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Thursday, May 31, 2001

 

Forthcoming albums by Markant and Sonna

Pennyblackmusic.com have details of forthcoming albums by Markant (infam) and Sonna (We Sing Loud Sing Soft Tonight. )

Markant

(�somewhere between aphex distortion, skam know-how and avant-garde futurism lies endrass�s beautiful serenity.� - jockey slut)

Markant : Infam
CD on Markant
Released on June 11th, 2001

For the past few years, the carsten endrass�s markant label has quietly been releasing limited edition vinyl excursions into the more creative and charming zones of modern electronica, in the process building an enviable reputation among the cogniscenti, due mostly to a deadly combination of virtually non-existent distribution and brilliant reviews (�somewhere between aphex distortion, skam know-how and avant-garde futurism lies endrass�s beautiful serenity.� - jockey slut). The release of the labels� first ever cd, exclusively available through cargo, should mark a long overdue change and bring this most justly-acclaimed of electronic imprints within reach of the mass audience it so richly deserves. Setting new standards in the exploration of emotion in electronix & techno, �infam� features all 3 tracks from the sold-out �cat 27� ep, 3 from the 100 copy promo-only �cat 27�, and 2 more as-yet-unrevealed pieces. File alongside warp, schematic, dub recordings, all found in the �utterly essential� section. .



Sonna : We Sing Loud Sing Soft Tonight

CD on Temporary Residence
Released on June 11th, 2001


To say that the debut album from baltimore's sonna is long overdue is a bit of an understatement. Recorded last summer with steve albini at his electrical audio studios, sonna picks up where their critically adored but all-too-rare the eventual bow ep left off. Drums flutter with feather like precision while two guitars weave extremely intricate, cyclical patterns, tied together with warm, agile bass. Sonna's strengths lie in their wonderful ability to let the instruments mingle with each other, creating new melodic threads that might otherwise remain undiscovered. With seemingly endless layers to absorb, each one is carefully given ample room to shine. Drawing from an enormous variety of influences ranging from brian eno and john fahey to the beach boys and pink floyd, sonna makes music that falls somewhere between stimulating and relaxing. It's a dark, gorgeous journey that rewards you more and more with each listen. It's heartbreaking sensory music that is surely addictive to fans of early tortoise, papa m, codeine and yo la tengo. .



# posted by DJ Martian 11:41 PM
 

Pennyblackmusic.com - Forthcoming Releases

Pennyblackmusic.com - Forthcoming Releases include these two releases

Bridge and Tunnel : Without Ghosts
CD on Harmsonic
Released on June 25th, 2001


Bridge & Tunnel is a blueprint for out of towners, a guide for the displaced, disillusioned and the misguided. Without Ghosts is a glimpse of imaginary musical cities, of ghost towns and forgotten places. This sonic collage, combined with an indelible understanding of melody makes for fascinating listening. These ambient sound-scapes swoop into pop's darker corners, revealing half-remembered melodies, songs heard on yesterday's radio. The project has concluded in re-mixes for English pop stars Saint Etienne and their French counterpart Mellow. .


V/A : Tigerbeat 6 Inc
CD on Tigerbeat
Released on June 25th, 2001



Here we bring you the cream of the crop in what you will soon find to be �in� and �hip� a literal instruction manual on what you should be listening to in order to gain premium and elite status as a consumer of the finest products in a musical form we have to offer from: dat politics solo genius aelters, french dynamic duo aspic, cex, japanese fatcat veteran com.a, bevin blectums alter ago d84, dat politics, digital audio pranksters disc, our startling swedish discovery dwayne sodahberk, electric company, gamers in exile, san francisco beat freak gold chains, goodiepal, canadian ambient auteur jetone, former rom=pari genius joseph nothing, blectum from blechdom�s dsp heroine kevin blechdom, kid606, slammin danchell selector knifehandchop, clickhouse innovator kpt_michiganargentinian melodic monitorgazers languis, sensitive sonic scholar leafcutter john, lesser, melodic musical mastermind lusine icl, brilliant shapeshifter max tundra, minimal sonic architect michael stravostrand, always sweet but never sour nut �n� honey, pimmon, pisstank, rhode island technokrauts stars as eyes, 555 of leeds extremely talented president steward, icelands stillupsteypa + tons more. .


# posted by DJ Martian 11:29 PM
 

Somatic Responses

Recycle Your Ears have a Somatic Responses interview. Somatic Responses are from Wales and specialise in hard experimental techno. The article includes 2 MP3 audio snippets.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:49 PM
 

Underwater - This is Not A Film - electronic pop

Pitchfork review Underwater - This is Not A Film - Splendid also rated this album earlier this year.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:38 PM
 

Radiohead

Drownedinsound review Radiohead - Amnesiac

# posted by DJ Martian 6:29 PM
 

Susumu Yakota

NME review Susumu Yokota: Grinning Cat (an album that featured on Simon Reynolds best of the year list in 2001 so far)

...which manage to mangle jazz, classical piano, house and echoes of late-'70s post-punk, into a beguiling and distinct series of summer sketches.


# posted by DJ Martian 6:18 PM

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

 

Techno Animal

From an advert in The Wire,

Techno Animal - The Brotherhood of the Bomb - is an album coming soon - featuring Rubberoom, Anti-Pop Consortium, Sonic Sum, Toastie Taylor, El P/vast and dalek.

keep a look out on the Techno Animal website for further info in the coming weeks.

I have seen date of (August 14th) as a release date on the web a few weeks ago.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:36 PM
 

Shur-i-kan

Kudos records have details of the forthcoming album by Shur-i-kan: advance

At long last, the much-anticipated debut LP from Shur-i-kan (of Discerning Ear Projects) gets an official release through Freerange Records. The brain child of keyboard supremo Tom Szirtes, �Advance� is an awesome collection of tracks taking influence from jazz, house, hip hop, funk and fusion. This project, which has been overseen by Tom �The Jedi� Middleton, has been 2 years in the making and has already created a massive buzz from the selected few CDR�s that have been in circulation.

The album is released on June 11th on Freerange records.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:07 PM
 

Two Lone Swordsmen

ICrunch have details of a Two Lone Swordsmen remix album. Set for release July 9th on Warp Records.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:49 PM
 

Neu Reissues

Reminder the Neu albums are released this week

the three neu albums finally get officially rereleased - one of the most influential bands ever - includes sleeve notes from singer kreidler - seminal beyond everything - the ultimate kraut rock / electronica band (Rough Trade)


# posted by DJ Martian 12:45 AM
 

Plaid - Double Figure

Playlouder review Plaid - Double Figure

In short, 'Double Figure' is a resolute statement: A showcase of complementary flavours that burst out of the electronica ghetto. Each listen brings new discoveries. Now you can't say fairer than that. Plaid are the torchbearers for a brand freestyle electronics that shuns restriction.

The album was released in the UK this week.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM
 

Bleedmusic review Air and Unwound

Air - 10,000 Hz Legend gets the thumbs down. ( However the folks at SceneOne love it)

Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You yet another positive review.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:27 AM
 

The Wire

New edition of The Wire now in the shops.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:21 AM

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this weeks front cover would feature: Stakka & Skynet

The Stakka & Skynet album, Clockwork is now set for release June 19th.

Last week's John Peel live studio session was supreme, Stakka & Skynet deserve a lot of respect for delivering drum n bass with a fresh new twist, combining a techno and techstep sound - this compliments well with recent work by Teebee, Matrix, Ed Rush & Optical - but extends the sound further into their own unique style.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:33 AM

Monday, May 28, 2001

 

The Brainwashed Brain

This weeks The Brainwashed Brain V04I20 - 05272001
includes album reviews of

Cex - Starship Galactica

To Rococo Rot and i-Sound - Music is a Hungry Ghost

Oval - Ovalcommers

# posted by DJ Martian 10:17 PM

Sunday, May 27, 2001

 

Overload Media

Overload Online - Review updates week commencing 14th May 2001
including

INIGO KENNEDY 'The Bigger Picture' (Missile)

Original, versatile and immaculately crafted, Kennedy has produced a techno artist album of high quality, capable of satisfying the demands of both the head and the dancefloor


More information @ Inigo Kennedy

# posted by DJ Martian 5:19 PM
 

Pelican neck

Pelican neck - this weeks new releases include:

FOUR TET : Pause - Domino - CD

Album of the week! Now that's what you call a pleasant surprise.......Multi-instrumentalist Kieran Hebdon returns a highly impressive belter of an album under his Four Tet moniker. Hebdon�s intuitive originality shines the course of what is without doubt his best work yet. �Glue of the world� opens subtly with it�s peaceful refrain of psychedelic bliss. Before long an underlying edge of funk draws in via the tight drumming, meditative horns and improvised chromatic percussion. The use of live instrumentation processed through digital filters draws comparisons with Scott Herron's Delarosa and Asora project, but with it�s eccentricity there is a definite British edge. Tracks like �Everything is alright� blur the line between Hippy folk and Flamenco guitar styles with classical piano and digital malfunctions. Hebdon seems to have hit a chord with this album, a psychedelic chord of musical maturity. Highly Recommended.


PLAID : Double Figure - Warp - CD

Ed and Andy follow up last years essential �Trainer� retrospective with yet another inimitable collection of electronica workouts. �Eyen� is up first with the kind of heartmelting guitar melodies and uber-crisp beats that has defined Plaid�s recent output. The rave pressure is then brought fully on with the firin� �Assault on Precinct Zero� which, to my mind at least, is one of the weakest tracks on offer here. From here on, however, it's pretty much uphill all the way. With many nods toward the current school of Schematic / Chocolate Industries artists, there are many digitized moments of off-kilter grooves that reiterate the genius of the Black Dog LP�s. The songwriting skill displayed on the emotive �Sincetta� sits perfectly against the aggressive dancefloor workouts that pepper this release.The sweet tones of vocalist Mara Carlyle brings a natural feel to the closing �Manyme�, a blissed out soul based track which displays Plaid�s knack of hitting you where it hurts with the tightest Hip Hop groove possible. Double Figure is one of those LP's that excells in its ability to entrench itself deeply within your minds - tunes that are endlessly memorable and execution that veers towards simplicity and is all the richer for it. Superb.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:59 PM
 

Aversion Online

Aversion Online is one of the best metal/hardcore/extreme music review sites on the web, with a reviewer that can sort on the brilliant, the average and the bullshit with remarkable accuracy.

The prime intention of AVERSIONLINE is to provide comprehensive coverage and exposure for all forms of extreme/underground music, including metal, hardcore/punk, emo/indie rock, experimental electronic noise, and everything in between.

