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Vår

No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers

Vår

No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers

Serotonin-depleted highlight from Denmark's Posh Isolation lynchpins

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IKE YARD

Half A God - Powell remix

IKE YARD

Half A God - Powell remix

Rollicking, recombinant moto-rok remix of a post-punk classic by the Diagonal Records co-owner

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Dirty Beaches

Mirage Hall

Dirty Beaches

Mirage Hall

Alex Zhang's 'Drifters / Love Is The Devil' is one of 2013's most beguiling and memorable.

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WOLF EYES

Confession of the Informer

WOLF EYES

Confession of the Informer

Utterly blown-out doom from Nate Young, John Olson and James Baljo

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Demdike Stare

Dyslogy

Demdike Stare

Dyslogy

Face-melting breakbeat techno bomb off the Testpressing series.

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Wold

Dry Love

Wold

Dry Love

Mutant black metal techno and darkwave hybrid from the desolate plains of Saskatchewan

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TROPIC OF CANCER

Hardest Day

TROPIC OF CANCER

Hardest Day

Exquisite, dread-filled drone pop produced by Karl O'Connor

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Clay Rendering

Nature's Confusion

Clay Rendering

Nature's Confusion

Wolf Eyes' Mike Connolly makes amazing goth-metal ambience with wife, Tara

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Dwellings

Frame Speed

Dwellings

Frame Speed

Gnod's Chris Haslam projected the darkest machine music as Dwellings for the band's Tesla Tapes label

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PRURIENT

You Show Great Spirit

PRURIENT

You Show Great Spirit

Dominick Fernow (Vatican Shadow) blew our tiny minds with this gothic trance techno epic

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Shifted

Burning Tyres

Shifted

Burning Tyres

Hospital Productions caught the mysterious Shifted at his best here.

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Anthroprophh

Precession

Anthroprophh

Precession

Paul Allen ov The Heads made a canny impression with his hypnotic solo debut as Antropropph

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Acteurs

Golden Rabbit

Acteurs

Golden Rabbit

Slithering K-hole modulations by Chicago's avant-rock veterans for Public Information

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Äänipää (Mika Vainio & Stephen O'Malley)

Muse

Äänipää (Mika Vainio & Stephen O'Malley)

Muse

Mika Vainio & Stephen O'Malley made all our darkest fantasies come true with the ÄÄNIPÄÄ project

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This time on 14tracks:

“Best of 2013: Part Four”

As ever, music from the shadows dominated our listening in 2013. By coincidence rather than design, a handful of like-minded labels and artists were responsible for redrawing lines in the sand between noise, metal, techno and dark ambient electronics. Like most others, we were consistently floored by Blackest Ever Black's output, especially Karl O'Connor's production on 'Hardest Day' for Tropic Of Cancer, and Prurient's gothic trance techno gem, 'You Show Great Spirit', whilst Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions presented exceptional highlights with the debut of Wolf Eyes' Mike Connolly and his wife Tara's Clay Rendering project, and the best yet from Shifted on his 2nd album, 'Under A Single Banner'. Editions Mego kept their scope dilated as possible, yielding the frozen metal techno of Wold's mighty 'Dry Love' and Mika Vainio and Stephen O'Malley's long awaited ÄÄNIPÄÄ epic whilst Demdike Stare and Modern Love ran amok with the Testpressing series and the most evil-sounding Andy Stott releases. Reaching similarly mutant conclusions, Diagonal's Powell followed up a killer Death Of Rave single with two exceptional remixes - one for Silent Servant, and the other his Ike Yard rejig featured here - while Gnod's Dwellings forged a successful machine alliance with his amazing Tesla Tapes release sharing motorik vectors with the likes of Dirty Beaches and Anthroprophh, whereas the likes of Vår, Acteurs and Wolf Eyes all adopted unique perspectives on proper, abyss-staring ambience.

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On 22 Dec 14:01 Caren Ball said:
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