Awon & Phoniks – Knowledge Of Self


Know thyself. Since the beginning of wisdom, the wise have encouraged those who would listen to know themselves. When you think about, it’s not as simple as it seems. After all, how can the eye turn itself upon itself? But to avoid getting bogged down in a philosophical quagmire, suffice it to say there is...+

Edo Nagano – Klimrim

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Our future will be urban, and it will be organic. As more of us move into dense urban spaces, we’ll seek to incorporate the natural world into our cities. Life seems more vivid when vines reach across weathered walls, where tree roots cover city infrastructure, and where urban gardens find a niche in urban sprawl....+

Frenic – Monomyth: Separation


It is a shame to have missed the latest from Bristol-based, trip hop producer Frenic when it was actually released, but I’m pleased to have found it, if a year late. Monomyth: Separation, as described by the artist, is the result of inspiration he had while performing in Greece. So inspired, he dug into the...+

N. Fushigi – Invisible


It feels odd that I’m about to recommend pestilence, war, famine, and death as entertainment, but that is part of the enigma that is N. Fushigi. The magnifique French netlabel Eg0cide Productions brings us the latest from N. Fushigi entitled ”Invisible.” (The label also shared his debut “Terrorism” last year.) “Invisible” is a full length...+

Zebra – North


Sometimes it’s a good thing when your expectations are unmet. I went to the Dub Netlabel site looking to groove to some traditional reggae beats; instead, I encountered the cool electronic sounds of Zebra. After I got past my initial “this isn’t at all what I was anticipating” reaction, I quite enjoyed what I...+

You’ve Heard It All Before – Jazzyspoon


Many words come to mind when I try to describe Jazzyspoon’s latest release You’ve Heard It All Before. And my instinct is to stay away from all the genre words. My hesitancy comes simultaneously from my dislike of the recent genre/sub genre frenzy and my desire to write something that does this album justice. I...+

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Lezet – Distorted Voice Recordings


The latest from Lezet is called Distorted Voice Recordings. What you will hear on this short album is, well, there’s no other way to say it…distorted voice recordings. In some instances, very distorted voice recordings. It’s a nice little blast of musique concrète; and by nice, I mean loud and aggressive. Distorted Voice Recordings is...+

Flowertz – Kumbhaka


From the first track, Flowertz’s latest album Kumbhaka  is captivating. Glitches and nob-twiddling aplenty, stringed instruments and a host of percussions, synthesizers and foreign prayers, thumping bass lines and mind-altering moods. For lovers of psychedelic downtempo music, there is nothing lacking. What fascinates me as a fan of such music (besides the raw listening experience)...+

Condensspur – Several Miles Wide

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During Netlabelism’s foray into technical difficulties, I had ample opportunity to explore the netlabel universe. One of my prize finds is a label called Cyan Music. They are a Germany-based label that focuses on electronic, ambient, and lounge music. With at least 13 artists and 53 releases, the most recent of which came out in...+

Sickmind193 – The Story Begins (EP)


If you don’t mind a little gloom in your jazz, have I got an album for you. A Greek producer who calls himself Sickmind193 released a 6-track EP on Dusted Wax several months ago called The Story Begins. It’s downtempo, introspective, and melancholy. The formula seems straight-forward enough with its solid beats and strong bass,...+