Apr 082018
 
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At last, the final instalment of our review of 2017 – only four months into the following year!


Wobbler – From Silence to Somewhere (21:00) from From Silence to Somewhere, 2017
Amplifier – Horse (06:41) from Trippin’ With Dr. Faustus, 2017
Iconic Eye – Black Country Lady (05:46) from Into the Light, 2017
Lunatic Soul – Anymore (04:36) from Fractured, 2017
Godsticks – Open Your Eyes (05:04) from Faced With Rage, 2017
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate – Last Man on the Moon (06:02) from Broken but Still Standing, 2017
Thumpermonkey – This Is Not A Fire (05:04) from Electricity, 2017
Sons Of Apollo – Alive (05:06) from Psychotic Symphony, 2017
Trojan Horse – Fukushima Surfer Boys (03:42) from Fukushima Surfer Boys, 2017
Glass Hammer – Cool Air (09:44) from Untold Tales, 2017
Special Providence – A Magnetic Moment (05:15) from Will, 2017
Believe – II (09:09) from Seven Widows, 2017
Agusa – Sorgenfri (05:00) from Agusa, 2017

Progradar’s Picks
Mother of Millions – Silence (08:14) from Sigma, 2017
Human Pyramids – Canned Thunder (03:34) from Home, 2017
Marco De Angelis – Last Train (05:49) from Next Station, 2017
Drifting Sun – Mystery of Lies (05:46) from Twilight, 2017
Findlay Napier – Cod Liver Oil And Orange Juice (03:56) from Glasgow, 2017

Premiata Forneria Marconi – Oniro (06:07) from Emotional Tattoos, 2017
Major Parkinson – Night Hitcher (05:47) from Blackbox, 2017
I Am The Manic Whale – The Lifeboatmen (11:22) from Gathering The Waters, 2017
Charlie Cawood – Garden of the Mind (06:44) from The Divine Abstract, 2017
Lee Abraham – Find Another Way (07:07) from Colours, 2017
Tiger Moth Tales – Take The Memory (07:10) from The Depths Of Winter, 2017
Knekklectric – Prokrastinera igjen (06:09) from For Mange Melodia, 2017
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere – Graced With Secrets (08:01) from 03, 2017
Simon Godfrey – More Power Than Bombs (04:03) from Black Bag Archive Vol.3, 2017
Arabs In Aspic – Mörket 3 (20:20) from Syndenes Magi, 2017

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Apr 012018
 
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Happy Easter everyone!

This time around we continue our stately meander through the excellent crop of proggy releases from 2017, with absolutely no mention of Easter whatsoever – though I did munch a few chocolate buttons at one point.


My Tricksy Spirit – Always With You (08:18) from My Tricksy Spirit, 2017
Kaipa – Like a Serpentine (12:52) from Children of the Sounds, 2017
Christiaan Bruin’s Inventions – The Turing Test (04:16) from Meta, 2017
Gentle Knife – Fade Away (07:23) from Clock Unwound, 2017
Sky Architect – Dune (06:26) from Nomad, 2017
Amarok – Distorted Soul (05:33) from Hunt, 2017
Comedy Of Errors – Ever Be The Prize (09:00) from House of the Mind, 2017
Bent Knee – These Hands (05:37) from Land Animal, 2017
Robert Ramsay – Tramps In Their Purest Form (06:56) from Confound And Disturb, 2017
Big Big Train – The Leaden Stour (07:19) from The Second Brightest Star, 2017
PBII – Mother (04:43) from ROCKET! The Dreams Of Wubbo Ockels, 2017
KingBathmat – Feathers (08:53) from Dark Days, 2017
Jet Black Sea – Cathedral (07:17) from Absorption Lines, 2017
Discipline – Love Songs (03:42) from Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea, 2017
Kotebel – Cosmology Suite – Mechanical Universe (07:54) from Cosmology, 2017
Karibow – System Of A Dream (07:27) from From Here To The Impossible, 2017

