A Brief History of Textile Audio

This week sees the release of The Pomegranate Cycle by Textile Audio on Wood & Wire. Woven from song, sound textures and fragmented orchestration, The Pomegranate Cycle is the creation of composer, mezzo soprano and sound engineer Eve Klein.

Since 2002, Eve has been working as a professional operatic mezzo soprano, electronic musician and academic. The Textile Audio project finds her working with scores, field recordings, and operatic-pop composite vocals to weave rich melodic soundscapes and textures that she describes as “unashamedly romantic”.  With a PhD in Music and Sound from Queensland University of Technology, and over 300 shows for Opera Australia under her belt, The Pomegranate Cycle marks the culmination of many years of explorations into the marriage of opera and classical forms with contemporary audio production.

An early work, Some Kind Of Mininova opened New Weird Australia’s free compilation, Volume Four, and introduced Textile Audio to an audience who were among the first to experience Eve’s unique contemporary Australian experimental opera. This was shortly followed by The Pomegranate EP on Feral Media, which featured early versions of tracks from The Pomegranate Cycle as well as a wonderfully sensitive rework of The Pomegranate Cycle‘s Demeter’s Lament by electronic producer, Gentleforce.

In an interview with Eve in Cyclic Defrost, Melonie Bayl-Smith commented on the (then) work-in-progress Pomegranate Cycle : “In a way, whilst there is a provocative electronic subversion inherent in the disruptive industrial clicks, blips and tears that punctuate the work, it is the sheer beauty of Klein’s voice, heard against itself, against the samples and lines, against the disembodied choruses, that is the glue by which The Pomegranate Cycle is most potently held together. Here, at the point of Klein’s voice and its placement in the structure of the music, are operatic traditions celebrated, challenged and reframed. This is contemporary music at its most relevant – it is simultaneously inward and outward focused in addressing the challenge of its existence and its capacity to produce something great”.

The Pomegranate Cycle is now available as a Free Download and Limited Edition CD – housed in a four-panel digipak sleeve with original design by Heath Killen and photography by Ravi Glasser-Vora

Preview: New Hollow Press album on Wood & Wire

March will see the release of a brand new album from Adelaide producer Hollow Press on Wood & Wire.

In an interview with Hollow Press on Crawlspace in September 2012, writer Luke Telford noted: “Much of his music is devoted to a kind of gloriously devolved beatscape that shares certain things with witch house or minimal techno, but dispenses with the sensuousness and forward motion of those tags. The music’s other approach eschews rhythm entirely in favour of dense digital texture and seething ambient spaces. A prevailing sense of resignation and quiet hope bridges the two settings. It’s potent, and occasionally challenging, but richly rewards the time you spend with it.”

Here’s an early preview from the release – a track titled Memory Lapse and a new video featuring footage from L’Etoile de Mer / Poison / Emak Bakia by Man Ray.

Machine Death in Free Music Archive / WFMU ‘Best Of 2012’

The Free Music Archive is an long-standing initiative, directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.  The archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads, and features some of the most interesting and innovative music from around the world.

Every year, Free Music Archive curators pick their favourites from the library, and our Machine Death self-titled release landed a placing in their ‘Best of 2012’ list.  They note: “[Wood & Wire have] been releasing excellent sounds from new and old artists alike with startling regularity, but this one from Ben Byrne and Ivan Lisyak’s Machine Death project really takes the cake. Soul-crushing and sublime, there is a subtlety to their method that has me listening again and again.”

Read the full list at freemusicarchive.org.

Emily Grantham and Shisd on free New Weird Australia compilation

New Weird Australia’s latest free compilation is titled Broadcast Four.  Culled from live-to-air recordings from the New Weird Australia radio show on Sydney’s FBi Radio, the compilation features exclusive tracks from Wood & Wire artists Emily Grantham and Shisd – along with fourteen other tracks from artists like Oscar Key Sung, Scissor Lock, Thomas William, Secret Birds and many more.

Preview Emily Grantham and Shisd tracks below, and download the 16-track compilation for free at newweirdaustralia.com.

