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On June 10th, Toronto-based musician and producer David Psutka aka ACT! (fka Egyptrixx / Anamai / Ceramic TL) will release his latest project 'Strange Bounty / About Life' for his own Halocline Trance imprint.

'Strange Bounty / About Life' is Psutka's debut album proper as ACT! following the release of the "sonic mixtape" 'Universalist' in 2018 and the augmented reality soundtrack 'Grey Matter AR' in 2021; a series of Snapchat filters created by artist Karen Vanderborght and soundtracked by ACT! which explored the poetic and existential potential of AR and social media.

The new album represents a refinement of aesthetic and compositional ideas that exist across Psutka's various projects and collaborations. It is a bold blend of new psychedelia braided with ecstatic groove. It's a collage of physical sound, composition and freeform electronics that is simultaneously original, bold, and balmy whilst retaining a certain timeless familiarity and the obvious, indelible hallmarks of Psutka's creative vision.
"'Strange Bounty / About Life' is in some ways my most refined record. The previous period of solo material was quite experimental and spontaneous, whereas this was written slowly and with more intentionality, and as a result, feels very clarified. Robin Dann of Bernice, and Alanna Stuart of Bonjay both contributed lovely vocal work to the record and it was written and performed primarily on guitar. I think it is fair to call this an 'experimental guitar record'." David Psutka (ACT!)

On opener 'Oblivion Shuffle' synths trickle and squelch beneath vintage arcade bleeps, an off-kilter rhythm and mournful vocals. The palette of faintly dystopian electronics, unnerving ambience and scorched, wonky rhythmic pulses reoccur across the album on tracks like 'Separation Code Is Togetherness Meta', '50 Million Motives For Making', 'Peace Javelin Heaven Bound' and 'Street Racer'.

Elsewhere on the record the guitar is more obviously prominent, and its presence allows the thematic subtleties of ACT's music to flourish. It becomes clear after numerous listens that there is a push and pull at play across the whole project; one of optimism vs existentialism, of anxiety vs hope - a consistent theme of Psutka's back catalogue. The track titles themselves even begin to reveal juxtaposition contained within and a deeper inspection of the lyrics reveals more.

'Lotto' and 'Rebuild Your Body' and title track, 'Strange Bounty / About Life' all feature slick classic soul hooks, silky vocals and smooth Balearic guitar licks over the idiosyncratic beats and distinctive electronic instrumentation. A perfect melding of the two seemingly disparate stylistic directions on the album. A real testament to the refinement promised by Psutka on this project.

In addition to ACT!, Psutka has released music with numerous projects including Anamai, Egyptrixx and Ceramic TL, he has collaborated widely with artists such as Junior Boys, Ipek Gorgun, and Kuedo as well as Jessy Lanza (2016) and an official remix for Massive Attack's 'Hymn of the Big Wheel (2012). The contributions on this album, from Robin Dann and Alanna Stuart, reflect the deeply collaborative nature of the Halocline Trance label and the Toronto creative scene more broadly.
Many of Psutka's releases have received critical acclaim from media outlets such as Pitchfork, Exclaim, The Quietus and Resident Advisor. As a live performer, he has toured extensively including performing at Sonar Festival, Roskilde, Mutek, MOMA PS1 Warm-UP and CTM Festival. He's also presented sound installations at various institutions such as Galeria Civica Commune di Modena, and Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

In 2015, Psutka launched Halocline Trance as a home for his various sound projects, events and collaborations. Now a creative collective and label, it has grown to include a diverse array of artists including Casey MQ, Xuan Ye, Myst Milano, Colin Fisher and others. The label is described as "genre-agnostic" and conceptually open, supporting work across a wide spectrum of creative fields including soundtrack recording, AR design and traditional artist albums. Their impeccable roster also includes, theorist/improviser Eldritch Priest, and AR/VR artist Karen Vanderborght. In recent years, Halocline Trance has established itself as a platform that facilitates many of Canada's most exciting creative music projects. Many of the releases have received critical acclaim from outlets including Pitchfork, Exclaim, Bandcamp and Resident Advisor.

