Portishead - P

This is a little compilation I made for my own amusement. I guess you guys can download it too if you want, or whatever. When playing live, Portishead very rarely stray from their album material. So rather than have fifty copies of Dummy, I collected some of the notably different pieces from their lengthy career. There are a couple of Dummy Versions (Very, very early versions of tracks that ended up on the second album), a seven minute version of Strangers, some instrumental cuts from a DJ gig they did in '95, and some other miscellany. If this is the least interesting thing you've ever heard, screw you. Its for Portishead nerds only. I have enough for a P2, but it takes a long time and the Portishead website only provided me with album art for P and P3.

Soil and "Pimp" Sessions - Pimp Master (2005)



Japanese club jazz. One member does nothing but smoke a cigar and walk around the band gesturing wildly and screaming to get them more pumped. Check out their videos, they rule.

Million Dead - I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder (2004)


This is Million Dead's second album. If you don't know what they sound like, I uploaded their first and third albums for your listening pleasure. Compared to the other two, this one is the worst, but only because the lack of content- it is only 3 tracks long. If you like this album, I would seriously consider getting the other two.

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D_rradio - D_rradio (2008)


d_rradio began releasing recordings in 2003. Their odd name (pronounced D. R. Radio) stands for deathrowradio - the intention of their music is to bring comfort and light to the most dark and difficult hours. Thriving on organic melodies and digital soundscapes, d_rradio’s first public ventures were lugubriously soporific affairs.

very apt description from last.fm. chilled out music. someone could be face-raping me and this music would make me feel like face-rape is the greatest thing since sliced bread. also, gradient album covers are the new thing apparently.

also, sorry for megaupload. it was too big for mediafire.

Similar Artists: geskia, I Am Robot and Proud, Takagi Masakatsu

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Heino - Dear Mother...A Bouquet That Never Wilts (????)

Heino - Dear Mother...A Bouquet That Never Wilts (????)

This album is Sonic (as in you can hear it), and it is made by a Youthful boy about his Eternal love for his mother. The Eternal love is quite touching. Highly recommended. Check Comments.

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Tyvek - Fast Metabolism (2007)

Awesome garage punk, grab this if you like Eat Skull, Blank Dogs, Psychedelic Horseshit, ish like that, you know?

I really suggest checking this out if you're a fan of the above bands. It's pretty accessible too, so it could pass as baby's first lo-fi if you're just getting into it.

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Devin Townsend - Ki (2009)


Technically, this is going to be released under the moniker "The Devin Townsend Project," but whatever. What you need to know is that this is no City, Terria, or anything else that Devin Townsend has released. This is 67 minutes of Devy at his most restrained and experimental, and surprisingly, it's not a bad album. Clean guitars and vocals for the most part, with the occasional distorted riff and growled lyrics. Good stuff. Haters can go pleasure themselves to "Velvet Kevorkian."

Mugstar - Mugstar (2006)


This was in my mediafire upload folder and apparently I haven't posted it on this blog yet so here it is.

Mugstar are the sound of 10,000 suns exploding, pulsing and repetitive beauty, sounding like a sonic mantra. Mugstar set sail for the sun in 2002 and have completed numerous voyagers with the likes of Mogwai, Melt Banana, Oneida, Acid Mothers Temple and Part Chimp. The band recorded one of the last PEEL SESSIONS for the late great John Peel and are loved by Huw Stephens. Mugstar have released four 7” singles with the last one being voted number 43 on BBC Radio 1 Festive 50, 2005.

Hard to describe their music so I won't. Get it if you want to know what it sounds like.

Similar Artists: White Hills, U.S. Christmas, SubArachnoid Space, la otracina

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Bat For Lashes - Daniel (2009)

get it if you like: sara berg, emmon, fever ray.

bat for lashes' new single daniel from her sophomore album, two suns. includes the album version, instrumental version and the amazingly brilliant cenzo townshend radio edit, which was used for the video of the song and the reason i'm posting this single. the song sounds like being in love and it's one of the best singles of the year so far for sure, i'd put it up there with fever ray's when i grow up. still feels like a bat for lashes song but with a pop mood, i'd like her even more if all her songs were like this. maybe i'll post the full album next week, this single is all you need for now.

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Misinterprotato - In Is In (2005)



Misinterprotato was a local Structural Jazz band from a few years back. They put out a few albums, played a bunch of shows, and then disappeared forever. I suspect they left the country, like every decent Australian band in the past year or so. This stuff isn't Miles Davis or anything, but there are some very well-structured songs. "When She Left" in particular borders on post-rock.

