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Welcome to Soundscape. Our mission is to go one step beyond criticism and shine a light certain corners of music, from specific labels and genres to cities, recurring lyrical themes, and whatever else piques PopMatters interest. In the great tradition of the mixtape, we present these explorations with their actual sound, rather than our customary language.


This installment is a rather poignant retrospective for Scotland’s Benbecula Records. Despite featuring a roster of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic glitch, ambient, avant-garde, and indie artists, Benbecula closed its doors precisely ten years after opening them. Between 1999 and 2009, the label released over 50 albums, CDrs, and dozens of EPs and singles. Notably, they were among the first labels invited to sell at WARP Records’ MP3 site Bleep. Founding member of the Boards of Canada, Christ. was one of the only acts John Peel ever invited to perform an encore on his BBC Radio One program, and his three LPs for the label rank among the finest downtempo/chill records ever made. Scotland and, indeed, the entire music scene worldwide, now has a big hole in it.


 


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01. Genaro - “Walk Into the Sun” (Genaro, 2007)
- Start time: 0:00; Links: Benbecula - Genaro


02. Brian Ellis - “Night Trails” (The Silver Creature, 2007)
- Start time: 3:53; Links: Benbecula - Brian Ellis


03. Evil Hand - “Pointless Existence” (In Whole and in Part, 2005)
- Start time: 10:16; Links: Benbecula - Evil Hand


04. Ochre - “Sosacharo” (Lemodie, 2006)
- Start time: 13:00; Links: Benbecula - Ochre


05. Calika - “Enriched by Sea Minerals” (The Bright Spot, 2006)
- Start time: 19:12; Links: Benbecula - Calika


06. Reverbaphon - “Kartoffeln” (Our Heart Beats With Joy (The Curved World Outside), 2004)
- Start time: 23:06; Links: Benbecula - Reverbaphon


07. Jack Marchment - “Paper & Scissors” (Corydon & Manjrekar, 2008)
- Start time: 27:50; Links: Benbecula - Jack Marchment


08. Talkingmakesnosense - “Volumes in G” (Surroundings, 2006)
- Start time: 32:12; Links: Benbecula - Talkingmakesnosense


09. Frog Pocket - “Hey Hope” (Moon Mountain of the Fords, 2003)
- Start time: 37:31; Links: Benbecula - Frog Pocket


10. Christ. - “Marsh of Epidemics” (Seeing & Doing EP, 2005)
- Start time: 42:30; Links: Benbecula - Christ.


11. Araya - “3 Days” (The Bridge of Hesitation, 2008)
- Start time: 48:57; Links: Benbecula - Araya


12. e.stonji - “Nowhere Nside” (Untitled, 2005)
- Start time: 53:17; Links: Benbecula - e.stonji


13. Christ. - “Happyfour Twenty (Prhizzm Remix)” (Vernor Vinge EP, 2006)
- Start time: 56:59; Links: Benbecula - Prhizzm


14. Wounded Knee - “Bools Rules” (Shimmering New Vistas, 2009)
- Start time: 1:01:33; Links: Benbecula - Wounded Knee


Total Running Time: 1:05:29


 


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Soundscape - Benbecula Records 1999-2009 [MP3]
     


 

Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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