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Techno Derivatives
AVN 020
13 Jul 15
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02 - (4:55) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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04 - (5:48) 128 BPM
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06 5 - (1:07) 123 BPM
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09 - (3:56) 136 BPM
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12 - (6:44) 128 BPM
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14 5 - (3:58) 133 BPM
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Review: At last, our UK compatriot Sigha reappears on the excellent Avian label, pretty much the most consistent techno label to have surfaced over the last five years...and we deeply thank Shifted and Ventress for their continuity. Techno Derivatives is more daring than Sigha's other work for the imprint, where the EP is split into six parts, six segments of broken analogue techno - not for chin-strokers but for open-minded dancers! The beats are grainy, almost sandy, and they rarely fall into a steady 4/4 pattern as usually expected from the both the artist and the label. The tunes almost feel like pieces of noise loops that have been torn down and reassembled into some sort of techno flavour and there's a clear sense of rising climax, where the stuttering strands of percussion grow and retract with utter ease. This LP is something else, a real breath of fresh air in a genre that can become so easily sterile. Ya need this!
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A Name Out Of Place Pt I
LIES 054
20 Feb 15
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1976 - (6:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Axis Of Revision - (4:07) 120 BPM
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ISMS (TNXILS) - (4:20) 120 BPM
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No Primordial State - (3:48) 120 BPM
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Played by: Boys Noize
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Charcoal Eyes/A Selection Of Remixes From Amsterdam
541416 5076087
23 Apr 16
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Placebo - "Scene Of The Crime" (Dave Clarke remix) - (5:41) 130 BPM
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Louisahhh!!! - "Rough & Tender" (feat Maelstrom - Dave Clarke Gothic Stripped Down mix) - (6:53) 123 BPM
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The Soft Moon - "Wrong" (Dave Clarke remix) - (5:18) 140 BPM
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The Neon Judgement - "TV Treated" (Dave Clarke Gothic remix) - (5:16) 122 BPM
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John Foxx - "Underpass" (Dave Clarke Rework/Bonus Track) - (5:57) 133 BPM
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Gazelle Twin - "Exorcise" (Dave Clarke remix) - (7:25) 140 BPM
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Amazing Snakeheads - "Here It Comes Again" (Dave Clarke remix) - (5:18) 135 BPM
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Digital 21/Stefan Olsdal - "Rebellion" (Dave Clarke Fripped Out remix) - (6:38) 126 BPM
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I Am Kloot - "These Days Are Mine" (Dave Clarke remix) - (7:00) 128 BPM
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A Place To Bury Strangers - "Straight" (Dave Clarke remix) - (3:47) 100 BPM
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I Am Kloot - "These Days Are Mine" (Dave Clarke Acoustic remix) - (9:15) 116 BPM
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Amazing Snakeheads - "Here It Comes Again" (Dave Clarke Rework) - (3:39) 158 BPM
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Crash Course In Science - "Flying Turns" (_Unsubscribe_ remix) - (5:53) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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House Of Black Lanterns - "Broken" (feat Ghettozoid - Unsubscribe remix) - (5:44) 120 BPM
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Otho
KVITNU 46
20 Sep 16
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Ooth - (6:00) 146 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Otho - (6:36) 157 BPM
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Htoo - (6:18) 139 BPM
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Otoh - (5:08) 120 BPM
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Tooh - (8:46) 158 BPM
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Nouveauree
LSSN 025
09 Sep 14
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Late To Take It Light - (4:53) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hate's In The City - (5:54) 125 BPM
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Punk In The Street - (4:11) 106 BPM
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Dragged It Home To Bed - (5:43) 120 BPM
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So Goddamn Gaunt - (7:12) 120 BPM
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The Best Of The Drone Room
361459 9650194
23 Sep 16
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Textures, Pt 2 - (7:10) 141 BPM
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Aztec Pyramid, Pt 4 - (5:06)
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Ultra, Pt 4 - (1:06) 119 BPM
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Textures, Pt 6 - (6:09) 141 BPM
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Mind's Eye (Excerpt) - (20:23) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wasp (Excerpt) - (23:34) 141 BPM
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Slowly Exploding: 10 Years Of Perc Trax 2004 2014 (unmixed tracks)
TPTCD 006
10 Nov 14
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Drvg Cvltvre - "(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House" - (6:04) 119 BPM
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Happa - "To Die Hating Them" - (5:30) 133 BPM
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Truss - "Brockweir" - (5:20) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sawf - "Goves" - (6:01) 87 BPM
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Perc - "Hyperlink" - (6:14) 130 BPM
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Martyn Hare - "The New Normal" - (5:23) 126 BPM
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Forward Strategy Group - "Dragons Tooth" - (6:27) 125 BPM
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Clouds - "Dread Networks" (Perc remix) - (6:12) 124 BPM
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Mick Finesse & Pinion - "Dead Boyfriend Alley" - (5:09) 126 BPM
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Perc - "Volley" - (4:58) 129 BPM
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Kareem - "Just When You Thought It Was Over" - (6:50) 122 BPM
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Various - "Slowly Exploding" (continuous DJ mix by Perc) - (1:04:59) 129 BPM
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Review: The tenth anniversary of Perc Trax has provided its owner Ali 'Perc' Wells with the opportunity to release his first ever commercial mix. Using a lot of his own material as well as some smart selections from the label, including Factory Floor's remix of Forward Strategy Group, Wells acquits himself skillfully. However, it's this collection of unreleased material that really stands out. Veering from Happa and Truss' stomping, distorted techno and the Magnetic North-style kicks of Perc's "Hyperlink" to the frazzled broken beats of Forward Strategy Group and Mick Finesse & Pinion's tracks, it also features the cavernous acid of Drvg Cvltvre's "(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House" and the shock-horror rave stabs of Sawf's "Goves". There's no doubt about it - Perc Trax is celebrating its first decade in typically raucous style.