Aversion Online - June reviews including the phenomenal new releases by Ulver - Perdition City 10/10 and Thorns - Thorns 8/10.

Aversion Online - May reviews

Candiria "300 Percent Density" CD
7/10 - [Century Media]

Downer "s/t" CD
7/10 - [Roadrunner]

Further Seems Forever "The Moon is Down" CD
10/10 - [Tooth & Nail]

I have included the full review - as this band deserves attention, from the one track I have heard they have the own unique style.

This is hands down one of the top 5 emo/indie recordings I have ever heard in my life! I can't put into words how great this is: Emotional, forceful, catchy� this just rocks. I fully love this CD. I purchased it after hearing only one track, and I've already listened to the entire album a million times in two days. The vocals aren't whiny at all, just heartfelt singing with the occasional burst of harmonies. Musically the usual balance of clean/distorted parts is present, and a few tracks even remind me of a more technical Weezer. The drumming is utterly amazing, so fluid and full of constant motion. The production is perfect. There are no problems at all, everything is clear, full, and perfectly placed. This is definitely a band that is building from the tried and true formula, but this is completely original too. Nice, minimal layout with few colors and great, personal lyrics - well written, and not so specific that they alienate the listener. The bottom line here is near-perfect songwriting, and these guys are damn brilliant! I don't know what else to say. This is my new favorite band of the genre. I fucking adore this disc. This is so good that I can't even concentrate on anything else while I'm listening to it. I find myself wanting to do nothing but sit here and listen to this album repeatedly. If you have any interest in this style of music whatsoever, it is essential that you acquire this gem immediately. I'm speechless.

this entrigued me to find more about the band Further Seems Forever

a track the Bradley can be downloaded @ Further Seems Forever

Katatonia "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" CD
9/10 - [Peaceville]

Minus "Jesus Christ Bobby" CD
9/10 - [Smekklysa]

Featured band of the month of June - Minus

I have mentioned Minus several times this year, an astonishing band - and destined to be one of the finest rock albums come the end of the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:46 PM
 

The Brainwashed Brain

I am bit late reporting on the weekly Brianwashed Brain V04I19 - 05202001 - included are reviews of

M�m "Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is Ok"

Ryoji Ikeda & Carsten Nicolai "Cyclo"

Third Eye Foundation "I Poo Poo On Your Juju"

Jake Mandell "Love Songs For Machines"

Manitoba "Start Breaking My Heart"

# posted by DJ Martian 4:16 PM
 

The Album Leaf

Nude as the News review The Album Leaf - One Day I'll Be On Time

The Album Leaf succeeds in shaping a sonic story by blending together watery instrumental sounds and mathy sensibilities to create a pretty, yet simple backdrop for exploring the realm below the ocean surface and the world above it.

The Album Leaf - one day I will be on time will be released on May 28th in the UK on Tiger Style via Southern.

Anothher Album Leaf MP3 track Vermillion is available on Southern website.


# posted by DJ Martian 4:09 PM
 

Splendid Reviews

This week's Splendid Reviews - May 28th include:

Burning Airlines / Identikit / DeSoto


Need New Body / Self-Titled / Cenotaph Audio electro music with a live feel

National Skyline / This = Everything / File 13
- from the brief audio clip this sounds interesting comparisions to Simple Minds sons of fascination/ sisters feeling calls, Radiohead on Kid A, U2 era Unforgetable Fire and even the latest material by Elbow. The National Skyline includes a former member of Hum.

File 13 records

April 24th sees the long awaited release of National Skyline's full-length album, "This = Everything". We're not sure that words can do this album justice, so let's just say it's a pleasure to offer this record to you.

The album was released in the US on April 24th - it has not been released in the UK.

however it can be ordered at File 13 records

These are echoes that fill the empty corners of life. Left from sight and mind for too long, these dark corners now stir with the haunted melody that is National Skyline's "This = Everything" (FT36). Floating on broken beats and tranquil soundscapes, this melody sheds sparse light on the ghosts familiar to the crevices of everyone's minds.

More information on The National Skyline

An MP3 track A Million Circles can be downloaded here


Shora / Shaping the Random / Grave Romance i mentioned Shora on this weblog last year. The are from Switzerland and are on the finest European extreme rock bands at the moment - as the review suggests comparisions to Dillinger Escape Plan and Drowningman are valid.

Nobukazu Takemura / Hoshi No Koe / Thrill Jockey

# posted by DJ Martian 3:57 PM
 

Aquarius Records

One of the finest music stores in the world Aquarius Records have moved to a new website domain. (Their coverage of music is what I wish that so called alternative radio stations such as Xfm in London should cover instead Xfm focus on singles playlist policy of heavy rotation inappropriate music - they should be playing far more album tracks covering the diversity of music that Aquarius Records review)

As usual their New Arrivals list is excellent overviewing stacks of new releases including:

ADULT. Resuscitation (Ersatz Audio)

TOOL Lateralus (Tool Dissectional / Volcano)

YOSHIHIDE, OTOMO Flutter (Tzadik)

AMP Saint Cecilia Sinsemilla (Space Age)

AUTECHRE Confield (Warp)

CANNIBAL OX The Cold Vein (Def Jux)

CLARK, CHRIS Clarence Park (Warp)

CONTINUOUS MODE Disinformation Design (Klang Electroniks)

POTENTIAM Balsyn (Avantgarde)

ROVO Imago (Incidental) cd

SONNA We Sing Loud Sing Soft Tonight (Temporary Residence)

also see Aquarius New Arrivals Number 112 including these

KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF Maander (Temporary Residence)

MOGWAI Rock Action (Matador)

MOUSE ON MARS Idiology (Thrill Jockey)

MUM Yesterday Was Dramatic - Toady Is OK (TMT / Thule Music)

ROTHKO In the Pulse of an Artery (Instinct)

also see Aquarius New Arrivals Number 111 including these

COUCH Profane (Matador / Kollaps)

LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS Any Other City (Tugboat)

OOIOO Feather Float (Birdman)

RED HOUSE PAINTERS Old Ramon (Sub Pop)

THORNS s/t (Moonfog)

TILLIANDER, ANDREAS Ljud (Mille Plateaux)

UNWOUND Leaves Turn Inside You (Kill Rock Stars)

# posted by DJ Martian 3:18 PM

Saturday, May 26, 2001

 

The Chameleons

The bulletin board of The Chameleons website suggests that the album Why Call it Anything? will now be released on July 2nd.

The Chameleons

# posted by DJ Martian 2:29 PM

Friday, May 25, 2001

 

Accelera Deck: release date for Digital Headrest album

Accelera Deck information

DIGITAL HEADREST CD / LP on Neo Ouija
Release Date: July 1st.
Real Audio Posted on Neo Ouija's site.
12 trax of jacked up electro in adeck's famaliar style


That release date should be July 2nd? - (Monday)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:46 AM

Thursday, May 24, 2001

 

Metamatics

Metamatics - Dope for the Robot more electro and techno sounds from an artist influenced by Kraftwerk, Numan and detroit techno.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:46 PM
 

Splendid Reviews

This week's Splendid Reviews May 21 include:

Ex Models - Other Mathematics

Ex Models totally wear their musical influences on their sleeves. It�s as if they picked the needle up from Gang of Four�s Solid Gold or Wire�s Chairs Missing or the Talking Heads� Fear of Music and plugged it straight into their amps...yet somehow they get away with it


Bardo Pond - Dilate


Re: - Re:mnant


Others reviewed include

Couch / Profane / Matador

Orbital / The Altogether / London

Mount Florida/ Arrived Phoenix / Matador

# posted by DJ Martian 10:34 PM
 

Adult - Resuscitation

Bleedmusic review Adult - Resuscitation more proof that electro is back in 2001.

They are a dishevelled couple of ultra-hip Detroitians with more than a penchant for fuzz-furious electro, decorated with tumbling, visceral stabs of vocodered vocals

I noticed that Wax had article on electro in their current edition, I fully expect that in the next few months the rest of the sleepy music press will sit up and notice electro music is back.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:03 PM
 

Oval - Commers

Wall of Sound review the forthcoming album by Oval - commers set for release in the UK, June 11th.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:28 PM
 

IDM started here for me... Polygon Window

Back in late 92 and early 93 this is where Warp IDM started for me big time polygon window - surfing on sine waves one of the finest electronic albums ever. Now reissued with 2 extra tracks.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:41 AM

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

 

London Music Portal

An impressive resource London Music Portal the the links section covers a whole raft of dance music styles.

OVER 1500 DANCE MUSIC LINKS FOR YOUR SURFING PLEASURES
The following links have been reviewed and recommended by the Sclif Webscan Team. Accumulatively they represent the force and attitude that drives the Underground Scene. Past, Future and Present.


There is also a section on Camden Town

# posted by DJ Martian 11:34 PM
 

Clan of Xymox

Clan of Xymox news

The new album " Notes From The Underground" is confirmed for release in September

Also Pennyblackmusic have news of

Rerelease! "Subsequent Pleasures" is the first ever recording from 1984 by the Dutch cult band CLAN OF XYMOX. Digitally remastered in 2001and with completely different artwork. .

Released June 4th.


# posted by DJ Martian 9:54 PM
 

New Order

Playlouder inform us that Billy Corgan has joined New Order to help out on Live duties.

New Order's new single 'Crystal' is out in July, with the album 'Get Ready' following on August 27.


# posted by DJ Martian 9:25 PM
 

Unearth

Pennyblackmusic forthcoming list Unearth, Strings of Conscience as a forthcoming release, previously released in the US earlier this year.

Unearth : Stings Of Conscience

CD on Eulogy
Released on May 28th, 2001
UNEARTH are a five piece metal/hardcore hybrid from eastern Massachusetts. Formed with the intention of bringing a fresh sound to the cluttered metalcore genre, UNEARTH play an eclectic mix of emotionally charged songs incorporating a diverse arsenal of musical weapons. Combining metal roots with a new school hardcore urgency, UNEARTH successfully interweave beautiful harmonies with times of truly crushing brutality. The message of UNEARTH is delivered with heartfelt passion and conviction. The songs are extremely dynamic; dark chaotic passages coexist with melodic metal technicality, double bass laden death metal passages are blended seamlessly with epic dual guitar harmonies, pummeling breakdowns lead into emotional, harmonious guitar heroics. Overall, UNEARTH's music produces a unique feeling of power and beauty. It covers a very wide spectrum of styles and conjures up visions of both the atmospheric and the apocalyptic. .

review of album


# posted by DJ Martian 9:21 PM

Tuesday, May 22, 2001

 

Four Tet - Pause

NME jump aboard on the Four Tet bandwagon, with a 9/10 album review for the pause album.

