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Wednesday, July 31, 2002


Solefald have the latest info concerning one of my fave avant metal bands: Solefald who are in the final stages of preparation for their fourth full-length album, In Harmonia Universali (previously titled The Liberation of Destiny).

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The Gathering

Music ezine Musique Machine have a profile of Dutch band The Gathering

# posted by DJ Martian 11:30 PM

Blue States - Man Mountain

Spaced review Man Mountain by Blue States.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:19 PM

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Sasha

This week's frint cover choice features, Sasha, his debut studio album Airdrawndagger is released August 5th.

Review of Airdrawndagger by Sasha from Spaced.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:13 PM

Seven Update - This Week's Edition - Underworld

This Week's Seven Update has Karl Hyde from Underworld on the front cover:

ISSUE 161 out JULY 31 2002 - price �1.00

Cream : Death of a Superclub ~ Underworld ~ Blowfelt ~ Back Up, Back Up ~ Adam Beyer ~ Ignition Key ~ Deadly Avenger-
Debut LP Lemon Jelly " Space Walk " ~ The Mack- Morrison Surrenders ~ 50 Dope Cafes to open in the UK : Live in London ~ Flo-Motion with XFM's Nick Luscombe ~ Back to mine: Hernan Cattaneo ~ Win V2002 Tickets ~ The Seven/BBC Radio 1 Buzz Chart ~ 7 Deadly Sins ~ FAD - The Magnificent 7 club nights ~ expanded reviews section ~ and even more charts than ever...

# posted by DJ Martian 4:05 PM - Blue States Interview have an interview with Blue States


With his first album, Nothing Changes Under The Sun, Andy Dragazis proved that chill out music could actually be interesting and evocative while remaining terribly personal. Now a six piece band, Blue States bring a new dimension to Dragazis's sound by giving it a live feel. New singer Tahita "Ty" Bulmer is the most obvious addition, and themilkfactory has caught up with the pair to talk about the new sound, the wave of chill out bands that have emerged since the release of Nothing Changes... and life in Brighton

# posted by DJ Martian 3:59 PM - August Reviews

Another fine delivery of new album reviews @ themilkfactory - summaries below taken from the email newsletter, visit their website for full reviews.

BLUE STATES - Man Mountain

Second Blue States, and this time, Andy Dragazis is not on his own.
Brought together by the necessity to play live, the now six-piece
band, including singer Tahita Bulmer, expand the soundscapes heard on
Nothing Changes Under The Sun by giving a more organic feel to the


Legendary guitarist Raoul Bj�rkenheim teams up with one of the
most burning rhythmic sections in Scandinavia for this intricate and
energetic collection of abstract jazz.

CURSOR MINER - Explosive Piece Of Mind

Cursor Miner's first album is an exiting and disconcerting piece of
work indeed. Evoking in turn Syd Barrett, Aphex Twin and Gary Numan,
Explosive Piece Of Mind presents a mixture of rough edged electronica
and perfect electro-pop.

DIRTY VEGAS - Dirty Vegas

Dance music is too often uniform and blend. Dirty Vegas provide with
this glorious debut a refreshing mix of dancefloor classics and more
subdued moments.

MELODIUM - A Possible Way Of Spending Time

With this second album, French musician Laurent Girard, aka Melodium,
present a fascinating collection of warm melodic electronica evoking
the soundscapes of Boards OF Canada or Isan.


Formed in the early nineties, The Source have since extended from a
trio to a formation complete with string quartet. Seim, Br�kke and
Per Oddvar Johansen remain however the driving force behind the
ensemble for this fourth album which sees their diverse influences
merging to create a evocative soundtrack.

TI-CAL - Coriolis

Ti-Cal is Tarl Broad-Ashman. Once a member in an indie rock band, he
now composes ambient music entirely based on electronic sounds. Based
around five phases, Coriolis is a seamless journey through warm
atmospheric landscapes.


All this plus five compilations, including Nobody's Diary: A
Tribute To Yazoo, AI Records's Produce, Warp's Magic Bus
Tracks, Sonar 2002 and Dublab Presents: Summer.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:54 PM

Tuesday, July 30, 2002


Announced Panasonic Mercury Music Prize 2002 Shortlist

Announced: Mercury Music Prize 2002 Shortlist

ROOTS MANUVA - Run Come Save Me

DOVES - The Last Broadcast


GEMMA HAYES - Night On My Side

THE STREETS - Original Pirate Material

THE CORAL - The Coral



THE BEES - Sunshine Hit Me

GUY BARKER - Soundtrack


MS. DYNAMITE - A Little Deeper

Discuss the Shortlist on ILM

Discuss What Should Have made the Shortlist..Panasonic Mercury Music Prize 2002: contenders for the shortlist?

News Articles on the Nominations:

BBC News Entertainment - Bowie battles young guns for Mercury

ITV Entertainment News - Bowie's on Mercury shortlist


Simon Frith, the Chair Of Judges, said: "This is the most joyful Mercury shortlist for years, suggesting a sea-change at the heart of British music. British artists are seizing the centre stage of contemporary urban music with snap and swagger, while the next generation of guitar bands mine the musical archive with a zest and vigour once only the province of DJs."

Ahem ! Simon ! I have get words for you later ! - STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD

Some good one liners @ Playlouder - MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE NOMINATIONS - Guess who?

# posted by DJ Martian 12:13 PM

Pre Mercury Music Prize Shortlist 2002 Speculation

How the Shortlist causes much analysis, but for any artist to make it on to the shortlist this results in significant sales promotion, media PR and increased sales: BBC News Entertainment - Mercury Prize's guessing game

Half the fun of prizes like the Mercury is arguing over the merits of the nominees, then denouncing the judges in disbelief when they do not agree with your choice of winner.

To right, I always disagree with some of the choices - every year !

# posted by DJ Martian 10:58 AM

Monday, July 29, 2002


The Brainwashed Brain - V05I29 - 07282002

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Fennesz/O'Rourke/Rehberg, 'The Return of Fenn O'Berg'

Steroid Maximus - Ectopia

Cul De Sac - Immortality Lessons
Strange Attractors Audio House

Venetian Snares - Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972-2006
Planet �

Nightmares On Wax - Know My Name

Japancakes - Belmondo

# posted by DJ Martian 10:42 PM

Jaga Jazzist - A Livingroom Hush

Junkmedia review Jaga Jazzist - A Livingroom Hush

Walking the line between cut-up electro-jazz and jazz-rock fusion

# posted by DJ Martian 10:30 PM

The Wire - August 2002

New edition of The Wire with Mr Funny Vocals on the front, ahem I mean Tom Waits. Was The Wire's web designer on summer holiday last week? As I picked the magazine up last Tuesday in Camden, London.

Details of current edition

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Key new album releases for July 29th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: July 29th

Circle - Sunrise (Ektro) IMPORT
Daedelus - Invention (Plug Research)
Funki Porcini - Fast Asleep (Ninja Tune)
Kinski - Be Gentle With The Warm Turtle (Sur La Plage) UK Release 2002
Ogurusu Norihide - Humour (Carpark)
Pellarin - Tangible Abstractions (Couchblip)
Polmo Polpo - The Science Of Breath (Substractif)
Primordial - Storm Before Calm (Hammerheart)
The Rise - Signal To Noise (Ferret Music)
Rjd2 - Dead Ringer (Def Jux)
Vsnares - 237 0894 (Planet Mu)

For Reference:

Last Week: July 22nd

Below the Sea - Les Arbres Depayseront Davantage (Where Are My)
Einoma - Undir, Feilnotum (Vertical Form)
Eon - Sum Of Parts (Longhaul)
Martin Grech - Open Heart Zoo (Island)
Homelife - Flying Wonders (Ninja Tune)
Ozy - Tokei (Force Inc)
Scion - Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks (Tresor) (R)
Seelenluft - Out Of The Woods (Klein Records)
Smyglyssna - We Can Fix It (Vertical Form)
Sweep the Leg Johnny - Going Down Swingin (Southern)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:08 AM

Sunday, July 28, 2002


Chris Coco - Next Wave

Pinnacle Entertainment provide details of Chris Coco's debut studio album, Next Wave set for release on Distinctive Breaks on August 12th.

Recorded in the same boundary-pushing spirit as Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica', The Orb's 'Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld' and Death In Vegas' 'The Contino Sessions', 'Next Wave' offers up a rich, wide, deep ocean of sound. 'Next Wave' is the ideal soundtrack to road trips and inner landscapes, beaches and sunsets, bittersweet regret and full-blooded hedonism, magical gatherings and discerning dancefloors alike

# posted by DJ Martian 8:55 PM

The Opposition - New Album 2002 and Reissues

The latest news concerning The Opposition from Red Sun Records

We are currently working on the the new OPPOSITION album and it is scheduled for release in September/October 2002. The working title is "Mr & Mrs Jones" and it will be the first new album with new material of the band since 1995. The new recordings are completely finished and mastered. We are also working on reissues of the other albums by the band. Promises, Empire Days, Blue Alice Blue and War beings At Home and perhaps an album with B-Sides and Rarities and a live album.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:03 PM

Stars As Eyes

Stylus Magazine profile Stars As Eyes a new album is due in the Autumn called Enemy of Fun on Tigerbeat6.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:24 PM

Aquarius Records - New Arrivals #142

The latest new releases reviewed @ Aquarius Records - New Arrivals - Number 142: including a few highlighed below:

EHLERS, EKKEHARD - Plays (Staubgold)

You suckers without turntables get yet another temporary reprieve, as Ekkehard Ehlers' five lovely mini-albums, previously released only on vinyl, are here compiled onto one handy cd. And lovely is most certainly an understatement. This is some of the most gorgeous, sublime and moving electronic/glitch/sample based music we have ever heard. Sounds are completely recontextualised into cloudy, indistinct but somehow emotionally and sonically spot-on homages to some of Ehlers' influences. Falling somewhere between Stephen Mathieu and Oval, Ehlers adds remarkable depth and emotion to what is quite often a cold and clinical artform.

