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Mixes: Nordic Interstitial Thresholds: Brutalist Melancholia….

Brutalist Melancholia... by Nordic Interstitial Thresholds on Mixcloud

As we try to crank up the gears of blogging production, it also means the awakening or the #NITcasts over at the mixcloud site. has it been EIGHT months since the last one? that is waaay too long.

i actually had someone come to me last night at a gig saying that these #NITcasts were “fucking brilliant.” So I’ve got that going for me then

Go and listen this afternoon. It’s currently number 28 in the Post-Punk charts!! get that mutha rising!!

TRACKLIST

Sinola Caves – Forever Dilating Eye (Death Waltz Recording Company, 2014)
John T Gast – Infection (Planet Mu, 2015)
Paper Dollhouse – Diane (Night School, 2015)
Laurie Anderson – Gravity’s Angel (Warner Bros, 1984)
Das Kabinette – Something’s on your mind (Minimal Wave, 2008)
The Cannanes – Untitled (Feel Good All Over, 1993)
Beat Rhythm Fashion – Turn of the Century (Bunk Records, 1981)
For Against – Echeleons (Independent Project Records, 1984)
Ed Tomney – A walk to a safehouse act iv the final discovery (The Fine Line, 1995)
Richard Pinhas – Iceland, Part II (Polydor Ramses, 1979)
The Associates -.Q Quarters (Situation Two, 1981)
DVA Dama – Wet Vision (Downwards, 2015)
Anonymous Bash – Postcode Scam (Sambarbeta, 2015)

Mike Ratledge – Riddles Of The Sphinx Sequence 3 (Mordant Music, 2013)

Född Död – De ensammas hus /Northern Electronics, 2015)
IVVVO  - Redux (Danse Noire, 2014)
Ñaka Ñaka – Dioges (Opal Tapes, 2014)
Function / Inland – Odeon (Infrastructure New York, 2015)
Karen Gwyer – Mississippi (No Pain In Pop, 2014)

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in mixes

 

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Music Moment: Kelela, “A Message”

apropos to my previous Björk post, here is an example of the new rockin’ FKA/Arca/#Feelings digi-baroque sensibility in effect. Production naturally or course comes from Arca, who seems to be bloody everywhere right now (probably created several digital clones all jacked up to hyper-fast liquid-meth broadband so he can work on all those projects he’s currently doing). but while he can sometimes blow hot and cold, but on this one he completely nails it.

but of course it’s the sensuous visuals that do it for me. The use of lighting at first monochrome, then with cool UV blue, renders her skin first as bronzed stature, then with a metallic finish. The jerky, but smooth body movements and distorted backwards cinematography give her body that whole complementary “cool” media sensate cyborg dimension.

And the comes the animated sequence where everything become fluid and bubbling with hints of Akria at the erupting and dividing flesh. Both the video and song is music that is pretty much of the now. i like!

Goodnight

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Video

 

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PIMPIN’ AIN’T EASY – GIG UPDATE – GRUMBLING FUR PLAY ICELAND!!

GRUMBLING FUR - LIVE IN ICELAND!

During my hiatus from blogging, I somehow ended up becoming a member of the improbably awesome and perpetually disorganised FALK (Fuck Art Lets Kill), the art/music collective that is fronted by my good friends Aðalsteinn (AMFJ) and Baldur (KRAKKKBOT). As part of our ongoing quest to shake some of the dead skin of the rotting corpse that is the “Icelandic music scene,” we’re looking to bring some of the better, more interesting artists up here.

So when the guys from GRUMBLING FUR agreed to come up to a special Easter gig we were setting up with SIN FANG, well…. that just made our celebration of the death of the God-child just that little bit more special.

If you’re around downtown Rvk at the beginning of Easter, then pay us a visit!