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Churches Schools & Guns
SALP 002
17 Feb 14
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The Horror - (1:26) 123 BPM
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Leave Us Alone - (7:02) 120 BPM
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The Self As Another - (6:18) 128 BPM
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Human Triage - (5:52) 116 BPM
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Laws & Habits - (7:36) 128 BPM
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Follow The Leader - (6:51) 120 BPM
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Catch Twenty Two - (7:16)
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The Illusion Of Choice - (9:09) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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We Live As We Dream - (6:40)
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All That Noise - (4:56)
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The Best Selling Show - (4:09)
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Falling (feat Emme) - (5:13)
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Played by: Luke Slater, Lakker, Woo York
Review: Whether or not Berlin-based Italian Luca Montellaro's sophomore album, Churches Schools & Guns is a concept album (we have no idea, to be honest), there's a definite connection between the evocative, uneasy title and the clastrophobic, paranoid music contained within. "The Horror", a decidedly unsettling foray into nightmarish ambience, sets the tone. The maudlin but strangely involving music which follows shuffles between ethereal, post-dubstep tech-scapes ("The Self as Another", "Human Triage"), druggy hypnotism ("Follow the Leader"), sludgy downtempo oddness ("Catch 22") and tumbling, monastic ambience ("Falling"). Throughout, there's an uneasy sense of a bleak, other-wordly story unfolding.
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Powell 11-14
DIAG 018
08 Dec 14
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A Band - (6:48) 110 BPM
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Search - (4:48) 117 BPM
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Wharton Tiers On Drums - (6:56) 90 BPM
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Beat - (1:31) 91 BPM
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No U Turn - (6:58) 100 BPM
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Rider - (6:06) 123 BPM
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9 - (6:06) 118 BPM
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Grand Street - (4:13) 150 BPM
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The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh - (4:17) 156 BPM
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Acid - (2:34) 152 BPM
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So We Went Electric - (6:39) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Robotics - (3:48) 150 BPM
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Have It - (3:18) 132 BPM
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Fizz - (7:29) 160 BPM
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Nude - (2:40) 160 BPM
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Oh No New York - (5:23) 150 BPM
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Maniac (feat Russell Haswell) - (6:19) 100 BPM
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Body Music - (6:07) 148 BPM
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Review: Diagonal has been one of 2014's standout labels, bringing innovation and most importantly a sense of humour to techno across a series of releases from the Russell Haswell, Bronze Teeth and more. It is however label founder Powell's own music that set the tone for the label, and on this retrospective collection the producer collects all of his music from the past three years released on labels including Diagonal, Liberation Technologies and The Death Of Rave. If you're yet to indulge in the gristly, skewed, off-centre brand of techno Powell has been blessing us with recently, this is the ideal place to get involved with one of techno's most exciting producers.
