 27 MB
Genre: Electronic, House, Soundtrack | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-269)

The cinematic ambitions of Chilly Gonzales were not previously well known, although very few forms fit his intentions to cycle between solo piano and throwback dance music quite like an original score. (Of course, if he'd tried to fit both piano meditations and funky house on a proper album, the cries of "Unity!" would have gone up immediately from outraged music fans.) Ivory Tower, the soundtrack to an "existentialist sports comedy about chess and success," was apparently recorded before the movie was filmed, so the filming could be arranged around the album; it's true that this sounds more like an album than a soundtrack. The piano lines are simplistic and repetitive, and the rest of the production is sunny, breezy house music the way they made it in New York during the mid-'90s, similar to Gonzales' Soft Power from 2008 - but without the attention-grabbing retro qualities…

Mala - Mala In Cuba (2012) [Japanese Edition]

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Mala - Mala In Cuba (2012) [Japanese Edition]

Mala - Mala In Cuba (2012) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 378 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 146 MB | Covers - 343 MB
Genre: Electronic, Dubstep, World | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-348)

In the same way that the genre "techno" is applied to both the tasteful Derrick May and the garish Scooter, the term "dubstep" had been divided into two camps once the "mall kids" and "punters" got hip. Love it or loathe it, that glitzy "wub wub wub" sound championed by Skrillex and such is a far cry from the texture-rich music of Burial, Benga, and Digital Mystikz, that last name being the South London duo with whom producer Mala broke through. Purists will argue that the Skrillex crowd is so far from the spirit of the original dub reggae that they should abandon that part of the term, and as such, Mala in Cuba was announced as "an intention of realigning dubstep with soundsystem culture,” which it does, splendidly. This glorious album was also constructed from a set of raw tracks recorded in Cuba while on a beat-finding trip with DJ Gilles Peterson…

Squarepusher presents Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator (2010) [Japanese Edition]

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Squarepusher presents Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator (2010) [Japanese Edition]

Squarepusher presents Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator (2010) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 329 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 116 MB | Covers - 219 MB
Genre: Techno, Electro, Experimental | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-266)

A concept album that sticks straitjacket tight to its concept throughout, Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator is a record of throwback electronic rock, with an R&B edge and synthesized vocals, performed by a hooded band - and if Daft Punk springs to mind, it should. After a record of solo bass (titled Solo Electric Bass, Vol. 1), Squarepusher's Tom Jenkinson soon unveiled his next project: the masked foursome named Shobaleader One. (Jenkinson's claims that the group consists of real people is certainly possible, but the omnipresent masks make one wonder if the producer is playing puppetmaster here.) A combination of stark electro and swinging funk, most tracks featuring vocals, the album will have listeners thinking of Daft Punk one minute and stark '80s television themes the next (read Knight Rider)…

!!! - Myth Takes (2007) [Japanese Edition]

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!!! - Myth Takes (2007) [Japanese Edition]

!!! - Myth Takes (2007) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 353 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 119 MB | Covers - 545 MB
Genre: Indie Electronic, Dance-Punk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-378)

Of all the dance-punk revivalists, !!! has been the most consistently interesting and challenging, not to mention the group most likely to fill the dancefloor on indie rock night. While their previous album, the political and righteous Louden Up Now, was good enough to vault them to the level of the bands that inspired them (Gang of Four, the Pop Group, Liquid Liquid), Myth Takes firmly establishes them there. It's a different fire that burns here for !!!, mostly setting aside political concerns for fiery dancefloor rave-ups. The band sounds inspired, like they are plugged directly into a wall socket. The first three tracks are like opening a door and being blasted backward by a wall of flame and heat…

Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit (2010) [Japanese Edition]

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Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit (2010) [Japanese Edition]

Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit (2010) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 386 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 140 MB | Covers - 72 MB
Genre: Jazz Rock, Nu Jazz, Progressive Rock, Post-Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-248)

Jaga Jazzist’s least jazz-rooted, most prog album to date, One-Armed Bandit is not associable with Tortoise and 2000s-era Stereolab merely for the assistance of John McEntire, who mixed it and is credited with analog synth processing. Echoing, at various points, both bands at their most rocking, Baroque, and searching, One-Armed Bandit dazzles early on. Throughout the 13 minutes that make up the title track and the following “Bananfleur Overalt,” the listener is pulled through a suspenseful succession of passages, like a score to a Mediterranean tropical cyclone, that work in tight-riffing bass clarinet, zipping vibraphone, buzzing guitar, sighing pedal steel, dancing harpsichord, and even some distant skronk-sax over galloping and tapping rhythms that switch time signatures with an oddly elegant twitchiness…

Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong (2010) [Japanese Edition]

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Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong (2010) [Japanese Edition]

Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong (2010) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 267 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 107 MB | Covers - 76 MB
Genre: R&B, Soul | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-270)

Andreya Triana owes the existence of this album to a chance meeting with Simon Green, aka Bonobo, who featured her on his Black Sands album and then offered to produce her first full-length effort. The result is a debut album of impressive beauty and maturity, one that documents a long musical and personal voyage fraught with heartbreak, but never succumbs to self-indulgent sentiment or confessional mawkishness. Part of what keeps things tight is Green's production style. The setting he creates for "Draw the Stars" is both completely unique (marimbas, strings, unidentifiable percussion) and straightforwardly beautiful, hinting at funkiness without stating it explicitly. He gets much more outspokenly funky on the horn-driven "Up in Fire," and torchy on "Daydreamers," and jazzy on "Far Closer," and his arrangements are almost invariably brilliant…

The Asphodells - Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust (2012) [Japanese Edition]

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The Asphodells - Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust (2012) [Japanese Edition]

The Asphodells - Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust (2012) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 479 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 160 MB | Covers - 70 MB
Genre: House, Dub, Downtempo | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-347)

He might have had a hand in some 19 albums, but Andrew Weatherall rarely works alone. From Keith Tenniswood (in Two Loneswordsmen) to Gary Burns and Jagz Koone (as Sabres of Paradise), the best chapters in this auteur's proud discography are results of collaborative partnerships. As The Asphodells, he pairs off with Timothy J Fairplay, a cohort from the near mythical Scrutton Street studio where the likes of fellow analogue alchemists Death in Vegas and Daniel Avery also do their dirty do. The resulting partnership gives rise to music that is a gauzy, coal-stained mesh of various guitar genres all married to a chugging electronic beat and dub-wise swagger…

My Best Fiend - In Ghostlike Fading (2012) [Japanese Edition]

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My Best Fiend - In Ghostlike Fading (2012) [Japanese Edition]

My Best Fiend - In Ghostlike Fading (2012) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 334 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 127 MB | Covers - 217 MB
Genre: Indie Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-324)

As an indie rock outfit with heavy debts to classic rock, My Best Fiend is like no other band Warp Records has signed. While the pioneering electronic label has dipped its toe in rock waters from time to time with bands like Battles, Pivot, Born Ruffians, and Maximo Park, all of those groups had some quirks or experimental tendencies that made their affiliation with Warp a bit more understandable. My Best Fiend, on the other hand, is so relatively straightforward that it makes them somewhat revolutionary in the label's context. In Ghostlike Fading is a low-key debut, full of mellow, worn-in songs replete with extended jams, guitar maelstroms, and harmonicas - in other words, it may be a little too traditional for some Warp fans. However, just because My Best Fiend aren't doing anything radically new doesn't mean they don't have their merits…

Bibio - Mind Bokeh (2011) [Japanese Edition]

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Bibio - Mind Bokeh (2011) [Japanese Edition]

Bibio - Mind Bokeh (2011) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 347 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 129 MB | Covers - 372 MB
Genre: Indie Pop, Electronic | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-285)

Bibio's Stephen Wilkinson had such a major breakthrough with Ambivalence Avenue that anticipation about whether or not he could maintain such a breakneck pace of innovation was palpable. Mind Bokeh - whose title was inspired by the photography term for the way a lens renders out-of-focus points of light - is true to its name and Wilkinson’s hyperactive creativity, but not in obvious ways. Though the title track dapples sparkling electronics over a luminous haze of distant nature samples, the rest of the album isn’t exactly blurry. In fact, its sounds are often surprisingly hard-edged and chilly, especially compared to Ambivalence Avenue’s summery vibe…

Prefuse 73 - The Only She Chapters (2011) [Japanese Edition]

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Prefuse 73 - The Only She Chapters (2011) [Japanese Edition]

Prefuse 73 - The Only She Chapters (2011) [Japanese Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 423 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 139 MB | Covers - 272 MB
Genre: Downtempo, Experimental, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Beat Records (BRC-291)

Following a busy recording year in 2009, Scott Herren focused on collaborative projects in 2010, flexing his production muscles via dates, remixes, or cameos with everyone from Zach Hill to Oneohtrix Point Never to TV on the Radio. The Only She Chapters continues the familial feeling, with a wealth of features for female vocalists, which on the surface makes this Prefuse 73 record sound more like it came from Herren’s Savath & Savalas project. Still, it shows his production style has changed slightly. First, there’s little to no evidence of a hip-hop influence, or even electro for that matter…