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PODCAST: New Episode On The Casimir Engine

I have put together a quick podcast for The Casimir Engine featuring some of the spiffing new music that I have been spinning on my Edi over the last few weeks. The featured compilation comes courtesy of the excellent Thomas Imposter Records and you'll hear top tunes from Istanbul Hippodrome, The Idiot Nasty Group, Gray de Pape, Anergy, Polarized Eyes, Rickerly, Exito and The Jungles!!! I do ramble on about butterflies and skirting-boards, but you can ignore all that.

The full playlist is:

Anergy feat Ash Vapor - Society
Exito - Attention
Gray de Pape - Once We Were Dreamers
The Idiot Nasty Group - Treat Me Like a Queen
Istanbul Hippodrome - Split Personality
Istanbul Hippodrome - Batch Swetch
The Jungles!!! - Boozer
Polarized Eyes - Inferno
Rickerly - The Stem Grows from the Cranium

Available from The Casimir Engine
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RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Vol de Nuit - L'arène

Vol de Nuit - L'arène "L'arène" is the very first title of Vol de Nuit, and is part of an upcoming 5 track EP. The song is a concentrate of atypical indie rock, soaring, and perfect for our nocturnal wanderings. The chorus, very rhythmic, is held on two notes and the sound atmosphere is particularly heady. The accompanying clip features stylized images depicting disturbing night scenes.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: System Machine - In Dust We Trust

System Machine - In Dust We Trust In Dust We Trust is the first track by industrial/dark electro outfit System Machine from their forthcoming 4 track EP 'Confirm Humanity' which will be available to download and stream from September 2020.
System Machine are an industrial/electronic rock band based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band express socially conscious views in their songs. They draw heavily on their influences whether it's electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire, Industrial artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Throbbing Gristle, Ministry and Skinny Puppy or bands like Rage Against The Machine, Pop Will Eat Itself, White Zombie and Sisters of Mercy as well as several other punk, metal, grunge, electronic and indie artists.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Hootgun - Jorriz

Hootgun - Jorriz "The voice mail is my daughter who was messing about with a tiktok effect. I thought that it sounded great so nicked it😀 . After finishing the original mix, decided to do a stripped down 'ambient' version and a radio edit for the release, inspired by 12"vinyl that have a few mixes of a track on them. I'd been going through my record collection, mixing ,passing time at the start of this "lockdown" we've all been going through and it obviously influenced me. The Radio edit payed off too, with airplay on BBC introducing here in the UK. Finally the name? Well I guess that was influenced by lockdown too as "Jorriz" is what my son calls our prime minister. "Jorriz Bonson" (Boris Johnson)"
Jorriz by Hootgun


RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Path - Firmament

Path - Firmament Shimmering waves of fuzzed guitar echo in meditative bliss. Path has been producing music since 2011, and has released 4 albums worth of material on Bandcamp. Whilst active in dream pop and post-hardcore bands since the late 90s, Path is using this solo vehicle to explore hybrids of experimental electronica, trapgaze, future funk and minimalist drone.

Double A Side by Path

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Keller Machine - Keller Dome

Keller Machine - Keller Dome
You’re into New Wave. Post Punk. Disco. Dub. Trojan. Space noises. Head nodders. Foot stompers. The records that rip. The songs that must be played LOUD. The song that played at that party and EVERYONE smiled. We’re into that. If we can make the track that’s just a small part of that, then we’re good. KELLER MACHINE. KELLER MACHINE. KELLER MACHINE. SILVER PROTEIN. Keller Machine is the new band formed by Sam Day and Ad Donovan.
Keller Dome by Keller Machine

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Fashion Bird Danger Danger - Chemtrail Bae

Fashion Bird Danger Danger - Chemtrail Bae Fashion Bird Danger Danger are John Wlaysewski (Late Cambrian) and Matthew Milligan (Wheatus), they make experimental pop and post rock with special guests: Olive Hui, Lisa Hammer, Levi Wilson.
Chemtrail Bae by Fashion Bird Danger Danger

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Bitter Lithium - His Own Apocalypse

Bitter Lithium - His Own Apocalypse Bitter lithium is an emerging musician/composer/producer based in Barcelona. He began in the music scene in 2009, forming a trip hop/electronic music band, but after five years, he decided to continue with his solo project mixing different styles like electronic, folk, trip hop, grunge or dream pop. Bitter Lithium work the musicians Marc Antoli (production, voice) and Nuria Serra (voice).

