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1. Suicide – Suicide 1977 – Rocket USA – 00:00
2. Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance 1978 – Chinese Radiation – 04:11 
3. Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables 1980 – California Über Alles – 07:31
4. Flipper – Album Generic Flipper 1981 – Life is Cheap – 10:35 
5. Glenn Branca – The Ascension 1981 – The Ascension (edit) – 14:31 
6. The Gun Club – Fire of Love 1981 – Sex Beat – 21:54 
7. Violent Femmes – S/T – Kiss Off 1983 – 24:38 
8. Suicidal Tendencies – S/T 1983 – Institutionalized – 27:28 
9. Swans – Filth 1983 – Weakling – 30:31 
10. The Cramps – … Off The Bone 1983 – Human Fly – 35:47 
11.1. Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime 1981 – Cohesion – 37:57 
11.2. Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime 1981 – Do You want New Wave or do you want the Truth? – 39:51 
12. Butthole Surfers – Butthole Surfers Psychic… Powerless… Another Man’s Sac 1983 – Dum Dum – 41:40
13. Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcadde 1984 – I’ll Never Forget You – 45:24 
14. Scratch Acid – S/T 1984 – Owner’s Lament – 47:41 
15. Big Black – Atomizer 1986 – Kerosene – 52:08 
16. Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me 1986 – Poledo – 58:12 
17. No Means No – Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed 1988 – Victory – 01:03:40
18. Pixies – Surfer Rosa 1988 – Vamos – 01:11:29 
19. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation 1988 – Silver Rocket – 01:15:49 
20. Band of Susans – Love Agenda 1989 – The Pursuit of Happiness – 01:19:33 

