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March 2, 2012

Netlabel Music / 20

We’ve got two brand new releases for you this week, freshly put on the web by the wonderful and eclectic Records On Ribs netlabel, and a new release from my favourite minimal techno site, Broque. To finish with, we have a Bandcamp find – some great melodic instrumental metal!

Talk Less, Say More – England Without Rain

Talk Less, Say More – England Without Rain

suggested by Heskin Radiophonic
Where to start? Quite simply, this is one of the very best netlabel releases I’ve ever heard. It’s 37 minutes of pop perfection: it’s like an 1980s synthpop greatest hits album – a splash of Depeche Mode, a soupçon of Pet Shop Boys, add some ripping melodic guitar solos, and re-record with the latest technology. It fizzles with imagination and lyrical wit. The fact that it’s free and much better than any commercially released pop records of the last 10+ years just makes it all the better, not to mention making a mockery of the entire commercial music industry.
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Landschall – Cake and Communism

Landschall – Cake and Communism

suggested by Heskin Radiophonic
Landschall – aka André Noller – follows up his excellent Sox On The Rox EP with five tracks of minimal techno and house. It can be difficult working in such a restrictive field, to breathe life into your strict 4/4 beats and alien synths, but Landschall achieves this feat with ease: it may not be bringing the house down techno, but in it’s chilled way Cake and Communism just works.
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Stallone – Stallone

Stallone - Stallone

suggested by Heskin Radiophonic
Three tracks of well-produced instrumental stoner, sludgy post-metal. Subtle, almost ghostly melodies are woven in and out of the crushing, groovy riffs. This excellent EP is perfectly balanced, it has it’s left hand in the air, fingers pointing in the devil’s horns, the right hand thoughtfully stroking it’s chin.
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