Coming Soon – Trium Circulorum

We are delighted to announce that coming soon on Fwonk* will be the new album from Trium Circulorum – aka 3dtorus and Kanal Drei.

This full length album is a mesmerising mix of early electronic ambient music and ultra minimal techno, hypnotic in it’s beauty. It will also be the first Fwonk* physical release, appearing in a strictly limited edition of 25 audio cassettes.

More details soon…

Netklang #1 / music wanted

Greetings and Happy New Year!

Here at Fwonk* we are starting 2016 with an open call for submissions for a new compilation of original tracks from exciting artists. Netklang #1 will be a new compilation, due for release in early February.

Four conditions apply in submitting a track:

  • The track must be an original composition by you
  • It must be submitted in WAV or AIFF format
  • It must be no longer than 8 minutes
  • It must be interesting

That’s it. Go and make some music, or send us a song you may have sitting on a dusty shelf.

Send them to us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Netaudio / 60

Azureflex / Bipolar Bear

A short blast of fun 8-bit sounds, brought up to date, particularly in the stand-out last track. 8-bit music obviously often sounds familiar, but this is an exceptional quality EP within the limits of the genre.

Man Watching the Stars / Dusk

An intense ambient album of orchestral drones created with violin and effects. This album is deep, involving and technically brilliant.

Crowns / Disk of Dust

An album of the future, as envisioned from the past. This album is a fantastic recreation and homage to the music of late 70s and early 80s science fiction movies, and principally the work of Vangelis. Full of lush, retro synthesis, this album is originally unoriginal but sounds fantastic.

Albums of the Year / 2014

Aphex Twin / Syro

Aphex Twin’s long overdue return for the wilderness (ok… he did the Analord series and Tuss) is a perfect summation of his career to date. He didn’t reinvent electronica (again), but did he really need to? The weight of expectation made this album seem almost an anti-climax, but it was Aphex’s most solid, listenable album in nearly two decades.

FKA twigs / LP1

FKA twigs is one of the many women artists to breakthrough and make far more interesting music than mere labels can define. On an initial listen, this may seem very sparse music, but it isn’t, it’s very dense. It’s also hugely sexy, but very much from a strong female point of view – this is the polar opposite of teenage pop starlets twerking for the satisfaction of men.

Jack White / Lazaretto

Jack White’s defiantly analogue take on music sees him team up with a great body of musicians to produce music that is funky, rocking and soulful. The varied album brings in White’s many influences, including sweet country flavoured ballads. It may not break any new ground, but it is a great collection of songs from mainstream rock music’s most important modern voice.

Ian William Craig / A Turn of Breath

An album of ambient drones, largely composed from the remarkable voice of Ian William Craig and fed through a variety of distortion and filter circuits. This album is by turns haunting, fragile, ancient, modern, quiet, noisy and always brilliant.

St. Vincent / St. Vincent

Possibly the most exciting performer, song writer and guitar player of 2014, St. Vincent really struck gold this year. A perfect combination of off-kilter pop music, choreographed performances and a strong public image all combined to make St. Vincent a distinctive, original voice in contemporary pop music.

Goat / Commune

Goat is a group of anonymous, masked Swedish psychedelic rock musicians. They’ve taken every single element that makes late 60s spaced out jams great, building simple, repetitive mantras into jams, laced with fuzz. I’m guessing they have also probably taken a shit load of drugs in the process, but (at this stage) this is a positive, rather than a negative.

Warpaint / Warpaint

This is, without doubt, my album of the year, indeed the track above is the song of the year. The album was released in the UK in January, and it has not left me since. An album of brooding, stoned jams that invites the listener in to their headspace, wreathed in smoke, sultry vocals and sweat. This album sounds not like people competing for the spotlight, more as if each member of the band is trying to hide behind each other, locked in their own tight, intimate groove.

The Cauldron 011: December 2014

The Sound of Winter

Monday 1st December – Wednesday 31st December

Record an original piece of music for the season. You are free to use whatever you wish to create your track.


When you post your track, please remember to include:

  • A Description!
    Your working process is important not only to us but to everyone else as well!
  • Tags!
    Put the following after your track title and in the tags themselves: [thecauldron011_thesoundofwinter]
  • Licensing!
    Please ensure that the track’s set to a Creative Commons license that allows for remixing. (e.g. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
  • Downloads!
    We’d love for all music to be downloadable for potential use in future projects.
  • Links!
    As a community project, these are super important, so don’t leave them out!