Cover: Band of Susan’s ‘Love Agenda’ album cover. Released by Blast First in 1989
This mix was originally put together in December 2001, together with mix EP 1 – Top 20 Albums of the 80’s (UK), while experimenting with Audacity for a few weeks.
My opinion on the subjects of these foundational Top20’s haven’t changed. These are still the bands and the albums that I consider to be the most significant during these forming years. Most of them are among the very first records I ever owned. They all relate to special moments during my growing pains, the unique 80’s, the parties and gigs, the girls, wanting to form a band, to influence others.
Growing Up in the 80’s
I was born in the 1970’s and spent my teen years in the 80’s, which I regard as the most revolutionary decade in music.
Living through the 80’s is very different to learning about the 80’s. Early on I was exposed to a clear divide consisting of three very different stylistic factions: those who were into the past and weren’t adventurous at all; the scene supporting UK’s punk/post-punk and NYC’s no-wave; and those who preferred progressive rock and US radio rock/hard-rock/glam.
I would give them all a chance, on the back of my youngest uncle Manuel’s love for 60’s spirited rock which influenced my early music taste. In the early 80’s, in Portugal… still oblivious to what was going on in the UK, I was delving in his records and discovering The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and David Bowie… and then, clear as today, I listened to The Velvet Underground’s ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ and my world changed.
My preferences manifested from listening to these revolutionary 6 minutes of music: I was instantly attracted to a darker and more experimental side of music and I didn’t know yet but my first contact with Joy Division, a significant turning point in my life, was just around the corner.
Back in 1985 I changed schools and met a bunch of kids that were in bands and had all these new records from bands I never knew existed. By the time I first listened to Sex Pistols, Joy Division and Bauhaus – the holy trinity of my new music baptism – all of them had disbanded. Sid Vicious was dead. Ian Curtis was dead.
It was very strange… what was effectively new and exciting for me was either dead or had transformed into something else so quickly that it was difficult to grasp at the newness when so much of the ‘old’ was still so fresh and relevant for teens growing up in rural northern Portugal, of all places.
Discovering new bands and tape trading became my drug. I would spend entire nights recording my favourite tracks to tape on my father’s trusty Pioneer hi-fi separates. I remember selling my ZX Spectrum console to buy records (I was never into games), a friend of mine crashed my Yamaha trial bike into a ditch and I channeled the money my parents gave me for the repair onto records, booze and drugs.
My big issue then was to get enough new music to be worthy of consideration when trading with the other guys. Whoever got the best tapes playing on a Friday night party was the coolest, and back then you were cool for casually dressing down, having an attitude and good taste in music, not for sporting the latest iphone and dressing Balenciaga.
Looking back, this flourishing of the punk and post-punk movement, with its extraordinary influence on everything from fashion to politics had no parallel in the decades that followed and no subsequent, stubborn revivals of this phenomenon barely touched its true significance to those who lived it, then and there.
Already in my late teens I attend my first concert at the Tivoli in Porto, in December 1988. It’s Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Another magic moment in my life. I don’t remember the set list but a quick search online informs that the first song was ‘From Her to Eternity’ and the last was ‘Saint Huck’, my favourite songs from Nick at the time together with ‘The Carny’ from 1986 ‘Your Funeral… My Trial’ which they didn’t play. I have vivid memories of that day. It was July but it was raining, the small stage, Nick and Blixa antics during the show and the excitement of the crowd.
This gig was also fresh on the heels of the movie ‘Wings of Desire’ directed by German director Wim Wenders. The monochrome movie had been released early that year and had garnered cult status, no less because it shows the band playing two songs in a Berlin’s music venue basement (The Carny and From Her to Eternity). The band also makes a cameo appearance. It all aligned in a fantastic way that night. I was living the scene, ‘Wings of Desire’ style…, Nick’s slender figure, dishevelled black hair and black and white attire a reminder of how to look cool. Nick was the coolest guy in music those days (not Rick Astley) and even almost 40 years after that day, Nick still gets the love from his crowds as I witnessed a couple of years ago at the Primavera Porto festival.
Some of the most celebrated bands of the time would come to play in Portugal in the years that followed and I was lucky to experience unique performances from The Cure, P.I.L, The Sisters of Mercy, Echo & The Bunnymen and Killing Joke (opening for Pixies!) to name a few.
Public Image Limited was a highlight, as I was very much into their sound around the release of Album in 1986 and it’s a memorable moment to see a legend like John Lydon live innit?
It’s obvious that early on I was a sucker for the darker side in a flagrant contrast to the garage rock sound of the Buzzcocks, The Clash, and the like. As already mentioned, It took me a while to absorb all this new music and as I progressed with getting to know and listen to more bands my taste had already fall victim to everything that would resemble Joy Division and The Cure.
I preferred English bands but not of the immediate punk-rock type, I always admired the histrionics of post-punk and (some) goth bands for their fashion and theatricals, avant-garde sensibilities and non-rock influences. Being attracted to the Nouvelle Vague of French Cinema has had a great influence on that early path. Monochromatic cinema, a gloomy tapestry of emotional outbursts of misrepresented youth. It all had to align perfectly, image was everything.
I’ll admit Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys and The Cramps only make this list because they were inside the first 10 albums I ever owned so their impact is of paramount importance (there was also some partying and beer guzzling not only moody, pensive strides in foggy forests). For the sake of coherence I would never mix punk-ish with Bauhaus or Cocteau Twins but this mix serves a different purpose.
On the theme of first ever purchases, there is this undeniable special character to these releases. I kind of learned to love these albums then because they were mine, I chose to buy them and I dissected every single track, the music, the lyrics, the themes behind the lyrics, then the inlay cards, the thanks list, the subliminal, often coded messages. All of this has now disappeared. It doesn’t make any sense to my kids. It is a shame.
By 1988-89 the music landscape had changed tremendously. I was pretty much done with post-punk, the scene was full of wannabes with bauhaus t’s and copycat bands still going were delivering terrible music. Production values had changed and a new crop of bands were experimenting, crossing over the boundaries of genre and delivering albums that are still seen as classics today. Some of the highlights come from bands such as the Stone Roses, Pale Saints, Spacemen 3, Coil, The Legendary Pink Dots… I was still fully committed to music coming from the UK but it was impossible to look away from what was coming from the US.

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#140 - Experimental - 28.02.24

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1. Carl Abrahamsson & Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge – Coven V/A (2017) – Crossroads – 00:00
2. MV Carbon & Charlemagne Palestine – Liquiddd Changesss (2022) – Mercury Curtains – 03:00
3. Aethenor – Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light (2006) – III – 09:15
4. Puce Mary – The Drought (2018) – The Size of Our Desires – 13:27
5. Disco Inferno – The Five EPs (2011) – Lost in Fog – 20:39
6. Ruhail Qaisar – Fatima (2023) – Namgang – 25:35
7. Body Sculptures – A Body Turns to Eden (2016) – Feet Into Soil – 29:05
8. Pyramids w/ Bass Communion – Wvndrkmmer (2010) – Untitled – 33:18
9. Hilary Woods – Birthmarks (2020) – The Mouth – 41:32
10. Electric Sewer Age – Bad White Corpuscle (2014) – Rising Corpuscle – 45:20
11. Ehnahre – Quatrain (2020) – The One I Desire – 53:30

Mix Cover: Goldsmith London.

