Certified May 05, 2008
21 Jumpsuit, whose home is right here at I, Absentee, kicks things off. Carl States is a guitarist, drummer, DJ, programmer and songwriter. If you've been with us from the start, you've probably noticed we keep raving about his upcoming full-length (look for it later this year). This track should give you an idea of things to come.

Neon Tetra is Liam Brennard. He appears here with a wonderful new piece called 'Drowning'. Liam previously ran the Mmmph netlabel and also records his more dance-oriented material as Limbo. As Tetra, his fantastic digital-only album Home was released by Canada's Noise Factory in 2006. Be sure to look for it through iTunes, amazon, eMusic, etc. (really, it's worth finding - not just giving promo drivel). Liam also has a scattered collection of MP3 singles released though Tide Pool, Mmmph and Proton Music. Look for his upcoming debut full-length as Limbo as well, likely this summer(?).

Slap [Unmodified] is Thomas Sinclair, a name you'll definitely continue to know more as time goes on. Thomas previously appeared alongside Jason Amm (Solvent) as Black Turtleneck. Last year, he released his excellent debut solo EP, Auto [Repeat]. Go buy that 7"! And keep your eyes peeled for future Architecture Of Sound output, including a full-length from Mr. Sinclair. He appears here with Harm Reduction, taking top prize for slickest production.

The Red Falcon Projects is the duo of Warren Kroll (Dorosoto, Forrest) and Steve Lutes (Mall Security). They're a new outfit, so you'll be seeing much more of them to come. This marks their first official appearance anywhere. You'll like it. Much more 'Falcon crazy' in the works....

D.D. NewMole is Dan Petrarca, a newer signing with us. While often more off-kilter and spastic, his track presented on the compilation is a more restrained, offbeat piece we found incredibly interesting. He is currently hard at work preparing a full-length with us, which should be coming fairly soon. You can preview some tracks from that over at his page.

We're all massive Goudron fans at the label. He's is in a universe all his own (see him live!). Goudron had two 12"s and a fantastic full-length on Ersatz Audio. Then in 2007, he released the Stiletto EP on Interdimensional Transmissions, which you might've seen on several artist's top ten lists last year. If you're not familiar with him, you should be. He appears here with the previously unreleased "Sentimental Burnout Xpresss", a song hand-picked by us for this release. One of the highlights of the disc for sure...

Mothercrotch is a one-off collaboration for this disc, there and gone ('like tears in rain', as someone once said). It's two artists who appear elsewhere on this disc. That's about all we got for ya...

Dorosoto's remix of Black Moth Super Rainbow is our one half-cheat for our 'exclusives' theme. It previously appeared on Black Moth Super Rainbow's site for a limited time, as part of their MP3 remix series. However, we gave it a second life here, now in full high-quality glory. Dorosoto's new EP, Hypnotic Gyre, was released by us recently and is currently available on the site. And thanks to the Black Moth guys for letting us give it an encore. (They've just released a new limited 7", Zodiac Girls. Go grab it before it's gone!)

Milieu is right on the heels of his widely-praised A Warm Wooden Hollow album, out now by our friends and neighbors (literally) at Infraction. He appears here with probably the most beautiful piece on the disc, Autumn Fog Lifts (Yearbook Version). Many around the label roster are longtime Milieu fans. He has previously remixed our own Forrest, and under his alter-ego of Coppice Halifax, has a remix upcoming for our IDM duo Alpha Aesar. Milieu is another friend of the label you should definitely make the effort to support, especially on the heels of the excellent releases he's done recently. He's on quite a roll...

Ambidextrous has long been a favorite of ours, every since the amazing Errorism/Post-Pop Workshop albums. In fact, his track here goes all the way back to those same recording sessions. Mare Serenitats is a wonderful piece from that era, which never saw release, until now. We're honored to present it to you here. Ambidextrous just released an album with our friends (and I, Absentee distributors), U-Cover. I think Rocket Mind is some of his best work since his early albums, and is a return to some of that form.

Power Pill Fist is the atari-noise solo output of the Black Moth Super Bassist...Sir Fist. He has 2 albums out with Graveface, including the just-released Kongmanivong. Catch him live if you get the chance - you've never seen anything like it. He appears here with a newly recorded song. Go buy his music, he's known to send crazy items along...

Boozhownd Doggonit is like nothing else ever made. He feeds off your anxiety, and makes crazy beats from the ruins of your subconscious. We know this ain't for everyone, and love it nevertheless. This is some of the crazy stuff our roster listens to and raves about. His debut full-length is coming soon at I, Absentee. It's nuts. Not for the faint of melody.

Lunar Testing Lab is another newer signing to the label. We are pleased to bring him to your attention here on this disc. His only previous sighting was as a part of Black Moth's aforementioned MP3 remix series. He does wonderful work fans of Milieu, Black Moth and Dorosoto should probably enjoy. Look for more material from LTL later this year with us. His album is shaping up to be a good one.

Tobacco is the solo output of the founder of Black Moth Super Rainbow. Most of his material is still forthcoming, including his debut full-length. So you'll be seeing him a lot more over 2008. Out now is the Fucked Up Friends DVD, which made Pitchfork's 50 top videos of the year list. Check out this clip and see why. For Birth Certificate, he offers up "On A Puffy Black Day". This song was featured on his DVD (well, an alternate version was), but it won't be on his full-length. He graciously allowed us to release it here.

Baloo is Corey Farrow of Kent, Ohio. He just self-released the wonderfully odd Giraffula, which we posted about recently. He appears here with Wanna Be Muscley, a catchy little number people seem to be enjoying. So what are you waiting for, go download his album...

We've just released Mall Security's debut album, Things I Thought Of And Made (buy it with this comp!). Vital Weekly called it "a great debut". In fact, he's had nothing but positive feedback so far, from fans and critics alike. Be sure to head over to the sound clips page and check it out (and get a free high-quality MP3 of the first track). You'll be seeing more of the name in the future. He appears here with the fine track 'Playing Pretend'.

Audience Of One offers up a very moody, ambient piece to serve as a fitting outro to the disc. He is another artist taking up camp here at I, Absentee, with material still in the planning stages.


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