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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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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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Merry Christmas!

Apologies, but there is no Netlabel Music this week… but Merry Christmas from all us synth-vikings at Fwonk*! We hope you have a really good time over Christmas and New Year – we’ll be back with some great new netlabel releases, some great new tutorial blog posts, podcasts and even more of everything*. In the meantime, help yourself to one of our many Creative Commons music downloads, enjoy a podcast or mix, vote for your favourite Fwonk* release of 2011, nestle down with a mince pie and a sweet sherry and have a Merry Christmas!

*And when we say everything, we mean everything**.

**Or at least the sort of stuff we already do.

Vote for your favourite Fwonk* releases of 2011

The time for Christmas is near, and thoughts turn to warming yourself against roaring log fires, the jingling of sleigh bells, downing mulled wines, plum duff and all that other bullshit.

However, it is time to look back on what has been a bumper year for Fwonk* – we’ve had 26 releases (not including the sampler), moved into the blogosphere, started a monthly podcast and had two of our biggest ever success in terms of downloads. Siruxect by Tiruset has been download over 4,600 times, and in the last few weeks Ettertid by Per has belatedly hit the big time, after being included in the YouTube hit Sense of Flying.

We have also added to the blog a poll (see the far right hand side bar) to gauge your opinion of our 2011 releases. Voters can choose up to five (5) releases that have stood out as particular highlights of the year for them. Go ahead, choose your five and let us know in the comments below what you think!