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GOLD PANDA

Marriage (Forest Swords 1am Hotel Room Redraw)

GOLD PANDA

Marriage (Forest Swords 1am Hotel Room Redraw)

Gorgeous remake featuring a ghostly choir and signature, sparse drums.

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Sun Araw & Matthewdavid

B1

Sun Araw & Matthewdavid

B1

Deeply potent dub compressions from two of LA's most zoned-out operators.

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SSaliva

West End

SSaliva

West End

Stoned chillwave gem with hints of Hype Williams or Matrix Metals and '60s pop.

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Angel Eyes

Do Away With

Angel Eyes

Do Away With

Strung out and desolate yet life affirming synth and guitar drone from Melbourne.

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monte cazazza

A Gringo Like Me

monte cazazza

A Gringo Like Me

Strangely suggestive anomaly from a former TG engineer and industrial legend.

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Peaking Lights

Birds of Paradise Dub Version

Peaking Lights

Birds of Paradise Dub Version

A loping, skanking highlight of many from their amazing '936' LP.

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Echo Lake

Everything Is Real

Echo Lake

Everything Is Real

Immersive modern shoegaze, majestic yet serene.

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Widowspeak

Harsh Realm

Widowspeak

Harsh Realm

Beautiful, Mazzy Star-like shoegaze pop.

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ENNIO MORRICONE

Secondo Rito

ENNIO MORRICONE

Secondo Rito

Spellbinding work from the master of evocative atmospheres.

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GROUPER

Sick

GROUPER

Sick

Liz Harris owns your emotions.

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Higuma

Kaleidoscope Moon

Higuma

Kaleidoscope Moon

Blissed psyche-folk from Barn Owl's Evan Caminiti and Lisa McGee.

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SHACKLETON

Deadman (King Midas Sound's Death Dub Remix)

SHACKLETON

Deadman (King Midas Sound's Death Dub Remix)

An afterlife anthem for decomposing bones and earthworms.

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HOW TO DRESS WELL

Can't See My Own Face

HOW TO DRESS WELL

Can't See My Own Face

Utterly arresting highlight from one of THE albums of the last 12 months.

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Pariah

Safehouses

Pariah

Safehouses

Edge of the world beatless ambience from a hugely promising producer

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 Tracks: Rambling in the ether...”

Inspired by the enigmatic music of Forest Swords, this weeks selection searches between blue R&B, plangent Shoegaze and psych-dub desert soundscaping for a lost soul. Five years ago, these sounds may perhaps have been considered uncomfortable bedfellows, but in the hands of select operators their essence has been isolated and molded into a shimmering spectrum of emotive goodness, from the shy, lo-fi R&B of How To Dress Well to the inner oceanic drift of Angel Eyes and of course Forest Swords' ethereal folk-dub drone-pop. We've also factored in a few outside connections, gazing from a distance at Ennio Morricone's deeply atmospheric 'Secondo Rito' and a brilliantly cinematic track from Monte Cazazza's 'The Cynic', next to psych-dub from the incredible Peaking Lights album '936' and Matthewdavid's genius reworks of Sun Araw, while the more maudlin moments are covered with reassuring sensitivity on Grouper's heart-stopping 'Sick', Widowspeak's wistful 'Harsh Realm' and the skyward reverbs of Echo Lake's 'Everything Is Real'. Complementing the vibe perfectly, the King Midas Sound remix of Shackleton and Higuma's 'Kaleidoscope Moon' define the balance of effected electronic dread and tender soul. It almost goes without saying, if you've not checked 'Dagger Paths' by now, make it a priority!

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On 16 Mar 20:01 stephen judge said:
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“2 more discovered”

Nice selection this..it's led me to discover Peaking Lights(fabulous album)and Pariah..brilliant releases on the mighty R&S record label...now about that Amen breaks selection..PLEEEASE.....

On 20 Mar 04:09 Dom said:

“Koushik”

Nice collection but props need to be given to Koushik who paved the way with this sound back in 2004