"Four Tet's second album is a voyage of warm, ambient loveliness"

Another strong candidate for Technics Mercury Music prize shortlist?

# posted by DJ Martian 11:12 PM
 

Interpol

Downed in Sound have an interview with New York band Interpol who sound remarkably like Joy Division.

Interpol official website

# posted by DJ Martian 11:00 PM
 

Dave Clarke

NME review Dave Clarke - World Service compilation album. The much talked about techno and electro mix album was released this week on React.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:58 PM
 

Narcissus

Narcissus from Cleveland, Ohio will release a new album Becoming Leviathan on June 25th.

Narcissus have their own sound that refuses to be put in one category, Narcissus can switch from Metallica Master of Puppets intensity through to more reflective Cure like basslines that remind you of 17 seconds or faith era Cure, on the track Unto the World. Along with artists such as (Botch, Taken, Drowningman, Zao) Narcissus are at the forefront of arty intelligent heavy intense rock music that smashes genre conformity and aspires and reaches out to new levels of creativity.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:56 PM
 

The Opposition - update

The Opposition one of Britain's leading epic alt rock bands of the 80s (alongside The Comast Angels and The Chameleons) have details of a reissue and a new album. (Like The Chameleons they are making a return this year)

Well, all good things take a while when they're in progress, but... Breaking The Silence is on it's final way to be re-released again! The artwork is finished, the masters have been made, everybody is satisfied with the final results and the whole thing should be finished by the end of this month.

The Opposition is working hard on their NEW album which is scheduled for release in August/September after a short well earned break/holiday. Keep an eye on the site because the new stuff is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

# posted by DJ Martian 1:13 AM
 

Four Tet

Metamorphic Journeyman with stacks of details on the Four Tet - Pause album:

Pause is released 28 May on Domino. Just look at all these lovely things people have been writing!

'Already a contender for album of the year' i-D

'Blending free jazz arrangements with folk instrumentation, chubby hip hop beats and adventurous sonics that take in everything from zithers to harps to found sound experiments... you get 11 tracks of music as beguilingly listenable as it is fresh and distinctive. A must' Album of the Month, M8

'Another inspired genre collision' Music Week

'Four Tet relights his own firefly electric twitches and produces hushed songlets for the NESH generation. All oak-smoked harmonies, backwards guitar and anti-mosquito mantras. Pause is breathing in fresh musical air' The Face

'Four Tet's most natural, organic and personal work to date and will cement his position as one of the UK's most individual and innovative talents' Straight No Chaser

Kieran Hebden's other music project Fridge will release an album called happiness on Text Records in September.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:43 AM
 

Tindersticks

SceneOne gather together reviews of Tindersticks - Can Our Love.. album, listen to a few tracks on the radio - that vocalist does have a similiar vocal tone to Bryan Ferry at times.

Also see Playlouder review


# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 AM

Monday, May 21, 2001

 

Meat Katie

Dotmusic.com review the new album by Meat Katie - Long to Belong that combines breakbeat and tech house sounds.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 PM
 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this weeks front cover would feature: Lift to Experience

Information on Lift to Experience @ Bella Union records website.

Lift to Experience - the texas - jerusalem crossroads was Rough Trade Album of the week last week on John Kennedy's Xfm show.

The news section of Bella Union website

Lift to Experience, from Denton TX, whose album The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (BELLACD23) will be released by bella union on May 13th have just finished a bout of shows in Europe where they have been warmly received by fans and the media alike.
The band have turned heads wherever they have played and have gained the support of such luminaries as John Peel, Nick Cave and Kevin Shields...(this is getting a little like hello magazine)


I have heard a fair number of tracks off the new album and that have impressed me (as mentioned / enthused about on this weblog several weeks ago), LTE do have a unique sound but there are elements that remind me of a range of bands.

Falling from Cloud Nine and These are the Days are two tracks that stand out. Passionate, epic, evocative are a few words to describe Lift to Experience - they do create an impact precisely because they do have their own niche sound.

So far LTE have been compared to whole host of alt rock bands The Gun Club (circa Mother Juno), MBV, Slint, Ride, Jeff Buckley, The Pixies, Violent Femmes, Godspeed You Black Emperor, The Smiths, Birthday Party to name some - esteemed company.

I think that as the year rolls on that LTE will become a cult band with a ever growing following. I hope to pick up a copy of the album very soon.

It will be interesting to see how the band does in the US as being signed to British label - they have a far higher profile in the UK especially with rabid John Peel and John Kennedy support. Indeed at the moment the album has not been released in the US, and is available only as an import on Amazon.com.

The only US press on the net I can find is a local article in the Dallas Observer

Mind you in the 1980s The Throwing Muses and The Pixies signed to the British 4AD and achieved greater momentum and early attention in the UK before the US, (because the logistics in the UK a lot more easier to manage than the vast uncohesive USA.)

The likes of Woxy 97X and 3WK in US have yet to pick up on Lift to Experience.

NME.com review of Lift to Experience The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads

The cheapest place on the web to buy this album Audiostreet

# posted by DJ Martian 2:09 AM
 

ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO

A name often referred to in articles about Industrial music, never listened to them until today - Esplendor Geometrico were to Spain what Cabaret Voltaire were to Britain.

They were mentioned on the ever useful Rough Trade weekly email new releases mail out:

Their 1988 album Esplendor Geometrico � Mekano Turbo (Geometrik Records) is being reissued on May 21st.

I downloaded a free Mp3 track from Vitamanic that sounds similiar to the brutal cut up distorted industrial sound of Cabaret Voltaire circa 1979/1980. I have no idea what year this track, HEMEN NAGO was released but sounds earlier than 1988.

If you can read Spanish more information is available at Geometrik Records

also a fan driven site that includes a Esplendor Geometrico: Discography

# posted by DJ Martian 12:36 AM

Sunday, May 20, 2001

 

Etronik Frontline Number 103: including Felix Da Housecat

The weekly Etronik Frontline has news that the new album by Felix Da Housecat: Kittins And Thee Glitz� will be released on City Rockers on June 25th, the same day as the sublime single - Silver Screen (Shower Scene).

# posted by DJ Martian 11:18 PM
 

Icarus Line - Mono

Hybrid magazine.com review the new album by Icarus Line - Mono that is released in the UK on May 21st. The Icarus Line have been compared to Jesus Lizard and Nirvana.

More information at Icarus Line including a free MP3 track, Feed a Cat to Your Cobra.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:02 PM
 

Stephen Hero - Lullaby album

Stephen Hero AKA Patrick Fitzgerald ex Kitchens of Distinction releases an album: Lullaby on May 21st.

More information at the Official website including the reviews section

# posted by DJ Martian 10:37 PM
 

Plastic Surgery 2 - Hospital Records

An album that is frequently getting a lot of attention recently in Drum N Bass circles is the Plastic 2 compilation on Surgery Records reviewed here by DNB Online

The album was released on April 23rd.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:40 PM
 

Perry Farrell - Update: Confirmation of album release date.

Perry Farrell Song Yey to be Sung album will now be released in the UK on July 16th, and the US on July 17th.

This was confirmed via an online community information mail out, apparently the album was due to be released in June in the US but this has been put back to tie in with a worldwide launch.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:33 PM
 

Stakka & Skynet: new album 21st May

Stakka & Skynet are another British music talent, ignored by the press and indeed most ecommerce websites.

Their album as mentioned on their website, Clockwork will be released 21st May and is "smashing up the dancefloors"

From the tracks I have heard on John Peel this is up with Ed Rush & Optical as sublime techstep jungle/drum n bass - the sonically demands your attention.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:27 PM
 

Justin Berkovi Uses Blogger - and a new album out Transit

According to the new releases email from Rough Trade Justin Berkovi releases a new album, Transit on Music Man records on May 21st.

Justin Berkovi also uses Blogger to update his current news.

So far I have seen no other publicity on the web, or off the web for this new album, which is great shame as alongside Oliver Ho, Surgeon and Luke Slater - Justin Berkovi is one of the most creative leading lights in British techno.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:57 PM
 

Pelicanneck This Week's New Releases

Once again the excellent Pelicanneck overview This Week's New Releases for sale including:

ZORN : The city's collapsing (but not tonight) - Lux Nigra

Album of the week!! You must excuse us for ranting and raving at you about Zorn for the last year or so....beleive us, we have tried hard to restrain ourselves. The 'Tower Park' EP that was released last July spun on our wheels of steel on constant rotation and was our top single for the year 2000, as I'm sure most of you will already know. Lux Nigra have finally succumbed to our constant demands and are gracing us with Zorn's debut LP 'The City's Collapsing.....' an album that will have us creasing with glee for time to come. This is pure joy - 12 tracks accross luxurious CD and double vinyl formats that deliver on our outlandish expectations and beyond. Opening with 'Sputnik' - a mutant hybrid of electro, berlin post-dub, sci-fi futurism and re-defined electronica melodicisms...uptempo and always lush. 'Serpentine' kicks in with Rhythm and Sound dub chords before Zorn's unique hybrid beats roll in at mid tempo. Augmented by a kind of indescribable melodic accompaniment that typifies much of his material - half lit florescent strips that buzz into being and a mood that is always blue rather than melancholy. Deep into the album the title track kicks in and stands out with supreme depth. So hard to describe with its reflective deep chords and heartache halfsteppa beats. Listening to this you suddenly realise that Zorn has created something altogether new, an uptempo strain of post-electro that reeks of romanticism and emotion with effortless precision. Machine music with an aching condition of the heart. Striking at us with the full force of its originality and sheer brilliance, this is a truly mighty LP from a talent that is spearheading the Berlin music scene circa 2001. Immense.


ANTHONY ROTHER : Simulationszeitalter - PSI net

Electro legend Anthony Rother originally released this seminal LP about 18 months ago. Piercing through the vast piles of meidiocre electro revivalist tunes that were at their peak around that time, 'Simulationszeitalter' stood out as a tough, squelchy classic. Having been unavailable for some time, Simulationszeitalter is now repackaged and rereleased, complete with the acidity, crunchiness and vocoded sparkles that you would come to expect from this master of the genre. Ace.

BIOSPHERE : Substrata 2 - Touch

A new album from Geir Jensson aka Biosphere is always a special event here at the Neck. This is not strictly a new album, but the usual evocative Touch packaging and photography give it a whole new character. This double CD consists of the 'the finest ambient album of the 1990s' Substrata, originally released on All Saints in 1997, here in a freshly re-mastered version. Musically well beyond the confines of beauty, subtle, haunting, lush, stately - the type of music that takes you to so many different places. Classics in the truest sense. The second CD 'Man With A Movie Camera' is Geir's commision for the Troms� International Film Festival of 1996 on a reworking of the Russian silent film with the same name dating back to 1929 from director Dziga Vertov. On this work Geir collaborates with Per Martinson aka Mental Override who also joined up with Biosphere as part of the 'Nordheim Transformed' piece on Rune Grammophon. To complete this astonishing set you then get extra tracks from the Japanese version of Substrata. Essential.


