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Dance - Released November 30, 2018 | Houndstooth

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Throwing Snow's outstanding first two full-lengths, Mosaic and Embers, are both ambitious, painstakingly arranged suites that incorporate live instrumentation, foreboding cinematic textures, and influences ranging from dubstep and trip-hop to psychedelic folk. The London-based producer's singles are generally more dancefloor-minded but no less dramatic or awe-inspiring. Throughout 2018, Throwing Snow periodically released a series of two-track digital singles containing his most beat-heavy, club-tuned work to date. Loma compiles all eight of these tracks, sequencing them in order to flow as an album. The tracks have aggressive rhythms that reference jungle and breakbeat techno more than his garage/dubstep-influenced earlier work did, and which generally contain big build-ups and steady progressions as well as unpredictable developments. "Simmer" has a monstrous bassline and complex, crunchy Amen breaks that gradually become more agitated; "Tantrum" is similar but more industrial-tinged. "Myriad" has more straightforward beats but a brighter, more suspenseful melody. With its exotic-sounding percussion and footwork-esque tempo, "Vulpine" nearly resembles a club edit of a Jlin track. The Livity Sound-esque "Minotaurs" begins with measured thumps and bubbling bass, later switching up and gaining soft, slowly expanding melodies. "V" is perhaps the most melodramatic moment, with fearsome yet dazzling synth arpeggios and an unexpected shift from an evenly paced thump to dramatically broken rhythms with esoteric time changes. The release concludes with a steady, shadow-dwelling 11-minute remix of "Simmer," courtesy of Octo Octa. As excellent as Throwing Snow's previous albums are, the sheer immediacy of Loma might make it his most enjoyable work. ~ Paul Simpson
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Dance - Released November 1, 2019 | Houndstooth

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 20, 2017 | Houndstooth

Following his excellent 2014 debut full-length, Mosaic, and several singles that were collected as Axioms, London-based producer Throwing Snow (Ross Tones) released his second album, Embers, on Fabric's Houndstooth imprint in 2017. More conceptual than his prior releases, the album is a continuously flowing suite that incorporates many sounds from nature: rainfall, fire, birds, even purring cats. Unlike Mosaic or Snow Ghosts (Tones' trip-hop-leaning project with singer Augustus Ghost and co-producer Oli Knowles), there are no vocals on this album, but they would only be distracting here. Without explicitly narrating a story, the album has a cinematic progression that keeps the listener captivated from beginning to end. After beginning with crackling embers (matching the album's title), ominous pianos slowly lead into viciously growling bass and dubstep beats, while thunder and fragmented strings flash abruptly in the background. On "Helical," Tones employs supremely warped, wavy synth tones and slapping U.K. garage beats. While these elements are similar to the sound of his more club-focused singles, here they feel less encumbered by the structure of a DJ set and more reflective of the unpredictable flow of human emotions. The beat dies down well before the track ends, and the following "Allegory" feels like it's in shock and has to wait a few moments before regaining composure. The album continues down its suspenseful path, drifting through trudging downtempo rhythms and shimmering arpeggios before the heavy 4/4 beats return with a vengeance halfway through "Recursion." The two-part "Prism" provides a bit of disco ecstasy to counter the apprehension of the majority of the album, with rickety, obtuse beats dancing over frazzled synth textures. First single "Cosms" pulls all of this together into an eight-minute epic, with complex, interlocking melodic patterns spiraling over a shuffling beat, ending up at a woozy downtempo finale. The album ends as it begins, with the smoldering remains of a dying fire, driving home the album's theme of interconnectedness. Another absolutely stellar work from Throwing Snow. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic/Dance - Released June 2, 2014 | Houndstooth

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Dance - Released October 15, 2019 | Houndstooth

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Dance - Released September 14, 2018 | Houndstooth

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 12, 2016 | Houndstooth

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House - Released April 18, 2011 | Snowfall

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 24, 2014 | Houndstooth

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Dance - Released November 28, 2018 | Houndstooth

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Dance - Released February 7, 2019 | Houndstooth

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 19, 2015 | Houndstooth

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House - Released April 18, 2011 | Snowfall

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Electronic/Dance - Released December 12, 2011 | Local Action

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House - Released December 3, 2012 | Snowfall

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Dance - Released May 18, 2018 | Houndstooth

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 19, 2018 | Houndstooth

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Dance - Released August 16, 2010 | ho_tep records

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Dance - Released October 31, 2019 | Houndstooth

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Dance - Released March 29, 2018 | Houndstooth

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