Tracks one and two are the "Plays Cornelius Cardew" lp and are lovely layered soundscapes as only Ehlers can conjure. Sampled sounds are seamlessly woven into dense, textural tone poems again highly reminiscent of Wolfgang Voigt's Gas. The second (track three and four) in the "Plays" series is a 'tribute' to the German beat poet Hubert Fichte. Where those previous tracks are dominated by ephemeral drone work with refined patinas of digital corrosion, this piece curiously sounds like Pole doing free jazz, with erratic squiggles of granular synthesized saxophone and really lazy strums from a guitar seeping up from an electronically sculpted metallic haze. Even those slowly developed basslines that Pole plops into his neo-dub show up in "Plays Hubert Fichte" although Ehlers disregards Pole's structuralism in favor of an amorphous improvisation of deep hovering movements. "Plays John Cassavetes" (tracks five and six) is part three in Ehler's series of 'tributes' and for these pieces he seamlessly weaves orchestral samples into beautiful landscapes of sonic reverberations. Very reminiscent of Wolfgang Voigt's work as Gas, or those brief, subtle moments of bliss found on My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" record. Tracks seven and eight find Ehlers sampling fragments of Albert Ayler. However, as with most of these pieces, it is debatable as to how much Ayler is actually present on this recording, musically. Consisting entirely of digitally altered cello recordings, these two sidelong pieces gently swell, teeter and expand, forming beautiful, haunting drones that lie beneath digital snippets of arrhythmic ephemera. Somehow, Ehlers manages to restructure a mundane cello recording into a wonderfully reticular songpoem. The final two tracks are from the 'Plays Robert Johnson' 7" which we were never able to get enough of to list. Two short tracks: the first is an abstractly plucked, slow-motion, Reynols-on-cough-syrup style tarpit blues jam, while the final track is all throbbing four-on-the-floor Kompakt style minimal/heroin house.

Trust us, we plow through a lot of pretentious electronic crap that takes itself too seriously -- and while the conceit of the five Ehler tributes might suggest that he could fall into this trap -- he does

KREIDLER - Eve Future (Wonder)

I've always been a fan of Kreidler's unique sort of post-rock take on electronica -- it reminds me of Fridge's epic Eph album, which many of you reading also love. Well, let me tell you that Kreidler's new mini-album is so great, and so clearly surpasses their previously released work (which was stellar to begin with) that it just takes my breath away. As deeply dramatic and stately as an Ennio Morricone score, the music features gorgeously plucked strings articulating arpeggiated chords over and over in a sort of Reich-ian style of repetition. Glassy, pleasantly chiming melodies bring to mind krautrock of the serene Harmonia / La Dusseldorf variety, and especially the charming driving synth experiments of Cluster's Moebius and Roedelius. Maybe even some Eno. These seven instrumentals sound instantly classic and should appeal to a wide range of listeners -- it's that undeniably good. The cover art is also pretty -- no sleeve, just a mint green woman's torso silkscreened onto the jewel case. Highly recommended! Windy's new favorite record.

POLMO POLPO - The Science Of Breath (Substractif)

When working in such a restrictive environment as Chain Reactive microhouse, the success and failure of a piece of music usually comes down to the basics of writing good music in generating a punchy rhythm out of Reactor and filtering ghostly remnants of melody out of synthetic / metallic atmospheres. Microhouse pioneers like Vladislav Delay have faltered when trying to get too clever in their textural programming while forgetting that the core to heroin house is dance music. But like Plastikman and Gas before him, Toronto producer Sandro Perri (aka Polmo Polpo) understands where minimalist techno has succeeded with an unrelentingly throbbing, Kompakt-monophunk rhythms and slowly filtered aerated reverberations. The murky hiss and thick white noise common to the early Chain Reaction records are present in Polmo Polpo's exceptional debut "The Science Of Breath," but have been sculpted out of heavily digitized lap steel, cello, and slide guitar. Very nicely done!

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Saturday, July 27, 2002


This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ BOOMKAT - A PELICANNECK ELECTRONIC MUSIC STORE include:

Loess - Loess - Nonresponse

The nicest surprises always present themselves in the most anonymous form � this gently mesmerising debut album from Loess managing to grip those parts of our brains and hearts that just weren�t prepared to be absorbed with such loveliness. Rumoured to be working on material for the Toytronic label, �Loess� surf along similar waves to Boards of Canada with a nostalgia-driven emphasis on melody, while the beat constructions model themselves more closely around the Mille Plateaux framework for glitch and static emission. Click onto the opening �Chariv Canopy� and 2 minutes 29 seconds later you�ll really require no further convincing � advanced neon electronica that somehow manages to avoid predictability or plagarism, deeply moving basslines and bubbling Selected Ambient Works melodies, all glossed up and hazed out before outstaying their welcome. Sublime. �Littoral Tone 2� is more fractured and processed, stylistically reminiscent of Arovane, utilising the same magical pairing of distorted percussion and lullaby melody to lovely effect. �Mosse� is classic Toytronic, slightly darker in tone and more tweaked, this is unquestionably supreme IDM, a deeply mature and accomplished sound that�s so often lacking in material of this kind. With an Acceleradeck remix to boot, this is undoubtedly one of the electronic debut�s of the year. Mark our words, you�ll be hearing a lot more about these guys before too long. Killer. .

Bloq - Life From The Outside - Couchblip

With its shades of the wonderful early Plaid mini album "Mbuki Mvuki", on "View From Underwater", we're clearly in the hands of some well competent electronic funk from the word go. Rhythm and melody are developed in close conjunction, in places there's echoes of Future Sound Of London's more grooving Earthbeat guises. On "Unchewable snack", an extravagant squelchy bassline excursion recalls some prime Fila Brazilia, and yet all these comparisons really take us only further away from the undeniable enjoyment this cd presents. Good tunes, moving moments, chunky beats - quality tackle all told.

Daedelus - Invention - Plug Research

A quite magical record lies before you. Imagine a master of plunderphonics entering your head and bringing all the happy childhood memories back, even if you we're a child of the 1930's, 1940's or like me 1970's. Daedelus, like Dntel before him, cut his craft on outsider label Phthalo - not that you'd know that by listening to this. Cut n' paste in a Raymond Scott/Jim Henson way, humour like the best of Kid Koala, floating laidback jazz feel like the best of early Hefner/Cinematic Orchestra and electronica production that blends it all together into a magnificent whole. Caught halfway between the real and the unreal. The music on Invention combines multiple instruments, including non-traditional ones such as computer printers, toy pianos, and the techno harp known as the Omnichord. One crazy referance is 'Muggle Born' 50's cinemetic melodrama music remixed by Nobukazu Takemura with the flute theme to 'The Fall In Rise Of Reginald Perrin' floating in the background. As a CD only bonus he also invites local MC talents Busdriver and Sach to flow over two masterful tracks. Buy this

Polmo Polpo - The Science Of Breath - Substractif

Toronto producer Sandro Perri, a.k.a. Polmo Polpo, who blends deep, murky techno with rich layers of feedback and densely orchestrated melodies. Trying to describe the sound of Polmo Polpo is not an easy task. The marriage of deep rhythms with shifting waves of melody and sometimes brutal white noise is certainly not a commonly used formula. This music is beyond catchy, the sound of the slide guitar shifting in and out of Gas-style minimalism gives the music a driving force that so much of the genre lacks. Over the last few years Polmo Polpo has released four separate 12" EPs on his own imprint Audi Sesna, all of which have gone on to sell out overseas rather quickly. The Science of Breath includes four beat-based tracks from the latest two of these EPs, as well as four new shorter tracks that bring the entire record together, and tread the grounds of sound sculptors like Fennesz and Tim Hecker. This comparison is made mainly on the basis of natural and processed guitar sounds interspersed amongst ambient movements, giving one the feeling of exploring the ocean floor inside a pressurized echo chamber. Heavily layered cello and lap steel guitar combine their colours to create a world of ghostly shadows immersed in the throbbing pulse of 'dance music'.

Portable - Futuristic Experiments #5 - Background

Alain Portable joins esteemed company at Background for this latest volume in the Futuristic Experiments series, after an absolutely crushing volume 4 as well. More than serious basslines permeate this record, speaker redefining movements, yet retaining subtlety and a sense of refinement. From the roaring proto dub of "Detector", via the cheery wave to house music on "If ever you 're bored, look up", via the dope electro, almost bootytec of "Pelluid". There's synthetic moments next to an organic, wholesome base of rhythm, how you hear this music depends on amplification and your own motivation. The bonus cut on the cd, infuriatingly for dj's has awesome balearic potential, emotional strings, trailing hammond organs and liquid dubwise bass. Ace.

Soviet - We Are Eyes, We Are Builders - Head Records/Mogul Electro

This album is either news to you, or you may have heard whispers already, but the epicentre of electroclash has given birth to its first, indisputably great songwriting band. Set to follow in the paths of compadres Fischerspooner, Soviet are currently the hottest property in New York, both live and on record and for good reason. The genre is alienated, but upright, electro synthpop - main man Keith Ruggerio clearly has copies of all the right Depeche Mode, Vince Clark, Human League reference points - but what sets this excellent cd apart is the tunes. Never one to underestimate a good lyric, this album surprised us with its consistent depth and unerring vision of pop music and how it should be made. Acquire now, before the whole thing goes supernova on them, and remember this is the favourite band of Manchester's own Datathief before refusing its tender advances. Massive record, and if the thought of it has you reaching for your chequebook, then you best make sure there's lots of noughts at the end, cause this will run and run. Beautiful sleeve photographs too.

Tim Hecker - My Love Is Rotten To The Core - Substractif

'My Love is Rotten to the Core' continues the precedent of musical sabotage, or plunderphonics, established in Hecker's earlier releases. We will not ruin the surprise by mentioning who is at the mercy of this incredibly talented young artist but we can tell you that the outcome is amazing. If you were blown away by the homage to 60's pop by Fennesz, wait until you hear Tim Hecker's take on the 80's Cock Rock phenomenon. Tim Hecker has the remarkable ability to create compositions that combine both ambience and noise, yet remain very accessible to those who might normally avoid either or both of those genres. This is because he manages to create deeply emotional music even where there is a lack of melody, as is very evident on this latest EP. Here Hecker has laced together snippets of interviews, concert announcements and the manipulated sounds of the original artist to come up with possibly the most engaging experimental electronica to emerge in some time. Sampled voices unfold while a transformed guitar chord comes tearing from the left to the right speaker before erupting and reshaping itself again. This is ambient music with incredible punch and loads of surprises.

TokTok - Run.Stop.Restore - Bpitch Control

Essential restock, as the smash "Missy Queen's gonna die" is set to step again on East West this "summer". With its immediately likeable "Dusty", the best hillbilly house tune (a much maligned sub-genre) since NuGroove dropped the Barnyard Orchestra's embalming of Bukka White's "Come On All You Women" in the early mid-nineties. "Sid" is flushed with early eighties, nearly house, thrilldisco, while "Yippie Yeah" seems to trap the essence of a giddy Prince moment in its loops, reminiscent perhaps of Smith'n'Hack's genius rewiring of Hamilton Bohannon. It's two years since this album was issued, Toktok are surveying the Big Time as we speak. "Decathlon" is a nifty, almost homage to "Firestarter", with great potential as an answer record, ["Fireextinguisher"?] and the right drums for mixing. After a convincing retread of Derrick May on "Otearai", the gang set loose the big techno business on "Bretter.aif", before showing the kids what its all about on "RushStopRestore". Insane and good (times) hedonistic house and techno music, with a real attitude.

