Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

Soft Cell | Keychains and Snowstorms Mercury Records/UMC (9xCD + DVD + BK; DL + Streaming) An Exhaustive Survey. And I mean the good kind of exhaustion, the type that comes with an exhilarating batch of unexpected goodies – not the kind that has been seen in similar burnt-out 80’s boxes of late. I realize this may not be something you may expect to find in these pages, however, stay with me here, these guys really were outsiders whose quickly (if short-lived) rising star just happened to coincide with the earliest era of MTV where you may have spied a … Continue reading Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

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Toneshift is Guest DJ on Unexplained Sounds – Today!

This is a Recognition Test of the Mixlr broadcasting system, this is only a test. Tune into the experimental Italian radio program Unexplained Sounds today, July 1st (2-4PM Central Standard Time) as Toneshift.net‘s TJ Norris Guest DJ’s the final half hour! This is our first collaboration, and if you love sounds from the deepest reaches, you just might enjoy this program that we’ve curated for discerning ears. Listen…. The two hour show will be broadcast on Mixlr (hosted by Raffaele Pezzella), the live streaming service. Some of our selections feature: Georg Deuter (Germany), Federico Durand (Argentina), Takami Nakamoto (France), #Dome … Continue reading Toneshift is Guest DJ on Unexplained Sounds – Today!

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Aarde by Somta

Out of Leeds comes Somta, and their sophomore effort, Aarde. The album is available to stream or download via Bandcamp, and I suggest you do. A spacious, non-contrived dark ambient collection of fifteen tracks, each ranging from 42 seconds to 7:03, that have a real street feel that eventually lifts off into the abyss. The atmosphere is like a cavernous futuristic subway at times (Sophia) recalling some of the fleeting memories of the once much beloved Instinct Records. The synths whine and dive in plunging cascades of harmony, mysterious and bold – but not without a finger on the pulse … Continue reading Aarde by Somta

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