Label:Ekster – EKS015
2 x Vinyl, 12", Compilation


A3Rembrandt RedandtBlankenberge1:18
A4Soft Focus (3)Momentum3:36
B1Aloïs R.Twee Beren0:41
B2Milan W.Glaasjes3:46
B4Elko B.*Verletztes Reh2:59
B5HantraxWalking With Raven2:55
C1Jonny NashHead Is Clearer7:22
C2Gigi MasinStarshine5:54
D1Suzanne KraftStill Sick7:12
D2Hiele*Buchla For Sunday1:37
D3Componium EnsembleKats2:10
D4Roger 3000Nuptiale3:24



Presenting the 3rd edition of our EXO series. The Exoskeleton.

The world outside resonants metallic. Its activity humming calm harmonics. I am in stasis. Liquified. Receiving alien signals. Unseen universes translated into sound. Notes bend like light reflected in a curved, hard surface. Sine waves as my sinews stretch. Muscles form and tie. Limbs from this soup. Pain is not the word for it. This flux. I am detached from my body. I listen to it bubble and evolve. Guessing at my shape. Serene. Yet I grow impatient. Anxious to be free as the world vibrates. I have my life to be getting on with after all. How long have I been in here? What will I find when I emerge? Celebrations? Or stamped on like a roach? Will I be wonderful with colour and wingspan? Dancing for a mate. I wonder as I wait and change. Change and wait. Would I be content on a diet of dirt? It goes like this. My thoughts in circles. Dream chasing worry. Worry chasing dream. Waiting to be reborn. Maybe I`ll soar. Riding warm swells on Summer days. Or will I dwell in the dark? No use for eyes. Only smell. Tasting the air for a sense of direction. Will I find myself one of a hive? Or will I remain alone? Expanding to crack this shell. Forcing myself out into the sun. Everything rings different in the light. I am slow in the warmth. A breeze drying my soft skin. Transforming it. Tempering it to steel. Polishing it until it shines. You can see your face in it. But I can`t see mine. Still left to suppose the presence I present. Old friends won`t recognise me. And I won`t recognise them. Remixed, remodelled, restructured. Bold explorers discovering purpose anew. Before all I did was eat. First steps I stumble. Unsure of how many legs I`ve got. The Sun seems to sing her reassurance. Her welcome. My joints clank and rattle. Like those of a machine. I move stiff and robotic, but swiftly now. Here comes the rain. Heaven cracks back to throw its shower against my armour and I feel invincible, immortal. Impenetrable in the private fortress of this exoskeleton. Shrugging off a god`s tears. Blood races. Oxygen pumps. What passes for a heart, this heart, is strong. With no measure of time, I busy myself with the business of being alive.(Text by Robert Harris —

All tracks written and produced by the artists stated in the tracklist. Double 12" vinyl (180g) released in an edition of 500 with printed inner sleeves & download cards.


  • isma.'s avatar
    Edited 4 years ago
    So many great re-issues this year of music that came out 20 or 30 years ago, the level is so high that i felt it ended up by overshadow new releases. This compilation is one of the exceptions, as it reaches that level, really diverse and beautiful music. At the moment i'm enjoying more disc C/D, Gigi Masin, Suzanne Kraft and Roger 3000's tracks being my favorites. But the whole album is well put together and really, really enjoyable. The artwork is also great, perfect material to close the year...


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