Monthly Marathon Mix 8 has been assembled by Toby. We are also happy to announce the beginning of RUNNERS world domination in an extremely slow-paced plot to re-populate humanity – congratulations to Leon and Jess on the healthy birth of their first daughter Edie, who arrived just before midnight on the 5th February. We won’t be playing many shows for the next couple of months (details of a few festivals coming soon), though we will soon be moving into our own studio space ready to start recording our first album.

NATION OF ULYSSES – Maniac Dragstrip
– Hyperdawn
– I Luv The Valley OH
– Psycho 75
– Lovers Start
-Magnetic Fields (Part IV)
– Spirit Burner
– Theychx
– Ready To Spit

Each Monthly Marathon Mix will be something in the region of 30 minutes at 320 kbs mp3 quality, and we will remove tracks if requested.  We encourage you to buy the releases you love, just as we do. The downloads should take approximately 3 or 4 minutes at 70 kB/sec. You can also stream the mixes from our Facebook page and from Soundcloud.

No matter how cool Weird War were, Nation of Ulysses were cooler.  This track was out on their second album, by which point they seemed to have figured out how to play their instruments near enough to properly without losing their manic edge or pop gang mentality.

Everyone in recent memory seems to have been all over Oneohtrix Point Never like a fat kid on a cupcake, but the beatless arpeggiated synth gem ‘Hyperdawn’ demonstrates why.  Serious space adventures.  Could do without the seagulls though.

Everyone in RUNNERS likes to laugh at me as I have a pretty similar hair cut to the guy from Xiu Xiu; guess I get the last laugh as I’m putting them in my marathon.  It’s on a fine line, but I rate some of this bands output due to it’s manic, desperate, somewhat seasick tone.

Remember when Three One G still put out good records? Remember when you could go to a show in a black t shirt and not get shit from some long hair with a Prince fetish for it? Crimson Curse remembers.

‘Lovers Start’ by How To Dress Well sounds like some overly delayed pop song ebbing out of an open window on a summer evening – the entirety of the ‘Love Remains’ album is making me yearn for the seasons change.

When I was a kid my folks played Jean-Michel Jarre records near continuously, hence I’m blind to a lot of his faults (any record after and possibly including “Waiting for Cousteau”). However, I will stand by the assertion that if Kraftwerk were from France this is how they would have sounded.  Bit of a guilty pleasure, but he sure knows how to shred a keytar solo live. Bet JMJ is way more fun to hang out with than Kraftwerk too.

I never got my cycle to the coast to listen to Washed Out in the surf that I mentioned in marathon 4, but this summer I’m going to get my shit together and do it. Boy Friend‘s ‘Spirit Burner’ will also be on the playlist for the ride. More delay soaked synth coupled with a lush, simple vocal line.

The minimal ambient techno of F.U.S.E. is what the bong kids were listening to in 1993, in place of Ducktails and Sun Araw for the wastiods of today… possibly.

Remember when I cussed Three One G for not putting out good records anymore?  Well they don’t, but the new Retox EP harks back to the days when they did. Members of some of the best bands from 31G’s heyday (The Locust, The Festival Of Dead Deer and The Crimson Curse, as well as Struggle, Swing Kids, Holy Molar, etc). The Retox EP is available for free download from their website.

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