Tomas Jirku - Entropy - Intr-Version

This is one immense new album from the Czech born, Canadian resident artist Tomas Jirku known previously for his ace Klang Elektronik and Traum 12"s and Force Inc and Alien 8 cd's. This new album dives head first into his own genius take on dub stylings infused with critical electronic harmonics and neck snapping click head rock rhythm propulsion. At once as delicate as an opening flower the next driving your bass cones to the edge of decimation. 'Isothermal' even up's the intensity with a direct'n'true clickdubtechno sound that's miles above similar works. Over eleven tracks and 70+ mins (no time wasting here man) Tomas Jirku delivers an album as essential as a Rhythm & Sound comp, Pole's debut album and early Vladislav Delay. Bound to stay glued to your CD transport for months to come it's packaged in a nifty sown together slip shut card case with a dreamy autumnal mist landscape print making it a surefire bet for all and sundry. One not to miss.

Vsnares - 2370894 - Planet Mu

Mr funk just keeps them coming.......! This time opting for a more compact moniker, Vsnares differentiates itself from its Venetian counterpart with a slant in sound that leans more towards Richard James than DHR. This is still an undeniably spannered record, but the Amen breaks are often replaced with a more intricate digital cut-up, and the odd moment of introspection presents itself to vary the mood. �Underground Circus Jesus� opens the album like a tasmanian devil, imaging Drukqs manipulated and diced up several times for added pressure and fuziness for an idea. �Twisting Ligneous� unleashes pure vitriol in totally ace hardcore fashion, endless time stretches and blistering breaks....5 minutes in and, suddenly, out of nowhere, a dub break drops and turns you into a skanking sailor. Awesome stuff. �We Are Cesspools� is very Jazz-flavoured Squarepusher, all very unnerving and bizzare, free jazz given abuse by signal delays and pitch shifts...even a blues vocal drops in to say hello and mess with yo mind. And that�s just to prepare you for �Sybian Rock�, undoubtedly Mr Snares heaviest, hardest, dirtiest tracks to date, a 49 second Thrash Metal assault that will have u shitting yr the nicest possible way, off course. Tigerbeat affiliate Cex drops in for the party on �Stamina� - an eye opening hip hop break, Cello strings and Piano keys meshing together in a real lush moment that brings the record full circle, illustrating once again just how talented and varied Mr Snares really is. Excellent stuff.

Wevie Stonder - Drawing On Other People�s Heads - Skam

Drugged up in the most unbalnced way, Wevie Stonder may not be the obvious artist selection for Manchester�s Skam label, but this highly entertaining album just somehow manages to fit in next to its more elaborate peers with a breezy effortlessness that soon becomes more than just a little endearing. This is a Pseudo-comic album in exactly the same way that Stock, Hausen and Walkman�s classic �Organ Transplants� wrote itself as a manifesto to irony and double-entendre, inadvertantly managing to spark off a whole kitsch-tinged sub-genre. �Drawing on other people�s head�s� is also brilliantly funky and uplifting, taking in plunderphonics, easy listening, reggae, flipped narratives, advanced music and dog interviews, the production here is superb and extremely intricate, layer upon layer of accoustic instruments, samples, sound effects and library loops constructed with undeniable velvet loving. Tracks like �Supertaps� are simply so summertime lush and naive that at some points you get the feeling that the guard (and the irony) is dropped in favour of something much more vulnerable. An album to be avoided by music theorists and intellectuals, this is a wicked good-times collection of tracks that will not fail to lift your mood. Ace.

Funki Porcini - Fast Asleep - Ninja Tune

In a world dominated by superficial fads, dismal celebrities, and dreary soap operas, Funki Porcini decided to take to his bed. Two years later and against the advice of his doctors he has recently resurfaced in order to try to redress the situation. The result is what you have in front of you, a super somnambulance of sounds for the sleepy. Crazy sublime.

Killa Kela - The Permanent Marker - Jazz Fudge

The UK's finest beatbox champion delivers his long awaited debut album on DJ Vadim's Jazz Fudge label. Killa Kela is a human beatbox of outstanding skill. The Permanent Marker goes one step further and Killa Kela layer sounds upon sound, producing his own basslines, harmonies and vocals on tracks like 'Boom Accessory' or providing the background beats on 'Live Session'. Well varied beatbox boomboxing to show Scratch and Rahzel a thing or two.

RJD2 - Dead Ringer - Def Jux

The creator of one of 2001's best singles 'June' finally drops the first of his many album projects mooted to be dropping in the next few months. Feel the pressure. RJD2 is the name on everybody's lips at the moment. Bringing together a hip-hop sound only comparable to 'Endtroducing' period DJ Shadow he has the ability to cold rock a party one moment, confuse with old school vocal plundering that blur the lines between live and sample based music the next. He drop's dirty funk grooves for def MC's like Copywrite, Blueprint (on the dope 'Final Frontier') and Jakki Da Motormouth to spit and flow over. Widescreen ambitions are fully realised. Sleeve is on ill shit, Def Jux bewilder us with ruff pleasure once again. A serious contender.......

Fog and Ocean - Fog and Ocean - 555

Debut album from the international amalgamation of members from Cat's Miaow, Huon, Boyracer, Sleepy Township, Steward, Hydroplane, Rabbit In Red, Architecture In Helsinki and Jen Turrell who by some twisted fate found themselves in the same place at the same time to record this album. We are back in the eighties with analogue synths, Roland TR808 beats and sweet girly vocals. Highly melodic- retro and refreshing without overdoing the twee factor.

Long Weekend - All Roads Lead To Roam - 555

Debut full lengther from this Melbourne based girl trio. It's a slight departure from the bands previous seven inch vinyl outings. long weekend combine melodic grrrl pop structure with discordant / shambling sensibilities and coupled with a bigger recording budget than previous efforts, deliver a rewarding and confident debut. Featuring members of Australian neighbourhood accomplices Huon and Sleepy township.

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Friday, July 26, 2002


Mastodon - Remission

Stylus Magazine review of the most well received extreme metal albums of the year so far (including an exceptional review in Terrorizer): Mastodon - Remission

Dare you take a risk? Mastodon has, and it has resulted in a masterpiece.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:11 PM

Sutekh - Fell

Stylus Magazine review Sutekh - Fell

# posted by DJ Martian 5:08 PM

RJD2 - Deadringer

Since Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein met with unabated acclaim in 2001, El-P's Brooklyn-based Definitive Jux label has been hitting hard with hip-hop and indie fans alike. Now new signing RJD2's reaping some of that praise himself with his instrumental debut, a funkadelic menagerie of gritty, throbbing beats and surreal sonic otherworlds that owes as much to Sly & The Family Stone as it does to Endtroducing. Pitchfork

Pitchfork review RJD2 - Deadringer

RJD2 has managed to perfect his certain brand of sampling, making Deadringer an essential purchase for any fan of instrumental hip-hop.

Absorb review RJD2 - Deadringer

Dusted magazine review for RJD2 - Deadringer

Stylus Magazine review for RJD2 - Deadringer

RJD2 - Deadringer is released on July 29th in the UK on the Definitive Jux label, see for more info.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:47 PM

Los Planetos Del Agua - Too Many Bricks And Not Enough Sea

Almost Cool review Los Planetos Del Agua - Too Many Bricks And Not Enough Sea

On the slower instrumentals, they sound a bit like Mogwai in their quieter moments, and when they're rocking out with Flugelhorn, Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized creep through. Definitely a solid debut.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:38 PM

Primal Scream - Evil Heat

BBCi Collective review Primal Scream - Evil Heat

# posted by DJ Martian 4:00 PM

Predictions for the Panasonic Mercury Music Prize 2002 shortlist

Next week, Tuesday the 30th July the Panasonic Mercury Music Prize Shortlist 2002 will be announced.

The eligibility to be considered for the Mercury Music Prize 2002 Shortlist, any Brit/Irish artist/ band that released an album between the first Monday of August 2001 and the end of July 2002 can enter for the competition.

I have developed a spin off webpage Panasonic Mercury Music Prize 2002 listing a potential 150 albums that are eligible to be considered for the prize/shortlist.

Guessing What will make the Mercury Music 2002 shortlist

12 Predictions of what the Panel will decide on for the Shortlist

Boards of Canada - Geogaddi (Warp) Scotland
Cinematic Orchestra - Everyday (Ninja Tune)
Doves - The Last Broadcast (Heavenly)
Faultline - Your Love Means Everything (Blanco Y Negro)
New Order - Get Ready (London)
Playgroup - Playgroup (Source)
Pulp - We Love Life (Island)
Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me (Big Dada)
The Streets - Original Pirate Material (Locked On/679)
X-Press 2 - Muzikizum (Skint)
1 Classical Album TBA
1 Folk Album TBA

[Things I have deliberately excluded: Beth Orton always seems to squeeze in, she has a new album to be released next week - to late though?. Also coffee table types Morcheeba having been picking up good press for their new album. So these two could be possible shortlisted, as good outside bets.

The Chemical Brothers had their last two albums in Mercury Music Prize shortlists, considering their new album did not advance on them - how can they be considered this time around?

It has been a very poor year for mainstream/ popular rock albums: all the trad types that offered nothing new: Starsailor, Vex Red, A, Hundred Reasons, Lost Prophets, Oasis, Haven, Electric Soft Parade, Cooper Temple Clause - none of them deserve to get anywhere near the shortlist. Possibly the only band that could sneak in is Idlewild but their style of songs rock is not my cup of tea - i find them boring]

12 Possibles: Could possibly sneak into the shortlist

Aphex Twin - Drukqs (Warp)
Craig Armstrong - As If to Nothing (Melankolic)
Chris Bowden - Slightly Askew (Ninja Tune)
Ben Christophers - Spoonface (V2)
Custom Blue - All Follow Everyone (Island)
FC Kahuna - Machine Says Yes (City Rockers)
Kosheen - Resist (Arista)
Lamb - What Sound (Mercury)
Layo & Bushwacka - Night Works (XL)
Mum & Dad - Mum & Dad (Twisted Nerve)
Luke Slater - Alright on Top (Mute)
Super_Collider - Raw Digits (Rise Robots Rise)

DJ Martian's Outsiders

25 albums that deserve attention but will probably be overlooked, or maybe not even entered into the competition in the first place - if any make it to the official Panasonic Mercury Music Prize Shortlist - I will be pleasantly surprised.

