133 / V/A: Fwonk* Classics

Taking inspiration from hundreds of years of classical music, a select cadre of Fwonk* alumni offer their interpretations and versions of the genre. Tackling Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky – as well as lesser-known composers like Thomas Tallis, Pietro Masagni and Josquin de Prez – are Fwonk* artists echosonic, katarrhaktes, Eivind Fivelsdal, Heskin Radiophonic, Per Byhring, Fudgedubnofunk and Dr Nemmo.

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129 / V/A: A Tribute to Kurt Cobain

In March we set a Cauldron challenge to our roster of artists, and the public to commemorate the legacy of Kurt Cobain. In the 20 years since Cobain’s passing he has inspired generations of artists across many genres. This compilation features music that covers everything from industrial electronica, to algorave to ambient drones.

In setting the challenge, we stipulated this could have been anything from a Nirvana cover to a song inspired by his lyrics. The track should have been the length of a rock song (between 2 and 6 minutes) and had to include vocals. This tribute is the result of that experiment.

For more information on The Cauldron project, click here.

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127 / Cuckoo Spit: Runaway

Some days, it seems as though the rain will last forever. Melancholy, somber, yet ultimately hopeful, Cuckoo Spit neurotically searches for colour in perpetually overcast landscapes. At the core of this EP is a cover of Avril Lavigne’s ‘Runaway’ remixed into a pounding ocean of gloom by industrial/ambient artist Katarrhaktes.

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126 / WhiteGold: Dance With Me

WhiteGold specialises in house, electronic and future garage genres. Katie (WhiteGold), comes from Manchester. Her recent music is getting more and more popular by the day, so she is definitely one to look out for in 2014. This track was dedicated to a very dear friend. It has been remixed by Katarrhaktes.

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123 / Katarrhaktes: EVERYTHING TASTES LIKE BLOOD

Teetering on the edge of dissonance, Katarrhaktes summons two disquieting tracks from beyond the pale. Woven from manipulated acoustic instruments, these bleak explorations into the medium stumble between percussive groove and unsettling tension.

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121 / Phirnis: Lovers

If someone said to you, “I’m going to play you a song about love”, what would you expect to hear?

The basic ideas for Lovers had been fostering for months, coming on the heels of last year’s full-length album, Feeding Lions. This standalone new track is ripe with tension, a recording both unrelenting and oddly beautiful, like the proverbial sound of cymbals crashing. It was written and produced by Kai Ginkel aka Phirnis, with an astonishing remix by Katarrhaktes on the flipside.

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114 / V/A: Let Steeple Bells Be Swungen

Ho ho ho and a keg of mulled wine! Fwonk* rounds off 2013 with a candy-soaked compilation LP of icy beats and frosty ambience. Best enjoyed with a crate of dodgy liqueur and several dozen mince pies.

Concept, curation, and artwork by Katarrhaktes.

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111 / V/A: The Legendary Swimsuit Issue

When at the beach on a glorious Summer’s day, the lovely lads and ladies at the fantastic Fwonk* studios promise they will never wear those sweaty speedos you most earnestly wish you hadn’t bought them for Christmas in jest. Nor will they torture you with terror-inducing spray-on tan lines or sandy crotch-paunches. Nope. Not now. Not ever. Our hands may be behind our backs, but that doesn’t mean our fingers are crossed.

Compiled, mastered and designed by Katarrhaktes.

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109 / Cuckoo Spit: Salmon Custard

The bizarre Cuckoo Spit’s debut on Fwonk* is a twisted, bi-polar trip to a world smothered in rainbows and rotting entrails. Using only the manipulated human voice, the mini-album Salmon Custard is in flux between candy coated naivety and darkly humorous innuendo.

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