#139 - Charged - 23.02.24

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1. The Bastard Noise – A Culture of Monsters (2010) – A Silent Night in the Horrible Garden – 00:00
2. meth. – Shame (2024) – Compulsion – 00:36
3. Full of Hell & Nothing – When No Birds Sang (2023) – Rose Tinted World – 05:16
4. Conjurer – Mire (2018) – Retch – 13:19
5. Downfall of Gaia – Silhouettes of Disgust (2023) – The Whir of Flies – 16:29
6. The Body – Master, We Perish (2013) – The Blessed Lay Down and Writhe in Agony – 21:54
7. Fawn Limbs – Sleeper Vessels (2020) – Metrae – 27:23
8. Portrayal of Guilt – Devil Music (2023) – Burning Hand – 29:32
9. Defacement – Defacement (2021) – Limbo I – 31:38
10. Sumac – The Deal (2015) – Blight’s End Angel – 33:34
11. Thrones – Day Late Dollar Short (2005) – The Suckling – 43:33
12. Bismuth – Unavailing (2015) – Of The Weak Willed – 46:49

Mix Cover: Fawn Limbs – Sleeper Vessels (2020) released on Dark Trail Records.

#138 - Electronic (Drones) - 17.02.24

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1. Arrowounds – The Honeycomb Labyrinth (2023) – In Presence to The Abyss – 00:00
2. Internazionale – Vestiges of Nature (2021) – A World Only Visible through Song – 06:00
3. Leya – Eyeline (2022) – Win Some – 10:30
4. Ketev – Traces of Weakness (2016) – Levels of Chaos – 15:40
5. Bobby Krlic – Midsommar OST (2019) – The Blessing – 25:55
6. Lussuria – Scarlet Locust of These Columns (2019) – With Bated Breath (Bird in Hand) – 28:46
7. Loscil & Rafael Anton Irisarri – Air Texture II (2012) – The Eroding (Marcus Fjellström) – 33:40
8. Murcof – Cosmos (2007) – Cosmos – 41:00
9. Gibrana Cervantes – Como Pasamos La Eternidad? (2023) – Moving Through Our Waters – 49:20
10. Romance & Dean Hurley – River of Dreams (2023) – Pure Love – 53:28
11. Stars of The Lid – Music For Nitrous Oxide (1995) – Down – 57:15

Mix Cover: Romance & Dean Hurley – River of Dreams (2023) released on Ecstatic records.

#137 - Ominous - 11.02.24

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1. Intro: Spektr – The Art to Disappear (2016) – Soror Mystica – 00:00
2. Hulder – Verses in Oath (2024) – Boughs Ablaze – 00:40
3. Odz Manouk – Bosoragazan (2023) – Requiem For A Kingdom That Never Was – 06:10
4. Thantifaxath – Hive Mind narcosis (2023) – Burning Kingdom of Now – 18:43
5. Constellatia – Magisterial Romance (2022) – Paean Emerging – 26:18
6. Panopticon – The Rime of Memory (2023) – Winter’s Ghost – 36:57
7. Anicon – Exegeses (2016) – The World As Will – 51:53
8. Outro: Yellow Eyes – Silence Threads the Evening’s Cloth (2012) – Guilt Lingers at Sunrise – 58:25

Mix Cover: Artwork for Constellatia’s album ‘Magesterial Romance’ released in 2022 on Season of Mist.
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#136 - Ambient - 04.02.24

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1. Argo Nuff – annebolyn deluxe* (2021) – It’s ash! it’s all ash! – 00:00
2. Arrowounds – In The Octopus Pond (2023) – Tree of Disciples – 01:30
3. Siavash Amini + Eugene Thacker – Songs for Sad Poets (2022) – Opulent Night (For Mario de Sá-Carneiro) – 08:55
4. Anna Von Hausswolff – All thoughts Fly (2020) – Persefone – 13:00
5. Ben Bertrand – Dokkaebi (2021) – The Nixe of John Cage’s River – 19:50
6. MMMD – Sidiroun Parapetasma (2023) – Magnetizdat – 27:45
7. ASC – Colours of Absence (2022) – A Life of Distance – 33:53
8. IHVH – The Agnostic re-issue (2020) – Black Angels Part I & II – 41:35
9. Raum – Daughter (2022) – Restoration – 51:55
10. John Zorn & Mike Patton – Weird Little Boy (1995) – Blindless – 59:49

Cover: Artwork for ASC’s album ‘Colours of Absence’ released in November 2022 on Auxiliary Records.

