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Mixcloud #19 Metal Blast

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Back with metal. Funny, since I seldom play it. “Metal blast” is a mix with metal tracks that start with a ‘blast’ and afterwards and pretty fast. Of course there is a variety of styles, (Göteborg) death metal, (industrial) black metal, grindcore, (blackened) trash, an hour of uptempo metal.

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Mixcloud #16 Intro beat

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There are a few well known and popular songs that start with a great rhythm that immediately gets me in the mood for a good track. I know a few of those and decided to put them into a mix. It took a little more effort than I expected to find enough good tracks with a good ‘intro’ to make a mix of an hour, but here we go. The mix as often contains a wide variety of styles. From noise rock to psychobilly to pop, rock, gothic, metal and even EBM. None of the tracks are very fast, but as the mix continues, the speed slowly goes up a bit.

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Mixcloud #17 Black Metal Dance

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A mix I’ve been thinking of for a while. It’s not just down- or midtempo black metal that I was after, but songs with a ‘waltzing’ rhythm. This proved to be harder than expected. I had songs in my head, but not enough. Most songs are from the few years that I listened to black metal frequently.
I’ve mixed the metal with folky songs for good measure. These songs are from the cd that came with the second version of the book Liederen En Dansen In De Kempen.

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But few reviews

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It is a bit odd. I do try to keep up a bit with new releases, but since I buy physical releases less often, I also less often feel like writing a review. When a new album is available on Spotify or Bandcamp or wherever, I listen to it, but unless it is really good, I do not really feel like reviewing it. For some reason, owning a physical release is more of a ‘trigger’ to write a review when a ‘non-physical’ one. Besides, I rarely run into something really good and especially with digital releases I have the feeling that it has to be recent to review. When I find a band or project that I did not know and they had a great album in 2018, I would probably not review it.

And so things keep changing little by little. I do still listen to music as much as I used to. What is also changing is that for a long long time I mostly listened to albums. Even on Spotify (on Deezer this works more easily) I would put two or three albums in a queue and listen them from start to finish. Nowadays I find myself going to playlists or mixes more and more often. I am not really sure why that is though.

Mixcloud #14 Nowave

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It has been quite a few years since I was looking for electropunk type music and on a peer-to-peer network found a folder (playlist) called “A Modern Mutants Handbook”. It contained electropunk, but also weird and chaotic guitar music. Later I learned that this “noiserock” has a base in the short lived Nowave scene from the 1970’ies New York. Actually a lot of music has a base in this scene and thus in my playlist you find no only Sonic Youth, but also Swans and Foetus. The cover of the playlist is of a documentary made about the scene.

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Mixcloud #13 High Energy vol. 2

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My “High Energy” playlist on Spotify is great (to me), but much longer than my first mix with the same name on Mixcloud. So I made another one. We start with rock, go to metal and slowly moved towards electronic music. I put some more focus on music that is not available on Spotify, but also added some very well-known pop music for good measure. Enjoy.

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