basic_sounds netlabel 2014-04-01T15:23:48Z http://basicsounds.ca/feed/atom/ WordPress admin <![CDATA[offthesky]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=548 2014-04-01T15:23:48Z 2014-04-01T14:59:36Z post thumbnail

Denver based producer and sound artist offthesky (aka Jason Corder) returns to basic_sounds with stationaryrace, recorded live March 17, 2012 at Cherryvale Studios near Boulder, Colorado. basic_sounds netlabel artist Radere and experimental artist Cody Yantis were also included on the bill.

Using electric guitar, Moog MG-1, custom Reaktor ensembles, and field recordings, offthesky creates a long-format twenty-minute soundscape full of grandeur luscious widescreen waves, majestic chords, hypnotic pulses and crackling warmth for and overall breathtaking ambient journey. offthesky describes the album title as a morpheme with a double meaning, “the human race evolving ever so slowly and seemingly not at all, or an oxymoron of a physical foot race where it’s participants are frozen.” stationaryrace provides a moment of escape where standing still never felt so compelling.

stationaryrace

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admin <![CDATA[Devennue]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=538 2014-04-01T14:59:39Z 2014-03-04T17:53:08Z post thumbnail

Madrid based dub techno producer and Kraftmann Records label owner Devennue delivers a sublime four track EP for basic_sounds called Forms, including one remix by proclaimed dub techno aficionado, Overcast Sound. The compositions on Forms are different yet combine a common thread of continuity. Devennue thrives to demonstrate how concepts can be interrupted in different ways.

The opening track “Thearforms,” is a quiet meditative ambient soundscape that subtly introduces tranquil elements to float the listener along. Devennue switches pace with “Underforms” an ambient dub journey combined with tension building organic percussion sounds, ultimately creating a more anxious composition. “Subforms,” the third number is saturated with pads and soft distant strings that roll-out into a slow, bass groove that slowly dissolves into idyllic airy landscape. Overcast Sound closes the release with a remix of “Underforms.” Michael Pettit transforms the original work by producing something ready to make you move on the dancefloor.

Thearforms
Underforms
Subforms
Underforms (Overcast Sound Remix)

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admin <![CDATA[Teemu T]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=528 2014-03-04T18:57:11Z 2014-02-03T04:30:34Z post thumbnail

Teemu T certainly knows what he likes and it’s hard not to love him for it, magnificent threads of cottony-soft dub chords and gaseous atmospherics on top of pulsing rhythms comes instinctually for the Finnish producer. Known for his two decades worth of releases on the following labels; Pohjola, Instabil, Bio-mechanics, Zooloft, Carmarage, ZeECc, Quadrant Recordings, Confineless, Kaukana Väijyy Ambient, Silver Fields Records, District Facility, Trust, ROHS!, Zero Mean Records, Limit Cycle, Forest Roots, Biorecordings, Axaminer, Es Radio & Label, and his own recently started output Fluvial Synechords. Teemu T follows-up with his second outstanding release City Night for basic_sounds.

“City Night” opens the EP with reverberating echoes, distant pulses and crackling nuances, perfect for late night immersion. It’s dancefloor music if you want it to be, or it’s home listening, either way it’s a sound you’ll want to dive into. Teemu T’s continues his dub-infused night groove with “Synapse,” a pulsing atmospheric journey that floats the listener forward with his throbbing pulses. “Wavescape” closes the release with a more introspective dreamlike exploration. Overall, another beautiful, lush, absorbing submission guided by finely honed studio instincts.

City Night
Synapse
Wavescape

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admin <![CDATA[Specta Ciera]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=514 2014-03-04T16:36:18Z 2014-01-03T04:28:11Z post thumbnail

American experimental sound artist Specta Ciera (aka Devin Underwood) has released several albums on Distance Recordings, Project 168, Secret Station, Circles and Lines Recordings, Luxus-Arctica Records, Earth Mantra Netlabel and Audio Gourmet. For basic_sounds, Underwood delivers Scarlet Hill, an impeccable dub techno release full of subtle grooving organic beauty.