Progradar’s Picks
Linus Kåse – Smile (02:47) from I, 2017
Steven Wilson – Permanating (03:35) from To The Bone, 2017
Threshold – Lost In Translation (10:20) from Legends Of The Shires, 2017
Nordic Giants – Dystopia (05:31) from Amplify Human Vibration, 2017
Blue Rose Code – Over The Fields (For John) (04:11) from The Water Of Leith, 2017

Public Service Broadcasting – Progress (03:26) from Every Valley, 2017
RTFACT – Gotika (05:03) from Life Is Good, 2017
Kim Seviour – Recovery Is Learning (04:40) from Recovery Is Learning, 2017
Shineback – Safe As Houses (05:24) from Minotaur, 2017
Richard Wileman – Ghost (03:34) from Ghost, 2017
Pingvinorkestern – Walk Slowly (05:52) from Look – No Hands!, 2017
The Dhol Foundation – Mother Tongue (03:50) from Basant, 2017
House by the Lake – Glacial Pace (04:01) from Out Of The Woods, 2017
CIRCU5 – Blame It On Me (04:44) from CIRCU5, 2017
Lifesigns – Different (09:19) from Cardington, 2017
Johannes Luley – Sister Six (05:33) from QITARA, 2017
Cirkus – Johnny Got His Gun (06:42) from Wild Dogs, 2017
Whitewater – Fallen (05:29) from Universal Medium, 2017
Lucie Treacher – Kite (03:34) from Wunderkabinett, 2017
The Tangent – A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road (17:31) from The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery, 2017

 Posted by at 11:44 am
Mar 242018
 
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“If you play any more of that Scott Walker album, Trenwith, I’m showing you my arse”

Another selection of 21st century favourites this week, from notable progressive rock reviewer Roger Trenwith, of The Progressive Aspect fame. Some of Rog’s selections are a little more unusual than the norm, but that’s all part of the fun.

Also, a new release roundup, and Martin is back with Progradar’s Picks!


Was (Not Was) – Walk the Dinosaur (04:22) from What’s Up, Dog?, 1988

 Mother Turtle – Zea Mice part 1 – #Cornhub (08:07) from Zea Mice, 2018

Subsignal – Stars Don’t Shine (05:14) from La Muerta, 2018

Reformat – Zeldan Skies (04:59) from The Singularity, 2018

Anthony Phillips – Which Way The Wind Blows (05:52) from The Geese And The Ghost, 1977

Kate Bush – Mother Stands For Comfort (03:08) from Hounds Of Love, 1985

Pat Metheny Group – Phase Dance (08:03) from Travels, 1983

Cardiacs – Dirty Boy (08:55) from Sing To God, 1996

The European Perspective Top 250 – Roger Trenwith

King Crimson – The World’s My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum (06:24) from The ConstruKction of Light, 2000

North Sea Radio Orchestra – Vishnu Schist (05:49) from Dronne, 2016

Porcupine Tree – Lips Of Ashes (04:39) from In Absentia, 2002

Knifeworld – The Deathless (05:26) from Bottled Out Of Eden, 2016

Emmett Elvin – Dozy Phantoms (03:34) from Assault on the Tyranny of Reason, 2016

Robert Wyatt – Just a Bit (05:11) from Cuckooland, 2003

Scott Walker – Epizootics! (09:41) from Bish Bosch, 2012

No-Man – Photographs In Black And White (10:03) from Together We’re Stranger, 2003

Ulver – Glammer Hammer (04:50) from Atgclvlsscap, 2016

Van Der Graaf Generator – Man-Erg (live) (11:40) from Merlin Atmos Live Performances 2013, 2015

The Tangent – Titanic Calls Carpathia (16:36) from Comm, 2011

Sterbus – Dirty Boy (07:56) from Leader of the Starry Skies: A Loyal Companion, 2010

The Watch – Masks (06:24) from Seven, 2017

Cornelius – Point Of View Point (03:54) from Point, 2001

Progradar’s Picks

Emperor Norton – Act III: Arrow (15:39) from Emperor Norton, 2018

Zombie Picnic – They See Science as Dangerous (09:10) from Rise of a New Ideology, 2018

