Monday, 17 June 2013

an end

I'm sat hear with 30 pence to my name for the next 4 days, all the time in the world to blog but none of the impetus, I have too much great music to listen to, too many new unsigned bands bookmarked to blog at some point. After a while the occasional "thank you" from a band, the occasional increases in readership, in facebook likes.. these no longer hold that initial excitement. There's nothing worse than coming across a blog you used to read and finding it just slipped away into the ether without explanation.

My blog was one of the first and continued to be a major voice during the emergence of Witch House and that whole sound, it was so great to be part of that community and know you were part of something really cool and you know kind of important to some people. But as that scene waned away my blog went back to playing catch up with my RSS reader, 200+ blogs spewing music at me everyday, twitter and facebook feeds doing the same. Eventually the idea of trying to re-create that as a blog seems absurd and strange.

The Fokkawolfe blog appeared at the tail end of the music blogging scene just before all the social media sites and mainstream sites caught up... We now reside in an era where they seem less and less relevant. After a while the jaded blogger starts to wonder why they are doing it as the torrent of PR emails floods in selling you the latest bland indie catalogue band day after day, emails you delete without even reading the header.

Over the lifetime of this blog I've discovered insanely amazing music and shared it with literally hundreds of thousands of people, I've helped bands and artists get noticed and I've even got some other blogging work with the always great Mishka blog which was fun while it lasted. Though blogging I've made friends, got writing work, made music videos put on gigs and clubnights and been in on some of the most interesting and cutting edge music of the last few years, but....

I guess in the end it's to do with being sat in your room day after day only listening to music in relation to the blog, not getting paid, not getting freebies and not having time to have a life in music outside of the laptop screen. I want to hear new music without thinking of it in terms of blog-ability, without the sudden rise in stress as I contemplate the many hundreds of bookmarked bands and albums waiting to be posted up.

I want to catch my breath when I hear a new sound and feel excited, I want people and input rather than just these four walls of my laptop screen. I want a new format to the musical internet of my life.

This blog will stay up as a record for people to use of some the cool as fuck music that I've discovered over the years, go delve and mine it for all its worth, there's a LOT of free downloads.

Thanks for coming to this blog, but now I have to go.

...but god-damn it there's still so much great music I still want to share with you all.

Monday, 3 June 2013

ΠΦn ΠigηΘη

Two great mixtapes from someone in Berlin with a killer Tumblr calling themselves ΠΦn ΠigηΘη, really all over the place but through and through bass led visceralness that will make bits of you dance in opposition to the other bits. Download from the Soundcloud players below.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Kap Bambino - SǐWánG


New Mixtape by Textbeak for LA Substance. Download for free from the player below.

The tracklist: New Mixtape
Talking Heads - The Great Curve // Remain in Light
The Knife - Without You My Life Would Be Boring // Shaking The Habitual // Rabid
µ-Ziq - Old Fun #1 // In Pine Effect // Astralwerks
L.A.S.'s Crime - Pretty Face // Disphoria 1985-1989 LP // Mannequin Records
THE COOMBE - Inbetween Doors // THE COOMBE // Mannequin Records
µ -Ziq - Sick porter // Bluff Limbo // Rephlex Records
Bestial Mouths - White Eyes // Bestial Mouths/Deathday Split 12" // Sweating Tapes
Ferdinand Cärclash - No te detengas 
Don Jones - Morning Glory (ft. Le1f) 
Destiny's Child - Emotions (Noms "Cry 4 Me bb" Remix)
NФΔH 23 - Tropical Fruit { Pictureplane } // Tropical Fruit
Von Sudenfed - Serious Brainskin // Tromatic Reflexxions // Domino
AIDS-3D - Chillax Cyprus 
Coil - Teenage Lightning 1 // Love's Secret Domain // Wax Trax!
Meat Beat Manifesto - Hello Teenage America // 99% // Mute 
Joy Division - As You Said // Komakino flexi-disc // Factory Records
Skinny Puppy - Sore In A Masterpiece/Dead Of Winter // Back And Forth Series Two // Nettwerk
Antoni Maiovvi – Nesting 
Tannhäuser Gate – Obsession // Tannhäuser Gate (EP) // Function Operate
Depeche Mode - All That's Mine // Delta Machine // Mute
Xander Harris – Necronomiconjure // I Want More Than Just Blood // 100% Silk
Phantom Love - PSYCHIC JUNE // Phantom Love // Mannequin Records
Rolodex -_anthem for the microage 
Skin Town - RIDE // Time No Place
Jimi After - Rachel's Theme // Exile In Data EP // Days of Being Wild
Noblesse Oblige - Runaway (Lars Moston Remix) // Runaway EP // Repo Records 
Le Carousel - Lose Your Love (Andrew Weatherall RMX) // Lose Your Love EP // Phil Kieran Recordings
Passarella Death Squad – Giant // Giant EP // Days of Being Wild
µ -Ziq - Sick Porter // Bluff Limbo // Rephlex Records
Memory Ghost - 24SEX black and blue

Friday, 31 May 2013

Tesla Boy - The Universe Made Of Darkness

Tesla Boy is a Russian band with an album out called "The Universe Made Of Darkness"... and it kicks ass over SO much dross out there at the moment, it rides a crooning 80s, early  90s house vibe with synths a plenty and a uber dancy vibe, it has a collab with Azari &III on one track and its signature tune "1991" is now my ring tone because it is just the most happy upbeat 90s house tune ever! I don't usually blog about bands that don't have free downloads or aren't unsigned but I highly doubt many people have heard of these guys and you really should even if they do ride the wave close to cheese island now and then.. Download from itunes.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


Mr.Incognito is pretty anonymous but has one of the best instrumental downtempo hip hop albums I've heard for ages. Bandcamp is the domain of this artist and the album "93 to Infinity" is just stacked with 90s samples and chilled synth washed beats. It's all late night stoner introspection and chill net graphics, while the opening track "1993" has a more 8bit vibe. Go download the album for free.