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Spokes – Everyone I Ever Met

Is it me, or is music getting bigger by the year? Now we have completed another decade, it is staggering to look back and realise just what seismic shifts we have experienced. The first half of the...

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Chromagain – Any Colour We Liked

Electronic and experimental dark disco from Italian rogues, but do they still have what it takes? Oh synth, synth, synth! How I love thee. Let me count the ways… except I had trouble counting...

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Mr Oizo – Moustache (Half A Scissor) re-release

Originally released on the renowned F.Com records in 2005 this album has achieved a sort of notoriety as the reason that Mr Oizo (Quentin Dupiex) left the label. Six years later Flying Lotus’s...

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Andreya Triana – Far Closer

Mixes by Mr Scruff and Tokimonsta Ninja Tune, 7th Feb 2011 Bonobo’s soul-songstress-for-hire and the voice that brings Flying Lotus down to earth, Andreya Triana has attempted to place herself...

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Boy Mandeville – Mo Skrib, Launch Party

Boy Mandeville – Mo Skrib, Launch Party. Three unsigned bands plucked, strummed and beat this EP launch party into a well intended frolic of Shoreditch posers. ...

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Canaan – Contro.Luce

You are brought into a world. A world that is surrounded in shadow and echoing with primal noise. Something is calling you from a spiritual cave, the voices echo and cut. Canaan are summoning you....

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Fen – Epoch

(Code666 Feb2011) Shouted whispers across a hunter’s field. Epoch is the intense third release for this English quartet that owes as much to Alan Moore as it does to King Crimson. This is a...

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The Boy Least Likely To – Christmas Special

Bah Humbug! (+1 Records, November 2010) Well it is the season and we all go through the stages of Christmas grief. Anger, because the adverts are already being shown on TV in September. Denial, as...

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Neurosis – KOKO, London, UK

In December 2010 I witnessed rock and roll’s nadir, the point where you look upon a crowd of stupid fucks and wish that each and every one of them would fucking die....

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Tim Hecker – Rave Death, 1972

Deeply entranced, I imagine the black and white noise which is resonating around the room as scattered photographs. These sepia toned images are of nothing and everything, of people I know and those...

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Pan American – For Waiting, For Chasing

Pan American is no stranger to the art of soundscapes...

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Gabby Young and Other Animals – The Tabernacle, Notting Hill

“We’re all in this together”, World Connection records. 20th November 2010. I first encountered Gabby Young and Other Animals at Glastonbury 2010, one of those wandering encounters...

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Earth –  Angels of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1

Southern Lord (2011) Earth’s latest offering, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1, shows a definite development from the heavy drone aesthetic of yore, encompassing a variety of influences...

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Benoit Pioulard – Lasted

The shimmering delight of Lasted by Seattle émigré Benoit Pioulard AKA Thomas Meluch is a massively inspired vehicle of brilliance. A gushing Trebuchet review. ...

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Cr2 Presents Live and Direct- Mixed by Uner, Coyu & Edu Imbernon

Cr2 (Nov 2010) On listening to the brain simmering, head shaking and arms flailing 3 CD compilation album Live and Direct, I found myself longing for a glow stick. The collaboration of Uner, Coyu and...

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Thorsten Soltau / Weiss – Rezkla

Electroton (2010) This little remix release by Soltau and Weiss is in, electronic musical terms, a fossil. Moreover if glitch can be said to have a retro sound then this is it. However, a fossil it...

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Brian McBride – The Effective Disconnect

(Music Composed for the Documentary “Vanishing Bees”) Kranky 2010 There is an oral tradition of Indian mythology which affiliates the origins of music with bees. The mythology describes...

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Elfin Saddle – Wurld

Constellation Records (2010) When exploring the world of Elfin Saddle, it is important to acknowledge that their music and their films are so entwined that it may be difficult to evaluate one without...

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Manuscripts Don’t Burn – The Breathing House

Fans of standard song structures might argue this album away as a talented wank project of a successful guitarist (Ephel Duath) left to his own narcissistic devices. But what do they know....

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Into the Pit – Scaledown

The Orchestra Pit Company. Featuring Brainer, Hamilton Yarns and Former Utopia Kings and Queens Pub, Fitzrovia. 29th October 2010.   Getting lost on your way to a gig showcase is not unheard of,...

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Vayu Naidu Company

Vayu Naidu Company and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia– ‘A Triumph of Light’ 3rd November 2010, The Barbican Centre Let there be light, and there was. For 2010’s Diwali...

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Lingua – All My Rivals Are Imaginary Ghosts

Aural Music (2010) Mixing the harder edge of Indie guitar with the soaring vocals of mid-era Depeche Mode Swedish rockers Lingua have taken the scrawled melodic postcard of At The Drive-in and kept...

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Goldfish Coronet 29/10/10

Think Goldfish, think hooks. The kinetic House sounds of South Africa’s Goldfish have started to build a solid reputation outside their homeland and for one night only played a memorable set to...

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Silver Apples, Eat Lights Become Lights, Luminaire 2010

Fuck it, Silver Apples are to electronic music what Thomas Edison is to Facebook....

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Earth –  A Bureaucratic Desire for Extra Capsular Extractions

The opening song for this despondent treat is like the unfolding of a questionably green powdered orange, the insides of Earth evoking a terrified awe when revealed. An album which creeps up on you,...

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Manu Chao – Coronet,UK 23/10/10

While many can answer the question of who the diminutive French/Spanish Singer Manu Chao is, for the general population the extent to which he is globally huge is unknown. Let's be frank, Manu...

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World Music: Further Review (WOMAD 2008)

A critical review of where WOMAD 2008 exists in your cultural hearts...

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Chris Clarke: Acoustic Body Music

Chris Clark or simply Clark these days is a busy man, making music, incessant touring and learning new instruments.  While uncomfortable with the title of Warp records’ electronic standard...

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Cornbury Music Festival 2010

Cornbury Music Festival, 3-4th July 2010. Cornbury festival is a very English event described as a ‘dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fayre’ by the organisers or elsewhere as...

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Ghosthandfister – Ghosthandfister

Ghosthandfister – Ghosthandfister ODD records 2010 What an amazing debut. Ghosthandfister is a perfectly formed record which sounds timeless by virtue of it overtly referencing categorical...

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