Aereogramme - A Story in White (Chemikal Underground)
Jamie Anderson - Blue Music (Nrk)
Bola - Fyuti (Skam)
Calibre - Music Concrete (Creative Source)
Mr C - Change (End Recordings)
Decal - 404 Not Found (Planet mu)
Digital - Dubzilla (Function Records)
Eardrum - Side Effects (Leaf)
Fridge - Happiness (Text)
High Contrast - True Colours (Hospital Records)
Hood - Cold House (Domino)
Human League - Secrets (Papillon)
Milton Jackson - The Bionic Boy (Glasgow Underground)
King of Woolworths - Ming Star (Mantra Recordings)
Metamatics - From Death to Passwords Where You're A Paper Aeroplane (Hydrogen Dukebox)
Peter Murphy - Dust (Metropolis)
Norken - Spring Themes (Hydrogen Dukebox)
Radioactive Man - Radioactive Man (Rotters Golf Club)
Sand - Still Born Alive (Satellite)
ShelleyDevoto - Buzzkunst (Cooking Vinyl)
Spring Heel Jack - Masses (Thirsy Ear)
Spylab - This Utopia (Guidance)
Stakka & Skynet - Clockwork (Underfire)
Vibracathedral Orchestra - Dabbling with Gravity and Who You Are (VHF)
Charles Webster - Born on the 4th July (Peacefrog)

# posted by DJ Martian 1:15 AM

Thursday, July 25, 2002


Free CD with DJmag v3/20 in the shops Friday 26th July 2002

A free DJ Marky CD with the new edition of DJmag on sale tomorrow, Friday 26th July.

The Man Like Sasha is the cover star of the next issue of DJmag, which also includes:







* C1





Plus all your usual reviews, news, charts and technology reviews.

DJmag v3/20 in the shops Friday 26th July 2002.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:06 PM

Fucking Champs - V

Pitchfork review Fucking Champs - V

# posted by DJ Martian 9:02 PM

Rothko - A Continual Search For Origins

BBCi Music review Rothko - A Continual Search For Origins

# posted by DJ Martian 1:03 AM

Polmo Polpo - The Science Of Breath

Olli Siebelt @ BBCi Music reviews Polmo Polpo - The Science Of Breath (Substractif/Alien8)

Taking a major influence from labels like Basic Channel or Mille Plateaux, Perri operates in a strange netherworld between avant-dub and more post-rock influences.

Lurking in a twilight world somewhere between dusk and dark, between rhythm and texture, this is ambience at its most sultry, its most luxurious. The Science of Breath is a winner in every sense.

More info @ alien8recordings

Polmo Polpo is the work of multi-instrumentalist and producer Sandro Perri, who blends deep, murky techno with rich layers of feedback and densely orchestrated melodies. This disc, his first full length release, collects 4 tracks from the limited run 12" singles on his own Audi Sensa label, as well as 4 new exclusive tracks. Heavily layered cello and lap steel guitar combine to create a world of shadowy songs drenched in echo and immersed in the throbbing pulse of "dance music".

# posted by DJ Martian 12:59 AM

Leaf Label - Lost For Words - 17 track Budget Sampler

PostEverything provide details of a forthcoming Leaf Label budget sampler compilation, called Lost for Words due Sept 2nd. [See link for full tracklisting & details]

A full-length label compilation for the price of a CD single? You may well find yourself Lost For Words at the prospect of such bounty.

Lost For Words is the successor to the enormously popular Osmosis budget-priced sampler from 1999 which ushered in The Leaf Label�s second wave of artists, including Susumu Yokota, Eardrum, Gorodisch and 310. Lost For Words consolidates the reputation of a label that has grown exponentially since then, with the deserved success of Yokota and Manitoba, and worldwide critical acclaim for the likes of Murcof and Asa-Chang & Junray.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:27 AM

One World: Y4K SPECIAL

This week's One World show on Radio 1: Y4K's Freq Nasty, Tayo and Koma & Bones

A must for fans of Nu Skool Breaks/Breakbeat music !

# posted by DJ Martian 12:08 AM

Wednesday, July 24, 2002


Fujiya and Miyagi

Fujiya and Miyagi have just released an album electro karaoke in the negative style on the Massive Advance label.

some info from Cool Delta Promotions

the perfect introduction to Fujiya & Miyagi's sound, with influences ranging from Can and Human League to Tortoise and Warp Records immediately apparent.

available @ Rough Trade records

fujiya and miyagi - electro karaoke in the negative style

debut album from fujiya and miyagi on massive advance.a stunning album that has a heavy can influence but with lush melodic post rock and electronica moments.if you are looking for something new try this - released 22/7/2002

# posted by DJ Martian 11:29 PM

Christ - Pylonesque

Something that caught my attention on the John Peel show tonight, an artist called Christ, similar vibe to Boards of Canada - atmospheric, deep, drifting electronic soundscapes. Christ have just released a 7 track mini album, Pylonesque on Benbecula

NOW AVAILABLE ON CD.. Pylonesque is the kind of record that breeds superlatives at an alarming rate, a classic piece of work that absorbs on first impact and simply gets better with every listen. This 7-track mini-album flows through warm, evocative soundscapes that inevitably remind us of Boards of Canada�s most sun-drenched work, flowing through layers of space and echoing beats that set out the finest tools at the disposal of electronic music and its conceits. Beyond that, well, you�ll just have to find out for yourself. Make sure you do so while you can.

Label: Benbecula

Available from this online music shop ...Bi-Wire Records

# posted by DJ Martian 10:52 PM

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Brooks

This week's front cover choice is Brooks, a house/techno artist from Derby who releases his debut album: You, Me & Us on Mantis Recordings on July 15th, via Prime Distribution, also available @

Brooks has been picking up some good press, the house/ techno music drawing on influences as far a field as Detroit (Carl Craig), Chicago as well as this obvious links with the likes of Charles Webster, Matthew Herbert, 16B and the DIY house collective.

Press So Far...

"A Slow-burning, party-starting, future classic" Ministry

"Cunning & Weird..You'll want this" The Face

"House & techno with thought and feel" Jockey Slut

"A fine, fine piece of work" The Guardian

"Simply essential" album of the Month IDJ

So far this is only review that I have seen online @ Tigersushi

# posted by DJ Martian 10:23 PM

Saint Etienne - Finisterre

New album and single from Saint Etienne coming soon, see Mantra Recordings

The new single 'Action', to be released on 26th August, is the first from the 'to-be' highly acclaimed album 'Finisterre', due out in September, and already hailed by Paul Lester at Uncut as the "best album since Foxbase Alpha" and Simon Price as the "best ever". You better believe it!

# posted by DJ Martian 2:14 PM

Seven Update - This Week's Edition

Details of this week's Seven Update

ISSUE 160 out 24 JULY 2002 - price �1.00

In this issue:
Normstock II : The full story from Fatboy Slim ~ Blue States in Serbia ~ Mathematics ~ Killa Kella ~ Bjorn Torske ~ My Computer ~ Jeff Mills : New sci-fi LP ~ Essential Festival cancelled ~ Basement Jaxx in the area! ~ Miss Kittin : Live in London ~ Flo-Motion with XFM's Nick Luscombe ~ Back to mine: Yousef ~ Trainspotting: Medicine8 ~ Win a Playstation 2! ~ The Seven/BBC Radio 1 Buzz Chart ~ 7 Deadly Sins ~ FAD ~ Parallel Universe ~ The Magnificent 7 club nights ~ expanded reviews section ~ and even more charts than ever�

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Many people are looking forward to a new album by the artist known as D�lek called From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots

It's not everyday that you hear a group pushing themselves to the edge of their abilities. In every way D�lek is the extreme of all musical poles. Musically, D�lek as a collective take the collage aesthetic of the early Bomb Squad productions, infusing Hip Hop with the likes of Faust, My Bloody Valentine, & the Velvet Underground. Lyrically, D�lek as an MC lays down ideas & thoughts far outside of current Hip Hop with influences ranging from Chuck D and KRS One to Langston Hughes, The Last Poets, & Jack Kerouac.

Cover art and Tracklisting for D�lek - From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots - Ipecac Recordings

Ipecac Recordings info on D�lek

The album should be released sometime in the Autumn: September/ possibly October in the UK. From the description it sounds abit like Techno Animal, which suits me fine !

# posted by DJ Martian 12:20 AM

Tuesday, July 23, 2002


HOT new artist from Manchester...My Computer

There seems to be an emerging new set of bands in the UK this year: Mum & Dad, Cursor Miner, They Came from The Stars I Saw Them and now My Computer , that are adopting the eclectic electronic rock fusion approach to music - i.e following the path laid down by mavericks such as The Beta Band, Capitol K, Max Tundra and Echoboy in recent years.

My Computer are signed to David Holmes's new label 13Amp records, they are from Manchester - and look set to deliver one of the finest debut albums by a British artist this year, on August 26th.

The first review of the forthcoming My Computer album by My Computer - Vulnerabilia

How about really trying to be inventive instead of getting stoned, and come up with an album of such na�ve beauty and thought that we may be seeing the birth of a truly spellbinding Mancunian act.

It�s part Radiohead, Air, Craig Armstrong, Aphex and that bangin� Ibiza tune that you quite like on your mate�s mix CD

My Computer will release their debut single, all 9 minutes long : All I Ever Really Wanted Was a Good Time on August 5th.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:06 PM

Swayzak - Dirty Dancing

Swayzak forthcoming album, is called Dirty Dancing - it will be released on Studio K7 in September. Guest collaborations include Carl Finlow, Adult, Clair Dietrich, Headgear among others. In this week's Seven Update - the reviewer states this is the best album so far, considering the last album, Himawari was sublime then - this new album must be very special.

See the redesigned Swayzak official website and subscribe to their newsletter.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:54 PM

Sonar Compilation - Tracklisting

Tracklisting for the Sonar Compilation, 2CD album is as follows:

Sonar de Dia (by day)

Coloma : Transparent
Bomb the Bass vs Lali Puna : Clear Cut
Crossover : The Great Katanza
Ellen Allien : Erdbeermund
Soul Center : A Good One
Static : Headphones
Donna Regina : Driftin' Around
Arto Lindsey : Unseen
Nikakoi : Mtavary
Cex : OD's on First Base
Fantasia's Animadas : Edificio
Jeff Mills : Moody
Yo La Tengo : Sea Urchins

Sonar de Noche (by night)

Wagon Cookin : Mar
Brooks : You, Me, & Us
Luomo : Tessio (MRI mix)
Francois K : Enlightment
Nacho Marco : Travel
Elephunk : Movimento
Sideral : When I See Kate
Kotai : Suker DJ (marcus kozlowski remix)
Arthur Baker : Dont Call Me AB
SI Futures : Freestyle Disco
Carl Cox : Bangbeater
Tuxedomoon vs Dj Hell : Luther Blisset

# posted by DJ Martian 8:44 PM

Shortlist Music Prize

Chartattack report Shortlist Prize Listmakers Announced for 2002 - last year Sigur Ros won the prize for their Agaetis Byrjun album.

