The Round Up, pt 1 – Philip Samartzis and Daniela d’Arielli / Sven Laux / Dead Melodies / Understated Theory.

I recently used the analogy of the block game Jenga to describe the precarious nature of the review queue to a label boss. Being largely a weekend blogger due to the usual work/life balance, I barely get even with the submissions reviewed vs the new ones coming in. This is yet another in the series … Continue reading The Round Up, pt 1 – Philip Samartzis and Daniela d’Arielli / Sven Laux / Dead Melodies / Understated Theory.

A-Sun Amissa – Ceremony In The Stillness.

A-Sun Amissa is one of the projects helmed by Gizeh Records boss Richard Knox (who also runs the Smiling Paper Ghosts Design and Art Company as well as Death Rattle Press). A-Sun Amissa has had a cavalcade of contributors over the projects five albums including members from Nadja, Tomorrow We Sail, Hundred Year Old Man, Shield … Continue reading A-Sun Amissa – Ceremony In The Stillness.

In Brief: A Collection of Short Releases Pt. 2.

Lou Rogai "Implications in D Major; Adagio for Chamber Strings" by Lou Rogai is released on Los Société Expéditionnaire, a label that has been around since 2006 which models itself on inspirational labels such as Dischord, Factory, Stax and Art Monk Construction. Rogai is known for being a composer, producer and musician for Lewis & … Continue reading In Brief: A Collection of Short Releases Pt. 2.

The Illusion of Silence – The White Summer/ Hypnodial – Aether Alcoves / DunJIN – The Conquering Worm.

The thing about doing a blog is that you are inundated with a wealth of material to review. I get a decent amount and as this is something I pretty much do when I have spare time, the releases come in all the time a pile up. I try to vary the reviews so it … Continue reading The Illusion of Silence – The White Summer/ Hypnodial – Aether Alcoves / DunJIN – The Conquering Worm.

Hundred Year Old Man – Breaching.

In less than a year Leeds based band come collective Hundred Year Old Man have progressed from a single ("Black Fire" August, 2017) to an Ep ("Rei" January, 2018) through to a debut double album "Breaching" (April, 2018). All have appeared on the Manchester based Gizeh label (with the last two releases being collaborations with … Continue reading Hundred Year Old Man – Breaching.

Dronarivm x 2: Sven Laux “Paper Streets”/ Aaron Martin and Machinefabriek “Seeker”.

The Russian Dronarivm label have been somewhat quietly, in the sense that they don't make a big song and dance about it, constructing a catalogue of releases that woould make most label bosses green with envy. These two releases are from the end of 2017 (with a fresh release from Bruno Sanfilippo due out this … Continue reading Dronarivm x 2: Sven Laux “Paper Streets”/ Aaron Martin and Machinefabriek “Seeker”.

Naviar Records x 2 – Gomel, 1986 / Sōzuproject “Breathe Slowly”.

Naviar Records is London Based label who describe themselves as "a community and label that explores the intersection between music and traditional Japanese poetry." They have been releasing music since March 2014 and these two releases are their latest. "Gomel, 1986" is an extension of the "Clouded Lands" show (in conjunction with the art collective … Continue reading Naviar Records x 2 – Gomel, 1986 / Sōzuproject “Breathe Slowly”.