194 / Bachelor Machines – Breathe With The Machine

Bachelor Machines – one of the founding member of the Fwonk* roster – swaps his normal tracker based techno, for something altogether different. This is a 68 minute album of sheer ambient bliss, with beautifully constructed and layered pads, drone and effected acoustic passages. The album is comprised of 3 movements – two epic 30 minute ambient symphonies of sound, followed by an 8 minute coda. This is an exquisite album, one to wrap yourself in, lose yourself and watch time shift out of balance.

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192 / hxw hxw – the artist

In this six track EP, hxw hxw paints landscapes depicting the tortured spectrum of a broken mind, from aggression to indifference to loneliness to anxiety, entirely created using manipulated samples from anime.

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177 / hxw hxw – but the echo of thunder cries out from the depths

Musique-concrete party crashers hxw hxw round off their ‘narcissus…’ era with a full-length remix album. This LP compiles all previous b-sides alongside several new tracks, including ‘lullaby of the portcullis’, an 8 minute monster comprised only of samples of video game deaths.

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169 / hxw hxw – narcissus stripped bare by his own eyes, even

hxw hxw is an experimental, conceptual project that takes its name from the Greek nymph Ekho, who could only being able to repeat words spoken to her, her own voice stolen away in a curse.

Created only using audio samples gleaned from entertainment media such as film, television, and video games, narcissus stripped bare by our own eyes, even questions the vanity of a consumerist lifestyle on which we are growing ever more dependant. Appropriating the mythological Narcissus as an extended metaphor for a self-referential escapist society, hxw hxw also challenges the onanistic practices of art itself and its legitimacy in the contemporary world.

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161 / hxw hxw – a body of water is a kind of mirror, i suppose

After years of silently releasing material without so much as a whisper, the mysterious hxw hxw (romanised from the Ancient Greek, meaning ‘echo echo’) brings us its first single ‘a body of water is a kind of mirror, i suppose’. These two songs have been remixed specifically for this release using elements taken from the upcoming album ‘narcissus stripped bare by his own eyes, even’.

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