Malady – Nurja puoli (22:58) from Toinen toista, 2018

The Fierce And The Dead – 1991 (04:26) from The Euphoric, 2018

Mothertongue – Sunset Rose (03:57) from Where The Moonlight Snows, 2018

Fractal Mirror – Book (04:27) from Close To Vapour, 2018

Tonochrome – Border Crossings (05:28) from A Map In Fragments, 2018

Pingvinorkestern – Free Fall (04:25) from Look – No Hands!, 2017

HeKz – Quetzlcoatl (06:08) from Invicita, 2018

Semisonic – I Wish (07:56) from All About Chemistry, 2001

Big Big Train – The Wide Open Sea (17:45) from Far Skies Deep Time, 2010

 Posted by at 9:25 pm
Feb 042018
 
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A double whammy this time around, as Huw joins me after a long gap to talk about his Top Ten from the 21st century for TEP250, and we check out more of the great albums released in 2017.


  1. The Fierce And The Dead – Truck (04:05), single, 2018
  2. The Bob Lazar Story – LOL, defiantly (03:51) from Baritonia, 2017
  3. Kant Freud Kafka – Dulces suenos (05:19) from Onirico, 2017
  4. Mew – The Wake Of Your Life (04:42) from Visuals, 2017
  5. The Physics House Band – The Astral Wave (03:50) from Mercury Fountain, 2017
  6. Magenta – Colours (10:47) from We Are Legend, 2017
  7. Ayreon – All That Was (03:33) from The Source, 2017
  8. Lonely Robot – In Floral Green (05:09) from The Big Dream, 2017
  9. The Fierce And The Dead – Dancing Robots (04:56) from Field Recordings, 2017
  10. Magic Bus – Yantra Tunnels (05:04) from Phillip the Egg, 2017

The European Perspective Top 250 – Huw Elliott

  1. Area 11 – Watchmaker (04:10) from Modern Synthesis, 2016
  2. Dec Burke – Promised (06:36) from Destroy All Monsters, 2010
  3. Everything Everything – Distant Past (03:42) from Get To Heaven, 2015
  4. Homestuck – Knife’s Edge (04:05) from Strife!, 2011
  5. Kino – Leave a Light On (06:17) from Picture, 2005
  6. M83 – Steve McQueen (03:49) from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, 2011
  7. Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin (03:49) from The Race For Space, 2015
  8. Pure Reason Revolution – Bloodless (04:55) from Amor Vincit Omnia, 2009
  9. Syncage – Skyline Shift (05:49) from Unlike Here, 2017
  10. The Fierce And The Dead – I Like It, I’m Into It (04:08) from Spooky Action, 2013

 

  1. Faust – Lights Flicker (05:40) from Fresh Air, 2017
  2. Miriodor – Venin (04:34) from Signal 9, 2017
  3. Out of the Beardspace – Call and Response (07:03) from Endless Pursuit, 2017
  4. Il Tempio delle Clessidre – Come nelle favole (05:11) from Il-ludere, 2017
  5. Damanek – Long Time, Shadow Falls (07:47) from On Track, 2017
  6. Valdez – No Stone Unturned (05:12) from This, 2017
  7. Brother Ape – Sixteen (04:12) from Karma, 2017
  8. Anubis – Fool’s Gold (06:33) from The Second Hand, 2017
  9. The Wood Demons – All Alone In Istanbul (06:32) from The Lost Domain, 2017
  10. Bubblemath – Perpetual Notion (06:57) from Edit Peptide, 2017
  11. Weserbergland – Tristrant (08:48) from Sehr Kosmisch, Ganz Progisch, 2017
  12. Nad Sylvan – What Have You Done (08:30) from The Bride Said No, 2017
  13. Anathema – Back To The Start (11:47) from The Optimist, 2017
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Dec 102017
 
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We’re taking a break from the Top 250 shows – they’ll be back in the New Year – to focus on the excellent music released in 2017. Part 1 features albums released in the first part of the year, and as always I’m joined by Martin for the first part of Progradar’s 2017 picks.