Details below (Or go to the FB event page for vids and more info)

Who: GRUMBLING FUR + SIN FANG

Where: Húrra

When: Wed 1st April

Cost: 2500kr (a goddamn BARGAIN if you ask me!!)

but don’t take my word for it, have a listfor yourself…

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Iceland, live music

 

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Music Moment: Björk “Lionsong” and “Family”

Evening all

So as part of my studies at the University of Iceland, there is a website/part journal for the Arts & Humanities faculty student called SIRKUSTJALDIÐ. It’s not been going for long (A little over a year), but the point of the site if to foster and develop critical debate among the students there. Actually get them to use some of dat der theory we’re stuffing our cranium with outside of the classroom.

I was asked if I could perhaps do some writing for them. And I’ve written a couple of pieces for them. alas you can’t seem them yet as it’s an Icelandic site and therefore all my essays have to be translated (I really do feel for them on that score, especially if I went all beat-cyberpunk poetry on them!).

For my first essay, I wrote a piece about our resident Iceland Queen Banshee, BJÖRK, and her current album Vulnicura. the thing is that I don’t actually talk about the music as such. It’s not that I think that the music is bad. Actually it’s really good, but I personally found the whole theme of her doing a “breakup” album to be the least interesting part of the whole release. instead I riffed for 2000 words on the imagery of the album art and the video trailer to her MoMA retrospective, noting the aesthetic similarities with her ’90s explorations re: Trans-and-posthumanism, and techno-hybridisation (digital liquid flesh, etc, etc). I also noted the connections with today internet aesthetic tribes from PC music to Health goth, and how they are have an affinity in that they are also mining ’90s digiculture aesthetics, something that she was doing the first time around. Instead of a situation of an artist latching onto the cool kids in a bid to stay relevant, it’s more like the other way round. She’s their internet mother hen basically. If you’ve ever heard her mix that she recently did with Tri-Angle records on Rinse FM, she was dropping stuff that was waaaaay more current and forward-looking that what most parochial fools round here would even bother listening to.

So hopefully people will enjoy the essay when it eventually comes out (I’ll post it here in English), but while we’re waiting, Björk has dropped two music videos to accompany the album. So what I’m writing here is a bit of a epil-prologue (is that even a thing?).

The first one is for the track “Lionsong.” This has Björk in her “fetish cyborg” form alluded to in the images from her digital rush-release. You’ve got a chest (her own presumably) wrapped tight and heaving, throbbing, and squirming underneath, a shiny casing, while we see Björk moving and twirling in front of the camera. As well as the shiny, smooth surfaces that come from her body suit, what is interesting is the cloudy wisps of light that constantly surround her. they seem to act like a mix of aura, pollen release and digital bio-electric fields. It looks great tbh. Slippery emotions when wet.

And then along came the second video, this time for “Family.” now this one is a different kettle of shiny fish, taking its cure from the “exploding digiflesh” art for the physical release. the beginning  seem to show the Björk “statue” at night. You can definitely see the kinship with the visual textures of Arca/Jesse Kanda’s videos – a mix of glistening metallic planes and melted plastic, luminous, yet weirdly artificial. We eventually see Björk statue as a rocky crop being reanimated by some kind of Gel. She then proceeds to mend the gaping hole in her heart with beads and augmented reality thread before emerging chrysalis-like from her shell, reborn. Compared to the previous video, it’s definitely way more ambitious in her thinking. Ideas of rebirth, nature, and inorganic materials coming together in a rather coherent yet ambitious way.

Goodnight…

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in live music, Video

 

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The Monthly Playlist – March ’14

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Evening there

In lieu of an actual proper to go blog post ( I promise one will happen tomorrow!), here’s a wee placeholder to let you know how i’m keeping myself current in the digital world out there.

Of course there is still the free stuff and vinyl a-coming my way….

EPs/Singles

M.E.S.H. – Scythians (Original EP)

FUNCTION / INLAND – Odeon / Rhyl EP

EKOPLEKZ – Influkz EP

MARIANO DC – Stiletto EP

DiE – VEXED E.P.

