The Crisis Project – Compress / Omission

Long-serving readers may recall The Crisis Project being reviewed at Netlabelism before. The two-track EP ‘Scans’ (released in 2011 on BFW Recordings) not only found its way into the CAST06 Netlabelism podcast, but made my top-three shortlist of the best netlabel releases of 2011. This is hardly surprising, given the quality of this group. It is by no means an easy task...+

Nyul – When the Path Fades

IDMf Label is a forum-run netlabel which features on Netlabelism time and time again. The enthusiasm and diligence by which this forum persists is reflected in the strength of their free releases. The new EP by Nyul is no exception. Genre-wise, the IDMf discography is wildly unpredictable; you never know what is going to happen to your brain the second you hit play. Will it be a...+

Various Artists – 七夕コンピ

Otoginomori (translation = “Forest Fairy”), a sparse and little-known Japanese label, released a short compilation recently which went mostly unnoticed by the netlabel scene at large. Here is a shoddy Google translation of their About page. While grammatically unsound, I think it presents a nice ethos. It is the concept of work in the motif of nature and the...+

Freemote Festival Review : 7th-11th December


We recently sent out one of our reviewers, Simon Haycock (aka Bitbasic), to the Freemote festival in Utrecht. Armed with a portable audio recorder, he met the creators of the festival and the artists showcasing their audio/visual talents. Along the way, he was investigating the link between the festival and the netaudio scene, and was...+