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  THE LAST (UNRELEASED) UWU AUDIOZINE - RISE 2003 (M&E 600)
 
  When the last batch of M&E release reviews were sent out to subscribers in May 2003, they should have been accompanied by an issue of the UWU Newszine and the Rise 2003 edition of the UWU Audiozine, a glorious chrome C90 filled with sample tracks from said batch of new releases that would have bore the catalogue number M&E 600. Should have. The best laid men of mice with plans, as they say. First, they were a bit late in being completed, so I sent the reviews ahead. Then they got put on the back-burner. Then I made a start on both, but finished neither. Then they were forgotten and M&E began to fade away with the technology it had championed for the last 16 years. Only 2 pages of the "Millennium 3 Newszine" were ever done, and that much you can see on this website (M3). The Audiozine never got mastered, and would have been forgotten about completely, if not for my stumbling across the finished inlay design a few years ago, on a Microsoft Publisher file on a removable back-up drive that I was looking for something totally unrelated on. Having looked through the track listing, I realised I had a digital copy of everything included (except one, which the contributing artist kindly replaced for me, thanks, Simon). So, ten years later than originally planned, I uploaded the tracks to a new Soundcloud page, where you can listen to and/or download them till your heart's content. Enjoy muchly...
 
 

SIDE A;

1. GLASS - "Glass Planet"
From "Glass Planet" (M&E 590), our joint Release Of The Season. Fabulous Scottish band who were supporting All About Eve at the time. Very melodic with a touch of gothic dark wave about it and the excellent voice of Mo Bird. If they'd only had more time with us, this band would have become firm M&E favourites.

 

2. SHAY - "The Storyteller"

From "Dreamers And Stalkers" (M&E 583), the other joint Release Of The Season. From County Durham came this duo from the Stone Premonitions stable. It's a wondrous brand of melodic proggy gothy folky stuff, all topped off with Finn Millar's compelling voice, quite reminiscent of Noosha Fox, for those who remember the 70's...

 

3. THE CONSPIRACY - "Tenderhooks (E-Bow Mix)"

From "Sword Of Damocles / Ghost EP - M&E Special Edition"

(M&E 588). One of our top selling bands is this Devon indie outfit, so

I doubt I need to tell you much else about them. Plus you could just read the interview on this website, eh? CONSPIRACY INTERVIEW >>>

 

4. GARFIELD'S BIRTHDAY - "Everything"

From "Peepshow - M&E Special Edition" (M&E 578). Bright and breezy indie pop with a distinct 60s touch. From Simon Felton's Dorset coast label, Pink Hedgehog Records.

 

5. THE STINKING BADGER OF JAVA

 - "Completely Counterintuitive"
From "Myth Eaters" (M&E 595). From those wacky Australian types at Yippie Bean, a band virtually impossible to pigeon-hole. Good! Intricately crafted vocal harmonies on an offbeat bush-folk backing.

 

 

 

6. SOLANACEAE TAU - "Monks Of Discordia"

From "Voices From The Ground Behind" (M&E 599). The German dark wave gothic techno punk of Andreas Kirchner, bleak and desolate musical landscapes with haunting and discordant chanted femme vox.

 

7. THE VENUS FLY TRAP - "28th March"

From "Dark Amour / Jailbait - M&E Special Edition" (M&E 582). Alex Novak's delightfully dark brand of techno-goth, dirty and reverbed guitars parry with squidgy elektroid sequencers. The "Jailbait" side of the release was by The Den, one of Alex's earlier projects.

 

8. DAVE-ID BUSARAS & TOSHI HIRAOKA - "Wake Up"
From "Bushy Luxury (Not The Whole Story) - M&E Special Edition" (M&E 591). Interesting collaboration between the Virgin Prunes vocalist and Japanese underground legend. Tekbeats and offbeat punky touches, an unexpected pairing with some highly creative results.

 

9. HOWL IN THE TYPEWRITER - "I Am The Horse"

From the Pumf Records sampler, "Uplarious" (M&E 580). This particular track is from the label's creator himself, the inimitable Stan Batcow. Wacky lo-fi sub-pop from an absolute one-off.

 

10. KEVYN DYMOND - "The Brandenburg Concerto"

From the Guaranteed Cleveland Records sampler, er... "The GCR Sampler" (M&E 589). Again, the track picked is from the label's creator and the incredible talent we call 'Hot Wheels'. This is his incredible take on Johann Sebastian Bach, all parts played by himself, and note that at no time did his fingers leave the ends of his hands...

 

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