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Another Day

Chris Liebing

Electronic - Released December 7, 2021 | Mute

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Live in Brighton 1975

Can

Rock - Released December 3, 2021 | Mute

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Ancient Hole

Sylph

Electronic - Released November 19, 2021 | Mute

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Ker al Loch

Yann Tiersen

Electronic - Released December 2, 2021 | Mute

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Adkrog

Quinquis

Alternative & Indie - Released November 30, 2021 | Mute

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Another Day

Chris Liebing

Electronic - Released November 19, 2021 | Mute

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The follow-up to Chris Liebing's 2018 Mute release Burn Slow is a further venture into more textural electronic music than the relentless techno the DJ had been known for producing and spinning since the '90s. Co-producer Ralf Hildenbeutel returns, as well as two of the previous album's guests (Polly Scattergood and the late Miles Cooper Seaton), while Maria Uzor, Ladan (formerly known as Cold Specks), and Tom Adams also make appearances. Also, Mute head honcho Daniel Miller brought his modular synth setup into the studio to add a distinctive edge to the sound. Liebing states that he wanted to take himself out of the album as much as possible, and jokes about being lazy, which raises the question of how deeply he was involved in the creation of his own work, but it seems that he mainly took the director's chair and had the other contributors interpret his vision. Most of the tracks feature simmering, pulsating beats and crackling distortion, leaving ample room for the vocal performances, which tend to be dramatic yet dry. "Circles" (with Adams) is closer to a Depeche Mode-style electro-pop song than the others, while the tracks with Uzor and Scattergood are more cryptic and poetic. As on Burn Slow, the instrumentals are some of the album's highlights. "10 West" scatters spooky voices among thick, swinging beats and controlled tides of feedback. "Something Half Way" has a vibrant, panned arpeggio pattern and a steady sequence of broken beats, as well as a more uplifting tone than most of the other tracks. "Closedown" is a similarly cool, shimmering trip recalling some of Underworld's warmest, most spacious material. A dystopian cloud hangs over much of the record, but these instrumentals are among the album's brightest moments. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Ne:EP Remixed

Erasure

Pop - Released November 19, 2021 | Mute

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In Virus Times

Lee Ranaldo

Alternative & Indie - Released November 12, 2021 | Mute

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Many artists made music during the COVID-19 global pandemic, but not all of them captured the way time moved -- or seemed not to -- during its early days as clearly as Lee Ranaldo did on In Virus Times. A four-part instrumental acoustic piece recorded at his home in September 2020, In Virus Times reaffirms that he's as thoughtful and inventive a guitarist unplugged as he is with an arsenal of amps and pedals at the ready. Ranaldo's artful plucking, strumming, and harmonics are surrounded by environmental sounds ranging from buzzing frets to passing sirens that make for a palette that's both limited and rich, a musical expression of the resourcefulness and resilience that lockdowns demanded. The droning strumming that introduces "In Virus Times, Pt. 1" seems to hang suspended, slowing down time and electrifying the air as it resonates; as the piece picks up speed and Ranaldo begins to whistle, it sounds like he's found a way out of the confines of his loft. Even on the more overtly structured "In Virus Times, Pt. 2," fortuitous ambient sounds -- traffic, talking -- add spontaneity to its hypnotic chime. Though the set's pieces all open with a strongly resounding, intention-setting chord, they all take different yet connected forms. The insistent rhythmic repetition of "In Virus Times, Pt. 3" buzzes in listeners' brains, while the final track's shadowy melody follows a winding path between folk and jazz. Though it's just over 20 minutes long, In Virus Times has plenty of the experimental openness and welcoming warmth of Ranaldo's other solo work for Mute, and artfully approximates the feeling of a live improvisation during a time when concerts were difficult at best. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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The Silver Threshold

