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Violet
Violet Ray Gas And The Playback Singers

'Violet Ray Gas & The Playback Singers' is a "personal soundtrack to Futurist and Avant Guard cinema" created by Violet and released on Sentient Recognition Archive/ Zero Moon. The vibe is pretty dark throught with drones that give off a feeling of paranoia. There's some quite dramatic changes between eerie subtle atmospherics and big...view item »

DTV
Volkhaus

This is from a live performance that involved processing organ sounds. If I'm not mistaken I suspect a Kaos Pad is being used, but really fuck knows? It's well cool sounding though, with some sinister Coil style vibes coming at me along with lots of blips and bloops. It sounds like there is some analogue synthesizer twiddling occurring but again...view item »

Go Kayashi
Slit

I've heard a couple of CD's on this label and it sounds pretty cool. It's all experimental electronics, knob twiddling, wave form manipulation and it's all super precise. It reminds me an awful lot of the Raster Noton gear only it's from Japan instead of Germany. It's all packaged in suitable minimal artwork and the music on this Slit album is s...view item »

PIRX
Deleted Scenes

This one has me wanting to climb inside the speaker to try and figure out what's happening with this dynamic piece of sound. It is the debut CD from Marion Wörle aka Frau W (Laptop) and Maciej Sledziecki (Guitar) and I'm reminded at various points of Fennesz. There is lots of interesting stuff happening with piano and strange unidentifiable...view item »

Cauterised
Trifler's Revenge

This 4 track CD comes in a wallpaper sleeve not unlike many kitchens from the 70's. The one I'm holding has a tasteful brown floral pattern which I'm wishing was lickable (ala Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) just cos I right fancy tasting some brown flowers. This is a weird distorted mix of hauntology and evil sound manipulation. As much as...view item »

Muruga / Robinson Dyad
Bubble Waves

Brett has just walked through the door and reported that The Jesus Lizard are reforming to play some live shows... Bloody exciting that like.. The latest batch of Qbico vinyl has arrived and I've landed the 'Bubble Waves' long player from Muruga/ Perry Robinson Dyad. Avant/ free jazz/ impov is the deal here. Muruga beats and tinkle with a whole bar...view item »

Mem1
+1

Mem1 is an artist I'm not familiar with but when we gave their '+1' CD a whirl the other day it sounded rather good. This is the work of Mark Cetillia on electronics and Laura Cetilia on cello and electronics. They use the cello as a source which then becomes manipulated with technology. The range of sounds they achieve is pretty good, ranging from...view item »

Vieo Abiungo
Blood Memory

Vieo Abiungo is a pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist and composer William Ryan Fritch. Now this guy sounds like a clever fella on paper, a self taught player of over thirty instruments Fritch has also worked with a number of high profile groups and composers including Cli Martinez, Greg Tripi and odd experimental hip-hop outfit Sole and the Sky...view item »

Culver/ Karst
Quarter Mile Volcano

CULVER AND KARST ~ QUARTER MILE VOLCANO  cdr ( Striate Cortex )   The third in a series of  slow-burning epics, this pair of drone/noise makers seem intent on mining the sound of twisted power lines. Akin to the sounds captured of some prison detail ploughing an endless granite field with a hill of...view item »

Musculus
The Hideous Pariah Dog

I once had a house mouse. It used to leave droppings behind my toaster after it had scoffed all the crumbs i'd left. I could never have caught it though for it was far too cute & no bother, really. I don't know why people kill mice, they really are cruel bastards (I eat burgers!). I loved the idea of my mouse having a massive network of tu...view item »

Stafraenn Hakon
Apron EP

There are three ltd tour CDr's available this week from Ólafur Josephsson's nome de plume. Currently piping out of the speakers is the Apron EP and it's a pleasant and fairly uplifting listen. The chasp effortlessly fuses emotional electronics and acoustic guitar along with drums from Lárus Sigurðsson with whom he collaborates wit...view item »

Peeesseye & Talibam!
Peeesseye & Talibam!

