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Various ‎Artists – Drone-Mind // Mind-Drone Volume 6

Drone

Various ‎Artists - Drone-Mind Mind-Drone Volume 6Now into its sixth volume of lovingly curated drones, the latest collection in this series brings together Nam-Khar, Markian Volkov, For Kings And Queens and Kevin Durr. The four contributors offer up a varied palette of clanks and heaving synthesis

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Raskol’nikov and Hjalmar – Yama

Zoharum

Raskol'nikov and Hjalmar - YamaGlitching its way out of the speakers with an eerie sense of space and place, Raskol’nikov and Hjalmar Hach mix environmental sounds and close-mic’d recordings with abstracted electronics, and together they set out on a mission to imaginary parks in the far yonder, into then up above the clouds.

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UUUU / Errant Monks / Microdeform (live at The Exchange)

Bristol 23 January 2018

UUUU live January 2018Loved Microdeform‘s haunted weathers. A lovely bubbling piano lighting the shadowy architectures, a trembling edifice beaming in the cross-pollination of plunging crevices and sonic apparition. Morphic memories lingering in them stretching keylines

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No Age – Snares Like A Haircut

Drag City

No Age - Snares Like A HaircutAfter four years away, No Age return with a follow up to 2013’s An Object, released on Sub Pop. They seem to have left that spiritual home, headed for the more experimental environs of Drag City and have now released Snares Like A Haircut.

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Palcolor – Wróg

Kosmodrone

Palcolor - WrógWibbly and wobbly, moody and motivated, Palcolor‘s newest release heaves with a purposeful sense of direction that takes its cue from the most determined of electronica while usually being prepared to step somewhere outside the safer zones of sequenced music.

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The Green Child – The Green Child

Upset The Rhythm

The Green Child - The Green ChildThe fruits of a musical collaboration between Mikey Young and Raven Mahon, The Green Child début LP is a delightfully melodic beast with rounded percussives that shaves off the acuteness of life’s right-angles.

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Monkey Marc – Post Traumatic Dub / Peter King – One Shot Of Vodka

Jahtari

Monkey Marc - Post Traumatic DubThe first two releases in Jahtari‘s new series of diskette-styled 7″ singles bring out two sides of the label’s commitment to the finest of worldwide dub and reggae artists.

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John Wiese and Lasse Marhaug – Continuous Loop Sheep 1997 – 2017

Pica Disk

John Wiese and Lasse Marhaug - Continuous Loop Sheep 1997 - 2017In 1997, Norwegian noise-general Lasse Marhaug and US noise-army royalty John Wiese planned to do some recordings for a split cassette. The music was recorded on 6 June at the exact same time, but on opposite sides of the Atlantic

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Schlammpeitziger – Damenbartblick Auf Pregnant Hill

Bureau B

Damenbartblick Auf Pregnant HillReleasing records on and off since 1993, Jo Zimmerman has found another new home on the eternal home for musical explorers Bureau B. His first Schlammpeitziger album since 2014’s What’s Fruit? finds him in less of a disco place, with the beats a little slower — but the vibe still as deliciously idiosyncratic and strangely surreal as ever.

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Momus – Create I: Procreate

Cherry Red

Momus - Create I : ProcreateAfter the major retrospective of last year, Cherry Red have decided to treat us to reissue frenzy from Momus‘s back catalogue. Divided into two deluxe three-CD packages aptly entitled Procreate, the first of which gives you a lusty and languid taste of the 1980s via a trio of albums Nick Currie did for Alan McGee‘s Creation label.

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Normil Hawaiians – More Wealth Than Money

Upset The Rhythm

Normil Hawaiians - More Wealth Than MoneyThe good people at Upset the Rhythm have very wisely taken the opportunity, on the strength of their return to play live dates, to reissue the first album Normil Hawaiians recorded and released back in 1982; and what an absolute gem of post-post-punk pioneering spirit it truly is.

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The Residents – Meet The Residents / Third Reich’n’Roll

The Residents - Meet The Residents

Cherry Red

Twenty minutes into the future. Allow me a short digression:

He’s the toast of the town (lightly buttered). He’s the non-fattening sugar substitute in your tea. He’s a bon vivant, a gaucho amigo, a goomba, a mensch, and the fifth musketeer. He’s the apple of your eye and aren’t you glad he’s here? Direct from a wax and shine at the car-wash around the corner, it’s the man of the hour, or for at least a good thirty minutes…

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Jozef van Wissem – Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back

Consouling Sounds

Jozef van Wissem - Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn BackAfter years of collaborations and different labels, Jozef van Wissem‘s second album for Consouling Sounds finds him and his lute once more alone without outside assistance to deter him from this unique vision. Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back is a glorious journey into time and space with only the lute and various electronics to guide us.

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Autunna Et Sa Rose – Entrelacs Du Rêve

Atmosphere

Autunna Et Sa Rose - Entrelacs du RêveAutunna Et Sa Rose is a multimedia project that has been running for the best part of twenty years and is the brainchild of Saverio Tesolato. His desire to weave together various strands of art into a cohesive whole has taken him in many directions over the years, and now finds him attempting to translate two specific dreams into a web of musical poetry that sits with the abstract images of the cover art.

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Welcome to Freq in 2018

Freq has been online in various forms since April 1998; this iteration has been around as of 2010, with an archive of older material available — see below.

Please scroll down and on for the most recent reviews; see also the archives index for 1998-2009 below while there is also an A-Z index of everything posted so far.

The bulk of the record reviews 1998-2008 are in the following pages — as time allows they are being converted to the newer, searchable format:

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