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Stainless
CNTRT 005
19 Oct 15
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Debris - (4:31) 123 BPM
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Stainless - (5:57) 61 BPM
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No Horizon - (3:59) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Inner Oceans - (4:59) 157 BPM
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Review: Italian sound artist who debuted his live performance at Berlin Atonal 2015 provides four immersive soundscapes for Samuel and Hayley Kerridge's new imprint. The sub level eruptions that turn to body bashing bass on "Debris" and No Horizon" are accompanied by spine chilling atmospherics. By comparison "Stainless" is a more restrained effort where an undecipherable vocal loop persists while emotive strings and something almost reminiscent of a Gregorian chant backs it up. Finally overdriven violins accompany harsh metallic textures with such beautiful dichotomy on "Inner Oceans". A perfect soundtrack to an imaginary post-apocalyptic thriller.
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Backwards
CSR 203CD
23 Mar 16
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Intro - (0:52) 118 BPM
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Backwards - (6:48) 90 BPM
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Amber Rain - (5:45) 140 BPM
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Fire Of The Green Dragon - (4:43) 140 BPM
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Be Careful What You Wish For - (3:49) 80 BPM
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Nature Is A Language - (5:39) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heaven's Blade - (8:20) 135 BPM
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Copacaballa - (5:41) 119 BPM
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Paint Me As A Dead Soul - (6:49) 158 BPM
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Ayor - (3:10) 142 BPM
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A Cold Cell - (6:22) 148 BPM
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Fire Of The Mind - (7:07) 115 BPM
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Eschaton II
TOKEN 61D
06 May 16
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Deus Irae - (7:34) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Those Who Obey - (4:33) 123 BPM
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Answer My Prayer - (6:05) 127 BPM
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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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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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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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Collapsed
RN 116
08 Oct 12
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Armature - (4:14)
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Core - (3:00) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Collapse - (3:55)
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Wire - (3:15)
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Played by: Benji B
Review: Having carved out a strong sonic identity for themselves in the new wave of current noise-driven artists, Emptyset make a bold step in the right direction with an EP for Raster Noton, arguably the pinnacle destination for the grit-flecked, ear canal-scraping approach to anti bass music. "Armature" starts things off in relatively manageable territory with a stalking composition driven by a discernible kick, but "Core" is instantly a more visceral excursion into white noise blasts at messy rhythmic intervals. "Collapse" works towards a crescendo that almost reaches for melody, while "Wire" gleefully robs techno of its danceable function and sears its features to within an inch of its 4/4 life.
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LP
SP 025
26 Nov 12
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Dripping - (6:01)
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Paralyzed - (5:53)
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Acclimator - (6:23) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Perforate - (6:58)
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Refract - (6:43)
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Review: Editions Mego offshoot Spectum Spools has been gaining wide attention recently, partly thanks to Bee Mask's peerless work but also through Ren Schofield's maniacal excursions. The man otherwise known as Container has already produced one LP for the label and this new work sees a maturation of his experimental side, furthering it into an overwhelming cesspool of electro-tinged madness. Opening with "Dripping" is certainly a bold move, with a demented beat arrangement swirling feverishly into a sea of screeching noises and aggressive bells; things show no signs of slowing down on "Paralyzed", mixing a bumping breakbeat structure together with layers upon layers of effects and wild percussion elements. "Acclimator" settles into a neater groove, one which faintly resembles a murky, deep techno moment - delayed snares and crackling drums all round. Over on the B-side, we have what resembles Drexciya on acid, the merciless drums of "Perforate" occupying every corner of the track with a swirling mass of 303-tweaked melodies forming a dense puddle of sci-fi atmospherics; while "Refract" combines a crispy post-jungle drum structure with minimalistic tones and eerie synths. Container pushing the limits on this one - warmly recommended!
