August 30, 2011
The Final Stunned Records Tape Batch
It seems like every day there is a new tape label being started somewhere: young artists trying to get their music to the world in physical formats in the most inexpensive and time-efficient way possible. Some labels disappear just as soon as they emerge; others slowly develop and become productive sources of entertainment and creativity. Then there are those labels that go as far as to create their own aesthetic, promote consistently awesome music, treat customers with respect and care, and basically define a movement.
March 29, 2011
Afterlife – Hypnautic Rinse
Afterlife has been one of the most productive acts in music this year, and each release has only seen them improving. Now they’ve gone and dropped a total masterpiece on us – the bubbling and brilliant Hypnautic Rinse from the always reliable Stunned Records. Afterlife has hinted at their capability to create a whole new world with their music – especially on the sublime Bleeding Through the Fabric tape – but with this release, they succeed in ways I could have never imagined. Their trademark blown out drone intertwines with passages of shimmering beauty and bubbling buzzes, all rising and falling with the grandiosity and precision of an opera. Afterlife is officially playing in the big leagues now. A totally essential release.