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.

download: bandcamp | archive.org | Soundcloud

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.

download: bandcamp | archive.org | Soundcloud | HearThis

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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149 / Cuckoo Spit: Scarlet Tina

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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 others 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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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”

download: bandcamp | archive.org | vimeo | youtube | vimeo remix | youtube remix

140 / Other Fires: Personal Distraction

Somewhere there is a late night, barely lit, smoky subterranean venue. Other Fires is the soundtrack to that building. Partly deep, subdued ambient, partly industrial, glitchy drums. This is the sound of Cabaret Voltaire performing at Tech Noir. Come, enjoy and join in the electrical hum.

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