FUNCKARMA : Solid State - DUB - CD

After the quality of the recent fourth Funckarma EP on DUB, the brothers Funcken are back for more. �Solid State� is a ten track album that defines the Funckarma sound beautifully. Subtle, Plaid-like melodies dominate the opening �Blex� which sets the stage for an excellent collection of tracks. Intricate beat patterns are DSP�d with a restraint that lets the listener inside the tracks without having to disassemble the various rhythms from each other. Great care and attention must have been paid to the structure of the album as each track shifts effortlessly into another. �Nuncas� is a standout cut with a superb ambience of afterhours ambientfunk via a soulful, squelched-up bassline. Concentrating less on the complexity of rhythm structures and more on velcro pieced song sequences, this is a revitalised Funckarma heading in a more self-assured and subtle direction. Check.

POLYGON WINDOW : Surfing on Sine Waves US Version - Warp

Having been originally compiled and released for the U.S. market, this new edition of Aphex Twin's legendary 'Surfing on Sine Waves' LP is notable for its inclusion of two previously unavailable tracks. 'Portreath Harbour' and 'Redruth School' were recorded at the time of the original album sessions but have never before been heard. Fitting in fabulously with the rest of the classics on board, we can only say that it's a shame that the reissue hasn't been made available on vinyl. Nonetheless, it's Aphex, it's killer and, well, a rather lovely record even after all this time. Ace.

RAZ OHARA : The Last Legend - Kitty Yo

Coming across as a mixture of Prince (were talking the good stuff) and Nick Drake, Kitty Yo reprazent Raz Ohara once again as their follow-up hope to Gonzales and Peaches. Produced quietly for 6 months in Markus Waibels Berlin studio, almost all tracks are pure vocal and guitar music, with hidden samples and overdubs here and there... Ace Krautpop!

UFEARI : Killing Time - Isolated - CD

Dublin�s fertile electronic underground throws up another quality release in the shape of this debut set from Ufeari. From tight but loose funk to dub electro, dark starnds intermingle with simple programming and synth electroisms. The overall sound ends up as a mishmash of Pan American and Techno Animal.

VARIOUS : Hypercity, mixed by Andrew Weatherall - Force Tracks

Finally released this week!

Weatherall comes correct on Force Tracks with this clickhouse based mix compilation. Featuring tracks from Force Tracks luminaries such as MRI, Luomo (Vladislav Delay), Safety Scissors, Hakan Lidbo, Crane AK, Dirk Diggler and many more, the flow is as smooth as you'd expect and the tunes lie just the right side of minimal and just the right side of House. Check.


# posted by DJ Martian 8:25 PM

Saturday, May 19, 2001

 

Easterhouse

Leonard's Lair review the reissued Easterhouse -Contenders album.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:38 PM

Thursday, May 17, 2001

 

Brainwashed Brain: V04I18 - 05132001

This weeks Brainwashed Brain includes album reviews of:

Autechre - Confield

John Hughes - Scarlet Diva

Bardo Pond - Dilate


# posted by DJ Martian 11:13 PM
 

Splendid Reviews

Another weekly albums reviews trawl at Splendid Reviews - Week of May 14th including:

another review of Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You

Amongst the others reviewed include:

Phoenecia / Brownout / Schematic (CD)

Ester Drang / Goldenwest / Burnt Toast Vinyl (CD)

The Album Leaf / One Day I�ll be on Time / Tiger Style (CD)

Violet Indiana / Roulette / Instinct/Bella Union (CD)

Organic Audio / Last One Home / Tummy Touch /Nettwerk (CD)


# posted by DJ Martian 11:04 PM
 

Outburn - music magazine Issue 15

Details of the the new edition of Outburn magazine, self billed "the subversive and post-alternative music magazine"

Featured in this edition of the magazine are Ladytron, Assemblage 23, Dimmu Borgir, Amber Asylum, 2nd Gen and many others.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:51 PM
 

Stereolab

iCrunch have details of forthcoming Stereolab releases:

Acclaimed avant-indie band Stereolab are set to return with their 13th LP 'Sound Dust' released Sep 3 and new EP scheduled for July 30.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:34 PM
 

Prefuse 73

Absorb review the forthcoming album by prefuse 73
vocal studies and uprock narratives (warp)
who according to the reviewer are making an innovative new sub genre within electronic music.

The album is released June 11th on Warp.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:23 PM
 

Rovo - awesome The Boredoms related experimental electronics from Japan

Epitonic are offering 2 free downloads from the Rovo - Imago album. Rovo feature members of The Boredoms.

From the downloads I would recommend this to fans of Aphex Twin and Faultline. There is a lot going on in the music, multiple dimensional sounds with different time signatures - some live instrumental sounds mixed in with complex dense electronic rhyhms and beats. This is definately interesting material that deserves further exploration, and could be one of the key experimental electronic albums this year. Very absorbing, constantly changing with an organic sound.

Analog comes crashing into digital in Rovo's world. Extraordinarily complex, heavily layered breakbeats form the blueprints with which the group erects its marvelous sound structures. Then Rovo throws in guitar, electric violin, fierce tribal percussion, and sometimes even flute and clarinet -- though you may not recognize them as such, they're so thoroughly distorted -- and a host of stunning effects that blur the disparate elements into a single continuum. Dub and drum and bass may be the influences you spot first, as the hard polyrhythms tend to rise to the fore, but hints of free improv, Krautrock, and spacey far, far-out psych abound

The Rovo album is released June 18th, on (Incidental Music) as an US Import CD via Chunky who make comparisions to the US artists Live Human.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:17 PM
 

Adult

Absorb review adult - resuscitation (ersatz audio) influenced by detroit techno, electro and New Order.

drum machines, bass generators, audio leads, sequencers, 808's, 909's, i dream of wires....

This album was released on May 14th.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:55 PM
 

Panoptica

Absorb review Panoptica - 10" series (certificate 18) - Detroit inspired techno from Mexico on the respected Certificate 18 label.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:15 PM
 

Unwound

According to Metacritic Unwound's Leaves Turn Inside You is the highest rated album of 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:06 PM

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

 

Lo Fidelity Allstars - forthcoming album in the Autumn

Unofficial Lo Fidelity Allstars are far more informative than the official site:

The new album, titled 'Don't Be Afraid of Love' (taken from the name of one of the tracks featured on the album), will be released on October 1st, through Skint Records. The album will be preceded by a single, 'Sleeping Faster', which will be released on September 10th.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:04 PM
 

Regular Fries

NME have the details on a forthcoming Regular Fries album.

The band have now completed work on 'Blueprint For A Higher Civilisation', which is due for release in July via Soft City Recordings.


# posted by DJ Martian 8:20 PM
 

Mantra Recordings News: Six by Seven and King of Woolworths

The latest Mantra Recordings News

SIX BY SEVEN RECORD ALBUM AND IMPRESS RECORD LABEL
Six By Seven are currently writing and recording tracks for their third album. We have been given a sneak preview of the work in progress and I can assure you it is amazing. I am predicting their best album yet.


Album due in September.

Six by Seven no further news at the mo, but keep checking.


KING OF WOOLWORTHS FINISHES ALBUM AND MAKES NEW FRIENDS
Jon Brooks, Mantra's latest acquisition continues to surprise us with his out-dated work ethic and apparent genius. First single Kentish Town was released on a limited 10" on March 12th and universally well received. Mary-Ann Hobbs


I know King of Woolworths is a daft name, but watch out for this dude later on this year - he is making some way out experimental electronic grooves ala Faultline.


King Of Woolworths website

You will need to email the king at
kingofwoolworths@btinternet.com for a login first.



Also a King of Woolworths interview

# posted by DJ Martian 7:57 PM
 

Juno

CMJ review Juno - A Future Lived In Past Tense - DeSoto


It's mixed equal parts of Jawbox's angular shifts, Mogwai's atmosphere, Red House Painters' droning and Tristeza's melodies, and the results are stunning.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:05 PM
 

Metallica now influenced by Sigur Ros !

NME report that Metallica influenced by Sigur Ros what ever next?


# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 AM
 

Allsound.org - redesigned

Allsound.org the weekday experimental and electronic music links site has been redesigned, very smart.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:08 AM
 

Kiss Online/ Kiss 100

Kiss Online have launched a new website. Kiss 100 FM radio station was set up over 10 years ago in London to play dance music.

They were taken over by EMAP publishers, the station is now a big joke during the day - watered down rubbish, only a few decent shows remain - MR C (tech house), Dave Mothersole (techno) and Hype and Frost (Jungle/drum n bass).

The website includes Real Audio streaming.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:38 AM

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

 

PRP - redesigned website

PRP the daily rock/metal music website including news, reviews and interviews has been completely redesigned.

Unlike the more discerning Lambgoat, PRP is much more wide ranging in the music they cover - meaning you have to wade through the rubbish and mediocore to get to the gems. However for daily updates and coverage that extends from the million selling acts through to the underground - the PRP provides the most comprehensive web coverage of the metal and hardcore scenes.

PRP Release Dates information is also very extensive.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:46 PM
 

Fake Jazz

Issue 16 of Fake Jazz including reviews of new albums by the likes of Mogwai, Unwound, Couch, Aarktica, Kreidler, Mouse on Mars, Rothko etc

and the Tristeza offshoot project The Album Leaf - One Day I'll Be On Time

# posted by DJ Martian 12:15 AM

Monday, May 14, 2001

 

Tool Article

CD NOW have a new Tool article The members of Tool talk about their monstrous new epic, Lateralus.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:47 PM
 

Taken

Lambgoat have news regarding Taken entering into the studio to record their full length debut - And They Slept, to be released July 17th. I rate Taken as on the most challenging and original metalcore/hardcore bands at the moment.

Taken

# posted by DJ Martian 10:55 PM
 

John Foxx

Details of a forthcoming John Foxx compilation called Modern Art a combination of singles and rare tracks, released on June 4th.


# posted by DJ Martian 10:30 PM
 

Carbon Disks

Music online retailer Carbon Disc provide an excellent overview to the new releases in electronic/industrial/darkwave/ambient/techno and alternative rock in the month of May

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM
 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this weeks front cover would feature: Tool

What else did you expect this week !

Official Tool website

Drowned in Sound review Tool _ Lateralus the first of many!

