Despite featuring a roster of the UK's most exciting and dynamic glitch, ambient, avant-garde, and indie artists, Benbecula Records closed its doors precisely ten years after opening them. Download the MP3 mix.
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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)
02. Brian Ellis - "Night Trails" (The Silver Creature, 2007)
03. Evil Hand - "Pointless Existence" (In Whole and in Part, 2005)
04. Ochre - "Sosacharo" (Lemodie, 2006)
05. Calika - "Enriched by Sea Minerals" (The Bright Spot, 2006)
06. Reverbaphon - "Kartoffeln" (Our Heart Beats With Joy (The Curved World Outside), 2004)
07. Jack Marchment - "Paper & Scissors" (Corydon & Manjrekar, 2008)
08. Talkingmakesnosense - "Volumes in G" (Surroundings, 2006)
09. Frog Pocket - "Hey Hope" (Moon Mountain of the Fords, 2003)
10. Christ. - "Marsh of Epidemics" (Seeing & Doing EP, 2005)
11. Araya - "3 Days" (The Bridge of Hesitation, 2008)
12. e.stonji - "Nowhere Nside" (Untitled, 2005)
13. Christ. - "Happyfour Twenty (Prhizzm Remix)" (Vernor Vinge EP, 2006)
14. Wounded Knee - "Bools Rules" (Shimmering New Vistas, 2009)
Total Running Time: 1:05:29
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