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Memory Drawings
There Is No Perfect Place

105 people love me. Be the 106th...

9/10 according to our Phil

I’ve been lured out of my imposed review abstinence by the new Memory Drawings album. Every so often I just get the urge to write about something when confronted with something special and this is one of those special things. Even the office musical pixie ‘Kim’ piped up this was beautiful when I was having a sneaky listen the other morning…view full details.

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TLAOTLON
Calavities

21 people love me. Be the 22nd...

9/10 according to our Brian

Here we have a guy who has totally bewildered our Clinton, so much so that the poor soul e-mailed me at home with a link to the guy's bandcamp pleading with me to try make sense of this technicolour aural onslaught. He's never done this to me before so It must be a pretty mad record, right From Melbourne via Wellington, our awkwardly-monikered Southern Hemisphere-dwelling madman has a r…view full details.

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Espectrostatic
S/T

34 people love me. Be the 35th...

9/10 according to our ReviewBot300

This one’s a bit of a departure for Trouble In Mind - Alex Cuervo (Hex Dispensers, Blacktop, Field of Snakes) has put together a selection of chill-laden synth instrumentals with obvious debts to the likes of John Carpenter, Goblin and Zombi, many of which pl…view full details.

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David Alexander Hess
The Last House on The Left

23 people love me. Be the 24th...

9/10 according to our ReviewBot300

Here’s the latest product of the current horror soundtrack reissue boom; a deluxe reissue of the score to Wes Craven’s grisly classic ‘The Last House On The Left’, unusually written and performed by the film’s star and the man performing a large portion of the on-screen violence, the late David Alexander Hess. It’s an enthralling and varied collection…view full details.

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Queen Elephantine
Scarab

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

9/10 according to our Mike

We’ve got another LP in from Cosmic Eye, who recently brought us the rather impressive second album by The Cosmic Dead, so I’m expecting some collector-friendly psychedelic rock, and that’s exactly what I’m getting on this here LP. This lot are an improvised stoner doom troupe from Hong Kong, currently based in New York, and…view full details.

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Eric Copeland
Flushing Meats

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz

Eric Copeland of Black Dice fame returns with another choppy experimental glitch-psych 7”, this time for  the Calico Corp. ‘Flushing Meats’ hits on the same tropical mash…view full details.

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Xander Harris/ Dylan Ettinger
The Driver/ Tip Off

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Mike

Harris and Ettinger, sharing wax at last. There's a classy pairing if I ever did see one. Both these guys are trusty modern-day synth fiddlers and it shouldn't come as a surprise that their contributions to this here 7” are both well tasty. Harris …view full details.

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Mahjongg
The Long Shadow of the Paper

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz

I'm a big fan of Mahjongg's stuff. The group evolution has been a treat to observe and the fact that head honcho and lead singer Hunter looks uncannily like a mix of Eminem and Gareth S. Brown only sweetens the deal. Now, Mahjongg fit into a weird sub genre of music that i'd refer to as art-dance music, it's like art-rock but obviously it's more dance orientated. I know it's a rubbish genre nam…view full details.

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Destination Lonely
Kiss or Kicks

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

9/10 according to our Mike

Bit of proto-punk worship on this lively little 45rpm mini-album from Frenchies Destination Lonely. I guess the Stooges are an obvious reference point here, particularly in opener 'Kiss or Kicks' where the blazing in-the-red guitar leads and swaggering grooves all point in that direction for sure, but these guys seem a bit more measured and less unhinged than Iggy's lot. When they t…view full details.

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Yeti Magazine
Issue 12

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Well, we'd like to review the 7” that comes with this wonderful book/magazine but it seems to be  stapled to the back of the sleeve making removal and reattachment a bit of a tricky business. All you need to know is that it features a Grouper exclusive, a cover of a song by Dead Moon, a cult psychedelic rock,/punk/blues/countr…view full details.

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Octavius
Laws

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz

Okay, I've got a good one here! Octavius is the working pseudonym of William Marshall. I've not had the pleasure of hearing his earlier work but 'Laws' sounds awesome! Clearly a dedicated artist with a clear vision, Marshall's style is stark and minimal yet possesses a strong sense of melody for an artist you'd most likely define as expe…view full details.