#135 - Charged - 28.01.24

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1. Briqueville – IIII (2023) – Akte XVI – 00:00
2. Monno – Ghosts (2008) – Endfall – 06:46
3. The Body – No One Deserves Happiness (2016) – Wanderings – 15:47
4. Gasp – Full Of Hell & Gasp Split (2023) – Byflower Babel – 19:44
5. Nadja – Primitive North: Nadja & A Storm of Light Split (2009) – I Make From Your Eyes The Sun (Edit) – 28:40
6. Aluk Todolo – Aluk Todolo EP (2005) – Side A – 40:00
7. Dark Buddha Rising – Mathreyata (2020) – Sunyaga – 47:52

Cover: Cover for Full of Hell & Gasp split album released in August 2023.

#134 - Ambient - 21.01.24

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1. Laurel Halo – Atlas (2023) – Sick Eros – 00:00
2. Joep Beving – Henosis (2019) – Sol and Luna – 04:15
3. Coen Oscar Polack – A Concrete Pasture (2023) – Cuore Nero – 09:30
4. Faust – Momentaufnahme II (2023) – Lampe an, Tür zu, Leute Rein! – 14:57
5. Secret Pyramid – Movements of Night (2013) – A Descent – 20:10
6. Alexander Tucker & Keith Collins – Fifth Continent (2023) – The Spring Room I – 25:30
7. Jóhann Jóhannsson – A Prayer to the Dynamo (2023) – A Prayer to The Dynamo: Part 2 – 29:26
8. Robot Koch – The Next Billion Years (2020) – Manipura – 39:18
9. Sarah Davachi & Sean McCann – Mother of Pearl (2021) – Daniela – 45:12
10. Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls (2015) – Christ Mong the Broken Glass – 49:24
11. Stars Of The Lid – Carte-De-Visite (2007) – Requiem String Melody – 01:00:41

Cover: Artwork for Secret Pyramid’s album ‘Movements of Night’ released in 2013 by Students of Decay Records.

#133 - Ambient - 14.01.24

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1. Hekla – Xiuxiuejar (2022) – Sólin Gekk – 00:00
2. Deru – We Will Live On (2022) – The Return – 06:59
3. Raison d’être – The Stains of the Embodied Sacrifice (expanded edition 2021) – If it Bears Thorns its End is to be Burned – 11:05
4. Loscil – Monument Builders (2016) – Drained Lake – 14:02
5. Maud The Moth & Trajedesaliva – Bordando el Manto Terrestre (2023) – Cuerpo de Gato – 19:30
6. Orcas – Orcas (2012) – Standard Error – 23:00
7. Philip Jeck & Chris Watson – Oxmardyke (2023) – Coop – 28:00
8. Stars Of The Lid – The Ballasted Orchestra (1996) – Taphead – 35:05
9. Rrose + Silent Servant – Air Texture VII (2020) – Stumbling Stumbling by Abul Mogard – 47:00
10. Ulver – Perdition City (2000) – Dead City Centres – 54:00

Cover: Philip Jeck (RIP 1952-2022)

#132 - Experimental - 07.01.24

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1. Black To Comm – Wave UFO 2×7” (2009) – Untitled 1 – 00:00
2. Whitehorse and The Body – S/T (2022) – In My Heart The Answer Is Yes, But I Said No (Andrew Nolan Remix) – 04:20
3. Aethenor – En Form For Blå (2011) – One Number Of Destiny in Ninet – 11:05
4. Peter Rehberg – Work for GV 2004-2008 (2008) – Slow Investigation – 23:19
5. Hide – Interior Terror (2021) – Daddy issues – 35:50
6. Faten Kanaan – Afterpoem (2023) – Votive – 40:33
7. IRM – Virgin Mind (Re-released 2021) – Birth’s Mark of Cruelty – 44:10
8. Anna Funk Damage – Il Corpo Che Si Rompe (2023) – Occhio Che Balla – 51:15
9. Black Dice – Creature Comforts (2004) – Live Loop – 55:27
10. Chris Abrahams – Memory Night (2013) – Leafer – 57:00

Cover: Cover for Whitehorse & The Body. Having seen its release in 2019, as a limited tour edition CD when Whitehorse and The Body toured Australia together, this much sought after collaboration is finally seeing a vinyl release in two different pressings with the collaboration of Sweatlung and Tartarus Records. Released April 2022. Original painting by Jacob Rolfe.