Official Shortlist Prize website


Each of the 2002 Listmakers will be nominating five albums in August to the "Long List," and then voting for their ten favorite nominees in early September. The top ten vote-getters from the Long List will become the Shortlist Finalists, who will be announced at a special press conference and panel discussion the week of September 16, 2002. Throughout the summer and fall, each Listmaker's nominations will be made available on the official website,

Rules for Eligible Albums

2002 Shortlist Music Project: Rules for Eligible Albums

Each Listmakers may nominate up to five Eligible Albums to the Long List. Albums can be from any genre of music. The requirements for eligibility are as follows:

1) Albums must be single-artist, full-length albums released in the USA. The date of US release date must be between July 1, 2001 and one day prior to the publication of the complete 2002 Long List. (Expect the Long List to be published the week of August 20th, 2002)

2) An album must not have been certified Gold by the RIAA for US sales of 500,000 copies, at the time of its nomination.

3) An album can be nominated to the Long List only once. Any Listmaker who nominates an album that has already been nominated in the same year shall have the opportunity to make a replacement nomination. Any album nominated to the Long List in one year cannot be nominated in any subsequent year.

First listmaker - Paul Oakenfold

# posted by DJ Martian 1:07 AM

Monday, July 22, 2002


Splendid Reviews: Crispy Ambulance & Icon Of Coil Albums

Two reviews from Splendid:

post punk returners: Crispy Ambulance - Scissorgun

Synth Sounds from Norway: Icon of Coil - The Soul is in the Software

# posted by DJ Martian 9:32 PM

Junkmedia - Issue 51

A new edition of Junkmedia includes:

a DJ Krust Interview

Review of Windsor for the Derby - The Emotional Rescue

Review of Parlour - Octopus Off-Broadway

# posted by DJ Martian 8:30 PM

The Brainwashed Brain - V05I28 - 07212002

The latest edition of The Brainwashed Brain

# posted by DJ Martian 8:25 PM

Simple Minds - Remastered Reissues

Brainwashed Releases list the following Simple Minds albums that have been remastered for reissue on CD ! [Released on Sept 30th]

* Simple Minds - Empires & Dance CD [remastered reissue] (Virgin, UK)
* Simple Minds - Life In A Day CD [remastered reissue] (Virgin, UK)
* Simple Minds - New Gold Dream CD [remastered reissue] (Virgin, UK)
* Simple Minds - Real To Real Cacophony CD [remastered reissue] (Virgin, UK)
* Simple Minds - Sons & Fascination CD [remastered reissue] (Virgin, UK)
* Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain CD [remastered reissue] (Virgin, UK)

# posted by DJ Martian 8:15 PM

Plus47 - Norwegian Music

Plus47 showcases some of the latest Norwegian electronic, dance and avant jazz artists.Next Sunday, DJ Nick Luscombe has a Norway music special, on his Xfm Flo-Motion show.

Also see Music Export Norway for a wider perspective on Norwegian music.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:15 AM


Key new album releases for July 22nd [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: July 22nd

Below the Sea - Les Arbres Depayseront Davantage (Where Are My)
Einoma - Undir, Feilnotum (Vertical Form)
Eon - Sum Of Parts (Longhaul)
Martin Grech - Open Heart Zoo (Island)
Homelife - Flying Wonders (Ninja Tune)
Ozy - Tokei (Force Inc)
Scion - Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks (Tresor) (R)
Seelenluft - Out Of The Woods (Klein Records)
Smyglyssna - We Can Fix It (Vertical Form)
Sweep the Leg Johnny - Going Down Swingin (Southern)

For Reference:

Last Week: July 15th

Brooks - You, Me & Us (Mantis Recordings)
Asa-Chang & Junray - Jun Ray Song Chang (Leaf)
Controlled Bleeding - Can You Smell The Rain Between (Tone Casualties) [Now Available on full UK Release, after Import]
Andrew Duke - Sprung (Bip-Hop)
G-Man - Avanti (Force Inc)
Tim Hecker - My Love is Rotten to the Core (Substractif)
Kippi Kaninus - Huggun (Kitchen Motors)
Lycia - Tripping Back Into The Broken Days (Projekt) Import
Panacea - Underground Stardom (Ritornell) [Now Available on full UK Release, after Import]
Sica - Partially Function Stub (Neo Ouija)
Spylab - This Utopia (Guidance)
Steroid Maximus - Ectopia (Ipecac)
System Vertigo - Suburbia Kills (Silent Poetry)
John Tejada - Daydreams In Cold Weather (Plug Research)
Thyrfing - Vansinnesvisor (Hammerheart Records)
Tiefschwarz - Ral9005 (Classic)
Timewriter - Diary Of A Lonely Sailor (Plastic City / Intergroove House)
Twine - Recorder (Bip Hop)
Twisted Anger - Mothership (Dread Recordings)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM


Jess Harvel is back with a new blog @ technicolor. discussing the lack of music that he finds is new and fresh in 2002. Jess argues that music in 2002 has been more of the same across a variety of genres i.e variations of sounds that have been done before, artists and listeners merely content with following particular trappings of existing genres/scenes, but where is the music that matches these aesthetic requirements:

the secondary aspects which make music so exciting: context, milieu, newness, shock, the disdain of the old guard, radical new paradigms.

i.e Music that is prepared to go the extra distance to form new sounds, to raise expections and listening demands, to create new sound aesthetics and to surprise.

I can see where Jess is coming from. Even on my album tracking list of 2002 - there are too many good records conforming to particular genre styles of a comparative standard - but not enough exceptional ones that really stand out - on a supreme level.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:11 AM

Sunday, July 21, 2002


Sutekh - Fell

Neumu review Sutekh - Fell an album that has recently been released in the UK.

With his latest album, Fell, Seth Horvitz (AKA Sutekh) integrates rich electronic textures with fluid mobiles of instrumental sound to create a work of considerable stature.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:33 PM

Defined: Kozmigroov

What is Kozmigroov?

Kozmigroov* is a transgressive improvisational music which combines elements of psychedelia, spirituality, jazz, rock, soul, funk, and African, Latin, Brazillian, Indian and Asian influences. At its most accomplished, Kozmigroov is both expansive and highly rhythmic, and simultaneously finds connections with the mind, soul and body.

The The Kozmigroov Index explores artists that fit into this genre concept.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:27 PM

Electro Music Links

phinnweb have an excellent collection of electro music links @ 313ctr0

# posted by DJ Martian 7:03 PM

Chunky Records - Coming Soon

More forthcoming releases listed @ Chunky Records - Coming Soon including:


Circle - Sunrise (Ektro) Finnish Import

Brand spanking new studio album from our favourite Finn's ! - 'Sunrise' finds them in a more heavy style like their jawdropping live sets played on recent UK tour. RECOMENDED !

Midwest Product - Specifics (Ghostly International) US Import CD

'Specifics' references their love for early electro and atmospheric post-rock in equal parts. A promising 10 track 50 minute first look at a conceptual band who works to keep process in line with the finished product. Unlike many in the abstract electronic scene, midwest product also put on a mean improvisational & experimental live show. An assemblage of sty listic influences, midwest product eschews possible artistic schizophrenia and comes forth with a sound that is not only cohesive, but eerily accessible

Spaceheads - Low Pressure (Bip Hop)

The album hangs on lazy grooves and thick harmonised trum pet chords; sleazy deep beat brass and crushed up metallic drumbeats. Spaceheads mix the raw emotional sound of breath with the banging of wood on skin, and push it through the blips, crackle and distortion of pixelated electronic noise. Contains remixes by long-time spaceheads associate graham massey (808 state) and the bleach boys (members of twelve tone), plus contributions from fellow mancunians homelife, who are recently signed to ninja tune

Trendlenberg - Please Bad Woman (555)

Sparse instrumentation, haunting vocals, vivid and poetic lyrics, amazing guitar arrangemen ts and a few vocal cameo appearances by jen turrell


Kk. Null / Bill Horist - Interstellar Chemistry (Beta Lactum) US Import CD

Null provides sonic source material wh ich horist then organised, manipulated and added to. Much of what results is like idm with the twiddling removed, more deep and less bleep

Margo - The Catnap (Peter I'm Flying) French Import CD

The work of 3 french musicians using guitar, bass, keynboards, and an array of ramshackle analogue and digital equipment, plus the talents of an anonymous gallic female singer . An Immediate Reference Oint Is The Early-80s School Of Gentle Miserablism And Electronically-Enhanced Introspection As Personified By The Cure (Circa Seventeen Seconds & Faith), Young Marble Giants, Pale Fountains Etc, While Contemporaries Include The Electro-Intimists Like Pram, Gel, And Mira Calix, And More Tangential Nods To Stereolab, To Rococo Rot, Plone, Even Boards Of Canada Emerge Through The Buzz. Minimalist Electrnic Pop Created Outside The Realms Of The Commercially Banal Yet Embracing The F Rivolities Of Life And Made To Be Hummed By Real People Rather Than Dissected In Print. And Only One Songs In French


Sofandi - Ugly Demos (Thule Musik) Icelandic Import

A sophisticated album, gloomy and violent with a touch of jazz and blues and an ARAB STRAP feel about it


Signer - Low Light Dreams (Carpark)

Low light dreams explores a sound that incorporating elements from first-wave post-rockers like seefeel, dub-influenced techno, and some of the more blissed-out items from the kranky catalog. You wont hear a guitar midi patch here, and certainly not another vocoder pl ug-in. But you will hear real-time guitars and bass, and real non-sampled human singing by the artist himself. Seeking to inject more emotion into a musical world often seen as lacking any, signer has created a record that comes from the heart without wearing it on its sleeve, in the process giving car park one of its most accessible and melodic releases to date

# posted by DJ Martian 2:58 PM

Saturday, July 20, 2002


This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ BOOMKAT - A PELICANNECK ELECTRONIC MUSIC STORE include:

Scion - Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks - Tresor

It was never going to be a straight forward thing � a Basic Channel mix has been on the cards for many years now, but the concept just needed to be as special as the source material in question. Having stated on many an occasion that Hardwax affiliates Pete and Ren�, aka Scion, understood and played Basic Channel material in the way it was intended to be played, the release of Ableton�s �Live� software (engineered by Monolake�s Robert Henke) convinced Mark and Mauritz that the time had come to try something new out. And that�s precisely what this unfathomably good CD is � components from all 9 Basic Channel 12�s, (plus some choice cuts from related project Rhythm and Sound), weave in and out of the mix, flawlessly spliced together, remodeeled and reshaped with deep understanding of the BC sound and a look towards its future. To give you an idea of the genius at play here � the first cut employs fragments from Cyrus�s �Inversion�, �Mutism�, �Radiance III� and the Basic Channel reworking of Cral Craig�s awesome �The Climax� - 4 classics, re-embedded to create something that constructs itself fresh, somewhere between mixing and remixing. And that�s just the opening sequence! Flowing from first moment to last, this is a benchmark record that not only serves as a breathtaking testimony to one of our most treasured and beloved labels of all time, but also illustrates beautifully that technology really can be about more than just presets and self indulgance � here allowing seminal material to be re-lived from new perspectives and within new surroundings. Fans of Basic Channel will melt into this CD on first play, those of you new to the label will do well to give this a listen and understand exactly what all the fuss has been about. Utterly Essential.

