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EXPO ’70 – ‘Psychosis’ CS
ORIGINALLY RELEASED BY PEASANT MAGIK ON LP (2009). Two side-long inprovised recordings between Justin Wright & Matt Hill (Umberto). First time released on cassette or digitally. “Heavy crumbling blackness settles atop hushed drifts of crystalline melodic shimmer, eventually transforming into something much more songy, a super druggy spaced out psych jam of the highest order, sounding a bit like Santana fronting SUNNO))), dense rumbling buzz drenched swells beneath super emotional almost wailing leads” – AQUARIUS RECORDS (R.I.P.) Limirted edition cassette of 65.

EXPO ’70 – Cleverly Mystique’ CS
SPLIT LABEL RELEASE WITH 5NAKEFORK, originally released in 2017, the cassette was never packaged & sat in a warehouse for over 4 years! Last recording at Wright’s home studio that produced “Black Ohms” / “White Ohms”, this recording captured similar moods and themes as those albums. A collection of more nods to early Krautrock and New Age minimalism with bouncing melodies and shorter themed tracks. “Cleverly Mystique” was captured back in 2011. Finally mastered for release on vinyl and CS, both in limited editions. Edition of 100, updated Jcard for the 2022 release.

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Cruel Nature

VHS¥DEATH – ‘Corrupted Geisha EP’
VHS¥DEATH is the solo production project of London-based Natalie Wardle (also of industrial/art-punk band Returning Videotapes). ‘Corrupted Geisha’ is her following up to 2021’s ‘La Llorona (Love & All The Hate)’, and sees her incorporate breakbeats and hip-hop / UK garage stylings alongside spoken-word samples and dark synth-laden bass-heavy soundscapes.

Benbow-Strssy – ‘Split’
Benbow and Strssy first met in a basement café in Lausanne, Switzerland just before the first sliced loaf was presented at the World’s Fair. Benbow had just finished a tour of the Alps with wandering trapeze troupe, NORMAL MAN while Strssy had taken a well-earned sabbatical from conjoined mime act, DIET PILLS. Over the following years they exchanged correspondence and encouragement as they independently began making experimental electronic music. This split release is a celebration of this journey.

K of ARC – ‘Show Them Your Throat’
K of ARC is an audio/visual artist from the North of England, working with samples, synthesis and custom-built steel instruments. ‘Show Them Your Throat’ is their debut album, utilising spectral drones, electronic atmospheres and ritual drums, drawing inspiration from Philip K Dick’s Valis, a childhood in an Industrial New Town, non-human encounters, magnetic hauntings and Cosmic horror.

Pound Land – ‘Can’t Be Arsed’
Pound Land was formed in 2020 by vocalist/lyricist Adam Stone (Future Bomb/Holy Ghost People/frequent collaborator with Dead Sea Apes) and multi-instrumentalist Nick Harris (Reverends of Destruction/ ex-Dead Sea Apes) . An eponymous debut album followed in the December of that year on Misophonia Recordings. ‘Can’t Be Arsed’ is the follow-up – eight tracks of post-industrial post-hardcore dead-pan misery – a ‘kitchen-sink’ punk for the 21st century.

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Crimson Ward Trhauma

Sensual Spasmo – ‘Meats That Spread Queasily: Who Dares Wins’
Unforeseen, the city babies’ sleepover wanes, crude impulses occur paroxysmally…Apprehensively finger the unintended orifice, circle the blinking drain of the body’s negative response. The anxious stimulus induces a playful unpuckering, mmmmm, too sweet relief of malodorous exudate. Dribbles… Now reluctantly tallied upon nubs, count the ways to spell ‘Colonic Psychogeography’. No need to rue the thoracic tears that trickle, no tissues for you. Crimson Ward Trhauma is humbled by the hot privilege to egest Sensual Spasmo – Meats That Spread Queasily: Who Dares Wins. Clench it between your thighs, feel its struggle. Only intended for maturing audiences.

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Planet Rescue

Montel Palmer – ‘Catastropheland’
Mapped-out by a series of second guesses and double takes, Catastropheland is a diminished reality, where the road signs are all traps, the charts are the wrong way round, and the jokes fall flat.

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Home & Garden

M.H.H. – ‘Cassiope: Protection Songs for Guitar’
This music has been created in the spirit of protection, with each track being devoted to a unique respective force, from elemental flora to deities of antiquity. “Cassiope” is an offering of new instrumental works and improvisations from Matthew Himes made over the past year. The work has been created through a range of technique and approach, moving through intimate acoustic improvisation and pastoral shimmer, to deep cosmic drift and howl. A blessing upon the house.

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Cruel Nature

Masche – ‘Oxia Chaos’
Masche was born in 2013 in Canavese, Italy as an open collective (Anatrofobia, 3eem, Ex-p), aiming at finding sonic combinations between electronics, rock, and improvisation. Their latest album fuses quirky electronics with deconstructed funk bass and free jazz skronks; sounding to these ears like The Pop Group and Glaxo Babies at their most experimental and loose.

Salisman & His Hermetic Order – ‘Clairvoyance’
Following their acclaimed 2020 debut ‘Absolution’, the Anglo-American project (Chicagoans Paul Foreman and Travis Salisbury, with Tyneside’s Chris Tate – Score; One Key Magic; d_rradio) continue the exceptional song writing and meticulous attention to detail on their second album; upping the ante with moments of psych, Americana, shoegaze and – on tracks such ‘Crystal Window Hangings – full-blown acid-prog rock workouts. Immerse yourself in it, you will not be disappointed.

