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Singles - Leftfield - Issue 564

The Cinematic Orchestra

To Believe feat. Moses Sumney

Ninja Tune

10
I can still remember the first time I heard The Cinematics' debut single. It was in a small record shop in London, it had been a long day of hunting and it was the last shop of the day. I recall pulling the 12” out of the racks and slipping it on the turntable… my love affair had started. Ever since then, their timeless music has soundtracked my life. And so it continues here with yet another beautifully arranged, exquisitely composed and perfectly orchestrated release.

Olympians

''Sirens Of Jupiter/Apollo’s Mood''

Daptone

8.0
More great new music from the extended Daptone Family. This time it’s the work of Toby Panzer, who enlists the help of members of both Lee Fields and Charles Bradley's band, plus The Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band, Budos Band, to name a few, to help knock up this lovely piece of psychedelic soul and Afro fun. They released a debut 45 on Truth & Soul eight years ago, apparently. What kept you guys?

Raja Zahr

'Drums Of Lebanon '

Fortuna Records

9.0
Not entirely sure which section this record would be filed under if you were to go looking for it in the racks of your local record shop! Cosmic, disco, psychedelic, Middle Eastern, experimental... In truth this wonderfully bonkers record (originally released in 1980 by this Lebanese synth experimentalist) is a bit of all of the above and it's for precisely that reason that we f***ing love it. Genius.

Henry Wu & Tito Wun

'Karat Years '

Tartelet

7.5
Recorded at Kraftwerk's Elektro Mülle studio, this pairing of Wu and German hip-hop producer Wun take no prisoners on an EP that floats gently between ethereal down beats, influences of North Africa and the occasional burst into jazzy broken beat dancefloor territory. A spatial production where the music lives and breathes.

Coldcut feat Roots Manuva

'Only Heaven'

Ninja

8.0
Great to see the Ninja head honchos back with this downbeat salvo featuring the ubiquitous Roots Manuva. With a twinkling toy box melody and soundtrack harmonies forming the basis of the track, the boys also add Thundercat into the mix for the extra bass input. Gentile yet with earworm appeal, it’s great to have the originators back.

Alex Izenburg

'To Move On'

Weird World

8.5
Weird World are putting out some super-interesting music at the moment. Last time around it was the brilliant Soft Hair (who incidentally have another single out about now), this time however it’s the turn of LA resident Alex Izenburg who unveils this inventive, kooky and uplifting track from his debut album, ‘Harlequin’. Like the missing link between Chilly Gonzales, Matthew E White and Grizzly Bear. Yeah, I know!

Last Waltz

'Tunnel Snakes '

Me Me Me

7.5
Fresh out of the box and following on the heels of the superb minimalism of Man Power's ‘Tachyon’, this crossover slice of modernist psychedelic disco takes no prisoners with its layered bassline, acid fx and John Carpenter-esque synth textures. Check for the Red Axes & Naduve mix too — oddness guaranteed. Keep your eyes and ears on this fledgling label.

Sinoptik Music

'Voices In My Head EP'

Apollo Recordings

7.5
A confident three-tracker from Sinoptik, who allows us a peek into his dub-drenched world of moody electronica. The EP kicks off with ‘Lights In Delay’, a murky soundscape to drift off to, whilst the EP’s title track and ‘Messages From Jupiter’ feature gentile brushed drums and reverbed sonics that lull the listener into a place of calm and tranquility. Lovely chilled vibes throughout.