BOK Darklord in Unwashed Territoires ‘Albums Of The Year’

Our BOK Darklord release ‘Lulu’ has landed in Unwashed Territories‘ ‘Albums Of The Year’ list, coming in at #3 in a list that also includes Sun Araw and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Blog author Mark Whitby championed the release on his UK-based Dandelion Radio show on its release, and the record clearly made an impression as he was pulling together his end-of-year list.  He notes:

“BOK Darklord – a merging of the considerable creative juices of Lucas Darklord and Buttress O’Kneel – took on such a task and from it created one of the best, and most original, albums of 2012.   Via the simple but effective recource of simply taking a load of Metallica tracks, a load of Lou Reed tracks, and coarsely ramming them together, they recreated Lulu, transforming it from a derided piece of crap into a visionary masterpiece. The recording, in all its harsh glory, can be downloaded for nothing from Australia’s Wood & Wire label, a strong contender for label of the year.”

Read the full review at unwashedterritories.blogspot.co.uk, and while your there, check out Mark’s new three-volume compilation Into The Light – a benefit record for the Free Pussy Riot campaign.

New Weird Australia, Broadcast Four

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Sleeve Notes:

From 2009-2012, New Weird Australia broadcast a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio – playing two hours of new, experimental and ecelctic Australian music. As well as covering off the best of the week’s new releases, the show also featured regular guest performances, playing exclusive in-studio sessions.

This free compilation is a selection of exclusive in-studio recordings in the final months of the show, which wound up in August 2012. It includes new material from Abortifacient, Cycle 400, Emily Grantham, Gold Model, Haunts, Kevin Purdy, Nadir, Oscar key Sung, Pollen Trio, Seaworthy, Secret Birds, Shisd, The Sydney Radio Orchestra, Thomas William vs Scissor Lock, Whale + Cheng and Yolke.


Tracklisting:

1. EMILY GRANTHAM – Soseeji (5:04)
2. POLLEN TRIO – Pollen Duo (6:23)
3. SECRET BIRDS – Laser Archipelago (9:28)
4. YOLKE – Free Sounds (4:06)
5. SEAWORTHY – Field Guide To Forest Birds (5:41)
6. HAUNTS – Felled (4:43)
7. WHALE + CHENG – Big Girl’s Don’t Cry [Fergie Cover] (7:35)
8. ABORTIFACIENT – Ripper (3:41)
9. GOLD MODEL – Beyond Belief (3:30)
10. SHISD – Charcoal 26th May (3:02)
11. THOMAS WILLIAM VS SCISSOR LOCK – Cadillic – Live Take (13:57)
12. CYCLE 440 – Variations On Shifting Planes V (excerpt) (7:42)
13. KEVIN PURDY – First Light Through Mist (7:46)
14. NADIR – The Hose Has Come Loose (7:03)
15. THE SYDNEY RADIO ORCHESTRA – Untitled (Detuned Radios) (2:20)
16. OSCAR KEY SUNG – It’s Gone (3:37)

All recordings previously unreleased. Originally performed & broadcast live on the New Weird Australia show on FBi Radio in 2011 and 2012. Listen to archive interviews and performances in our Podcast section.

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Dan Vaughan & Chris Martin, madewithlava.com.

Catalogue. NWAB004


Press.

“Though I’m sure the crew will be taking many heartfelt memories away with them and “friendships for a lifetime”, etc, the occasion of the two hour psych-show’s winding down was publicly marked last week with the issuance of Broadcast Four, an eccentric and thoughtful compilation carved from a selection of exclusive in-studio recordings from the final months of the show”
Decoder Magazine, January 2012

“a stellar set of live recordings”
Bandcamp Hunter, January 2012

“a very nice way to kick off 2013″
Life Is Noise, January 2012

Sonic Masala reviews first ten Wood & Wire releases

We’re quite humbled by the commitment of Sonic Masala who’ve taken it upon themselves to review the first TEN releases on Wood & Wire – from Emily Grantham, Machine Death, BOK Darklord, Shisd, Regional Curse (Stacey Wilson / Rites Wild), Setec, Kučka, automating and Fm. An amazing effort, and a great way to catch up on what you might have missed.