The December People – Joy to the World / Jingle Bells (In The Style Of The Who) (05:33) from Rattle And Humbug, 2010
Brett William Kull – My House is Loud (05:23) from Open Skies Exploding, 2017
Paul Menel – Pedestal (04:27) from Spare Parts For Broken Hearts, 2017
Karda Estra – Solar Riviera (06:42) from Infernal Spheres, 2017
Pain of Salvation – Tongue of God (04:53) from In the Passing Light of Day, 2017
Semistereo – 35 Dollar Special (06:08) from Trans Earth Injection, 2017
Sloth Metropolis – The Grove (03:44) from Origins, 2017
Tim Bowness – You Wanted To Be Seen (05:32) from Lost In The Ghost Light, 2017
Disperse – Surrender (05:24) from Foreword, 2017
Citizen Cain’s Stewart Bell – Time Dilation (09:15) from The Antechamber of Being (Part 2), 2017
IT – Revolution (05:52) from We’re All In This Together, 2017
Orange Clocks – Tope’s Hope/Darkside (03:34) from Tope’s Sphere 2, 2017

Progradar’s 2017 Picks (part 1)
Maddison’s Thread – A Thomas Hardy Evening (05:18) from Sixty Minutes an Hour, 2017
Big Big Train – Brave Captain (12:38) from Grimspound, 2017
Bjørn Riis – Where Are You Now? (07:32) from Forever Comes to an End, 2017
Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Polymixia (11:39) from On Her Journey To The Sun, 2017
Cosmograf – Hay Man (12:38) from The Hay Man Dreams, 2017

Richard Barbieri – Interstellar Medium (05:38) from Planets + Persona, 2017
Alan Reed – Cross My Palm (05:47) from Honey On The Razor’s Edge, 2017
Kaprekar’s Constant – Blue Bird (17:54) from Fate Outsmarts Desire, 2017
C Sides – Living Without Wires (05:17) from We Are Now, 2017
Isaac Vacuum – Golem (04:05) from Lords, 2017
Tom Slatter – Satellites (04:42) from Happy People, 2017
Barock Project – Happy to see you (07:37) from Detachment, 2017
Golden Caves – Mother (05:38) from Collision, 2017
Steve Hackett – Anything But Love (05:57) from The Night Siren, 2017
Big Hogg – Vegan Mother’s Day (02:53) from Gargoyles, 2017
Mostly Autumn – Once Round the Sun (05:10) from Sight of Day, 2017
Mogador – The Escapologist (07:00) from Chaptersend, 2017
Carptree – Porous (05:22) from Emerger, 2017
Cast – Power and Outcome (07:24) from Power and Outcome, 2017
Isildur’s Bane & Steve Hogarth – Peripheral Vision (07:02) from Colours Not Found In Nature, 2017
White Willow – In Dim Days (11:07) from Future Hopes, 2017
The December People – The First Noel (in the style of King Crimson) (05:48) from Sounds Like Christmas, 2001

 Posted by at 5:33 pm
Nov 052017
 
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It’s Rick Easton’s turn to choose his Top Ten albums since 2000 this time around. Rick has been listening to the show since it started in 2008, and he’s selected a cracking bunch of tunes for us to enjoy.

Martin is back with Progradar’s Picks, of course, and I’ve put together a mini-theme around the talents of Dave Stewart (the keyboard player, not the guitarist from Eurythmics!).


