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Reviews: The Quietus: Lakker – ‘Tundra’

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So I finally managed to grow a pair by breaking my duck and writing for that esteemed bastion of music and cultural writing THE QUIETUS (Twinned with Mordor obs!), with a review for Tundra from the Irish techno duo LAKKER. you can read it here. I don’t know why I didn’t get around to pitching to them earlier. Johnny Mugwump was on my ear to do it a cpl of years ago. Probably self-doubt and fear probably played a huge part in it. It really took Dan from Grumbling fur to finally get it into my head that I was ready to take the plunge. Hopefull there’s going to me a lot more of this in the future!

As for the album, it’s a brilliant album, really well done production-wise. it’s also an album that, while is classified as “techno,” really doesn’t seem to belong in the club. That´s not to say that you won’t have a fun time getting yr face blown off by it being blasted on the PA at Berghain or Fabric, but the textures and depths Lakker dive into with this album cries out for you to hear it in a wide open space, preferably somewhere exposed. It’s an album for ragged coastal, northern areas – the Celtic and Nordic areas basically. Places where you can experience extremes of landscape and weather. Rocks. Cliffs. Sea. Mountains. Caves. Cold, Heat. Wind, Rain. Sun. Snow. Its very much an elements types of album experience.

Because of writing this review and listening to Tundra, it has got me thinking a lot more again about the concepts of music and topographies of listening experience, either from the images the music generates in your brain, or places where the music allows your viewing of light, shade and terrain to take on new meaning. Ritual music bascially. i need to try to fish out some old notes I wrote on this that I wrote a few year back from the digital ether. more on that soon.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Music Moment: Mick Finesse, “The Glamour Of Despondency”

So it’s nearly 11pm and it’s still nice and bright outside, albeit raining. Mrs Sex Farm has decided to abandon her husband and our feline son to go to the land of Sodom and Gomorrah (i.e. Norway) for a long weekend to see a friend. And I’m skint, otherwise I would have been at the WORLD NARCOSIS album release gig tonight (Will probably have to write a little piece about their album in the near future when I get the time). Ahh the joys of Summer be upon me!

And of course to make it all just that wee bit better, I’ve lovingly decided to overreach myself in the name of music… again., I’ve got a steadily growing folder of albums in my “FOR REVIEWING PURPOSES” folder, some of them instead of the usual half baked nonsense are actually rather excellent, important albums, where they need a fair amount of deep thought, thinking and piercing insight to go with them. In other words, this is not a drill – it’s time to man up and have opinions and shit on stuff. Eek! And that’s not event counting the folders of other stuff that people keep sending me out of the goodness of their hearts, folder that have spread over my desktop folder like a bad case of shingles. I need to find the time and energy to plough though them all.

So tonight’s big up/hot tip is going to be short and a little sweet. The Glamour Of Despondency by MICK FINESSE is one of the latest releases to come from BROKEN 20, that lovely Scottish independent label that’s run by RuaridhTVO, Production Unit and Erstlaub (AKA Ruaridh, Dave and David). They’ve been building up a good solid rep over the last few years, releasing their own music as well as concentrating on artists who align to their aesthetic of music that is faded, fragmented and corroded, be it noise, drone, techno, of bass music. Mick Finesse is a case in point. The Denver producer has made a small but noticeable batch of techno releases on the likes of Perc Trax and 22 records, each one with tracks that have sparse, almost austere atmospherics. Often the tracks consist of little more that a heavily echo’d and processed rhythm with hiss and drones lurking in the background. they contain a ghostly almost ephemeral quality to them. they tick and pulse alone as if they’re the music that machine make among themselves when the hoomans have gone home to sleep for the night.

With the Glamour Of Despondency, we see Finesse take his music and tear open some of the stitching joins holding it all together to let the noise and coolant spill out over the casings. That same minimal, sparse quality is there, but now the rhythms don’t tick so much as thwack. the drones don’t hum as much as they grind and seethe. the machine don’t sound too happy on this record. and who can blame them. We hoomans are big sucky flesh bags that can barely tie our own shoelaces. Frankly I’m amazed they haven’t gone all Skynet on us by now.

But if you get the chance, break open a few quid on this release. 7 quid is a good asking price for some well made, exquisitely crafted techno mashings, that show that the long line of quality from the terrible trio over a Broken 20 shows no sign of slowing down just yet.

Goodnight….

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Music Moment: IX Tab, “R.O.C”

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It’s a Saturday afternoon, and i’m feeling my age slightly. Since I became sober, I’ve found that I don’t go clubbing as often as I’d wish, mainly because there is a lack of intensity, from the “party people” who are very poor imitations of the disciples of the Bacchae, to the music which is often a continuous stream of weak beats to cry and masturbate to, and not forgetting the lack of intensity in the sound (there is no club space in Rvk 101 that has a proper club sound system). But last night I managed to put the old raving shoes on for Nina Kravitz, Blawan, Exos and Bjarki at Paloma Bar. Booming sound systems and hard bangers, the way it should be. Alas I can’t dance until dawn now (not without chemical or alcohol assistance and that’s out of the question), but the fleeting moments of delirium as I pumped my fist meant that it was worth the shooting pain in my left knee and the feeling like someone’s taken a wiffle bat to my skull.