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Sunken Meadow
HOS 309
01 Jan 11
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Untitled 1 - (14:14) 160 BPM
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Untitled 2 - (13:16) 131 BPM
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Our Myths
ST 161
15 Feb 16
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Irazu - "Our Myths" (Kastil 'Reamped Version') - (6:18) 159 BPM
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Kastil - "Lainotu" (Irazu remix) - (6:30) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Irazu - "Our Myths" - (8:57) 83 BPM
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Kastil - "Lainotu" - (5:10) 158 BPM
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Returnal
EMEGO 104
21 Jun 10
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Nil Admirari - (5:06)
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Describing Bodies - (4:18)
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Stress Waves - (5:42) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Returnal - (4:43)
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Pelham Island Road - (7:36)
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Where Does Time Go - (6:25)
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Ouroboros - (2:04)
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Preyouandi - (6:11)
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Played by: Bilanez Music
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Grace
AVN 024
30 May 16
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Untitled 1 - (4:18) 159 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Untitled 2 - (3:21) 110 BPM
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Untitled 3 - (5:10) 120 BPM
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Untitled 4 - (7:22) 65 BPM
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Review: Oliver Vereker was first introduced to as a shadowy, improvisational techno artist with a skill at making 4/4 dance music sound loose and spontaneous. Throughout the last couple of years, however, his sonic sketches have consistently dissolved, breaking down into thick layers of noise and power electronics; it was the debut of his Endangered Species label that marked this change, under the Restraint moniker. A such, last year saw the release of a mixtape on the excellent Ascetic House imprint, two solid houses of muddy cassette noise and pseudo techno that have been reissued by Shifted's equally sublime Avian label. He appears under the moniker Grace, and the two sides have been stripped-out into four cuts, the first two being an abstract pool of venomous sonics, followed by the more concrete rhythms of "Track 3" and "Track 4". Strangely, the more Vereker deviates from structured techno, the more we realise that he's one of the only artists out there making real industrial music in this day and age.
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Manbait
BLACKESTDL 013
25 Sep 15
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Ike Yard - "Loss" (Regis version) - (7:16) 126 BPM
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Dalhous - "He Was Human & Belonged With Humans" (Regis version) - (5:00) 158 BPM
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Regis - "Blood Witness" (feat MJ Harris & Karl O'Connor - original 12" mix) - (6:24) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vatican Shadow - "Church Of All Images" (Regis version) - (7:12) 126 BPM
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Family Sex - "Manbait" (Regis version) - (6:47) 123 BPM
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Blinding Horses - (4:58) 130 BPM
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CUB - "C U 1" (original mix) - (6:43) 157 BPM
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Blood Witness (Downwards extended version) - (7:19) 130 BPM
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Tropic Of Cancer - "Plant Lilies At My Head" (Alternate version) - (4:10) 149 BPM
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Blinding Horses (Turin version) - (7:10) 126 BPM
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Raime - "This Foundry" (Regis version) - (7:54) 126 BPM
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Blinding Horses (Stableboy version) - (2:34) 120 BPM
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Insiden, Saaad
43245
13 May 13
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Saaad - "The Charnel Ground" - (25:25) 154 BPM
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Insiden - "21 XI 12 11H03-11H28 AM" - (25:36) 138 BPM
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Third Law
TRI 033CD
22 Jan 16
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4101 - (7:57) 79 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In System - (4:52) 109 BPM
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Mass - (5:47) 75 BPM
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Blind Blackening - (8:33) 71 BPM
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High Places - (5:08) 69 BPM
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In Flight - (6:13) 57 BPM
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Departure Stage - (6:49) 78 BPM
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Known Space - (6:49) 71 BPM
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Review: Roly Porter's recent output finally earned him a place in the big league, and his recent remix of Snow Ghosts on London's Houndstooth was a real step forward for the producer, both artistically and career-wise. His second LP, Third Law, comes through courtesy of New York's excellent Tri Angle label, and the mighty "4101" - released as a single back in Novemeber, paves the way for an album full of suspense and surrealism. This is no job for anyone looking for peace or meditation, but rather one for the more open-minded. "Mass", for instance, unleashes boulders of bass and noise over glitchy half-beats, whereas the tunes like "High Places" sound like the inside of an interstellar cruiser, and the sublime "In System" reminds us of Apex Twin's strand of ambient...a cold, pensive bundle of euphoric energy. Recommended.
