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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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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150 / V/A: FWONK*150

Every milestone is just as important as the last, no mountain is too high to climb. For this, our 150th release on the label, we present to you a new compilation featuring 12 exclusive new songs and mixes from our artists, including 3dtorus, Antti Tammimaa, echosonic, Heskin Radiophonic, hxw hxw, Katarrhaktes, Quiggers, and we are not broken. Here’s to 150 more to come! Cheers!

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148 / circle of squares

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from the now derilict fine worsted mills of huddersfield, west yorkshire, comes circle of squares.
we have, sir sidney rough diamond on beat duties, lofi earnie playing dominos and the fist of cheese throwing shapes in the corner.
BOOM SHANKA!
LETS GO!
music to dance and chill to.
music to laugh and cry to.
music sweet music.

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147 / 3dtorus: Living Room Ambience

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3dtorus submerges his techno beats in the deepest fathoms, and Living Room Ambience is high quality minimal Berlin electronica relocated to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. This is the deepest of houses.

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146 / Yan: Super Pig

Yan arrives at the Fwonk table with a pair of huge big dance tracks: Super Pig is a noisey hard trance track with humongous long build ups and a duck‘n‘pump drop.

DJ GO COME ON! is a tech-infused hard hitter, absolutely riddled with ‘DJ’ samples from your favourite plastic Yahama Keyboards WOO! COME ON

The amazing cover art is provided by Robin Keizer

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145 / Lie Craze: GAS/GAD (feat. bumbovsky)

Berlin based electropop artist Lie Craze released her debut album ‘Never Played With The Cool Kids’ in 2009 and her last single and video ‘Oh Dare You’ almost exactly three years ago. This summer her second album is going to be put out eventually with the first single ‘GAS/GAD’ released on Fwonk*.

“GAS/GAD is a bit different from the songs I did on the first album. I usually use a lot of acoustic instruments and a melodic, unaffected vocal line. GAS/GAD is purely electronic with fragmented vocals, a fast-driven sound and a weird attitude. Maybe all my stuff is weird, but this one is extra-weird”

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