THE BLACK DOG – Sound Of Sheffield Vol. 02

STENNY & ANDREA – Vostok Smokescreen

RAW M.T. – La Duna EP

FELIX K – Tragedy of the Commons

GOLDIE & SOURCE DIRECT – Dark Metal Remixes

ALBUMS

BEAT RHYTHM FASHION – Bring Real Freedom

HEY COLUSSUS – RRR

JOHN T. GAST – Excerpts

IX TAB – R.O.C

BASIC HOUSE – VISA Prick

RASPBERRY BULBS – Privacy

MUCK – Your Joyous Future

TOMAGA – Futura Grotesk

PAPER DOLLHOUSE – Aeonflower

AIDAN BAKER – Half Lives: Mountains Sweat Clouds/ As I Walked On Dead Earth (Double CD)

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Music Moment: DJ Mayhem – Inesse (Ray Keith Remix) – and others….

Uuuuuuuuurgh……

Where am I?

What year is this?

Who’s the president of the United States?????

So yes… as I stumble bleary eyed, blinking into the light like some kind of cellar dweller victim,  it seems that I’ve been away now for what seems to have been one hell of a hiatus. And for that I can only apologise.This “break” from all writing (Including this blog) which took me out of action for most of 2014 was something that was self enforced for health reasons (Mental and physical), only for me to go and go back to school to enroll in Film Studies at the University of Iceland. While it’s not the same kind of exertion at being a labourer, the amount of study it entails has taken up a lot of my time. For example, I have to read and review on 2 papers this morning, go to a class, spent an hour editing a piece I’ve been doing for the University’s culture journal about the digital aesthetics of Björk (that damn piece has taken me too long to write!) and this evening, I’ve been reading papers about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre for a philosophy paper due in a few weeks.

I’m actually having the time of my life, but the reality is that I’m often so rammed with day to day coursework and other things, by the time I get around to thinking of perhaps writing a few hundred words for this blog, I simply go “naaaaah. I’ll do it tomorrow.” this has been my mode of thinking now for the last 3 months.

But I am now kicking myself hard to instill some kind of protestant work ethic into this flabby creaking body, and to squeeze some last few drops of synaptic energy from my depleted brain for this post.

Because I’m attending classes and meetings and stuff, I’m not listening to music attentively as much as I should be doing. 10 minutes here, a 10 minutes blast there while I go to the shops. This means that my inbox of old and new music that I’ve bought is slowly building up in the corner, going “you’ve bought me, Why haven’t you played me you fucker???”

This hasn’t been helped by the seemingly endless wormhole I’ve found myself being sucked into that is JUNGLE/DnB 1992-94!! On a whim I flipped on that wonderful mix that Raime did for FACT magazine that contained nothing but underground jungle from ’94-95. And somehow I found my brain realigning myself with the rhythm and neural pathways in the songs, giving me the ability to read and think a little longer than usual. A tip from a friend led me to an old torrent of hard to find jungle tracks form that era. and that’s all I’ve been listening to for the past 2 weeks. HALP! IMA LOST IN DA NUUM!

Anyway here’s some of the tracks what’ve been making my synapses buzz.

Is it good to be back? I’m not sure but this’ll do for now.

Goodnight

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in music

 

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“The novel is tyrannical but the List is totalitarian….” 2014 in Music

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Hello there

No I am not dead, despite the complete inaction on this blog due to numerous reasons.

But as everyone is doing all their end of year/best of/codifying our taste as consensus in this our year 2014.

So yes I think i too shall take part in a list. Below is a (nearly) full list of all the music I bought and received in 2014. Some are free downloads, a lot are promos/gifts I received. Everything else I bought (and yes there are a few things i “downloaded” as well such as old soundtrack albums, hard to find tapes and the like). One of the things about buying digitally is the ability to support a helluva lot of people with my money in a way that i probably wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise. Wouldn’t even have listened to a fraction of this if I had to get them on vinyl. It all still cost me a bloody fortune though…..

Of course I’m not anti-vinyl. This list for example doesn’t include all the 2nd hand stuff I’ve scavenged from the local shops over the past year.

And this list doesn’t mention all the mixes/streams/listening to the radio. nor will it include the frenzied last minute buying i will be doing tomorrow on Bandcamp before so many people I know will be taking down their site because of all this VATMOSS bullshit.

