Rad Releases ’13- Oli Montez

December 30, 2013


As the countdown to the end of 2013 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. Circuit Sweet will be featuring the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.

The past 12 months truly has been an incredible year for releases, hard to follow last year in the records produced but this year has uncovered exceptional talent- most of which discovered, promoted and featured right here on this site.

In our end of year special we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favorite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
WmfContinuing the penultimate Rad Releases of the year is Circuit Sweet’s own Oli Montez. Who is also known for his involvements in Aulos and various other musical projects. Oli takes over the site and takes the reigns from myself Naomi to look back on his favorite releases of the year.

Oli’s Rad Releases.

It’s been pretty quiet for gigs this year as I have a lot going on behind the scenes which hasn’t’ allowed time to do as much work or take in as many shows as usual. I was pretty stoked on catching Volcano Choir in Bristol. When Unmap came out it was one of those collaborations that may as well have been pulled out of my dreams and I’m so glad they are continuing to make incredible music. I was so surprised when they formed and now I am amazed that I have seen them perform which I am very grateful for.

I really enjoyed playing with Black Elephant in Bristol and We used to Have Horses/A Last Salute to Byss in Worcs. It’s nice to meet good people who I know I will be working with in the future. I have been recording a lot more and will hopefully be making some interesting guest appearances for the new year. I’m hoping I will be able to have more time for my music in 2014 with Aulos moving into new territories and a few new projects finally ready to surface.

This year there have been so many releases that I know I will kick myself for missing some off my list. I had to cut it down to 10 but last year I barely made 5, Even though The Suicide Of Western Culture would have probably been number 1 if I was paying attention!

Tim Hecker – Virgins


This album is astounding. Being my first experience with Tim Hecker I am sure to go and dig out his other 6 or whatever albums and disturb myself just as much as with this. The cover alone creeps me out but the depth and fear the record evokes. It resembles watching the Shining for the first time or a shudder of someone walking over your grave. Recommended to be played loud so the quiet passages are just as haunting.

Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost


Angsty, 90’s throwback headbanger alt rock record with Sonic Youth breakdowns (minus the bullshit). Has a bit of a Pixies vibe too with some nice nasally vocals, gang harmonies and a lot of shouting. Just climbed above Iron Chic for my favourite in this style. Just.

Man Man – On Oni Pond

If I had to choose someone to narrate every day for the rest of my life it would be Honus Honus (Ryan Kattner). As a long term fan this is definitely the most solid and accessible album Man Man have done to date. The only issue I had with this record is that to see it performed I would have to pay to see Gogol Bordello – I would rather remove all the fingers on my left hand with a rusty knife.

Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

The-Black-Angels-Indigo-Meadow-Album-Cover-e1358880938544The first time I heard this album it didn’t stick. Now I can’t get it off my iPod. So much organ and fuzzy bass, catchy lyrics and awesome riffs. Solid record.

Tangerine Dream – One Night In Africa


If I had a pound for every tangerine dream record I own…. (I would have £20). Another awesome compilation piece by synthesizer gods Tangerine Dream. Although only a few of the tracks are new it is some of my favorite tracks of theirs to date other than the amazing Finnegans Wake album.

!!! Thr!!!ller


I waited what felt like a lifetime for this album to come and when it arrived I just didn’t get the same excitement as “Strange Weather, Isn’t it?” right away but it came in 3 or 4 plays. Some clever lyrics/stories hidden in here and If you feel like getting down to some dance-punk get this record.

Melt Banana – Fetch


Pure insanity. Now only a duo this is the best melt banana to date. Ichirou Agata is one of my favorite guitarists and this album has just reinforced that.

Owl Vision – Dystopia


Hailing from Gothenberg this one man “Death Electro” beast has self produced this album from the ground up including all the artwork and affiliated press in true DIY spirit. The result is a phenomenally epic genre spanning electronic album that has been stuck on repeat for most of the year.

Holy Ghost – Dynamics

Hands down – It must be the Weather – is one of my favorite tracks of the year. Some amazing sounds and expertly programmed electronics throughout this record. Can’t believe this is only the second album these guys have put out.

Vasudeva – Life Cycles

Incredible debut. No other words. Outstanding production, amazing drumming and insane guitar lines this is the best instrumental full length of the year. Please hear this record. I can’t wait to see how far these dudes will go!




Mind blowing electronic rock music from 2 of the nicest dudes in the world. Even has hand claps. Looking forward to catching up with these guys in 2014 and seeing what they are going to do next!

We Used to have horses


Instrumental solo work of Niall Jones – one of the hardest working musicians I have ever met. Looping bass, guitars, Keys and then playing drums in his live show it really needs to be seen to be fully appreciate the work that goes into his arrangements. Then he gives them all away for free on his bandcamp. Genuine. Awesome. Human Being.

A Last Salute To Byss


The hard inner studio workings of Makz Szymanski which I was blessed to view as an impromptu live performance at Worcs music festival. Moving and uplifting, refreshingly different and continuously re-discoverable.

North End


I have massive admiration of all this band put out. Every play unlocks new layers to this complex instrumental record. My favorite release to date on top of an outstanding back catalog.

Thank you to the lovely Oli for his contribution. Just one left. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken time to contribute to Circuit Sweet’s end of year list it’s always a pleasure in seeing what others loved and finding records we didn’t know exist. Hopefully you can look up all these different artists and find something to inspire you.


Don’t forget there is just 1 more Aulos EP in the store circuitsweet.bigcartel.com/product/aulos-ep-ic-limited-edition-pack-sold-out

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