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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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MUSIC VOL.
EMEGO 222
01 Apr 16
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Ether Fields Forever - (4:26) 77 BPM
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20000 Lieues - (9:23) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vivid - (8:24) 75 BPM
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Night Over Peak 1079 - (8:26) 78 BPM
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Eemian - (6:19) 105 BPM
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132 - (6:58) 73 BPM
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Return To Mechanics - (4:20) 74 BPM
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Review: You wouldn't believe it, but Ivan Pavlov's CoH project has been active since 1998, and the man's geometric approach to drone and ambient is always a refreshing listen. In that sense, this latest album Music Vol on Editions Mego is the perfect example of CoH's mathematical approach to music, and it's not difficult to hear the sound engineer in him. From "Ether Fields Forever", to "Vivid" and "Return To Mechanics", his ultra-minimal approach has plenty of shape and movement, an art form in itself, and something that many other leftfield artists lack. The only label that is perhaps on a par with this sort of material is Berlin's PAN or Finland's Sahko, who have released a similar strain of minimalistica over the years. Heavily recommended (for the more studious sound enthusiasts).
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Elevated Noise
PRTLS 007
08 Apr 16
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Sediment One - (1:13) 127 BPM
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RGB Sun - (5:02) 123 BPM
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Light Change - (4:58) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sediment Two - (2:05) 116 BPM
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Four Pipes - (5:09) 141 BPM
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Young Mountain - (4:57) 116 BPM
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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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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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Rise Above
EDLX 048LP
03 Jun 16
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Tunnel - (6:06) 97 BPM
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Defector - (5:32) 99 BPM
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Swarm - (5:31) 52 BPM
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Conquered - (5:12) 75 BPM
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Trinity - (4:53) 95 BPM
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Rise Above - (5:26) 100 BPM
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Cast - (5:52) 81 BPM
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Low Alloy - (6:05) 100 BPM
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Played by: Hanssen
Review: Justin Broadrick once declared that the JK Flesh pseudonym was reserved for the 'angry, hateful, disenchanted side of what I do', and it sounds like he has unleashed a lot of these dark feelings on Rise Above. However, instead of creating a one-dimensional gloom fest, Broadrick has turned his hate into something constructive. The album's opening salvo, which includes "Tunnel", "Defector" and "Swarm", feels like the musical equivalent of being dragged backwards through a swamp by a giant snake, while "Conquered" and "Trinity" see him bash out primal mid-paced rhythms. On the title track, he combines these two elements to create a shit-kicking, bone-crushing rhythm that proves once used constructively, anger is indeed an energy.
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Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol I
PAN 34
30 Jul 13
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Dances I - (4:20)
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Dances II - (4:26)
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Dances III - (4:12)
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Dances IV - (4:13) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Themes I - (3:48)
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Themes II - (4:05)
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Themes III - (4:12)
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Themes IV - (4:25)
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Played by: JT86
Review: As one of the world's more renowned mastering engineers at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin, Rashad Becker is making that rare leap from post-production back down the signal chain to deliver this long player for PAN. It's an apt destination for the sounds contained within, as Becker twists and contorts a satisfying spread of noises from the ominous to the humourous, wielding a fearsome grasp of sound design and achieving a staggering depth of detail in the lurid netherworld his music creates. There's musicality locked into the fluttering pitches of his devices, whether they might be real world instruments mutated via digital means, or 1s and 0s kneaded into organic matter. Either way Becker's take on noise will grab you by the ears and drag you down into the audible mulch with glee.
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Second Woman
SP 042
27 May 16
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100407jd7 - (4:06) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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200601je6 - (6:01) 115 BPM
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300528mj1 - (5:28) 136 BPM
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400425cc2 - (4:25) 150 BPM
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500609sp3 - (6:09) 131 BPM
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600249li9 - (2:44) 148 BPM
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700358bc5 - (3:58) 87 BPM
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800438ul8 - (4:37) 150 BPM
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900438an4 - (4:37) 133 BPM
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Review: Joshua Eustis and Turk Dietrich are not the most prolific duo out there, the former being limited to one EP on Bpitch Control back in 2011 and the latter a compilation for Distance Recordings, but their new Second Woman moniker has warranted the attention of the excellent Spectrum Spools and, to us, that is a certified seal of approval. In reality, though, it's easy to hear why they've picked these tracks up; each one of these nine segments are both refreshing and deeply alluring, with drug patterns being given new and exciting shapes by the duo. In fact, the whole LP seems to be made up of a new interpretation around percussion, where Second Woman's jarring sonics are haphazardly folded around layers of brittle drums and noisy electronic manipulations.