Opening track, “Day 1” combines field recordings of rain, textured rhythm structures and warm dubby percussion layers. “Day 2” is a soft organic track with trickling percussion sounds, distance echoes, warm cymbals and sophisticated rhythm arrangements. “Day 3” is a rolling dub techno track with pulsing baselines that propel the listener forward. Brilliant, polished, head-bopping bedroom track. “Day 4” is a deep floating dub techno work with light airy chords, combined with a chunky swagger, and swirling ambient details. “Day 5” is a haunting dub ambient track that takes it down a notch and incorporates reverberating vocals for the first time. “Day 6” is a mature grooving dub techno number with melodic organic nuances and shuffles. “Day 7” closes the release on a high with yet another uplifting dub composition incorporating harmonious bells and throbbing pulses. Both minimal and expansive, Scarlet Hill allows its tracks to float across and into each other, as one infinite and sublime dub release.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

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admin <![CDATA[Andrew Weathers, Erik Schoster & Jason Nanna]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=506 2014-03-04T16:34:47Z 2013-12-02T15:57:39Z post thumbnail

Full Spectrum Records label owner, composer and improviser Andrew Weathers collaborates with friends, Erik Schoster (aka He Can Jog) and Jason Nanna on synth to deliver this magical forty-five minute, live improvised set that took place at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco earlier this year. This remarkable distorted dreamy lullaby takes you on a forty-five minute journey through subtle sparse tranquility and climaxes with epic roaring guitar waves.

Translation slowly takes melodic shape with bright synth tones that dissolve amongst warm fuzzy ambience combined with organic echoing guitar chords. Around the twenty-seven minute mark, the composition delicately builds into controlled distorted melodious chaos united with soaring drones. basic_sounds is honoured to host such a dynamic and powerful work.

Andrew Weathers – Guitar, Electronics & Mastering
Erik Schoster – Computer
Jason Nanna – Modular Synth

Translation

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admin <![CDATA[Chord]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=496 2013-12-02T15:57:42Z 2013-10-31T18:05:27Z post thumbnail

basic_sounds is proud to present Broken, Michael Pettit’s second exquisite piano-driven house album under his Chord moniker. Primarily known for his deep dub soundscapes as Overcast Sound, Broken shifts him closer to the sacred productions of Bruno Pronsato or Francis Harris, demonstrating his mastery of craft and individual approach to structure and composition. Technically each track compliments the next and acts as a continuation of his first release, Year As A Ghost.

“Hanging On To What I Know” opens the EP with sentimental piano melodies and nostalgic crackles, alluding to the past with elements of uplifting beauty and optimism through his skillfully placed beat structure. The title track, “Broken” is a somber number with organic breaths, vocal snippets and fluid percussion transitions. “This Distance Is Your Disappointment” is an honest and melancholy modern classical piece with delicate fuzzy distortion. Closing the release, “Doesn’t Change” begins with a trudging pace, as if one is walking through crunchy snow. Pettit brilliantly builds the composition with gasping female vocal clips and warm piano chords, ultimately creating a flawless climax for the release.

Hanging On To What I Know
Broken
This Distance Is Your Disappointment
Doesn’t Change

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admin <![CDATA[Bite]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=485 2013-11-04T13:36:42Z 2013-10-01T16:37:44Z post thumbnail

Multi-talented Spanish producer and videographer José Barrera (aka Bite) delivers Room, his second outstanding EP for basic_sounds. Known for his dark immersive ambient drones Bite delivers a passionate balance between eerie and warmth.

The first titled track, “Room 01” is a dark, contemplative soundscape with digital organic quirks combined with buzzing, alluding to bleak feelings regarding the state of the world. This concept is reinforced in Barrera’s video. “Room 02” is another eerie track with slow static pulses and alien-like rattlesnake sounds, ultimately creating a deep immersive environment. “Room 03” is a calming warm ambient track with delicate floating synth strings combined with field recordings of rain and birds. “Room 04” is an other-worldly dub track with pulsating pads and distant reverberations. Closing this release, “Room 05” is a clinical, Raster Noton style track with reductive clicks and whirrs juxtaposed with warm pulsing pads. Overall, another stunning polished release from Bite.

Room 1
Room 2
Room 3
Room 4
Room 5

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admin <![CDATA[Joel Pryde]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=473 2013-10-01T16:37:24Z 2013-09-04T14:08:40Z post thumbnail

Seattle based producer, videographer and software developer Joel Pryde, graces basic_sounds with his third and most emotive work to date. Known for his inspiring dancefloor sets, Joel delivers a harmonious, modern, slightly trippy deep tech-house release with Aurresku.

Opening with the self-titled track “Aurresku,” is a Basque folk dance of courtship in which the men present lively acrobatic displays for their lovers. Extremely melodic, “Aurresku” opens with trippy tingling tickles that entertain your mind while building up to a more full and well-crafted rolling production with gliding synths and cymbal drum claps. “Lasting” takes it up a notch, with building, driving percussive sounds melded with a bass hook, and infectious shuffles that evolve into a sensuous optimistic track with rising strings and compelling piano chords. Overall another brilliant EP from Joel Pryde, who continues to amaze and remain on top of his game.