LABEL RELEASE: Something Classical - Volume Two

Hot on the heels of Volume One, we are delighted to announce Something Classical - Volume Two, another collection of ten superb instrumentals with a classical feel.
As always, all we ask is that you listen, then check out the individual acts and support their releases if you like them. Please also help by sharing your favourite tracks - spread the word!

Here's the tracklisting:
01. Aiden Button - Sunset In Motion
02. Yasuaki Ishikawa - Vanitas
03. Barry Hudson-Taylor - Blossoms
04. Gray de Pape - Once We Were Dreamers
05. Omar Raafat - Hourglass
06. Mjorn - Weary Ghost
07. Re Mida - Crisalide
08. The Pianologist - Opium
09. Yasuaki Ishikawa - Vetur
10. Skreen B's Orchestra Of Fiction - In The City (Early Version 1)

The compilation is available to download/stream from Bandcamp plus all the main online platforms, simply click here.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Got.Knees - Love Battle (A Century of Middle Class Love)

Got.Knees - Love Battle (A Century of Middle Class Love) Inspired by the events of World War I, the track contemplates pointless loss of many lives, futile sacrifice and the individual tragedy of millions.  Got.Knees is a UK-based solo project that makes strikingly intense yet melancholic music – a fusion of distortion-heavy guitars and whispering vocals that contemplate the state of inner self. Through interwoven sound effects, Got.Knees creates melancholic, reflective and eerie tones. Obsessed with every detail, Got.Knees explores the boundaries of alternative rock and ambient electronic music, entering its own space – lyrically and musically. Following a debut album Horror Vacui released in 2011, the solo act returns with newly inspired singles: The Ceiling, Read The Words, Bugs and Snails, and The Slide which unveil a complex and deeply emotional combination of sounds. Got.Knees is currently working on new material and will soon be releasing new music which superimposes structure …

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Gushh - The Endless Wave

Gushh - The Endless Wave "I'm a Bristol-based artist that goes under the alias 'Gushh'. Everything is done by myself; composing recording, mixing, mastering, and, artwork. Harnessing what I learnt from university into my project. Gushh is a project drawing inspiration from Shoe-gaze, Krautrock and Dream-pop. Revolving around the concept of looping elements and building tracks up whilst utilising old-timely samples from forgotten about pieces of media. Taken from the debut EP 'Surf n' Turf' which is set to be released later this year, 'The Endless Wave', as well as the rest of the EP, was written and recorded over 2018 during my final year at university."


<a href="http://welcometogushh.bandcamp.com/track/the-endless-wave">The Endless Wave by Gushh</a>



RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Demeter - The Bit, The Bridle

Demeter - The Bit, The Bridle
Demeter are Kate Rivera, Ian McNally, Dan Bloch, Tim Bustle and John Mason.
"The Bit, The Bridle" is an apocalyptic dance-rock track reminiscent of The Strokes and Sunflower Bean with a chorus that makes you move. A catchy gem meant to get you through the nights that feel like the end of the world -- the chorus says, "Hold me like glass when it all goes down, 'cause it all goes down someday." It's about the voice of self-sabotage, turmoil, change, fear, and how we can turn to each other in vulnerability to overcome anything. “The Bit, The Bridle” is the follow up to the single “Rosa” and the second track of the upcoming The Year of Goodbye, an EP that deals with figuring out one’s path through story, song, and poetry, while mixed-race, female, and living in tumultuous times.
&lt;a href="http://thisisdemeter.bandcamp.com/track/the-bit-the-bridle-single"&gt;The Bit, The Bridle - Single by Demeter&lt;/a&gt…

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Exito - Attention

Exito - Attention And all I can say about the track is "The best mistake".

Exito · Attention

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: The Idiot Nasty Group - Treat Me Like A Queen

The Idiot Nasty Group - Treat Me Like A Queen The Idiot Nasty Group are a punk rock band from Jakarta, Indonesia. "It's a song that contain lyric about treating women's right. Because we got women in our band, women in our family, women whom we loved, and any women should be treated like what we taught in this music."