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Soft Coast
SP 011
19 Dec 11
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Evidence/Century Park - (5:21)
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Vertigo - (0:52)
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Punx On The Promenade - (2:23)
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Broken Glass - (0:32)
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Freeze ~ Drift - (4:13)
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Untitled 1 - (2:05) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cajmere Dreams - (1:18)
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Archer Heights - (1:35)
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00_00_2010 - (4:39)
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Duck Egg - (0:56)
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Untitled II - (0:08)
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Fog In The Pavilion - (0:52)
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Soon Come Happy - (0:57)
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Why Be Something You're Not - (4:55)
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Lp
SP 007
12 Sep 11
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Application - (7:36) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Protrusion - (7:56)
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Dissolve - (9:22)
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Overflow - (3:42)
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Rattler - (7:35)
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Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
BLACKESTDL 001
26 Nov 12
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Passed Over Trail - (4:30)
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The Last Foundry - (5:52) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Soil & Colts - (5:42)
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Exist In The Repeat Of Practice - (5:28)
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The Walker In Blast And Bottle - (5:11)
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Your Cast Will Tire - (5:31)
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The Dimming Of Road & Rights - (5:33)
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Life Cycle Of A Massive Star
SUBCD 005
04 Oct 13
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Cloud - (10:06) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gravity - (8:18)
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Birth - (6:21)
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Sequence - (5:19)
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Giant - (5:53)
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Played by: Sophia Loizou
Review: The former Vex'd conspirator and Bristol-dwelling Mr Porter is carving out a fine new space for himself amongst like-minded noise-tinkerers such as Emptyset, and here he delivers a new long-player of nail-biting soundscapes that successfully refigure the bombast of his previous endeavours and applies it to more abstract realms. For every cacophonic crescendo there is an arresting lull, as fearsomely demonstrated on "Gravity", and it's astounding just how much this is about melody, harmony and timbre as much as sonic texture. Steeped in evocative string arrangements and ever moving through different scenarios, the tapestry woven here is a must for anyone craving the intersection between classical and avant-garde composition.
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The World Is Out There
100878 87
30 Apr 15
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Mr Sinister - "The Disillusioned Masses" (Mindwalker 2014 Re-Illusion) - (8:28) 65 BPM
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Mindwalker - "The World Is Out There" - (7:21) 65 BPM
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Mindwalker - "A More Perceptive World" (Electronic Mind Expansion remix) - (6:09) 65 BPM
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Mindwalker & Embrionyc - "We Cry In Music" - (5:35) 65 BPM
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Mindwalker - "End Of Eternity" - (6:44) 65 BPM
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Mindwalker - "Far From You" (Shatterling remix) - (8:12) 65 BPM
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Mindwalker & The Relic - "Flesh & Machine" - (7:00) 67 BPM
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Mindwalker - "For The Doom Walkers" - (5:00) 67 BPM
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Mindwalker - "All You Can Wish" - (6:19) 150 BPM
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Mindwalker & Synaptic Memories - "Scooby-Doo" - (4:39) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mindwalker & Grigio - "Ready To Go" - (5:27) 155 BPM
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Mindwalker - "The Last Melody" - (6:46) 150 BPM
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Played by: Sound Abuse, RagnaRok
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Neroli Thinking Music Part IV (expanded edition)
WASTDL 051
01 Dec 14
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Neroli - (57:57) 140 BPM
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New Space Music (bonus track) - (1:01:25) 115 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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III
PM 003
30 Nov 15
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Acid Drop - (4:58) 123 BPM
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DB At Holger - (6:36) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mach 2 - (1:52) 106 BPM
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The Limits Of Control - (4:00) 157 BPM
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Word Clap Bass - (5:36) 137 BPM
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Review: Perhaps best known as The Subliminal Kid or for his role in Roll The Dice, Peder Mannerfelt has equally garnered plenty of praise for his The Swedish Congo Record on Archives Interieures this year. Now he returns with more challenging deconstructions of techno formulas on this self-released EP, which leads in with the abrasive scrape of "Acid Drop". "DB At Holger" is a more patient offering that throws in some tongue-in-cheek samples amongst a minimalistic hum of a production, and "The Limits Of Control" too exercises patience although with a very different sound palette. It's hard to know which way each track will turn next on this wonderfully unpredictable release.
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Apophis
CR 02
28 Aug 15
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Metal Home - (3:25) 141 BPM
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Autonomous Lethality - (5:20) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Interceptor (Miles Ramen reshape) - (6:16) 124 BPM
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Interceptor - (5:10) 140 BPM
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Review: It's another magic moment of old school vs new school on this fine collaboration between no wave legend Stuart Argabright AKA Black Rain and man of the moment Nino Pedone AKA Shapednoise, on his own Cosmo Rhythmatic imprint. "Metal Home" merges Argabright's screeching guitar feedback with the shredding white noise so typical of Pedone. "Autonomous Lethality" has Shapednoise all over it with its relentless body bashing bass frequencies. Miles Whittaker delivers an absolutely mental reshape of "Interceptor" like only he can before we're presented with the original version, which is equally as intense in its own right. Shapednoise's unmistakeable white wash of distortion merges with Argabright's dark atmospherics so perfectly. Not for the faint of heart!
