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Experimental Music from Milan: Black Sweat Records

since the early 80s, there has been a distinguished experimental and diy scene in milan. the black sweat records label, which was created in 2012 by davide domenichini, a.k.a. dome, can be understood as a continuation of that tradition. besides publishing outstanding re-issues of local and international line-ups, the label is bringing out new artists. the influence of their mentors—the italian pioneers of that era—is loud and clear.

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Column: Vinyl On Demand

entire volumes could be written about the output of the label vinyl on demand. the roughly 150 re-releases of obscure, long-forgotten material—mostly located somewhere between experimental, minimal, and early-80s noise—each has its own story. here a mere two of our favorites briefly are introduced.

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Golden Cloud Tapes

italian filmmaker dario argento once said “horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. and it will always come back.” golden cloud tapes, the label from madison, wisconsin, comes off as equally present and versatile.

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