They note:

New Weird Australia is an Australian institution that champions this continent’s more left of field experimental artists, branching out from a mere radio program on Sydney’s FBi station to become a beacon of ambition and exploration. This year they have opened up into a record label too, albeit a digital one, called Wood & Wire. They have close to ten releases out already, and with another due out this month I thought it best to do a small feature on these albums – because there are some amazing gems here.”

Read all ten reviews at sonicmasala.blogspot.com.au.

Tiny Mix Tapes on Automating’s ‘Somnambulist’

Tiny Mix Tapes has reviewed Automating’s ‘Somnambulist’ – referring to the experience as “like getting your brain picked by the most expert of audiophiles”.

Here’s the full text of the review, online at tinymixtapes.com

“Amazing Australian artist Automating (how’s that for alliteration) makes screechy industrial-tinged experimental music, mixed with murky strings and plenty of drone. They also release free albums. Somnambulist consists of 18 bits of avant-garde goodness specifically designed to tickle your primary auditory cortex. With track titles like “Alpha Wave” (there’s also Beta, Gamma, and Theta), “EEG Test,” and “Lucid Dreaming,” and appropriately mind-bending tunes to match, listening to this album is like getting your brain picked by the most expert of audiophiles — and it’s a blast.”

Download Automating’s ‘Somnambulist’

Reviews for Regional Curse – Natural Living

Our Regional Curse release ‘Natural Living’ has recently been reviewed in a number of titles – you can download the record for free on the ‘Natural Living’ release page.

Crawlspace is a new site dedicated to “strange / weird / beautiful / repugnant Australian music”. Editor Shaun Prescott notes that “the mix here is very clean and deep: there’s none of the crisp snare hiss of Rites Wild because this is very much a bass driven operation … There’s an almost liberating darkness here. It’s not oppressive, but rather spacious and thoughtful. The name “regional curse” is fitting because this doesn’t feel particularly urban. It never gets this dark in the city.” Read the full review at crawlspacemagazine.com, along with their interview with Regional Curse aka Stacey Wilson.

We’re impressed when a writer takes the time to get under the skin of a release and truly lives and breathes the work. This review of Regional Curse from James Catchpole at A Closer Listen is one such review – “Natural Living, to an extent, reminisces over the remains of early synth music, with perhaps a longing for their return, but it is also its own futuristic temple, and the bones of the era are left to adorn the walls.” Read it in full at at acloserlisten.com.

Beer On My Boat Shoes discuss witches at some length, before noting “this is genuinely unsettling music to be kept from impressionable children at all costs, that is if we’d like to maintain their disneyfied childhoods.”

Thanks also to Who The Hell? & Skydreams for picking up the record on their sites.

Wood And Wire – Sydney & Melbourne shows for Kučka, Emily Grantham & Shisd

Two Wood & Wire artists, Kučka and Emily Grantham team up for a Sydney show this weekend, also featuring renowned Sydney solo artist, Rainbow Chan and producer FM.  The show takes place at The Annandale Hotel on Sunday 12th August, doors are from 8pm, tickets $10.  Kučka will be launching her new video clip for ‘Rewind‘, taken from her Wood & Wire release ‘Kučka EP.  This is also the first live show for Emily Grantham following the release of her debut record on Wood & Wire, ‘Chocolate SyrupMore info on the Facebook event page.

Kučka will also be playing a free show in Sydney on Friday 10th August 2012, at Oxford Art Factory, with Grey & Patrice, FM and Senyo.  Info at OAF site.

Wood & Wire artist, Shisd, will be launching his Wood & Wire EP ‘しsd – EPin Melbourne at The Gasometer Hotel on Sunday 19th August featuring a Sydney / Melbourne combo line-up including Major Napier, Naps and Juota.  Shisd tells us to “expect “soulful” laptop music, tasteful drones and narcotic beats”.  Full details on Facebook.

New Weird Australia, Western Schism

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Sleeve Notes.

Western Schism is the second in our ad-hoc series of geo-specific compilations, featuring eighteen bands and artists from Perth in Western Australia.

The distance from Perth to Sydney (coast to coast) is only marginally less than the land mass span between L.A. and New York. Think for a moment on all the East Coast / West Coast paradigms that exist in American culture, and you can transplant some of that ideology down to Australia. Whilst we don’t have competing hip hop crews as such (although there was a moment back in the day when drum’n’bass might have taken on that skirmish), each coast often exists in its own unique world, often oblivious to the actions of the other.