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King Kong Ding Dong
Youth Culture Index

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Brian

When that little slaphead dude with the sad eyes and silly t-shirts barks at us the titles of records he wants us, like, to review & stuff, we all shun his democratic ways with sneery lips, hunched, indifferent shoulders and words such as "dunno", "not bothered" & "just give us any old shit & leave us alone, someone's ordered an antelope's head & a wax cylinder in the same order…view full details.

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Celer
Engaged Touches

44 people love me. Be the 45th...

9/10 according to our Brett

The Celer CD wasn't meant to be out until next week but the planets have aligned in a bit of a naughty fashion so here it is bright and early for your delectation. After releases on imprints such as Infraction and Unlabel, Engaged Touches sees the (I think) Parisian pair presenting Engaged Touches via Home Normal in a nice, shiny digipak. I just gave it a sniff to see if it's got that crazy scen…view full details.

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Eyeballs
The Invisible Castle

13 people love me. Be the 14th...

9/10 according to our Ant

Remember those "Magic Eye" pictures??? I was convinced my friends were bullshitting me that they could see stuff, until one day it happened…. There was thee unicorn. It genuinely felt like real magic, so exciting (I was mega stoned mind). So this brings me on to the Excellent Eyeballs CD (The third for Blackest Rainbow) 'The Invisible Castle'. The cover is a really cool sorta digi…view full details.

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Sierpinski
Evening Water Project

24 people love me. Be the 25th...

9/10 according to our Phil

This is the most eagerly awaited thing since living memory. Yep I'm talking about the brand new Sierpinski CD on Jonathon Whiskey of all things. Yep we've come out of hibernation for one last fling at the world. Its our first release for 2 years and most likely our last (unless Sierpinski want us to do anymore and we'll happily release music by 'em 'til the cows come h…view full details.

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Vlor
Six-Winged

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

9/10 according to our Phil

There's some bits in on the Silber label this week. One of which is a CD by Vlor who I've not heard before. I did somehow manage to review the first album without even listening to it. That's well poor..... It was probably sealed or something, damned that plastic... Anyway Vlor is a supergroup featuring Brian John Mitchell (who runs Silber), Jessica Bailiff, Annelies Monsere, Jon Derosa (Aarktica)…view full details.

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Ultrasound/ Patrick Phelan
Split

34 people love me. Be the 35th...

9/10 according to our Clinton

Next Patrick Phelan/Ultrasound. Well what can I say. The Patrick Phelan track on here is simply one of the best songs I've ever heard.I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!! We are immensely proud to bring you this fine man on vinyl. Its like a cross between Elliot Smith and Nick Drake. An essential purchase, as are his two full length …view full details.

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Hammer of Hathor
Tooth Eeth or Teeth Ooth

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz

'Tooth eeth or Tooth ooth' is the work of Mark E. Kaylor and Heather Vergotis under the guise of Hammer of Hathor. These two sonic experimentalist have been involved in a number of obscure and abstract acts such as; CexFucx, Thee Oregon Artificial Limb Co, Cells, Au, Rubella (my personal favourite), Bunny, solo, Kinetic Harpoon (not to be mistaken for my dad's band Kid Harpoon), Htoo Trio, Ghost t…view full details.

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My Education
Concentration Waltz

38 people love me. Be the 39th...

9/10 according to our Clinton

Also proving that Texas is the new erm...oh I don't know...are My Education. We liked them so much we gave them a full 7" to ply their majestic trade. If you like the grandiose post rock of Godspeed you Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai then I really think you are going to love this. It takes all the best bits from thos…view full details.

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Lunar Youth
Misfits

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

9/10 according to our Dave

Ahh the warm glow of indie rock. How i like to somtimes bask in your prescence. Lunar Youth's latest 7" is quite nice. The Title track is called "Misfits"and it sounds like a less scuzzy Strokes. It has a slight verse and a catchy hook driven chorus that would sit well on the O.C. The b-side is called "Peppermint Lounge" and I reckon it sounds a bit like Buffalo Tom. If th…view full details.