Arovane - Icol Diston - Din

Little introduction needed here � Arovane�s three legendary 12�s for the Din label are finally compiled onto one CD, making for one of the most essential albums of Berlin electronica ever to have been released, a perfect companion piece to the Basic Channel mix also out this week. Released between September 1998 and May 1999, �I/O�, �Icol Diston� and �AMX� brought to the world the vast talents of Uwe Zahn, recording under the name Arovane. Predating the release of his seminal album�s �Atol Scrap� for Din and �Tides� for CCO, these three 12�s were very much the first of their kind, bridging the gap between the reduced tones that Berlin had become so well known for via Maurizio and Basic Channel, with a melodic IDM signature sound that was influenced by Warp and the industrialised subculture of Manchester and its Skam label. With the first EP culminating in the classic �Torn� - reshaped 4/4 and future-melancholy blue keys, the �Arovane� sound was born and has been easily identifiable ever since. It was with the release of his second EP �Icol Diston�, however, that Mr Zahn really caught the imagination of the kids, the breathtaking �Yua:e� managing to bridge the gap between Gescom and Monolake effortlessly � making for perfect twinkling electronica. The third EP �AMX� (consisting of Arovane remixes for label-head Dynamo), however, found Arovane at his most accomplished and compelling, his remix for �Aussen Vor� simply demolishing anything else that was around at the time, utilising Dynamo�s grinding Traktor beats and wobbling sub-basses, melting away resistance with sheer beauty like no other. 11 tracks wide, just sublime.

Astrobotnia - Part Three - Rephlex

Third and final part of the Astrobotnia trilogy on Rephlex!!! 11 tracks wide, part 3 falls somewhere between the ambient strokes of Part One and the mentalist outbursts of Part 2, a kind of outer space sci-fi Tron encounter of the Aphexiest kind...yum. Head straight for �Portable Motor Home� - eyewatering mishapen electronic ambience and eerie breaks, classic aquatic electronica, pure loveliness. �Bifidus� continues along similar ground � all detuned keys and �I Care Because You Do� breaks, nostalgic, melancholy, uplifting future music that will make you happy. We promise. It�s not all sweetness and Light, however, �C*nt� (a track title used by Aphex in the past � just to confuse us kids) gives it some junglist strokes pitched up and down, messed around for yr pleasure and reassembled for downtempo bezerkerists everywhere to tango to. Ace. Excellent stuff from start to finish � Essential Rephlex....regardless of who really is behing the mask of �botnia! Killer.

Einoma - Undir Seilnotum - Vertical Form

Having been discovered by a certain Mr Darrel Fitton in their native Iceland last year while he was touring with the Skam possee, Einoma release their debut album �Undir Seilnotum� on the excellent Vertical Form label. Rekjavik seems to contain an almost endless wealth of musical talent, and Einoma represent the city�s first foray into the darker recesses of electronic domains, following more blissed-out work from compatriots Sigur Ros and M�m. The Skam appeal becomes evident on first listen - �Beltral Square� employing a dark percussive structure and eerie sfx that rotate with a distinct blend of skewed strings and deep low-end rumbles. Autechre at their most Blade-Runneresque come to mind. �Amonie�, meanwhile, is simply huge, layer upon layer of late night textures ride atop a deeply tweaked 4/4 rumble � speaker and dancefloor shaking guaranteed.... awesome stuff. �Celvoir� lightens the mood somewhat, washy electronic crunches merge with some floating melodies, recalling Arovane at his most melodic and betraying the album�s overral fixation with classic IDM stylings. As such, this is another excellent debut for Vertical Form, well worth checking out and highly Recommended.

Komet Vs Bovine Life - Reciprocess 01 - Bip-Hop / Fallt

A new series of split cds between two labels; Bip-Hop and F�llt. The �Reciprocess + / vs.� series will feature an artist from each label, contributing a collaborative work, a series of independent works, and finally, a remix of each other's piece(s). Each volume will also offer an overview of the two participating artists, with select discographies and specially commissioned sleeve notes by established critics. Volume one features essays by Philip Sherburne (Wire, XLR8R) and Susanna Bolle (Grooves, XLR8R). In addition to co-running Germany�s influential Raster-Noton label, Komet (Frank Bretschneider folks) has released music on a number of respected labels worldwide, including Mille Plateaux and 12k. He describes his work as �precise, short, impulsive sounds; clean sine waves and white noise, which are both simple and clear.� Bovine Life has been collaborating musically through a 56k modem via his web-based label social electrics since 1999. His past collaborators have included, among others, Janek Schaeffer, Alku and the Third Eye Foundation and will soon appear on a mysterious new compilation from deepest Scotland. You'll just have to wait and see.

Ogurusu Norihide - Humour (Study and I) - Car Park

Ogurusu Norihide lives a double life : by day, studying to become a shinto priest in the shrines of Tokyo, on his off hours, hard at work in his room creating some of the freshest hybrids of acoustic and electronic music. This debut for Car Park blends aspects of pop, techno, and japanese folk using an array of instruments like guitar, bass, keyboard, powerbook, recorder and percussion. Bundling the two self-released ep�s : �Study� and �I�, �Humour�? takes in an astonishing range of sound. From the intimate acoustic guitar solo of the opening track (simply titled 0:52?) to the purely digital abstractions of the fifth (5:20?), Ogurusu shows he is one of the leading purveyors of minimal pop. Listening to �Humour� conjures up comparisons to such seemingly disparate artists as The Beatles, Brian Eno, Jorge Ben, and Taylor Deupree.

Pellarin - Tangible Abstractions - Couchblip

After impressing everyone who heard their splendid "Other Animals" compilation earlier this year, Sydney�s Couchblip return to the fold with Denmark�s Lars Pellarin�s debut album. Its well worth remembering the name, as there�s ample evidence here of a supreme talent striding confidently. "So far" teases us from the outset, eliciting twinkling melodies and trilling fills, against the fattest, bugging bass. "soas mah" shares this preoccupation, wholly sanctified chords tugging against our favourite kind of low end. There�s evidence of influences, maybe Arovane and Autechre to stick with the A�s, but on a track like "Polite" there�s a kind of robust tenderness which is completely engaging. There�s a real special ear at work, finding the kinds of melodies which cajole their way into the waking subconscious, the listener open, softened up by accomplished rhythm manipulations throughout. Just check the beat on "Belarus" - deadly. "Auxi" makes plain the � connection, but this is so much more than a pedestrian retread of familiar favourites� especially when you listen to the glorious melancholic glow of the melody line on "Trigs". Instead, Lars leaves us in no doubt, that his inspirations are just that, leaving him free to pursue new sounds, awesome harmonies and sonorous elements of rhythm. Beautiful album, strongly recommended.

Smyglyssna - We Can Fix It - Vertical Form

Easily our favourite single of last year, Smyglyssna�s terrifyingly good �U Don�t Jump...� 12� was the first record of its kind � taking reconstructed Hip Hop one step further towards the unknown, injecting glitch with the kind of splintered funk that robots could only dream of while bouncing it up with electronic depth you just couldn�t touch. Well, here�s the good news, �We Can Fix It� is even better. More metallic than Dabrye, More futuristic than Prefuse 73, more cut-up than Push Button Objects, the Hip Hop trajectory of this record is injected with a kind of disfunctional electronic sensibility that imbues every moment here with a futuristic attitude that takes everything that�s good about electro, beats, hip-hop and glitch and fuses them into a funked-up alien whole. Kinda like Autechre writing hip hop or Akufen giving electro a go, this is uncompromising stuff that�s been painstakingly assembled, always keeping the funk quota high, always pushing technology so far beyond its means that it no longer sounds cold or sterile � the truest definition of Machine Funk we�ve come across yet. �We Can Fix It� is, simply put, 9 tracks of utterly essential robot music , undoubtedly one of the albums of the year to date, the brightest jewel in the Vertical Form crown. Totally Awesome.

Wang Inc - Risotto In 4/4 - Bip-Hop

Long-awaited new full length set from Italian Bartolomeo Sailer, who�s first disc was the excellent 'Plastic Miracle' EP on Sonig way back in 1999. Seems even now he's at Bip-Hop H.Q. the Sonig electronic pop glitch has not left and it's all the better for it. �Risotto...� comes accross like Matmos letting their hair down and has textural links and compositional flavours you'd associate with the ace Vert. Avant pop fun for the future.

Thuunderboy! - Thuunderboy! - Table Of The Elements

Recorded and produced by Tony Conrad in 1973. Thuunderboy is Tony's son, Ted Conrad, and these are recordings of his turntable manipulations from the ages of 22 to 30 months, in 1973-74. "What, after all, does one make of a two-year-old boy, a child who ultimately comes to be armed with two turntables and a microphone, creating a sonic collage through his instinctive abuse of a stylus and various 45 rpm vinyl recordings -- including that of a popular novelty tune sung by 1970s Mormon pre-adolescent media sensation Donny Osmond? Does the resultant accumulation of scratching sounds, surface noise, and reiterations of fragmented vocal phrases -- offered up in varying turntable speeds: slow, fast and juuuuust right -- constitute a signal moment in the age of mechanical reproduction? Is it fair to argue that a precocious Ted, the once and future Thuunderboy, anticipated in these excursions of the early '70s everything from the rise of turntablism and hip-hop to the creative strategies of such disparate entertainers and/or conceptualists as Fatboy Slim, Christian Marclay and that erstwhile Savior of Pop (circa 1997), Beck? And if so, then what sort of volatile questions might this pose about the creative appropriation and manipulation of pre-recorded sources, about artistic intent, about the virtues of repetition and about the subversive deployment of consumer electronics in the dark and wild years before Napster? If, to paraphrase the archetypal Philistine's response to an abstract painting, a two-year-old can do it, does that diminish the accomplishment of the seasoned turntablist who has dedicated years to mastering the wheels of steel and cultivating its staccato language? Or, rather, does it affirm some unerringly democratic quality inherent in the very act of scratching and spinning, that a mere toddler could create hypnotic and deconstruct pop banalities into perversely humorous after-the-fact commentaries on the star-making machinery? What a splendidly infantile provocation!