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Novisad
TOM 003CD
03 Nov 98
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Ambival - (1:39)
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Methadecorre - (5:14)
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Membran - (5:05)
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Distanz - (5:36)
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Monotau - (5:02) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Festplattengeraeusche - (1:42)
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Nebel - (3:56)
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Phalanx - (2:28)
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Demut - (6:56)
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Abschied - (5:29)
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Black Narcissus
PRTLS 003
04 Dec 15
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Dog's World - (3:38) 148 BPM
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Ultras - (6:46) 150 BPM
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Italian Grin - (5:39) 150 BPM
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Recon 1340 NS - (5:30) 141 BPM
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Panzer - (8:26) 63 BPM
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Fourth Action - (7:57) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Beverly Anschluss - (5:36) 120 BPM
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All The Little Devils Are Proud Of Hell
CH- 300
11 Sep 15
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Image Of Life - "But I Remain" - (4:14) 149 BPM
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S English - "Shift" - (3:57) 147 BPM
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Oil Thief - "Under The Front Lawn There Were Liquid Contaminants" - (8:38) 151 BPM
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Sleep Clinic - "Obtaining Information From A Person With Powers" - (6:22) 128 BPM
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Smokey Emery - "Horizon Scanning" - (4:03) 140 BPM
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Liebestod - "Less Terrible Of Two Terrors" - (4:10) 125 BPM
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Mortal Bodies - "In Gestures Designed To Last" - (5:07) 151 BPM
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JT Whitfield - "IIIII" - (5:25) 121 BPM
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Pleasure Island - "New Strategies For Resistance" - (4:53) 138 BPM
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Scant - "Concrete Floor" - (5:07) 148 BPM
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LFA - "Man" - (2:42) 138 BPM
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SECAM Kino - "Coroner's Seal" - (4:56) 156 BPM
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Granite Mask - "Chamber Drama" - (4:35) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ligature - "Skepticism Provides Fact" - (5:57) 146 BPM
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Plagues - "Devotion" - (4:37) 141 BPM
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Strain Of Laws - "We Live Sick" - (3:57) 125 BPM
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The Siamese Pearl - "Clipping Wings" - (3:19) 136 BPM
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Hive Mind - "As Smoke Leaves This Fire" - (5:40) 101 BPM
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Insomniac/Should've Been A Drummer
XLDS 730
16 Oct 15
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Insomniac - (6:56) 90 BPM
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Should've Been A Drummer - (7:07) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eschaton II
TOKEN 61D
06 May 16
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Deus Irae - (7:34) 129 BPM
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Those Who Obey - (4:33) 123 BPM
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Answer My Prayer - (6:05) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Other Gods Before Me - (5:50) 88 BPM
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Review: Eschaton are back everyone: look out. The infamous collaboration between Ancient Methods and Orphx have decided to reign in terror once more on Belgian imprint Token so be prepared: this one is a one way ticket to hell and back! Starting out with the body bashing broken beat assault of "Deus Irae", they then serve up the slow burning post-apocalyptic anthem "Those Who Obey". "Answer My Prayer" definitely sounds more like Michael Wollenhaupt than anyone else: this is techno-doomcore like only he can create. Finally the hellish drone of "No Other Gods Before Me" ensures one seriously white knuckled duvet ride for you tonight!
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Seams Ruff
DE 128
25 Aug 16
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I Don't Know What To Do - (1:43) 140 BPM
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Radiation Baby - (2:33) 85 BPM
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Boring - (3:00) 127 BPM
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Semi-Boring - (2:23) 105 BPM
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30 Years - (6:31) 133 BPM
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Inside/Out - (2:46) 110 BPM
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Filet Mignon - (3:20) 150 BPM
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Join The Army, Johnny - (2:52) 146 BPM
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Who Am I? - (3:26) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Bang My Head - (2:59) 96 BPM
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They Read - (2:12) 100 BPM
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I'm Coming (Bedroom version) - (4:02) 107 BPM
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I'm Coming (live On Wxpn) - (6:11) 98 BPM
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Without Armour
PH 22D
11 Mar 13
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Government - (3:48)
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Swordbeerfish - (3:02)
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Ugly Sneakers - (0:41) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Breath Awesome - (3:51)
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Blueen - (6:53)
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Played by: In Flagranti
Review: Bringing a truly garbled approach to Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound stable, BTU is Brazilian artist Babe, Terror and the mysterious Man Make Music contributor U working together on a mission to disorientate you through their fearsome application of sample science. "Government/Swordbeerfish/Ugly Sneakers" comes on like Musique Concrete pasted to the wall of a pulsing warehouse, as splintered fragments of detuned vocal, jazz wig outs and countless other minute details flurry around that muffled kick. "Breathe Awesome/Blueen" is a slightly less manic affair, allowing a bit more space for reversed guitars and other off-kilter noises to drift around in a more considered kind of madness. It's a bold record but still accessible in its own, broken way.
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The Binary Collective
EXITLP 014
16 Oct 15
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Storm City (prologue) - (1:47) 77 BPM
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Binary Theme - (3:48) 57 BPM
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In Pursuit - (4:55) 61 BPM
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Data Jam - (0:58) 67 BPM
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Cloud Creeping - (2:53) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jumped - (5:01) 85 BPM
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Host Night - (5:13) 68 BPM
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Sentries Watch Us - (4:50) 57 BPM
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Rise Of The Overdrive - (6:20) 59 BPM
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At What End - (2:29) 60 BPM
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Apocryphal - (6:31) 62 BPM
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Love & Death (End Credits) - (3:20) 60 BPM
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EK Tails (Post Credits) - (0:47) 68 BPM
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Ash (Epilogue) - (1:38) 60 BPM
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Review: Exit supergroup Binary Collective (comprising dBridge, Joe Seven, Kid Drama and Consequence) lay down their debut document? And it?s every shade of retro-stated future you?d hoped it would be. Diving deep into the analogue abyss, each cut attempts to out-deep the next while remaining well weighted and groove-focused. ?Binary Theme? is Moroder on Mogadon, ?In Pursuit? is a car chase in toxic treacle, ?Cloud Creeping? is what triphop would sound like if it was invented 20 years later while ?Sentries Watch Us? sounds like one of Parliament?s more experimental jams but played and recorded under water. These daft comparisons are just the tip of the iceberg, though ? it?s hard to reference music as matchless as this? Listen and interpret it in your own universe.
