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by Nick Dinicola

2 Dec 2016

The Cube  Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

The Cube Escape games are series of free puzzle games on iOS and Android. I downloaded them all at the same time (because, free), but after getting through the first one, I wanted to delete the rest immediately. Instead, I played a few more of the games, just to see if the puzzle design might improve. After all, maybe that first game was awkward and bad because it was actually someone’s first game. Turns out, they don’t get better, and I kind of hate them all. Yet I kept playing. Eventually I broke down… and played the rest with a walkthrough open beside me. I wasn’t going to try and solve these shitty puzzles on my own. I was just going to get through the games as fast as possible. Because even though I kind of hated them, I was also hooked on them.

by Jedd Beaudoin

1 Dec 2016

Hear new track  from Italy's Klimt 1918 in advance of the group's new release Sentimentale Jugend.

Klimt 1918’s new dark shoegaze effort Sentimentale Jugend, which can be pre-ordered, arrives on December 2 from Prophecy Productions. We are pleased to premiere the track “It Was to Be” now. The track gives listeners an apt taste of the new release (featuring two separate but deeply compatible parts, Sentimentale and Jugend). The music is alternately sad and celebratory and evidence of Klimt 1918’s ability to summon the spirits of Sigur Rós, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Dead Can Dance while remaining fiercely true to its vision.

by Brice Ezell

1 Dec 2016

Clint Mansell joins  an impressive crop of composers with his contribution to the buzz-heavy show Black Mirror.

In the world of contemporary film music, Clint Mansell needs no introduction. Even if you haven’t heard his name, you’ve undoubtedly heard his classic “Lux Aeterna”, from the soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky‘s Requiem for a Dream. Having recently seen the long-awaited vinyl issue of his quintessential score for Aronofsky’s The Fountain, Mansell has taken on another scoring project, this one for television.

by Jorge Albor

1 Dec 2016

Video games have  made me used to inhabiting the skin of others. For many of us, this is one of the biggest reasons we play games.

A character creation screen for the forthcoming Mortal Online.

I’m used to inhabiting the skin of others. I’ve been elves, dwarves, massive bro-dudes, and young girls. I’ve captained spaceships, maintained small cottages, and poked around a college dorm room. Games have always given me opportunities to live the stories of others, to be someone I’m not. For many of us, this is one of the biggest reasons we play games. Lately, though, I’ve been trying to reconcile the uncomfortable politics of being someone else.

When I was 11 or 12 years old, my older brother pulled my sister and I out of school to attend a political protest. It was a pivotal moment in developing my political self. The protest was against California Proposition 187, which would severely limit access to public services to undocumented immigrants. This included restrictions on access to healthcare and public education to children. I can’t say I was an expert on immigration at such a young age, but some of my family members were undocumented. I knew it felt wrong.

by Imran Khan

29 Nov 2016

Alongside producer Books  Ones, rapper Maestro Gamin offers yet another dose of speaker medicine with "Future Calling".

Backed by Books One, Maestro Gamin returns after a brief hiatus with a single from the upcoming Miracle Work Medicine EP. Decidedly more straightforward than his previous works, “Future Calling” mines a chunky, percussion-looped groove laced with the sample of a Middle Eastern buzok. Gamin’s designs are more socially-conscious on this latest effort, forgoing the surreal, cut-up lyricism that defined his earlier work. The tune never directly references the colour-line issues we are currently undergoing these days. Rather, there is the sly circling of racial matters that brings the rapper’s poetry into spiritual form. Gamin’s voice, quite like the soulfully smooth consistency of peanut butter, rips an edge rougher than usual here; his lyrics on this new material command rather than inform. In the past, the rapper has never cared much for dancefloor fodder. But on “Future Calling”, his urgency to connect language with movement demonstrates an uncommon parlance – one that has the power to transform the ghettoblaster into a talismanic device of medicinal properties.

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