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92982
206209 01CD
19 Mar 09
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92982 1 - (12:53)
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92982 2 - (22:44)
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92982 4 - (19:59)
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92982 3 - (7:07)
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Le 17 Janvier Los Angeles, USA
NOIZTANK 006
12 Jul 16
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Kareem presents Ligeia - "The Borromeos Arrival" - (6:33) 124 BPM
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Kareem presents Ligeia - "Meyrink" - (6:09) 128 BPM
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Huren presents Mrtvi - "Rituel Sonore" - (5:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Huren presents Mrtvi - "Partial Deletions" - (6:04) 63 BPM
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Review: Kareem and Huron are known associates. They have both appeared on Berlin's Zhark label and they seem like an utterly fitting pair to be calling the shots for the next episode of Noiztank. The former has also appeared alongside Ancient Methods, so we know that a certain level of quality will be guaranteed form the get-go; and this is something we've come to expect anyway from this young and exciting imprint. Kareem opens the EP with two cinematic segments of sound: the first "The Borromeos Arrival" is a hollow slice of ambient brain dynamite, while "Meyrink" is the sort of spectral techno that we're usually used to hearing him churn out. Huren's "Rituel Sonore" is a startling blast of whipping snares and ice-cold sonics all wrapped up in a tight groove, and "Partial Dimensions" is a swamped-out, dubwise techno gunshot that'll please everyone from the Basic Channel followers to the Regis aficionados.
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EP3
PRTLS 008
05 Aug 16
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V - (12:13) 107 BPM
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VI - (8:22) 150 BPM
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VI (Ossia remix) - (6:04) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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V (Giant Swan remix) - (5:07) 108 BPM
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Review: Newbie Silver Waves has gone from rags to riches, and jumped from progressive house to industrial along the way. Appearing here for Portals Editions, the producer two apocalyptic slices of rhythmic noise, the first of which is the demonic "V" with its subtle jungle folds, and that's remixed by Ossia into a much subtler, more pulsating episode of percussive psychedelia. "VI", on the other hand, sounds like Dillinja from Metalheadz on a heavy dose of tranquillisers and - breaks blasting out with fury from every angle - and the tune is retouched and recalibrated by Giant Swan into a slithering, grainy medley of squelching beats and gloomy bass weight.
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Immerse
ELIXIR 3
17 Aug 15
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Immerse - (1:17:53) 144 BPM
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Immerse (Component I) - (9:47) 159 BPM
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Immerse (Component II) - (10:31) 159 BPM
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Immerse (Component III) - (10:48) 124 BPM
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Immerse (Component IV) - (5:59) 147 BPM
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Immerse (Component V) - (13:28) 80 BPM
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Immerse (Component VI) - (10:57) 140 BPM
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Immerse (Component VII) - (14:19) 111 BPM
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Immerse (Component VIII) - (8:31) 135 BPM
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Immerse (Component IX) - (3:58) 145 BPM
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Immerse (Component X) - (3:41) 89 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Immerse (Component XI) - (12:27) 90 BPM
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Immerse (Component XII) - (3:37) 159 BPM
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Review: Recorded between 2000 and 2008, Immerse sees Danny 'Periskop' Kreuzfeldt move between moods and tones with consummate ease. A good portion of the album focuses on eerie, dark ambient - check the spooky mumblings on "Immerse (Component 1)" and the doom-ridden pulses of "Component 3". Surprisingly, the album also has moments of serenity, most audible on the chiming chords of "Component 2" and wispy ambience of "Component 7". However, these are only minor digressions and soon enough Kreuzfeldt is back doing what he excels at, delivering the eerie textures of "Component 9" and the murderous broken beats of "Component 10".
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Viy
CDR-TP- 036
10 Aug 16
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Cede To A Rival - (4:24) 112 BPM
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Repression & Rectitude - (9:40) 115 BPM
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Extracted - (6:54) 52 BPM
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Find Inside - (4:38) 119 BPM
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Valentine - (9:20) 118 BPM
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False Awakening - (7:51) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: It seems like yesterday that the Clan Destine Records label set up shop but, it has in fact been five years now, and the catalogue is looking extensive and expansive from our end. Newcomer Ian Hicks steps up and delivers a fine mini LP that was originally a cassette; luckily for us, the tape hiss hasn't been lost in the mix and each of these six tunes sound as grainy and distorted as anything we've heard this week. There's plenty of sublime material on here starting with the opening mind-bender that is "Cede To A Rival", but the mood deviates to house and techno thanks to other cuts like "Repression & Rectitude", or the grizzly, pseudo electro of "Find Inside". It's the spaces between the dance tunes that make this release all the more special, however, and Ian Hicks is most certainly a welcomed addition to our world. Tip!