Ok, here we got ourselves a collaborative effort from then insane improvers Talibam! and the Gothic Junk folk experimentalism of Peeesseye, both emperors of the NYC improv scene playing in all sorts of outfits including the outstanding Storm and Stress. Anyway, after years of mutual friendship and touring activity they decided to get tog...view item »

Infinite Body
Carve Out The Face Of My God

Infinite Body is the work of Kyle Parker who has previously been active as Gator Surprise. 'Carve Out the Face of My God' is the first thing I've heard under the Infinite Body name and it's quite far removed from his previous output. 'Carve Out the Face...' is more in keeping with the experimental noise/synth/drone stuff you hear so much of nowaday...view item »

Usurper
Let's Just See What Happens

I'm loving the artwork on this LP.. There's a wee snakey thing all tucked up in bed. Soundwise this is off its tits. Phrases going around the office as I type include 'someone trying to eat a clock', 'a madman running around a farm' who's 'feeding stickle bricks to the animals' and I'll also add 'someone gargling with their own mind'. It's sur...view item »

Space Weather
Low Earth

Space Weather is a 3 piece project featuring the talents of Andrew Paine. 'Low Earth' is their second "voyage" into the realms of deep cosmic progressive drone. With the odd low-end synth squelch, this begins its journey based on gently shifting buzzing tones and atmospheric textures; the second track "The Harrowing" being ...view item »

Human Skab
Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags

Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags is genuinely provocative and cause for serious consideration and contemplation, but also pure fun and entertaining the whole way. I'm not sure if this record is special because it documents our child character, or because it just documents the chaos and creativity of childhood in general. Who didn't run around, beat ...view item »

In The Field
In The Field

Does anyone remember the excellent Dissolving Orchestra CD that was released almost a year ago to the day? Well the follow up is an album by/called In The Field that pushes all the right buttons for me simply because there are field recordings of birds. I could listen to birds singing all day long. This is a very interesting project coming from The...view item »

Machinefabriek
Slovensko

Machinefabriek has a rather swish looking 7" out on new label Eat, Sleep, Repeat. 'Slovensko' sounds like our man Rutger is walking across town during a trip to Slovakia with a recording device picking up all sorts of sounds around him, you can hear traffic, at one point it sounds like he's passing a construction site, possibly some train soun...view item »

Various
In The Loop: 5

Occasionally Dublab like to "present" us with a 12" LP from their ongoing series, 'In The Loop'. We're on volume 5 now, now released through Anticon, and my first encounter with the sleeve is fantastic! With great tracks comin' in yr ears from The Ruby Suns (turning in a very Beach Boys-esque number), Teengirl Fantasy (mogadon euphor...view item »

Sound_00/ Iversen
Split

oooh lets check this 7" by Sound_00 and Iversen. Well, if you've ever wanted a record with minimal, spacious recordings from the depths of hell, in Siberia, then the 1st side of this record is for you. Like Satan's breath curling through a crumbling church at 3 0'clock in the morning. Or it could be at the wrong speed. Sinis...view item »

Maurizio Bianchi & Sparkle In Grey
Nefelodhis

Italian industrial-noise-man Maurizio Bianchi runs up against Sparkle in Grey, who are an actual band! Sparkle in Grey improvised around some material that Bianchi brought to the table, and then handed the results back to him for processing and mixing. The resulting Nefelodh...view item »

Brassica
Microvictories

Brassica's got a new thing out on Tartaruga packaged in their signature hand-stitched digipak loveliness, it's called Microvictories and we all think it's rather good. A lot of it reminds me of Semaphore-era Fridge, it's got a cool mixture of electronic and acoustic going on with lots of happy sounding melodies a la Boards of Canada. There's a go...view item »

Matt Bartram
Left to Memory

Time for some classic shoegaze sounds! Air Formation's Matt Bartram has a new solo venture called Left to Memory and, barring the odd little telltale production sign, it'd be a really hard one to date if you were listening to it blind. Some of these tracks could very easily have belonged to the very first wave of bands inspired by Spacemen 3 (parti...view item »

Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Performing Parades

'Performing Parades' is the latest release from Efterklang performing their 2007 album 'Parades' accompanied by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. I'm not familiar with the original record nor am I familiar with the previous works of the band but on first listen this sounds like an intriging record. I'll assume that the band play some form of d...view item »

