Sound

Balloon and Needle: Cafe OTO

As Avant-Garde as all that: Korean sonic collective Balloon and Needle distort the medium. Cracked electronics, chin stroking and a serious aversion to anything fun, Avant-garde music can be a real...

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RadioSeed – There Has To Be More

Happy, clappy ambience is one thing but There Has To Be More. Hence why RadioSeeds’s soft electronic debut is something of a mixed bag. An album with enough foresight can really give you an...

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Stateless – Matilda

Who are Stateless? Do they even know? Just how much can be crammed into a band’s sound? Can anyone try to cover, absorb and assimilate everything in their lives, minds and playlists while still...

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Wagon Christ – Manalyze This

Wagon Christ AKA Luke Vibert taking globally warming into account has prognosticated that this summer is going to be blistering. Releasing this fun and fair hearted dance floor filler early enough to...

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Sunken Foal – Mother of God

Progressive releases have shown a development of much of the same from Sunken Foal, competent and well produced genre records. His version of electronica while technically interesting doesn’t...

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AXXONN – Let’s Get It Straight

Break me off some! AXXONN releases the happiest electro-doom record ever. Resplendently retrorama, Let’s Get It Straight mounts cathedral sized melodies with the light touch of heavy industry....

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Rose Kemp – Golden Shroud

As everybody recovers from their Christmas overindulgence, I recover from the musical overdose that is Golden Shroud. Nothing this depressing has ever made me so jovial, Rose Kemp has devoured my...

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To Cast A Shadow – In Memory Of

To Cast A Shadow - In Memory Of...

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Stateless – Assassinations

A review of Stateless – Assassinations...

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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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