176 / we are not broken – ep01

Long time Fwonk* stalwarts JB and IS join forces with SD to bring us this outstanding industrial metal EP. Downtuned guitars are shredded, growling vocals are processed and Numanesque synths build an intense atmosphere of industrial decay and a cybernetic reality.

JB – vox, programming (all tracks), bass (track 1), guitar (track 4)
IS – guitar (all tracks)
SD – bass (tracks 2-4), bass noise (track 1), guitar (track 4)

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175 / Ignacio Cantú – Movimiento Binaural

Coming from Cordoba, Argentina Ignacio Cantú debuts on Fwonk* with this outstanding album. Indulging his taste for creating atmospherical soundscapes, Ignacio worked with analogue tape by scratching it and cutting it. This was then treated and augmented with digital sound in it’s binarian code using databending techniques. These tracks are electronic experimentation at it’s best, and feature manipulated, ethereal vocals in a collaboration with Clara Gustaffson, from Sweden.

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173 / Phirnis/Katarrhaktes – Apnoea

In their second full-length split LP, Phirnis and Katarrhaktes collaborate to bring you the unsettling Apnoea; seven sleep-deprived tracks of industrial/ambience which slip between modes of melody, musique concrete, and extreme electronic dissonance.

Reviews: Ambient Exotica

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171 / V/A: Game of Tones

Welcome to Fwonk*! To celebrate Netlabel Day we bring you the cream of the crop – a sampler of the very best Fwonkage from the last 12 months, and a couple of yet-to-be-released treats. This album gives you a taste of our output – with everything from left-field dance to industrial strength noise.

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170 / Cardigan of Wasps – Goreshit Roadkill

Insane, damaged, schizophrenic. Cardigan of Wasps takes a turn for even darker waters in the filthy noise-industrial mechanical monstrosity Goreshit Roadkill. The five unconventional remixes on this EP hack the original song to pieces, reassembling its remaining flesh and bones into beautiful depictions of ugliness.

Sakura Swarm: concept, composition, synth, bass, mix, artwork, additional percussion
o terceiro invisível: percussion, additional ambience
Dr. Decker: plugs & pedals, arpy stringed instruments, chuggy bits
April Anthrax: saliva
Studio Ersatz: ear-splitting noise

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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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167 / high dart – 809

high dart went part way back to the roots and part way to space. The sound of 809 is spacey-rough,
trippy and sometimes there’s a little glint of well-camouflaged cheesiness. and guitars!
while the LP emerged, a lot of synths were oscillating. what else should they have done?
So, 809 is a four dimensional object. To us nothing but a lot of time slices. It can be seen as a tram that takes you down a 40 minute long route through 11 zones inside the abstract. Sometimes it appears spooky, especially if you spend enough time at the terminus of 809.

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165 / 3dtorus – Initiation EP

3dtorus says “The Initiation EP came together by reflecting on my initiation on techno, in 1996 in Berlin. I remember, back then this was something completely new, like an Underground Resistance album (“Galaxy 2 Galaxy – A Hi-Tech Jazz Compilation” – highly recommended!) says in the title: “Hi-tech Jazz”. That is the impression it had on me, like an industrial soul sound, machines singing, funky, dirty and futuristic.”

“From 1997 – 2001 I was completely absorbed into the nightlife, then my approach changed back again to producing for myself.”

“Anyway, this EP mirrors how I felt in my first night, which lasted for what felt like 20 hours.”

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164 / Cardigan of Wasps – Rose Red

Industrial/electronic supergroup Cardigan of Wasps arrives with debut maxi-single Rose Red, featuring a stinging new song along with an experimental remix from every member of the band, each of which twists the title track in an entirely new direction.

Sakura Swarm: concept, composition, synth, bass, mix, artwork
o terceiro invisível: percussion
Dr. Decker: guitar, additional percussion
April Anthrax: voice, lyrics

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