Hanna - Contemplating Jazz - Track Mode

Famed for being the wonder kid of detroit jazzual houseness with the all important funk factor, Hanna returns to Track Mode for this joyous double pack after delighting with his 12"s for amongst others Dan Curtin's dope Metamorphic imprint. Fact fans both Dan Curtin and Morgan Geist bought their samplers from the store where Hanna once worked. Anyway this eight track album is as good a jazz house (loose term) based album you'll get, direct to the point - no cheese, just perfect. Funk in 4/4 that's always baaaaaad.

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Friday, July 19, 2002


Sonar 2002 Compilation

Listed @ Chunky Records- Coming Soon a Sonar compilation, due to be released August 12th:

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Sonar 2002 (Sonarmusic)


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Darren Emerson & Tim Deluxe - 'Underwater Vol. 1'

MusicOMH.Com review Darren Emerson & Tim Deluxe - 'Underwater Vol. 1'

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Mice Parade - All Roads Lead to Salzburg

Mark Richard-San @ Pitchfork reviews Mice Parade - All Roads Lead to Salzburg

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Homelife - Flying Wonders

BBCi Collective review Homelife - Flying Wonders - the latest album on the Ninja Tune label.

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Kosheen report that Kosheen are making progress on their next album, with a darker sound.

New material may surface later in the year, depending on progress.

Also see original comments on the new Kosheen material @ Radio 1 News

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Tarentel - Ephemera

Almost Cool review Tarentel - Ephemera

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Thursday, July 18, 2002


Aquarius Records - New Arrivals 141

Selected reviews from Aquarius Records New Arrivals List 141:

DEAD C - New Electric Music (Language Recordings Three)

Newest Dead C record released on their own Language Recordings label and expectations are HIGH since that last double Dead C cd was so amazing. We all went to see the Dead C live a few months ago, many of us for the first time, which is actually when we first discovered this new Dead C record, and to be honest we were WAAAAAY disappointed. Some didn't even stay for the whole set [although some did and actually dug the concert quite a bit!] Rambling, scattershot, clumsy percussion, noisy but not really all that inspired. Lots of aimless on stage wandering and interband discussions MID-SET!!! But you gotta cut them some slack, improvised music is really hit or miss, and relies as much on the audience's perception as it does the band's performance, and that's what makes it so exciting. So we weren't sure what to expect from the new record. A couple of folks had expressed their diappointment with 'New Electric Music', but we are happy to report, while it's a lot different than the self titled double cd, it's still a GREAT Dead C record. 'NEM' starts off with six minutes of burbling barely audible low end, pulsing and creeping, like a thick fog. Track two launches into a primitive rock and roll cave-stomp, simple propulsive drumming pins down whirls of white noise and chaotic rumble. The next two tracks veer more towards the traditional Dead C sound with track three a crumbling avalanche of guitar skronk and fluttery percussion, squalls of noise and waves of rumbling drone, and track 4 a sort of Jandek of the South Seas, with mumbled distant vocals over a loose free-twang framework. The final 30 minute track is gorgeous and if you ever had any doubts about the 'C being at the top of their game, this track should silence non believers. A rumbling, low end drone-scape with a metronomic burst of feedback that sets the whole thing into an hypnotic , almost-industrial rhythm. While in the background, electronics and unrecognizable guitar creaks and swells, rumble and soar and wrap the relentless one-beat rhythm in a coarse blanket of grit. As the track progresses, the background sounds intensify, threatening the rhythm but never quite overtaking it. So gorgeous. Probably one of the best things they've ever recorded. Dead C fans will not be disappointed and those unfamiliar could do worse than starting their education here!

HECKER, TIM - My Love Is Rotten To The Core (Substractif)

This is either totally fucking stupid, or absolutely brilliant. Like a lot of records we love, it's really tough to tell sometimes. And we do love this record. The last Hecker record was one of our favorite post-Oval cd-manipulation/glitch record ever. Dense, thick soundscapes made up of damaged, manipulated and chopped up discs. 'My Love...' follows the same modus operandi, only this time all of the source material is Van Halen. That's right, Van Halen. Your first clue was the pen and ink sketch of David Lee Roth on the cd cover, your second clue is the Van Halen-lyric title 'My Love Is Rotten To The Core'. And of course if you know Van Halen, it's easy to pick out the riffs that surface in bits and pieces amidst all the stutter/shuffling/skipping/skittering. The record itself is gorgeous. Super dense, with the VH guitars lending themelves perfectly to being manipulated into thick slabs of SOUND, shifting ever so slightly, changing the ebullient VH party melodies into stretched out minor key dirges. The songs are separated by collages of VH interviews and radio snippets. We're tempted to dismiss this record as a silly gimmick, with all the clever allusions to Van Halen (without ever actually fessing up to stealing all the songs): the between song collages, the song titles and the cover art! It would've been way more intense and effective to just let the music speak for itself (like COH's metal album 'Iron') because the music, in Hecker's hands, becomes a wholly unique and original sound. But maybe Tim Hecker just really loves Van Halen and this is the best way he knows how to show it!! Either way, this is definitely one of the most fun and creative, and fucked glitch/drone/cut-up/plunderphonic records of the year.

PRIMORDIAL - Storm Before Calm (Hammerheart)

Epic Irish black metal band's fourth album. Quality stuff, totally heavy and majestic (with a few acoustic detours) that fits in stylistically with the likes of Enslaved and Opeth and Emperor, and even reminds us a bit of Albion's kings of mythic doom metal, Solstice (with whom they share their producer, and a similar mood). Primordial's varied vocals (from clear, sometimes overwrought tones to wretched rasps), dynamic songwriting, thunderous drumming, and folkish melodies conjure up a world of ancient Irish metal fantasy, from storming battle scenes to ponderous, sad laments. We found their previous album "Spirit The Earth Aflame" (perhaps their masterpiece) to be more immediately thrilling, but this one's good too.

SWEEP THE LEG JOHNNY - Going Down Swingin (Southern)

Talk about some fine cover art!! A watercolor silhouette of a warrior, carrying a bloody scythe and a shield on horseback. Nice. Chicago's finest post rock warriors return with another blast of complex, stop/start, loud/soft saxophone studded RAWK. Long songs. Complicated but melodic enough to be memorable and rocking enough to kick ass! Super tight and super fierce, after an almost break up, and some line-up changes a few years back, this band just keeps getting better and better. Fans of Hella, Don Caballero, A Minor Forest, Dianogah, Rumah Sakit and all that sort of stuff will very likely have a new favorite record!

UPLAND - Upland (Jester)

Like Autechre and Squarepusher, Norway's mysterious Upland (a person? a duo? a group?) offers up the sort of instrumental electronica that in some ways could be seen as the avant-garde player piano music of the 21st century. Upland's densely clicking, stuttering, sputtering geiger-counter frenzies are manipulated into impossibly broken yet pleasing rhythms. These glitchy textures are backed by by ominous synth drone-tones and thick buzzes. Rather noir-ish and quite listenable.

Norway's always-interesting, and stylish, Jester label has provided this with a 16 page cd booklet with no text, just beautiful artwork: scratched up prints of a repeating moon-shape that's a good visual analog for this sort of abstract digital music. It's becoming more and more ridiculous that Jester's releases seemingly only gets distribution in the States via metal outlets, as they've quickly become one of our very favorite labels for electronic, experimental, and even pop (When) music. Most of Jester's releases have only tangental connections to the realm of metal, if any at all. Upland is a case in point. As we said, very much a la Autechre, not Abigor or Abruptum.

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Fake Jazz

Fake Jazz Issue 29 is now available online, including:

Four reviews of: Sonic Youth - Murray Street

Yume Bitsu - The Golden Vessyl of Sound (K)

Tarentel - Ephemera (Temporary Residence)

the perfect combination of electronic and rock music? Octopus Project - Identification Parade (Peek-A-Boo)

In all, The Octopus Project is just a joy to listen to. All the younger bands who have tried to take over where Tortoise's first two albums left off seem to have it all wrong. Post rock wasn't supposed to be cold and stylized. Post rock was supposed to be intricate but also alive, colorful, inventive, and textured. Perhaps it's all where the band is coming from. It's not really that hard to tell when a band enjoys playing together; usually the same feeling is felt by the listener, just as all of The Octopus Project's curiosity and jubilation about the forms of electronica and rock and roll come through in Identification Parade.

Manual - Ascend (Morr)

Electric Birds - Gradations (Mille Plateaux)

The Fucking Champs - V (Drag City)

Japancakes - Belmondo: Bliss Out v. 19 (Darla)

Malory - Outerbeats (Clairecords)

Clouddead Interview

Also an interview with avant hip hop band Clouddead

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Echoboy - Giraffe

Cool Delta provide info on the forthcoming Echoboy album, Giraffe - set for release September 30th on Mute.

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Tim Deluxe

This week's One World show on Radio 1 features Tim Deluxe

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Wednesday, July 17, 2002


Fopp Records: Coming to London Soon !

Fopp Records the growing chain of independent record stores, will soon open a London store in Covent Garden, One Earlham Street. Fopp Records are known for special discounts on new releases and superb offers on back catalogue albums.

There will also be long Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm Mondays to Saturday, 11- 6 on Sundays. I will keep you posted when an opening date gets announced.

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If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Lycia

This week's front cover choice is Lycia who have just released their new album on Projekt, Tripping Back into the Broken Days. You can download two tracks to listen to Lycia's music from the Projekt website. In particular the track Broken Days is startling it demands repeated plays - highly absorbing and addictive, the vocals and instrumentation jel superbly together.

The closest reference point for me is Norwegian band Beyond Dawn, the same absorbing ambient rock style - glacial synths, acoustic guitar and dreamy emotional vocals. Also there is a similarity to Michael Gira's later work with Swans and his last two albums, Angels of Light. Also fans of the Cranes - could easily appreciate Lycia's music.

For UK readers, this album can be ordered from Resurrection Records

Interview with Tara from Lycia

Press Info/ from Projekt

"Tripping Back Into The Broken Days is our purest release. All the trappings have been stripped away, and it�s just like it was when I started writing music back in the early �80s: acoustic guitar and vocals, with me trying to express and escape.� - Mike VanPortfleet

After a two and a half year retirement from the music industry, Lycia returns with the stark and stripped to the bare bones CD Tripping Back Into The Broken Days. Sparse instrumentation flows with simple and raw, heartfelt songs. The feel of earthy lushness and deep atmospheres prevails. A sad and reflective slice of Americana.