This is Tool taking everything they have ever stamped there name on and crushing it into oblivion. This is quite possibly the winner of album of the year, even in the early months of May. To call Lateralus genius would only underwhelm the greatness of this record. Master-piece would be much more appropriate.

You know what to do - BUY Lateralus ASAP. Lateralus is released May 14th in the UK - Delivery date has arrived.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:02 AM

Sunday, May 13, 2001

 

150 Forthcoming Albums for 2001

150 albums that are due to be released in 2001 from these artists:

1. Accelera Deck
2. Barry Adamson
3. Air
4. The Album Leaf
5. Ananada
6. Anathema
7. Anyone
8. Apex Theory
9. Aphex Twin
10. Appliance
11. Arcturus
12. Arovane
13. Ashfelt
14. Astrobite
15. Audiowhore
16. Bark Psychosis
17. Basement Jaxx
18. Beta Band
19. Beyond Dawn
20. Bjork
21. Boards Of Canada
22. CJ Bolland
23. Botch
24. Bridge & Tunnel
25. Kate Bush
26. Cave In
27. Cex
28. The Chameleons
29. Chemical Brothers
30. Chimaira
31. Corkyees
32. Carl Craig
33. Cranes
34. Curve
35. Cybele
36. Cyclefly
37. Dark Star
38. Deadsy
39. Death in Vegas
40. Di Lacuna
41. Dillinger Escape Plan
42. DJ Shadow
43. Dom & Roland
44. Tanya Donnelly
45. Doves
46. Dredg
47. Eblake
48. Eighteen Visions
49. Emperor
50. Faithless
51. Perry Farrell
52. Fant�mas
53. Faultline
54. Fields of the Nephilim
55. Filter
56. Four Tet
57. John Foxx
58. Elizabeth Fraser
59. Freq Nasty
60. Fridge
61. Front Line Assembly
62. Futureshock
63. Future 3
64. Gaiden
65. Garbage
66. Godflesh
67. Grade
68. Haujobb
69. Hocico
70. Howie B
71. Hrvatski
72. John Hughes AKA Slicker
73. Hundred Reasons
74. ISAN
75. John B
76. Juno
77. King of Woolworths (Mantra)
78. Kosheen
79. Kraftwerk
80. Lamb
81. Leftfield?
82. Lemon D
83. Lo Fidelity Allstars
84. Loveliescrushing
85. Zan Lyons
86. Massive Attack
87. Mesh
88. Mira
89. Moonspell
90. MR C
91. Mum
92. Mum & Dad
93. Mus
94. My Dying Bride
95. Dave Navarro
96. Neurosis
97. New Order
98. The Nine
99. Nobody
100. Nora
101. Raz O�Hara
102. Obeah
103. Omni Trio
104. Oval
105. Plaid
106. Poison The Well
107. Portishead
108. Portal
109. Prefab Sprout
110. Prefuse 33
111. Primal Scream
112. Radio 9
113. Radiohead
114. Retina
115. Rico
116. Safety Scissors
117. Satyricon
118. Sense
119. 7 Hurtz
120. Sicbay
121. Sigur R�s
122. 16B
123. Slam
124. Spiritualized
125. Squarepusher
126. Starecase
127. Sulpher
128. Sunny Day Real Estate
129. System of a Down
130. Taken
131. Tapeworm
132. Technical Itch
133. Techno Animal
134. Thine
135. Tindersticks
136. Dave Tipper
137. Rapheal Toral
138. Tricky
139. Underworld
140. Ved Bens Ende
141. Vex Red
142. Viovod
143. Virus (Norway)
144. Vision Of Disorder
145. VNV Nation
146. Way Out West
147. When
148. Will Haven
149. Xpress 2
150. Susumu Yokota




# posted by DJ Martian 8:52 PM
 

Pelican Neck: This Weeks New Releases

Pelican Neck overview
this weeks new releases
including these:

CANNIBAL OX : The Cold Vein - Def Jux -

(this was Album of the month in the latest edition of The Wire)

Album of the Week!! Already being showered with intense praise and amazement from the world's underground music press (do us a favour, read this months Wire to know what we're talking about!), the mighty Canibal Ox have risen from the ashes of the mighty Company Flow and have created one of the defining hip-hop LP's of the early new century. Brewing and building for a long, rumbling time, like a civil disturbance or tropical storm, now spread out across 14 tracks like a bad bruise, �The Cold Vein� is the killer debut from Harlem�s fiercest verbal weapon, dosed up to the eyeballs by the unparalleled, uncompromised production of independent hip hop maverick & legend El-P. This is deep, fierce and shockingly fresh Hip-Hop that retains less of the poetic intellectuallism of the Anticon/Mush crews and more of the deepest, phattest shock-absorbant beats that have been missing from bboy world for quite some time. If the Anti-Pop Consortium LP did it for you last year, this Gargantuan epic will be one of your, and our, LP's of the year for 2001. Large. *Vinyl due in stock midweek.


ADULT : Resuscitation - Ersatz Audio

With 5 (continually repressed) EPs under their belt, recently completing their 15th remix, and playing numerous live shows everywhere from San Francisco to Helsinki, including the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival, ADULT now release their debut CD 'Resuscitation'. More than a simple collection of their first 2 years, this full length album spans 7 releases, with 9 of the 14 songs being exclusive mixes, versions, or recordings. The other 5 previously vinyl-only released tracks have been digitally remastered (as have all the songs) with an enhanced sonic presence that brings new life to their crackle. The music defies easy genre categorisation by manipulating the essence of electro and synth-pop into an almost sinister but highly addictive dancefloor treatment. Throw into the pot measures of early '70's punk, New Romanticism and dark teutonic techno and you have a totally essential collection of dancefloor anthems. Those of you who have heard Adult's sounds will know what we mean.......Killer.


ALEXANDER KOWALSKI : Echoes - Kanzleramt

Some great stuff on this, the second strong double from Kanzleramt after Mr.Rother�s fierce PSI Performer set a few weeks ago. Real attention to detail here as well, beautifully crafted dubs, haunted perhaps by echoes of the past, but with a relentless momentum which suggests some kind of hunted flight from pursuit. The programming is all ultra heavyweight, and yet the absolute highlights eschew genre style rhythms for a more open indefinable style. A throughly excellent techno-ish album instilled with echoes of past classics, Detroit mixed with the future, German soundscape electronica and more direct dancefloor cuts. This is, in essence, dubby techno and dubby tech-house, but the real standout moments come with crushing momentum as on the remarkable 'Patterns of Hope' that slips from reverb dub glides into crispy assymetric beats that sit somewhere between electro and house. 'Voices' is equally remarkable, with dense washes of rootsy dub in an emotive, uplifting beatless passage of echo and space. Check.


HERBERT : Bodily Functions - K7


Since redefining the funk as Dr Rockit with his seminal releases for Clear, Matthew Herbert has continually pushed boundaries and amazed listeners with his inimitable brand of natural electronic mischief. Following the recent �Hear Me Now� single comes a new album full of wonder and magic. From the opening �It�s only� you just know that this has the makings of a classic record. Herbert has managed the unthinkable, he has revitalised the tired, highly diluted genre of House by making an album of unfashionable REAL House music with a huge slice of jazz. Uplifting, danceable, balearic, soulful... man, it�s got it all. The beauty of this album lies in part with Dani Siciliano�s sultry voice, heart-melting vocals that are powerful enough to make your heart weep with their simplicity. The charming, delirious joyfulness on display is substantiated by some surprising elements though; Matmos are on hand with laser-treatment samples, and there are plenty of acoustic subtleties on offer. A plethora of jazz-wise moments, a la Herbie Hancock circa �Maiden Voyage�, coupled with restrained digital malfunctions imbue these songs with originality, originality that Herbert is famed for. The shining moment of the LP comes in the form of �I Miss You�, a brutally simple, epic of a song that evokes the deepest of emotions with simple lyrics such as �It�s so hard without you�, and �You�re so hard to remember, it�s not the same now....I miss you�. The painful simplicity of this album is juxtaposed with the kind of technical wizardry that would have Atom Heart sobbing into a Sangria. If you require a record of soul, honesty and integrity for your summer, this is it. The public face of genius.

OTTO VON SCHIRACH : 8000 B.C. - Schematic - CD

Now on Vinyl!! Following on from the recent 'House of Distraction' compilation, Schematic bring us the debut album by Otto Von Schirach. Like stablemate Richard Devine, Von Schirach's music is densely packed with highly effected beats and spasmodic electro glitches. Tracks like 'Lunatic Nitrates' crackle with intense DSP energy, while 'Endothermic Cavewalker' steps into metallic hip hop based territory. With a virtuosic style of programming Von Shirach elevates himself to the standards of contemporaries like Devine and Autechre. A solid album from Schematic that'll have the IDM massive freaking out. Large.


OVUCA : Wasted Sunday - Rephlex - CD

Ovuca returns once again with a double LP that has been described by Rephlex as 'The best ambient LP in the last 7 years....' Wasted Sunday is a mellow, warm, cotton-wool wrapped flower of an album, eschewing complexity in favour of melody and ambience. OK, there are definite similarities here with Autechre's 'Amber' and Boards' 'Music has the right', but this really is no bad thing. Tracks like 'Afternoon Girl' reek of lazy sunshine days in the park with their blend of accoustic fragments and childhood melodies, while the killer 'Pathon' enlists an almost Detroit flavour that sounds like Aphex meddling with toy instruments. Closing track 'Pingis' goes it all Caustic Window and leaves a trace of acid flavour in its trail. Nothing but sheer quality accross 21 tracks of addictive, memorable and classic electronic music. Recommended.

VARIOUS : Infrasonic Waves - Ochre

Double cd compilation of 33 tracks featuring the cream of the electronic & experimental underground and selling for the price of a single cd. Features: Magnetophone, Avrocar, The Freed Unit, Stylus, Mount Vernon Arts Lab, Yellow 6, Five Way Mirror (featuring Windy & Carl), 90 Degrees South, a.m.p studio, Pen Llithrig (John ex-Gorky's), the Serpents, Aarktica, Ucm, Our Glassie Azoth, Longstone, Grimble Grumble, Land of Nod, Tystion and Ectogram side projects. The Serpents track features Amp, Windy & Carl, members of the Bunnymen, Gorky's, Super Furry Animals, Skyray, Melys, Ectogram etc etc. The Avrocar track is a Tele:Funken remix and was a breezeblock single of the week on mary-anne hobbs bbc radio one show and also included as one of Ed O'brien's (radiohead) favourite tracks of all time when guesting on lamacq's radio one show. CD1 is volumes 1 to 4 of the legendary ochre 7" ep 33rpm series. CD2 is made up of 17 new tracks.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:33 PM
 

Echo & the Bunnymen - Box set

Ice have news of a forthcoming Bunnymen box set, to be released on July 17.