Silence is golden but music kicks arse lol

THE REYKJAVIK SEX FARM 2014 MUSIC SHOPPING LIST

KAREN GWYER – Needs Continuum
KAREN GWYER – New Roof
PEVERELIST – 12,000 Seconds – Untitled
TM404 – Svreca Remixes
AnD – Cosmic Microwave Background
BRUCE – Not Stochastic
CLARK – Clark
FKA TWIGS – LP1
OBJEKT – Flatland
PAULA TEMPLE – Deathvox EP
RABIT FT. RIKO DAN – Black Dragons
SULLY – Concord/Inroads
DRCARLSONALBION – Gold
EKOPLEKZ – Rock La Bibliotek
FACTA – Montpelier EP
KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE – Killing Season EP
SHIFTED – Telic EP
THE STRANGER – Bleaklow (Remastered)
GRUMBLING FUR – Preternaturals
ALESSANDRO CORTINI – Sonno
CAUSE & AFFECT – Mistakes EP
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
IKONIKA – Position EP (Originals + Remixes)
THE DOOMED BIRD OF PROVIDENCE – Blind Mouths Eat
PYE CORNER AUDIO – The Black Mist
THE BUG – Angels & Devils
CASSEGRAIN – Blood Distributed as Pure Colour
D.A.R.F.D.H.S. – Det Stora Oväsendet (Album)
SURGEON / AUTECHRE – Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 1)
THE FATES – Furia
KEMPER NORTON – To Mahina
TIME ATTENDANT – Treacherous Orb EP
VARIOUS – A Field in England (OST)
Mica Levi – Under The Skin (OST)
BASS CLEF – Bugbranded EP
LOREN CONNORS – As Roses Bow: Collected Airs: 1992-2002
THROWING SNOW – Pathfinder EP
TRAKTOR – Traktor EP
EKOPLEKZ – Unfidelity
D. EDWARDS – Teenage Tapes
MISS MODULAR – Reflector Pack / Cruzer Edge
NOCHEXXX – Thrusters
ROLY PORTER – Life Cycle of a Massive Star
WILLIE BURNS – Woo Right! EP
ADDISON GROOVE & DIE – Keyhole / HydroPump
ESCHATON (ANCIENT METHODS & ORPHX) – Eschaton EP
JAMES RUSKIN – Slit EP
LUCY / SHAPEDNOISE / DONATO DOZZY – Churches Schools and Guns (Remixed)
PERC – The Power And The Glory (Original Mixes)
RABIT – Terminator EP
SUBURBAN KNIGHT – Nocturbulous Behavior
ACTRESS – Ghettoville
PRESK – Saluki EP
RAINER VEIL – New Brutalism
BAS MOOY – Rage, Remedy & The Lash EP
DMG – α EP
PSYK – Kraft EP (enemy018)
Russell. M. Harmon & Gavin Miller – Islands EP
APRIL LARSON – When You Fall Asleep
DEATHDAY – No Future 12” EP (Legowelt Remix)
HOWLROUND – Secret Songs Of Savamala
KNAPP – Knapp
MIDDAY VEIL – The Current
BEN FROST – A U R O R A
PYRRHON – The Mother of Virtues
FORKLONG DARUPLAT – 006 / Forklong Daruplat
OH/EX/OH – New Horizon
HEADLESS HORSEMAN – Headless Horseman 003
TIDAL ARMS – Tidal Arms
FATHER MURPHY – Pain is on our Side now
DAVID MEISER – Those Who Still Remain EP
OPAL TAPES – Various Artists – Cambiare
APRIL LARSON – The Second Throne
oMMM – Parallel Lines Converge
LEYLAND KIRBY – V/Vm – The Death Of Rave (A partial flashback)
SLEAFORD MODS – Chubbed Up: The Singles Collection.
SLEAFORD MODS – Divide & Exit
DULVITUND – Dulvitund
DALHOUS – Visibility Is a Trap ep
T E MORRIS – We Were Animals
PERC & TRUSS – Two Hundred
