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Kapil Trivedi, Mystery Jets

Album: Grinderman, Grinderman 2 RMX (Mute)

Remix albums are always hit-and-miss affairs, yoking together as they do a diversity of approaches.

Album: VCMG, Ssss (Mute)

The VC and MG in question are Vince Clarke and Martin Gore, Ssss being a Depeche Mode composers' reunion album – albeit only at email arm's-length, the two electro-heads firing files back and forth between their respective studios.

Album: Patrick Wolf, Brumalia EP (Hideout/Mercury) (3/5)

A sort of seasonal addendum to his Lupercalia album (Brumalia being the Roman festival of winter), this seven-track EP takes that album's homesick plea for fellowship, "Together", and gives it a festive slant by following it with "Time of Year", a like-minded song for absent friends at Christmas, especially the military.

James Blake: more than just dubstep.

James Blake, The Forum, London (3/5)

Tonight’s set consists mostly of trance-like drum 'n' bass tracks, accompanied by over-zealous, fit-inducing strobe lighting and the kind of heavy, reverberating bass that makes you feel like someone’s blowing raspberries on your intestines. But James Blake’s attention to detail and extensive repertoire mean he appeals to more than just fans of heavy bass lines and break beats.

Album: The London Steve Reich Ensemble, Reich: Different Trains; Triple Quartet; Piano Counterpoint (EMI Classics)

This programme of Steve Reich pieces has a satisfying unity due to the driving train rhythms that underpin all three compositions.

Album: Steve Reich, WTC 9/11 (Nonesuch Records)

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US is marked by composer Steve Reich with a piece performed by the Kronos Quartet, triple-tracked, and incorporating recordings of the words of air traffic controllers on duty at the time. Haunting and harrowing, the uncomprehending first reactions are combined with a score both alarming and consoling. Also here, Mallet Quartet (2009) and Dance Patterns (2002), but it is WTC 9/11 which packs the most powerful punch.

Caught in the Net: Swift, ambient sounds from Hebden

On 19 September, Kieran Hebden, operating under his usual moniker Four Tet, will release a Fabriclive mix record (the 59th in the series).

Album: Vetiver, The Errant Charm (Bella Union)

Unlike previous Vetiver albums, for The Errant Charm, songwriter Andy Cabic entered the studio with vague ideas rather than finished songs, and it shows.

Tindersticks, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

An episode of cannibalistic sex is in one way tonight's gruesome climax – Béatrice Dalle chomping on an unfortunate lover – with Tindersticks carrying on in their usual hangdog manner. You realise then how intimate their relationship with the French film director Claire Denis is. They find the gore completely natural.

Steve Reich: Drumming, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Landmark work that's hard to beat

No Such Thing As Silence, By Kyle Gann

Who would have thought that a book about nothing could be so rich, fascinating and enjoyable? Not that audiences for John Cage's notorious work 4 minutes 33 seconds hear nothing. Quite the reverse. As Gann points out, "By the time Cage died most critics fully understood that the listener was supposed to appreciate the sounds of the environment in which the piece was performed."

Album: NEU!, Box Set (Gronland)

Tipping the scales at around 3kg, this is one of the heavier box sets around, despite containing just five albums.

Hallogallo 2010, Barbican, London

Motorik still euphoric in a Neu! setting

Album: The Orb & David Gilmour, Metallic Spheres (Columbia)

How tidy is this? Ambient-house collective enters studio with Pink Floyd guitarist and emerges with...Echoes II?

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