72-track box set, Crystal Days (1979-1999)


# posted by DJ Martian 2:00 AM
 

Radiohead Launch Amnesiac Blip

Radiohead launch Amnesiac Blip, I downloaded my blip Here

Radiohead has launched a new flash version of the iBlip 2.0! Sample tracks, watch videos like "Pyramid Song" and send diatribes to friends (or foes) on postcards that get sent through the mail worldwide! Packt with Radiohead exclusives - webcasts, interviews, music and more - the iBlip changes every week, so come back often. iBlip 2.0 will offer up some innovative surprises, but we don't want to give everything away just yet, now do we?





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Dave Navarro

Dave Navarro On June 19th, Capitol Records will release Dave Navarro's debut album, Trust No One.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:44 AM
 

Perry Farrell

Perry Farrell has a new website to tie in with the forthcoming album, Song Yey to be Sung, due for release in America on July 17th.

PERRY, one of modern rock�s most influential figures, has created a musically wide-ranging celebration of the soul and spirit. Throughout, he balances the precision of electronic soundscapes with warm, organic instruments. The result is pulsating, exotic and freewheeling, making a cohesive musical statement that encompasses electronic, rock, dub, tribal and Eastern stylings

Although Ian Camfield on Xfm stated a June 11th date for the UK, I cannot find any information on the web that will confirm or deny this at present.

There is also a PerryFarrellSongYetToBeSung � Perry Farrell Official Online Team

This is the gathering spot for Perry Farrell's Official Online Team. We are helping to spread the word online about Perry's upcoming album "Song Yet To Be Sung". Team members will get online exclusives, constant news updates, contests and tons of other stuff.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:03 AM

Saturday, May 12, 2001

 

Botch - update

Botch have a new website.

Botch are continuing to write the follow-up to "We Are the Romans" and will debut some of their new material at the Neurosis shows.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:49 PM
 

Tool

Allstar have a Tool feature: Tool Discusses Going Beyond The Limitations Of Popular Music

During the creation of the record, the band was inspired by the music of Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack, PJ Harvey, and Nine Inch Nails, but don't expect Lateralus to sound like anything you've ever heard before -- unless, of course, you regularly create your own hybrids of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Rush, My Bloody Valentine, Napalm Death, and Helmet.

If last year Cave in and Sunny Day Real Estate injected Rush influences from the early 80s to create epic soundscapes from the few tracks I heard on the radio last night then Tool with lateralus have made this a triology - but have taken the sound even further and deeper.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:47 PM
 

Neu! Reissues

Confirmation that the Neu! reissues (Neu, Neu2 and Neu 75) will be released in the UK on May 28th.

An interestiing article on Neu: THE SHOCK OF THE NEU!
by Richard Mason (October 2000)


There is an article on Neu in the new edition of Mojo magazine (June) with Radiohead on the front cover .

# posted by DJ Martian 1:47 AM
 

Squarepusher - Go Plastic - album

Absorb review the forthcoming album by Squarepusher - Go Plastic

definitely finding more of a balance between his love of drum'n bass, jazz and electronic music, this is the definitive squarepusher album. not necessarily more accessible, just less difficult.

Go Plastic is released June 25th. The groovy new single My Red Hot Car is released next week.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:43 AM

Friday, May 11, 2001

 

Curve

Exclusive Curve CD available at Music Non Stop called Curve - Open Day At The Hate Fest


Open Day At The Hate Fest is a compilation of Mp3s posted on the official Curve site between August 2000 Jan 2001. The Cd features three new unreleased tracks. Samples can be heard at

Curve

O.D.H.F. is a web only release and will not be available in retail shops. This is not a new Curve record as such, more of a fan base interim record before a new Album becomes available. CURVE are currently in Todal Studios working on new material for this release. In the meantime we hope you enjoy these recordings.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:29 PM

Thursday, May 10, 2001

 

European Minimalist Techno

Jimmy Possession @ Bleedmusic has an interesting article on Minimalist techno: Never Teckno For An Answer including Mikael Stavrostrand's "Reduce", Exos' "Strength" and Andreas Tilliander's "Ljud".


Jimmy Possession takes hold of a clutch of brand-new minimalistic techno releases, and begins to ponder the question: is techno, for all its cold monotony and punishing brutality, really built around the comfort of the familiar?



# posted by DJ Martian 9:14 PM

Wednesday, May 09, 2001

 

Stakka & Skynet

Knowledge magazine review Stakka & Skynet - Clockwork (Underfire) - John Peel just played a track - some of the finest jungle I have listened to this year, reminds me of Arcon 2.

I don't think the album has been released yet - but they will also be on the John Peel radio show on May 23rd.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:12 PM
 

The Music

One of the hottest upcoming British guitar bands of 2001 are The Music a band from Leeds that came to my attention on John Kennedy's Xfm show recently.

The Music release their debut single "Take The Long Road And Walk It" / "The Walls Get Smaller" through Fierce Panda Records on Monday May 21st 2001.

The track the walls get smaller reminds me of the epic guitar sounds of Six by Seven and Godspeed You Black Emperor.

I noticed that even the NME have jumped on The Music bandwagon early this is encouraging with a one page feature in this weeks edition. No news yet of album but I will keep you posted of any future news.

According to the NME The Music "play life affirming psychedelia".

# posted by DJ Martian 10:53 PM
 

Defenestration - Update

Remember Defenestration the band from Kettering England that sound like Lush mixed with Sepultura that I raved about last month. Of course you do.

Planet Loud have a Defenestration Interview

and Defenestation fan site has been set up a fan in the US.

Defenestration's debut album One Inch God is released May 14th

# posted by DJ Martian 10:33 PM
 

Eblake

Pitchfork review Eblake - Limit

Repetition is one of the central elements of Seattlite E. Blake Davis' debut album, Limit. As with musicians like Kit Clayton and Sutekh, Eblake latches on to the relentlessly skeletal beats that ping-ponged their way from Detroit to Berlin and back over to America's west coast, borrowing some production tricks from Jamaican dub along the way.

Due for release on May 14th in the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:14 PM
 

Ovuca - Wasted Sunday

NME review Ovuca - Wasted Sunday an album that has been picking up rave reviews.

The third album from Finnish eccentric Aleksi Perala, 'Wasted Sunday' is something of a Braindance classic - 22 tracks of fiendishly clever glitch workouts and twisted ambient washes that not only reinvent the wheel of left-field ambient dance, but iron out a few of the flaws that no-one seems to have noticed before.

Ovuca - Wasted Sunday is released May 14th on the Rephlex label.


# posted by DJ Martian 10:08 PM
 

Tool Lateralus- update - delivery date is getting closer!

By now Tool diehards would have heard the Schism track- it certainly is unusual the only reference points I can think of are imagine sampling the synths and big panoramic atmospheric rock sound of Rush on Moving Pictures into the sonic textures explored in the first The God Machine album, Scenes from the Second Storey.

I love the strange big synths sounds that fuse into the track towards the end of the track. Big pulses of sound like a UFO landing on the earth in a sci-fi film very atmospheric cinematic music.

Kerrang have this today in a 5K review:

"The Crux of this: Lateralus isn't just one of the greatest albums you'll hear this year, it's one of the greatest albums you'll hear this lifetime"

...brave, epic, strange, beautiful piece of music

To be honest if you are not going to experience Lateralus next week then your barking mad.

The anticipation is burning there are reports of more leaked Tool tracks on the net. But I rather wait something this sublime is rare - it has to be experienced as a whole, an experience a cathartic revelation - a revolution in sound.

In the meantime listen to Aenima or Jane's Addiction - Nothings Shocking.

But bring on Lateralus on Monday 14th May. I am waiting.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:48 PM
 

Thorns

Satan Stole My Teddy Bear music site review Thorns-Thorns yet another positive review for this album that will be very highly rated come the end of year lists in extreme metal websites/magazines.

Thorns is definitely of interest to anyone into the most recent Satyricon or D�dheimsgard releases.

this is a very current, contemporary affair of extreme music and overall a quite pleasing release.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:09 PM
 

This Empty Flow

More Scandinavian's this lot are from Finland called This Empty Flow who have a new album out NowAfter, reviewed by Digitalmetal.com.

NowAfter encapsulates the listener in the varied atmospheres of Pink Floyd, The Cure, older Porcupine Tree, trip-hop, early Lou Reed, The Gathering and most especially Radiohead.

NowAfter is diverse, brilliant and near impossible to classify. The music still carries the ambient qualities the band is known for, but the music has bridged to other islands of influence. Luckily for the listener, This Empty Flow has furloughed with some of the finest, most wide-arrayed musicians in recent history. Highly recommended to those who love their music bleak, weary, intelligent and full of creativity and honesty.

Also mentioned in the review are reference points to Beyond Dawn and Katatonia - two of the finest contemporary dark rock bands of the past five years.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:51 PM
 

Beyond Dawn update

Digital Metal have the latest news relating to the sublime Beyond Dawn the Norwegian Swans/Michael Gira inspired atmospheric rock band.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:45 PM
 

Thursday

Lambgoat review the latest album by Thursday - Full Collapse

I downloaded a track from the Victory label website a couple of weeks a go, Cross out the Eyes - very addictive strong emotional driven hardcore rock with cathartic breakdowns ala Glassjaw and Grade.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:26 PM
 

Radiohead

Music webloggers Us Against Them alert us to RADIOHEAD: Amnesiac Album Preview in a track by track article style.

Anyone expecting the world's most popular experimental rock band to follow up the outta-space electronics of Kid A with something a bit more linear should throw in the towel. Amnesiac does momentarily hearken back to the moody rock-centrism of OK Computer, but it's just as odd and experimental as Kid A, if not more.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:08 PM

Tuesday, May 08, 2001

 

Cave In

Lambgoat music ezine have news that RCA have signed Cave In = not surprising when they are an exceptional talented band after releasing last years phenomenal jupiter album.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:12 PM
 

Peacefrog Compilation

BurnitBlue.com have more details of the forthcoming Peacefrog Birthday Album

# posted by DJ Martian 11:04 PM
 

Splendid

Splendid Reviews Week of May 7th album reviews include:

Air - 10,000 Hz Legend

"They've made a thoroughly satisfying record that justifies your excitement,.."

a new band to me Alpha Conspiracy - Cipher

With what is easily one of the best electronic releases of the past year, Andrew Sega, aka the Alpha Conspiracy, makes his debut with eleven tracks of innovative and infectious dance.

