VA – How Sick Do You Get When You Look At Yourself? [LIES159]

L.I.E.S. Records Various Artists compilation “How Sick Do You Get When You Look At Yourself?” with tracks from 51717, Bad News, Beau Wanzer, Chupacabras, Daniel Holt, December, Delroy Edwards, Entro Senestre, Innsyter, JT Whitfield, Krikor, S. English, Teste, TV.OUT and Willie Burns.

VA – How Sick Do You Get When You Look At Yourself? [LIES159]

VA – All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace [PSR003]

Public System presents a monster collection of the grubbiest, punked out lo fi deviant electronics from the true underground. Some names are more familiar, such as the excellent Templeyard Studios with the uneasy clatter of ”Take66”, while Buttechno brings a blistering array of tones to the forefront for some truly adventurous acid abstractions. There’s a lot of lesser known delights to revel in though, from the boxy beatdown of IXVLF, the darkwave electro thrust of Kluentah and the intricate percussive science of Meze. This may be dirty dance music for wayward souls, but there are some seriously fresh ideas lurking on this ludicrously valuable package.

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VA – All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace [PSR003]

Innsyter – Magnetic Healing [CYN002]

Rough and ready machine tracks from Brazilian producer Innsyter (LA Club Resource). CYN002 picks up where Coletivo Vandalismo left off, channeling that same wild, DIY bedroom studio spirit across nine individual recordings. Opening with sprawling synth motifs fighting against a steady rhythm track, ‘Desintegrado’ sounds like an industrial dub punk trying to channel early Cluster or Moebius and strangely succeeding. The rest of the LP treats us to vaguely Drexciyan, subaquatic electro (‘Bries’) and twisted lo-fi minimalism with bonus eerie monologue samples (‘Superficial Love’). The one recurring theme on Magnetic Healing is Innsyter’s clear love for mournful, post-punk inspired melodies. It comes across loud and clear on almost every track yet never sounds tired. Things eventually draw to a close with the hopelessly romantic new wave instrumental ‘Forest Shaman’ – a short ballad for all those weary-eyed party-goers who stuck around til the sun came up.

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Innsyter – Magnetic Healing [CYN002]

VA – The Midnight Manual [MNSX5Y]

5 years since Midnight Shift’s first release in 2012, the label assembles a collective of artists, most of them are in advance of their full EPs releasing later. Representing the sounds of the label is this manual of secret moves, up in the sleeves. The mystic motley crew also comprises the alternate sides of familiar faces — Amato (The Hacker), Terry Lamborgini (Marco Bernardi), INNYSTER (Seixlack), Hodge in a new formation with Gramrcy, and an electro moniker from an undisclosed artist: Thermocline. From abstract acrobatics to the abrasive and the ultimate gob smack to the floor — The Midnight Manual.

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VA – The Midnight Manual [MNSX5Y]

Overlope – Aposynthesis [PATER005]

Pater Noster presents their fifth release, Aposynthesis by Overloper, a side project of Ekman.The A-Side brims with tension both contemplative and active. ‘Hope You’re Close’ is a deep burner, with heavy, pounding bass and an entrancing hook ascending to space. This then escalates into the urgency of ‘Aposynthesis (Need More Sisa)’, in which a driving, rolling rhythm is juxtaposed with an old school, dutch-style rave synth.The B-Side encircles around acid. On one hand, it is coyly playful with ‘Carpe Noctem’ turning cavernous in Innsyter’s dark interpolation of the other.

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Overlope – Aposynthesis [PATER005]

Dreams – Vision Zero [SSTR10]

Jesse Pimenta is a Brazilian-born, LA-grown artist who has previously released on Nous Disques as well as on his own Private Selection imprint. Side A brings two slamming cuts fit for all-out dance floor annihilation whilst Side B delves into more psychotropic yet punkish zones.

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Dreams – Vision Zero [SSTR10]

Fallbeil – The Healer [MNQ095]

The Hamburg based duo Fallbeil debuts on Death Of The Machines. Tune in on the incredible electro/acid razor ‘The Healer’, also available in the B side with a distorted and industrial version by Innsyter aka Fernando Seixlack. The 707-electro-driven extra B side track ‘Voice of Thunder’ is completing the pack.

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Fallbeil – The Healer [MNQ095]

VA – But Darling It’s Hideous EP [CY006]

The sixth compilation of mutated machine music from Contort Yourself centres around British industrial pioneers Nocturnal Emissions. The group hack out two thick cuts of oil soaked savagery. Gears crunch and chains clatter as drum machines are minced and mangled for Demon Circuits Bloodbath before the reduced and removed bitterness of Even the Good Times are Bad. L.I.E.S. main man Ron Morelli under the guise of U-202 takes on the static of the ’83 original, lonesome rhythms fired into a gaping hollow of echo and decay. There is brief respite, very brief, coming in the haunted strings of Penelope’s Fiance. Torrent grinds this short break into dust with EXE 2 Blueprint, a sludge stomper drowned in distortion and dripping with distress. Innsyter (L.A. Club Resource), aka Seixlack, calls time with the hazy house bottle smasher; think fog machines and bodies in the dark and you’re getting close. Off-kilter madness all-round!

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VA – But Darling It’s Hideous EP [CY006]