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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 10, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Aesop Rock – Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
Alaska/Oranges – The Summer I Joined The Harlem Globetrotters [Split/EP] (Yespleaserecords)
Beak> – >>  (Invada)
Brendan James – Hope In Transition (Rock Ridge Music)
Bury Tomorrow – The Union Of Crowns (Nuclear Blast America)
Clare and the Reasons – KR-51 (Frog Stand Records)
Communist Daughter – Lions & Lamb [EP] (Grain Belt Records)
Dan Le Sac – Space Between The Words (Sunday Best)
Delicate Steve – Positive Force (Luaka Bop)
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (Domino) – SowingSeason
Duran Duran – A Diamond in the Mind [DVD] (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
The Early November – In Currents (Rise Records)
Eleni Mandell – I Can See the Future (Yep Roc Records)
Erika Forster – Erika Forster [EP] (Cascine)
Erika Spring – Erika Spring [EP](Cascine)
Glass Cloud – The Royal Thousand (Equal Vision Records)
Glocca Morra – Just Married (Kind Of Like Records)
The Grates – Secret Rituals (AIS)
Hank Williams Jr. – Old School… New Rules (Warner Bros.)
Holograms – Holograms (Captured Tracks)
House Of Heroes – Cold Hard Want (Gotee Records) – DaveyBoy
House Vs Hurricane – Crooked Teeth…

We are now down to our final week for the Sputnikmusic Linkin Park contest. One lucky winner will receive a CD copy of LIVING THINGS signed by the band, a pair of Rob Bourdon signature Vater drumsticks, a Linkin Park t-shirt and band stickers & buttons! Also included is a one year membership to the official Linkin Park fan club:  LP Underground. Members receive early entrance to Linkin Park shows, chances for Meet & Greets, access to concert pre-sale tickets and best seats, exclusive music, live video chats with band members and much more. So, go here for more details.

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 03, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Abandon All Ships – Infamous (Rise Records)
Asia – XXX (Frontier Records)
The Blasters – Fun On Saturday Night (Rip Cat Records)
The Cheats – Pussyfootin! (Dismanic Distribution)
Chris Brown – Fortune (RCA)
Chrome Waves – Chrome Waves (Gravedancer Records)
Cicso Adler – Aloha (Bananabeat Records)
Delain – We Are The Others (Sensory Records)
Drop The Lime – Enter The Night (Ultra Records)
Easter Island – Frightened (Easter Island)
The Envy – Deception (Simmons Records)
Flo Rida – Wild Ones (Atlantic)
Foxes – Warrior (Sony Music)
Gideon – Milestone (Facedown Records)
Gold…

Sputnikmusic is currently holding a Linkin Park contest. One lucky winner will receive a CD copy of LIVING THINGS signed by the band, a pair of Rob Bourdon signature Vater drumsticks, a Linkin Park t-shirt and band stickers & buttons! Also included is a one year membership to the official Linkin Park fan club:  LP Underground. Members receive early entrance to Linkin Park shows, chances for Meet & Greets, access to concert pre-sale tickets and best seats, exclusive music, live video chats with band members and much more. So, go here for more details.

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 26, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

16Volt – LetDownCrush [Reissue] (Metropolis Records)
As The Sky Awaits – Rebirth
Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop)
Blues Traveler – Suzie Cracks The Whip (429 Records)
Bondo do Role – Tropicalbacanal (Mad Decent)
Bright Light Bright Light – Make Me Believe In Hope (Self Raising Records)
Casey Abrams – Casey Abrams (Concord Music)
Cesium_137 – Science and Sound (Metropolis Records)
Chris Cagle – Back In The Saddle (Bigger Picture Group)
The Cinematic Orchestra – In Motion # 1 (Ninja Tune)
The Daredevil Christopher Wright – The Nature of Things (FILE UNDER MUSIC)
Davidson Hart…

Sputnikmusic is currently holding a Linkin Park contest. One lucky winner will receive a CD copy of LIVING THINGS signed by the band, a pair of Rob Bourdon signature Vater drumsticks, a Linkin Park t-shirt and band stickers & buttons! Also included is a one year membership to the official Linkin Park fan club:  LP Underground. Members receive early entrance to Linkin Park shows, chances for Meet & Greets, access to concert pre-sale tickets and best seats, exclusive music, live video chats with band members and much more. So, go here for more details.