Yeah it is Underworldish from the sample I heard, I would also add Depeche Mode as a reference point.

The rest of Cipher is of equal quality. As a whole, the album plays like an hour with a quality DJ -- with the added bonus of personal continuity. If you have any interest in electronic music with a dance edge, this is one conspiracy you ought to take seriously.

More information at Diffusion Records

The debut release from the alpha conspiracy, "cipher" is a melange of experimentally contentious songwriting, swirling melodies and textures, and crisp yet ethereal rhythms. Through the use of modern technology, the alpha conspiracy is able to channel rivers of synthetic textures into a pulsing, pleasing soundtrack for nothing in particular. Repeated listenings of this album will enable us to use the distributed processing power of your digital music player in order to crack deep, fundamental, mathematical theorems. In return, you will receive a distinct upgrade to your psychological/psychometrical mindset.



another new group Chapter 13 - The World from Heaven

Chapter13 seem determined to squeeze themselves onto the shelf that holds Ultravox, mid-period Depeche Mode, the first couple of New Order records and numerous other worthies

Matmos - A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure


2nd Gen - Irony Is


# posted by DJ Martian 11:01 PM
 

The Brainwashed Brian V04I17 - 05062001

This weeks The Brainwashed Brian includes reviews of the following albums:

Anja Garbarek - Smiling & Waving

KURT RALSKE "//AMOR. 0+01"

Richard Devine - lipswitch


# posted by DJ Martian 10:36 PM
 

Orbital

Playouder review Orbital - Alltogether

Reviewed by Dan Perry is this the same Dan Perry @ GRR? No!

Alas not, having contacted Dan via e-mail he is not moonlighting from IT to freelance music journalism!

(Although he probably wished he could, espacially as Orbital are one of Dan's favourite bands)



# posted by DJ Martian 10:24 PM

Monday, May 07, 2001

 

Josh Blog is back

Good to see Josh Blog back writing on his music weblog after taking some time out to concentrate on studying.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:19 PM
 

Pelican Neck : Latest Releases

Pelican Neck have the details of this weeks new releases including

MANUAL : Until Tomorrow - Morr Music


Album of the week!! Denmark's Jonas Munk, aka Manual, first came to our attention with his mesmerising EP for the excellent Hobby Industries label. This debut Album for the increasingly devestating Morr Music label is sure to become regarded as a bit of a classic before too long.....there seems to be a bit of a buzz about this LP......people talking. Where Manual differs from the idm fraternity is with his accoustic front. The spine that runs through almost every track accross the 9 gems on offer is an organic one.....melodica, guitars, Piano. The beats and percussive arrangements come as a definite afterburn.....almost an afterthought. Comparisons are hard to conjur up with any degree of precision, but think of Kim Hiorthoy, Boards, Mum. In fact, the overwhelming essence of this LP is in its immaculate musicianship and songwriting displays...warm, but not sickly....melancholy...but uplifting. Recognisable, but new. Essential.


FREESCHA : Kids fill the floor - Attack Nine


Dropping their first EP a couple of years ago to a barrage of acclaim and interest, Canada's Freescha finally deliver with this remarkable debut LP. Destined to slip into electronica folklore, 'Kids Fill The Floor' is a truly gorgeous encounter with noises that transcribe the word CLASSIC onto your minds within 30 seconds of stylus hitting acetate. 'Every Shiney Night' opens up proceedings with the sound of Boards of Canada chilling out with Air.....somewhat melancholy piano keys intermingle with a slowed down hip hop beat and a lullaby synthline. 'Boyrgurl' is an epic standout...haunting synthlines with an almost childlike quality that eventually slip into a classic Dj Shadow-like head-nodder. 'Up The Coast' is one of the most memorable fairytale tunes you'll hear all year....Casino Vs Japan, Marumari, Opiate all come to mind and are duly injected with large doses of sweetness and light. 'Kids Fill The Floor' succeeds most in its ability to shun complexity and DSP macattacks that seem to be so commonplace these days. These are classic, heartwarming and remarkably fresh sounding tunes from an undoubtedly talented collective. Guaranteed to warm your heart with every listen......essential.


CLOUDDEAD : Clouddead - Mush / Big Dada


Cast your mind back a few months and you may remember our amazement here at Pelicanneck when the 6 original american 10�s came into stock. Well, a few months later and Big Dada have done the right thing by licensing Clouddead from Mush and presented this genius hip hop epic as a triple pack LP and CD. In case you missed the 10�s this is your chance to be enlightened by the most adventurous , and ingenius concept album ever released. The core members are Dose One, Odd Nosdam and Why? with DJ Signify, Mr Dibbs, The Bay Area Animals and Sole lending a helping hand. Ignore any media hype that tries to pigeon-hole this music, this is pure art. You owe it to yourself to listen. A contender for album of the year easily. Essential.


CONTINUOUS MODE : Disinformation Design - Klang Elektronik

New on Klang! Continuous Mode is the work of Andy Melwig. Having developed his off-kilter technoid project 'Async Sense' in the early 90's and releasing an album under that name for Maurizio's Imbalance label, Melwig teamed up with Thomas Koner to work on the legendary Porter Ricks project. This new work concentrates on drastic interpretations of late 1960's free accoustics and late 60's period Miles Davis......deeply evocative and highly unusual depth throughout. Excellent.

ILO : Ilo - Uni:Form


Comig to us from the same Icelandic scene that set the stage for the excellent Sigur Ros and Mum, Ilo is the work of Oli Breidfjord. The sound of Ilo is a lush fusing of deep electronic hip hop vibes, dubby twists, ambient pops and bluesy vibes. 'Sand' kicks off with Ry Cooder-esque slide guitars strumming in the distance before coming to the fore entwined with drifting accoustic beats and ethereal washes of sound. 'Dusk' is a heavier bag of beats with a view for late night indulgance. Very much a melting pot of sounds and influences, Ilo succeeds best in its overall ability to create soothing sounds from a wealth of base elements and in avoiding genre-specific limitations. Check.


JENS MASSEL AND JORG FOLLERT : Visor - Tom/Digital Narcis -

This is a bit of a legendary release for us here at the da Neck. Jens Massel is the genious behind the Senking, Kandis and Fumble projects on the Karaoke Kalk label. Jorg Follert is the magician behind the glorious Wunder and Wechsel Garland LP's for Karaoke Kalk and Morr Music Labels. 'Visor' is a half hour recording over six tracks that took place in 1995 in tribute to Talk Talk's criminally underrated 'Laughing Stock' LP. The sound is utterly sublime...ambientish atmospherics with laughing stock samples complete with glitch alteration and low key ambience. This is beatless beauty of the highest order...think of Oval's Systemisch and its indescribable sonic texture for reference. Having been impossible to obtain since its release, Visor is finally available again in limited quantities. Highly Recommended.

PAUL BRTSCHITSCH : Venex - Frisbee -

Berliner Paul Brtschitsch has previously recorded for labels such as Force Inc and Ongaku. 'Venex' combines elements of House, Hard House and Techno in a deep and upbeat smooth way

and also last weeks new releases

AKIRA RABELAIS : Eisoptrophobia - Ritornell

Mille Plateaux offshoot label Ritornell return with this beautiful album from pianist Akira Rabelais. This is an eye-opening variation on laptop manipulation - with 20 piano pieces by the likes of Bartok and the ever-captivating Erik Satie performed by Rabelais and then treated to varying degrees of processing. In some cases, such as with the indecipherably titled 3rd track, the Piano is left untouched and solitary keys are played, evoking the more morose pieces of Polish composer Zbigniew Priesner. Where filtering does take place, the treatments are almost always delicate and subtle, doing for the Piano what Fennesz has done for the guitar. The juxtaposition enabled with the untreated pieces provides a tone that is densly emotional...stark, lonely and deeply beautiful. Recommended.

CYCLO (RYOJI IKEDA AND CARSTEN NICOLAI) : Cyclo - Raster Noton -

Japanese frequency genius Ryoji Ikedea teams up here with Raster regular Carsten Nicolai under the 'Cyclo' moniker. Mastering understatement, Cyclo's greatest achievement is in formulating rhythm pieces out of carefully constructed half-structures. The static, frequency tones and emissions that are present offer only half the picture, with the rest provided by the brain's automatic compensatory abilities. Ikeda's usual high frequencies are inlayed with Nicolai's work at the lower end, deep bass stabs and grinding rhythms that are created out of the sound of machines maladjusted and malfunctioning. The result is immensly rewarding - you find yourself nodding your head along to these emissions in much the same way that Frank Bretschneider has managed to create grooves out of raw base elements of sound. Those of you who are unfamiliar with Ikeda's or Nicolai's work should listen to Cyclo as an accessable introduction to the sound of masters of minimal composition. Those of you who know the sound already will require no convincing. Essential



ESA RUOHO (LACKLUSTER) : Spaces - Undercover -

Following his debut releases for Defocus and 7"s for Rikos and Zeal (See Below), Esa Ruoho returns to the fray with this engrossing album under his own name. 'Spaces' is a much darker affair than Esa's previously released works. 'Departure' opens the CD with dark grinding tones and industrial soundscaping that retain an air of heaviness throughout. 'Pond Assemblage' is equally dense accross its 15 or so minutes. A vague reference point would be FSOL, albeit with a darker edge - less ambient, more claustraphobic with an eventual tweaked rhythm kicking in at headnod pace akin to the darker pieces of Germany's Markant. 'Reset' is a beatless piece constructed out of chiming sounds and tone drifts with an almost armaggedon-like quality. The CD ends with 'Compensation', a three minute burst of melodic and soothing beatless harmonies that peer through the clouds of the previous 6 tracks and shine at us with cathartic ambience. These final 3 minutes solidify the entire album into a piece of almost uplifting contemplation that requires repeated listening for a full appreciation. Check.


FINGERNAIL : A Childhood in Aeden - DP -

Electropop contenders Fingernail return with this full-length on the DP Label. Split into three parts - 'Aeden', 'Academy Days' and 'Being Childlike', The first section offers 6 tracks on the Aeden theme that have a slightly dark vibe about them. Think of a slowed down Solvent dueting with Isan and inserting some synth beauty of their own for an idea. 'Academy Days' goes into slightly more orchestral, cinematic territory that culminates with the excellent 'Tiger Claw', sounding like vintage Art of Noise, complete with the deadpan electropop vocal delivery of Sabrina Gallagher. The third section, Being Childlike' kicks off with 'Something Sweet' - a decidedly retro take on the kind of track that would have been perfect for John Hughes teeny drama's in 1985.