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Powerglove


Named after the infamous Nintendo accessory, Powerglove is an instrumental metal band from Boston that plays fantastic reinterpretations of video game music. Note how I said reinterpretations and not covers. They'll take a few choice riffs from each song and use those as a starting point, bringing new life to such time tested classics as the Tetris and Super Mario themes. Fast, fun, and fucking nerdy as hell. You know you want this.

I've uploaded both their 2005 EP "Total Pwnage" as well as their 2007 full length "Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man".

Blank Dogs - On Two Sides (2008)


Get this if you like: Wavves, Eat Skull, Nothing People, Joy Division

One man band that throws an old guitar and synthesizer together and creates some staticy, distorted, catchy melodies. Overall, it's a great album, one of my favorites from 2008. Check it out, it's worth a dl.

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Metermaids - Nightlife in Illinoise




Metermaids are some hip-hop dudes who have mixed a bunch of tracks from their album Nightlife with Sufjan's Illinoise, to great effect. Highly recommended if you're familiar with the source material. They are also giving it away for free, which only sweetens the deal.

Lights - Lights EP (2008)

get it if you like: annie, lady gaga and indie shit.

lights is a cute skinny canadian girl making some sweet pop tunes i dig quite a bit. it reminds me of annie and lady gaga sometimes but this is definitely indie stuff like, small venue kind of artist who is at the same time mainstream material a la feist. yeah something like that. nice dreamy-sytnhy-pop.

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Throw Me the Statue - Moonbeams (2008)


Throw Me the Statue is an indie folk group from Seattle, Washington, United States which consists of singer/songwriter/guitarist Scott Reitherman and a revolving lineup of musicians and formed in 2005. TMTS’ debut record “Moonbeams” was issued in 2008. It features the single “Lolita”. The band’s new EP, “Purpleface” was released in early 2009.

Not a particularly amazing album, but it's still nice to listen to.

Similar Artists: all indie rock sounds the same

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Blotted Science - The Machinations of Dementia (2007)


A instrumental metal powerhouse with Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink) on guitar, Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) on bass, and Charlie Zeleny (Behold...the Arctopus) on drums. This is not your typical wank-filled instrumental metal album. No sir, Blotted Science understands that in addition to solos, songs need, you know, RIFFS. Mind blowing technicality presented in a way that won't make you yawn or think of changing the track. Get it.

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Kind of like: Scissor Shock, Raccoo-oo-oon, Naked Citty

Knut - Challenger (2001)


If Botch were a sludge metal band, they would probably sound something like Knut. This is mathcore that suffocates and crushes, so grab your copy of "We Are the Romans" and brace yourself for one hell of a ride. Comments are always welcome.

ADULT. - Dispassionate Furniture (1998)

No I don't intend to inundate you with ADULT., but I hope to gradually share as many of their ridiculously unheard-of EPs as I can find. This, ADULT.'s first ever release, is a kind of concept album about chairs (I'm not even kidding), and is one of the most stripped-down, straightforward albums they ever produced. The vocals play between exhaustion and menace, though in the proceeding ten years they have drifted steadily towards the latter. Enjoy this slice of pre-Rescusitation histoy. The E-Side on this EP, The Missing, might be one of my favorite ADULT. songs of all time.

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Ólafur Arnalds - Variations of Static (2008)




Well, since I've already posted his other stuff, I decided I might as well just put all of it up here.
This EP has a bit more of the experimental/electronic side of Ólafur Arnalds showing through than in the rest of his music, but still has the piano and string melodies that characterize his work. The only thing that may bother some people is the computerized child's voice that speaks one or two times throughout the EP, which can be annoying or just strange depending on what you are looking for in this music. Though I, being a huge fan of his debut album, didn't like this much at first, it has now grown on me and I must say that it is very good. Definitely worth downloading if you enjoyed his other stuff posted here.


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Ólafur Arnalds - Found Songs (2009)

Ólafur Arnalds - Found Songs (2009)



For those of you who read the note at the bottom of the Eulogy for Evolution post, you know what this is about. Ólafur Arnalds has composed, recorded, and released a new song every day for the last week. They are available for download free on the Found Songs website and on Last.fm, but I have compiled them here for you to download.
Though the songs are new, he uses bits and pieces of old ideas or notes that he never got to use, hence the name Found Songs. He also made a flickr group to get fans involved, where people would post photos or art inspired by the songs, so he might be inspired by their work.
The songs are mostly brief, focusing on piano with some strings accompanying him on a few songs. Since these are meant to be individual songs, not a full album, they don't neccessarily flow or fit together, but they are all good.