OMNIBAEL – ‘Rain Soaks The Earth Where They Lie’
Last seen on 2021’s split with NYC noise-punks, Lip Critic, Stoke’s Omnibael enter 2022 with a raging debut, developing further the dark dense industrial nihilism with Burroughsian cut-ups, tape loops and gnarly noise. And whilst that may dominate the album, it’s the percussion that kills. Armed with a host of drum machines and samplers, they create a barrage of beats that hammer away amidst a murky cacophony of dense, disturbing sound. And it’s heavy as hell, particularly with the vocals which are by turns shrieking demonic and droning atonal. FFO Godflesh; Throbbing Gristle; The Body; early Swans

Pigments – ‘Thought Forms’
Pigments is an electronic ambient project from Porvoo, Finland, which crafts ambient soundscapes with various synths, live instruments, loops and voice. ‘Thought Forms’ is inspired by Hilma af Klints strikingly original abstract art and her philosophy and involvement in spiritualism and Theosophy in the early 20th century. It gravitates around mysticism and scientific advances, exploring themes of revelation, belief systems and science fiction, to a soundtrack of evolving electronic ambience, drone and experimental soundscapes.

Charlie Butler – ‘Deep Space’
Charlie Butler is a Reading based artist who began a series of solo releases in 2021 exploring weird, heavy and hypnotic sounds alongside being a member of Cody Noon, Mothertrucker and Head Drop. A prolific artist, ‘Deep Space’ is his first solo release of 2022: four tracks of beautiful ambient guitar ranging from bleak post-rock laments to heavy, slow-burning drones in the vein of Godspeed, Codeine, Papa M, Mogwai, Earth and Barn Owl. What’s it all about? Isolation and taking solace in Star Trek, of course!

MAbH (Mortuus Auris & the Black Hand) – ‘Unnamed Vagabond’
MAbH is the solo project of UK based artist Peter Taylor, who has been producing music since 2008 and made his CN debut in early 2021 with ‘Look Under ‘Unnamed Vagabond’ is two pieces of musique concrète, improv and noise that maximises loops made using scratched and sculpted old vinyl, while exploring improvised vocal and non-instrument compositions. The album contains 60 minutes of experimental improvisation and avant-garde composition, decorating the hour-long running time with cracks of light, shards of shadow, and moments of insanity.

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Vessels to Motherland

Vessels to Motherland – ‘Machine Lieder’
a collection of songs by machines imbued with human urges. Screaming out of metal shells are memories of distant worlds, cries for lost connections, dreams of a digital utopia, soliloquies on the human condition. A song cycle for cyborgs, it expresses the complexity of the modern world. It is a return to sources and a scratch dance of immortality. A bright whisper from the future, and a muffled scream from inside the power plant.

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Monorail Trespassing

[mt138cd] Dave Gilden – ‘Texas Chainsaw Dopefiend’ CD
Originally released on cassette in 1996, TCD is, at it’s core, a Mother Savage ‘mega-mix’ composition of Gilden’s work as engineered by Joseph Roemer and Rodger Stella — encompassing his projects Sawgasm, Crackhouse, Depress/Regress, and work under his own name as the source material for a manic amphetamine-fueled journey through the highs and lows of various chemical states; encompassing unhinged harsh sessions that build to abrupt jump cuts and inspired use of the stereo field, primitive caveman percussion, psychedelic tape collage with short samples of Big Black and The Decline of Western Civilization along the way, all layered and edited with surgical precision — a true masterwork of advanced and inventive tape composition using the primitive instruments of 1990’s recording technology well beyond their capabilities. The 90’s brought many instant classics to the noise genre, but TCD stands above them all as perfection, and should be viewed as a benchmark going forward. This transfer of the original master tape, done by William Hutson (Rale, clipping.), has been carefully engineered to preserve and enhance the quality of the original without compromising it’s integrity. Edition of 300 copies in digipack. Co-released with new Swedish imprint S.A.P., who will handle all European sales and distribution.

[mt139cd] Vasculae – ‘Broken Lust’ CD
The distant clang and scrape of metals, slow burning atmospherics, and subdued electronics both tonal and textured; less blast and more resignation this time around. Mostly recorded and composed in early 2020 and slowly picked at during the first cycle of the end times. The soundtrack to the death rattles of this life cycle, foreshadowing a slow-motion chemical apocalypse; Let it burn, let it crumble, just let me get some hedonism out of the way before it’s too late. Three tracks designed as variations on a theme utilizing similar compositional arcs and narratives, with the extra fourth track being a “performance mix” — utilizing the same sources — created for Tabitha Piseno’s ‘Noise & Politics’ on Montez Press Radio in March 2020, as well as the arc of two live performances in Los Angeles just as the world shut down. Edition of 300 copies in digipack.

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Tanzprocesz

CONTUMACE – ‘MATT’ 7€
Lionel Fernandez temporarily abandons his Sister Iodine power-trio to engage in a static bullfight with himself. Synthetic miniatures & frequency lacerations. Austere concatenations & petrified movements. 666 pairs of sunglasses in the country of eternal night. Social distancing guaranteed.

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Crimson Ward Trhauma

Beast Flower Coiffeuse – ‘Enveloped By Its Dilated Ambit, Resorbed In Creamed Encystment upon the ill-starred…’
Coextensive with presentiment, yet sadly occurs with bloated frequency, genital lividity callously slaps the lips of juvenescence. Slaked at the burbling spring of dermatology clinic secretions, rudely sipped. Ex vivo digestion of playdate proteins, chancroid in nature, gawk goodbye to chubsy, wubsy & blushful. Queasy shrine to some, incessant disquietude to Sunday sleepover coterie. Hot under the zipper. Only intended for maturing audiences.

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