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Guest Playlist #06: Matt Bower of Wizards Tell Lies

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I started buying films on VHS, I would record the sound onto tape so I could take the film with me on journeys.”

Pete Swanson
Enough Dark Intensity: An Interview with Jimmy Lacy of SiP

By Jason Cabaniss

"I like the idea of “cocktail music.” Something intentionally light and pleasant. I’m always trying to write music that communicates some type of positive mood and when I’m playing, trying to focus my energy there"

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Premiere: Hoavi – “Tessera”

The mutant strains of dub techno, jungle, and drum ‘n’ bass that emanate from LA’s Peak Oil have become the calling card of this stalwart label. While not as prolific as other labels, when they put something out, we pay close attention. The anonymous bass throbs of Topdown Dialectic and the kinetic jungle of label founder Brian Foote’s Leech project have fried many a sound system, as well as some listeners’ minds, the last few years. In October, Russian artist Hoavi serves up a fresh helping of warped dub and experimental techno on Invariant, their label debut.

The web is sprinkled with a few out of print tapes and digital offerings dating back to 2013, but Peak Oil termed Hoavi “Russia’s best kept electronic music secret,” and no wonder: “Tessera” exemplifies the adventurous spirit of the record, as its brief running time is chock full of skittish rhythms and murky synths. The track, along with the record, is poised to lead you down a rabbit hole of trippy beats and psychedelic sonic imagery that you may want to burrow in through Fall and Winter.

Check out “Tessera” streaming below ahead of Invariant’s October 8 release date.