HAKAN LIDBO : Tech Couture - Poker Flat - CD


That cheeky thirtysomething chap from Sweden, H�kan Lidbo delivers an awesomely funky set of future slinkcore house and electro influenced lush techno grooves. Never losing the killer groove, H�kan drops bouncing beats, elastic bass twangs, dreamy tones and the funk, baby. From a producer who counts artists from Aphex Twin to John Cage via Shirley Bassey as influences then Master Libido The Third was never going to have anything but a sound of his own. His recent outing for Force Tracks More Facts is a preview of the gems on display here. Oh and the sleeve shows the best pimpin action since Pulsingers Porno. Available on eight track double wax and twelve track shiny disc. Nine triple deucetastic.

MIKAEL STAVOSTRAND : Reduce - Force Inc


Stavostand is a key figure in the Swedish electronic scene as a long-time event organiser, sound installation artist and label manager of the underground Mitek label which he has also released material on as well as Tigerbeat6 and 12K. 'Reduce' continues Force Inc's development of click-techno where the sounds of glitches, crackles and skips infiltrate the structure of minimal
techno's 4/4 drive formula. Check.



PENFOLD PLUM : Scribbled I Infant - Wichita -


The latest release on Wichita comes from the curiously titled Penfold Plum. 'Potent Concoction' kicks things off with distorted trawl through mashed hip hop. It's break heavy and things get seriously chopped up around halfway through. Respite then comes in the form of a cute melodic interval. �-Ziq style drill and rave then kicks in in full effect on 'Vex hectic'. After a hefty, electroid workout 'Metural' drops in, a piano led uplifting dancefloor workout. The melodic 'Cute Toy' finishes things off in fine style. Check.

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If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this weeks front cover would feature: Depeche Mode

with Depeche Mode set to release Exciter, on May 14th a worthy front is in order.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:29 AM
 

Listing the finest 150 Albums of the first 4 months of 2001 - a memory jogger


1. Aarktica - Morning One (Ochre)

2. The Advent - Time Trap Technik (International Deejay Gigolo)

3. Alder And Elius - Parental Guidance (Skam)

4. Atlon Inc - Main Things (Force Inc)

5. AndOceans - A.M.G.O.D (Century Media)

6. Angels of Light - How I Loved You (Young God Records)

7. Aphelion - Aphelion I-iV (Iris Light)

8. Appendix Out - The Night is Advancing (Drag City)

9. Arab Strap - The Red Thread (Chemikal Underground)

10. Assemblage 23 - Failure (Gashed)

11. Autechre - Confield (Warp)

12. The Avalanches - Since I Left You (XL)

13. Bad Company - Digital Nation (Bad Company Recordings)

14. Bardo Pond - Dilate (Matador)

15. Bed - The Newton Plum (Ici d�ailleurs)

16. Blue Foundation - Blue Foundation (April)

17. Bogus Blimp - Cords.Wires (Jester) UK Release

18. Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun (Birdman)

19. Bows - Cassidy (Too Pure)

20. Frank Bretschneider - Curve (Mille Plateaux)

21. Bronx Dog - Enviro (Marble Bar)

22. Burnt By The Sun - Burnt by the Sun (Relapse)

23. Nick Cave - No More Shall We Part (Mute)

24. Calla - Scavengers (Young God Records)

25. Cane141 - Garden Tiger Moth (D�cor)

26. Cex - Starship Galactica (555) CD Ep

27. Chris Clark - Clarence Park (Warp)

28. Nels Cline - Destroy All (Atavistic)

29. Coloursound - Auspicious Beginnings (Space Age)

30. Couch - Profane (Kitty Yo)

31. Crane A.K - Pink Eyed Pony (Force Tracks)

32. CRUNCH - Nullpluz.Nz (Musik Aus Strom)

33. Daft Punk - Discovery (Virgin)

34. Delarosa And Asora - Agony (Schematic)

35. Vladislav Delay - Anima (Mille Plateaux)

36. Richard Devine - Lipswitch (Warp)

37. Diabolical Masquerade - Deaths Design (Avant Garde)

38. Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (Nuclear Blast)

39. DJ Shufflemaster - Exp (Tresor)

40. Electrelane - Rock it to the Moon (Let�s Rock)

41. Electric Company - Slow Food (Planet U)

42. Electro Group - A New Pacifica. (Omnibus)

43. Eltro - Velodrome (Absolutely Kosher)

44. Brian Eno & J Peter Schwalm - Drawn From Life (Virgin)

45. Ester Drang - Goldenwest (Burnt Toast)

46. Exos - Strength (Force Inc)

47. EU - Reframing (Pause 2)

48. Fidel Villeneuve - Kill Life (Digital Hardcore)

49. Flux Information Sciences - Private / Public (Young God Records)

50. Burnt Friedman - Burnt Friedman Plays Love Songs (Nonplace)

51. Frolic - To Dream, Perchance to Sleep (Projekt)

52. Funk D� Void - Dos (Soma)

53. Anja Garbarek - Smiling & Waving (Virgin Norway)

54. Geiom - Sellotape Flowers (Neo Ouija)

55. Gimmik - Slow Motion Process (Worm Interface)

56. Gnac - Biscuit Barrel Fashion (Poptones)

57. Gridlock - Trace (Possesive Blindfold)

58. Jori Hulkonnen - When One is Watching (F Communications)

59. Ikon - On the Edge of Forever (Metropolis)

60. Isis - Celestial (Hydrahead) European Release

61. Jan Jelinek - Loop Finding Jazz Records (~scape)

62. Kammerflimmer Kollekief - Maander (Temporary Residence)

63. Kante - Zweilicht (Kitty Yo)

64. Katatonia - Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Peaceville)

65. Kinski - Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle (Pacifico)

66. Labradford - Fixed Context (Kranky/Mute)

67. Ladytron - 604 (Invicta Hi fi)

68. Leafcutter John - Microcontract (Leaf)

69. Hakan Lidbo - After the End (April)

70. Hakan Lidbo - Tech Couture (Poker Flat)

71. Life Without Buildings - Any Other City (Tugboat)

72. Longstone - Static (Ochre)

73. Low - Things We Lost in the Fire (Kranky)

74. Machine Drum - Now You Know (Merck)

75. Madder Mortem - All Flesh is Glass (Century Media)

76. Jake Mandell - Love Songs for Machines (Carpark)

77. Manitoba - Start Breaking My Heart. (The Leaf Label)

78. Matmos - A Chance to Cut.. (Matador)

79. Melodium - QuietNoiseArea (Disasters by Choice)

80. The Mercury Program - All the Suits Began to Fall off (EP) (Tigerstyle)

81. Robert Merdzo - Wide/Out (Disko B)

82. Metamatics - Dope for Robot (Hydrogen Dukebox)

83. Mice Parade - Mokoondi (Fat Cat)

84. Minus - Jesus Christ Bobby (Smekkleysa)

85. Mogwai - Rock Action (Southpaw)

86. Monomorph - Departure Can�t Wait (Nature)

87. Roy Montgomery - Silver Wheel Of Prayer (VHF)

88. Christian Morgenstern - Hawaii Blue (Forte)

89. Mouse on Mars - Idiology (Domino)

90. Loren Muzzacane Connors - Portrait of a Soul (FBWL)

91. Vitriol - I-VII (Neurot Recordings)

92. No Man - Returning Jesus (3rd stone)

93. Orbital - The Alltogether (ffrr)

94. Roland Orzabal - Tomscats Screaming Outside (Eagle)

95. Pan Sonic - Aaltopiiri (Mute)

96. Paradise Lost - Believe in Nothing (EMI Chrysalis)

97. Andrea Parker - The Dark Ages (Quatermass)

98. Penumbra - Skandinavien (Iris Light)

99. Laurent Pernice - yypah (Moloko)

100. Phonem - Hydro Electric (Morr Music)

101. Phoenecia - Brown Out (Schematic)

102. Pilote - Do it Now Man (Certificate 18)

103. Anton Price - Collapse of the State Vector (Audioview)

104. Project Pitchfork - Daimonion (east west germany)

105. Stacey Pullen - Today is the Tomorrow you Were Promised Today (Science)

106. PSI Performer - Art is a Division (Kanzleramt)

107. Esa Ruoho (Lackluster) - Spaces (Undercover)

108. Rainer Maria - A Better Version Of Me (Polyvinyl)

109. Re: - Mnant (Constellation)

110. Red House Painters - Old Roman (Sub Pop)

111. ROTOR+ - Aileron (Statra Recordings)

112. Rothko - In the Pulse of the Artery (Bella Union)

113. Ed Rush & Optical - Wormholes (Virus)

114. Janek Schaefer - Above Buildings (Fat Cat/Bubble Core)

115. 2nd Gen - Irony Is (Blast First)

116. Duncan Sheik - Phantom Moon (Atlantic)

117. The Shipping News - Very Soon, And In Pleasant Company (Quarterstick)

118. Shudo - Shudo (Quatermass/555)

119. Shun - Michael in Reign (Own)

120. Silo - Alloy (Swim)

121. Sirius - Spectral Transition - Dimension Sirius (Nocturnal Art)

122. Skitz - Countryman (Ronin)

123. Skycamefalling - 10:21 (Ferret)

124. Somatic Responses - Augmented Lines (Hymen)

125. South - From Here on in (Mo Wax)

126. Spoon - Girls Can Tell (Touch & Go/Merge)

127. Mikael Stavostrand - Reduce (Force Inc)

128. Styrofoam - The Point Misser (Morr Music)

129. Nobukazu Takemura - Hoshi no Koe (Thrill Jockey)

130. Dave Tarrida - Paranoid (Tresor)

131. Thorns - Thorns (Moonfog)

132. Thread - Abnormal Love (Middle Pillar)

133. Thursday - Full Collapse (Victory)

134. Andreas Tilliander - Ljud (Mille Plateaux)

135. To Rococo Rot - Music Is A Hungry Ghost (City Slang)

136. Tortoise - Standards (Warp)

137. Twig - I Sweat Tobasco (Rabid Badger)

138. Ufeari - Killing Time (Isolated)

139. Ulver - Perdition City (Jester Records)

140. Underwater - This is Not a Film (Submarine)

141. Ilpo Vaisanen - Asuma (Mego)

142. Violet Indiana - Roulette (Bella Union)

143. Void Construct - Estramay Aleph (Cyronica)

144. Windy & Carl - Consciousness (Kranky)

145. Woe - Last Stop (Some)

146. Xploding Plastic - Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt (Beatservice)

147. Yellow 6 - Music For Pleasure. (Rocket Racer) US Import CD

148. Zao - Self Titled (Solid State)

149. Zero 7 - Simple Things (Ultimate Dilemma)

150. Zyklon - World OV Worms (Candlelight)

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