Aurresku
Lasting

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admin <![CDATA[X41]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=461 2013-09-04T14:08:45Z 2013-08-01T03:03:01Z post thumbnail

#Multi-talented Vancouver based couple, Jen Pearson and Jon Anastasiades join forces to deliver their second stunning basic_sounds release Kamchatka, named after a peninsula in northern Russia and home of over 160 volcanoes including Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the largest active volcano in the northern hemisphere.

Kamchatka is commonly known for their mega thrust earthquakes that occur 700 kilometers below the surface and is home to extremophile micro-organisms suited to live in volcanic heat. X41 find their inspiration from this hyper-active and dangerous part of the world, by imagining the sounds that are generated from this area.

Developed in two stages, a technical component building stage, customizing sounds and loops and an improvised live performance stage. X41 combine hardware and software to construct 5 sections in this piece, sonically representing the forces of nature in this land. These more distinct sections make this X41 release something entirely unique when compared to their last releases, all long continuous tracks. basic_sounds is thrilled to share this heavy and dark soundscape.

Kamchatka

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admin <![CDATA[Erich Schall]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=450 2013-08-01T03:03:04Z 2013-07-02T16:10:49Z post thumbnail

Lush ambient dub techno producer Erich Schall delivers his second outstanding EP, Distant Twirl for basic_sounds. Schall, who also creates music under the pseudonym Alberto Buitony has appeared on Cologne based netlabel, Der Kleine Grüne Würfel, RotRaum Music and Gleichtakt Records.

The self-titled opening track is a deep, meditative, spacey-dub track guided by pensive trance-like pulses and eerie alien sound effects. “Voxtrap” is propelled forward by a steady 4/4 beat, integrating melodic spiraling chords and light cotton-coated synth pads for the ultimate airy dub journey. Closing track, “Nachtfahrt” is an infectious upbeat immersive dub groove incorporating echoing cords, distant crackles, panning effects and uplifting vocal samples. Ultimately altering perception through repetition while demonstrating his masterful finely honed studio instincts. Brilliant.

Distant Twirl
Voxtrap
Nachtfahrt

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admin <![CDATA[Fingers in the Noise]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=440 2013-07-02T16:10:44Z 2013-06-03T14:03:59Z post thumbnail

Prolific French electronic musician Fingers in the Noise (aka Laurent Bisch) known primarily for his rich atmospheric dub techno, has been creating music for well over twenty years with releases on BineMusic, Deepindub, ZeECc, Fitn Personal Records, Sound Source and Kosmo.

basic_sounds is honoured to present Insomnia, a three track EP demonstrating different submersive moods experienced in the morning. “Insomnia 1:06 AM” is a slow emerging floating dub journey with heavy bass pulses and drifting chords. “Insomnia 3:01 AM” is a pulsing, crackling atmospheric dub track with buoyant rhythms and subtle vocals. Fingers in the Noise closes the release with “Insomnia 6:28 AM” a lush rhythmic dub voyage with reverberating percussion sounds and ambient nuances that drift throughout. Overall a stunning and masterfully produced release.

Insomnia 1:06 AM
Insomnia 3:01 AM
Insomnia 6:28 AM

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admin <![CDATA[Radere]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=431 2013-06-03T14:04:05Z 2013-05-01T02:21:57Z post thumbnail

Boulder, Colorado producer and sound artist Radere (aka Carl Ritger) graces us with his third exceptional basic_sounds release, A Pouring Out of Sleep. Radere’s works have also appeared on Rural Colours, Moodgadget, Futuresequence and Full Spectrum Records, among others.

Eschewing his signature processed guitar loops in favor of analog synthesis techniques, A Pouring Out of Sleep finds Radere diving headlong into new aural terrain in preparation for his upcoming tour with Andrew Weathers in June.

Clocking in at just over twenty minutes, A Pouring Out of Sleep is a journey into the darker side of his catalog, exploring nocturnal ambience and immersive textures that culminates with a clattering din of analog pulses and raw-edged feedback before dissolving into a warm pool of haunting drones.

This epic soundscape is not to be missed. Overall, a masterpiece in organic, artful gloom.

Mastered by Seth Chrisman.

A Pouring Out Of Sleep

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admin <![CDATA[Gunshae]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=417 2013-05-01T02:21:49Z 2013-03-31T12:29:18Z post thumbnail

Gunshae (pronounced Gun-shai) is the Panambient project of Canadian dubstep pioneer, Kuma and renowned oboist and DJ, Lady Eve. Together they combine classical training with live improvisation and electronics.