Sandro Perri
plays Polmo Polpo

Moving swiftly onto SANDRO PERRI Plays Polmo Polpo which is a CD/LP on Constellation. Well it's a mini album of sorts. What you get for your money is 5 tracks totalling about 26 mins which doesn't seem enough considering the price. Mind you Constellation gear ain't cheap and they know you'll buy it anyway. The packaging on ...view item »

Vlor
A Fire Is Meant For Burning

on Silber this is a CD by Vlor featuring members of Remora, Aarktica, Rivulets, Jessica Bailiff, Labradford, Windsor For The Derby & Aarktica (they're down on the sticker twice.....) Not heard it yet but it's apparently essential if you're into rock or noise.........view item »

Evangelista
Prince Of Truth

I've been quite keen to hear 'Prince Of Truth' that latest offering from Evangelista. I never bought their last record but I do recall several moments on there were really very buzzing and had me making "phwoar" type sounds. Mainly the heavy moments that recalled the Melvins or something. Anyway this album was constructed in a fairly un-c...view item »

Diagram a
Human Tissue Press

New madness on Bill Nace's Open Moth records. This is truely fucked up sounding L.P, no word of a lie ladies and gents, it's mad bonkers yo! 'Human Tissue Press' is an L.P release by Diagram A. It's one of those really intense, squawking, wailing, sound mash-up of the like you hear more frequently nowadays but at one time we're an intense and rare ...view item »

Astro
Fracture Composition

I was totally blown away today when I first Heard Astro’s ‘Fracture Composition’. Astro is Hiroshi Hasegawa who was a member of 90’s racket warriors C.C.C.C. Astro is a fitting name for this project that he’s been doing for the last 10 years. This man takes Japanoise/ power electronics to extreme levels that although are brutal and pulver...view item »

Stafraenn Hakon
Skvettir Edik A ref

I think my other favourite thing of the week is the Stafraenn Hakon CD on Resonant which is just 100% beauty on a stick. Think of yr favourite things and times 'em by 10 (if that's possible) and you'll get an idea of how lovely this is. Electronics and acoustics with an Icelandic flavour. Drifty, pretty, sl...view item »

Klaus Says Buy The Records
Centurion EP

Klaus Says Buy The Record, apparently. If that's Klaus Kinski saying that from the grave we should probably all stop what we're doing and carry out his wishes before he shouts at us all crazy crazy man or bonks our loved ones. Having said that, if he was to tell us all to go out and buy something it'd probably be The Locust or something rather than...view item »

Textile Orchestra
For the Boss

The first of two extended pieces, "The beginning of the end," starts off with bowed cymbals, then wonderfully executed pointillistic percussion and plucks more AMM than AACM. Samples come in of crying voices, then a repeating phrase "Who are you?" accented in different ways, including screamed and processed, then big chunks of samples material; for...view item »

xNoBBQx
Skewer

xNoBBQx...There, I said it. Yeah, that was directed at you that was. Actually, that really is a google search shagging moniker courtesy of two Australians who approach the medium of music making with about the same level of retarded glee you used to experience at the hands of bands such as Happy Flowers. 'Skewer' almost encourages me to adopt what ...view item »

Pick-Up
Mouthless

Last one from me is an LP by Pick Up called Mouthless with is Frans De Waard of Beequeen and Staalplaat fame and Martin Luiten from Girlfriends. It's limited to 300 copies and the artwork is designed and created by the artist. So when I tell you it's part of Important's Arts & Crafts series you'll see that sort of makes sense!! The cover featur...view item »

Skill 7 Stamina 12 / Same Things / Toilet
Untitled

The sleeve for this three-way split LP is literally fucking incredible. Remember those amazing mugshots from when Nick Nolte got done for driving while pissed up and James Brown pushed his wife over or something? Well they've been reproduced in amazing hand-printed fashion on either side of the cover of this Junior Aspirin LP. Skill 7 Stamina 12 ma...view item »

All Systems Ghost
29

All Systems Ghost- 29 CD. Ltd to 100 copies! This lot make some nice post rock/ experimental indie type gear with the usual dynamics… Quiet bits.. noisy bits…. Gentle guitars… wall of sound style guitars… quiet drums… loud drums…. Etc… There's also some electronic beats throwing an interesting slant ...view item »