Please include the following as part of your description:

Find out more about The Cauldron: http://fwonk.co.uk/the-cauldron
Join The Cauldron: http://soundcloud.com/groups/the-cauldron
Check out the Fwonk netlabel: http://fwonk.co.uk/

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Netaudio / 59

Lorn / The Maze to Nowhere (part two)

This is an all too brief golden treasure of lo-fi, hip-hop fused ambience. Mixing crisp, spare beats with woozy, analogue, distorted synths this album is suffesed by a fuzzy saturated sound. The added ghostly vocals on the first track is a huge pleasure too – it sounds like Boards of Canada jamming with My Bloody Valentine to make hip-hop.

Zeke Beats / Pay Attention

Another fine record from Saturate Records, this combines elements of trap, hip-hop, EDM and chiptune to fine effect. The riffs aren’t the most original, but the production is stand out. You need huge bass bins to hear this music – you will literally miss 40% of the music if you listen through laptop speakers!

Ghost / A Tale of Life in VI Parts

Some good old fashioned instrumental hip-hop, this bears comparison with the likes of DJ Shadow. 6 tracks of acoustic drum beats, piano riffs and good old fashioned dialogue samples.

The Cauldron 010: November 2014

Gizmogenesis

Saturday 1st November – Sunday 30th November

Create your own musical instrument and record a new piece of music featuring and showcasing it. You may manipulate the recording, but at some point the original source of audio must be present in the mix.


When you post your track, please remember to include:

  • A Description!
    Your working process is important not only to us but to everyone else as well!
  • Tags!
    Put the following after your track title and in the tags themselves: [thecauldron010_gizmogenesis]
  • Licensing!
    Please ensure that the track’s set to a Creative Commons license that allows for remixing. (e.g. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
  • Downloads!
    We’d love for all music to be downloadable for potential use in future projects.
  • Links!
    As a community project, these are super important, so don’t leave them out!

Please include the following as part of your description:

Find out more about The Cauldron: http://fwonk.co.uk/the-cauldron
Join The Cauldron: http://soundcloud.com/groups/the-cauldron
Check out the Fwonk netlabel: http://fwonk.co.uk/

Join The Cauldron on Soundcloud

Follow FwonkCauldron on Twitter

Netaudio / 58

Hallowe’en / Hallowe’en

Noisy post-punk from Auckland. Hallowe’en are interested in making a jangly discordant noise. Long may they do so!

Various Artists / Hell’s Headbangers Vol.7

How can we have a Halloween special without featuring without featuring a full on album of metal, spelled with a capital METAL. This is full on, fast and gloriously bullet-belted, patches on a denim waistcoat metal. Where else could you find a track called Sex Dungeon by a band called Shitfucker?

D’Evil / Madman

An album of old skool hip-hop and rap, skits and all from India. Whilst the beats are familiar, the Indian perspective is new (to my ears at least!)


On the commercial side of things, this week we have been listening to Supercharger Goes Way Out! which is possibly the best rock and roll album in the world.

Netaudio / 57

Jingha-a x 90sFlav / Catch’in The Vibe (EP)

Dusted Wax Kingdom have a longstanding tradition of putting out the very best in netaudio hip-hop, and this, their 286th release, totally lives up to the title. Part trip-hop, part old skool hip-hop, this is proudly stuck in the 90s with lo-fi loops, beats, clicks and cuts.

DR / 4 Drones

Etched Traumas netlabel bring four short ambient drones from German producer Dominic Razlaff who employs field recordings, synthesizers and tape loops to great effect. Chords wash in and wash out from background layers of static, warm distortion meets the coldness of the chords and melodies.

Various Artists / Gem Drops Four

Gem Drops Four is a compilation album from the Dropping Gems netlabel featuring 21 tracks of prime glitch hop from Portland, USA. Particularly amazing is the track Falling by Vandetta, a ghostly acapella.

Netaudio / 56

krupoviesa / La noche de los muertos muertos

On the Black Fish Discos netlabel, this album of fuzzy, lo-fi pop and rock is tinged – despite the Cramps-esque title and artwork – with post-rock guitars, 8 bit saw tooth synths and thundering bass. Whatever, it’s just great music. Go listen.

Esta b2b Joe Kay / Live @ TSOT (Stussy X Soulection After Party)

A 43 minutes DJ set from Esta and Joe Kay recorded live at Stussy x Soulection After Party @ The Echoplex on the 5 September 2014. The beats are laid back, funky and hard.

The Satans / Social Justice Warrior

The Satans bring you eleven tracks of full pelt hardcore punk. The pace is fast, brutal, non-stop and intense. Personally speaking, it would be even better with some blast beats, but you can’t have everything!


Commercial Music of the Week

This week we have been listening to Aphex Twin – Syro, Goat – Commune, Body Count – Institutionalized.


Like what you hear? Get in touch with us and let us know if there’s some great free music you’ve heard (or released) lately. Get in touch!