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The Kills- Black Balloon (2009)

Newish EP from the Kills. Features the title track, which was one of the better songs from the (mostly lackluster) third album, as well as two new songs that sound much more like their early work. Musically, it's quite a few steps back, which is a big leap forward in terms of quality. I'm almost interested in this band's output again.

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Kept Blue - Confessions of a Sexual Masterpiece (2006)


Kept Blue is the one, the only, the multi-talented, Andy Domin of northern Virginia, USA. He is also one half of Your Infamous Harp.

Upbeat, playful electronic music with humorous lyrics. One of the better electronic acts that I've listened to recently. I'm surprised he's not that well known. Get this album.

Similar Artists: Your Infamous Harp, Extortion Labs, Takagi Masakatsu

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Jean Nipon - Wild At Heart [2008] [EP]


Some great House/Dance music from a French DJ/Drummer. This is just an EP, so there's only three songs, although they're all pretty great. The songs started out as remixes of some other DJ's songs, but he decided to just make his own songs and sample some of the vocals. I've never been a huge fan of House music, but I love this EP. Can't wait for a full-length release from this guy.

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Khoma - The Second Wave (2006)

This album sounds like a weird fusion of Cult of Luna (2 of its members are in this band), Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Aeon Spoke, and maybe Tool. I hesitate to call it "post rock", since it's fairly straightforward, melancholic metal. The music contains your typical downtuned CoL sludgey riffs, but the vocals are more akin to those of Thom Yorke and Jonsi Birgisson. Throw in some great melodies and the fact that the songs are only about 4 minutes long, and you've got yourself a very listenable post rock/metal album. Check it out.

Nine Inch Nails - Where Darkness Doubles, Where Light Pours In (2007)


A bootleg of several radio sessions during the With Teeth tour. What's so special about this? How about the fact that fucking PETER MURPHY (of Bauhaus fame) is on all but two of the tracks, and that the album is an amalgamation of songs by Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus, TV on the Radio, Joy Division, and others? The volume is a bit lower on the Joy Division covers, but the entire album is soundboard-quality stuff.

Black Horse - The Black Arts Of Black Horse (2008)

Black Horse are a rock duo based in the deepest forests of Brooklyn, which has been *the* music scene for the past year or so. It's hard to explain why I like them so much. The sludgey blues guitars, easy-to-swallow hooks and male-female ping pong vocals just make such a great combination. This is their debut, self-released album, and they already have another one recorded and in production. This won't rock your world, but its insanely listenable and Black Horse receive far less attention than they deserve. So if you like this, do me a favour and buy their sophomore album whenever it hits.

Kind of like: Boris playing pop riffs with The Kills on vocals.

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Acrnym - Flowers (2007)



Pick this up if you like Venetian Snares, Duran Duran Duran, or anything that sounds remotely similar.

Pretty awesome beats that get stuck in your head. At times some of the songs can sound like old-school video game music. Don't really know what else to say about this, check if out if you're a fan of vsnares, it's worth your time.

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Heatmiser - Mic City Sons (1996)

Heatmiser - Mic City Sons (1996)


This was a band Elliot Smith was in before he began releasing his solo albums. He does vocals on some of the songs but not all of them. This album actually features a few of my favorite songs he recorded though. Generally this is more rocky and a little heavier than any of Elliot's solo material.

Also for a time the frontman of the band Quasi was also a member of this band.

Sorry about the low quality of the album art, it was hard to find.


similar artists: Elliot Smith, Quasi, Mary Lou Lord, Built to Spill, Earlimart

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Patrick Wolf - Vulture (2009)

get it if you like: alec empire, and err...awesome music.

patrick's wolf new single, vulture, from the upcoming album the bachelor. this song is a colab with alec empire of atari teenage riot/DHR fame and it fucking rocks and might be the best he's done since tristan. includes 2 remixes and the b-side tinderbox. i couldn't find the cover so i posted the gayest picture i found of patrick.

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Double Dagger - More (2009)

Double Dagger - More (2009)
(Domo Arigato DeeKay)
After the cleverly named Ragged Rubble, Double Dagger tightened up their sound for the new album, (Balti-)More. The sprawling, bass guitar-driven melodies belie Nolen Strals' manic vocals. The album is at times wistful and agressive, beautiful and unlistenable. No wondfer this band is being heiled as the new bell of Thrill Jockey's twisted ball. The artwork does exist, by the way, but I've only found a 100x100 copy, and that was on their myspace. I'll stick it in when a decent res version crops up.

Kind of Like: Mclusky in a good mood, Marnie Stern with Black Francis on vocals.