Public Service Broadcasting Feat. Tracyanne Campbell – Progress (03:26) from Every Valley, 2017
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30 (03:20) from Inform – Educate – Entertain, 2013
Public Service Broadcasting – The Other Side (06:20) from The Race For Space, 2015
Public Service Broadcasting – Go! (04:13) from The Race For Space, 2015
I Am The Manic Whale – One (Hopeful Song) (07:50) from Gathering The Waters, 2017
Thumpermonkey – This Is Not A Fire (05:04) from Electricity, 2017
Human Pyramids – Big Data (03:40) from Home, 2017
Arzachel – Clean Innocent Fun (10:34) from Arzachel, 1968
Khan – Driving To Amsterdam (09:23) from Space Shanty, 1972
Egg – Wring Out the Ground (Loosely Now) (08:11) from The Civil Surface, 1974
Bill Bruford – Either End Of August (05:24) from Feels Good To Me, 1978
National Health – Brujo (10:17) from National Health, 1978
Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Making A Song And Dance (05:56) from Earthworks, 1987
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin – New Jerusalem (09:21) from The Big Idea, 1989
Hatfield And The North – Fitter Stoke Has A Bath (04:35) from Hatfield And The North, 1974
Porcupine Tree – My Ashes (05:07) from Fear Of A Blank Planet, 2007
Kompendium – Mercy Of The Sea (06:11) from Beneath The Waves, 2012
Anathema – Universal (07:19) from We’re Here Because We’re Here, 2010
No-Man – Wherever There Is Light (04:21) from Schoolyard Ghosts, 2008
Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (07:57) from The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), 2013
Storm Corrosion – Lock Howl (06:10) from Storm Corrosion, 2012
Opeth – Voice Of Treason (08:00) from Pale Communion, 201

Progradar’s Picks
Tiger Moth Tales – Hygge (09:13) from The Depths Of Winter, 2017
House by the Lake – Hollow (03:41) from Out Of The Woods, 2017
Premiata Forneria Marconi – We’re Not an Island (07:13) from Emotional Tattoos, 2017

Charlie Cawood – In a Floating World (03:51) from The Divine Abstract, 2017
North Sea Radio Orchestra – The British Road (07:25) from Dronne, 2016
Karda Estra – The Happy Breed (05:17) from Mondo Profondo, 2013

The European Perspective Top 250 – Rick Easton
Tinyfish – Motorville (04:54) from Tinyfish, 2006
Carptree – Man Made Machine (06:18) from Man Made Machine, 2005
Amplifier – UFOs (07:28) from Amplifier, 2005
The Pineapple Thief – Remember Us (16:09) from Variations on a Dream, 2011
Cosmograf – Aspire, Achieve (10:06) from The Man Left in Space, 2013
Combination Head – Solid Ground (05:20) from Progress?, 2007
Haken – Bound by Gravity (09:29) from Affinity, 2016
Lalle Larsson – City Of Lost Souls (10:29) from Infinity Of Worlds, 2010
Big Big Train – The Underfall Yard (22:54) from The Underfall Yard, 2009
Moon Safari – Lover`s End Pt. III (Skelleftea Serenade) (24:21) from Lover`s End Pt. III (Skelleftea Serenade), 2012

 Posted by at 7:27 pm
Oct 292017
 
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Phil Lively is our guest of honour for this show, with his top ten albums since 2000 showing a very different side to progressive music! Martin is back too, of course, and I go down a rabbit hole with a bunch of tunes where each relates to the last. Fun times..


Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better (05:45) from Speaking in Tongues, 1983
Brian Eno & Robert Frapp – Evening Star (07:50) from Evening Star, 1975
Kong Cramson – Starless (12:15) from Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind, 2016
Travis & Frupp – Open Land (06:28) from Follow, 2012
The Tangent – The World We Drive Through (12:58) from The World That We Drive Through, 2004
Manning – A Road Less Travelled (10:34) from Number Ten, 2009
Damanek – The Cosmic Score (05:56) from On Track, 2017
Seven Steps To The Green Door – Inferior (07:03) from Fetish, 2015
Flaming Row – Elinoire (05:34) from Elinoire, 2011
Karibow – Passion (04:48) from From Here To The Impossible, 2017
Toxic Smile – Farewell (42:12:00) from Farewell, 2015

The European Perspective Top 250 – Phil Lively
Foo Fighters – Times Like These (04:26) from One by One, 2002
Nine Inch Nails – Copy Of A (05:23) from Hesitation Marks, 2013
Steven Wilson – Postcard (04:29) from Grace For Drowning, 2011
The Rube Goldberg Machine – Background Noise (06:08) from Fragile Times, 2016
The Afro Circus – Fishaar (04:27) from Journey to the Center of the Ear, 2015
Anekdoten – Get out Alive (07:32) from Until All the Ghosts Are Gone, 2015
Isacc Vacuum – Double Helix (08:20) from Lords, 2017
Rhys Marsh – Pictures Of Ashes (03:51) from Sentiment, 2014
Snarky Puppy – Minjor (05:24) from groundUP, 2012
The Pineapple Thief – 3000 Days (06:10) from Someone Here Is Missing, 2010

