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162 / Diropel – Yhnpivtr

‘Yhnpivtr’ is a short EP in which Diropel continues to explore environmental atmospheres, including sounds less affected by Paulstretch effects. These three soundscapes have dark and psychedelic textures that immerse the listener in worlds of deep relaxation.

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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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160 / L-Rai – Del01229

Towards the top right hand corner of the cover lays a bright yellow star larger than ours. Around that star orbits 14 planets that, like in our own system, vary considerably. Many of these planets surfaces are unreachable, and may or may not contain life. However, one, just like Earth, is situated perfectly in a Goldilocks Zone. Therefore, a craft was able to approach and descend upon the planet and pick up recordings, images, and samples for further research.

Here is a small glimpse of the mysterious, unnamed planet coded as Del01229.

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159 / Phirnis/Katarrhaktes – Sleepers

Regular Fwonk* artists Phirnis and Katarrhaktes have colluded to devise this split LP. Resting somewhere between noise and ambience, Sleepers recalls the uncomfortable mode of comfort between the comatose and wakeful states. Fragments of sound play back like phantom memories, washing and repeating upon themselves as waves upon the shores of the mind.

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158 / Ohsaurus – PUng

The mighty Ohsaurus returns to Fwonk* with an album originally issued in March 2013 on the now defunct Noecho Records netlabel. PUng is full length album rooted in funky electronica and modern beats with jazz influence/ If you’ve liked Ohsaurus’ previous work here on Fwonk*, you’ll be delighted to see this drop. If you’re new to Ohsaurus, welcome aboard, you are going to love this.

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157 / DR – Music for Quiet Listening

Music for Quiet Listening lives up to it’s title. This is ambient music as pure minimalist, smooth drones. And it sounds gorgeous. DR weaves together warm textures to create perfect headphone music for creating your own personal cocoon, sheltered from the noise of the world.

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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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152 / Almark: Oracle/Feather

Almark brings forth two new singles from early fall 2014. Oracle allows life to be heard with each beat and explodes into a mystery; thus allowing the Avant-Garde to flow into a different ‘dance-like’ music pool. While Feather chooses the more ‘serene’ yet haunting approach of nature and music.

Oracle – Re-mastered on Nov 1, 2014. All Music written and composed by Almark. Mixing and Mastering by Almark. Originally released to SynthoElectro Records.

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151 / Lie Craze: We won’t ever be saved here

Here it is, the second album of Berlin based electro pop artist Lie Craze, five years after the release of her positively reviewed debut album “Never Played With The Cool Kids” in 2009.

Lie Craze’s music has often been described as both catchy and honest, musically and lyrically. “Lyrics are very important to me. When I hear a catchy pop tune but the lyrics are just that same outworn sentence about love or la la la all the time I get really upset over the waste of a good idea.”

On this album Lie Craze kept the attitude of being a punk rock singer in her teenage years, the songs are hardly longer than 3:30 minutes and she couldn’t care less about any (genre) standards or formalities. But at the same time she kept an eye for details and melodies. “Maybe these 9 years of violin lessons I got as a little kid weren’t completely worthless.”

If you want to describe the sound of the album you need to look closer than just skipping into the first tracks. Starting with the hymn-like opener “Care For Yourself”, over more club and dance orientated songs like “Wise Girls” and “Dictionaries” to pensive songs as “Home Without Her” or the kinda-rap song “Love From The East”.
“I didn’t want to have the same sound in every song. I love the Berlin techno scene and of course it influenced my work. But growing up as a small town emo kid who spent most of its life heartbroken and in a constant state of rebellion, words and diversity still mean a lot to me. It’s good to stay open-minded and try something new without the need of tagging a label on it instantly. My music is not too experimental as I still aim to do pop music, but I think it stands out. What basically sums up my life: too weird for the normal and too normal for the weird people.”

Most songs on “We won’t ever be saved here” were formed with bumbovsky, who already did two remixes on her first release. Mixing and mastering has been done by Almark. “This album would not exist without the help of these two highly skilled and talented people. My debut album was almost entirely made as a one-(wo)man-production, but this one got a lot of help from my talented friends and I think it enriches it a lot.”

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149 / Cuckoo Spit: Scarlet Tina

With sweaty palms and a lump in your throat, you knock on her door. She’s beautiful. The curtains are drawn and the scent of perfumed candles is heavy in the air. You prepare yourself for the most perfect romantic evening with the girl of your dreams. Stare into each other’s eyes, tie each other up – but wait. This was supposed to be a home-cooked meal. Where’s the food? With a surge of panic as she tightens the final knot, you catch a flash of metal from the corner of your eye. Her expression twists with hysteria as she places the knife inside your cheek. “Smile”.

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