Astrokade ‎– Holograms

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Kitchen Dweller ‎– KD12
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1 Behind The Curtain 02:11
2 Anunnaki 04:07
3 Ufology 03:36
4 Kindoki 04:02
5 Bass Lake 02:44
6 Soft Precinct 03:01
7 Dark Precinct 03:52
8 Hovis 02:35
9 Reptilian Software 03:40
10 Crunch Time 01:09
11 Double Bubble 03:13
12 Spectrophobia 01:28
13 Exoskellington 03:55

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goatboy666

goatboy666

October 24, 2014

The resurgence of the cassette tape is, in part, a by-product of 80s nostalgia. VHS and 8-bit games are gaining attention from a younger generation, while vintage synthesizer sounds are popping up everywhere from indie tapes to major label releases. Michael Pike’s project, Astrokade, seems to channel that nostalgia, both the good and the bad, into Holograms. At its best, the tape seems to draw inspiration from Harold Faltermeyer’s Fletch soundtrack and Frank Zappa’s Jazz From Hell. At it’s worst, the tape seems to draw inspiration from Harold Faltermeyer’s Fletch soundtrack and Frank Zappa’s Jazz From Hell.

Luckily, there’s more to the record than that, and Pike delves less into kitsch and more into sonic exploration. On these tracks there is contrast and depth, plus an excellent ability to sequence. If he sticks to his strengths on forthcoming releases, he’s bound to produce a personal record, worthy of repeated listens. Keep an eye on Astrokade.

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