Mike and Tara VanPortfleet revived Lycia to record this set of deeply personal songs. Stripping back the wall of effects-laden guitars and glacial atmospheres that are Lycia�s trademark, the album moves forwards with a style Mike describes as �a treated acoustic/ambient hybrid.�

Tripping Back Into The Broken Days� vague, yet emotionally strong, theme follows the duo�s move across America, from the cold and gray Ohio winter, to the sun-baked Arizona desert, sprinkled occasionally with warm reflections back to simpler times. With the lines between deep emotions and wide open landscapes blurred, the visions of snow-covered fields & cold winter skies, of open roads & endless plains, of sun-glared views of the desert & oasis, evoke feelings of distant reflection and longing.

Formed in 1988, Lycia played a major role in defining the Darkwave movement of the 1990s, with such influential albums as Ionia (1991), A Day In The Stark Corner (1993) and Cold (1996).

�In the past I�ve written stream-of-consciousness-type lyrics, where the meanings were vague. For the first time, every word means something very specific to me, very personal, a bit like letting the world read my diary. For anyone who knows our history, this release should be very telling.� - Tara VanPortfleet

Tripping Back Into The Broken Days features pre-mastering treatments by ambient legend Steve Roach and mastering by Roger King.

A review from MK Ultra
Lycia has long been producing music that transcends the terrestrial landscape. The music is vast, expansive, and larger than life itself. Lycia's sound picks you up, carries you along for a beautiful, emotional ride, then gently brings you back to earth. Their new tracks follow this same path of exaltation and release, although the sound has evolved into a more simple stripped-down form. Lycia, as always, reaches into the darkest area of our soul and yet inevitably shows us hope. Lycia is a bright light, illuminating the darkness of the music world."

Musictap review for Lycia - tripping back into the broken days

This is an album of brilliance, singular in its meaning and cold to the touch. To be absorbed by it chills but it also thrills. Reviews should never be written where Lycia is concerned but rather essays. Lycia must never leave us. Their importance is underscored by this release. Thanks to Projekt and to Lycia for giving me the chance to touch something so precious.

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Drum&Bass Arena - The Top 20 Drum&Bass Tracks Of All-Time

Drum&Bass Arena have started the countdown in reverse order for The Top 20 Drum&Bass Tracks Of All-Time

Every weekday from now until 2nd August 2002, we will be counting down The Top 20 Drum&Bass Tracks Of All-Time, as voted for by over 100,000 users of the Drum&Bass Arena website.

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Primal Scream

An exclusive Primal Scream download for a limited time... a dub mix of Miss Lucifer on the official Primal Scream website.

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Interpol ep

The Interpol bandwagon of approval extends to Pitchfork with a 9.3 rating.

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New Order - Back to Mine Mix Compilation report that a New Order Back to Mine Mix compilation is likely to be released in August. The concept of back to mine is to select music that an artist/band typically listens to at home, sequenced into a neat compilation.

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Something for Londoners into house music: TOM STEPHAN JOINS KISS 100 as reported by

DJ Tom Stephan, the man behind Superchumbo and new London night Roach � held at Turnmills - has been given his own weekly dance show. �House Nation� will launch on 24 July, running from 9 - 11pm.

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Seven Update - This Week's Contents

Details of this week's Seven Update magazine:

ISSUE 159 out 17 JULY 2002 - price �1.00

In this issue:
N*E*R*D Cum see the money shot! ~ Horny! Nightmare on Wax reveal all ~ Drumattic Twins want it good and hard ~ RJD2 ~ Greg Vickers ~ Homelife ~ Steve Lawler ~ Back to mine: David Alvarado ~ Trainspotting: Dave Seaman ~ Blunkett frees the weed ~ US Senate prepares anti-rave law ~ Superchumbo joins Kiss FM ~ 10,000 rave in Devon at alternative Glastonbury ~ Jacko: Race protester or drowning man? ~ Win a holiday to the Rip Curl Boardmasters in Newquay! ~ The Seven Buzz Chart ~ 7 Deadly Sins ~ FAD ~ Parallel Universe ~ The Magnificent Seven club nights ~ 69 wet & young reviews ~ and more charts than ever�

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2005 Music: 2005 Albums - DJ Martian RYM 2005 New RYM Top 1000 Albums 2005 a2005 b2005 m2005 users 2005 Lists
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2006 Albums: 2006 Albums - DJ Martian 2006 Summer Albums 2006 Autumn Albums 2006 Music: a2006 b2006 m2006 r2006
2007 Albums: 2007 Albums - DJ Martian 2007 Summer Albums 2007 Autumn Albums
2007 Music RYM Top Albums 2007 RYM 2007 New users 2007 Lists 2007 Album Reviews: a2007 Music 2007: b2007 m2007 Release Info 2007: r2007
2008 Albums: 2008 Albums - DJ Martian 2008 Additions 2008 Spring Albums 2008 Summer Albums
2008 Music RYM Top Albums 2008 RYM 2008 New users 2008 Lists 2008 Album Reviews: a2008 Music 2008: b2008 m2008 Release Info 2008: r2008

2008 Best Music Links New 2008 Lists: updates: b2008 2008music_links Bookmarks Largehearted Boy: 2008 Year-End Online Music Lists Largehearted Boy: Updates 2008 Archives 2008 Lists - Music More Lists: Acclaimed Music Forum Albums of the Year (2008) 2008's Top 10 Jazz Recordings Collated Rankings: Metacritic: Best Albums of 2008 2008 Most Popular Music Albums [Prog Archives] Top 1000 Albums of 2008 - Rate Your Music Top 1000 EPs of 2008 - Rate Your Music Esoteric 1000 Albums of 2008 - Rate Your Music [Highly rated by a small number of users] Meta Ranking Updates: BEST ALBUMS OF 2008: MEGA-CRITIC : Best Reviewed Albums Of 2008 Others: Basement Galaxy The Best Albums of 2008. Dusted Features [ End of the Year: 2008 ] fast 'n' bulbous Fester's Lucky 13: The Best Albums of 2008 Tom Hull - Music Year 2008 Top 10s for 2008: It's a Trap! Best of 2008: livejournal PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2008

2009 Albums: 2009 Albums - DJ Martian - 2009 Music Lists
2009 Music RYM Top Albums 2009 - RYM 2009 New - users 2009 Lists
2009 Album Reviews: a2009 Music 2009: b2009 m2009 Release Info 2009: r2009

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New & Forthcoming Music - Listings [More Links: bookmarks tagged: forthcoming
AOTY - Upcoming Album Releases Upcoming Releases | Consequence of Sound The 405 - Album Release Schedule Upcoming Album Releases - Metacritic This is Corrosion Upcoming Jazz Release Center
Metal: Metal Storm - Upcoming Releases

UK Music Distributors: Cargo Kudos Shellshock Southern
UK Online Music Stores: Coming Soon/ Pre-Orders Boomkat Norman Records: Pre-ordering
US Online Music Stores: Coming Soon/ Pre-Orders Darla Forced Exposure Insound Siren Disc Future Releases

New Releases/ This Week [UK Music Stores] Boomkat Juno Records The Norman Records Weekly Update Piccadilly Records Rough Trade
New Releases/ This Week [US Music Stores] Aquarius Records Darla - New This Week Dusty Groove EAR/ Rational Music Forced Exposure Insound Midheaven - New Releases Other Music Other Music - New Release Updates Stinkweeds

using 2014 Album Releases [Updated Regularly] This information is updated on a continual basis.


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Music Discussion: Diverse/Eclectic: ILM Rate Your Music - General UK Based General/Rock: MOJO Message Boards Rock Lists: Acclaimed Music Forums Ambient/ Berlin School of EM/ Space Music: Hypnos Forum Avant: Bagatellen Dubstep: Dubstep Forum Electronic: Dissensus We Are The Music Makers Forums Jazz: All About Jazz Bulletin Board Jungle/ Drum N Bass: DOA: Dogs on Acid Metal: .: Metal Storm - Forum Ultimate Metal Forum Progressive Rock: Progressive Ears * Progressive Rock Forum Shoegaze: shoegaze forum

BBC Music: BBC Music BBC Music - Listen BBC Introducing BBC Radio Radio 1 Radio 2 Radio 3 1Xtra 6 Music

Radio: UK: Radioplayer | UK radio in one place. Amazing Radio Chart « Amazing Radio Playlist « Amazing Radio Schedule « Amazing Radio DeadAir128 dirtyradio | music worth hearing Fluid Radio - Experimental Frequencies Jazz FM NTS RADIO Rinse FM Radio Magnetic Resonance104.4fm TotalRock Radio XFM London Ireland: RTÉ 2fm TX FM Radio Player Italy: Listen « PIG Radio USA: Cathedral 13 Links: Radionomy SHOUTcast Radio

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Electronic Igloo textura
Experimental: a closer listen | A home for instrumental and experimental music. Avant Music News Brainwashed Cyclic Defrost Freq Headphone Commute Heathen Harvest 2.1 | Illuminating the Post-Industrial Underground Paris Transatlantic Sound and Music | We are sound The Squid's Ear Terrascope Online The Wire
Gothic: net goth org UK
Industrial / Synth Pop: Release Music Magazine Side-Line
Jazz: All About Jazz: News All About Jazz Dalston Sound | A music blog Free Jazz The Jazz Mann JJA News » Insights and updates from the Jazz Journalists Association Jazzwise Magazine LondonJazz Polish-Jazz BBC Radio 3 - Jazz on 3 Jazz Music Archives Crazy Jazz
Metal: Apeshit Blabbermouth BW & BK Decibel Magazine INVISIBLE ORANGES - THE METAL BLOG: MetalBite Metal Hammer The Metal Observer Metal Storm MetalSucks Terrorizer
Music Reviews - Metal Chronicles of Chaos Metal Invader Metal Reviews Metal Storm - Reviews

Canada Based Music Websites Cokemachineglow .
Ireland The Last Mixed Tape Nialler9 State Magazine
Other European Based Music Websites: Chain D.L.K. Cool Music Central KindaMuzik Musique Machine
Scandinavian Music: It's a trap! Music Norway EN Nö MUSIC

London Centric: Delta 9 hyponik Prog rock and avant-garde gigs in London Promoters: Eat Your Own Ears ICA London Musicians Collective Lumin no.signal

UK Based Music Websites: The Afterword - Barcode - Bearded Magazine - Clash Music - CMU Daily - Music | Dazed - DIY - Drowned in Sound - Dummy - Echoes And Dust - FACT magazine: - GIGWISE - The Guardian - Music - Guardian blog - music - The Independent | Music - Kerrang! - themilkfactory - Louder Than War - MOJO - MusicOMH - Music Tank - Music Week - No Ripcord - Record of the Day - - SoundsXP - SUBBA CULTCHA - TLOBF.COM - Uncut - Xfm
NME.COM NME.COM NME Blogs NME New Music NME.COM - Magazine

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