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Boom Boom Satellites - Out Loud


Every song this band has put out since 2002 sounds like the opening theme to a particularly poor anime; they didn't always make pop rock, or even rock for that matter. The Boom Boom Satellites debut Out Loud layers impeccable breaks over that jazzy, trip-hoppy sound only the Satellites could ever really master. Sometimes they remind me of the Crystal Method, sometimes I swear they almost sound like Lamb, but either way this album consistently surprises me.

Kind of Like: The Chemical Brothers remixing Pelican City.

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The Monolith Deathcult - Trivmvirate (2008)


"Atmospheric death metal with electronic influences," according to Metal Archives. I'm inclined to agree. Gut-wrenching yet intelligible growls and tasteful use of synths are my favorite things about this album, but that's not to say that the rest of the band is just along for the ride. The Monolith Deathcult works hard to set themselves apart from...well, any other death metal band out there, and it's safe to say that they've succeeded with this album.

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Let me know if you WFLM followers are into this sort of thing, or if you're a bunch of hipster fu--
Er, I mean, people who don't like death metal.

Tombs - Winter Hours (2009)


I guess I'm a bit late posting this, but I didn't find out until recently Tombs had released a new album, so I'm hedging my bets on the fact that you probably didn't realize either. In any case, I posted their self titled as one of my first posts on this blog. This album, I think, is not as good as the s/t. The s/t seems more inspired and is more trance-like than Winter Hours; that however, is not to say that Winter Hours is a bad album- because it certainly isn't. If you liked the self titled, get this one. If you haven't listened to the self titled, get that before you listen to this one (it should be under the label "Tombs" or if not that, "sludge"). Either way, this is an album that I would encourage you to check out.

Similar Artists: Kylesa, Buried Inside, Mouth of the Architect

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Mackintosh Braun - The Sound (2008)

get it if you like: ladytron, tweaker, royksopp.

if you miss royksopp's more chill out sound from their first album, that weird feeling from old ladytron tracks or/and tweaker's amazing dark but hopeful approach to pop, you're going to love mackintosh braun. this oregon duo made some amazing, relaxing, beautiful music. they planned this album as "one of those albums you don't have to skip through" so the quality standard was high. also it's not all electronic, i can hear an acoustic guitar almost all the time. yada yada yada, get it, it's fucking good.

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Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us (2009)

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us (2009)

UPDATE: BMSR just (officially) released a new single, containing two non-album tracks. So screw them. Here it is.

It's pretty different for Black Moth Super Rainbow. While their three prior albums were just onslaughts of two-minute acid trips, Eating Us has actual songs, that build and break down and do everything real songs do. Also, that flute synth from Dandelion Gum is gone, so you can all breathe a sigh of relief. It's very good. Not as many hooks, but much...thicker. If that makes sense. The sound has come along way from the stripped down Falling, but is it better than the beast that was DG? Hard to say, but it's certainly a big step forward for BMSR (Really, just Tobacco) in terms of songwriting ability.

Comment once you've listened. I really want to know what everyone thinks. Right now about 1.4% of our audience is showing their appreciation by talking to us.

Whoops, Mediafire took down my copy and hit me with a warning. If you don't have it by now, just google it or something. The single above is still working.

Orgy - Vapor Transmission (2000)

get it if you like: awesome nostalgia bombs.

orgy fucking rocks, this is one of the few bands i really REALLY miss from my teen years. this album is amazing, most people considered them nu-metal, with their first record being on elementree records and touring with korn on the family values tour, etc. and while understandable it was wrong, and they proved it with this record, amazing melodies, catchy hooks and choruses, amazing melodic synth/guitar work and the futuristic look and feel of the band made this one of the best industrial rock records of the decade. now if only they got together again and made another album like this.

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Ólafur Arnalds - Eulogy for Evolution (2007)


Great instrumental music from Iceland. Ólafur Arnalds's debut album, it consists of amazing solo piano and violin songs and songs with piano, violin, viola, and cello, one or two times going into crescendos that lead to drums and guitar parts, only to suddenly drop off into ambience and piano solos. 
This is definitely worth downloading, even if it isn't your normally preferred genre of music.
The composer, Ólafur Arnalds, is in his early 20s, and has a fairly diverse background in music, having also composed for German metalcore bands and played drums in other projects, along with having a side project where he puts out tracks of minimal techno.

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link died here's some other blog's upload for now: link. their tags suck but I'll upload a better version in a bit.

Also, starting today (April 13th), he is going to put out a new track for free on his website every day for a week as part of a project he has named "Found Songs". He will compose each piece in a 24 hour period, using some bits from old lost ideas and notes. At the end of the week, I will upload them as one file here for you to download.