BRAWL RECORDS – Various: Black Earth Remixes
HAPPA – Habits of Hate EP
FLAVA D – FlavaD.com Vol.5
DANIEL PATRICK QUINN – Acting The Rubber Pig Redux
BÖRN – Börn
GRÍSALAPPALÍSA – Rökrétt Framhald
DWELLINGS – Don’t Say Nothing (Tesla Tapes)
DIÄT – Everyday/Hinge & Bracket 7″ (LUNGS-037)
SAVAGEN – Practically Educated EP
WOODY McBRIDE – When Good Times Turn Sour
MENACE RUINE – Alight In Ashes
MENACE RUINE – Venus Armata
TIME ATTENDANT – Bloodhounds
THE BODY – I Shall Die Here
EOMAC – Spectre
WEN – Signals
INIGO KENNEDY – Vaudeville
GROUPER – The Man Who Died In His Boat
GROUPER – ruins
TRIPTYKON – Melana Chasmata
KILLING SOUND – Killing sound 12”
ADDA – My Brain
PINK STREET BOYS – Trash From The Boys
GUS GUS – Mexico
EVA808 – 001 EP (Encrypted Audio)
MARRECK – Mechanism (Tesla Tapes)
DALHOUS – Will To Be Well
GAVIN MILLER – Somm
KEMPER NORTON – Loor
KAREN GWYER – Kiki The Wormhole
GODFLESH – A World Lit Only By Fire
STRANGE U – #EP2040
EVA808 – IM013 EP (Indigo Movement)
BLACK RAIN – Dark Pool
ENGLISH HERETIC – The Underworld Service
AMBARCHI/CAMPBELL/FLOWER – LIVE AT TUSK FESTIVAL 2013 EP
VONBRIGÐI – Hanagal
AnD – Esoteric Systems EP
CASPER HASTINGS – Downed EP [RFRT003]
SINMARA – Aphotic Womb
THE COSMIC DEAD – Inner Sanctum
LUTINE – White Flowers
DRAX – Phosphene
UNITED2MUSIC – Escaping Reality EP [RFRT004]
WIZARDS TELL LIES – The Maddening Machine
HOWLROUND – Torridon Gate
UVB – Second Life EP
FUTUREGRAPHER – Skynvera
ATOM™ – Ground Loop EP (The Bunker New York 008)
ZAMILSKA – Untune
FLOATING POINTS – Nuits Sonores / Nectarines
ERDNAMUSIK – Snarl 4: Skært Lúðar Hljóma
NORN – ÉGHATAÍSLAND
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Slowly Exploding: 10 years of Perctrax
THE LOWEST FORM – Negative Ecstasy
ICARUS – Ascending//Descending
YOB – Clearing The Path To Ascend
RASPBERRY BULBS – Privacy
XIU XIU – Unclouded Sky
THE DRIFTWOOD MANOR – A Cross Atop A Hill
WEYES BLOOD – The Outside Room
SWANS – To Be Kind
CILT – Protection Stones
LUSSURIA – Immemorial
RAINING LEAF/WIZARDS TELL LIES – Fallen
FUNCRUSHER – If you’re such a man of the people, how come everyone I know thinks you’re a cunt
AMATEUR CHILDBIRTH – PRIPYAT
ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE – Melt Into Nothing
BREMEN – Second Launch
STEFAN JAWORZYN – Drained Of Connotation
OFFICER! – Dead Unique
DEMDIKE STARE – The Testpressing Series EPs
HACKER FARM – Dreamware Reboot
THE LOWLAND HUNDRED – The Lowland Hundred
ISOBEL CCIRCLE~ – Fluttercage
JOSEPH NANNER – Atmospheric Slow Jams for the Pilots / New Star Broadcasting
LILY THE KID – Mainland EP
THIS ROAD LEADS TO – ER Lp
MOFF & TARKIN – Dre/Navi EP
NYIÞ – Visni þitt hold svo betur megi hæfa þeim hug sem það hýsir
ASKA – Grátónar
MTHMPHTMN – Ari Rawhard
RAMBELTA – Deep 5
KRAKKKBOT – Blak Musk