Tossing aside classical music’s obsession with adherence to the written score and live electronic performance’s stereotype of one guy behind a laptop checking his email, both members of Gunshae have been known to start the show on stage and finish up in the audience. Gunshae are not your average sound art duo or ambient performance act.

Breaking down barriers between audience and performer, Gunshae is as happy in the chill out room as it is the art gallery or concert hall. Each performance is completely unique, site/audience specific and completely devoted to embracing the moment.

“Begin Again” was originally performed and recorded at the Panambient Siesta in Cancun, Mexico, November 16th, 2012. For basic_sounds, Lady Eve has taken the original recording and layered it with brand new live instrumentation, creating something entirely unique. basic_sounds is delighted to share this 78 minute artistic, dub ambient journey. Enjoy!

Begin Again (Segunda Caida Dub)

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admin <![CDATA[Co-Op]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=407 2013-03-31T12:29:10Z 2013-03-01T04:04:05Z post thumbnail

Toronto based producer Co-Op (aka Oreste Camarra) is known for his innovative groove-based house tracks. His free form live performances and in-the-moment jam sessions involving a number of Co-Op contributors, transforms into becoming well executed, polished house voyages. Oreste’s lush brand of house develops slowly and reflects the eclectic and elastic nature of Co-Op.

“Sia’s Guitar” is driven by submerged chords, infectious guitar riffs, and well-timed hand claps, ultimately creating a lush unhurried house number that slowly gets better with each bar. “This Machine Kills Fascists” is a Western chill swagger with vocal samples by American folk musician Woody Guthrie, known primarily for his political songs. Guthrie often performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists exhibited on his guitar, hence the title of this EP. Closing the release is “We Have the Technology?” a fluid layered organic percussion journey with light gliding ambience. Overall, Oreste’s slow-brewing excursions and mixing techniques provides an essential taste of chill refined house.

Co-Op contributors on this release include David Cowan, Sia Gee, Kelvin Ku, Johnny Lawrence, and Karim Sultan.

Sia’s Guitar
This Machine Kills Fascists
We Have The Technology?

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admin <![CDATA[Pimilk]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=398 2013-03-01T04:04:14Z 2013-02-01T02:55:03Z post thumbnail

Montréal based producer, Pimilk (aka Mark G.) is known for his synthesizer based releases on Pertin_nce and En:peg Digital. After a brief hiatus, to pursue his PhD in Math and Computer Science, Pimilk returns a few years later with Glittery Upper World, a more organic sounding output for basic_sounds.

Glittery Upper World opens with “Moon Dust,” a pulsing dub swagger, ideal for chill evenings at home. “Oxygen,” bleeps, clicks and sputters over warm soft pads and floating ambience. Clever rhythmic intricacies ping-pong around for the ultimate mind dance. “Ant Nets” is a sculpted textural journey of rich fuzzy melodies combined with dubby delays. “Swamp Chocolate” is a micro ambient track with disorienting percussion patterns. Closing the EP is “Genesis,” a spanning organic ambient voyage with cracking deep textures, sparse rhythmic freeform pulses overtop a translucent sheet of white noise. Overall an impressive warm dubby digital dream.

Moon Dust
Oxygen
Ant Nets
Swamp Chocolate
Genesis

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admin <![CDATA[Will Thomas Long]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=389 2013-02-01T02:55:08Z 2013-01-03T03:17:45Z post thumbnail

basic_sounds is honoured to host something out of the ordinary by prolific American composer, Will Thomas Long (aka Celer). Now located in Japan, Will delivers Luxury Centre an 11 day installation outside the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. The piece took place inside the interior of the Nagagin Capsule Tower (a sample capsule designed by Kisho Kurokawa) as part of the Metabolism: The City of the Future – Dream and Visions of Reconstruction in Pastwar and Present-Day Japan.

Hidden inside the cabinets of the capsule walls, the music was created from a 1963 edition of Johann Sebastian Bach on reel-to-reel tape, cut into sections at random, and then looped on an endless-delay system between 3 reel-to-reel machines, each loop lasting for one whole day.

The manipulated looping is chillingly beautiful while creating an eerie sense of past. Luxury Centre is one of Will’s more accessible albums to listen to musically, but will trigger your psyche in unusual and haunting ways.

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th

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admin <![CDATA[Fischerle]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=368 2013-01-03T03:17:39Z 2012-12-03T03:20:57Z post thumbnail

Polish sound artist Fischerle (aka Mateusz Wysocki) primarily known for his dub techno explorations demonstrates his mastery as a producer, by delivering two exquisite but completely different genres incorporating the same warm evolving beauty. Fischerle has appeared on such labels as, Qunabu, Instabil, Minicromusic, Ghostmental, Entropy and runs his own successful netlabel Pawlacz Perski Tapes.