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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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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
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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I'm Coming (live On Wxpn) - (6:11) 98 BPM
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Husk
HTH 070D
07 Nov 16
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Vetiver - (5:21) 75 BPM
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Undertow - (5:45) 60 BPM
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Lied - (6:35) 68 BPM
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Dawn - (4:20) 87 BPM
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Decorate My Bones - (4:46) 61 BPM
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Lied (Prurient remix) - (11:58) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Simon Heartfield
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Colonialist Nature & Misanthropy
HOS 167
01 Jan 07
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Mask Of Roses - (4:52) 100 BPM
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Mask Of Nails - (5:06) 100 BPM
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Mask Of Claws - (5:04) 100 BPM
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Mask Of Toads - (4:52) 151 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mask Of Ropes - (4:58) 100 BPM
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Mask Of Coals - (4:53) 100 BPM
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Mask Of Ashes - (9:28) 100 BPM
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The Truth Begins In Lies
HOS 364
01 Aug 12
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Introduzione/La Verita Comincia Dalle Bugie - (13:43) 152 BPM
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Pray At The Tomb Of Blessed Mother Cabiria/Scarecrows - (13:03) 107 BPM
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Pleasure Ground
HOS 401
01 Nov 06
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Military Road - (10:48)
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Earthworks/Buried In Secret - (11:23) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Outdoorsman/Indestructible - (11:02)
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Apple Tree Victim - (11:14)
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Ghosts Of Chechnya
HOS 361
08 Oct 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)
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The Hamburg Cell Was Born In Chechnya - (4:30)
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Voices Came Crackling Across A Motorola Hand-Held Radio - (5:10) Biggest-selling track on this release
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He Held The Victims Responsible - (3:44)
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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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Review: The heavily sought after "Ghosts Of Chechnya" cassette finally sees a digital release. Vatican Shadow is unstoppable at the moment, his alchemistic beats and military themes marking him out as a singular talent. This latest affair, a sort of LP, is nothing short of stunning and it's tracks like "The House Of The Followers" with its dubbed-out, reverberant noises, that make Vatican Shadow stand out among his peers. The aptly named "Voices Came Crackling Across A Motorola Hand-Held Radio" is another beast, where chugging kick drums meet ominous pads and crackling static. "Chechnya's Ghosts Loom Large In Death Of Former Spy" is another fine example of his creative ability to mould techno into any shape he sees fit; but it's the filling spaces made up of eerie melodies and stripped beats, like "Snipers As A Breed Tend To Be Superstitious" which make his recordings so enchanting. Highly recommended as usual.
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Atta's Apartment Slated For Demolition
HOS 362
13 Oct 12
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There Was A Black Banner On The Floor - (9:43) Biggest-selling track on this release
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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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Played by: Mortis
Review: It's a good thing that Hospital Productions are unearthing most of Vatican Shadow's cassette takes on digital format, a lost collection of sublime electronic madness which would otherwise only be available for 75 lucky punters. "There Was A Black Banner On The Floor", a submerged kick drum leading the way for a medley of sharp percussion sounds and chilling tones, is some of Vatican's best work to date; while the provocatively named "Al Qaeda Possess Nuclear Capacity" sees our man in a more pensive mood, where cascading tribal drums are swayed by a mesmerising bundle of climatic synths and radiances. "Wahhabi Money Flows" is another brilliant downtempo piece, all complete with his usual blend of inter-wining snares and bass lines; but it's the ominous bass frequencies and haunting pads of "Once This Fire Gathers Strength" that truly separate Vatican Shadow's work from the rest of his peers. Highly recommended as usual...
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Time Began In A Garden
HOS 225
28 Aug 08
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Stun Gun Theory - (4:51) 160 BPM
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December Man - (4:47) 120 BPM
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The Wine Cellar - (4:47) 60 BPM
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Spider Spins A Child - (4:16) 138 BPM
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