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Soused
EAD 3428A
20 Oct 14
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Brando - (8:42) 80 BPM
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Herod 2014 - (11:59) 160 BPM
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Bull - (9:21) 152 BPM
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Fetish - (9:08) 137 BPM
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Lullaby - (9:22) 110 BPM
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Miles Of Smiles
DFA 2134CD
08 Apr 12
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Miles Of Smiles - (13:12) 133 BPM
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Trip Dude Delay - (14:20) 116 BPM
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And The World Was Gone
HTH 011D
02 Sep 13
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And The World Was Gone - (4:36) 126 BPM
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And The World Was Gone (Roly Porter remix) - (5:37) 120 BPM
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And The World Was Gone (Calibre remix) - (5:59) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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And The World Was Gone - (4:12) 105 BPM
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Two Hundred
PTL 003
04 Aug 14
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Two Hundred - (6:08) 126 BPM
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Judd - (4:59) 129 BPM
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Forever Your Girl - (6:09) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Van Der Valk - (6:00) 128 BPM
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Review: A second collaboration by Perc and Truss has surfaced and it adds to the situational, high intensity techno both are delivering London clubs at the moment. Across eight tracks the two have released as Perc & Truss you can now begin to pinpoint some of the individual elements from both producers. Here it comes through on Truss' straight-laced and hammered-down percussion and the caustic acid lines similarly heard on his MPIA3 alias, particularly "Forever Your Girl". On the Perc side of things, the speakerphone vocal of "Two Hundred" is reminiscent to those used on his Power And The Glory LP, as is the light electrical hum of distortion across the intermittent snares of "Van Der Valk". And if you're after a big old kick drum, look no further than "Judd".
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This Is Our Message
NUMORP 013DIG
07 Oct 15
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In The Beginning - (0:37) 126 BPM
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You & Your Variables - (0:38) 105 BPM
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Climax Of Wizardry - (5:24) 144 BPM
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They Will Get You - (1:57) 129 BPM
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Agent Oranges (Fancy mix) - (2:10) 118 BPM
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Grapes Of Math - (4:08) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Machine - (1:05) 87 BPM
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Black Forest - (3:14) 136 BPM
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Centuries Of Presecution Won't Stop Us - (3:22) 155 BPM
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Homecomming - (2:03) 150 BPM
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Organ Transplant - (3:44) 121 BPM
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Patty's Trip - (3:55) 101 BPM
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8.36 - (8:36) 117 BPM
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This Is God's Universe - (2:14) 154 BPM
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Replikants Rhaspsodies - (2:24) 124 BPM
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Desire For Malfunktion - (2:03) 122 BPM
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Astromans's Accepance Of Savior - (0:57) 124 BPM
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Clomax Of Idiocy - (2:26) 111 BPM
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For Mankind, Limited Renewal - (1:56) 159 BPM
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I. Humor - (2:45)
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II. Knowledge - (3:09)
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III. Stupidity - (3:24)
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IV.Grace - (4:10)
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Serendipity - (0:39) 135 BPM
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Dial B For Beauty
DNUM 01
24 Sep 14
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Call 1 - (6:01) 131 BPM
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Call 2 - (6:01) 131 BPM
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Call 3 - (5:37) 128 BPM
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Call 4 - (5:41) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Talker
Review: Dominic Fernow dons his Prurient hat for this split release with Karl O'Connor as Ugandan Methods. As you might expect, it's not for the light-hearted; "Call 1" features the Downwards boss' dense, grainy broken beats mixed with Fernow's wounded screeches amid bursts of white noise. "Call 2" is built on a similar approach, but this time the churning noise and dense drums are interspersed with dramatic, dark synths that spiral and twist. The third "Call" provides a surprise, heading back to the loopy techno of early Downwards, but it's only a temporary deviation and the fourth and final "Call" sees the duo deliver a drum-led, droning rhythm.