Cyril – Faded Snapshot (08:21) from Paralyzed, 2016
United Progressive Fraternity – The Water (05:22) from Fall In Love With The World, 2014
Unitopia – Angeliqua (09:51) from The Garden, 2008

Progradar’s Picks
Mother of Millions – Silence (08:14) from Sigma, 2017
Sons Of Apollo – Divine Addiction (04:42) from Psychotic Symphony, 2017
Human Pyramids – Canned Thunder (03:34) from Home, 2017

The Far Meadow – Dinosaurs (08:12) from Given The Impossible, 2016
Habu – Measure Of A Man (05:45) from Infinite, 2016
IT – House (05:39) from We’re All In This Together, 2017
The Gift – At Sea – Reprise (Ondine’s’ Song) (05:16) from Why The Sea Is Salt, 2016
The Flower Kings – There Is More to This World (10:07) from Retropolis, 1996
Transatlantic – Mystery Train (06:54) from SMPTe – The Roine Stolt Mixes, 2003
Spock’s Beard – The Doorway (11:38) from Beware Of Darkness, 1996
The Neal Morse Band – Alive Again (26:45:00) from The Grand Experiment , 2015

 Posted by at 9:36 am
Oct 142017
 
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Back after a fun weekend at the Summer’s End festival. This week’s top ten albums is from one of the show’s longest-standing friends and supporters, James Hendry, with a great selection encompassing the poppier and more left-field sides of progressive music.

Martin is back too, of course, with his latest Progradar’s Picks, and I’m continuing with my catch up of 2017 releases, together with some old favourites.


Barenaked Ladies – Maybe Katie (02:59) from Everything To Everyone, 2003
KingBathmat – Feathers (08:53) from Dark Days, 2017
Amarok – Distorted Soul (05:33) from Hunt, 2017
PBII – Gravity (04:47) from ROCKET! The Dreams Of Wubbo Ockels, 2017
Wobbler – From Silence to Somewhere (21:00) from From Silence to Somewhere, 2017
Barclay James Harvest – May Day (08:03) from Octoberon, 1976
National Health – The Collapso (06:19) from Of Queues And Cures, 1978
Gentle Giant – Aspirations (05:22) from The Power and the Glory, 1974

The European Perspective Top 250 – James Hendry
Mew – My Complications (06:04) from +/-, 2015
Snarky Puppy – White Cap (08:28) from Tell Your Friends, 2010
Captain – Hazelville (05:02) from This Is Hazelville, 2006
Jaga Jazzist – Big City Music (14:07) from Starfire, 2015
Doves – Sea Song (06:13) from Lost Souls, 2000
Guillemots – Sao Paulo (11:44) from Through the Windowpane, 2006
Keane – A Bad Dream (05:07) from Under The Iron Sea, 2006
Muse – Space Dementia (06:21) from Origin of Symmetry, 2001
Engineers – Bless the Painter (03:14) from Always Returning, 2014
The Divine Comedy – The Plough (05:16) from Victory For the Comic Muse, 2006

Progradar’s Picks
Linus Kåse – Egomania (04:35) from I, 2017
Lunatic Soul – A Thousand Shards of Heaven (12:17) from Fractured, 2017
Comedy Of Errors – House of the Mind (14:49) from House of the Mind, 2017

Shineback – Theseus (05:30) from Minotaur, 2017
Mike Kershaw – Dice (04:42) from What Lies Beneath, 2016
Mothertongue – Blooper’s Theme (04:02) from Unsongs, 2016
Unitopia – Justify (12:53) from More than a Dream: The Dream Complete, 2017
Special Providence – Neptunian Pyramid Chill (04:40) from Will, 2017
Arabs In Aspic – Morket 2 (09:34) from Syndenes Magi, 2017
The Tangent – Where Are They Now? (20:39) from Going Off On Two, 2011

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