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Area C
Map Of Circular Thought

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

9/10 according to our Ant

New work from Erik Carlson of Providence RI is always greeted hear with open ears. For this particular release he's joining the dots between Seefeel, Terry Riley and Steve Reich and in the process has created some engaging, intricate and ultra dreamy audio. Guitar, Organ, drum machine and keyboard were utilized to create these layers of shimmering tones and ever evolving gentle micro rhythms. T…view full details.

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Gareth S. Brown
Iron Henry

31 people love me. Be the 32nd...

9/10 according to our Brian

Where do I start with this New Year gift from the gods? Having known Gareth S. Brown for years as a mesmerisingly confrontational DJ, occasional member of Leeds legends Hood & all round lovely guy, us lot at the towers have felt most priveliged to be exposed to his debut album proper, "Iron Henry" for the last few months. Misplaced Music supplied us with a CDr from the man formerly recording …view full details.

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Various
Kabelbrand: Sounds From The Max Brand Synthesizer

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

9/10 according to our Ant

Officially approved by the Bob Moog Foundation this one is strictly for the hardcore synth heads and it really is an absolute joy to my ears to hear pure undiluted synthesis, no concept, no agenda to come up with a tune, just pure exploration of the capabilities of this machine. Waveforms, oscillators, envelope, decay, sustain, LFO blah blah blah. If these are words that mean something to you t…view full details.

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Mirah
(A)spera

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Brian

One of my favourite female voices of all time has glided heroically back into the frame. K records star Mirah - friend & collaborator of PW Eleverum from the Microphones, featuring on 3 tunes here - is a wonder to behold. On new album '(a)spera', her honeyed tones embrace atmospheric folk, experimental baroque pop & offbeat tropicalia, these slinky, magical tunes invoking the fantastical, …view full details.

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Sindre Bjerga & Robert Horton
Can't Go Fast Enough to Get There Early

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

9/10 according to our Phil

  Hello. Straight in with it this week. Am totally feeling this Sindre Bjerga & Robert Horton CD on Blackest Rainbow. Am not massively familiar with either artist. I've heard bits by 'em and liked what I've heard but many releases have passed me by. They're both pretty prolific artists. Here the 2 experimentalists joining forces to make some proper crazy leftfield music which is pretty ha…view full details.

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L/M/R/W
Drifts

37 people love me. Be the 38th...

9/10 according to our Ant

Home Normal are kicking off the year with a whole slew of exciting releases. The first of which is by L/ M/ R/ W (Leo Fabriek, Mariska Baars, Rutger "Machinefabriek" Zuydervelt and Wouter van Veldhoven) and is entitled 'Drifts'. This is comprised of three tracks. The first of which, 'Birthday' is an edit from a live performance which first appeared as a super limited cassette on Digitali…view full details.

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The Beets
Pick Another Corner/Time Brought Age

15 people love me. Be the 16th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Yeah. Violent Femmes, The Clean & Beat Happening. Squash them into a mad 7" vinyl patty and you get The Beets new single! 'Pick Another Corner' is comprised of really breathless, timeless, strummy/slacker indie garage rock with a sturdy K records influence and a thoroughly adorable core element. It's woefully short & leaves me really panting for more - the female backing coos are out of…view full details.

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Idle Times
Idle Times

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Is it just me or is every band "on the up" in the current pool of U.S. Underground acts obsessed with sounding lo-fi, 80s or just really fucking druggy? These guys don't sound 80's though. They do sometimes fall into the 90's post-Slanted & Enchanted category. Those wonderful bands that buried their rambling, shambling tunes under swathes of crackly distortion and static-like fuzz, but only…view full details.

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Sumsun
Samo Milagro

13 people love me. Be the 14th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Samsun is the nom-de-plume of a Floridian guy called Justin who has constructed a wildly spangled & kaleidoscopic disco odyssey here. 'Samo Milagro' does indeed share parallels with both Four Tet's dreamier elements & the more ambient & cosmic side of this much-loved woozy chill-wave shit. Mount Kimbie have been mentioned amongst the bandied-about names, names that litter your mind,…view full details.