* Tracklist:
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1. Oblivion Shuffle
2. Separation Code is Togetherness Meta
3. Lotto
4. 50 Million Motives for Making
5. Strange Bounty / About Life

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1. All the Static in the World be a Softness in my Heart
2. Rebuild Your Body
3. Peace Javelin Heaven Bound
4. Street Racer

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zweikommasieben #24
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Cat-No: MAGAZIN25
Release-Date: 10.06.2022
Genre:Techno
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The 24th issue of zweikommasieben focuses on an aspect of experimental electronic music that might be rather obvious: bringing anything to life usually is a collective effort. Our world and its culture thrives on collaboration, be it between artists or the number of people involved to get a release ready and out into the world. Given the abundance of collaborations, a deep(er) dive into their internal structures is warranted. For example, a recent EP by Phillip Jondo, which features Maxwell Sterling and DJ Plead, clearly designates these collaborations as such. However, the details of how this three-way-constellation developed into a shared practice are not as obvious. With the new issue of zweikommasieben, these details are being addressed in a conversation. Despite being a common practice in the scene, the modus operandi of collaboration is far from clear or pre-determined. :3LON explains in an interview that they often rely on intuition in choosing how to go about working together with others instead of deliberately weighing up interests. Bonaventure goes one step further by questioning the differentiation between solo and collaborative efforts: "Everything I share as a 'solo project' is in fact never experienced as such," she explains in the pages of this magazine. The things we do are as much enabled by as they facilitate the connections we share with other people. zweikommasieben #24 highlights the conditions, intricacies, and consequences of collective efforts in the featured interviews, essays, columns, and artist contributions.

zweikommasieben #24 includes
-interviews with Bonaventure, Milyma, Yegorka, :3LON, and Phillip Jondo, Maxwell Sterling & DJ Plead
-a portrait on Nazar
-Contributes by Elbis Rever and Martina Lussi (a scented inlay)
-essays on sound archives and post-pandemic raving
-columns Soundtexts (poetry), "Art Review" (exhibition review), and "Formations" (photography)

All-English issue, 114pages, 165x235mm, zweikommasieben is a magazine that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary music and sound since the summer of 2011. The magazine features artist interviews, essays, and columns as well as photography, illustration, and graphics.

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Shottaz 4Eva (Deluxe)
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Cat-No: ERE645
Release-Date: 10.06.2022
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Widespine Jacket,Black Vinyl, Black Dust Sleeves, Marketing Sticker

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Shottaz 4Eva (Deluxe) is an expansion to the posthumous album, Shottaz 4Eva, from Dallas-based rapper MO3. Fusing his harmonious vocals with an almost effortless flow, the late artist quickly cemented himself as rap royalty in his hometown and well beyond. Featuring appearances from rising star Morray and Derez De'Shon, the deluxe edition gifts fans with eight new tracks that illustrate MO3's exceptional talent that was taken from us too soon. The album includes the hit songs, "Outside (Better Days) (feat. OG Bobby Billions)," & "In My Blood (feat. Morray). Long Live MO3.

Key Selling:
- The deluxe version of the first posthumous release from the mercurial Dallas-based rapper, MO3, which features 8 new tracks
- Includes the hit song, "Outside (Better Days) (feat. OG Bobby Billion)," which debuted at number 16 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 and peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100
- Outside (Better Days) also has 113M views on YouTube, 30M streams on Spotify & 58M streams on Apple Music
- Shottaz 4Eva reached number 36 on the Billboard 200
- The album received press from many major publications upon release, including Complex, HipHopSince1987 & HipHopDX
- Extensive Outdoor and social media during release
- MO3 has1.4M monthly listeners on Spotify