Treat Me Like a Queen by The Idiot Nasty Group


RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Hannah Stannard - Problems (The Acoustic)

Hannah Stannard - Problems (The Acoustic)
"My debut single 'Problems - The Acoustic' is probably one of the quickest songs I have written to date. I remember sitting down in my bedroom with just my guitar and some chords. I had so much to say that I had been feeling for such a long time I just didn't know how to say it. Then all of a sudden the lyrics and the melody was all there. I knew as soon as I wrote it this had to be one of the first songs I release as an Independent Artist. I hope people can connect to this song on as deep of a level as I did. It definitely helped me out of a rough patch. Seeing this song come to life has been one of the best parts for me with this track and I can't thank everyone enough who has streamed and downloaded it already. So a big massive thank you from me!"

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: The Sewer Buddies - Hard Times For The Boogey Man

The Sewer Buddies - Hard Times For The Boogey Man Don’t believe everything you hear Don’t believe everything you see If you can read, don’t believe everything you read! Check the closet, check under the bed Boogie, boogie, boogie Boogie, boogie, boogie Boogie man get out
<a href="http://thesewerbuddies.bandcamp.com/album/butt-brains">Butt Brains by The Sewer Buddies</a>

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Eleandre - Lost In Ages

Eleandre - Lost In Ages "The idea of this track was to go straight to the point. This song is for anyone who has experienced disappointment or rejection from someone else. The chorus invites us to thank these people for what we have become, and also invites us to announce that we are now lost in ages. It's up to us to find our way back now."
<a href="http://eleandre.bandcamp.com/track/lost-in-ages">Lost in ages by eleandre</a>


RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Andrew Sloman - Le Rêve

Andrew Sloman - Le Rêve The video and song are a small reflection of the recent lockdown. Le Rêve is available to download from Bandcamp. The proceeds will be donated to Give India, a nonprofit platform that is helping families in India who have been affected by the recent pandemic.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: &seb - New Blood

&seb - New Blood
New single. New me. New Blood. by &seb

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: ReveLever featuring Shannon Maree - Play With The Fire

ReveLever featuring Shannon Maree - Play With The Fire
ReveLever is an artist from The Netherlands. The project is the brainchild of Randy Lever, a passionate artist and songwriter with a really distinctive attitude. His sound blurs the lines between 80s pop melodies and edgy new wave textures, going for a unique and direct feel. Randy started out as a drummer, playing a lot of pop, rock and metal. Throughout the span of his career, he became increasingly interested in synths and technology. The creative freedom of technology is absolutely unique, and the ability to explore different sonic ideas opened up many options for Randy, who eventually brought the ReveLever project to life in a very unique way.
For Randy, music isn’t just entertainment: it’s an important form of expression.The spontaneous and honest vibes of his works connect with listeners from all walks of life, who can relate to the artist’s unique, poignant, and charismatic style. ReveLever is all about combining hypnotic …

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Psyrena - Rainbows & Unicorns

Psyrena - Rainbows & Unicorns London-based Electronic Art Pop artist Psyrena aka Madeleine Wise offers a unique mix of electronica, cinematic scores and pop music. Blessed with a voice that can soothe or cut like a knife, she is both artist and storyteller, relating life's beauty and pain through her music, fables and imagery.
'Rainbows & Unicorns' is a highly infectious electro-pop anthem with a clear message to embrace diversity. Borne out of the frustrations of social distancing Madeleine Wise uses her imagination to enter an inner Technicolor dream world depicted in her wonderfully psychedelic video featuring a multi-instrumentalist octopus, her friend Mr. Bear and the ever so beautiful singing Flowerettes.
Having worked as a producer on Cartoon Network and [adult swim] animation, Manga and comic strips seem the perfect visual medium - Psyrena becomes her musical avatar. 
Madeleine explains: "I grew up devouring MTV & Nickelodeon. Right now we need to …

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Ocean Onyx - Like a Bear

Ocean Onyx - Like a Bear Thriving strings gives the song its atmospheric soundscape with a twinkling metallophone which arrives in the ending. Together with the guitar picking, drums and bass – the song as a whole drags you into a pop-dreamy soothing soundscape. The song is produced by Anders Lagerfors at Nacksving studios in Gothenburg.
<a href="http://oceanonyx.bandcamp.com/track/like-a-bear">Like a Bear by Ocean Onyx</a>


RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Lady Silver - As You Wish

Lady Silver - As You Wish As You Wish' is our first single for 2020 and a follow up to our debut EP 'Ladies First' from 2019. Written on a rainy evening in Manchester and at a beautiful sunset in Tel Aviv, We wish this tune will take you right into our haunting Rock & Roll party.
Lady Silver is an alternative rock & roll band, influenced by British rock, funk and disco. Influenced by the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian and The Strokes, they want to show that we can still dance to Rock&Roll.
“We hope our music will make your hips move in the evening, soften the loneliness of the night time, and help with Sunday morning’s hangover. Whatever it is, don’t take us too seriously and just enjoy the music.”
Their debut EP Ladies First was released in early 2019. By the start of 2020, they recorded two singles from the upcoming album. 'As You Wish' was the first to be released. The second single, 'Want You For Mysel…

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: 10 Songs For CAB - Charity Compilation (Various Artists)

10 Songs For CAB A compilation of original tracks by Eastbourne based artists.
All proceeds go to Citizens Advice Eastbourne. 
Every year, this local charity helps thousands of people find ways to overcome to problems they are facing. With a large team of volunteers, they help bring in millions of pounds of additional income to the people of the town and help protect the vulnerable. They also campaign to improve the services and policies which affect people's lives. 
During the coronavirus lockdown, the team have switched to home working and have been helping people deal with the sudden impact of job losses, debt and navigating the benefits system to get the vital support they need. 
Fundraising activities which were planned for the spring and summer have all had to be cancelled. This led to the CA10 challenge, an alternative way to raise money through a series of sponsored activities and this album is one of those challenges.

Read all about it here:  uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CAE…

LABEL RELEASE: Something Classical - Volume One

After a few issues and delays with our distributor, our classical-themed compilation has finally hit all the platforms. Entitled Something Classical - Volume One, it is our first toe-dip into the pool of classical and neo-classical music, providing an enjoyable contrast to the sounds we usually support.
We suggest that it is a perfect soundtrack for when you take some time out to relax - hope you enjoy it.

As always, all we ask is that you listen, then check out the individual acts and support their releases if you like them. Please also help by sharing your favourite tracks - spread the word!

Here's the tracklisting:
01. Omar Raafat - Dawn
02. Tom Bettis - Dreaming
03. Cellista - Tzeva Adom
04. Skreen B's Orchestra Of Fiction - In The City (Mesto Mix 2)
05. Uixi Amargós - Viatjant Amb Satie
06. Yusuke Tsutsumi - A Little World
07. Jesse Joy - The Edge
08. Tom Bettis - Falling
09. Life As Surface Noise - The Night Watchman - Part Four (Instrumental Mix)
10. Brugner Brokk - Th…

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Microcosms - Scenes

Microcosms - Scenes Scenes is loosely about the idea of all the different moments in your life and how they can be separate yet intertwined at the same time. Things that can seem so important in the moment but fade away, only to flash back when you least expect it. The idea of a continuous journey that develops and changes over time as you piece things together.
Available from Bandcamp as a 'name your price' with all money donated to racial justice groups in Chicago.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Soma Chhaya - Don't Fear the Snake

Soma Chhaya - Don't Fear the Snake Don't Fear the Snake is an alternative-pop song written about the story of creation, Genesis. Though this story is about Adam and Eve, this song is written from the perspective of the snake.
What if the snake was misrepresented in the Bible? What if the snake was trying to elevate eve from her boredom? What if the snake wasn't evil? What is evil? This song explores it all.
Soma Chhaya is a Canadian actress and singer of Indian descent known for her roles such as Goldi Nahir in Degrassi: Next Class and Shauzia in the Oscar nominated film The Breadwinner. She creates music in the pop vein. Though, she has an affinity for adding a flair of death and demonic undertones to her songs.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Cut The Berry - Disco​-​Ver

Cut The Berry - Disco​-​Ver Cut the Berry are a 5-piece experimental rock band, originally from Lisbon, but with a lineup from all over the universe. On the 8th of May their first single and music video "Illusion by Confusion" was released ; Now in the month of June, "Disco-Ver" came out, and this is another weird chapter from their debut album that's going to be released later on this year. "Disco-Ver" describes how stuck someone's body can feel, when someone's mind is in the need of help. Cut the Berry are going to be releasing one song per month until October - by that point, a full album might be presented.
Disco-Ver by Cut the Berry

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: Pillowsnake ft I Killed Techno - Copaganda

Pillowsnake ft I Killed Techno - Copaganda "I wrote it in response to the police brutality in the USA"

COPAGANDA (ft. I Killed Techno) by Pillowsnake

RECOMMENDED LISTENING: M1 x2 Compilation (Various Artists)