Romance Of Young Tigers
I Have Supped Full On Horrors

Romance of Young Tigers- I Have Supped Full on Horrors CD. Ltd to 100 copies! A great name for a band. This is total post rock….. 4 tracks of yr generic buildy up post rock in an Explosions/ Godspeed vein. Atmospheric and very good for what it is. The difference here is it's all guitars so imagine that kind of music with no drums. It still h...view item »

Egsun
Watching Lights Through My Eyelashes

Egsun- Watching Lights Through My Eyelashes CD. Ltd to100 copies! Starts off all twinkly like ice cream vans and then goes a bit down the mellow end of post rock route. Some nice orchestral sounding bits… some more twinkly sounding toytown electronics….mmm… an interesting one this. ...view item »

The Prints
Sketchbook '01-'06

The Prints- 'Sketchbook '01-'06' CD. Ltd to 100 copies! Melodic electronics… am trying to think of some comparisons and it's avoiding me….. Cock knows. It's pretty good stuff though. ...view item »

Various (Action Beat, Lords, Nub, Cove etc.)
Unununium

Klaus Says Buy the Record throw a bit of a curveball on the first track of this double CD Unlabel compilation by being well Morrissey all over the place but following it up with Action Beat's percussive blasting does cannily highlight Unlabel's open-minded approach to things which, while highly commendable, makes reviewing their compilations a bit ...view item »

Hunter's Loaf
We Buy Gold

Hunter's Loaf is Phil Avey of Unhome's current project and sees the guitarist on fine form. 'Hunter's Loaf' are perfect for the Unlabel, a perfect balance of dynamics, smooth groove and subtle intensity. Obviously, 'We buy gold' shares alot in common due to Avey's trademark sound but on this second release occasional vocals punctuate the usual mix ...view item »

Storsveit Nix Noltes
Royal Family Divorce

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, chicks with dicks and chaps with flaps... Fat Cat presents Rekjavik's 11 piece Balkan-folk ensemble featuring members of Mum, Benni Hemm Hemm, Lost In Hildurness, Numer Null, Runk, Kanada, Hestbak and Kria Brekkan. Yes it's Storsveit Nix Noltes with their 'Royal Family Divorce' full length. Bloody hell it makes...view item »

Joe + n
Head Cold

Again on Dirty Demos we have JOE + N . with Head Cold. Funny thing is I've got a head cold and ear infection and this noisy guitarist isn't helping. They describe it as New York Guitar Sprawl. Its sound a bit like some kid who's just got an electric guitar and amp for his 16th birthday and is bashing...view item »

Ophibre
Drone Works For Differeng Digital Audio Formats And Encoding Methods

If you're into drone and tone records here's what looks like a very serious thing indeed. Ophibre with their snappily titled 'Drone Works For Different Digital Audio Formats And Encoding Methods'. As you'd expect it's not chocka full of top 20 hits and especially with song titles like 'Aiff 20.3 MB, 44100 Hz, 16 bit, PCM, 1411 KBPS'. In fact all th...view item »

BRB
Disinterpritioned

We got some old stuff in on the Muzamuza label this week which is an old (mid 90's if that's old) CDR/tape label. Not heard of 'em before but scattered through the reviews this week are a handful of reviews of stuff on the label. Give you a bit of info like... you could possibly see it as a history lesson? The one I did get to natter on about was B...view item »

G.Dam
Earth Stalker

G.DAM now with 'Earth Stalker'. Oooh this sounds like a blistering noize fest. Starting with an anguished wail of  processed guitar interplay that recalls MBV in some way, over some blindingly subtle atmospherics. This is the missing link to me between a Spacemen 3 style feedback drenched odyssey & today's heavily downtuned doom...view item »

Dirty Husband
Chocolate Warriors

Fucking hell. This series of limited albums is heading right up the avenue marked "Eclectic" If Eddy Grant had a deformed tongue he could have written a song about this. Northern UK duo DIRTY HUSBAND arrive next with a show of horror synths, splintered gabber, misanthropic muttering & distorted powe...view item »

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