156 / 3dtorus – Consumism

3dtorus writes: “Consumism marks my first release in 2015, I wrote it during two weeks with a heavy flu by the end of November 2014, in a strange state of mind, in a land somewhere between Codeine, Aspirin Complex, dream and wake, weak and weird.

“I think it reflects my listening habits in the second half of 2014, which were mainly instrumental hip-hop, trap, dubstep and dub – slow and heavy electronic beats, twisted synths, bass and more bass.

“The title came to my mind when I spun my usual thoughts about money and products as modern day religious artefacts and the effects of this approach on our daily lives in the western civilization. So, this album is for the transcendental entertainment which music provides, not political at all in itself but on the packaging. Enjoy!”

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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.

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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