Beats of the Antonov – Documentary Film Review (Sudan, 2014)

Hajooj Kuka’s short yet powerful Beats of the Antonov is a poignant documentary on the war-ravaged border between North and South Sudan, set against the backdrop of refugee communities who have only one another to cling on to. Yet thanks to Kuka’s insistence on giving the refugees a voice to speak, Beats of the Antonov is an optimistic film that shows how communities can thrive even as people actively try to destroy them.

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Holly Herndon – Platform Album Review (4AD / RVNG Intl.)

Platform, the second full-length from San Francisco musician, producer, and conceptual artist Holly Herndon, tackles the many confusing, conflicted layers of modern living, in the form of a poppy, accessible dancefloor sound sculpture.

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Archival Feedback – Self-Titled Album Review (Other Electricities)

Archival Feedback, the new audio-visual collaboration from Florida’s Other Electricities Records straddles the fence between both natural and manufactured environments, as well as people’s relations to them. Its origins come from Emile Milgrim and T. Wheeler Castillo, who set out to document the landscape of their hometown, Miami, FL, after both returning around the same time, from a stint living in Portland, OR.

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Spectral Hypnosis: Stellar OM Source, HITS (Track Premiere)

Hypnotic new tracks from Stellar OM Source’s latest RVNG Intl release, Nite-Glo, plus a track premiere for “Big Metal” by Portland’s HITS (featuring members of the now-defunct Explode Into Colors and !!!, who crafted their record at Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West compound in Joshua Tree.

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Moonbootique Records Label Mixtape (#41) Download & Stream

German–based record label Moonbootique was founded in 2001 by two hot guys called Tobitob & KoweSix, better known as Moonbootica. It’s a place full of unyielding music talents — a get-together of national and international collaborations with focuses on the electroscene. Moonbootique is the home of artists like Ante Perry, Moonbootica, Julian Wassermann, Tagteam Terror, The Synchronizers, Curry & Krawall and many more. Check out this exclusive label mix, made by Moonbootique Rec. members Curry & Krawall, which also includes their own Beatport-charted track, “Under The Sun”.

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MG (Martin Gore) – Self-Titled Album Review (Mute Records)

Though it may be poor form, I’m going to start this review with my one unrelenting frustration with Martin Gore’s new solo album MG: every song is just too damn short. Seriously, these tracks are incredible, and they just beg you to get lost in them, but every time I start to settle into one, it ends. The most egregious example is the otherwise perfect “Elk.” Somebody needs to make an extended loop of the center of this song because I could listen to it for hours. Its gorgeous synths, reminiscent of Eno’s endlessly entertaining iPhone 1 app Bloom, softly unfold arounds an unpredictable melody that remains peaceful yet mysterious due to its disinclination towards an anticipated melodic resolution, while

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Spectral Hypnosis: Contact Cult (Music Video Premiere), We Are Ghosts

Portland electronic artist Contact Cult gets some meditative analog video treatment from artist Ritzy Sheens, plus Israeli improvisational band We Are Ghosts show what it’s like to jam out in the desert.

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