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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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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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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Netaudio / 59

Lorn / The Maze to Nowhere (part two)

This is an all too brief golden treasure of lo-fi, hip-hop fused ambience. Mixing crisp, spare beats with woozy, analogue, distorted synths this album is suffesed by a fuzzy saturated sound. The added ghostly vocals on the first track is a huge pleasure too – it sounds like Boards of Canada jamming with My Bloody Valentine to make hip-hop.

Zeke Beats / Pay Attention

Another fine record from Saturate Records, this combines elements of trap, hip-hop, EDM and chiptune to fine effect. The riffs aren’t the most original, but the production is stand out. You need huge bass bins to hear this music – you will literally miss 40% of the music if you listen through laptop speakers!

Ghost / A Tale of Life in VI Parts

Some good old fashioned instrumental hip-hop, this bears comparison with the likes of DJ Shadow. 6 tracks of acoustic drum beats, piano riffs and good old fashioned dialogue samples.

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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137 / James Breeze: Post-Human

‘Post-Human’ – ”…a hypothetical future being whose basic capacities so radically exceed those of present humans as to be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards”.

…retrospectively, are we not already ‘Post-Human’?

Post-Human is the debut album by English artist, James Breeze; an experimental album of lush soundscapes and unsettling textures. The album is based on a loose concept of ‘The Forming of The Individual’ and the concept of transhumanism. It features personal and reflective themes captured by haunting ambient passages and intense, processed electronic programming.

Both retro and modern; contemplative yet scornful. Experience the world of the Post-Human.

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131 / James Breeze: What Is It You Would Have Me Do?

From the heart and mind of England based artist, James Breeze, is the lead single ‘What Is It You Would Have Me Do?’, taken from the upcoming début album ‘Post-Human’. The single features a vibrant framework of lush instrumentation, spacious synths, crushing Industrial rhythms and delicate dynamism. This is the sound of catharsis. This is James Breeze.

The single also features the pounding electronica B-side ‘Vitriolic’, with its ever changing tempo and intricate sequencers. An antagonistic melding of pomp and self-efficacy.

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122 / Stratosonics: BuzzFeed Baby

Two new songs from Fwonk*s regular shit-kickers, Stratosonics. First up is BuzzFeed Baby, an ode to the popular social website for morons, followed by a brand new version of Yeah Yeah Yeah, which first appeared on Sonic Boom Boogie back in 2011. Two slabs of in your face rock and roll, and the whole single lasts 159 seconds.

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