Juan Son - Mermaid Sashimi (2009)

get it if you like: bjork, porter, mew.

former porter singer juan son's solo album mermaid sashimi is a mix of strings, synths, beats and juan son's feminine smooth voice. the album has had a heavy marketing in mexico, with many people whining stupidly about this being on mtv, overexposure, not being as good as porter (it is kind of), etc. but that's here and it sucks. the album is actually quite good and people into mew, bjork and iamx will probably enjoy it a lot. check out the single "nada".

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Oh No - Dr. No's Oxperiment (2007)

I don't know if Jackson was trying to reference J Dilla's Donuts when he chose the album art for his 2007 masterwork, but the comparison is certainly apropos. In place of the soul singers and vintage synths, Oxperiment features a blend of warped middle-eastern hooks and traditional mediterranean music. If that sounds like a recipe for disaster, that's because it is. The fact that Oh No pulls this off is almost as amazing as the 28-track behemoth itself. This album earns its place as Donuts' separated-at-birth twin.

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Fag Cop - I'm Fucking Dead (2008)

Sounds like: Jesus, I don't even know, Times New Viking?

This is like, the epitome of lo-fi. Honestly, this is almost un-listenable at points, but I still love it. There's so much energy in the songs that it makes me want to smash shit. Seriously though, unless you have a tolerance for lo-fi, and actually appreciate it, don't bother with this, it'll most likely make your ears bleed.

Highly reccomended if you enjoy the genre though, I love this album.

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ADULT. - DECAMPMENT (2008)


DECAMPMENT is a triptych of limited edition, 7" vinyls containing a partial score of the film of the same name. The music was played live at every show, so if you missed all three screenings of the film, this is your only way to hear the music. Note, I do not actually own the vinyl, what with it being $300 and all. I believe these are the full tracks and that they are correctly ordered, but don't hold me to that.


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TAKE MY HAND, CHARMING PEOPLE

KILLING & DRAGGING & SPREADING

WOMEN'S WORK. WE ARE THE ONES

m1dy - Japanese Mathafacka (2005)

Get this if you like: Venetian Snares, DJ Sharpnel, anysort of break/speedcore

Pretty crazy speedcore with samples from Die Hard and Happy Gilmore thrown in on random songs. Also has one of the best opening tracks I've ever heard on an album. Highly recommended if you have any sort of interest in this genre.

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Hyakkei - Standing Still in a Moving Scene (2007)

This is a very melodic instrumental album long shared but never posted. Hyakkei deserves more appreciation though, and anyone who enjoys a good melody, occasionally uptempo instrumental, and moving your head to music should get this.

Recommended.

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End Of A Year - Sincerely (2006)

End Of A Year - Sincerely (2006)


I came across this band literally just a couple of days ago, but I'm really digging it so thought I'd post it here. Punky/Hardcore sort of stuff that really reminds me of earlier bands that started to get me into this type of music in the first place (like DC era). Definitely worth a listen. They recently signed to Deathwish records, and are from Upstate NY.

similar artists: Kids Explode, Life at These Speeds, Fire Team Charlie

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Arghoslent - Incorrigible Bigotry (2002)

There are two things that inevitably come up in any discussion about Arghoslent: how the band is widely held to be racist (or as they put it, "racially aware"), and how their riffs are fucking fantastic. Arghoslent can be considered "melodic" death metal, but not in a Gothenburg noodling kind of way. There's something special about their oddly bluesy (?) and extremely memorable riffs that makes the band stand out from other death metal acts . For me, this edges out "Hornets of the Pogrom" as their best album, if only by a hair.

propergol y colargol - Ode to Roger (2007)


Fantastic collaboration album from a great electronic act, propergol y colargol. Because there are so many different artists on this album, it's hard to tack a definite style onto the music; but for the most part the music is pretty ambient, and somewhat noisy. Well, here, I think the last.fm description is better than what I can say.

"Far from music for massages and other cerebral laxatives, their music attempts at giving life some virtual electronic matter in using drones and cyclic repetitive themes."

Featured artists on this album include:
  • destroyalldreamers
  • giardini di miro and populous
  • eluvium
  • erstlaub
  • soundclub
  • tomcats in tokyo
  • ylid
  • below the sea
  • tunng
  • moregeometrico
  • lapintade
  • dot tape dot
  • bertuf
  • accrual
  • stylus
  • helios
Recommended album. It's got a cat on the cover too, that means it's GOT to be good.

Also, please comment if you download this because it is not on mediafire and I really like to know how many people download what type of music.

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