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Hi Scores

Skam Records drop a welcome re-release of Boards of Canada killer 'Hi Scores'. This follows the reissue of their other seminal records by Warp in 2013.

The new edition has been re-recorded and re-mastered from the original DAT tapes and has been re-cut onto heavyweight collector’s edition vinyl.

The CD is placed in a digi-pak sleeve with some extra art and the vinyl includes a double-sided 12” poster.

The original image on the back of the sleeve is in colour. There is a spot varnish finish on the images and text alongside the usual Skam Braille sticker to give the whole package new depth and a refreshing look and feel.

Originally released in 1996, this six track EP signalled the arrival of a major force on the electronica scene. Everything you love about the BOC sound is here; crunching breaks, busy electronic infills, crystalline tones, synth lines reminiscent of the theme tunes and incidental music from 1970s Programmes for Schools and Colleges. Included are the wonderful title track 'Hi Scores', haunting 'Turquoise Hexagon Sun', electro-funker 'Nlogax', dancefloor slammer 'June 9th', sleazy, queasy 'Seeya Later' and melancholic hip hop cut 'Everything You Do Is A Balloon'.

'Hi Scores' hasn't been available since 2005, so take advantage of this limited remastered repress and grab yourself a copy of BOC history!


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12" Info: Repress!!

Boards Of Canada, one of the most respected and influential electronic artists of recent times, return with their first album in eight years. What with pre-release puzzles, desert parties, mysterious videos, and limited Record Store Day offerings, the hype surrounding 'Tomorrow's Harvest' has been building to a fever pitch. You'll be pleased to know that the album holds up against this weight of expectation, delivering another seductively widescreen, sci-fi cinematic selection of electronica tracks that could only come from the studios of Sandison and Eoin.

With accompanying sleeve / inner sleeve artwork featuring blurry images of secret American landscapes of atom bomb tests, peyote trips, religious sects and Area 51, the album opens with a short electronica piece that references the pair's fondness for the BBC Radiophonic workshop, or perhaps the incidental music from early 70s sci-fi films like The Andromeda Strain. Spidery arpeggiated synths and abstract choral washes lift tracks like 'Reach For The Dead' and 'White Cyclosa', which recall the horror movies of John Carpenter and Dario Argento. The woozy detuned analogue keyboards that became BOC's trademark arrive on the stumbling, stuttering 'Jacquard Causeway', while the beat-driven lushness of 'Cold Earth' could be seen as being a classic of the braindance era.

This eerie and unsettling first half makes way for a more uplifting 'part 2', with tracks like 'Palace Posy' and especially 'Nothing Is Real' providing warm synths, while titles like 'New Seeds' suggest rebirth and hope in this lifeless landscape. Perhaps the soundtrack to a film that only exists on Boards Of Canada's minds, 'Tomorrow's Harvest' is an intense and rewarding listen.


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2xLP Info: Double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

Boards Of Canada

Trans Canada Highway

Using the sun-kissed "Dayvan Cowboy" as its starting point, Boards of Canada's "Trans Canada Highway" mini album / EP follows on from last year's "Campfire Headphase" album. At just under 30 minutes, it's a six track hallucinogenic road trip of isolation and exploration. Neatly, the EP ends up almost where it started, with a moody, twilight distillation of "Dayvan Cowboy" courtesy of cLOUDDEAD's Odd Nosdam.

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LP Info: Includes download code and exclusive sticker.

Boards Of Canada

The Campfire Headphase

Cult electronic pioneers Boards Of Canada return with their long awaited third album, "The Campfire Headphase". Closer than ever to their love of psychedelic and mushroom bands that have influenced them, the album reflects the fact that they have been living deep in the country, with the rhythms being those of nature rather than those of the city. Whilst the album is warm and spacious with layers of live instrumentation, it also contains many of the Boards trademarks that people have come to love - wobbly electronics, melancholic synth washes etc. With the sleeve referencing their classic "Music Has The Right To Children", and the music expanding on previous sounds, "The Campfire Headphase" doesn't disappoint.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: 2xLP in gatefold sleeve. 140g vinyl pressing cut from original metalwork. Includes circular blue sticker.

Originally released on the duo's own Music 70 label in 1995, with only 100 cassette and vinyl copies ever made, originals of this ace Boards LP are still fetching £300+ on Discogs, so this 2002 Warp official reissue is essential for all but the moneyed collector geeks out there! Now re-cut and re-mastered, this album is a collection of minimal ambient treasure is as listless, pastoral and evocative as its follow-up, 1998's 'Music Has The Right Children' and 2002's 'Geogaddi'. Even more understated than its successors, 'Twoism' drifts with indolent beats and droning keyboard hooks.  What you have here are delicate, deceptively simple, emotive soundscapes that bore right to the heart of the listener and refuse to be ignored. Broken into eight tracks but seemingly one continuous gentle sonic glide, 'Twoism' opens with the mesmerising melancholia of 'Sixtyniner' changing course only for 'Basefree' with its restless itchy break beat and urban menace. At turns soothing and haunting it stirs feelings of desolation while somehow creating an intensely intimate feel. Laying the foundations for a career that has seen the duo become renowned exponents of blissful organic electronica

Boards Of Canada

Music Has The Right To Children

THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 1998

Outstanding debut album for Warp from Scotland's Boards Of Canada. Taking influences from Aphex Twin, 'Artificial Intelligence' era Warp releases and laid back hip hop rhythms, then twisting those ideas through a sun-refracted kaleidoscope of lush ambient sounds, Scottish brothers Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin came up with a much copied sound all of their own. This was Piccadilly Records album of the year in 1998 and is an unsurpassed collection of melodic electronica tracks. You need this!

STAFF COMMENTS

Darryl says: From 1998:

Martin says: A thing of eerie and absolute beauty, which manages the rarely accomplished and apparently mutually exclusive task of creating deep emotional connection through electronic music. Haunting intervals punctuate primitive, meditative reflection throughout; summoning wistful echoes of an ominous, half recalled childhood summer.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: 2xLP in gatefold sleeve. 140g vinyl pressing cut from original metalwork. Includes Skam braile sticker on front of sleeve and Boards of Canada sticker inside.

2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

CD Info: Comes in digi-pack sleeve with extra track "Happy Cycling".

Boards Of Canada

Geogaddi

Four years on from the massive 'Music Has The Right To Children' Boards Of Canada arrived with triple album epic 'Geogaddi'. It features 23 three tracks of haunting, spooky, exquisite unique electronica. Instead of just repeating the formula of its predecessor, the Scottish duo pushed their sound in a darker direction. However, all of the qualities with which Boards of Canada are identified are still present. Their melodies ooze and whoosh, in an out, rarely repeating and rarely staying true to key or convention. Their timing is startling and impeccable, laying down the biggest of beats in the smallest of places. Syncopation and clipping are not as prominent on 'Geogaddi' as they were on 'Children' but their subtle and frequent presence is crucial to each song's character and presence. Their production is painstakingly attentive to each detail, and it pays off. Every kick of bass drum is perfectly symmetric, crisp, and full.


FORMAT INFORMATION

3xLP Info: 3xLP in gatefold sleeve. 140g pressing recut by Noel Summerville from original DAT master. Includes etching on side F. Includes sticker sheet with hexagon die cut stickers.

Boards Of Canada

In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country

'In a Beautiful Place out in the Country' is another brilliant EP by Boards of Canada. Encompassing four tracks culled from the same recording sessions from which Boards of Canada would later produce 'Geogaddi', the EP tends to favor a darker, more pastoral, and even elegiac atmosphere than its predecessor 'Music Has the Right to Children'.


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