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Yaaard

How I defeated the Outhere Brothers

Yaaard

How I defeated the Outhere Brothers

Super infectious downbeats from the Reckno tapes camp

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COPELAND

Fit 1

COPELAND

Fit 1

Haunting dancehall pop deviation from half of Hype Williams

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SHADOWLUST

Girl 613

SHADOWLUST

Girl 613

51717 meets Svengalisghost inna darkwave echo chamber

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Edvard Graham Lewis

It's Hard

Edvard Graham Lewis

It's Hard

Arcane dub-pop diamond by a pioneering figure behind Dome, Wire, He Said

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Opus

VARIOUS PRODUCTION

Opus

Glacial glossolalia and fathomless atmospheres conjured by the brilliant VP

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The Bug Featuring Liz Harris

Void

The Bug Featuring Liz Harris

Void

Immaculate dub/drone-pop from a perfect pairing

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Clay Rendering

Fire Is Fall's Rose

Clay Rendering

Fire Is Fall's Rose

Wolf Eyes' Mike Connolly and his partner Tara do soul-shivering shoe-gaze/black metal

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HTRK

Wet Dream

HTRK

Wet Dream

One highlight of many from the crucial 'Psychic 9-5 Club' LP

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Max Mara

Rest in War

Max Mara

Rest in War

Icily poised synth-pop from Group Rhoda and her pal

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FAY

Can't Fall

FAY

Can't Fall

Elegant yet rugged avant-pop instrumental from California

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VENETIAN SNARES

Your Smiling Face

VENETIAN SNARES

Your Smiling Face

Catching Aaron Funk in a rare, jazzy, emotional state

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Soft as Snow

All Our Beasts

Soft as Snow

All Our Beasts

Droning, twisted electro-pop from Houndstooth's new Norwegian duo

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Xeno & Oaklander

Providence

Xeno & Oaklander

Providence

Funereal, cinematic synth-pop from Brooklyn's finest

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CHARCOAL OWLS

The Rundells

CHARCOAL OWLS

The Rundells

Uncanny lo-fi mumbles from members of Pheromoans and Liberez

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: Pop Dread”

This week we divine darker pleasures from a spectrum of slow, blue music intersecting dub, darkwave, R&B and shoe-gazing indie. They're all relatively new tracks that were released over the last 12 months or so - no reissues or vintage stuff - and could be taken to read the mood of the current scene at its lower emotional ebb. Reaching from the ear-worming nostalgia of Yaaard's 'How I Defeated The Outhere Brothers' to the washed-out vision of Charcoal Owls, we shuffle from Inga Copeland's dub-pop deconstruction 'Fit 1' thru the hypnotic delays of Wire/Dome's Edvard Graham Lewis to the haunting figures of HTRK or The Bug and Grouper, strafing dry ice to the sensual, ambiguous (e)motion of Max Mara or FAY, and the smoky jazz vibes diffused thru Venetian Snares' torch song, 'Your Smiling Face'.

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