Red Axes – Red Axes [DE-275]

2020 marks the tenth of collaboration for Red Axes, the Tel Aviv-based duo of Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi. Informed by post-punk, new wave, and a plethora of club sounds old and new, they have cleaved a singular path with their hefty discography. To celebrate their anniversary, they reunite with Dark Entries for an eponymous 11 track LP brimming with jagged guitars, spacy arpeggios, and hypnotic vocals. ‘Red Axes’ is their first effort written and conceived of as an album-length listening experience. This work flows effortlessly through a variety of stylistic detours, highlighting their ears as both keen listeners and skilled DJs. Opener ‘They Game’ is a grooving number that unifies the psychedelia of cosmic disco with the early 90s ‘baggy’ sound. The energy mounts further with “Shelera”, a guitar-driven acidic banger, and “Sticks and Stones”, a certifiable club hit fueled by sassy vocals courtesy of Adi Bronicki. Launching Side B is “Break the Limit”, an EBM-laced number that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Razormaid compilation. The following tracks wax moodier, with “Brotherhood (Of the Misunderstanding)” touching on darkwave territory. “Udibaby” and “Arpman” close out the album with their respectively dense and sparse takes on kosmische lysergia.

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Red Axes – Red Axes [DE-275]

Middle East Travellers

We are taking a week off and escaping the cold Romanian weather to enjoy the warm climate of the Middle East. We will do some travelling around Israel and Palestine (the West Bank), visiting some remote locations, the Dead Sea, the desert and also cities.

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Middle East Travellers

Autarkic – Hello To Mrs. Blank [CHANNEL059]

Coming from a cultural landscape that is still yet to fully form can instil in a person an unusually strong force of will. Autarkic is the latest representation of Tel Aviv’s cold wave scene. The leftfield movement through an Eastern lens. Holding up a mirror to the current state of his world, Autarkic (assisted by Red Axes) has provided 4 tracks which manage to be thought provoking, compelling, and even anthemic, in equal measure.

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Autarkic – Hello To Mrs. Blank [CHANNEL059]