Category: UK

Artifacts & Uranium – Pancosmology (2022)

“Pancosmology was recorded during the Summer/Autumn of 2021 and is the second collaboration between Mike Vest (Bong, Blown Out, 11 Paranoias) and Fred Laird (Earthling Society, Taras Bulba, Empty House). More song structured than the kosmische vibes of the first A&U LP, ‘Pancosmology’ is a Smorgasbord of sonic attack and lonesome desert twang. Here the ghosts of Ron Ashton and Takashi Mizutani are raised in Vest’s stereo delayed guitar attack and the Dub and Eno-esque soundscapes inspiring Laird’s dream like synth textures and echoed keys. Seekers looking for the sounds of The Stooges, Lez Rallizes Denudes, CAN, Chrome, Barn Owl and other noise refuseniks will find plenty in these sonic grooves.”

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Black Holes Are Cannibals – Surfacer (2022)

“BHAC are a collective with a varying line-up and each time they record all the music is improvised as they let their collective and innate abilities guide them, but what does bind them are the touchstones of Drone and Minimalism that runs through the music they create or just plain HEAVY. Call them Drone Metal or Psychedelic it matters not as the music created is an immersive, all consuming and thought-provoking transcendental listening experience that awaits those brave enough to take the ride with BHAC.”

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Flower-Corsano Duo – The Halcyon (2022)

“Since 2007’s brilliant “The Radiant Mirror”, Flower-Corsano Duo have occupied an idiosyncratic space in the musical spectrum. Who else exactly is looking to build a power duo from improv drums and electrified shahi baaja sounds? The duo don’t release much either, so a new set from them is always worth a peek, and on this one Corsano sounds more energetic than ever, working his kit in tides rather than rhythms, leaving Flower to fire shards of harmonic noise from his instrument. The album is assembled from recordings captured in Leeds, Edinburgh and Bristol, and hearing the occasional scream of delight as Corsano spirals into a wormhole or Flower ascends into the heavens just adds to the hyperactive delight. What do u call it? We’ve no idea, but it’s fucking great.”

Kandodo4 – Burning the (Kandl) (2022)

“kandodo was invited to play at the 2015 Roadburn Festival as part of The Heads residency. Robert Hampson from Loop/MAIN was also going to be at the festival and so it seemed a good opportunity for him to join kandodo for this gig along with Wayne and Hugo from The Heads (who are also the Loop rhythm section as well as part of kandodo). Rehearsals were set up in Bristol and the gig in Roadburn was a couple of nights later and that is the recordings gathered here for “Burning The (Kandl)”… So get ready for a total immersive trip through a psychedelic vortex . A glorious head nodding voyage into inner space where the vast churning of fuzzy guitars / keys / bass and drums phase in and out of focus with your inner core.”

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Smote – Drommon (2021)

“Summoned from the murkier reaches of the subconscious and summoning a powerful aura of twilight communion, Smote’s ‘Drommon’ is here to intimidate and enchant. The first Rocket release for this enigmatic Newcastle-based entity is no less than a mystically-aligned voyage into abandon and epiphany…Replete with doom-laden atmospherics and crepuscular intensity, this is an intimidating denouement to return to time and again. Join the ritual, and submit to ‘Drommon’.”

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Diagonal – Live In Leeds 2012 (2021)

“A remastered ‘official bootleg’ documenting Diagonal in its second formation – playing live in support of Wolf People in 2012 at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. A very different beast to the current band line-up, this Diagonal shared territory with the likes of Magma and ‘Red’ era King Crimson. Hot from the release of their second album ‘The Second Mechanism’ Diagonal were in top muscular form, sonically blasting West Yorkshire with unique, pulsating heavy prog.”

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Gnod – Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy (2021)

“It’s the sound of an uncompromising devotion to rapture through noise and repetition, a portrait of a band whose anarchic approach and raw intensity any other outfit would be frankly terrified to follow onstage. Captured in the hypnotic rhythmic drive and intimidating atmospheres of tracks like ‘They Live’ and ‘Inner Z’ is a mantric energy which take a jumping-off point from the Krautrock, Japanese rock and underground American psychedelia the band were hammering at the time, as well as the droogy nihilism of The Stooges debut. Yet these feral experiments reach far beyond into a headspace that acknowledges no boundaries, rock orthodoxy or genre constriction.”

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Anthroprophh – German Oak (2020)

“Side One is a 17 minute Freak Out / Meltdown / Brain Buzz of a mother fucker – Imagine a star collapsing in upon itself and I reckon you have the sound of German Oak.  Side Two is 4 tracks all melded together – 2 tracks of hypnotic minimal electronic bliss meld into a Tacoma like finger picking hoedown before the final track brings the spirit of Skip/Syd/Roky for a hauntingly mesmeric end. STUNNING.”

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