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F (x)
IRCTVDD 01
11 Sep 15
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F = (2 4) - (10:31) 110 BPM
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F = (2 5) - (9:10) 55 BPM
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F = (2 2) - (9:15) 110 BPM
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F = (2 3) - (7:30) 110 BPM
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F = (2 6) - (8:02) 128 BPM
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F = (2 7) - (7:58) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Showing the younger generations of industrialists how it should be done, Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Colk Void return with a new album that follows on logically from the widely lauded Transverse in 2012. The mood is dense and clamouring throughout ƒ(x), avoiding trite levels of distortion to instead focus on stunning levels of sound design and evocative, tactile worlds of tone and pulse that paint the most unsettling pictures. A dense maelstrom of apocalypse techno hovers around "F = (2 4)" while haunting undertones meet with militaristic might on "F = (2 2)", and the monolithic murmur of "F = (2 3)" should keep you wonderfully awake at night. Assuming you like that kind of sensation.
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Giant Swan
HOWL 035
16 Feb 15
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Bring Back Fives - (8:48) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nautical Upbringing - (11:06) 144 BPM
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Galaxy Spank - (3:51) 130 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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Taking Place In The Foyer
HOS 345
13 Oct 12
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Spot A Witch By Changes In The Persons Behavior - (5:01)
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In New Guinea Police Don't Have The Petrol Money To Search For The Witch Murderers - (5:01) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bodies Of Suspected Witchs Are Dumped In The River Or Buried In Toilet Pits - (5:01)
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Sorcery Killings - (5:01)
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Review: Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions has been running for donkey's years, continuously shaping the fine lines between abstract experimentation, sound installations and electronica. This is Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement's sixth instalment for the label and as usual, comes courtesy of a generous digital re-release from its original and near impossible to find, cassette format. A haunting wall of noise opens "Spot A Witch By Changes In The Persons Behaviour", a rich concoction of white noise which eventually transforms into a more stable, drone-fuelled dissection. The chillingly named "In New Guinea Police Don't Have The Petrol Money To Search For The Witch Murderers" is a fine example of their objective: to capture situations and reduce them to a musical context - crackling, almost human field recordings guiding the whole 5 minutes. Same goes for "Bodies Of Suspected Witches Are Dumped In The River Or Buried In Toilet Pits", a bizarre alignment between haunted recordings and tape manipulations; and its only on "Sorcery Killings" that the artist gives us anything near a concrete musical arrangement. Otherworldly recordings from the label!
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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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Folklore Venom
HOS 381
25 Feb 13
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Upside Down Left Eye - (10:37)
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Undrinkable Water - (4:08)
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In Honduras Death Caused By Being Chased By Spirits - (2:48)
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The Spirit Wore The Shoes Of The Boy - (5:58)
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Black Magic Originated In Nature - (9:42) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spirit Companion Sick-Bed - (2:21)
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Malaysia Yellow Herbs - (2:46)
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Review: There are most definitely some dub elements running adrift in this latest selection of dread filled tracks from Hospital Productions' Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, such as on the opener "Upside Down Left Eye" which is a real excursion into the lower frequencies of the sound spectrum. "Undrinkable Water" is as bleak and despairing as you can get for Hospital, whilst "In Honduras Death Caused By Being Chased By Spirits" truly brings out the name of the artist into the limelight, where chirpy but sinister bird noises drop in and out of a chilling sphere of reverb. "The Spirit Wore The Shoes Of The Boy" is a comparatively more beat-led dub excursion and it's one of the highlights, though all of this compelling and challenging journey into the tenebrous mind of Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement comes highly recommended.
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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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Lily Of The Valley
HOS 184
01 Jan 07
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Pipes & Water - (4:52) 159 BPM
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Whom Youth Makes So Fair - (4:51) 120 BPM
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Seductress Of The Nightingale - (4:09) 147 BPM
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I Have A Message For You - (4:48) 157 BPM
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The Golden Chamber
HOS 198
01 Jan 07
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Before I Leave This Place - (8:59) 140 BPM
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He Tied His Horse To A Tree - (9:39) 157 BPM
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Pricked By A Spindle - (2:56) 128 BPM
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... Dying From The Wound - (11:19) 151 BPM
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While Out Hunting - (8:07)
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The Briary (Strange Place Of Death) - (2:59) 118 BPM
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