His basic_sounds release Delayed Childhood opens with “Index of Clouds” a drifting dub track with warm soothing waves layered with clean clicks and crackles for a deep tranquil organic dub journey. “The Mote Hunted Down In Telegraph Hill, San Francisco” is a beautiful eighteen-minute gentle ambient soundscape with perfected looping washes and delicate sparse percussion drones for a really lovely calming peaceful meditation. Overall a sublime and gorgeous release.

Index Of Clouds
The Mote Hunted Down In Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

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admin <![CDATA[Teemu T]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=356 2012-12-03T03:20:51Z 2012-11-01T02:18:51Z post thumbnail

Prolific Finnish producer Teemu T honours basic_sounds with his exceptional release Equanimity. Teemu T has been creating deep dub techno soundscapes for well over two decades with releases on Pohjola, Instabil, Bio-mechanics, Zooloft, Carmarage, ZeECc, Quadrant Recordings and his most recent full-length album Entheoform on Confineless.

Equanimity opens up with “Elsewhere” a dreamy dense atmospheric dub journey with reverberating pads combined with a deep pulsing bassline to tie it all together. The self-titled track “Equanimity” is a contemplative subtle drifting eight-minute dub voyage alluding to feelings of floating. Reflective yet propulsive, for the ultimate dreamscape. “Essence of Noise” closes the EP with an endless reverberating bounce of layered echo chords drenched in soft white washing textures. Overall a sublime configuration of airy chords, beautiful deep textures and pulsing beats, a stunning absorbing recipe.

Elsewhere
Equanimity
Essence of Noises

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admin <![CDATA[Bite]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=349 2013-11-05T13:30:08Z 2012-10-01T02:41:06Z post thumbnail

Spanish producer and videographer José Barrera releases his magnificent EP Diffuse on basic_sounds. Known for being an industrial engineer by trade, Barrera’s passion lies in creating dark ambient drones with deep immersive basslines. He originally started composing in 2004 after purchasing his first synthesizer and later became invested with the Monome community, contributing to several compilations organized by other Monome users. He also has appeared on Mischieveous Musique, Drift Deeper and supplied audio accompaniment to a contemporary dance performance. His self-released albums are available for download from his bandcamp page.

Diffuse opens with “Fire Oscillator,” a densely thick immersive work with contemplative floating strings, crackling gurgles and deep organic bass similar to an internal rhythmic heart pulse. “Double Exposure,” is a lush, drifting dub techno gem that gains more depth through its pulsing signals and airy layered chords. “Mirror Reflections” is a dark eerie pulsing track with shuffling sweeps, alluding to feelings of uncertainty. “Oblivion” closes the EP with a twelve-minute long format composition that delicately transforms and glides the listener through a meditative foreign space. Absolutely beautiful and ideal for lovers of Wolfgang Voights’ Gas moniker and all things deep.

Fire Oscillator
Double Exposure
Mirror Reflections
Oblivion

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admin <![CDATA[Chord]]> http://basicsounds.ca/?p=338 2014-01-19T19:49:49Z 2012-09-04T02:06:31Z post thumbnail

Primarily known for his dub techno productions as one half of Overcast Sound, Michael Pettit’s solo alias, Chord combines his deep dub sensibilities with sophisticated explorations into minimal house and techno.

On his exceptional release Year as a Ghost, Chord delivers perfected spatially fractured piano-driven tech-house tracks. The first composition, “Now I Know and I Wish I Never Did” slowly builds into a brooding experimental house track incorporating organic rhythmic percussion sounds, sultry male vocals, piano melodies and flowing strings. “High Catherine” is a gorgeous dubby slow-groove driven by layered drums and gliding atmospheric drifts that gradually evolve under creatively timed vocal snippets. “Lost in the Market” acts as an acoustic interlude by submerging the listener into a virtual space of wonder driven by contemplative atmospheric waves. “The Unsettled” is a beautifully executed track with patiently layered rhythmic percussion beats and warm optimistic rising strings, highlighted with strong piano chords.

Chord cleverly allows the organic beauty of each component to breathe while uniquely constructing them into an infectious, minimal groove that’s sheer genius. basic_sounds netlabel is delighted to celebrate our third anniversary with such a polished and stunning personal offering.

Now I Know and I Wish I Never Did
Strange The Walls
High Catherine
Lost In The Market
The Unsettled
Should Talk
Take You

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REVIEWS: The Letter | MK Orbit | Recent music heroes

www.chord.is

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