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Chua Rave
LINO 51R
30 Jun 14
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Chua Rave (Regis mix) - (3:59) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Harshing (William Bennet remix) - (2:36) 87 BPM
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Harshing (Kevin Drumm remix) - (7:57)
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Review: The Downwards label precede the intriguing release of a new album from multi disciplinarian Russell Haswell with this remix release brandishing wildly different reinterpretations of the Coventry based musician's work from William Bennett, Kevin Drumm and label boss Regis. Haswell and Downwards seem like a good fit given the former's long career of boundary pushing music across labels as varied as Editions Mego, Warp Records and Carlos Giffoni's No Fun Productions, while the latter have remained uncompromising in the direction of their release schedule. It's a rare occasion when you can identify a Regis remix as the most accessible contribution to a release, but that's certainly the case here, with the Downwards chief delivering a twitching, loopy techno workout of "Chua Rave," while Whitehouse founding member William Bennett - another former collaborator of Haswell's - has remixed "Harshing" which is quite aptly described by Downwards as a "stereo head f*cking, brain floss session". This is surpassed in the "skin crawling brutal sonics" stakes by the minute remix of the same track from the Chicago-based experimental musician Kevin Drumm.
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Vollstreckung
DN 58
25 Aug 14
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Sehtohree Diin Chromtas Vehns - (7:38) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Toturden Giit Chreteen Dwe - (5:12) 144 BPM
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Wekanee Siin Redrech Enjenn - (6:05) 160 BPM
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Wuhleor Niir Peffgeeng Pfudenn - (6:45) 120 BPM
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Played by: Troy Pierce
Review: The wolf and caps lock loving pair known simply as OAKE make a welcome return to Downwards, complementing their stunning debut from earlier this year with a four track EP that is, if anything, even heavier going! Quite where Karl O'Connor found OAKE isn't clear but the Berlin pair fit right in on the current configuration of Downwards alongside the likes of Cut Hands, Kerridge, DVA Damas et al. Whereas OAKE's three track debut Offenbarung was finely balanced between cinematic strings and vocals reminiscent of Coil and a pin-dropping bass-heavy dread shared with kindred spirits Demdike Stare and The Haxan Cloak, Vollstreckung is resolutely darker in execution. See, for example, the serating bass tones of "Sehtohree Diin Chromtas Vehns" and the cacophonous drums of "Tuturden Giit Chreteen Dwe" that both drowning out the more delicate vocals.
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Repetition Reinforcement
DIAG 019
02 Mar 15
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Murder The Masters - (7:32) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alien Existence - (7:22) 64 BPM
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Review: year or two. While the imprint was previously focussed on bringing forth his own chilling pseudo-techno jams, he's just gone and dropped a two-tracker by none other than Consumer Electronics, a lil' old band comprised of Russell Haswell, Philip Best and Sarah Froelich. Conceptual might be the wrong way to describe these jams, but they certainly have an artistic air about them, where "Murder The Masters", for example, chucks a steady 4/4 kick below a dark and sinister male monologue. The B-side, "Alien Existence" evolves it into a relatively more musical affair, where the same voice is now accompanied by a female counterpart and a further injection of drones and metallic sonics.
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Flapper That
DIAG 023
24 Jul 15
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Flapper That Part 1 - (9:55) 57 BPM
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Flapper That Part 2 - (10:08) 84 BPM
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Chicks/Badgering EP
DIAG 022
24 Jun 15
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Chicks - (7:19) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sharking - (1:03) 140 BPM
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Badgering - (4:09) 80 BPM
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Chicks (Helm remix) - (5:53) 140 BPM
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Review: Simon Pomery aka Blood Music has already put out on Powell Diagonal label - a true lesson in contemporary power electronics and steely-eyed pseudo dance music - so we knew that we'd be getting our heads battered once more. The opener, "Chicks", is a harsh and abrasive tribal dance to Lucifer, its rumbling kicks bouncing off poisonous guitar riffs, whereas "Sharking" is all hollow and beatless, pushing forth the delays and effects in favour of the noise. On the flip, however, the aptly named "Badgering" spits brain-damaging layers of machine feedback from its underbelly, the only thing holding the track together being its utter violence. There's a gorgeous Helm remix on "Chicks", where the young Pan affiliate strips the tribalism down to industrial levels and fills the canvas with a generous portion of reverb. Hotly recommended!