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 19, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Ashanti – Braveheart (Entertainment One Music)
Beat Connection – The Palace Garden (Moshi Moshi/Tender Age)
Blood On The Dance Floor – Evolution (Dark Fantasy Records)
Broadway – Gentlemen’s Brawl (Uprising Records)
Can – The Lost Tapes (Mute)
Chantal Claret – The One, The Only (The End Records)
Chelsea Grin – Evolve (Razor & Tie/RSM)
Christian Loffler – A Forest (Ki Records)
Delta Rae – Carry the Fire (Sire / Wea)
Del the Funky Homosapien and Parallel Thought – Attractive Sin (Parallel Thought Ltd)
Devin Townsend – By A Thread: Live In London 2011 [CD/DVD] (Inside Out – EMI)

Forget your indie revolution, this is a hostile takeover. All your base are belong to us

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‘Tryhard’ is taken from Noisia’s latest EP Imperial, out now through Vision Recordings.

And so it would seem that another Burial & Four Tet collab is on the way. Uploaded about an hour ago to Soundcloud by Hebden himself, ‘Nova’ is the natural extension of Wolf/Moth Cub, and is for lack of a better description, fucking spectacular.

At the moment details remain rather scarce as to the fate of this track, though Four Tet has confirmed via twitter that the track will see a physical release at some point (lucky number 13 for Hebden’s Text Records imprint). I’ll keep you updated as any news becomes available, but in the meantime enjoy….

So if you’re a fan of Scuba, chances are you’ve probably already streamed his latest LP Personality. And if you haven’t had the chance yet, head over to the official soundcloud page for the album to check out one of the more controversial electronic releases of the year so far.

So with the material now out for the world to hear, what’s next? Well if you’re Scuba, hopping on to ustream for a 2 hour set for Beatport would seem to be the most natural thing. And you can catch the whole thing below.


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Tracklist:

1. Something In Between Us – Sigha
2. Like Sun – Toasty
3. Empire – Distance
4. Guts N Bones – Slaughter Mob
5. Take It Personal – Toasty
6. Anger – Search & Destroy
7. Angel – Toasty
8. Nomad – Distance
9. Brood – Boxcutter
10. The Knowledge – Toasty
11. Deep Under – Elemental
12. Candyfloss – Search & Destroy
13. You Got Me – Scuba
14. The Lights (DJ Joseph Remix) – Eric H
15. L’Amour – Slaughter Mob
16. Plate – Scuba
17. So You Think You’re Special – Scuba
18. Cognitive Dissonance – Scuba
19. Obsessed…

One album that I’ve been holding out for ever since its announcement (and after hearing the My Old School EP, knowing that, one day, he’d have to present us with a full-length of some kind) is John Talabot’s debut LP, fin.

One of those rare house releases that purposefully avoids existing in any particular time frame, it eschews immediacy by slowly and patiently building itself up under waves of liquid tension and sun kissed melodies. Borrowing greatly from the ’90s Ibiza house scene, as well as using the more minimal tendencies of Europe’s more mysterious stalwarts, the Barcelona based artist has crafted one of those rare and magical albums where everything  seems to work comfortably unperturbed with its surroundings or context. As a teaser for the night ahead, it’s a tantalizing call to arms; as the afternoon medication it’s simply sublime. Best served under a  scorching sun with partners close at hand.

‘Last Land’ represents the pinnacle of Talabot’s production talents, featuring perhaps one of the most creative loops this side of The Field. It holds the kind of melody that house producers just seem to avoid these days, as if they’re afraid at creating a kind of anthem that they won’t be able to contain. For Talabot however, this kind of thing just seems to come naturally to him.

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You can purchase fin through Permanent vacation here.

10. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

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Robin Pecknold wants to be the man on the screen – that much is clear from the get-go – but how far are we willing to bend to accommodate him? Quite a bit, it seems, judging by the Santoshian levels of patience with which all of us waited for his band’s sophomore release, Helplessness Blues, to drop. Although three years usually isn’t seen as a particularly long gestation period for an album – just ask Kate Bush – it wasn’t really the length of the wait that ended up toying with us big time, but rather the stop-start nature of the band’s initial recording sessions and Pecknold’s sketchy vision of what he wanted his group’s second album to be like. Having first said that he wanted the album to be released in late 2009, and that, “even if there are fuck-ups, I want them to be on there: I want there to be guitar mistakes; I want there to be not totally flawless vocals”, the principal songwriter for the Fleet Foxes ended up scrapping virtually the entirety of their first batch of recording sessions once he decided that he didn’t quite like what he was hearing, thus sending his entire crew back to the drawing board and about $60,000 in the hole. Once famously described by Seattle producer Phil Ek as having “talent coming out of his ass”, the Seattle native…

30. Deafheaven – Roads To Judah

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Riding on the curtails of a buzzing demo, followed by the left-field addition into hardcore/metal label Deathwish, Bay Area’s own Deafheaven is a poster child of success this year.  Essentially springing up out of nowhere, their own special blend of “My Bloody Valentine meets Weakling” has spring boarded them into the limelight, reaching and relating to fans of multiple genres and styles.  Roads To Judah carries so much depth as an album that its nearly unimaginable to believe that it’s only a debut, leaving the door open for countless possibilities and directions as to which path this enigmatic group will tread upon next.  Whether its the shoegazey haze of ‘Violet’, to the post-rock/black metal hybrid of ‘Unrequited’, Roads To Judah is a melting pot of various musical styles that blend together to create one of the most memorable debut albums this generation has ever seen. – ThisLifeisGenocide

29. Protest The Hero – Scurrilous

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“Vulgar verbal abuse; foul-mouthed; coarse, abusive, or slanderous,” reads the dictionary definition of “scurrilous”, which, while a more-than-decent descriptor of Canadian progressive metal band Protest the Hero’s (PtH) third studio effort, doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Scurrilous sees PtH indulging in shenanigans that frankly didn’t seem possible during their unpolished (but much-heralded) Kezia and Fortress eras. Most evident of all is their…

50. Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance

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At this point, Esoteric can be called the forerunners of funeral doom metal, because they’re just that good. Paragon Of Dissonance is more of the same from the esteemed band, only this time massive improvements have been made. The rhythm section and melodies that weave into the thick, crushing guitars are more interesting than usual, making massive song lengths seem shorter than they are. When I say massive song lengths, I mean that the longest song here is eighteen minutes long – that’s pretty long. Still, as usual, Esoteric handle their songs excellently, somehow keeping the listener hypnotized the entire time. It’s no easy task, but they make it look like child’s play. Now that’s some proper funeral doom! – Pizzamachine

49. Grouper – A I A

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Well, isn’t this fitting. A I A, elusive and gorgeous little double-mini-album that it is, is perfectly content here, as the forty-ninth of fifty great albums this year, sandwiched between two metal albums you probably forgot to download. This is an album destined to be eternally lodged in the periphery of music criticism communities like the one we have here–something that distinguishes it from, say, Bon Iver, Bon Iver or James Blake or what have you. This isn’t to say that A I A is worse than those other albums–after all, it’s my fifth favorite…

10. Immolation – Providence

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Providence is Immolation basically giving us more of the same, which just means more really quality death metal. Rob Vigna and Bill Taylor lay down some gnarly trems and pinch harmonics while Steve Shalaty rips it up on the kit. No bells and whistles here, kids – just riffs. And good ones at that. These five tasty tracks pick up where Majesty And Decay left off to show there’s still plenty of momentum and longevity in this quarter-of-a-century-old band. Let’s just hope Scion keeps footing the bill for more free metal of this caliber. – AngelOfDeath

9. Mogwai – Earth Division

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It’s been quite a long time since Mogwai has really been able to “wow” listeners.  Their 1997 debut, Young Team did an admirable job, as did 2006’s Mr. Beast, but high quality releases have been few and far between for the Scottish post-rock band.  Their latest LP failed to make waves, and became a sort of “back burner” type of release.  However, the creativity and intrigue absent on Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will survived elsewhere, in the form of a little EP called Earth DivisionEarth Division features more thoughtful songwriting, with more lush atmospheres and mellow instrumentation, as well as vocals, a Mogwai rarity.  It stands out as wholly unique, with the beautiful and touching songs being some…

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