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Various
Misplaced Pets

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

9/10 according to our Brian

First up, a nice ginger haired chappie has passed me a very worthy & excellent CD to review. It's called 'Misplaced Pets' & is a compilation in aid of two Leeds animal welfare charities, something close to all our hearts here, especially the gaffer's whose beloved rabbit ran off while I was looking after it. Determined to escape was the wee fluffy lassie.....Anyhooo, this beezer colle…view full details.

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Chanson Sigeru
#1 Dad

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Brett

I really like this Chanson Shigeru CD we've got in on Maomoo/Art Union. #1 Dad is very reminiscent of early Animal Collective as well as Black Dice and certain Boredoms stuff ('Super Coming' from Super Ae is one example), doing that playful technicolour noise thing extremely well.. Very atonal but not abrasive in the least. It's a delightfully swirling cacophony of sounds, smothering your mind w…view full details.

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Darren Hayman
Minehead EP

29 people love me. Be the 30th...

9/10 according to our Maggie

Darren Hayman with Minehead on Static Caravan. I'm so loving this series of holiday ep's and sadly this is the last one. They have been an absolute treasure to discover and a delight to hear after being bombarded with  the over production of modern music. Here, we're almost brought into the living room as he chugs away o…view full details.

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Waz Hoola
Multiply Reality By Infinity

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Ant

I'm enjoying the big throbbing bass drones of the opening track emminating from the speakers, very dramatic indeed and recalling Kevin Drumm's recent drone work. The second track is cool too, it gets nice and dark with lots of effects smudging the sounds. At this poit the CD's title seems highly appropriate. The tension builds and suddenly I'm in a gloriously murky and simultan…view full details.

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Wasteland Jazz Unit
Shivering Reflections

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Ant

What finer way to end a hectic day than with this beauty CDr in an edition of 100 copies. I've not heard these guys before but they sound great, totally scuzzed up and weird deranged racket with effects all over the place. Proper distorted to hell feedback mess all over the place. I'm digging this audio scree flying out the speakers. I like these guys. they are welcome to come round my house …view full details.

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Spill
Where You Aren't

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Latest Blackest Rainbow endorsed CDr of head stabbingly fine noisemongering comes from a mysterious duo that have been accused of Yorkshire dwelling but have titled their 3 brooding slabs of dystopian industrialisms & progressive noise in spidery Welsh, like Wales is the new Norway and that (so your guess is as good as mine as to their origin?). They're called Spill and the opening track is 13 m…view full details.

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Mountain Ocean Sun
Peace Conference

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Phil

Mountain Ocean Sun have a CD out on Home Normal this week. They're a band/ group/ collective I've not heard of until now. After a quick rush of info I can see it features Warren Defever who is better known as that fella from His Name Is Alive. That band who have a weirdly obsessive bunch of people following them.... I'm sure some of them will traverse over to Mountain Ocean Sun to see what the cra…view full details.

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Anni Rossi
Rockwell

12 people love me. Be the 13th...

9/10 according to our Phil

Anni Rossi is one of 4AD's new signings and her new album Rockwell has landed (CD only at the mo with vinyl to follow later... For a change!). From the off I thought this was smart. It largely consists of her vocals, drums, cello and viola so you'd think it would be pretty sparse sounding. But it's not.... Well it wouldn't be with Steve Albini at the helm filling the sound and it straddles that ba…view full details.

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Kadaver
Molested Into Form

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Brian

Phil has just put a CD on by Kadaver. 'Molested Into Form' really sounds like the bowels of Satan being forcibly shat into my ears in a windstorm. "An hurricane of death" (c. Phil) flying at your face. A maelstrom of noise being injected into your cortex by the very keepers of Hades. The sound daisies make when wrenched from the ground by black toothed children after a nuclear holocaust.…view full details.

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Reigns
The House On The Causeway

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz

'The house on the causeway' is the new long player from Reigns and the follow up to 'We lowered the microphone into the ground' which saw the band recording in a 'seemingly bottomless' hole in the sommerset downs and “Styne Vallis”, which was recorded in and around a submerged village that had been evacuated and strategically flooded in 1970 to make way for a new reservoir!! I assume t…view full details.