However, whilst L.A. artists might have opportunities to play to audiences in San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego or similar towns and cities along the coast, their Perth cousins have no such luck. Isolated from any other metropolis or cultural hub, the act of generating awareness, finding new fans or growing a career used to involve an expensive and lengthy hike to the West, to connect with the majority of Australia’s population. Of course, that’s old school thinking – the digital age affords artists the ability to transcend such barriers, and this compilation plays one small part in an ongoing, flag-waving awareness exercise for Perth’s experimental music community.

The schism herein is as much geographical as it is artistic. These artists are outliers in both the literal and creative sense of the word – they celebrate their physical relationship with the world by amplifying it artistically. Distance need not be a tyranny – as is shown in this collection, it may in fact give us just the space we need to run free and get wild.

Stuart Buchanan, New Weird Australia


Tracklisting.

1. LEAVING, Days Apart (3:45) (previously unreleased)
2. SALAMANDER, Elixir In Echoden (Full Version) (5:17) (Original Version from the album Neocambrian, Record Label Records)
3. FM RASTER, Pattern 1 (3:43) (previously unreleased)
4. JANE HARRIS, Misery Cares (3:40) (from Misery Cares, Meupe)
5. MENTAL POWERS, The Last Amethyst Deceiver (4:20) (previously unreleased, recorded live on RTR Radio, 2011)
6. JAMES IRELAND & ANDREW SINCLAIR, Mary Weiss (5:59) (previously unreleased)
7. SAM GILLIES, People Are Afraid To Merge On The Highway (6:58) (previously unreleased)
8. KUčKA, Polly (serialkillersundays) (4:03) (from Kučka EP, Wood & Wire)
9. JAVIER FRISCO, Trout & Tippet / Scarlet Caravan / Cosmic Wood (5:58) (previously unreleased)
10. OUROBONIC PLAGUE, Snake Egg Talk (4:24) (previously unreleased)
11. FURCHICK, Rain (3:27)(previously unreleased)
12. CHRIS COBILIS, Waist Aglow In My Road (4:28) (previously unreleased)
13. PREDRAG DELIBASICH, Go Lobok! (3:09) (previously unreleased)
14. CRAIG MCELHINNEY, I Wish You Had Believed Me (3:22) (previously unreleased)
15. SOLAR BARGE, Semektet (3:44) (from Solar Barge, Indigo Children)
16. BROWN, Shave & A Haircut (4:09) (from Shave & A Haircut, self-released)
17. THE GULLS, Alfreds (3:08) (previously unreleased)
18. ELEVENTEEN ESTON, It’s All Again (Reprise) (2:44) (previously unreleased)

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan, with thanks to Andrew Sinclair, Matt Aitken & Craig McElhinney.
Artwork by Dan Bourke, www.danbourke.com
Released under a Creative Commons licence (Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives).

Catalogue Number. NWA012


Press.

Album Of The Week … the collaboration between Sinclair and James Ireland is the standout – the throaty vocal contribution, stretched and warped to within an inch of its life, is backed by a sluggish, occasionally forceful beat, and the track as a whole pulls you in and wraps right around you … this album brings together some of Perth’s finest merchants of noise and is well worth seeking out.”
Drum Media / The Music, August 2012

Western Schism provides an accessible framework through which non-experimental music schooled individuals could be encouraged to experience what might initially be thought of as ‘outsider’ sounds. It’s a nice tribute to the Perth artists who have shaken off the shackles off that ol’ ‘isolation’ buzzword to basically just get on with it.”
The Thousands, August 2012

“Perth seems more than adequately provided for lately when it comes to experimental sounds – hence the timely release of the New Weird Australia, Western Schism, entirely focused on artists from WA…”
Interview with Stuart Buchanan, The Wire – The West Australian, September 2012

“It’s great to gain exposure to new experimental work from WA, so nice work New Weird.”
Who The Hell?, August 2012

“We’ve been big fans of New Weird Australia for quite a while here at Life Is Noise. On a regular basis they dump some great compilation on the internet and introduce us to a whole pile of crazy music we might otherwise not have heard. This time round, they’re focusing on Western Australia, with Western Schism taking a look at some of the more interesting artists from WA. There’s more than a few familiar names for regular readers of Life Is Noise, but there’s two or three we haven’t yet featured.”
Life Is Noise, August 2012

“Perth res Ourobonic Plague delivers a dead zone crawler with thee perfect amount ov feel.”
Blam Blam Fever, August 2012

The West Australian, September 2012 :

New Weird Australia – Real Time Arts Interview

In this new video from Real Time Arts, I talk to Gail Priest about the past, present and future of New Weird Australia.