Tracklist:
A1/1. They Can't
A2/2. Outside (Better Days) (feat. OG Bobby Billions)
A3/3. Out The Gym
A4/4. By The River (feat. Boosie Badazz)
A5/5. Thought I Knew
B1/6. Money Mya (feat. Boosie Badazz)
B2/7. Lit (feat. YFN Lucci)
B3/8. Mob (feat. Foogiano)
B4/9. Broken Love (feat. Kevin Gates)
B5/10. Oh Yeah (feat. Tre Dae)
C1/11. I Wanna Kno
C2/12. Keep Faith
C3/13. Slide on Em
C4/14. In My Blood (feat. Morray)
C5/15. Get Back
D1/16. Broken Hearted
D2/17. Last Time
D3/18. Dance Lil Tre
D4/19. Soul Ties (feat. Derez De'Shon)
D5/20. Second Chance

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Release-Date: 01.07.2022
Genre:techhouse
Configuration: 12" Excl

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Pornbugs - Juvania (00:00) Pornbugs - Juvania (00:00) 1 Pornbugs - Juvania
Pornbugs - Juvania (Rhadow Remix) – VINYL ONLY (00:00) Pornbugs - Juvania (Rhadow Remix) – VINYL ONLY (00:00) 2 Pornbugs - Juvania (Rhadow Remix) – VINYL ONLY
Pornbugs - Mudita (00:00) Pornbugs - Mudita (00:00) 3 Pornbugs - Mudita
Pornbugs - Mudita (Nicola Brusegan Remix) – VINYL ONLY (00:00) Pornbugs - Mudita (Nicola Brusegan Remix) – VINYL ONLY (00:00) 4 Pornbugs - Mudita (Nicola Brusegan Remix) – VINYL ONLY
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180G VINYL // 2 VINYL ONLY TRACKS // PRINTED SLEEVE

Tracklist 12":
A1 Juvania
A2 Juvania (Rhadow Remix) – VINYL ONLY
B1 Mudita
B2 Mudita (Nicola Brusegan Remix) – VINYL ONLY

Label favorites Pornbugs return with another triumphant release, on the ever-reliable Bondage-Music.

Kicking off with the title track 'Juvania', a deep and sophisticated subtle groover, with its deep bass setting the tone. A filtered vocal hook loops around while trippy percussive adds an additional vibe, while the gated vocal adds a sparkle to proceedings.

Remix duties see Rhadow adding some intrigue, as this bubbling bass led re-tweak unfurls, with trippy vocal fx and tasty percussion, while a warm and magical muted melodic flavor encases things wonderfully.

Next, we find 'Mudita', with its moody rolling groove, and spoken style vocal that adds a little bounce to this workout, while some dubby elements are sprinkled nicely. The breakdown is a hypnotic and cosmic vibed affair, as the spoken word plays with your mind before returning to the track with a real throb.

Nicola Brusegan steps up to remix Mudita, taking us deep, but keeping the energy levels high, as this deep driver with a classic feel lets go. Punchy goodness!

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Release-Date: 10.06.2022
Genre:Techno
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Ashee - Country Classic (00:00) Ashee - Country Classic (00:00) 1 Ashee - Country Classic
Ashee - Rampage (00:00) Ashee - Rampage (00:00) 2 Ashee - Rampage
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A1. Country Classic
B1. Rampage

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Ashee’s music fires on all cylinders. Not preoccupied with subtlety, the music punches you on the nose and won’t be ringing you the next day to apologise. A punk ethos pulls together sinister 90s techno energy, rave goosebumps euphoria, and face-twisting garage basslines from the subwoofer of a modified Vauxhall Corsa skidding past a kebab shop.
Country Classic, Ashee’s second EP, holds on to all with an injection of dead-pan fist-pumping EBM on the A-side. “Rampage” the B-side is a DJ’s Swiss Army knife - extremely versatile, from floor-filling warm-up to keeping the dregs in the room at afterparty.

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