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Sky Larkin
The Golden Spike

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Phil

The Sky Larkin album has landed in all it's fine glory. The Golden Spike is 12 tracks of pure quality indie pop. Each year I like about one indie album (on average).... Last year it was These New Puritans and the year before it was the Young Knives and I think this year it's gonna be this one. I've been reasonably taken by the singles but I've not been bothered to take 'em. I decided to just wait …view full details.

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SixToes
Trick of The Night

24 people love me. Be the 25th...

9/10 according to our Phil

This Sixtoes CD on Toe Music is lovely. It's called Trick of The Night and it's a CD only affair. Immediately you'll be struck in the face with a high pitched warbly voice you'll either love or hate. It's one of those voices which will either make or break the CD for you. Unusually for me (as I pretty much hate the human voice and everyone who has one) it doesn't bother me, and in fact I actually …view full details.

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Uniform
Protocol

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Ant

Surprise, surprise yet another Planet Mu release and this weeks installment is somewhat of a departure from the breakbeat science of recent weeks. Uniform is the alias of 2nd Gen and his latest work 'Protocol' is a downright dark, sinister, brooding electronic album if ever I heard one. Drones, pulses, distortion, layers of effects, static crackles and the glor…view full details.

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No Things
Coward/ Trees

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

9/10 according to our Brian

A single on Blast First Petite now. Home of the marvelous recent Klang LP, this 2 track effort is by No Things. A strange blend of manic, tribal new wave gibbering, insane art-rock& mad out-there vocals. Fat Barry mentions UT, who were an old band on Blast First funnily enough! It makes me think of early Killing Joke & Scratch Acid (pre Jes…view full details.

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Inch Time
Icicles & Snowflakes

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

9/10 according to our Phil

That Inch Time CD that came out on Static Caravan was dead good. I don't know if anyone remembers it but it was a winner. Consequently the new 7" single (icicles & Snowflakes) came to me with some anticipation. It's absolutely lovely clicky melodic electronica of the highest order. There's more jungle sounds in there (like the last album) and to be it sounds like a mor…view full details.

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E L O N
Concupiscence EP

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

Concupiscence: strong sexual desire. And how better to sonically represent that than sex samples? On this 12” EP thing, E L O N goes full Venetian Snares/Hecate and pulls a Nymphomatriarch on us. Except instead of making his own, Elon Katz has instead watched loads of porn and skipped to the naughty…view full details.

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Stabat Stable
Ultrissima On The Junk's Moon

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

Incoming revived synth musique alert. The folks at Cache Cache have been digging deep into the French hillsides to unearth such lost treasures as you’ve never heard, unless you’ve been on the Norman site in the last 3-5 years. Once you get past the oodles of baby heads on spikes (if you can), you’ll find plenty of synthetic noises buried in tape hiss that are more than left of…view full details.

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d'Eon
Foxconn / Trios

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

8/10 according to our Ant

Imagine you have a Sega Megadrive controller in your left hand, a SNES controller in your right. You’re playing the Megadrive through your right eye and the Nintendo through your left eye. The game soundtracks were created by Autechre, Mark Fell, Arca, Nozinja, …view full details.

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Howes
3.5 Degrees

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

A modular album that doesn’t sound like total sonic garbage. That’s a great prospect for a record in this day of gratuitous and tiresome synth miscellany, where idiots are hailing the modular synth for its ability to make up random circuit noises rather than a more artist-directed approach. It’s the former camp that has nonsensically given birth to the word ‘modular&rsqu…view full details.

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Hand Of Dust
Like Breath Beneath a Veil

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Coming described as “apocalyptic folk” sends up alarm bells, as I’m pretty sure it signifies neo-folk, aka kinda gloomy, quite barebones, often very troublesome post-punk. In fact, Hand of Dust kind of recall the biggest neo-folk offenders, Death In June, but with more punk rawk bite: these songs thrash about in a venomous mix of callously t…view full details.

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Rodinia
Drumside / Dreamside

25 people love me. Be the 26th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Rodinia started this whole gnarly kosmische box social off by jamming out some deviations on their synth equipment: they saw were things were going and sailed away forever, and later return to shore for the rhythmic overdubs. What you’re listening to on sides both drum and dream are a few upgrades, percussive or guitarified, that make this ever-so-slightly danceable affair feel airier, fu…view full details.

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