So now it’s 2:30pm and I’m sitting indoors while there is a grey, clearing sky outside. I may venture out into the wind, but right now I’m giving R.O.C, second album by Saxon Roach, aka Loki aka IX TAB a blast on the stereo. It’s a truly scattered labyrinth of an album, full of arcane codes; sound signals; the incantations of fringe scientists, poets and magicians; pictures that shed a light on the mystical in the any-space-whatever – That disused industrial space at the edge of town. the undergrowth at the end of the garden, the dark corner of the garage that your Dad never told you to mess around. I recently described it on Twitter as “A modern folkteric cultronica for a fragmented Albion.”

There’s a reason why I said that. R.O.C. as an album is the latest, and one of the strongest manifestations, of the growing canon of albums coming from the UK underground electronic scene that take the idea of folk as a music of living history and apply it to a viewpoint of a modern Britain where instead of a blind fetishism to a lost conservative golden land that never existed, instead takes the material reality of our lives alongside the unreal historical aspects of Britain. It’s a place where RL Laing, Rave, Goth Rock from Northern England, 1970s TV aesthetics, brutalist mystic geometry, Secret Ministry of Defense bunkers and Jodrell Bank, JG Ballard, Coil, Derek Jarman, Julian Cope, Dounreay, the chemical works of the Essex coast, all mixed with our cultural history and strange menacing customs from times long forgotten, still practiced in rural parts of England and the outlying states of Wales and Scotland. As such R.O.C is full of shimmering and swirling electronic sounds, vocal  and audio samples from the likes of William Burroughs, and relaxation/hypnosis tapes are subjected to being sliced, shredded and woven back in on itself. The effect is on of discombobulation, and an untethering of the senses from the world around you.

For me, it comes across as an uncanny recreation of that modern witching hour that grew out from the rave scene. It’s 5am in the early summer and the sky is growing brighter in the distance as you stumble out of the club/tent in a field. Apart from other stragglers trying to find their way home, the area is deserted; most “norms” are still asleep. Your brain synapses are spluttering and running on fumes thanks to the MDMA and other various psychotropics you’ve ingested, aided by several hours of frantic dancing. You’ve worked yourself into that delirium that enables your senses to weave themselves in with the environment, be they empty streets or a country lane. You see and hear things that you don’t normally come across. Perception is altered. you want to find out the secret of the universe in a field with some cows. Strange cognitive things happen during the trip back home. What a time to be alive….

But as well as the musical meanderings, R.O.C also comes with a handy booklet that contains compact and bijou missives on the nature of each track with accompanying photography. And it’s here, alongside the mentions of Ballard, Jonathan Meades, Alan Turing, and Maya Deren, is the mention of Robert Ogilvie Crombie, eminent Scots writer and scientist, who is the R.O.C. of the album’s title and whose calm but unnerving voice can be heard in the track “I M WH U MK OV M.” I’m sad to say but I never heard of this man until I read the notes of R.O.C., but searching this man’s history and some his story as a man of rationality and science, who left Edinburgh and moved to the country where he applied his knowledge to the world of nature, the occult and metaphysics is one that I am slowly becoming more attuned to.

As such R.O.C is the latest, and one of the strongest, manifestations in a growing canon of music that includes the likes of Kemper Norton, Hacker Farm, Richard Dawson, Daniel Patrick Quinn, Laura Cannell, Ship Canal, Grumbling Fur, The Outer Church, Sophie Cooper, Lutine, and the Broken 20 and Front and Follow labels. It can be hard sometimes to properly explain to some local bohemians up here in Iceland about this, where their ideas of mystical culture simply means rehashing bullshit ’60s counterculture witterings or mixing Ásatrú symbols with worn out psych rock “wear leather jackets and shades indoors” posturing. But for me, this music opens up to the ideas of transmissions and dreamscape from the layers and worlds hidden below the mundanity of market towns, street corners, and the normcore, often so easily dismissed by some as unglamorous and ugly.

You can buy R.O.C. from IX TAB’s website here….

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Movie Interlude: Peter Watkins

Sorry for the lack of updates, but am currently busy trying to get my last film essays done and dusted before I head off to NYC next week.

The last one on the list is an overview and study of the films of Peter Watkins and his use of documentary realism in fiction. Guy was definitely a pioneer in using documentary and newsreel techniques to rip open the presentation of “objective” TV and film “reality”

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Music Moment: Moev, “Cracked Mirror”

If The Smiths embraced synth pop

and Morrissey was female….

I remember seeing something about this band in the dark depths of the internet blog ether a few years back but wasn’t that impressed with what I heard. But this… Something just unbelievably bright and effervescent about this track. Can definitely get the whole idea of early ’80s synth pop being all Utopian, emotional and looking forward.

Goodnight….

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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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“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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