RealTime is Australia’s critical guide to international contemporary arts. Our focus is on innovation in performance (live art, experimental theatre, dance, music, sound), photomedia, film, video, interactive media and hybrid arts.

The realtimearts.net website offers a comprehensive view of Australian contemporary art with an international perspective, combining the current print edition of RealTime, online exclusives and updates; the RealTime archive; new works on show in our studio; featured events (forums, festivals) and arts issues; and a portal that will guide you to the best sites in innovative contemporary art.

New Weird Australia – VAGRANT dates & line-ups announced

(cross posted from newweirdaustralia.com)

VAGRANT is New Weird Australia’s travelling gig series – a pop-up club-night with no fixed abode and an open-source platform for eclectic and experimental Australian music.  Following its Sydney launch with GUERRE, SCISSOR LOCK and MAJOR NAPIER, VAGRANT travels the country during July 2012, calling at Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Perth & Adelaide.

MELBOURNE – SUNDAY 8TH JULY (TODAY!) VAGRANT #2 NAPS, WOOSHIE, KANE IKIN, BABA X (dj), ZANZIBAR CHANEL @ The Workers Club, Fitzroy – presented with This Thing

BRISBANE – THURSDAY 12TH & SATURDAY 14TH JULY (TWO NIGHTS!): VAGRANT #3 + #4 TALKSHOW BOY, SCRAPS, FEET TEETH + NO ANCHOR, THE RATIONAL ACADEMY, ANONYMEYE VS AMBROSE CHAPEL @ The Waiting Room, West End, Brisbane – presented with Micronations

NEWCASTLE – SUNDAY 15TH JULY: VAGRANT #5 SCATTERED ORDER, DRACOPEDE, THE MERMAIDS @ Terrace Bar, Newcastle

PERTH – FRIDAY 27TH & SATURDAY 28TH JULY (TWO NIGHTS!) Friday VAGRANT #6 PER PURPOSE, RITES WILD, CRAIG MCELHINNEY, DOCTOPUS @ Galleria, Perth | Saturday VAGRANT #7 TERRIBLE TRUTHS, PER PURPOSE, GUNS @ Dada, Perth – presented with Good Company

ADELAIDE – SATURDAY 28TH JULY VAGRANT #8 HOLY BALM, ASPS, MAJOR CRIMES, BEIGE ABRASION @ Format, Adelaide – presented with Celeste Juliet

Also this month, the Fallopian Tunes label, in association with New Weird Australia, assembles a hefty lineup of Melbourne based electronic acts on SATURDAY 28TH JULY to officially launch our recent free compilation, Gloss & MossSPEED PAINTERS, DOCUMENT SWELL, MATTHEW BROWN, JACOB SILVER and CALL ME PROFESSOR will play The Mercat Basement, 456 Queen St, Melbourne (Opp Vic Market) from 10pm.

Our next Sydney event will be held in September, as part of the Sydney Fringe – more info soon.

New Weird Australia Podcast #29, Wood & Wire – Label Feature

From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.

In New Weird Australia Podcast #29, we highlight a new companion project called Wood & Wire – a digital record label which sets out to promote experimentation in Australian music across all genres.

Wood & Wire focusses on free, artist EPSs and albums, and it launched in June 2012 with four releases from PEON, EMILY GRANTHAM, BOK DARKLORD and MACHINE DEATH. This podcast episode features tracks from each of these releases, as well as exclusive tracks from the next two additions to the catalogue from SHISD and REGIONAL CURSE, due in July 2012.