WORM IS GREEN – To Them We Are Only Shadows
YAGYA – Sleepygirls
Brák – Holdgerving Hræðslunnar
KNIFE FIGHTS – I need you to go to hell
ELIN HELENA – Til Þeirra er Málið Varðar
DIFFERENT TURNS – If you think this is about you… you’re right
FM BELFAST – Brighter Days
CHILI AND THE WHALEKILLERS – Turn
ÁTÓNAL BLÚS – Höfusynd
KID MISTIK – Insomnia EP
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Rafarta 001 EP
SVEINN GUÐMUNDSSON – fyrir herra spock, macgyver og mig
PRINS POLO – Sorri
EARTH – Primitive and Deadly
GOAT – Commune
EMPIRE AURIGA – Ascending the Solar Staircase
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – Celestite
CHARLES HAYWARD – Smell of Metal
MOGWAI – Rave Tapes
DIRTY BEACHES – Stateless
CULT OF YOUTH – Final Days
SOME TRUTHS – midnight mornings drenched in dayglo
VESSEL – Punish Honey
SOME TRUTHS – damnation poisoned with rainbows
VARIOUS ARTISTS – 14 Tracks: Slowest Uncommon Dominators
STRANGE FORCES – Tensegrity Volume 1
SD LAIKA – That’s Harakiri
WIFE – What’s Between EP
MILLIE & ANDREA – Drop The Vowels
SOME TRUTHS – Some Friends I Lost to Bedlam, Others I Abandoned There
LAKKER – Mountain Divide EP
LORD OF THE ISLES – Greane/Gigha
DOPPLEREFFEKT & OBJEKT – Hypnagogia
BROKEN ENGLISH CLUB & SILENT SERVANT – Violence And Divinity [EP]
DeFeKT – Below Ground EP
FUNCTION & VATICAN SHADOW – Games Have Rules
IN AETERNAM VALE – Jealous God 05 EP
ITAL – Endgame
BRITISH MURDER BOYS – All the Saints Have Been Hung EP
RANDOMER – Stupid Things I Do
RANDOMER – Resident
IMRE KISS – Raw Energy EP
DONATO DOZZY – K
TESSELA – Rough 2 EP
FORWARD STRATEGY GROUP – Levity EP
JAMES RUSKIN – Nan Nife EP
PANGAEA – Pob
ANSWER CODE REQUEST – Code
SAMULI KEMPPI – Binary System EP
DJ SPRINKLES – Midtown 120 Blues
TRUNCATE – Remixed Part 1 EP
SECOND STOREY – Double Divide
BENEATH – Satya Yuga EP
ROYCE ROLLS – Do U Believe EP
P JAM – Spaz Out EP
SPOOKY – Sub Low Jamz Vol.1 EP
FLOWDAN – Serious Business EP
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Livity Sound [Anthology]
SHACKLETON – Freezing Opening Thawing
ELIJAH & SKILLIAM – FABRICLIVE 75
FOOTSIE – King Original Vol. 3
BOK BOK – Your Charizmatic Self EP
IKE YARD – A Second Remixed
BRONZE TEETH – A Waif’s Rent ep
PROSTITUTES – Petit Cochon
EKOPLEKZ – Four Track Mind EP
eMMplekz – You Might Also Like EP
PYE CORNER AUDIO & NOT WAVING – Intercepts
C. REIDER – The Plangents EP
LEE GAMBLE – Kuang EP
VARIOUS ARTISTS – 14 Tracks: Ambient Zeitgeist
ADDISON GROOVE – Turn Up the Silence
KRAMPSHAFT – Before We Leave EP
DJ EARL – Afrika Tek EP
HIEROGLYPHIC BEING – The Fourth Dimensions of a Nubian Mystic
BEATTIE COBELL – Urgent Blood
PHARMAKON – Bestial Burden
PUCE MARY – Persona
BORIS – Noise
KLARA LEWIS – Ett

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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