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The Driller B/w Psychogeist
098787 072167
13 May 16
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The Driller - (3:59) 146 BPM
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Psychogeist - (7:12) 160 BPM
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Ecstasy, Crashing Beats & Fantasy
DIAG 015
02 Dec 14
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Crawl In From Broadway - (7:45) 136 BPM
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Dollars To DMs - (4:13) 67 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lovers Run Camp Africa - (8:52) 66 BPM
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Side Effects Of Living - (3:50) 135 BPM
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Club Music (remixes)
DIAG 016
08 Dec 14
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Club Music (Ancient Methods 'Korpersaure91' mix) - (7:40) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Club Music (Ancient Methods 'Pogo Im Saurebad' mix) - (4:12) 120 BPM
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So We Went Electric (Richard H Kirk main mix) - (6:36) 58 BPM
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So We Went Electric (Richard H Kirk dub mix) - (6:44) 118 BPM
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Review: With the label at the peak of its powers after a breakthrough 2014, one of the final Diagonal releases sees material from Powell's excellent Club Music EP treated and abused by the titan-esque figures of Ancient Methods and Richard H. Kirk. If you've seen Powell towering over some decks or heard his Melon Magic show on NTS it's likely you will recognise at least one of the four remixes here and it's hard to pick out one favourite. Ancient Methods goes all turbo-charged Nitzer Ebb on his opening Korpersaure91 remix of "Club Music" whilst the playfully juddering rhythms of the subsequent Pogo Im Saurebad effort should explain the title. Meanwhile Kirk boils down "So We Went Electric" to its barest rhythmic elements on a fizzing main mix whilst the accompanying dub is full on crazy.
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Double A
DIAG 013
20 Oct 14
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Foxy - (10:00) 159 BPM
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One Take Dub - (10:05) 89 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: As 2014 has rolled on, Powell's Diagonal label has really gathered a sense of momentum and direction with its succession of releases. With the Juno office stereo still in recovery from the most excellent Shit & Shine LP Powder Horn, this new double pronged noise sermon from the masterful Russell Haswell only adds to their impressive year. Comprised of two 10-minute tracks, Double A is at times as bracing as anything else from the Haswell canon, with the scratched, spasmodic improvised sonics of lead track "Foxy" potentially capable of scaring Richard D James back into hiding. "One Take Dub No Edit" is described by Diagonal as a "flashback to a vital time when futurist Latin freestyle and industrial funk were the dancer's choice" and is perhaps the closest concession to the dancefloor from Haswell yet.
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37 Minute Work Out
DIAG 007
24 Feb 14
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Spring Break (extended freestyle playlist edit) - (2:40)
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Alternative Ways To The Truth - (2:11)
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Neutrino Hunter - (5:40)
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Unknown Known - (3:10)
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Incalculable Harm - (2:42)
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Chaos Clapping - (2:39)
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Chaos Clapping Reprise - (2:22)
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In Memorium Of Elph - (2:29)
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Scratchy - (2:57)
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Scratchy (Freeze dub) - (3:47)
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Blast Beats - (4:49)
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Convalescence - (2:11) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Lakker
Review: A respected figure within the world of visual arts, which has seen him exhibit in numerous galleries across the world over the last two decades, Russell Haswell is perhaps best known for his prolific work in the realm of experimental noise. Brandishing a discography that dips back into the late '90s and features a raft of releases across Editions Mego, iDEAL and Warp. Haswell's latest solo album comes courtesy of Powell's increasingly essential Diagonal Records imprint, and sees a shift towards more overtly rhythmic material, with influences including Autechre, Aphex Twin, Adrian Sherwood and Napalm Death. As you'd expect, it's a bracing affair, and one that does a better job than most at connecting the dots between techno and noise.
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AFCGT
098787 084368
22 Nov 11
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Black Mark - (3:02) 150 BPM
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Two Legged Dog - (10:03) 122 BPM
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Nacht - (6:50) 104 BPM
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New Punk 27 - (3:05) 128 BPM
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Reasonably Nautical - (6:18) 154 BPM
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New Punk - (0:50) 88 BPM
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Slide 9 - (8:01) 86 BPM
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As Sure As Night Follows Day
DIAG 024
18 Sep 15
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Oblique Axis - (0:57) 107 BPM
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Let's Go - (1:17) 146 BPM
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Wholly Unaware - (3:33) 89 BPM
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Champagne Walk - (2:23) 112 BPM
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Rave Splurge NO!se FM - (1:10) 154 BPM
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Improvisation #1 - (3:08) 89 BPM
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In The Air Today - (3:06) 133 BPM
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Gas Attack - (3:43) 133 BPM
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Interlude - (3:06) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drive (Minimal) - (2:14) 67 BPM
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Heavy Handed Sunset - (2:48) 75 BPM
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Underwater Electronic Struggle - (3:18) 143 BPM
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Confirmation Of Our Worst Fears - (2:40) 89 BPM
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Hardwax Flashback - (3:25) 67 BPM
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Broken Mantra - (2:54) 120 BPM
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Extended Industry Knowledge (For Oscar) - (4:33) 133 BPM
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NO!se Rave - (4:01)
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In The Mouth Of The Wolf
DIAG 028
04 Mar 16
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Need Of Angels - (8:46) 60 BPM
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Sleight Of Hand - (5:20) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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A Search For New Realities - (6:55) 123 BPM
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As Sure As Night Follows Day (Remixes)
DIAG 027
04 Dec 15
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Heavy Handed Sunset (Autechre Conformity version) - (5:42) 60 BPM
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Hardwax Flashback (Powell Cov Megamix) - (4:56) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gas Attack (DJ Stingray Atropine mix) - (5:48) 69 BPM
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Review: After he dropped his 17-strong opus to Diagonal back in September, maverick noise botherer Russell Haswell gets bothered himself by a strong cast of other ne'erdowells from the outer reaches. The stars of the show are Autechre, who turn in something quite unusual for the occasion with a brutally reduced, interference reveling "Conformity Version" of "Heavy Handed Sunset". Label boss Powell brings some of his future-EBM stylings to his "Cov Megamix" of "Hardwax Flashback", while DJ Stingray does a fine and confrontational job in reworking "Gas Attack". It's a powerful collection of fringe sonic studies that manage to make experimentation lots of fun.