DOWNLOADNWA Podcast #29. Wood & Wire, Label Feature

Emily Grantham review from Life Is Noise

Life Is Noise has reviewed Emily Grantham‘s release ‘Chocolate Syrup’ on Wood & Wire.

They noted its “trippy and unnerving blend of synth, vocal samples and discordance“, ultimately finding it “brilliant and damn creepy“.

In their own words: “Life is noise exists to bring interesting, independent, unique, challenging and just plain fucked-up music to Australia and the world”. Get more at lifeisnoise.com.

Three new projects marking three years of New Weird Australia

Pictured: Emily Grantham – releasing her debut EP on the new Wood & Wire label.

(cross posted from newweirdaustralia.com)

Since its launch in June 2009, New Weird Australia has supported and promoted hundreds of artists at home and overseas through its compilation series, live events and other initiatives.

To celebrate its third birthday, New Weird Australia is launching three new projects: an open-source, pop-up gig series titled ‘Vagrant‘; a new digital record label, ‘Wood & Wire‘ and an ongoing blog supporting video work from Australian artists, ‘Output Device‘.

Vagrant‘ is a pop-up gig series, offering small grants to local promoters to stage one-off events under the ‘Vagrant‘ banner.  Following a call-out in April, the series will call at Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Newcastle during June & July, drawing from a line-up that includes Holy Balm, Rites Wild, Asps, No Anchor, Blank Realm, Kane Ikin, Per Purpose, Terrible Truths, Anonymeye, Rational Academy, Talkshow Boy, Feet Teeth, Scraps, Major Crimes, Naps, Wooshie and more. Venues and dates will be announced shortly.

Wood & Wire‘ is a new digital record label, promoting experimentation in Australian music across all genres.  Born of New Weird Australia, but existing separately from it, ‘Wood & Wire’ launches with four free releases:

  • Inter Alia‘ from Melbourne duo Peon, featuring Lloyd Swanton from The Necks
  • the debut release from young experimental electronic producer, Emily Grantham, titled ‘Chocolate Syrup
  • a complete remake of the reviled Lou Reed & Metallica album ‘Lulu‘ from BOK Darklord (aka Buttress O’Kneel and Lucas Darklord)
  • and the self-titled debut from Machine Death, featuring reknowned experimental artist Ben Byrne and Ivan Lisyak from The Paper Scissors.

Download the first four releases at woodandwire.com.au.

The third and final project to be launched this month is ‘Output Device‘.  Recognising a lack of a central platform for video work from artists in the New Weird Australia vein, ‘Output Device‘ is an ongoing blog project that curates new clips at outputdevice.tumblr.com.  Submissions from artists are welcomed and encouraged.

These three projects cap a highly successful 36 months for New Weird Australia.  Most recently, the eleventh volume in its free compilation series was released – a co-curation with Melbourne label Fallopian Tunes, the 22- track ‘Gloss & Moss‘ collection has recorded over 4,000 downloads in its first month and is available from newweirdaustralia.com.  In addition, New Weird Australia’s 2010 release from Sydney artist Paneye, ‘Lost In A Dark Aquarium‘ last month hit the 17,500 download mark – the project’s most successful release to date.  The next release in the compilation series – released on July 6th – will celebrate the country’s West Coast experimental scene, with a collection dedicated to Perth.

Emily Grantham Podcast

Wood & Wire artist Emily Grantham played a special live-to-air set on the New Weird Australia radio show on 15th March 2012, and talked about her work and future plans. The set featured four new tracks, not available on her Chocolate Syrup record – the second release on the Wood & Wire label. The interview and live set are now available as a podcast from New Weird Australia:

DOWNLOADNWA Podcast #25. Emily Grantham, Live-to-air Set & Interview

BOK Darklord, Chapter One

Wood & Wire’s third release, BOK Darklord‘s Lulu, is the second record from the pairing of Buttress O’Kneel and Lucas Darklord. The first chapter arrived in 2009, a track-by-track cover of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, using no source-material but the original songs themselves.

Described as both “an extremity that will perhaps awaken the sleeping Rock Gods, dormant since Bonham’s untimely vomit-inhaling demise” and “a rock-purist’s worst nightmare, and a sample-police’s greatest dream”, download BOK Darklord‘s debut for free at Alias Frequencies.