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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.

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.

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.

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Netaudio / 55

This week we have two suggestions from Phirnis and one from Heskin Radiophonic.

Bad Kisser / Loss

Clocking in at a mere five minutes, Loss is every bit as curious as it is alluringly short. Drenched in an overbearing amount of reverb, this sounds pretty close to what might have emerged from a fantasy collaborative project consisting of Loveless-era MBV and Japan’s finest, The Gerogerigegege, abandoned once and for all after only a single day’s worth of preliminary writing and recording. It’s that good.

The Volumes Setting Folder / Heidelberg EP

Heidelberg is a city prone to romantic idealization. On this sweetly brief record (can you sense I love whenever people keep it short?), that somewhat nostalgic notion is translated into some of the downright most satisfying drone music of recent memory. Comes with a PDF file featuring scans of several vintage postcards addressed to one Fräulein Babette Metzger, Sophienstraße 19.

Fountain / Fountain

Fountain play angular guitar music, with clashing polyrhythms. It’s distinctly lies in a post-punk groove, both in terms of sound writing and production – this record could easily have come from Manchester in 1978, but it comes from Australia in 2014. If you like the idea of a band that sounds like Wire jamming with Captain Beefheart, this is probably the record for you.

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Netaudio / 54

Psychic Soviets / Spaghetti Calligraphy

Previously known as The Vudu Zoo, the Psychic Soviets sound like vintage The Fall. And depending on what you think of Mark E Smith and his rotating rosta of musicians, this is either a very, very good thing or something best ignored. It is of course a very, very good thing.

Bleep Bloop / Feel The Cosmos

Feel The Cosmos is an album length release from Bleep Bloop that sizzles with contemporary sounds – glitch hop, trap and dubstep elements via for supremacy.

8m² / For The Birds

This collection of ambient drones, industrial sounds and music concrete was originally recorded in the mid 1990s by Elmar Hintz on 2, 4 and 8 track audio tapes, giving the cold ambience a warm analogue glow.

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150 / V/A: FWONK*150

Every milestone is just as important as the last, no mountain is too high to climb. For this, our 150th release on the label, we present to you a new compilation featuring 12 exclusive new songs and mixes from our artists, including 3dtorus, Antti Tammimaa, echosonic, Heskin Radiophonic, hxw hxw, Katarrhaktes, Quiggers, and we are not broken. Here’s to 150 more to come! Cheers!

download: bandcamp |

Netaudio / 53

We haven’t done one of these for a long, long while. But with Apple hacking everybody’s account and leaving a turd of a U2 album in your iTunes, we thought we’d recommend some free music that is good, and that you can download out of your own choice, rather than having it imposed on you.

So without more of a do, we recommend…Various Artists / Empire of Fuzz

Twenty-six tracks of contemporary garage punk and garage rock, slathered, as the title suggests in layers upon layers of fuzz. Featuring Moon Duo, Pissed Jeans and many others, this album is an audio kick in the bollocks, and gob of spit in the eye.

Various Artists / Sequence8

Futuresequence is a long standing ambient netlabel, and this, the eigth in their epic series of double-album length ambient compilations maintains the high standards of the previous entries. From the sound of frozen wastes, to the haunted cellars of an ancient opera house, this album conjures all manner of ambient and drone based music.

Skytree / Ganesha

This two part EP blends new age, trance and ambient music to great effect. This is very much in the same ballpark Banco de Gaia and is a perfect choice for a chill out session.

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Netaudio / 52

Transient – Symphony of Curves

Transient - Symphony of Curves

The Dusted Wax netlabel brings a digital remaster of an EP originally released in the heady days of 2010. This EP is absolutely essential old school hip-hop – sample-laden funky, jazzy beats with trip-hop and lofi elements thrown in. Excellent stuff.

Download: Internet Archive

Pedro LaDroga – While U Work; I Make Music

Pedro LaDroga - While U Work; I Make Music

Our good friends at GrappaFrisbee keep delivering the goods! This is another excellent EP of electronic, instrumental hip-hop. This never fails to deliver quality beats and slick melodies.

Download: Bandcamp

Kanukanakina – Triplo-67

Kanukanakina - Triplo-67

Three tracks of ambient, avant-garde sounds mixing field recordings with circuit-bent weirdness. It may be difficult to listen to, but all the more rewarding for persisting!

Download: Internet Archive

Netaudio / 51

Digi G’Alessio – Cirque de Poche

Digi G'Alessio - Cirque de Poche

Bleeps, sqeaks and squawks a plenty with this huge outing from the Sostanze netlabel. Crossing somewhere between fidget-house and wonky, humorous instrumental hip-hop. Whatever it sounds like, it sounds amazing.

Download: Sostanze Records

Voodoo Tapes – Samedi Night Fever

Voodoo Tapes - Samedi Night Fever

From the consistently excellent Italian netlabel A Quiet Bump comes Voodoo Tapes. This is modern, electronic dub, but it perfectly channels the blood, soul and ganga of King Tubby or Prince Far I through it’s veins.

Download: A Quiet Bump

The Inner Shore – Mental Landscapes

The Inner Shore - Mental Landscapes

A collection of four immersive, mesmerising drones. Three drones measure in at around 12 minutes each, giving plenty of room for The Inner Shore to work his magic, creating haunting sound spaces.

Download: Bandcamp