hackedepicciotto

Alternative & Indie - Released November 12, 2021 | Mute

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Married duo Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and multimedia artist Danielle de Picciotto have been producing events and making music together since the early 2000s. Their albums as hackedepicciotto include meditation soundtracks as well as tense, cinematic soundscapes that incorporate a variety of acoustic instruments (including autoharp, harmonium, and tambura), chanting, spoken poetry, and occasional throat singing. 2020's The Current contained a greater presence of heavy, post-industrial rhythms and doom-filled guitar noise than past outings, and the duo's first album for Mute expands on this dark, captivating development in their sound. Described by the duo as their most symphonic album, The Silver Threshold contains grander string arrangements than their past releases, but it's also richer and more detailed in other ways. The album's overture features chirping birds greeting the dawn, with soft synthesizer pulsations contributing to the surreal atmosphere as the strings rise and engulf the listener. The title track has a wired, hammering machine rhythm, massive bass guitar, dubby effects, and glistening organ, with furious violin and the duo's entrancing vocals completing the casting of the spell. On slower, more spiritual songs like "Evermore," their vocal harmonies sound similar to Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low, and although this duo's aesthetic is far more mystical, they also seem to search for the light in a darkened world and provide some semblance of hope. Much of the album is simply riveting and intense, with songs like "Trebbus" driving deeper into an unnamed, uncharted zone. Without a doubt the most fully realized hackedepicciotto work to date, The Silver Threshold is a mesmerizing portal into the unknown. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Loco Remezclada

A Certain Ratio

Alternative & Indie - Released November 5, 2021 | Mute

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Following a 12-year hiatus, Loco Remezclada is the second album in two years from the Manchester post-punk act A Certain Ratio. Loco Remezclada is a remix album of 2020's comeback LP ACR Loco and features contributions from the Orielles, the Lounge Society, and Lou Hayter. Dan Carey of Speedy Wunderground opens proceedings with a remix of "Down & Dirty," a 2021 EP track and one of their last collaborations with the late Denise Johnson. © James Wilkinson /TiVo
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Steal Away EP

Barry Adamson

Alternative & Indie - Released November 5, 2021 | Mute

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The Sun Made For A Soft Landing

HAAi

Electronic - Released November 4, 2021 | Mute

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Y in Dub

The Pop Group

Alternative & Indie - To be released January 14, 2022 | Mute

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Circles

Chris Liebing

Electronic - Released October 7, 2021 | Mute

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Bouncy Bouncy

A Certain Ratio

Electronic - Released October 28, 2021 | Mute

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New Decade

Phew

Alternative & Indie - Released October 22, 2021 | Mute

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By the time of New Decade's release, Phew was finally receiving the worldwide acclaim for her innovative music that she'd deserved for years. After leaving the pioneering Japanese punk band Aunt Sally, she spent decades working with a who's who of other boundary-pushing artists from around the globe; with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jim O'Rourke, and members of Can, Boredoms, and the Raincoats, she merged rock, electronic, and avant-garde sounds on her own terms. When she returned to her solo career in the early 2010s, Phew created some of her most striking music, and New Decade is no exception. That this is her first release for Mute in nearly 30 years adds to the impression of a career culmination, but Phew doesn't rest on her laurels. New Decade is a resolutely unsentimental work that challenges conventional notions of how we perceive time (when the album was released, Phew commented, "I've stopped being able to see a future that extends from the present"). With vocals that range from whispers to wails and almost tangible electronics, noise, and guitar, the album's pieces frequently do sound unshackled from the temporal. Over a nightmarish churn of industrial noise, on "Days Nights" Phew intones different times of the day and year ("It's evening/It's winter") in an anguished voice that reveals them as meaningless constructs. She channels deep-seated awe and fear with particular brilliance on "Into the Stream": Each element that comes in and out of the piece -- the weathered grain of her voice, frantic electronic and wooden percussion, foreboding choral vocals -- is purposeful and surprising, bending the track in different directions before it reaches its claustrophobic peak. As with "Feedback Tuning," which builds from prickly minimalism to a climax that sounds like Phew is tearing the song to pieces, it makes for fascinatingly uncomfortable listening. Even when she focuses on the album's electronics, New Decade remains visceral. "Flashforward"'s hypnotic, vertiginous tones do sound like passing into another dimension, and on the deceptively named "Doing Nothing," mesmerizing layers of synths suggest a world that Phew has called into being. Haunting and gripping, New Decade is one of Mute's most striking releases in some time, and gives Phew a bigger platform to prove what her die-hard fans already know: she's at the peak of her powers. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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The Pop Group

Alternative & Indie - Released October 20, 2021 | Mute

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Circles

Chris Liebing

Electronic - Released October 7, 2021 | Mute

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Yo Yo Gimix

A Certain Ratio

Alternative & Indie - Released October 6, 2021 | Mute

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The Climber

Barry Adamson

Alternative & Indie - Released October 5, 2021 | Mute

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