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It Stands To Conceal (Special Edition)
HOS 369
08 May 13
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Jordanian Descent (Sharia Law) - (20:05)
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Jordanian Descent (Guantanamo Military Commissions) - (15:12)
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Encryption Nets - (6:24)
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The House Of The Followers - (2:32)
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Peace Rage - (2:51) Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Hamburg Cell Was Born In Chechnya - (4:30)
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He Held The Victims Responsible - (3:44)
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Voices Came Crackling Across A Motorola Hand-Held Radio - (5:10)
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Chechnya's Ghosts Loom Large In Death Of Former Spy - (6:09)
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Snipers As A Breed Tend To Be Superstitious - (7:16)
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There Was A Black Banner On The Floor - (9:43)
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Al Qaeda Possess Nuclear Capacity - (9:49)
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Wahhabi Money Flows - (9:47)
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Once This Fire Gathers Strength - (9:07)
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Saudi Arabia - (8:46)
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United Arab Emirates - (10:51)
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Lebanon 1 - (9:56)
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Lebanon 2 - (9:54)
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Egypt 1 - (0:30)
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Egypt 2 - (0:30)
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Of The Memories Of Friends
HOSOTMOF
21 Jan 13
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You Weren't Worth The Paper You Were Printed On (The Sun) - (12:42)
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They Found You Shattered On The Concrete (The Moon) - (12:40)
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Two Golden Stick Webs (The Day) - (12:39)
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Annihilation Of The Vagina (The Night) - (12:38)
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Review: This time Dominick Fernow takes the form of his Prurient guise, a project restricted to Fernow's considerably noisier frame of mind but one that still manages to evoke boundless emotion. As you would imagine from the title, "You Weren't Worth The Paper You Were Printed On (The Sun)" is ripe with anger and brimming with energy - a ten minute grind of furious drones and rising vocals form the depths of those booming noises. "They Found You Shattered On The Concrete (The Moon)" is no less menacing but Fernow moulds and rearranges the shapes of the oscillator waves to the point of total abstraction and rage, whereas "Two Golden Stick Webs (The Day)" takes a more hollow approach, fusing mounds of delays and effects with crumbling voices and metallic screeches. Last but not least, "Annihilation Of The Vagina (The Night)" upsets and disrupts with no hesitation thanks to its subdued screams dropping effortlessly into heavy, noisy drones built for the brave-hearted - it's noise at its purest form: honest, brutal and provocative.
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The Plant With Many Faces
HOS 375
28 Jan 13
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Abaxial Masks With Sockets Closed To Hide The Face When The Destroyer Comes Alive - (11:12)
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Out Of The Mess Came The Green Devil - (11:07)
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Complex Rituals To Control Anthurium - (11:08)
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Poisonous Spirit Species - (10:52)
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Review: With just a handful of percussive noise cassettes under their belt for Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement have succeeded in finding their own momentum amongst the myriad of glitchy, hissing drone E's governing the best part of the label. "The Plant With Many Faces" is already their third Hospital release in a year and it marks a clear continuation of the imprint's dark but conceptual aesthetic. If it weren't for its comparatively reassuring strand of percussion towering above the swell of growls, "Abaxial Masks With Sockets Closed To Hide The Face When The Destroyer Comes Alive" would be the definition of total doom, but its poignant structure gives the track a point of reference and instead of staring into an abyss of noise, we're guided rather gently by its ominous but irresistibly enticing bassline. "Out Of The Mess Came The Green Devil", on the other hand, loops a blockade of deranged field recordings into a quasi-groove, and the same can be said for "Complex Rituals To Control Anthurium", a similarly marvellous escapade into the evolution of organic sounds. Finally, "Poisonous Spirit Species" morphs from calm to volatile, where sparse trickles of crackle and bang manoeuvre without care through the long and cavernous tunnel of white noise. Another biggie from one of the most interesting labels around.
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