Psychoactive Soundscapes: The Trippiest Psychedelic Albums of 2013

A lot of the problem with viewing the universe as being comprised of matter comes with the idea that it’s devoid of conscious experience somehow. More and more, little by little, we’re starting to wake up to the insane limitations of this philosophy. Renders people humorless if you ask me. Nothing adds up, which creates profound existential desperation resonating throughout the collective psi-grid of humanity. There is no explanation for why anything happens, so we instead focus on how things go down in obsessive detail. Not to knock this approach, as it creates order by combining with the mystical chaos of internal infinity. Too much mystic psychic sizzle and you’ll get torn to shreds, but when you look at only

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Bjørn Torske – Kok EP Album Review (Smalltown Supersound)

“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the very first time.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

On his new EP Kok, occasional Röyksopp collaborator, Bjørn Torske relies on our abilities to remember, rather than forget, as the spur to engagement with and enjoyment of his music. Concerned, amongst other things, with aural and spacial effects, the record is born of experimentation with different instruments, objects, and their sonic footprints within different acoustic spaces.

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South African Music: Feel-Good Mixtape (#29) – Curated by Umlilo

As the Northern Hemisphere goes full blast into the wintry days, those in the Southern Hemisphere are in for hotter and sweatier times, perfect for feel-good sounds that scream of sunshine and socialization more than darkness and hermitude. After our experimental foray into South African house music proved to delight audiences domestically and abroad, we’ve invited the androgynous genre-hopping musician Umlilo to offer up a hand-picked selection of noteworthy South African musicians, as marked with the seal of approval by a local. So before we launch into the mixtape, complete with Umlilo’s thoughtfully written track descriptions, please enjoy his latest music video for “The Elements”, which shows off his interest in fashion, gender-bending, and explorations of vocal styles galore. Umlilo

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Tape Recorder And Synthesizer Ensemble (T.R.A.S.E.) Musician Interview: Uncovering a 30-Year-Old Project

“When I left school, there were three things I wanted to do before I die. Work for the BBC, work for myself doing the job I love, and record and release an album. Until December last year, I’d settled for two out of three. Now, it is with a deep sense of irony, I have achieved all three, and the third was recorded before I’d made those choices over 30 years ago. A humbling experience.” - Andy Poppelwell, T.R.A.S.E.

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Lumerians Band Interview: Exploring The High Frontier’s Internal and External Territories

“For us, music is about exploration. We may start down a traveled path, but our real objective is to discover what is beyond. We’re no retro-fetishists, but it seems like the future used to be more boundless and inspired.” - Marc Melzer, Bassist & Vocalist of Lumerians

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Saâda Bonaire – Self-Titled Album Review (Captured Tracks)

The information boom of the last 15 years has given people a thirst for crate digging. What started on illicit pirate blogs has blossomed into a healthy industry of re-issue labels, and still, the race is on, to find the dustiest, mustiest rarity that no one has ever heard. Captured Tracks are drawing ahead of the pack, with their Shoegaze Archive series and now the Fantasy Memory imprint, curated by the seasoned vinyl archaeologist Andy Grier, of Thieves Like Us. This binge of eclectic listening has opened our ears to totally unknown movements like European coldwave, minimal synthesis, mutant disco, funk, and every permutation of world music. In this rich and ripe polycultural climate, perhaps we are finally ready to

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