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Panurus Productions – 29th May 2020 Mantis Shrimp is the second Shrimp release following their eponymous debut released just over a year ago, in January 2019. A collaboration between various luminaries of the underground scene in Newcastle, England, and Ryosuke Kiyasu, who has enough projects to his credit to render him a one-man music scene […]

Bearsuit Records – 27th March 2020 Christopher Nosnibor This release acquired a new poignance with the passing of the person who inspired it just weeks before its release. Mark was the editor of Losing Today magazine and his blog, The Sunday Experience was renowned and revered for its coverage of the weird, the wonderful, and […]

Panurus Productions – 31st March 2020 Christopher Nosnibor It’s always a pleasure to receive a new release from Panurus Productions, although that perhaps says as much about my perverse tastes as anything, since this cassette-only microlabel specialises in weird, obscure, dark and resolutely underground music. And this one’s a double cassette. So perhaps my pleasure […]

Cruel Nature Records – 9th March 2020 Christopher Nosnibor Cruel Nature clearly aren’t going for a major cash-in with this release, a 12-years-after-the-fact album containing the final recordings of a band who, while building a cult national following during their existence between 2002 and 2008, were predominantly a local phenomenon in their stomping grounds around […]

Panurus Productions – 22nd November 2019 Christopher Nosnibor Newcastle-based cassette label Panurus really don’t have a particular house style, genre r aesthetic beyond releasing stuff that’s different and obscure. A lot of music that languishes in obscurity does so not because it’s not good, or even necessarily because it’s inaccessible, but because it simply doesn’t […]

Panurus Productions Christopher Nosnibor The text accompanying this ultra-limited and micro-niche release forewarns of ‘Blackened hardcore that follows three simple rules: 1. Do you remember earth, fluid, accident, stone and teleport? Perhaps 2. And the smell, a blade under the water three floors up, correct? Yes 3. And fresh marble lines submarine quarters, but they […]

Panurus Productions – 18th October 2019 Christopher Nosnibor WHELM verb past tense: whelmed; past participle: whelmed engulf, submerge, or bury. "a swimmer whelmed in a raging storm" well up or flow. "the brook whelmed up from its source" It’s funny: I’d never really considered the true meaning of ‘whelmed’, and I’ve simply used it as […]

Panurus Productions – 27th August 2019 Christopher Nosnibor When I lived in Glasgow, I was perplexed by the use of the word ‘links’ to refer to sausages for quite some time. Being from Lincolnshire by birth, I assumed (erroneously) that they were saying ‘Lincs’, but at the same time was aware that there was a […]

Panurus Productions – 26th July 2019 Christopher Nosnibor ‘Prolific’ is the word. There are a number of artists, with a significant pocket being Japanese noisemakers like Merzbow and Kenji Siratori As Paraponera Clavata, released in March, marked his 41st release since his 2014 debut, it would be fair to place Osaka’s Takahiro Mukai in the […]

Cruel Nature Records – 29th July 2019 Christopher Nosnibor Sometimes, social networking really works. When Facebook isn’t about infighting, trolling, bitching, pissing and moaning, and people accept contact from strangers based on mutual friends and mutual interests, good stuff happens. I can’t exactly recall how I came into contact with James Watts, who runs Newcastle-Upon-Tyne […]